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'We Are Not Nation-Building Again,' Trump Says While Unveiling Afghanistan Strategy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FV-E-u6-Cs Updated at 9:45 p.m. ET President Trump declared that a hasty withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan "would create a vacuum" and that America is "not nation-building again; we are killing terrorists." In a nationally broadcast address from Fort Myer in Virginia, Trump said he shares the American people's "frustration" with the long-running war in Afghanistan and that his "original instinct was to pull out." But he said the security threats the U...

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Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after President Trump outlined his military strategy in Afghanistan:

                                                                    

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), and CPC Peace and Security Taskforce Chair Barbara Lee (D-CA) made the following statement in response to President Trump’s authorization of a troop increase in U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan: 

  Eryn Murphy arrived at New Mexico State University as an undergraduate student on a swim scholarship. She initially majored in nutrition with a minor in exercise science, but eventually realized she was more interested in exercise science and switched majors. She quickly fell in love with NMSU’s Department of Kinesiology and Dance. 

She received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from NMSU in 2013, returned home to Washington state and received her master’s degree in exercise science from Western Washington, and is back at NMSU working on her doctorate in kinesiology.

"Fugitive Fibers" Opens Fall Season At University Art Gallery

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Las Cruces, NM--The University Art Gallery (UAG) will present the exhibition, Fugitive Fibers, a group show displaying work by four artists who utilize fiber in their practice to speak about contemporary binaries within the contexts of found and created environments. Commenting on consumerism, Sandra Doore shapes synthetic leather into fragmented objects of beauty and creates plastic “texted” tapestries, both functioning as sites of investigation and critique.

Monday Business Watch

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What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Jason Gibbs, Business Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, looking at the world of agriculture and technology tied together, plan of succession for small business, and the Hispanic Chamber’s 25th anniversary continues.  

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Española Police Chief On Leave After Child Abuse Indictment

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ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — The police chief of a troubled northern New Mexico city has been placed on leave following grand jury indictments on child abuse and witness intimidation.

Española Mayor Alice Lucero told The Santa Fe New Mexican last week she placed Police Chief Matthew Vigil on leave following news of the indictments out of Taos.

UNM Press Fights For Survival Amid Layoffs, Budget Cuts

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The largest publisher of books in New Mexico is struggling for survival amid layoffs and budget cuts.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the University of New Mexico Press has in recent months cut its staff by about a quarter and made plans to reduce its annual output by about one-third.

UNM Press' director of seven years, John Byram, left last month after his contract was not renewed. University leaders are considering a plan to fold the press into the school's library division and outsource its warehouse functions.

Independent monitor files mixed report on APD reform

Aug 20, 2017

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The independent monitor overseeing a years long Albuquerque police reform effort found the department is "well below what could reasonably be expected at this point in the project," but has improved in reporting use-of-force incidents.

James Ginger, the monitor, on Friday filed a 41-page report that is intended to determine if the Albuquerque Police Department's efforts have achieved the goals outlined in a settlement between the Department of Justice and the city of Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Police chief responds to Jeff Sessions' threat

Aug 20, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions (r)

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque police chief has responded to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' threat to not give the city federal resources due to its detainment practices.

Chief Gorden Eden wrote in a letter to Sessions that the city plans to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice program aimed at reducing crime, which Sessions threatened to exclude Albuquerque from, calling it a sanctuary city for people who are illegally in the country.

Eden denied being the chief of a sanctuary city.

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Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

 Commentary: Las Cruces, NM – Local members of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) attended today’s public meeting with gubernatorial candidate Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham at Milagro Coffee in order to express their gratitude for her opposition to President Trump’s Executive Order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries, including Iran. Rep. Lujan Grisham is a co-sponsor of H.R.1503, which would rescind the ban.

Republicans Turn To Tax Cuts

Aug 20, 2017

Commentary: Trump and Republicans want to turn away from the Charlottesville moral equivalent argument about Nazis & White Supremacy to tax cuts—not tax reform. Ever since Reagan, the only policy options put forth by Republicans have been tax cuts and deregulation. Starve the Government and everything will be wonderful.  In the 1920’s that led to a great depression, in the 80’s we tripled our national debt, and in 2008 it led to the great recession.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: WASHINGTON ― Billed as a ‘free speech’ rally in Boston, thousands of counter-protesters crammed Boston Common and marched through city streets, causing the planned rally to end early.

Standing Against Oppression Is Not A Partisan Issue

Aug 20, 2017
Peter Goodman

Commentary: I think I understand why revulsion at Trump's comments on Charlottesville is so universal.

Trump's “both sides are wrong” response didn't shock or surprise me. Local Republican County Chair Roman Jimenez's vicious writing didn't surprise me. Why would they? 

But Trump is suddenly isolated, deserted by business, the military, and other Republicans. Jimenez has resigned under fire. Republican fire. 

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Commentary: The Washington Post recently published transcripts it obtained of a telephone conversation that President Donald Trump had with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto after his inauguration in January. The conversation covers trade, illegal drug smuggling, and Trump’s initiative to build a border wall between the two countries. It also reveals some key points about Trump’s view of U.S.-Mexico relations.

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