Keith Fitzgerald

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Manufacturing CEOs Push Border Tax During Meeting With Trump

The chieftains of U.S. manufacturing pressed their case to President Donald Trump Thursday that imposing taxes on imports would lead to higher …

21st Century

FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories

(CNN) The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN.<p>But a White House …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says Immigration Makes U.S. Great

Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn’t mention President Donald Trump or his immigration policies in a public appearance Thursday. She didn’t need to.<p>The liberal …

Dismal Results From Vouchers Surprise Researchers as DeVos Era Begins

The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education was a signal moment for the school choice movement. For the first time, the nation’s highest education official is someone fully committed to making school vouchers and other market-oriented policies the centerpiece of education reform.<p>But …

Education

What's New In Those DHS Memos On Immigration Enforcement?

Ever since Donald Trump entered the presidential race, his comments on illegal immigration have been pored over in the press — from vows to deport millions of people to promises that any enforcement plan would have"a lot of heart." Observers asked, again and again, how rhetoric would translate into …

Immigration

GOP senator wants Flynn to testify on Russia ties

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Wednesday she wants former national security adviser Michael Flynn to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.<p>Collins, a member of the intelligence panel, also said campaign officials have …

Michael Flynn

Trump administration scraps Obama transgender-rights directive

The Trump administration told schools on Wednesday that an Obama directive aimed at protecting the rights of transgender students has given rise to lawsuits and confusion — so it's pulling it back.<p>A guidance letter to schools, released by the Justice and Education departments, said the …

Equality

Irish police scandal hastens end of Kenny era

DUBLIN — Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny could announce his resignation as soon as Wednesday, under pressure from disgruntled backbenchers over his …

Europe

Fearful immigrants take steps to protect families from Trump

In Orange County, California, dozens of immigrants have signed powers of attorney authorizing relatives and friends to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by immigration agents.<p>In Philadelphia, immigrants are carrying …

United States

Mexico will not accept unilateral Trump immigration steps, foreign minister says

Luis Videgaray: ‘We are not going to accept it because we don’t have to’ US secretaries of state and homeland security visit Mexico on Wednesday<p>Mexico has indicated it would not accept the Trump administration’s new US immigration proposals, saying it would go to the United Nations to defend the …

Foreign Policy

Rex Tillerson Is Already Underwater

In just a month, the tough-talking CEO has been pushed to the margins. Here's how a potentially strong Secretary of State can salvage his term.<p>Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is winging his way to Mexico today carrying a load of troubles in his bag: His boss is in a long rhetorical war with our …

Foreign Policy

Donald Trump's Demands on NATO Defense Spending Are Driving a Wedge Into Europe

The European Union may not feel much like a family these days, but its leaders do tend to bicker like one over questions of money and pride, …

NATO

'I'm terrified to leave the country': Techies weigh in on Trump's immigration policies

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> They're helping to build some of tech's hottest companies. They're also immigrants who are already feeling the effects of the new administration.<p>When President Trump took office, he signed an executive order for "extreme vetting" of people from seven majority Muslim countries. He …

Silicon Valley

Could Trump's immigration policy make America more dangerous?

Trump ordered his administration to broker deals with local authorities that empower and deputize local police in immigration matters in January; if widely enacted, former police they say this will make communities across the nation less safe, as individuals and whole neighborhoods stop reporting …

Immigration

Did Jeff Sessions Foreshadow New Immigration Crackdown in a Memo Before Becoming Attorney General?

This is viewer supported news. Please do your part today.<p>Topics<p>Guests<p>White House correspondent for the McClatchy Washington Bureau.<p>directing attorney …

Jeff Sessions

This tiny California town unleashed a drama over being a 'sanctuary city' long before Trump

Maywood’s decision to declare itself a sanctuary city did not sit well with Enrique Curiel.<p>To the Mexican immigrant and U.S citizen, the move 11 years ago was City Hall acting too radical to score points with Maywood’s large immigrant population.<p>Becoming a sanctuary city turned the small southeast …

California

ICE: 950,000 illegals with 'removal orders' free, raids get just a sliver

Despite media reports of a massive crackdown by President Trump on illegal immigrants, just a tiny percentage of the nearly 1 million on the …

Immigration

Latino laborers fear deportation, but officials tell California farmers not to fret

Trump’s immigration policies threaten to scatter farm labourers and could disrupt America’s supply of fruit and vegetables – but not everyone is concerned<p>You can see strawberry fields seemingly forever, details big and small – a rutted path, an orange tractor, a labourer’s checkered blue shirt – …

Agriculture

AP source: Revised travel ban targets same countries

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft of President Donald Trump's revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven't used it yet.<p>A senior administration official said the …

Government

Mexico Braces For Flood Of Returnees As Trump Cracks Down On Immigration

The Mexican government does little to welcome home deportees from the U.S., but will now pay U.S. lawyers millions to help its citizens fight deportation. Mass repatriation would cost much more.

Immigration

It's legal for an immigration agent to pretend to be a police officer outside someone's door. But should it be?

During a nationwide operation this month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a team of ICE agents in Los Angeles approached the house of a man targeted for deportation.<p>“Good morning, police,” one agent announced in the pre-dawn darkness.<p>A man opened the door moments later.<p>“Good morning, how you …

Law Enforcement

Trump Plans To Deport Anyone Caught Crossing Southern Border To Mexico, Regardless of Nationality

ProPublica’s ongoing coverage of the 45th President.<p>Buried deep in the Trump Administration’s plans to round up undocumented immigrants is a …

Immigration Law

They came for the American dream. Now they’re fleeing to Canada.

Waist-deep in snow, in remote locations close to the border, migrants are braving sub-zero temperatures and the danger of being stopped by border patrol agents to find the American dream — in Canada.<p>In the past few months, reports suggest hundreds of refugees living in the United States have fled …

Refugees

Queens Church Defies Deportations

At a nearly all-immigrant Catholic church in Queens, parishioners defy the threat of deportation with a message of inclusion and welcome.<p>The figures appeared out of the early morning darkness, passing the street in Queens named after fallen Army Sgt. Alex Jimenez and continuing down the street …

Religion

The Trump White House Is Screwed, Big League

President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned Monday night, driven out of the job after just 24 days by a torrent …

Government

Republicans Are Using An Arcane Tool To Handcuff Federal Agencies

And it could have long-term consequences.<p>WASHINGTON ― While President Donald Trump distracts the public with his angry tweets, Republicans in Congress have been busy undoing federal regulations that agencies have been working on for years.<p>GOP lawmakers are dismantling regulations they deem …

Government

Trump to meet with Congressional Black Caucus after all

Rep. Elijah Cummings, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Sunday that the group will indeed meet with President Trump<p>The Maryland Democrat told CBS' "Face the Nation" that Trump answered the caucus' Jan. 19 request for a meeting "a day or so ago” and that he expects a meeting will …

Black History

Trump Says There’s Been No Russia Contact -- Of Course, Much Of What He Says Is Untrue

The falsehood-prone president now faces the problem of selling Americans on something important.<p>WASHINGTON – The Republican leader of the United States Senate was asked last week if he believed the Republican president’s denial that his campaign colluded with the foreign power that was trying to …

Donald Trump

The Company That Donald Trump Keeps

With Donald Trump's skeletal presidential operation navigating rough waters, how might he steer his ship back on course? He could try taking his own advice and begin building relationships with respected, trustworthy advisers and fellow politicians.<p>"Donald Trump and the Trump Organization are …

Donald Trump

A Back-Channel Plan for Ukraine and Russia, Courtesy of Trump Associates

A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia.<p>Mr. Flynn is gone, having been caught lying about his own discussion of sanctions with the Russian …