Aug 19, 2017

U.S. immigration screens for affiliations with nazis

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Sen. Dick Durbin noted this week that the U.S. Immigration Services department screens for affiliations with nazis or totalitarian parties for anyone trying to become a citizen or a permanent resident.

Why it matters: The U.S. already has citizens and residents who have those affiliations, which we saw during the "Unite the Right" rally. Aaron Hall, the Director of Removal, Litigation and Family Immigration at Joseph Law Firm, P.C., told Axios, "For Trump to say there were many fine people there affiliating with nazis is not only reprehensible and bizarre, but it also flies in the face of what we've written into our laws."

As The Atlantic's David A. Graham put it: "These questions are somewhat straightforward: They exclude people based on whether they are members of groups that seek the overthrow of the U.S. government and political system."

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What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders is now the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight's debate in Charleston, South Carolina β€” especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate.

Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That's a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests.

Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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