Trump planned to erect tent cities to house immigrants since the start of his presidency

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WASHINGTON -- Since the earliest days of the Trump presidency, the administration has been preparing to erect tent cities to house immigrants who had come to the country illegally.

The Department of Homeland Security asked Congress for $95 million to erect tent cities in two locations in Texas to "detain all immigration violators," according to...Read more

Governors reject Trump call for border troops over child policy

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WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of seven governors rejected President Donald Trump's request to send their states' National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border because they object to the administration's policy of separating minor children from asylum-seeking adults.

Democrats Andrew Cuomo of New York, Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, John ...Read more

Thousands of legal immigration slots would be slashed under House plan

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WASHINGTON -- Tens of thousands of immigrants will be barred from entering the country under the compromise plan the House is about to consider.

About 560,000 total immigrant visas were issued in 2017, according to State Department statistics.

The House plan would switch 78,400 spots, currently reserved for visas for adult siblings and married...Read more

House immigration plan would allow families to be detained together

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WASHINGTON -- The Republican House compromise bill on immigration would end the family separation issue at the border -- but Democrats won't support it.

The bill mandates that the Department of Homeland Security hold any adult only charged with a misdemeanor who crossed the border with a child under age 18 with their child, at specific family ...Read more

Trump campaign ex-staffer asks judge to keep NDA suit public

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NEW YORK -- A former manager on President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign who claims she was harassed on the job and is seeking to nullify a non-disclosure agreement is pressing to have her claims heard in public.

Jessica Denson asked a New York judge on Monday to deny the campaign's request to force the non-disclosure case into arbitration. The ...Read more

Trump campaign chief urges firing Sessions, ending Mueller probe

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's 2020 campaign manager wants the president to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and end special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference that intelligence agencies say was meant to help Trump's 2016 campaign.

"Time to fire Sessions. End the Mueller investigation. You can't obstruct something...Read more

Supreme Court gerrymandering decision signals more legal challenges to come

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court's handling of two cases alleging partisan gerrymandering is expected to spur even more legal action over the constitutionality of crafting electoral maps that tend to favor one political party.

Opponents of gerrymandering were hoping the Wisconsin and Maryland cases involving partisan gerrymandering would ...Read more

Koch group presses Republicans and Democrats to trim unspent dollars

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WASHINGTON -- A powerful conservative group is pressing senators this week to back President Donald Trump's effort to eliminated an unspent $15 billion in federal spending that Congress has already approved.

The Koch brothers-aligned Americans for Prosperity is running digital ads urging reluctant Republicans and some vulnerable Democrats to ...Read more

Battle builds around a new product-labeling bill in Congress

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NEW YORK -- A new bill in Congress is raising the hackles of consumer advocates who say it'll give Americans less information about the ingredients in products they buy.

Dubbed the Accurate Labels Act, the bill backed by groups that represent companies such as Kellogg Co. and Dow Chemical Co. seeks to establish federal standards for labeling. ...Read more

Afghan interpreters face new trouble trying to get US visas

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WASHINGTON -- Four years ago, Ahmad Shirin was in his native Afghanistan, fearing that the Taliban would kill him for serving as an interpreter for the U.S. Army, a job dutifully and dangerously carried out for 12 years.

Today, Shirin lives in Charlotte, N.C., thanks to a special visa program for translators and interpreters who assisted U.S. ...Read more

Trump announces 'Space Force' plan as he signs space policy directive

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President Donald Trump signed a space policy directive Monday aimed at coordinating federal and industry efforts to manage space traffic and debris ahead of the expected launch of hundreds or even thousands of small satellites.

Trump also said he would direct the Defense Department and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,...Read more

Backlash builds against Trump's policy splitting families at border, as he falsely blames Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump faced a growing backlash Monday over his administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that since April has separated at least 2,000 children from their parents crossing the southern border, even as he continued to falsely blame Democrats for the hard-line actions.

Some Republican allies in Congress, ...Read more

Supreme Court decides not to decide on constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering

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WASHINGTON -- In a major setback for political reformers, the Supreme Court refused Monday to rule on the constitutionality of extreme partisan gerrymandering, dismissing cases from Wisconsin and Maryland for procedural reasons.

In the Wisconsin case, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said the challengers must bring complaints against their own...Read more

Trump warns US could follow path of Germany on immigration

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday appeared to defend his administration's policy of separating migrant families by warning that Germany's and Europe's immigration issues could be replicated here.

He used several tweets Monday morning to blast not only German and European immigration laws, but also Democratic lawmakers. The GOP ...Read more

Trump Tower, one of largest users of Chicago River water, has never met EPA rules for protecting fish, records show

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CHICAGO -- Fishing piers and floating gardens welcome anglers to the Chicago Riverwalk, but a few blocks upstream is a little-known threat to fish and other aquatic life in the city's steadily improving waterway: Trump International Hotel & Tower.

State records obtained by the Tribune show the president's glass-and-steel skyscraper is one of ...Read more

Trump to meet with House Republicans Tuesday to sell immigration compromise

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump will meet with House Republicans Tuesday evening to express his support for a compromise immigration bill the chamber will vote on later in the week, according to a source familiar with the plan.

The president will head to the Capitol to meet with the House Republican Conference Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Trump is ...Read more

Primary results show the GOP is all in on Trump

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., lamented the direction of his Republican Party last fall, before his resignation.

Conservative purity tests had been replaced by a new measuring stick, he said. "Now, since Donald Trump, the litmus test is loyalty to an individual."

His words were punctuated by primary election results Tuesday night...Read more

Have politicians learned from the 2016 email hacks? Experts are not so sure

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WASHINGTON -- A new reality has set in to political campaigns: Candidates must expect that their private email accounts will be hacked, and the contents splashed onto the internet, possibly squandering their chances of victory or exposing personal secrets.

Email hacking is now an entrenched tactic for practitioners of political sabotage.

"I ...Read more

Republicans blindsided by Trump opposition to immigration plan

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans who spent months carefully crafting an immigration reform plan found themselves not rounding up votes Friday but refreshing their phone messages to see if a presidential tweet would blow up the entire effort.

President Donald Trump had just thrown a wrench into months of immigration talks, saying in an early ...Read more

1,995 immigrant children separated from adults in previous 2 months

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Migrant family separations on the border have drawn national attention, as the Trump administration enforces a "zero tolerance" policy of charging parents in criminal court and placing their children in federally funded shelters.

A total of 1,995 children have been separated from 1,940 adult guardians who were prosecuted for entering the ...Read more