Tuesday marked yet another dead end for the Trump administration’s immigration agenda, this time coming from a federal judge who blocked efforts to enforce the removal of funds from sanctuary cities. According to The New York Times, San Francisco judge William H. Orrick of the United States District Court wrote that Trump “overstepped his powers with his January executive order on immigration by tying billions of dollars in federal funding to immigration enforcement” and that “only Congress could place such conditions on spending.” This is the third immigration order put to a halt within Trump’s first 100 days. Y’all tired yet?
By now you’re probably aware that the New Orleans city council approved the long overdue removal of Confederate monuments from the city. “We will no longer allow the Confederacy to literally be put on a pedestal in the heart of our city,” New Orleans Mayor Mayor Mitch Landrieu said of the first to be removed, which paid homage to a violent 1874 white supremacist uprising. “The statue was put up to honor the killing of police officers by white supremacists.” Enter Corey Stewart—Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate (and unofficial Prez of the Confederacy Fan Club)—who had the ill-advised audacity to tweet: “Nothing is worse than a Yankee telling a Southerner that his monuments don’t matter.” Because it’s not like the United States enslaved and oppressed Black folks for hundreds of years or anything, lol. Twitter aptly gave Stewart a history lesson.
Maria Sharapova may be returning to the courts, but ain’t shit being handed to her. ESPN reports she won’t be getting an automatic bid to play in the French Open following her 15-month ban for taking meldonium, “but could be granted a wild card for qualifying” by winning at least three matches to make the main draw. As the outlet points out, many tennis players have voiced their opposition in granting Sharapova special privileges just because of her name. Meanwhile, people really out here acting like her return is the second coming of Jesus.
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