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Tent court hearings for migrants ramp up in Texas as lawyers decry lack of access


Posted: Thu-Oct-2019



About half the migrants scheduled to appear in a tent courtrooms in Texas showed up for their initial hearings as part of a new Trump administration tactic.

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Turkey agrees to ceasefire in northern Syria
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U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence said Turkey has agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria. Pence and a U.S. delegation met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday to persuade him to halt an offensive against Kurdish fighters.

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White House acknowledges Trump withheld Ukraine aid for political reasons
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U.S. President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff on Thursday acknowledged that Trump held up $391 million US in military aid to Ukraine in part to make the money contingent upon the Ukrainians investigating a U.S. domestic political matter involving the Democratic Party.

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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry to resign but exact date unknown
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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has told President Donald Trump he will step down, a source familiar with the matter said Thursday, a day before a deadline set by Democrats in the House of Representatives for Perry to turn over documents in the impeachment probe.

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Venezuela wins seat on UN Human Rights Council despite opposition
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Venezuela won a contested election for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday despite a campaign by over 50 organizations and many countries opposed to Nicolas Maduro's government and its rights record.

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Economic woes, tax proposals spark protests across Lebanon
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Thousands of people demonstrated in Beirut on Thursday against the government's management of a dire economy in one of Lebanon's biggest protests in years, leading cabinet to pull a proposed new levy on WhatsApp calls.

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Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament
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The United Kingdom and the European Union have struck an outline Brexit deal after days of intense see-saw negotiations, though it must still be formally approved by both parliaments.

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White House says next G7 to be held at Trump golf resort in Miami
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The White House says it has chosen U.S. President Donald Trump's golf resort in Miami as the site for next year's Group of Seven summit.

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Alicia Alonso, ballerina and National Ballet of Cuba founder, dead at 98
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An official of the National Ballet of Cuba says the revered ballerina and choreographer Alicia Alonso has died at age 98.

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Juul suspends online sales of fruit, dessert flavours for e-cigarettes in U.S.
Juul Advertisements at a convenience store in Toronto

Juul Labs will stop online sales of fruit and dessert flavours for its electronic cigarettes in the U.S., nearly a year after halting in-store purchases, as it tries to weather a political backlash blaming such products for getting a generation of teenagers hooked on them.

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Isolated family may have been held against their will for years, Dutch police say
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Dutch police have arrested a second suspect in the case of a group of people found earlier this week living on a farm, where they had possibly been held against their will for some nine years.

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Concentration camp guard, 93, goes on trial in Germany
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More than seven decades after serving as a teenage SS private in a watchtower in Nazi Germany's Stutthof concentration camp, Bruno Dey went on trial in Hamburg state court on 5,230 counts of accessory to murder.

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Elijah Cummings, Democratic congressman who took on Trump, dead at 68
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Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, a sharecropper's son who became the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee investigating U.S. President Donald Trump, died early Thursday because of complications from longstanding health challenges. He was 68.

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Civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit record-high levels, UN report says
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Civilians are dying in record numbers in Afghanistan's increasingly brutal war, and more civilians died in July than in any previous one-month period since the United Nations began keeping statistics, according to a new report released Thursday.

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Syrian Kurds paying smugglers to find their way to refuge in northern Iraq
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Outgunned by the Turkish army and backed into a corner by U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull American troops out, the Kurds in northern Syria needed a new protector, writes Margaret Evans.

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Scientists discover big storms can create 'stormquakes'
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Scientists have discovered a mash-up of two feared disasters — hurricanes and earthquakes — and they're calling them "stormquakes."

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Canadian couple released from Turkish detention without charges
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A Canadian couple who were detained by Turkish authorities near the Syrian border in July on suspicion of trying to join ISIS are on their way home to Canada after being released without charge, CBC News has learned.

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Family arrested after driving through B.C. ditch into Washington state sent back to U.K.
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A family of seven who entered the United States illegally by driving through a ditch from British Columbia have been sent back to the United Kingdom.

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Trump assails Kurds, downplays Turkish invasion amid bipartisan condemnation
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U.S. President Donald Trump assailed his former Kurdish allies and said things are "very nicely under control" in northern Syria amid an ongoing Turkish military offensive, despite bipartisan condemnation of his troop withdrawal from the region.

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U.S. tightens rules for Chinese diplomats in bid to 'add reciprocity'
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Chinese diplomats in the United States must now give advance notice of any meetings with state, local and municipal officials, as well as at educational and research institutions, senior State Department officials said on Wednesday.

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Democrats hear from just-resigned aide to Pompeo as impeachment inquiry continues
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A swift-moving impeachment probe pushed onward Wednesday as a former top State Department aide testified that the Trump administration's politicization of foreign policy contributed to his resignation, while the Senate Republican leader briefed colleagues on a possible Christmas impeachment trial.

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Venezuela Wins Seat On U.N. Rights Council Despite Fierce U.S. Opposition
The council is responsible for protecting human rights, which Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is accused of violating. ... read more


World's Largest Child Pornography Marketplace Taken Down In Global Dragnet
The 23-year-old man accused of running the site, as well as hundreds of suspected users, have been arrested, U.S., British and South Korean officials said. ... read more


UK, EU Agree On Brexit Deal That Now Faces Parliament Vote
MPs set for Saturday vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's agreement. ... read more


Canada Joins The Growing List Of Countries Where Election Misinformation Reigns
Around the world, conspiracies are traveling from fringe online communities into the mainstream political conversation. ... read more


Obama Endorses Justin Trudeau Despite Black- And Brownface Scandal
The former U.S. president vouched for the Canadian prime minister in his reelection campaign, despite his history of wearing racist makeup. ... read more


US Security Chief 'Heaped Pain' On Grieving Parents Of Harry Dunn
The U.K. parents, who were invited to the White House, were shocked to discover that the woman involved in the fatal crash that killed their son was in the building. ... read more


Hong Kong Lawmakers Thwart Leader Carrie Lam's Annual Speech In Chaotic Scenes
Lam walked out and later delivered her address by video, as pro-democracy lawmakers held up placards showing her waving with hands colored blood-red. ... read more


Hong Kong Protesters Burn LeBron James Jersey After His Comments On China
The Los Angeles Lakers forward chastised the Houston Rockets general manager and his comments supporting pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters. ... read more


Typhoon Hagibis Leaves At Least 66 Dead In Japan
Hagibis was the worst storm to hit the country in decades, with some regions getting up to 3 feet of rain in just 24 hours. ... read more


Father of British Teen Killed In Crash With U.S. Diplomat's Wife Recalls Finding Son
Harry Dunn described seeing his son for the last time following the crash with an American who later invoked diplomatic immunity and left the U.K. ... read more


Syrian Forces Deploy Inside Kurdish-Held Territory After U.S. Retreat
The Syrian government began deploying on Monday in a major victory for President Bashar al-Assad and his principal ally Russia. ... read more


Spain Finds Catalan Leaders Guilty Of Sedition In Landmark Ruling Over Independence Bid
Much is at stake, both for Spain and for its wealthiest region, in this trial over an independence drive that attracted worldwide attention. ... read more


Typhoon Hagibis Leaves Thousands Of Homes Flooded, Damaged Or Without Power
As many as 36 people are dead from the storm, which caused serious damage in central and northern Japan. ... read more


Hundreds Of ISIS Supporters Escape Detention As Turkey Approaches Northern Syria
Kurdish forces will work with the Syrian government to fend off Turkey’s invasion, a major alliance shift after Trump ordered U.S. troops out of the area. ... read more


Hundreds Of ISIS Supporters Escape As Turkish Troops Near Kurdish-Held Syrian Town
A U.S. military official said the situation across northeastern Syria was "deteriorating rapidly." ... read more


Fighting In Northeastern Syria Has Already Displaced Over 130,000 People, UN Warns
Relief agencies have estimated that up to 400,000 civilians in the conflict zone may require aid and protection. ... read more


Typhoon Hagibis Pummels Japan, Killing At Least 33
A major rescue operation is underway in parts of central and northern Japan following the typhoon's landfall near Tokyo on Saturday. ... read more


Fierce Typhoon Hagibis Slams Into Tokyo, Millions Told To Evacuate
Winds ripped through buildings and tipped cars, killing at least one person. ... read more


Turkey Continues Heavy Bombardment Against Syria's Kurds, Captures Key Border Town
Turkey’s continued push into Syria comes days after President Donald Trump cleared the way for Turkey’s air and ground offensive. ... read more


Abiy Ahmed Wins 2019 Nobel Peace Prize For Helping To Resolve Border Conflict With Eritrea
The Norwegian Nobel Institute also praised the “important reforms” that Ethiopia’s prime minister has launched at home. ... read more


Brexit: EU and UK reach deal but DUP refuses support
The prime minister hails "excellent deal" with the EU, but a successful vote in Parliament is not yet certain. ... read more


Turkey to suspend Syria offensive 'to allow Kurdish withdrawal'
US Vice-President Mike Pence says the pause in operations will allow Kurdish-led forces to withdraw. ... read more


Macron warning on stigmatising Muslims amid France veil row
Protests erupt in France as a Muslim mother accuses a far-right politician of "racial violence". ... read more


Holocaust trial: Former Stutthof guard on trial in Germany
Bruno Dey, 93, on trial for complicity in mass murder at a Nazi death camp, says he felt sorry. ... read more


Russians accused of extremism cut wrists in court
The pair are accused of belonging to a group that were attempting to overthrow President Putin. ... read more


Catalan protests: Region's president pushes for second vote
Unrest in the Spanish region continues for a fourth day after the sentencing of Catalan separatists. ... read more


Brexit deal: Five reasons EU is happy with revised deal
EU leaders have hailed the agreement as a big step even though it still has to get through the UK Parliament. ... read more


Vatican launches new 'eRosary' bracelet
The gadget aims to help young Catholics pray for world peace and contemplate the gospel. ... read more


Paris Zoological Park: Say hello to the 'blob'!
The slime-like organism has been unveiled at a zoo in Paris. It looks like a fungus and has no mouth, stomach or eyes - but it's still able to both detect and digest food! ... read more


Pound's gains erased amid Brexit deal jitters
Sterling jumps at first on news of a deal, but falls back after the DUP reiterates its opposition. ... read more


Russia's Putin: From pariah to Middle East power broker
Russia's geo-political clout has expanded and it has become the key player in the Middle East. ... read more


Brexit deal: What just happened?
A new agreement has been reached, but Brexit is not yet a done deal. ... read more


Why Poles want more of this man's populist message
Millions of families feel for the first time that the party ruling Poland cares about their dignity. ... read more


Letter from Africa: How this teenager risked all for a life in limbo
Meeting the family of a young Gambian who ran away to seek his fortune in Europe. ... read more


Leonardo da Vinci feud: The 'earlier' Mona Lisa mystery
A London family is battling an international consortium over a potentially priceless painting. ... read more


Germany celebrates world's oldest sloth
A German zoo has marked a new record for the world's oldest known two-toed sloth. ... read more


Turkey is not afraid of US sanctions threat, says FM
National security was a greater priority than the threat of US sanctions, says foreign minister. ... read more


Why a brainless yellow 'blob' that can learn is mystifying scientists
A yellow organism, which looks like fungus but acts like an animal, has gone on display at a Paris zoo. ... read more


Russia spy case: Is Paul Whelan a hostage of Russia or a spy?
The British family of a man accused of spying in Moscow has called on the UK government to do more to secure his release. ... read more


Why scientists are ‘listening’ to the Matterhorn
Sparked by an unexpected rockfall, researchers placed sensors on the mountain to monitor the site. ... read more


Mulvaney walks back his remarks that Trump held up Ukraine aid for political reasons
"Get over it," he said earlier on Thursday. "There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy." ... read more


U.S., Turkey agree to cease-fire to allow Kurdish forces to retreat
The diplomatic overture took place just hours after President Donald Trump described the Kurdish forces fighting Turkish troops as “no angels.” ... read more


Elijah Cummings remembered as eloquent and militant voice for democracy
"He was able to express his militant commitment to liberal progressive causes, but he always did it in a moderate way." ... read more


In this rural community, a one-room schoolhouse has educated generations of residents
“We become a family," said Lyn Huston, the sole teacher at the Duckwater School for the past 20 years. ... read more


Energy Sec. Rick Perry, embroiled in Ukraine affair, to resign, Trump says
The former Texas governor is one of the last remaining members of the president's original Cabinet. ... read more


Sallie Mae execs tan at Maui retreat while student debt crisis tops $1.6 trillion
As borrowers struggle to keep up with their payments, Sallie Mae flew more than 100 employees on its sales team to Hawaii to celebrate $5 billion in sales. ... read more


Zuckerberg defends political ad rules, calls digital speech new 'fifth estate'
“It is a fifth estate, alongside the other power structures in our society,” Zuckerberg said, referring to Facebook and other tech platforms. ... read more


Conspiracy theorist must pay Sandy Hook father $450,000, jury says
Retired professor James Fetzer, co-author of the book "Nobody Died at Sandy Hook," was found guilty in June of defaming Leonard Pozner. ... read more


'Morals over money': Waitress fired after refusing to serve transphobic customers
"Turning a blind eye to hate is just as bad as saying the hateful things in my opinion," the waitress, Brittany Spencer, said. ... read more


Man arrested after woman's body found encased in concrete in Las Vegas desert
The woman was identified by prosecutors as 24-year-old Esmeralda Gonzalez, who went missing in late May. ... read more


Trump's Nancy Pelosi 'meltdown' tweet was the perfect self-own. Here's why.
The White House's photo clearly shows that the last man standing in that room is, in fact, Nancy Pelosi. ... read more


95 percent of baby foods tested contain toxic metals, new report says
Only nine of the 168 baby foods tested weren't found to contain arsenic, lead, cadmium or mercury. ... read more


Trump chooses his own Florida resort as site of G-7 gathering of world leaders
Rebuffing concerns about the president profiting off the event, the White House called Doral a "perfect" location. ... read more


Hotel collapse survivor speaks out as new questions arise about potential structural flaws
“Somebody needs to be held accountable for it,” said steelworker Derrick Pate, whose femur was broken in the New Orleans accident. ... read more


Country star Gretchen Wilson thrown out of N.M. hotel
"Wrong hotel for 3rd shifters," the Grammy-winning country star tweeted after she was ejected for violating the hotel's quiet hours. ... read more


Missouri man missing for a week found alive in car that crashed into ravine
Ryan Linneman, of Lee's Summit, was found by a dirt bike rider in wreckage along Interstate 470 in Kansas City, Lee's Summit police said. ... read more


U.K., E.U. agree to new divorce deal in key Brexit breakthrough
European leaders endorsed the deal Thursday, but it must still be agreed to by lawmakers in the British Parliament. ... read more


Thousands protest in Beirut over tax hikes as country declares economic emergency
The mass protests forced the government to pull a tax of 20 cents per day for calls made through voice over internet protocol apps such as WhatsApp. ... read more


Want to save lives in mass shootings? Ban large-capacity magazines, researchers say
From 1990 to 2017, most 'high-fatality mass shootings' were done by shooters equipped with high-capacity magazines. ... read more


Remembering Elijah Cummings: Remarks from his first speech on the House Floor
In his very first speech on the House floor back in 1996, Rep. Elijah Cummings spoke of his mission to empower and uplift others. Cummings died on Thursday in Baltimore at age 68. ... read more


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Mulvaney walks back his remarks that Trump held up Ukraine aid for political reasons
"Get over it," he said earlier on Thursday. "There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy." ... read more


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U.S., Turkey agree to cease-fire to allow Kurdish forces to retreat
The diplomatic overture took place just hours after President Donald Trump described the Kurdish forces fighting Turkish troops as “no angels.” ... read more


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Elijah Cummings remembered as eloquent and militant voice for democracy
"He was able to express his militant commitment to liberal progressive causes, but he always did it in a moderate way." ... read more


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In this rural community, a one-room schoolhouse has educated generations of residents
“We become a family," said Lyn Huston, the sole teacher at the Duckwater School for the past 20 years. ... read more


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Energy Sec. Rick Perry, embroiled in Ukraine affair, to resign, Trump says
The former Texas governor is one of the last remaining members of the president's original Cabinet. ... read more


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Sallie Mae execs tan at Maui retreat while student debt crisis tops $1.6 trillion
As borrowers struggle to keep up with their payments, Sallie Mae flew more than 100 employees on its sales team to Hawaii to celebrate $5 billion in sales. ... read more


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Zuckerberg defends political ad rules, calls digital speech new 'fifth estate'
“It is a fifth estate, alongside the other power structures in our society,” Zuckerberg said, referring to Facebook and other tech platforms. ... read more


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Conspiracy theorist must pay Sandy Hook father $450,000, jury says
Retired professor James Fetzer, co-author of the book "Nobody Died at Sandy Hook," was found guilty in June of defaming Leonard Pozner. ... read more


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'Morals over money': Waitress fired after refusing to serve transphobic customers
"Turning a blind eye to hate is just as bad as saying the hateful things in my opinion," the waitress, Brittany Spencer, said. ... read more


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Man arrested after woman's body found encased in concrete in Las Vegas desert
The woman was identified by prosecutors as 24-year-old Esmeralda Gonzalez, who went missing in late May. ... read more


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Trump's Nancy Pelosi 'meltdown' tweet was the perfect self-own. Here's why.
The White House's photo clearly shows that the last man standing in that room is, in fact, Nancy Pelosi. ... read more


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95 percent of baby foods tested contain toxic metals, new report says
Only nine of the 168 baby foods tested weren't found to contain arsenic, lead, cadmium or mercury. ... read more


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Trump chooses his own Florida resort as site of G-7 gathering of world leaders
Rebuffing concerns about the president profiting off the event, the White House called Doral a "perfect" location. ... read more


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Hotel collapse survivor speaks out as new questions arise about potential structural flaws
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Country star Gretchen Wilson thrown out of N.M. hotel
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Missouri man missing for a week found alive in car that crashed into ravine
Ryan Linneman, of Lee's Summit, was found by a dirt bike rider in wreckage along Interstate 470 in Kansas City, Lee's Summit police said. ... read more


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U.K., E.U. agree to new divorce deal in key Brexit breakthrough
European leaders endorsed the deal Thursday, but it must still be agreed to by lawmakers in the British Parliament. ... read more


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Thousands protest in Beirut over tax hikes as country declares economic emergency
The mass protests forced the government to pull a tax of 20 cents per day for calls made through voice over internet protocol apps such as WhatsApp. ... read more


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Want to save lives in mass shootings? Ban large-capacity magazines, researchers say
From 1990 to 2017, most 'high-fatality mass shootings' were done by shooters equipped with high-capacity magazines. ... read more


Remembering Elijah Cummings: Remarks from his first speech on the House Floor
In his very first speech on the House floor back in 1996, Rep. Elijah Cummings spoke of his mission to empower and uplift others. Cummings died on Thursday in Baltimore at age 68. ... read more