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“Abolish ICE” becomes the newest rallying cry; Mexico elects a leftist president.

“Abolish ICE” catches on

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  • Lawmakers, officials, and citizens across the country are calling to “abolish ICE” amid growing concerns over the Trump administration’s controversial and aggressive immigration policies. [Vox / Dara Lind]
  • What was a murmur in 2017 has become a rallying cry. In the past month, the abolish ICE movement has quickly gained steam and entered the mainstream. [Vox / Jen Kirby]
  • Over 600 protesters were arrested during a sit-in at the Senate’s Hart Office building while chanting “abolish ICE.” They continued the chant at the Family Belong Together marches across 700 cities on Saturday, June 30. [Vox / Jen Kirby and Emily Stewart]
  • At its beginning, abolishing ICE was considered a radical, far-left concept. The movement, however, isn’t all that radical. [Washington Post / Paul Waldman]
  • Congressional candidate — and democratic socialist — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not alone in supporting the movement. Mainstream lawmakers, from Sens. Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, are hopping on the bandwagon. [Vox / Ella Nilsen]
  • Abolishing ICE isn’t just a partisan goal. Nineteen ICE investigators want to readjust and split up the agency. [Vox / Alexia Fernández Campbell]
  • Maintaining an agency like ICE may seem necessary and intrinsic to the fabric of our nation. But ICE really hasn’t been around for very long. [Splinter / Katie McDonough]
  • Voters aren’t “quite there yet.” Abolishing ICE just might happen soon, though — and sooner than you’d expect. [The Nation / Sean McElwee]

A landslide win for the leftist in Mexico

  • Mexico elected populist, far-left candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known by his nickname AMLO, as its next president in a landslide win. [Vox / Madeleine Ngo]
  • The ex-Mexico City mayor ran his campaign on the promise to tackle “evil” corruption rampant across the country. AMLO feels that corruption directly causes the violence that plagues Mexico. [BBC]
  • Over 130 political figures have been killed since campaign season began in September. [ABC AU / Benjamin Sveen]
  • Through tackling corruption, AMLO plans to give the newly gained money to the “bottom.” He wants to raise salaries and give back to the elderly and young. [NPR / Carrie Kahn]
  • López Obrador had a phone call with President Trump — who earlier tweeted his congratulations to the president-elect — in which they discussed security concerns, immigration, and trade. [Reuters / Stefanie Eschenbacher and David Alire Garcia]
  • AMLO fiercely opposed Trump leading up to and during his campaign. He wrote a book called Oye, Trump (“Listen Up, Trump”) criticizing the US president. [Washington Post / Siobhán O’Grady]
  • López Obrador ran a leftist platform with intentions to transform the country and benefit the people. Some fear, though, that his immense popularity could create a “demagogic ... incarnation” of Hugo Chavez or Donald Trump. [San Diego Union-Tribune / Emily Edmonds-Poli and David A. Shirk]


  • A former Trump official joked that all of the departures in the administration have left the White House empty like a “barren wasteland” with “tumbleweed” rustling down the hallways. [Buzzfeed / Tarini Parti]
  • LeBron James has opted out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers. If James’s last departure from the Cavs has taught him anything, it’s time to beef up that security detail. [SB Nation / Kristian Winfield]
  • Michael Moore is releasing an anti-Trump documentary called Fahrenheit 11/9, in which he seeks to answer two important questions — “How the f**k did we get here, and how the f**k do we get out?” [The Hollywood Reporter / Lexy Perez and Katie Kilkenny]
  • Tessa Thompson came out as bisexual in a recent interview, closing out a memorable Pride Month. Happy 20-gay-teen! [Net-a-Porter]


“You are right to be concerned.”

[Former President Barack Obama talking about the current political climate at a closed-door DNC fundraiser / Politico]

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