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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said Sunday she’d eliminate the detention system for immigrants awaiting asylum claims in court, saying if released with a court date and a lawyer, they’d show up.

In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Gillibrand, who’s among a large field of Democratic candidates for president, said the detained immigrants “don’t need to be incarcerated.”

“As president of the United States, I wouldn’t use the dentition system at all,” she said adding: They can — if they’re given a lawyer and given a process, they will follow it. They can go into the community in the way we used to handle these cases under the Department of Justice.” 

She also blasted President Donald Trump for having ““started a war on American women.”

“This is nothing short of an all-out assault on women’s reproductive freedom,” she said of a new wave of anti-abortion bills being passed in the South and Midwest.

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Marguerite Cottrell remembers the summer day 75 years ago when a Western Union telegram was delivered to her family farm as her mother was hanging clothes on the line to dry.

Her mother read it, sat down and wept.

Cottrell’s older brother, John Reynolds, had been killed in the D-Day invasion of Normandy on the coast of France.

“I knew something bad had happened,” said Cottrell, who was 4. She remembers her mother telling her: “Well, little Jack has gone to heaven. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

All over the little town of Bedford, Virginia, nestled next to the Blue Ridge Mountains, similar telegrams were delivered that summer — nine of them on one day — with the same opening line expressing the secretary of war’s “deep regret” that a loved one was killed or missing.

Twenty men from Bedford or the surrounding area were killed on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Nineteen fell while trying to take Omaha Beach as members of Company A of the 116th Infantry Regiment. The 20th man was in a different company.

The decisive World War II invasion took a horrific toll on Bedford, a town of about 4,000 at the time. Its D-Day losses were among the steepest, proportionally, of any community in America.

The dead were country boys who came of age during the Depression and joined the National Guard before the war for extra income and uniforms that local girls thought looked sharp, according to author Alex Kershaw’s 2003 best-seller “The Bedford Boys.”

Frank Draper and Elmere Wright were local baseball standouts. Wallace Carter worked at the town’s pool hall. Earl Parker left behind a young bride and a daughter he never got to meet. Twins Ray and Roy Stevens hoped to run a farm after the war, but only Roy survived.

Their time in combat was short. Among the first waves in the assault on Omaha Beach, Bedford’s soldiers were wiped out by Nazi machine guns and mortars within minutes after their landing craft hit the sand.

“They were waiting for us, the minute the ramp went down, they opened up,” said Elisha Ray Nance, one of the few Bedford Boys who survived that deadly beach landing, in comments recorded in “Bedford Goes to War,” a book by local historian James Morrison.

In 1996, Congress designated a plot of land next to Bedford as the site of the National D-Day Memorial, a monument to the more than 4,000 Allied troops who lost their lives in the battle.

“When people come here, it is important to see the town as the monument itself,” President George W. Bush said at a 2001 ceremony dedicating the memorial. “This is the place they left behind.”

Amateur historian Ken Parker and his wife, Linda, have turned the town’s old pharmacy into a coffee shop and tribute center to the Bedford Boys. Green’s Drug Store was where Bedford Boys had hung out as high schoolers and their wives and girlfriends exchanged gossip and news during the war.

The center is now filled with war-era uniforms, pictures and other items, including the teletype machine that Parker says printed out the notices when the boys were killed.

On a recent Monday, Bedford resident Maryellen Cunningham came in to take a look around. She said seeing the old teletype gave her chills.

“I can’t even imagine the operator that was getting one telegram after another after another,” she said.

The Parkers — who recently moved to Bedford from Oklahoma — said they get similar visits all the time from Bedford residents, who often want to place a war-related family heirloom on display at the new tribute center.

Nance, the last surviving Bedford Boy, died in 2009. Only a few of the fallen soldiers’ siblings are still alive. But the Parkers said younger generations have held on to many of the boys’ letters and other keepsakes, handing them down through generations almost like sacred relics.

The couple said one of the Bedford Boys’ nephews recently found a stash of unopened letters his grandmother had sent to her son before she knew he had been killed on D-Day.

“They just bottled this up for so long,” Linda Parker said. “They can finally open that box and let the stuff out.”

Cottrell, who recently dropped in at Green’s Drug Store, said her mother used to open up an old trunk with her brother’s belongings on Sunday afternoons and read his letters. Cottrell said her mother blamed herself for letting Jack enlist and talked about him often to keep his memory alive.

“There’s so many people that have passed away, you know, that this would have meant so much to,” she said of the drugstore. “My mom would have loved coming here.”

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Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock said Sunday “it’s not up to people like me” to determine when and if a woman has an abortion.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Bullock, who is among the expansive field of Democratic candidates for president, said he believes life stars when a fetus can survive outside the womb.

“I would say that life begins at viability, but either way it’s not up to people like me to be making these decisions,” he said. “It’s not what I think, it’s what does an individual woman need to do with her body and with her health care.” 

Bullock added he believes the Supreme Court decision in 1973 in Roe v. Wade should stand.

“Ultimately, the Supreme Court settled this 45 years ago,” he said. “It’s not my decision to be making a decision that a woman needs to make in consultation with her doctor, her family, her faith.”

Bullock also portrayed his candidacy as one that will fight for the middle class.

“The guy that cleans this very building paid more in taxes last year than Amazon did with $10 billion in profits,” he said.

“The economy is booming,” he added. “But for a whole lot of folks they’re not getting … better because of the Trump tax cuts.”

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Republicans are rebuking Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., for calling President Donald Trump’s conduct as “impeachable,” with Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeting he is doing the work of resistant Democrats.

“It’s sad to see Congressman Amash parroting the Democrats’ talking points on Russia,” she tweeted. “The only people still fixated on the Russia collusion hoax are political foes of @realDonaldTrump hoping to defeat him in 2020 by any desperate means possible.”

She continued:

“Voters in Amash’s district strongly support this president, and would rather their Congressman work to support the President’s policies that have brought jobs, increased wages and made life better for Americans.”

Sen. Romney, while calling Rep. Amash’s position “courageous,” reminded CNN’s “State of the Union,” it is the Senate and not Rep. Amash’s House that is the “jury” on impeachment.

“My own view is that Justin Amash has reached a different conclusion than I have,” Romney told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “But I believe that to make a case for obstruction of justice, you just don’t have the elements that are evidenced in this document.

“And I also believe that an impeachment call is something that not just relates to the law but considers practicality and politics. I think those considering impeachment have to look at the jury, which is the Senate.

“The Senate is certainly not there either.”

RNC’s McDaniel repeated President Trump’s position in scathing tweets on Rep. Amash doing the work of resistant Democrats.

Trump started:

“Never a fan of @justinamash, a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy. If he actually read the biased Mueller Report, ‘composed’ by 18 Angry Dems who hated Trump,….”

Then concluded:

“….he would see that it was nevertheless strong on NO COLLUSION and, ultimately, NO OBSTRUCTION…Anyway, how do you Obstruct when there is no crime and, in fact, the crimes were committed by the other side? Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!”

Rep. Amash had tweeted Saturday about his “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, listing at No. 2 “President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.”

The GOP rejection of Amash’s position extended to Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox.

“While President @realDonaldTrump’s leadership has led to the strongest economy in a generation, Justin Amash has opposed his ‘America First’ agenda every step of the way,” she tweeted, and added in an ensuing tweet:

“Now, in a desperate attempt to grab headlines and advance his own presidential ambitions, Amash is peddling a narrative that has repeatedly been proven false. Shameful.”

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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Sunday sharply condemned President Donald Trump for a “national crisis of division,” but distanced himself from progressive Democrats in the run for White House.

In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Hickenlooper also emphasized that his candidacy is focused on supporting the middle class in the country.

“I’m running for president because Donald Trump has been fueling this national crisis of division, of taking our country backwards,” he declared. “And the answer is not socialism.”

“I’ve spent my whole life bringing people together and getting big progressive things done,” he added.

“We’ve achieved almost universal health care coverage. And we beat the NRA with tough, tough gun laws. I think the real challenge here is how do we get that nonsense that’s taken over Washington and replace it with common sense?”

He also called the Trump administration’s foreign policy “isolationist and reckless” — and criticized those who “would have the United States withdraw from global engagement.”

“That makes us less safe,” Hickenlooper said. “The only way to full security is through constant engagement. And by reviving U.S. leadership, we actually make our country safer. But we also make it more prosperous.”

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Sunday it’s not “good enough” for Democrats to nominate a candidate just to defeat President Donald Trump, arguing his presidential campaign aims “to transform this country.”

In an interview on NBC News’ “Meet The Press,” Sanders emphasized the differences in his approach compared with current front-runner primary candidate Joe Biden.

“Beating Trump is not good enough,” Sanders said. “You have to beat the fossil fuel industry, you have to take on all the forces of the status quo who do not want to move this country to energy efficiency and sustainable energy.” 

“Taking on Trump? Of course you’ve got to do that,” he said. “But you need a real plan to transform our energy system.”

According to Sanders, his campaign is “going to create the kind of excitement that we need to bring out the large voter turnout… The truth is that our campaign, I think, can generate that excitement.”

He added that his 2016 run against Hillary Clinton proved he could take on the Democratic Party establishment.

“We took on the entire Democratic establishment — we took on the Democratic National Committee, we took on every Democratic governor, we took on every Democratic mayor, and we ended up winning 22 states and 13 million votes, and in fact bringing forth an agenda that transformed the Democratic party,” he declared.

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A man has been charged in the abduction of an 8-year-old girl who was snatched from a street in Fort Worth, Texas, as she walked with her mother.

Fort Worth police say the girl was found safe Sunday, about eight hours later, at a hotel in nearby Forest Hills.

Police say 51-year-old Michael Webb was arrested at the scene on an aggravated kidnapping charge.

Officer Buddy Calzada says a man grabbed the girl Saturday evening, and sped away with her in a car. Police released surveillance video of the car . Police found Webb and the girl at the hotel after witnesses reported seeing the car there.

She has been taken to a hospital.

Online records don’t list bond or an attorney representing Webb who can speak on his behalf.

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said impeachment proceedings could bolster congressional efforts to obtain information the Trump administration won’t release.

“It provides an additional tool,” the California Democrat told CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday. “What we have been doing is we have been gradually escalating the tactics we need to use to get information for the American people. So we began by asking for voluntary cooperation, and that was not forthcoming. We followed with subpoenas, we followed with contempt. We may follow with inherent contempt, and we may have to follow with impeachment.”

The White House has refused to provide information Congress requested relating to President Trump’s tax returns and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The House Judiciary Committee voted earlier this month to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress after Trump asserted executive privilege over Mueller’s full report and the underlying evidence.

Schiff said last week the House was debating whether to enforce “inherent contempt,” a rarely used congressional power, to get Trump administration officials to comply with subpoenas. It would allow Congress to fine or jail those who ignore subpoenas.

If the House moves forward with impeachment proceedings, Schiff said, it will be because it had no other option to obtain the requested information.

“It’d be important to show the American people this was a decision made reluctantly. This was a decision forced upon us rather than something we have been eager to embrace,” said Schiff, a staunch Trump critic.

Some Democrats have already called for impeachment proceedings, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has put the brakes on those efforts.

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash on Saturday became the first Republican in Congress to say Trump had committed impeachable offenses.

The visitation, funeral and burial will take place this week for a Chicago woman who was strangled and her baby cut from her womb .

According to Mount Auburn Funeral Home in the Chicago suburb of Stickney, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez will have a two-day visitation on Thursday and Friday. The 19-year-old’s funeral will be Saturday morning at the funeral home, followed by burial at the adjoining memorial park.

Two women, 46-year-old Clarisa Figueroa and her 24-year-old daughter Desiree Figueroa, are charged with murder in Ochoa-Lopez’s death. Police found Ochoa-Lopez’s body early Thursday outside Clarisa Figueroa’s Chicago home. Police said Sunday that Ochoa-Lopez’s infant son remains hospitalized in grave condition.

Clarisa Figueroa’s boyfriend, 40-year-old Piotr Bobak, is charged with the concealment of a homicide. All three are ordered held without bond.

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators opposed to right-wing populism and nationalism took to the streets in a number of European cities before May 23-26 elections to the European Parliament.

Marches in Germany were held under the banner of “One Europe for Everyone: Your Voice Against Nationalism” in cities including Berlin, Cologne, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Munich and Hamburg.

Organizers from more than 70 groups support the European Union, but also urge changes in migration policy such as support for refugee rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea.

Other gatherings under the slogan “No to Hate, Yes to Change” were planned in Budapest, Genoa, Utrecht, Warsaw, Bucharest and other cities.

The dpa news agency said organizers reported 20,000 protesters in Berlin, while police estimated 10,000 in Munich, 14,000 in Frankfurt, and 10,000 in Hamburg.

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For more news from The Associated Press on the European Parliament elections, go to https://www.apnews.com/EuropeanParliament

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