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jagmeet singh: Justin Trudeau The prime minister told reporters in Petawawa, Ont., on Monday that Canadians and indeed people around the world know exactly what I think about those particular comments, according to CTV. That is not how we do things in Canada. Here's a look at what they said. Jagmeet Singh The NDP leader, who has been the target of racism in the past, called the tweets a sad & ugly display of racism by a President that shows no interest in, or ability to unite people. I stand with these Congresswomen and everyone who is targeted and being othered by this endless dog whistling by Trump. https // Ppo Jagmeet Singh the Jagmeet Singh July 14, 2019 Theresa May Through a spokesperson, the outgoing British prime minister said that she thinks that the language which was used to refer to the women was completely unacceptable. This is a sad & ugly display of racism by a President that shows no interest in, or ability to unite people. ( As reported in the news.

most-honoured dramas: If Game of Thrones successfully defends it best drama series title and claims a fourth trophy, it will join the quartet of most-honoured dramas that includes Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, The West Wing and Mad Men, according to CTV. The Emmy voters' acclaim stands in sharp contrast to fan reaction to the show's last hurrah, which included howls of laughter for a to-go coffee cup inadvertently included in one scene and a finale that detractors called unsatisfying. The bloodthirsty saga's total eclipsed the all-time series record of 27 nods earned by NYPD Blue in 1994. But the show's ratings never faltered for the series based on George R.R. Martin's novels, setting new highs for HBO. A wealth of recognition for the cast and guest stars including the show's only previous winner, Peter Dinklage with three awards, helped Game of Thrones add to its already record haul of nominations, now at 161 total. She's competing in a category that's notable for its diversity, including past winner Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder and repeat nominee Sandra Oh for Killing Eve, who has another chance to become the first actress of Asian descent to win the trophy. Series star Emilia Clarke's decision to seek a best actress nomination after a series of supporting actress bids paid off. ( As reported in the news.

resolution: Tom Malinowski Thomas Tom Malinowski The four Republicans who voted to condemn Trump's tweets House votes to condemn Trump for 'racist comments' How Trump suddenly brought Democrats together on a resolution condemning him MORE D-N.J. and Jamie Raskin Jamin Jamie Ben Raskin How Trump suddenly brought Democrats together on a resolution condemning him Hoyer slams McCarthy's defense of Trump tweets 'Baloney' Democrats erupt over Trump attacks MORE D-Md. which denounces as racist Trump's call for four minority Democrats to go back to their countries of origin.ADVERTISEMENT We have unanimity on the resolution, said Rep, according to Rabble. G.K. Butterfield George G.K. Kenneth Butterfield How Trump suddenly brought Democrats together on a resolution condemning him House votes against striking Pelosi remarks from record GOP demands that Pelosi remarks be removed from record MORE D-N.C. a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. After huddling behind closed doors in the Capitol basement, Democrats of all ideological stripes praised the legislation, sponsored by Reps. Any time the president of the United States stoops to the level that President Trump has, it's unacceptable and it must be condemned not only by those that were directly affected, but by the institution. Rep. Democratic leaders did face a bit of pressure from some liberal members to pursue a more aggressive strategy. ( As reported in the news.

spring budget: The IRB expects these impacts will include longer hearings, more postponements and adjournments and more missed deadlines on the part of unrepresented individuals, the notice states, according to CTV. The Ontario Progressive Conservative government announced the funding reduction as part of a series of cost-cutting measures in its spring budget. The Immigration and Refugee Board IRB has issued a notice saying the 30-per-cent cut in funding announced in April to Legal Aid Ontario will affect the board's operations due to an expected rise in the number of refugee claimants who don't have lawyers. The legal-aid cuts included an elimination of funding for refugee- and immigration-law services. Maureen Silcoff, president of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and former member of the IRB, said upwards of 70 per cent of refugee claimants in Ontario use legal aid to help with their asylum requests. Refugee lawyers have denounced the move, calling it a horrific reduction in services that will hurt an already vulnerable population. ( As reported in the news.

jens stoltenberg: In a series of tweets sent on Sunday, Trump launched into an attack on the elected officials, according to CTV. So interesting to see 'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. During a joint media availability with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at CFB Petawawa, Trudeau stopped short of calling Trump's remarks racist. Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Asked his thoughts on Trump's comments and whether or not he thought they were racist, Trudeau said I think Canadians and indeed people around the world know exactly what I think about those particular comments. Then come back and show us how.... it is done, Trump said. ( As reported in the news.

people: It doesn't concern me because many people agree with me, Trump said Monday at the White House, according to CTV. A lot of people love it, by the way. Content to gamble that a sizable chunk of the electorate embraces his tweets that have been widely denounced as racist, the president made clear that he has no qualms about exploiting racial divisions once again. The episode served notice that Trump is willing to again rely on incendiary rhetoric on issues of race and immigration to preserve his political base in the leadup to the 2020 election. Republican Sen. There was near unanimous condemnation from Democrats for Trump's comments and a rumble of discontent from a subset of Republicans -- but notably not from the party's congressional leaders. ( As reported in the news.

u.s.-mexico border: It is certain to face legal challenges, according to CTV. According to the plan published in the Federal Register migrants who pass through another country -- in this case, Mexico -- on their way to the U.S. will be ineligible for asylum. The new rule, expected to go into effect Tuesday, would cover countless would-be refugees, many of them fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. The rule also applies to children who have crossed the border alone. But sometimes migrants from Africa Cuba or Haiti and other countries try to come through the U.S.-Mexico border, as well. The vast majority of people affected by the rule are from Central America. ( As reported in the news.

american citizens: Trump did not refer to specific representatives in his latest tirade, but the targets were widely taken by U.S. media outlets to be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts all of whom are American citizens, according to National Observer. So interesting to see Progressive Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world if they even have a functioning government at all now loudly...... Donald J. Trump real Donald Trump July 14, 2019 I think Canadians and indeed people around the world know exactly what I think about those particular comments. But Trudeau missed an opportunity to directly label the Twitter outburst by Trump as racist, as his NDP counterpart did, after Trump falsely tweeted on Sunday progressive' Democrat Congresswomen should go back to the supposedly foreign countries they all came from. That is not how we do things in Canada. The diversity of our country is actually one of our greatest strengths, and a source of tremendous resilience and pride for Canadians, and we will continue to defend that. A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian, Trudeau said at a press conference in Petawawa, Ont., alongside NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg. ( As reported in the news.

intelligence bulletin: Now, we're also adding a weekly round-up to bring you a condensed version of the week in disinformation-related news, according to National Observer. This edition includes a fake intelligence bulletin planted by Russia, a network of inauthentic accounts removed from Twitter for mass-tweeting about a controversial smart city project, an anti-social media summit at the White House and a Twitter outage that sparked hours of conspiracy theories. Through the Election Integrity Reporting Project, we're publishing exclusive investigations, in-depth analyses, fact-checks and breaking news, spanning topics from climate change to hate groups to fake social media accounts and beyond. Russia planted conspiracy theory about slain Democratic staffer Seth Rich In the summer of 2016, a soon-to-be viral conspiracy theory started circulating on forums like Reddit and 4chan, claiming that the murder of Democratic National Committee DNC staffer Seth Rich was not the result of a botched robbery, after all, but was actually carried out by a contract killer working for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Now, nearly three years after the conspiracy theory emerged, we may finally know where it came from. The baseless conspiracy theory eventually made its way from the fringes of the internet all the way into the White House, marking the beginning of what would become a defining feature of the Trump presidency. ( As reported in the news.

english crown: Despite it being an annual tradition on Poldark for a person of rank to corner a reluctant Ross by the syllabub and force a position of power on him, that was a turn up for the books, according to Rabble. Unless you've read the books, in which case it wasn't. See related Poldark series 4 recap what happened last time A definitive ranking of the top 30 baked goods in Poldark episodes Poldark series 4 episode 8 review Poldark series 5 BBC release date, trailer, plot, cast and moreA spy for the English crown! Fancy that. Those who've read other books may recognise the name Edward Despard, a genuine chap of history whose exploits explain why Dwight was so keen for his pal to steer clear. You may as well put Despard in a Demelza wig and dip him in honey. Tell Ross Poldark that someone's too dangerous Oh, Dwight. ( As reported in the news.

television station: Demonstrators returned Sunday to the privately run Tacoma Northwest Detention Center, KOMO-TV reported, according to CTV. The demonstrators were protesting the facility and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement roundups that were supposed to begin Sunday. Willem Van Spronsen, 69, was found dead Saturday after four police officers arrived and opened fire. There were about 100 people gathered outside the centre, the television station reported. The detention centre has also held immigration-seeking parents separated from their children under President Donald Trump's zero tolerance policy, an effort meant to deter illegal immigration. The facility holds migrants pending deportation proceedings. ( As reported in the news.

facebook accounts: Duclos was just one minister who had his photo and information mimicked on social media, according to CTV. Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and Liberal MP Anthony Rota were also targeted, their offices confirmed to CTV News. We are aware of these instances in recent weeks that have affected MPs across party lines, and we continue to remain vigilant, said Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos' office in a statement e-mailed to CTV News. The Conservative party confirmed that roughly a dozen Tory MPs have also flagged fake Facebook accounts using their names. A government source familiar with the matter also confirmed that in one case, a minister's likeness was used in a conversation that mentioned money although the fake account did not explicitly ask for funds. Simon Jeffries, a spokesperson for the Conservatives, said the accounts were reported to Facebook and swiftly taken down. ( As reported in the news.

ilhan omar: And what's best for America, apparently, isn't standing up to Donald Trump; no, it's ensuring four freshman congresswomen don't get ideas above their station, according to Rabble. It's ensuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in particular, knows her place. She knows what's best for America. Ocasio-Cortez sued by rightwing critics for blocking them on Twitter Read more There have been long-running tensions between Pelosi and the so-called Squad of new progressive congresswomen, which consists of Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn't have any following, Pelosi told the Times, referring to a border funding bill the Squad opposed. Things escalated sharply over the weekend, when Pelosi decided it would be a good idea to demean her colleagues in the New York Times. ( As reported in the news.

progressives omar: Justice Democrats is backing primary challengers to eight-term Rep, according to Rabble. Henry Cuellar D-Texas a Hispanic Caucus member, and 10-term Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Progressive groups slam House Democratic leadership's 'escalating attacks' on progressives Omar 'We never need to ask for permission or wait for an invitation to lead' Ocasio-Cortez's racism charge shows Pelosi at risk of being devoured by the revolution MORE D-N.Y. of trying to oust lawmakers of color, specifically African American lawmakers. Wm. Yvette Clarke Yvette Diane Clarke The Hill's Morning Report Trump retreats on census citizenship question CBC lawmakers rip Justice Democrats for targeting black lawmakers for primaries The Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates Miami nice or spice MORE D-N.Y. Joyce Beatty Joyce Birdson Beatty The Hill's Morning Report Trump retreats on census citizenship question CBC lawmakers rip Justice Democrats for targeting black lawmakers for primaries The Hill's 12 30 Report Pelosi looks to tamp down Dem infighting MORE D-Ohio Emanuel Cleaver D-Mo. and Anthony Brown Anthony Gregory Brown The Hill's Morning Report Trump retreats on census citizenship question CBC lawmakers rip Justice Democrats for targeting black lawmakers for primaries Overnight Defense Trump says he doesn't need exit strategy with Iran McConnell open to vote on Iran war authorization Senate panel advances bill to restrict emergency arms sales MORE D-Md. . Brown said the group has been making calls in his district, actively trying to recruit a challenger to run against him something that Justice Democrats denies. Lacy Clay William Lacy Lacy Clay Ocasio-Cortez's racism charge shows Pelosi at risk of being devoured by the revolution New York Democrat on Ocasio-Cortez, other progressives 'Primaries go two ways' Racial politics roil Democratic Party MORE D-Mo. a member of the Congressional Black Caucus CBC . The insurgent group also made noise this year about challenging Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries Hakeem Sekou Jeffries Racial politics roil Democratic Party The Hill's Morning Report Trump retreats on census citizenship question CBC lawmakers rip Justice Democrats for targeting black lawmakers for primaries MORE D-N.Y. a CBC member seen as the heir apparent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi Nancy Pelosi Social media summit highlights partisan approaches on tech Ocasio-Cortez's racism charge shows Pelosi at risk of being devoured by the revolution New York Democrat on Ocasio-Cortez, other progressives 'Primaries go two ways' MORE D-Calif. .ADVERTISEMENT And CBC leaders are fretting that Justice Democrats may target other black lawmakers in the coming weeks and months, including Reps. ( As reported in the news.

somali official: At least 26 people were killed in the attack, which a Somali official said started with a suicide car bomb before gunmen stormed the Asasey Hotel, according to CTV. Somalia's al-Shabab Islamic rebels claimed responsibility for the attack. Nalayeh and her husband, Farid Jama Suleiman, were killed after gunmen stormed a hotel in the port city of Kismayo on Friday, according to Mogadishu-based independent radio station Radio Dalsan. The official says those killed include one Canadian, one Briton, two Americans, three Kenyans and three Tanzanians. Canada condemns this terrorist attack and bombing in Somalia, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada said in a statement. Fifty-six people, including two Chinese, were also injured in the attack. ( As reported in the news.

census respondents: Still, the decision was clearly a reversal, according to CTV. The Supreme Court had blocked his effort by disputing his administration's rationale for demanding that census respondents declare whether or not they were citizens. Not only didn't I back down, I backed up because anybody else would have given this up a long time ago, Trump told reporters Friday, one day after directing federal agencies to try to compile the citizenship information using existing databases. Trump had said last week that he was very seriously considering an executive order to try to force the question. The president said he would sign an executive order directing every federal department and agency to provide the Commerce Department with all records pertaining to the number of citizens and noncitizens in the country. But the government has begun the lengthy and expensive process of printing the census questionnaire without it, and such a move would surely have drawn an immediate legal challenge. ( As reported in the news.

family operation: Similar operations occurred in 2016 under President Barack Obama and in 2017 under Trump, according to CTV. This family operation is nothing new, Albence told The Associated Press. Matthew Albence, the agency's acting director, said targets were on an accelerated docket of immigration court cases for predominantly Central Americans who recently arrived at the U.S. border in unprecedented numbers. It's part of our day-to-day operations. The operation will target people with final deportation orders on 10 major court dockets, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Miami. We're trying to surge some additional resources to deal with this glut of cases that came out of the accelerated docket, but after this operation is over, these cases are still going to be viable cases that we'll be out there investigating and pursuing. ( As reported in the news.

d-n.y .,: Liz Cheney, R-Wyo, according to Rabble. Ocasio-Cortez's claim she and other freshman progressives are being singled out as newly-elected women of color shows Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's latest disagreement is indicative of the Democratic Party's drastic shift to the left, according to Rep. Pelosi's, D-Calif. attempts to quell dissent within her ranks is not working, Cheney claimed Thursday on The Story. You have a situation where you have this very radical wing of the House Democrats, and the Speaker has attempted many times to keep everybody under control by, in the past, moving very far left. I think what you're watching is really the unraveling of the Democratic Party as we've known it in the past, she said. ( As reported in the news.

fellow democrats: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claiming the speaker has been disrespectful to several minority lawmakers, saying she has the backing of her caucus and defending her handling of the rabble-rousing freshman 'squad' that Ocasio-Cortez leads, according to Rabble. Notably, Pelosi all but confirmed that a warning she delivered to rank-and-file lawmakers a day earlier about using social media for attacks on fellow Democrats was prompted by Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood her ground Thursday in response to New York Democratic Rep. Asked about her ongoing spat with the New York lawmaker, Pelosi acknowledged how she recently addressed -- at the request of my members -- an offensive tweet that came out of one of the member's offices that compared centrist Democrats to segregationists. Our members took offense at that, Pelosi said, claiming her comments received a positive response. That tweet was authored and then deleted by Ocasio-Cortez' chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti. ( As reported in the news.

james: Set in 1781 at the height of the struggle to abolish slavery, this pacy thriller centres around the discovery of a famed abolitionist's body, according to Rabble. It has come in for high praise from veterans of crime fiction says the New Statesman. Blood and Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson The year kicked off with a debut novel that had the tongues of critics wagging. Order now Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James Marlon James crashed onto the literary scene with his Booker Prize-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings in 2015. The first of three novels in James' Dark Star trilogy, Black Leopard, Red Wolf fuses mythology, fantasy, and African history into a sensual, psychological triumph, says Esquire. His second book is a sprawling, epic fantasy about a mercenary hired to find a missing child. ( As reported in the news.

strategy: On Thursday, Singh led a bike tour of downtown Ottawa with several of his party's local candidates to highlight the need for better cycling infrastructure, according to CTV. NDP MP Gord Johns has a private member's bill before Parliament to establish a national cycling strategy that would commit Ottawa to set targets for expanding cycling infrastructure, encourage more Canadians to use bikes to get around and create a public-education campaign on cycling safety for cyclists and motorists. Singh now wants to bring his love for to Canadians everywhere with a national strategy to make cycling safer for everyone. A national cycling strategy was also a promise in Singh's 2017 run for the NDP leadership. We're determined to make it easier and safer to ride, Singh tweeted before embarking on the four-kilometre bike from an Ottawa bike store to the Parliamentary district. Singh says investing in transit and cycling infrastructure is not only helpful to reduce the amount of time Canadians spend stuck in traffic, it's also better for the environment. ( As reported in the news.

dna barcoding: The Life Scanner DNA species identification kit uses DNA barcoding and smartphone technology to identify what you're eating, what's in your garden, or in your home, according to CTV. So, if you think your meat contains something else, you can find out by scanning the product barcode, taking a picture, collecting a sample of what you want to identify and then mailing it to the lab at the University of Guelph. Researchers at the University of Guelph have developed a tool to detect food fraud that allows you to see if what you're eating is what it says it is. In about five to eight business days, the results are sent directly to an app on your smartphone. Because of inadequate labelling regulations, customers curious about food authenticity would need to buy the seafood or meat product first and send it for testing before knowing its full contents. It goes into the lab, we extract the DNA from the tissue and we sequence it and then we identify using algorithms and a massive database that's been collected over the last 15 years, Life Scanner founder Sujeevan Ratnasingham told CTV Kitchener. ( As reported in the news.

ctv news: The men, wearing vests adorned with the symbols of the Northern Guard, surrounded Bernier with smiles on their faces, according to CTV. White supremacy and white nationalism undermine the fabric of our society, Carlene Variyan, a spokesperson for Goodale, said in a statement provided to CTV News in reaction to the photo. The statement comes after Bernier was photographed with people who appear to belong to an alleged hate group on Sunday in Calgary. For political leaders to court these views is a terrible mistake; we condemn Mr. A spokesperson for the PPC leader, Martin Masse, said Bernier does not know the people in this picture. Bernier's attempt to legitimize this type of hatred. ( As reported in the news.

immigration agency: Lucia Ascencio of Venezuela had waited for three months in Nuevo Laredo with her husband and two young sons just for the chance to make her asylum petition in Laredo, Texas, according to CTV. She was stunned by her return to Mexico as they walked from the bridge carrying plastic bags containing a bottle of water, a bottle of juice and an orange. The 10 migrants crossed the border to seek U.S. asylum Monday and will now have to wait in Mexico as their applications are processed. We hadn't thought that they were going to send us back, she said. A spokeswoman with Mexico's immigration agency confirmed that the first group of 10 returned Tuesday under the program, which is formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols. Her family was given a date in September to return for the next step in their process. ( As reported in the news.

alvaro bedoya: All three states -- which offer driving privileges to immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally -- agreed to the ICE requests, according to documents shared with The Associated Press on Monday and first reported by The Washington Post, according to CTV. States asked undocumented people to come out of the shadows to get licenses. Public records obtained by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology provided the first proof that ICE had sought such scans, which were conducted in Utah, Vermont and Washington. Then ICE turns around and uses that to find them, Alvaro Bedoya, the centre's director, said Monday. During the course of an investigation, ICE has the ability to collaborate with external local, federal and international agencies to obtain information that may assist in case completion and prosecution efforts, Bourke said in a written response. ICE spokesman Matthew Bourke did not directly address written questions, including whether the agency used the scans to arrest or deport anyone. ( As reported in the news.

speech rule: It also bans hate speech on the basis of someone's race, gender and other categories, according to CTV. Tuesday's change broadens the hate speech rule to forbid likening entire religious groups to subhumans or vermin, without targeting a specific individual. The social network already bars hateful language directed at individual religious adherents. Twitter, along with You Tube and Facebook, has been under fire for the prevalence of harassment and hate on its service. The company says it may also ban similar language aimed at other groups such as those defined by gender, race and sexual orientation, but it has not done so yet, sparking criticism from civil rights groups. Twitter's latest update came after users wrote in thousands of responses when the company asked for suggestions on how to expand its hate speech policies. ( As reported in the news.