Maj. Gen. John Nichols: National Guard troops will undergo training, Spanish classes before being sent to border
A Tuesday hearing in Texas about Republican Gov. Rick Perry's plan to send 1,000 National Guard troops to the border sparked partisan debate about the plan's effectiveness. At the hearing, Maj. Gen. John Nichols also provided new details about the National Guard's border plans.
Nichols, who serves as the Guard's leader, said at the hearing that the troops sent to the border will undergo training for a week and a half to two weeks, including taking Spanish classes, before arriving at the border. Nichols, along with Steve McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), said he did not support Perry's deployment of the National Guard, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Rep. Sylvester Turner (D), meanwhile, argued that the number of children crossing the U.S. border has decreased since before Perry's announcement. "If those things are being driven down right now, what is the cost-benefit analysis to the state of Texas of having the surge... when there are other tremendous needs like transportation in this state?" Turner said. McCraw, however, said the plan has been effective in decreasing the number of illegal immigrants at the border.
According to McCraw, Texas' DPS has spent $5.8 million so far on the border surge. That number will increase when the guards are deployed next month. Meghan DeMaria
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) maintained Friday that he'll support the Republican presidential nominee, even if that somebody happens to be Donald Trump, The Palm Beach Post reports.
In fact, Rubio might be more impressed with the billionaire business mogul than usual, saying his "performance has improved significantly" recently.
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was none too thrilled Saturday with the protesters who blocked his way into California's Republican convention the day before:
The "protesters" in California were thugs and criminals. Many are professionals. They should be dealt with strongly by law enforcement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2016
Leave it to Trump to make an off-color joke about the incident once he made it inside the hotel Friday.
Jimmy Fallon has been singing bits and pieces of Styx's "Too Much Time on My Hands" on The Tonight Show for days. On Friday, he and actor Paul Rudd took the obsession to its natural conclusion, creating a shot-by-shot remake of the '80s music video. The end result is sufficiently goofy. Take a look below. Julie Kliegman
Hundreds of activists stormed Iraq's parliament building Saturday in support of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had accused Iraqi politicians of corruption, CBS News reports.
The demonstrators climbed over blast walls in Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses most of the country's ministries and foreign embassies, after parliament couldn't reach quorum to hold a session. The protesters broke furniture, chanted, and waved Iraqi flags.
San Francisco Police Chief Gregory Suhr released nine pages of racist and homophobic text messages sent between officers Friday and ordered all officers to undergo anti-bias training, The New York Times reports.
"We have nothing to hide," Suhr said of his 2,000-member force. "These are the actions of a few."
The messages, which disparaged blacks, Latinos, South Asians, and LGBT people, were found as part of an investigation into a rape charge against one of the officers.
The head of an evangelical legal organization has pledged to carry a gun into Target's bathrooms to defend against transgender women. Liberty Counsel President Anita Staver is calling for a boycott of the retail chain after it announced that it will allow patrons to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, The Huffington Post reports. Staver tweeted the following:
— Anita Staver (@AnitaStaver) April 22, 2016
Staver later claimed she always brings guns into public restrooms.