Here are the top stories making headlines today in the world of US politics…
Iran is claiming it has arrested 17 Iranian nationals who it says are CIA spies and that Tehran has sentenced some of those individuals to death. Iran claims that the individuals its government arrested worked on “sensitive sites” in the country’s military and nuclear facilities.
However, President Donald Trump dismissed the claims as “totally false” and “zero truth,” adding that the report is “Just more lies and propaganda (like their shot down drone).”
A video of an August 2016 event for then-candidate Trump has resurfaced showing Democratic member of “the squad,” Rashida Tlaib shouting: “You guys are crazy!” Secret service members dragged her out of the meeting as she continues to jump and yell at those who are in attendance.
In a guest column for the Detroit Free Press, Tlaib explained herself saying, that while her behavior was “unbecoming of a former state legislator,” she simultaneously defended her actions, adding that, “confronting Trump was the most patriotic and courageous act I could pursue.”
This is the same woman who, when she later was elected to the House of Representatives, upon entering Congress, in another act of unbecoming behavior, vowed to “impeach the motherf–ker,” referring to President Trump.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) was widely criticized after his own staff revealed that although he has championed the idea of a national $15 an hour minimum wage, he was paying his staff less than that, what they called “starvation wages.”
Responding to the criticism, Sanders announced he would pay his staff $15 an hour – but to do so – he would be reducing their hours. Sanders latest move drew mockery from critics, who said the Senator’s actions prove that raising the minimum wage to $15 will only lead to fewer working hours for employees and more unemployment overall.
However, the cut in hours would not go into effect until after the worker has accumulated 42-43 hours. Before, it wasn’t uncommon for them to work 60 hours without getting additional pay.
Despite the controversy over President Donald Trump’s alleged “racist” tweets against “the squad,” the self-described for progressive Democratic Congresswoman, Trump shows no signs of letting up on his criticism of the quartet.
In his latest tweet on Monday morning, President Trump wrote: “The “Squad” is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart.
They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border… and are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!”
Morale among the South Bend, Indiana Police Department has plummeted as officers there believe they have no support from Mayor Pete Buttigieg or the public after his comments have led them to believe they are being convicted before the facts are known. Buttigieg’s comments regarding a shooting where officer Sgt. O’Neill shot a knife-wielding black man has made officers feel they are being treated as if they are “guilty until proven innocent.”
Buttigieg seemed to imply the actions of the officer involved in the shooting might have been the result of racism. Officers felt Buttigieg falsely painted the entire department as racist when he made the following statement: “Until we move policing out from the shadow of systemic racism…”
Officers say they feel demoralized and at least 5-6 officers are “seriously” considering retiring or reassigning, and that 10 officers may quit within the next year because of the way the administration has handled the shooting.