Donald Trump threatens China with additional tariffs

21 min 14 sec ago

President Trump escalated his trade feud with China on Monday night, threatening to impose tariffs of 10 percent on another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods in retaliation for previous tariffs and Beijing's intellectual-property practices.

"After the legal process is complete, these tariffs will go into effect if China refuses ...

Ex-Maryland senator awaiting fraud sentence to repay $5K

48 min 51 sec ago

BALTIMORE (AP) - A former Maryland senator who pleaded guilty in a federal bribery case has agreed to forfeit $5,000 as part of a plea deal.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports the payment was filed in court Monday. Seventy-one-year-old Nathaniel T. Oaks pleaded guilty in March to fraud charges ...

Family separation policy faces headwinds in New Mexico

53 min 3 sec ago

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Trump administration policy of separating immigrant children from their parents is being met by doubts from a Republican candidate for governor of New Mexico and forceful condemnation from the Democratic competitor. Both candidates in the border state also serve in Congress.

Republican Congressman and ...

Inside the Beltway: The media creates its own border war

53 min 12 sec ago

There is a surge of journalists at the Southwest border, all seeking insight on immigration and the "family separation crisis," this according to CNN analyst Brian Stelter, who blamed it all on "President Trump's lies about the policy" for the interest.

Trouble is, the news coverage is flawed, and even ...

Republicans abandon Donald Trump over 'zero tolerance' border policy

57 min 28 sec ago

Congressional Republicans beat a full-scale retreat Monday from the administration's zero-tolerance border policy, joining Democrats to demand that President Trump stop jailing parents and find ways to keep families together while trying to stop a new surge of illegal immigration.

High-profile Republicans said they are writing bills that would end ...

New migrant rules could shutter some Maryland crab houses

1 hour 24 min ago

BALTIMORE (AP) - Many Maryland crab houses expect to stay idle this summer after U.S. immigration officials approved additional migrant worker visas this month for only one picking house.

The Baltimore Sun reports the H-2B visas for seasonal workers were awarded by lottery for the first time this year due ...

Donald Trump readies $200 billion in China tariffs, citing 'unacceptable' policies

1 hour 30 min ago

President Trump escalated his trade feud with China Monday night, threatening to impose tariffs of 10 percent on another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

"After the legal process is complete, these tariffs will go into effect if China refuses to change its practices," the president said in a statement.


John Kasich, Jeb Bush join uproar against Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' border policy

1 hour 32 min ago

Republicans eyeing a run against President Trump in 2020 have eagerly joined the uproar over the treatment of illegal immigrant children at the border.

They seized upon the spectacle of children taken away from parents charged with border jumping and used it as a platform to call the president and ...

Ex-CIA worker charged with disclosing classified information

1 hour 45 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) - A former CIA employee from New York was charged Monday with the theft of classified national defense information from the agency.

Joshua Adam Schulte, of Manhattan, was charged in a 13-count superseding indictment returned by a grand jury.

According to the indictment, Schulte stole the classified ...

Immigration detention policy becomes major issue in media

1 hour 51 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) - In a phone conversation with her executive producer over the weekend, "CBS This Morning" anchor Gayle King wondered if there wasn't more the network could do on the story of children being separated from parents through the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. Almost before she ...

California pushes movie industry diversity with tax credit

2 hours 4 min ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers are trying to encourage better sexual harassment reporting and diverse hiring in the movie industry through the state's film tax credit program.

The Assembly on Monday approved an update to the tax credit program, which awards up to $330 million per year in credits to ...

Kansas voter ID law requiring proof of citizenship struck down by judge

2 hours 18 min ago

WICHITA, Kan. — A federal judge has ruled Kansas cannot require proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, a setback for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in a case with national implications for voting rights.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson sided with voters Monday that Kansas cannot require ...

Ted Cruz announces bill to stop family separations at border

3 hours 2 min ago

Sen. Ted Cruz announced a new bill Monday to stop family separations at the border, calling for a massive infusion of money and manpower to solve the problem without going back to the days of catch-and-release.

The Texan is the latest Republican to say he is appalled by the images ...

ProPublica audio tape of crying immigrant children plays during Kirstjen Nielsen briefing

3 hours 7 min ago

A journalist at the daily White House press briefing Monday played an audio tape of crying illegal immigrant children while Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was defending the administration's policy of separating families who enter the country illegally.

Near the end of Ms. Nielsen's press briefing, while she was still ...

Kansas joins legal challenge to DACA program

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:48

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The state of Kansas has joined a multistate lawsuit challenging the legality of an immigration program that grants temporary legal status to immigrants without proper documents who came to the U.S. as children.

The program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was established by ...

Ex-inspector to review Illinois House amid harassment claims

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:34

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A former state executive inspector general will investigate the Illinois House of Representatives after several sexual harassment scandals.

House Speaker Michael Madigan announced Monday that he and eight women legislators selected Maggie Hickey to review House operations and procedures.

The appointment follows sexual harassment complaints against ...

House votes for pair of workplace sexual misconduct studies

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:32

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania lawmakers want to study the issue of sexual misconduct in the workplace, including in state government, through the passage of a pair of House resolutions.

State representatives voted overwhelmingly on Monday for two resolutions, one to give a task force a year to report on ...

Charlie Baker, Massachusetts governor, won't send National Guard to border over family separations

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:31

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is reversing a decision to send a Massachusetts National Guard helicopter and crew to U.S.-Mexico border, citing the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents.

The Republican governor called the policy of taking children from their parents as families arrive at the border ...

US Rep. Yoder urges Sessions to halt separation of families

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:25

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder is calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to halt the separation of families during a crackdown on illegal entries.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Yoder says that as the son of a social worker, he knows the "trauma that comes with children ...

Politicians visit border amid outrage on family separation

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:19

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) - Politicians and advocates flocked to the Mexican border to visit U.S. immigration detention centers and turn up the pressure on the Trump administration amid a growing uproar Monday over its policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.

A group of congressional lawmakers on Sunday visited ...

Mormon church blasts family separations at US-Mexico border

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:14

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Mormon church says it's "deeply troubled" by the separation of families at the U.S-Mexico border and is urging national leaders to fix the situation and find compassionate solutions.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement Monday ...

Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity won't back Corey Stewart in Virginia Senate race

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:10

RICHMOND, Va. — A tea party group backed by billionaire conservatives plans to sit out the U.S. Senate race in Virginia.

News outlets report that Americans for Prosperity has announced it won't support Republican nominee Corey Stewart as he tries to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine.

The group is ...

Prince Harry says 'give Donald Trump a chance,' according to Meghan Markle's father Thomas Markle

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:57

LONDON — The father of the former Meghan Markle says he talked politics with Prince Harry over the phone - and Harry argued that he should give President Donald Trump a chance.

Thomas Markle told broadcaster ITV on Monday that he had several phone conversations with Harry, including one in ...

More arrested in N Carolina's final week of demonstrations

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:49

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - More than 130 people have been arrested or cited by police at North Carolina's Legislative Building during six weeks of non-violent action as part of a national civil rights movement seeking largely liberal-leaning demands.

The last batch of arrests for the Poor People's Campaign in North ...

Lobbyist convicted of Kentucky deputy attorney general bribe

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Democratic lobbyist has been convicted of bribing Kentucky's No. 2 law enforcement officer to win contracts for some outside law firms.

But the federal jury found James Sullivan not guilty of three other charges that accused him of bribing a state official to maintain a ...

McCaskill slams Trump policy on border family separation

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:26

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is criticizing the Trump administration over the forced separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

McCaskill in a Monday statement said she'll work to stop what she described as a misguided policy.

Despite bipartisan criticism, President ...

Lobbyist convicted of bribing deputy attorney general in 2016; acquitted of other charges

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Lobbyist convicted of bribing deputy attorney general in 2016; acquitted of other charges.

Colorado's Hickenlooper condemns US border separations

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:48

DENVER (AP) - In a message for the Donald Trump administration, Gov. John Hickenlooper has issued an order barring Colorado state agencies from separating children from their parents based on immigration status.

Hickenlooper acted Monday after condemning the separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Gubernatorial spokeswoman ...

School groups, police, clergy back Kasich gun reform bill

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:37

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A coalition seeking to reduce gun violence across Ohio is urging lawmakers to act quickly to enact Republican Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) proposed gun law changes.

Groups representing students, teachers, school counselors, police chiefs, pediatricians and Catholic clergy joined a letter sent last week to state ...

Mitch Landrieu pays $1,500 fine for late ethics disclosure

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:24

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has paid a $1,500 ethics fine for taking too long to disclose the free hotel room and transportation he received to attend a conference in Miami.

The Louisiana Board of Ethics approved the consent order outlining the ethics violation ...

Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:24

Wisconsin State Journal, June 17

Get deal done to let Dreamers stay here

Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin says the House of Representatives could vote as soon as this week on legislation protecting the "Dreamers," who are immigrants brought to America illegally by their parents when they were children.



Lawyers, family seek release of detained pizza deliveryman

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:23

NEW YORK (AP) - The family and attorneys of an Ecuadorean pizza shop worker who was arrested while trying to make a delivery submitted a formal request to immigration officials Monday demanding his immediate release.

Attorneys from the Legal Aid Society, accompanied by Pablo Villavicencio's wife and two small daughters, ...

Kevin Cramer embraces Trump, targets Heidi Heitkamp's support of Hillary Clinton in new ad

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:07

Rep. Kevin Cramer, a GOP Senate hopeful in North Dakota, is set to campaign with President Trump ahead of the midterms, and he's reminding voters the Democratic incumbent backed Hillary Clinton over Mr. Trump in a new television ad released Monday.

The 30-second ad airing in North Dakota features a ...

Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:00

Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 12

Post-summit blend: Hope and skepticism

The effort showed initiative, but its promise is of a familiar sort.

There is something to be said for occasionally abandoning protocol, turning a deaf ear to naysayers and plowing ahead with a goal in mind. That was the path ...

Kamala Harris tells DHS secretary to resign amid border situation

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:46

Sen. Kamala Harris, California Democrat, demanded Monday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen should resign for overseeing the zero tolerance policy that has led to illegal immigrants being jailed and their children being temporarily separated from them.

Ms. Harris, believed to be eyeing a presidential run in 2020, is no ...

H. Clinton: Separating families at border a 'moral crisis'

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:35

NEW YORK (AP) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday called the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that has separated children from their parents at the southern U.S. border "a moral and humanitarian crisis."

Speaking at an awards lunch for the Women's Forum of New York, Clinton said ...

2K children alone: Trump's self-inflicted domestic crisis

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:35

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of children split from their families at the U.S. southern border are being held in government-run facilities. A look at how we got here, what's real and what's not, and what might happen next.


Tens of thousands of parents and children, ...

Leah Vukmir releases ad featuring handgun in Wisconsin race

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:26

Republican Senate candidate Leah Vukmir of Wisconsin released her first television ad Monday and she's packing heat.

The spot begins with a recording of a death threat on an answering machine before panning over to Ms. Vukmir, sitting at a kitchen table with a handgun, as she discusses ...

Donald Trump calls for new 'Space Force' military branch

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:20

President Trump on Monday directed the Pentagon to launch the process for creating a "Space Force" that would extend U.S. military might into the final frontier.

Mr. Trump previously mused about establishing a Space Force but put the idea into action with a direct order to Secretary of Defense James ...

AFI highlights Clooney's life of acting, activism and pranks

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:04

LOS ANGELES (AP) - George Clooney's Hollywood career spans more than three decades, with memorable roles including fighting vampires, playing Batman and drifting through space in "Gravity." But Clooney's other accomplishments, including directing, screenwriting and activism, led to him becoming the latest recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement ...

Christopher Steele, Trump dossier writer, grilled by authorities as part of lawsuit

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:48

Anti-Trump dossier writer Christopher Steele on Monday underwent his first adversarial questioning since his unverified charges were posted by BuzzFeed in January 2017.

Mr. Steele, a former British spy, has so far evaded requests by U.S. congressional committees to appear as a witness.

He is being sued for libel by ...

Oregon law seizes guns from those who may do harm

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:32

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Jason had but one item on his shopping list when he pulled into the store parking lot, rage seething within him: a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun just like his father's.

Jason's life was coming apart. He was 35 and the previous day, his wife of ...

Massachusetts governor: National Guard won't go to border

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:28

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker is reversing a decision to send a Massachusetts National Guard helicopter to the country's southern border, citing the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents.

The Republican governor said Monday his decision to put the National Guard mission on hold was due ...

Fort Polk official charged with accepting $25K in bribes

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:22

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A man who worked at Fort Polk in Louisiana has been charged with accepting $25,000 in bribes from a company's co-owner in exchange for his help in securing government contracts at the U.S. Army base.

An indictment handed up last Thursday by a federal grand ...

Rhode Island will let 'dreamers' continue to get licenses

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:20

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island will allow "Dreamers" to continue getting driver's licenses in the state as the federal government weighs immigration policy.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo is expected to sign a bill Monday that allows dreamers to continue receiving Rhode Island licenses. The bill specifies that Dreamers can't ...

Convicted Texas Democratic state senator resigning post

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:13

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A state senator from San Antonio is resigning, months after being convicted on 11 federal counts of money laundering and wire and securities fraud.

Democrat Carlos Uresti was convicted in February and is awaiting sentencing of up to 20 years in prison.

Uresti is appealing and ...

New bipartisan bill aims to help poor communities while reducing national debt

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:08

A new bipartisan bill introduced last week aims to directly help poor communities while also reducing the nation's debt.

The Generating American Income and Infrastructure Act, or GAIIN Act, was introduced on Thursday by Republican Reps. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, Ted Budd of North Carolina, and Democratic Rep. William Lacy ...

Report tracks gun deaths around state

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:00

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A new report is revealing which New York counties have the highest rates of gun-related suicide and homicide.

The analysis looked at the rate of homicide and suicide in each county from 2012 to 2016 and found the highest rates in the rural upstate counties of ...

House Budget Committee to take up 2019 budget resolution

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:36

House Budget Committee Chairman Steve Womack announced Monday that his committee will officially mark up a 2019 budget resolution this week, even as prospects for the full Congress to pass one remain iffy at best.

The budget committee is planning to mark up a 2019 resolution on Wednesday and Thursday.


Trump: U.S. won't become a 'migrant camp'

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:28

President Trump challenged Democrats to "come to the table" to fix the country's immigration system, saying Monday that the current battle is over whether the U.S. should have borders.

Speaking at the White House Mr. Trump said the U.S. "will not be a migrant camp."

He said if Congress can ...

School shooting survivor emphasizes political pressure

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:24

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A survivor of the deadly shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has told a St. Louis gathering that political pressure is the only way to change gun laws.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that David Hogg was among speakers who participated Sunday in ...

Rhode Island religious leaders denounce border policy

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:17

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island religious leaders are calling for an end to the forced separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Providence Journal reports that hundreds of children have been separated from their families since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy ...

Mike Pompeo poised for next step of nuke talks with North Korean officials

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:04

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will "soon" meet with North Korean officials to take the next step in a denuclearization deal, a top South Korea official said Monday.

"Secretary of State Pompeo has the will to push ahead with [negotiations] at a very fast speed," said South Korea Foreign Minister ...

Rep. Cicilline joins congressional group at US-Mexico border

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:56

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Congressman David Cicilline (sihs-ihl-EE'-nee) has visited the border between the United States and Mexico as controversy grows over the Trump administration's policy to separate children from their parents.

The Providence Journal reports that the Rhode Island Democrat joined several other members of Congress in McAllen, Texas, ...

Donald Trump has a 'good relationship' with Kim Jong-un, say 60 percent of U.S. voters

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:53

Press coverage and partisan narratives have routinely downplayed the significance and productive outcome of President Trump's unprecedented meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. American voters, however, appear to have a different impression of the event.

Six out of 10 of them now say Mr. Trump has a "good relationship" ...

Tester fields questions solo after Rosendale declines debate

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:44

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester fielded questions from a broadcasters' group about immigration and health care after his Republican challenger declined to debate him on Father's Day.

The Montana Broadcasters' Association notified candidates 1 ½ months ago of the debate in Whitefish. Tester, who is running ...

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Border policy fuels backlash against Trump

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:32

The forced separation of migrant children from their parents fueled a weekend of intense criticism of President Trump's immigration policies. Both Democrats and some Republicans are now calling for an end to the practice at the U.S.-Mexico border. A look at the latest developments:


White House officials ...

Kim Kardashian West does not rule out running for president: 'Never say never'

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:07

Kim Kardashian West met with President Trump in the White House about women’s prison reform on June 5. Less than two weeks later she was asked if public service might be calling her.

"Would you ever run for office?" CNN host Van Jones asked the reality TV star and spouse ...

Battle lines emerging over Trump's nominee to lead consumer bureau

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:01

The White House said President Trump's nominee to lead a government consumer-protection agency will pursue reforms initiated by administration budget director Mick Mulvaney — a prospect that has drawn criticism from advocacy groups.

The president's nomination of Kathy Kraninger to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will "continue the reforms ...

Family separation policy starts dividing Republicans

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:41

WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing a rising tide of outrage from Democrats and some Republicans over the forced separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump dug in Monday, again falsely blaming Democrats in the escalating political crisis.

Democrats have turned up the pressure over the ...

The Latest: Nielsen says no apology for separating families

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:40

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says officials will not apologize for enforcing immigration laws that result in the separation of children from their parents.

Nielsen was speaking Monday at the National Sheriff's Association conference ...

Justices: No definitive ruling on partisan districts

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:31

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is resolving partisan redistricting cases from Wisconsin and Maryland without ruling on the broader issue of whether electoral maps can give an unfair advantage to a political party.

The justices unanimously ruled against Wisconsin Democrats who challenged legislative districts that gave Republicans a huge ...

Supreme Court declines to stop political gerrymandering

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:25

The Supreme Court declined Monday to overturn Wisconsin's heavily gerrymandered legislative districts, saying the plaintiffs didn't do enough to prove they had standing to bring the lawsuit.

The decision amounts to a punt on one of the most closely-watched cases of the year, leaving for another day the big questions ...

Kirstjen Nielsen, DHS secretary: 'Don't believe the press' on family separation

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:14

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said told Americans not to believe the horrific stories of family separation and abuse of children in detention facilities being reported from the border, saying the children get good care.

"Don't believe the press. They are very well taken care of," Ms. Nielsen told the ...

Welch visits children's detention center on border

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:50

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Democratic Congressman Peter Welch has visited a children's detention center in Texas as critics have been railing against President Donald Trump's move separating immigrant parents from their children on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Welch told WCAX-TV that "it's just appalling and unconscionable action."

Nearly 2,000 children have ...

Court blocks 'millionaire tax' question from state ballot

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:14

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts' highest court on Monday struck down a proposed "millionaire tax" ballot question, blocking it from going before state voters in November and ending advocates' hopes for generating some $2 billion in additional revenue for education and transportation.

The Supreme Judicial Court, in a 5-2 ruling, said ...

Hundreds of children wait in Border Patrol facility in Texas

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 14:49

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of immigrant children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.

One ...

Alan Dershowitz on separation policy: Donald Trump, 'I implore you to stop this now'

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 14:38

Civil liberties lawyer Alan Dershowitz on Monday joined those calling for President Trump to end the immigration policy of separating children from their parents.

Mr. Dershowitz had a direct message for the president during an interview on Fox News' "Fox & Friends."

"You have to end this policy of separating ...

Democratic lawmakers counter Homeland Security secretary after touring ICE center

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 14:10

Two Democratic lawmakers, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York and Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey, disclosed on Monday what they saw on their visit to a New Jersey Immigration and Customs Enforcement center.

The lawmakers were a part of the group of seven Democrats who toured the center on ...

DACA kids approved despite murder, rape and sex crimes arrests

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 14:03

Ten people who'd been arrested on murder charges were nonetheless granted permission to remain and work in the U.S. under the Obama-era DACA amnesty, according to new government data released Monday.

Thirty-one "Dreamers" had rape charges on their records, nearly 500 had been accused of sex crimes, and more than ...

Donald Trump: Democrats need to make immigration deal before election, or 'you're going to lose'

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:19

President Donald Trump pressured Democrats over immigration reform Sunday night, focusing on potential political consequences of not passing a bill.

The Democrats should get together with their Republican counterparts and work something out on Border Security & Safety. Don’t wait until after the election because ...

First lady Melania Trump 'hates' to see families separated; Laura Bush calls policy 'cruel'

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:08

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump "hates" to see families separated at the border and hopes "both sides of the aisle" can reform the nation's immigration laws, according to a statement from her office.

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Trump, said Sunday: "She believes we need to be ...

Australian who irked Duterte wins appeal, still faces ouster

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:52

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The Philippine justice secretary has invalidated an immigration expulsion order for an Australian nun who irked the Philippine president by joining political rallies but she still faces possible deportation.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Monday that the Bureau of Immigration's forfeiture of Sister Patricia Fox's missionary ...

AP FACT CHECK: More Trump falsehoods on NKorea, immigration

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 07:10

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is exaggerating the achievements of his Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, claiming the North has destroyed missile launch sites and no longer has "rockets flying over the place."

That's a distorted picture. North Korea has revealed no action on eliminating ...

Illinois judge blocks village's ban on semiautomatic rifles, magazines

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 03:35

Gun-rights advocates scored a notable win last week when a judge blocked the enforcement of a Chicago suburb's new ban on semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines, saying the village of Deerfield went further than state law allows.

Second Amendment supporters had warned the law would have not only stopped ...

Mitch McConnell has a chance to reduce the cycle of crime

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 03:35


Do you think the United States Senate is sufficiently tough on crime? Are you?

I used to be a "lock 'em up and throw away the key" conservative. After all, criminals deserve what they get. Prison will teach them a lesson.

Yep, I was tough on crime. Except, it ...

Paul Ryan seeks Donald Trump's assurance on immigration compromise

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 02:41

Republican leaders have invited President Trump to visit Capitol Hill this week to try to repair the damage he did when he said he wouldn't sign the immigration compromise that House Republicans had spent months writing.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan and his team want to have a vote on their ...

China responds to Donald Trump moves by scrapping surplus trade agreement

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 02:18

Mere hours after the Trump administration announced new tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, Beijing hit back, escalating the trade dispute between the world's two largest economies even as the U.S. continues to seek Chinese support in keeping pressure on North Korea.

The 25 percent tariff announced Friday ...

The Latest: SUV in fatal Texas crash suspected of smuggling

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 02:11

BIG WELLS, Texas (AP) - The Latest on the fatal SUV crash in South Texas (all times local):

7:10 p.m.

The U.S. Border Patrol says the SUV that crashed, killing at least five people, was being chased by an agent who suspected it was part of a "smuggling event."

The ...

Wanna stop parent-child separation? Build the wall

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 01:33

Thousands of poor, innocent children streaming illegally across the border!

Picked up in the middle of the desert and detained like little criminals!

Rounded up and ripped away from their families!

Locked in wire cages like animals!

The human crisis raging on America's southern border has gripped the media like ...

1986 amnesty gave lawmakers a lesson

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:46

Rep. Joe Barton's son attends a public school in small-town Texas where more than half of his classmates are Hispanic, and he figures a good number of them are from homes where at least one parent is an illegal immigrant.

The congressman says it's one of several things that influences ...

Inside the Beltway: Trump's got the magic 'MAGA' touch

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:41

President Trump has been in office 514 days, give or take an hour or two. He's rocked both sides of the aisle, added a whole new dimension to politics, bettered the economy, challenged the liberal media narrative and finessed an unprecedented and historic meeting with North Korea. Mr. Trump has ...

Paul Manafort to remain in jail until trial

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 23:57

A federal judge revoked Paul Manafort's bail Friday and ordered him to remain locked up until his trial later this year, punishing him for allegations that he tried to tamper with witnesses.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Mr. Manafort had taken a cavalier approach to the court proceedings ...

5 dead as SUV chased by Border Patrol crashes in South Texas

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 23:35

BIG WELLS, Texas (AP) - At least five people are dead and several others hurt as an SUV carrying more than a dozen people crashed while fleeing from Border Patrol agents in South Texas.

Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd says the SUV went out of control at more than 100 ...

Joe Manchin says his re-election bid is ground zero for Obamacare's future

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 23:32

Sen. Joe Manchin III says his office has been flooded with flood with stories from West Virginia residents begging him to preserve Obamacare, saying they'll lose medical coverage and could face bankruptcy if core parts of the law are ended.

The Democrat, a top target for Republicans in this year's ...

Rep. Kennedy joins immigration protest in Texas

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 22:54

BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy has participated in a march in Texas to protest the Trump administration policy of separating children from their parents as families arrive at the nation's southern border.

The Massachusetts Democrat joined the protest Sunday to draw attention to a tent-like shelter to house ...

Peter Strzok's Donald Trump messages trouble Michael Horowitz

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 22:21

FBI Agent Peter Strzok put the Trump-Russia investigation on a fast track during the 2016 election season at the same time he was sending text messages to his lover condemning the Republican presidential candidate as an "idiot" and vowing to "stop" him.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, in a ...

Hundreds of children wait in Border Patrol facility in Texas

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 21:37

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Hundreds of children are waiting away from their parents inside a Border Patrol holding facility in South Texas, with groups of 20 or more children to a single cage. There are bottles of water, bags of chips, and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.


Politicians who change names take gamble

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 21:19

DENVER — Before he made a name for himself in politics, Rep. Jared Polis was what you might call an unrepentant name-dropper.

Born Jared Polis Schutz, the Colorado Democrat switched his last name for his mother's maiden name as he prepared to make his first bid for public office in ...

Sen. Blumenthal: Taking children from families "inhumane"

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 21:11

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is planning to join with immigrant families to protest the decision by federal authorities to separate children from their parents as families arrive at the nation's southern border.

The Connecticut Democrat is calling for the end of what he called an ...

Jose Antonio Vargas, illegal immigrant activist/journalist, to have school named after him

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 20:24

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — At a divisive time for U.S. immigration policies, a California school board has decided to name a new elementary school after an award-winning journalist who disclosed in 2011 that he had been living in the U.S. illegally.

The Mountain View Whisman School District board voted Thursday ...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misrepresents North Korea's actions

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 20:11

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is falsely crediting his Singapore summit with the destruction of missile launch sites in North Korea. No such action has been announced by the North Koreans.

Trump tweeted Sunday in response to criticisms last week from Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the Senate ...

Rescue ships dock in Spain as migrant debate roils Europe

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 19:46

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) - Ships in the Aquarius aid convoy docked Sunday at the Spanish port of Valencia, ending a weeklong ordeal for hundreds of people who were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea only to become pawns in Europe's fight over immigration.

The Italian coast guard vessel Dattilo was the ...

Michael McCaul touts conservative immigration bill ahead of Donald Trump meeting

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 18:50

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul touted a conservative immigration bill Sunday ahead of Congress's vote this week on legislation that would shield children brought to the country illegally from deportation.

His comments come as President Trump is set to meet Tuesday night on Capitol Hill with Republican ...

Mark Sanford says fearful Republicans 'don't want to be on the losing side' of a Donald Trump tweet

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 18:35

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, who lost his re-election bid amid questions about his loyalty to President Donald Trump, said he's concerned that Republicans are afraid to disagree with the president and risk bad publicity.

In an interview that aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Sanford ...

Wisconsin group aims to promote integrity in government

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 18:32

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - A nonpartisan organization that recently launched in La Crosse is looking to promote ethical leadership among elected officials.

The idea for the nonprofit organization, LeaderEthics-Wisconsin, developed from conversations the group's executive director, Lee Rasch, had with community leaders after he retired as president of Western ...

Devin Nunes threatens Justice Department over failure to turn over Russia probe documents

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 18:10

The Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said Sunday there will "be hell to pay" if the Justice Department doesn't comply with outstanding requests this week for information related to the Russian investigation.

Rep. Devin Nunes's comments come after GOP leaders met with officials from the Justice ...

Sanford fears loss may have chilling effect on Trump critics

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 18:02

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, who lost his re-election bid amid questions about his loyalty to President Donald Trump, said he's concerned that Republicans are afraid to disagree with the president and risk bad publicity.

In an interview that aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," ...

Ted Cruz beats Jimmy Kimmel in basketball game dubbed Blobfish Basketball Classic

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 18:00

HOUSTON — Sen. Ted Cruz has triumphed over late night TV comedian Jimmy Kimmel in their much-hyped charity basketball game Kimmel dubbed the Blobfish Basketball Classic.

With each basket worth a single point, the Texas Republican topped Kimmel 11-9 in a two-hour one-on-one match they agreed to abbreviate Saturday at ...

Sequel to trial that snagged ex-NY governor's aide begins

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 17:50

NEW YORK (AP) - A former president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute and several construction company executives are set for trial Monday on corruption charges.

The trial in Manhattan federal court is the sequel to a trial that ended earlier this year with the conviction of ...