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U.N., Cohen, Women’s Protest: 3 Stories You Should Read Today- 6/29/2018

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Demonstrators sat on floor of Senate office building to condemn treatment of migrant families, with more rallies planned

Nearly 600 protesters, mostly women, were arrested on Thursday after they staged a non-violent action in the heart of a US Senate office building in Washington against Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy towards immigrants and separation of families at the border.

The mass protest was one of several demonstrations that erupted across the country, providing a taste of what are expected to be much larger demonstrations on Saturday called by the Women’s March and the Center for Popular Democracy Action. The rallies are likely to get a further boost as a result of the announcement on Wednesday by Anthony Kennedy that he is retiring from the US supreme court, providing Trump with the chance to make a second ultra-conservative appointment to the nation’s highest court and prompting fears of a rollback of liberal protections.





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As Cohen is further distanced from the president, friends have been encouraging him to change his narrative. “Washington is actively pushing him away,” a person close to Cohen says. “At the same time, he has all these people telling him that he could change the course of the midterms, or 2020.”
On Wednesday morning, Michael Cohen, Steve Bannon, Sam Nunberg, and Tom Arnold were all milling about the Regency Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. To be sure, they were not all there together. Cohen, Trump’s longtime lawyer, has been living at the hotel for months. (It was there, rather famously, where F.B.I. agents executed a search warrant in early April as part of a criminal investigation out of the Southern District of New York.) Bannon, Trump’s firebrand former chief strategist, frequently stays at the hotel when he comes to New York, and Nunberg, the former Trump aide who’s become something of a fixture on cable news, was there to visit him. Arnold, who made the cable rounds himself last week after posting a selfie with Cohen in the Regency lobby, was in town filming episodes for his upcoming Viceland show, for which the comedian searches for damaging tapes that could bring the president down.

In the category of:  The International Community says, “hard no”.

U.N. migration agency rejects Trump nominee Ken Isaacs as leader

The U.N.’s migration agency snubbed the Trump administration’s candidate to lead it on Friday, a major blow to U.S. leadership of a body addressing one of the world’s most pressing issues – and only the second time that it won’t be run by an American since 1951. Diplomats who took part in the first three rounds of voting Friday told the Associated Press that American Ken Isaacs was eliminated in the ongoing contest to elect the next director-general of the International Organization of Migration.

The move marks a searing rejection of the U.S. candidate just as the Trump administration has been retreating from or rebuffing international institutions – including two others based in Geneva: Earlier this month, the United States pulled out of the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, and Mr. Trump has recently criticized the World Trade Organization as “unfair” to the U.S.




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