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Trump administration using private security firm to detain migrant children in major hotel chains
The Trump administration has been using major hotel chains to detain children and families taken into custody at the border, creating a largely unregulated shadow system of detention and swift expulsions without the safeguards that are intended to protect the most vulnerable migrants.

Government data obtained by the New York Times, along with court documents, show that hotel detentions overseen by a private security company have ballooned in recent months under an aggressive border closure policy related to the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 100,000 migrants, including children and families, have been summarily expelled from the country under the measure. But rather than deterring additional migration, the policy appears to have caused border crossings to surge, in part because it eliminates some of the legal consequences for repeat attempts at illegal crossings.

Melania Trump seemed to refuse to hold Donald Trump's hand as they stepped off Air Force One
  • Melania Trump avoided holding the hand of President Donald Trump as he reached for it when leaving Air Force One on Sunday.
  • The footage prompted debate online as to whether she was shunning her husband, or simply trying to hold down her dress in windy weather.
  • Numerous media reports have claimed that the Trump marriage is under strain. A recent biography said that Melania delayed moving to the White House to force Trump to renegotiate their prenup.

Navy SEAL who oversaw bin Laden raid defends the Postal Service and says Trump is undermining every major US institution
  • Retired US Navy Adm. William McRaven bashed President Donald Trump in an op-ed in The Washington Post, accusing him of undermining not only the US Postal Service, but every major US institution.
  • "It is the theme of every autocrat who ever seized power or tried to hold onto it," he argued.
  • McRaven, who had a distinguished military career as a Navy SEAL and oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, has become an been an outspoken Trump critic.

Dozens of Federal Election Commission employees are asking Trump and the Senate to appoint people of color to the agency for the first time in its 45-year history
  • A group of Federal Election Commission employees is demanding that the White House and the Senate appoint people of color to the agency for the first time, according to a letter seen by Insider.
  • The bipartisan Federal Election Commission has only had white members in its 45-year history.
  • Senate Democrats have asked the White House to nominate FEC attorney Shana Broussard, who is Black, to serve on the FEC. But Trump has not acted.
  • During 11 of the past 12 months, the agency hasn't had enough commissioners to enforce laws, pass rules, or otherwise execute its high-level responsibilities even as Election Day draws closer.

Trump reignites feud with Amazon over USPS financial woes – but the relationship between the ecommerce giant and government agency is far more complicated
  • In an interview with "Fox & Friends" on Monday, President Donald Trump once again blamed Amazon for the United States Postal Service's ongoing financial crisis.
  • Though the USPS does subsidize Amazon deliveries by charging the ecommerce giant lower rates and handling costly last-mile rural deliveries, it can't afford to lose their business.
  • The agency reported a record net loss of $2.2 billion between April and June.
  • Democratic policymakers said in March that the USPS was slated to run out of funds by the end of the summer.

Former top-ranking Trump official endorses Biden, saying working under the current administration was 'terrifying'
  • Miles Taylor, the former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff under President Donald Trump, on Monday announced he's endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden.
  • Taylor painted a grim picture of life in the Trump administration in a video endorsement of Biden.
  • "What we saw week in and week out, for me, after two and a half years in that administration, was terrifying," Taylor said.

The postmaster general once called the president's leadership style 'self-destructive' and said he'd be fired if he worked for Trump
  • US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said in a 2005 interview that Donald Trump's leadership style was "self-destructive" and that if he ever worked for Trump, he would be ousted.
  • "I'd be fired," DeJoy told The Greensboro News & Record in January 2005.
  • "That attitude that you are the most important person is self-destructive," DeJoy told the outlet, referring to Trump's hit television show, "The Apprentice."
  • DeJoy, a major fundraiser for Trump and the Republican Party, made headlines in May when he was tapped to oversee the United States Postal Service.
  • His coziness with Trump and recent decisions to remove hundreds of mail-processing machines across the country sparked significant concerns about the president's efforts to sabotage mail-in voting by crippling the Postal Service.

Trump relates conversation with God about his 'great job' on the economy: 'I'm the only one that could do it'
Donald Trump has claimed that the economic fallout following the coronavirus pandemic is "God testing" him to rebuild what he called "the greatest economy in the history of the world".

"What we have achieved together and what we're doing together is nothing short of an economic miracle and now we're doing it again," the president told supporters in Mankato, Minnesota. "We built the greatest economy in the history of the world and now I have to do it again."

He said: "You know what that is? That's right. That's God testing me. He said, You know, you did it once. And I said, 'Did I do a great job, God? I'm the only one who could do it.' He said that you shouldn't say. Now we're going to have you do it again. I said, 'OK. I agree. You got me.' But I did it once. And now I'm doing it again. And you see the kind of numbers that we're putting up. They're unbelievable. Best job numbers ever. Three months, more jobs in the last three months than ever before."

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Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

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