Trump says he will restrict asylum, claims troops will shoot at rock throwers

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Thursday claimed he would sign an executive order “next week” aimed at restricting US asylum rules, as he seeks to use a group of Central American migrants heading for the US border as part of his midterm election closing argument. But he declined to specify…

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Kamala Harris receives a hero’s welcome from women in Iowa

(CNN)At Kamala Harris’ first stop in Iowa this week, a woman edged her way through the crowd to meet the California senator. It is far too early to assess Harris’ viability within an enormous field of likely 2020 candidates. But with her prosecutorial style and unflappable demeanor during the Kavanaugh…

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Democrats slams Ross for ‘secret campaign’ over citizenship question in census

(CNN)The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee argued Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was part of a “secret campaign” to push for a citizenship question to be added to the 2020 Census. “Has the President or anyone in the White House discussed with you or anyone on…

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Sources describe FBI’s limited investigation on Kavanaugh

(CNN)The FBI’s supplemental investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh was limited in scope from the beginning. They point to the fact that the FBI ultimately conducted interviews with nine people as part of the investigation, more than just the initial witnesses named in last week’s hearing.…

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Here are the administration officials who deny they wrote The New York Times op-ed

Washington (CNN)The highest-ranking officials in the Trump administration are publicly denying they or their offices authored the infamous anonymous op-ed in The New York Times, an indication of how deeply the episode has shaken the White House. A US official who works in an agency that issued a denial said…

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Inspector general to review whether politics influences EPA’s science

(CNN)The Environmental Protection Agency inspector general’s office announced Friday that it will review the “extent and type of employee concerns, if any, with scientific integrity.” Then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt proposed controversial new guidelines in April that would allow the agency to consider outside studies only if the underlying data is…

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Collins’ indictment creates another battleground — and another midterms headache — for House GOP

Washington (CNN)Rep. Chris Collins’ indictment on insider trading charges Wednesday morning has turned yet another safe Republican seat into a potential battleground in November’s midterm elections. “We will answer the charges filed against Congressman Collins in court and will mount a vigorous defense to clear his good name,” Collins’ attorneys,…

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In Trump’s White House, Charlottesville was a moment that wasn’t

Bedminster, New Jersey (CNN)When President Donald Trump declared a year ago that “very fine people” were among the Nazi mobs descending upon Charlottesville, Virginia, the reaction was swift. The staff exodus predicted by some insiders never materialized, at least not immediately. Aides returned to work disheartened, in their own telling,…

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US Rep. John Lewis released from hospital with ‘clean bill of health’

(CNN)Civil rights icon and US Rep. John Lewis of Georgia was released from the hospital Sunday evening with a “clean bill of health,” his spokeswoman said. In February 2011, President Barack Obama presented Lewis with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. Rep. John Lewis on crossing…

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Top Republicans in Congress break with Trump over Putin comments

(CNN)After President Donald Trump’s stunning news conference Monday next to Russian President Vladimir Putin, members of Congress — including some powerful Republicans — were quick to rebuke Trump’s performance on the world stage and Trump’s refusal to call Putin out for interfering in the US election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch…

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Former Coal Lobbyist Takes Over EPA From Embattled Chief Pruitt

The new head of the EPA is a former Senate staffer who has worked behind the scenes to quash climate change legislation and promote coal. Andrew Wheeler, 53, now the Environmental Protection Agency’s No. 2 official, will take over Monday as acting administrator following the resignation of Scott Pruitt. Wheeler…

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Trump just announced Scott Pruitt’s resignation from the EPA on Twitter

Another Trump cabinet member says goodbye.Image: Andrew Harnik/AP/REX/Shutterstock It seems Scott Pruitt suffered one scandal too many as Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday afternoon that he’s accepted Pruitt’s resignation effective Monday. …on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA. I have no doubt that Andy will continue…

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Trump Spouse-Visa Shift May Hurt Workers, Push 100,000 From Jobs

U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to ban spouses of high-skill visa holders from working will likely push 100,000 people out of jobs and negatively affect the visa holders and their employers, according to a new research study. The Trump Administration has been tightening the rules for H-1B visas, which allow…

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Schumer introduces bill to federally decriminalize marijuana

Washington (CNN)Sen. Chuck Schumer has introduced a new bill to decriminalize and regulate marijuana at the federal level. Schumer’s bill would direct a specific amount of tax revenue to a Treasury trust fund for the “small business concerns” of women and “socially and economically disadvantaged” individuals working in the marijuana…

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