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Week In Politics: The ‘Go Back’ To Where You Came From Tweet, A Change In Asylum Law And More

Labor Secretary Alexander Acostaleaves after a press conference at the US Department of Labor on July 10, 2019 in Washington,DC. - Democratic Party leaders called on July 9, 2019 for the resignation of President Donald Trump's secretary of labor over a secret plea deal he made a decade ago with a wealthy hedge fund manager accused of sexually abusing young girls. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, 50, was serving as a federal prosecutor in Florida when his office entered into the controversial plea agreement with financier Jeffrey Epstein. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta leaves after a press conference at the US Department of Labor on July 10, 2019 in Washington,DC

AirTalk’s weekly political roundtable recaps the major headlines you might’ve missed in politics news over the weekend and looks ahead to the week to come.

AirTalk’s weekly political roundtable recaps the major headlines you might’ve missed in politics news over the weekend and looks ahead to the week to come. Here are the headlines what we’re following this week: 

  • On Sunday, President Trump tweeted that “the squad” -- the four progressive freshmen Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib -- should “go back” to the countries they came from. After backlash, he doubled down on his statement. What should be the repercussions for the President? How should Dems respond? What about Trump’s own party? 

  • The White House is working on a new rule that would curb asylum protections for many of the migrants coming to the U.S. from Central America 

  • President Trump threatened immigration raids, but they weren’t as large scale as expected

  • Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta resigned over his plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein

  • 2020 check-in:

    • Swalwell was the first major Dem to drop out of the race. How and why does a candidate choose to drop out? Who else will follow?     

    • Plus, billionaire Tom Steyer has thrown his hat into the ring 

    • Even though Warren and Sanders are quite similar ideologically, their voters are completely different 

    • Biden laid out his foreign policy vision, as well as his healthcare plan, which some have pointed out looks a whole lot like the ACA 

    • Sanders’ aides urge him to get more personal to distinguish himself as a candidate 

  • There’s continued infighting between House Speaker Pelosi and the “squad,” although after Trump’s controversial weekend tweet, Pelosi came out to defend the four women 

  • Plus, a recent piece in the Washington Post argues that the reason older Dems compromise is because of the Reagan era 

  • On Friday, the House voted to restrict President Trump’s capacity to authorize a military strike in Iran

  • Retired former House speaker Paul Ryan has publicly criticized Trump 

  • California is floating a bill that would force Trump and all presidential candidates who want to see their names on the state’s 2020 primary ballot to turn in the last 5 years of their tax returns

Guests:

Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist and founder and chief executive officer of Rodriguez Strategies. He is also a former senior Obama advisor in 2008; he tweets

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush

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