Liveblog - ICYMI: February 21, 2024

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Updates: Alexander Smirnov and MAGAt Spin, McFacts!:

GOP Smoking Gun FBI Informant Passed Along Russian Kompromat

Alexander Smirnov, the former FBI informant charged with lying to officials about the Bidens’ dealings in Ukraine, told prosecutors that Russian intelligence agents were passing him false information kompromat about Hunter Biden.

James Biden:

President Biden/Biden Administration:

Biden administration weighs action to make it harder for migrants to get asylum and easier to deport them faster

Making it harder for migrants to qualify for asylum and deporting more recently arrived migrants are considered “low hanging fruit” and actions that can be taken quickly.

The Biden administration is considering taking unilateral action without Congress to make it harder for migrants to pass the initial screening for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border and quickly deport recently arrived migrants who don’t meet the criteria, say three U.S. officials with knowledge of the deliberations.

The actions, which are still weeks away from finalization, are an effort to lower the number of migrants crossing the southern border illegally as immigration remains a top issue for voters heading into the 2024 presidential election.

Under the new policies, asylum officers would be instructed to raise the standards they use in their “credible fear interviews,” the first screening given to asylum-seekers who are trying to avoid deportation for crossing the border illegally. And Immigration and Customs Enforcement would be told to prioritize recently arrived migrants for deportation, in a “last in, first out” policy, the officials said.

SCOTUS:

In a statement, the justice raised concerns that those with “traditional religious views” would be “‘labeled as bigots and treated as such’ by the government.”

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. on Tuesday renewed his criticisms of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision recognizing the right to same-sex marriage, saying that people who oppose homosexuality risk being unfairly “labeled as bigots and treated as such.”

From the MarKODA Files:

I agree that we should not grant certiorari in this case,which is complicated by a state-law procedural issue. But I write because I am concerned that the lower court’s reasoning may spread and may be a foretaste of things to come.

In this case, the court below reasoned that a person whostill holds traditional religious views on questions of sexual morality is presumptively unfit to serve on a jury in a caseinvolving a party who is a lesbian. That holding exemplifies the danger that I anticipated in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U. S. 644 (2015), namely, that Americans who do not hide their adherence to traditional religious beliefs about homosexual conduct will be “labeled as bigots and treated as such” by the government. Id., at 741 (dissenting opinion). The opinion of the Court in that case made it clear that the decision should not be used in that way, but I am afraid thatmthis admonition is not being heeded by our society.

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