Keith Fitzgerald

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As Shutdown Talk Rises, Trump’s Immigration Words Pose Risks for Both Parties

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s incendiary words about immigration have dampened the prospects that a broad spending and immigration deal can be reached by the end of the week, raising the possibility of a government shutdown with unknown political consequences for lawmakers in both …

Immigration

Trump Administration Rejects Study Showing Positive Impact of Refugees

WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials, under pressure from the White House to provide a rationale for reducing the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year, rejected a study by the Department of Health and Human Services that found that refugees brought in $63 billion more …

Raj Shah

‘I’m Not a Racist,’ Trump Says in Denying Vulgar Comment

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump declared on Sunday night that he was “not a racist” and insisted that the derogatory comment attributed to him during an Oval Office meeting on immigration last week did not occur.<p>“I’m not a racist. I’m the least racist person you will ever interview, that I can …

Meet the 24-year-old Trump campaign worker appointed to help lead the government’s drug policy office

In May 2016, Taylor Weyeneth was an undergraduate at St. John’s University in New York, a legal studies student and fraternity member who organized a golf tournament and other events to raise money for veterans and their families.<p>Less than a year later, at 23, Weyeneth, was a political appointee …

Government

Government shutdown looms. Hopes for bipartisan agreement to aid ‘dreamers’ fades as Trump accuses Democrats of killing deal.

“DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military,” President Trump said on Twitter this morning.<p>Debate continued over what was said in a bipartisan meeting last week about immigration. The Post …

David Perdue

Iran’s Elites Are Far More Fragile Than They Look

The wave of recent protests throughout Iran is the latest sign of Tehran’s crisis of leadership. It is a crisis that has indicted all echelons of the …

Iran

‘Here is what my #shithole looks like’: African countries and Haiti react to Trump’s remark

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Trump’s dismissal of Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries” whose inhabitants are not desirable for U.S. immigration shocked people around the world and provoked swift condemnation.<p>The president made the remarks Thursday during a White House …

Donald Trump

Trump derides protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries

President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to several people briefed on the meeting.<p>“Why are we having all these people from …

Bob Goodlatte

El Salvador: TPS Has Three Words, Only One is “Temporary”

December 26, 2017<p><i>This article was originally published by the Miami Herald. It is reprinted here with permission.</i><p>By Jan. 8, the Secretary of Homeland …

Immigration

Using “public interest algorithms” to tackle the problems created by social media algorithms

By Tom WheelerThe ramifications of Russian exploitation of social media exceed its potential electoral impact. It even exceeds the involvement of the …

Machine Learning

Market-Based Health Care Is Screwing Rural America

The goal of universal coverage has long eluded the Affordable Care Act — especially in rural areas. Because insurers have less financial incentive to …

Health Care

Mueller adds veteran cyber prosecutor to special-counsel team

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has added a veteran cyber prosecutor to his team, filling what has long been a gap in expertise and potentially signaling a recent focus on computer crimes.<p>Ryan K. Dickey was assigned to Mueller’s team in early November from the Justice Department’s computer …

Government

The Invisible Colleges: A Profile of Small, Private Colleges With Limited Resources., 1972

The Invisible Colleges: A Profile of Small, Private Colleges With Limited Resources.<p>Astin, Alexander W.; Lee, Calvin, B. T.

Education

How Not to Engage With Pakistan

President Trump’s decision last week to suspend almost all security aid to Pakistan, which quickly followed his accusation that Pakistan had “given us nothing but lies and deceit,” suggests that his administration is carrying out the hard-line approach that the president foreshadowed in August.<p>Last …

Pakistan

Trump Administration Rules That Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans Must Leave, Officials Say

LOS ANGELES — Nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador who have been allowed to live in the United States for more than a decade must leave the country, two government officials familiar with the decision said on Monday. It is the Trump administration’s latest reversal of years of immigration …

Immigration

Appeal denied: ICE to move forward with deportation of paraplegic boy's caregiver

Federal immigration officials late Friday afternoon told The Enquirer that they will proceed with the deportation of a Springdale man who is the sole …

Immigration

New Pot Policy by Trump Administration Draws Bipartisan Fire

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration finally crossed the line for some members of Congress this week, provoking bipartisan umbrage and accompanying pledges to hold top officials accountable.<p>Many thought the day had been far too long in coming. Few thought the galvanizing issue would be weed.<p>Both …

Trump Administration
Government

Ex-Homeland Security Officials Urge Faster Action on DACA

Three former homeland security secretaries warned congressional leaders and officials of both parties on Wednesday that the window for legislative action to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children will close by the middle of January, months before a period outlined by the …

Immigration

Medical cannabis community must join together and resist any action taken against us

Yesterday, I awoke to the news that I have been fearing since Jeff Session was nominated as Attorney General, his Department of Justice is rescinding …

Cannabis

Ryan backed Nunes in spat with Justice Dept. over Russia documents, sources say

<b>(CNN) —</b> House Speaker Paul Ryan backed his fellow congressional Republican, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, during a meeting over the Russia investigation Wednesday, capping off a months-long dispute between the committee and the Justice Department, multiple sources with the knowledge of …

Government

Trump, lawmakers step up talks on immigrant 'Dreamers'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Urgent negotiations aimed at shielding young, undocumented immigrants from deportation intensified on Thursday as Republican U.S. senators emerged from a meeting with President Donald Trump expressing confidence a deal could be struck this month.<p>As a follow-up to the …

Immigration

Timeline of Russia and Trump

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Russia

5 lessons from a Republican year of governing dangerously

The Republican Congress ended its first year on a partisan high note by overhauling the tax code and undercutting the Affordable Care Act, setting up a trillion increase in the deficit in the process. Before the finale, the 115th Congress was buoyed by a strong economy, yet gridlocked by slim …

Government

City of Addict Entrepreneurs

The drug crisis has turned countless recovered addicts into businesspeople: They get clean, open their own clinics, and sometimes take over the neighborhood.

Entrepreneurship

Motel 6 gave guest lists to ICE agents looking for ‘Latino-sounding’ names, lawsuit alleges

The hotel chain Motel 6 routinely gave federal immigration agents guest lists with personal information that it used to make arrests, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday by Washington’s attorney general.<p>At least six Motel 6 locations in the state provided the information to U.S. Immigration …

Immigration

Trump Tower meeting with Russians 'treasonous', Bannon says in explosive book

Former White House strategist quoted in Fire and Fury, by Michael Wolff Bannon: ‘They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV<p>Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 …

Donald Trump

The Failed War on Drugs

The war on drugs in the United States has been a failure that has ruined lives, filled prisons and cost a fortune. It started during the Nixon administration with the idea that, because drugs are bad for people, they should be difficult to obtain. As a result, it became a war on supply.<p>As first …

El Salvador

America and the Great Abdication

Don’t mistake Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the world for isolationism.<p>When great powers fade, as they inevitably must, it’s normally for one of two reasons. Some powers exhaust themselves through overreach abroad, underinvestment at home, or a mixture of the two. This was the case for the Soviet …

Foreign Policy

British spies were first to spot Trump team's links with Russia

Exclusive: GCHQ is said to have alerted US agencies after becoming aware of contacts in 2015<p>Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, the Guardian has …

Surveillance