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5 Savage Things: Your conversation starter for the week. Meteorologists, financial connoisseurs and fashion Bellwethers provide previews for the days, weeks and months to come - this is your political guide. Wake up Monday morning to fresh and interactive previews for your week in politics.

  • The current administration's zero tolerance policy specific to migrant families is illegal. Close to 1,000 children have been separated from their parents as a result of families seeking asylum from violence and poverty in their home countries. In McAllen, Texas, as many as 415 children were separated from their parents between May 21-June 5, 2018. In a response to the United Nations' rebuke of the United States separation policy, Ambassador Nicki Haley advised that, "Neither the UN nor anyone else will dictate how the US upholds its borders." (

  • Louisiana Governor John Edwards, signed HB 265 into law. This bill takes effect on March 1, 2019 and will allow the voting rights of 43,000 probation and parolees to be restored. Under the state's constitution, suspension of voting rights is allowed for those "under order of imprisonment" with felony convictions. The grassroots organization VOTE worked tirelessly for to enact change. The links for VOTE history and their 2018 legislative agenda: and

  • On Thursday, House Republicans voted 210-206 to remove the remaining $7 billion in funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The program provides health coverage for children whose families earn to much to qualify for Medicaid. The impact of the recision of funds is uncertain and has to pass the the Senate.

  • The largest number of operative detention centers is in the United States. The Global Detention Project provides and data base and analysis based on country and within a country the region or state of detention facilities. Within the select state a profile of listed facilities includes General/Operational/Bureaucratic Characteristics to include if the facility is private for profit. The link for the Global Detention Project:

  • Monday is our day of action! Move On is an online mobilizing organization and needs our help - please raise your voice to Congress and call 866-888-5744 and say, "Reduce funding for ICE and Customs and Border Patrol. Let'a also trend on Twitter #DefundHate - the link for the petition against separating families can be signed using the link:

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