Fate of DACA immigrants may hang on vote of Chief Justice Roberts

(CNN)At the close of Supreme Court arguments Tuesday over the fate of certain young undocumented immigrants, the question appeared to be: What will John Roberts do? In the end, Roberts may not be willing to rule in a way that means past DACA recipients suddenly have benefits revoked and face deportation. His remarks left open the possibility that this conservative court would defy predictions and rule against the Trump administration. Roberts’ vote will ultimately affect the futures of some 700,000 young adults who were brought to this country without authorization. His decision and the court’s overall decision, likely handed down in spring 2020, will also shape public perceptions of the relationship between America’s top jurist and President Donald Trump. It …

Pilot program aims to fast-track asylum cases at the southern border

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration has begun a pilot program in El Paso, Texas, aimed at speeding up the time it takes to adjudicate asylum cases, according to two Department of Homeland Security officials. The Washington Post first reported the El Paso program, saying it will result in decisions in 10 days or fewer. The Justice Department’s Executive Office of Immigration Review, which oversees the nation’s immigration courts, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The expedited process is in line with the administration’s efforts to curtail the flow of asylum seekers to the United States. CNN reported this week that the US is also close to implementing an agreement with Guatemala that would transfer asylum seekers to that …

In the wake of tragedy, Beto O’Rourke channels El Paso’s anger at Trump

El Paso, Texas (CNN)As Beto O’Rourke left a vigil for the victims of the mass shooting in El Paso on Sunday, his anger boiled over when a reporter asked if there was anything President Donald Trump could say to make things better. In speeches and interviews, he has sought to channel the indignation of his bilingual border community over Trump’s racist comments and actions — which people here say is fomenting hatred and violence. The 21-year-old white supremacist suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting at a Walmart that killed 22 people wanted to stop a “Hispanic invasion of Texas,” according to a political document police believe he wrote. The document echoed some of Trump’s rhetoric toward immigrants. “It’s these …

Exclusive: Red flags on family separation were raised internally in Trump admin, documents show

Washington (CNN)Hundreds of red flags were raised internally within the Trump administration about how families were being separated at the US-Mexico border, including some from months before the controversial “zero tolerance” policy was announced, according to documents reviewed by CNN. HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is charged with the care of unaccompanied migrant children, instructed staff to submit significant incident reports for alleged cases of family separation once the agency started seeing an uptick in cases, according to the agency. The refugee agency was unaware of the “zero tolerance” separation policy prior to its public announcement in April 2018, and the reports were submitted as incidents of abuse in Homeland Security custody and sent to DHS’ Office of Civil …

You don’t care that this GOP congressman is quitting — but you should

(CNN)As the political world — and, really, just the world — was glued to Robert Mueller’s testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan announced he would retire in 2020, after two terms. That’s a mistake — because how Mitchell explained his decision provides a telling window into just how miserable it is to be in Washington these days. Here’s the key piece of what Mitchell told Politico, which first reported his decision, about his thinking:

Donald Trump Jr. to become an author this November

(CNN)Donald Trump Jr. will become the third member of his family to write a book during his father’s presidency, the eldest Trump son announced Monday. Trump will discuss how his childhood summers in mother Ivana Trump’s native communist Czechoslovakia shaped his political views, per the book’s description. “This is the book the leftist elites don’t want you to read!” he tweeted Monday. “Triggered” follows Ivanka Trump’s “Women Who Work,” which came out in May 2017, and Ivana Trump’s “Raising Trump,” which came out in October of that year. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Republican senators confront deal that punts hard choices on spending

(CNN)Republican senators — some of whom have made fiscal responsibility a cornerstone of their campaigns and focus in Washington — are shrugging at a two-year deal that raises the debt ceiling, thwarts a debt default and cements top-level spending numbers that exceed what they themselves would have agreed to. “It wouldn’t be the one I would’ve written, but you have to in a place like this where you have a divided government, try to get the best possible deal you can,” said GOP Sen. John Thune of South Dakota. “Democrats exist. They run the House,” said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “The numbers for the military will keep us on track to rebuild what I think has been …

Another NRA official leaves organization amid turmoil

Washington (CNN)Another official with the National Rifle Association has left as the organization faces legal troubles, allegations of financial misconduct and other high-profile staff departures. Politico first reported Baker left the organization. Baker’s departure is the latest sign of turmoil within the gun rights organization. But her exit is not entirely surprising. She had worked closely with Chris Cox, the NRA’s former chief lobbyist, who resigned last month after NRA leadership accused him of participating in coup to overthrow NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre — a charge Cox denied to the New York Times. The NRA alleged in a federal lawsuit filed in June that the group’s former President Oliver North attempted to oust LaPierre, and argued texts and emails …

Boris Johnson’s early days as mayor: ‘It was total, total chaos’

After rapidly losing three advisers, the ship was eventually steadied largely thanks to those around him Boris Johnson had been mayor of London for 115 days when the rest of the world got its first glimpse of the idiosyncratic charms that had helped him bag the job. After shambling, his blazer unbuttoned, into the Birds Nest stadium in Beijing for the handover ceremony of the 2008 Olympics, he inexpertly flapped the official flag of the Games for a few seconds, half-heartedly punched the air and then put his hands in his pockets. Later that evening, Londons new and unusual mayor (New York Times) would declare to a gathering of tipsy Britons and utterly baffled Chinese that wiff-waff [was] coming home, …

Germany says it will stand in ‘full solidarity’ with Ireland over Brexit

German president echoes Angela Merkel in saying the backstop will not be revisited Germany will stand fully in solidarity with Ireland over Brexit, the countrys president has said, and look to underpin rather than undermine the peace process that has kept the border with Northern Ireland invisible in the past 20 years Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Irelands president, Michael Higgins, on a visit to Berlin that Germany stands firmly by Irelands side, raising questions about Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnsons optimism that the Irish border backstop can be revisited. Politically and economically, Ireland is more directly affected by Brexit than any other EU member state. For this reason, too, your country has our full solidarity. We have reiterated this pledge in …

Stop Boris Johnson campaign launched by Tory moderates opposed to no-deal Brexit

Former foreign secretary attacked as dishonest by leadership candidate Rory Stewart A campaign to stop Boris Johnson becoming prime minister and Tory contest to succeed Theresa May in Downing Street. After May bowed to pressure on Friday and announced she would resign as Tory leader within two weeks, justice secretary David Gauke and international development secretary Rory Stewart condemned Johnsons readiness to embrace a no-deal, saying it would be hugely damaging to the national interest. The move, part of a concerted anti-Johnson push by opponents of a hard Brexit, followed comments by the former foreign secretary on Friday, soon after Mays resignation speech in Downing Street, that the UK would definitely leave the EU deal or no deal on 31 …

Gorsuch sides with liberals as Supreme Court rules in favor of Native American rights in Wyoming hunting case

Washington (CNN)The US Supreme Court on Monday sided with a Wyoming Native American tribe, ruling that a 19th-century treaty between the tribe and the state did not expire when Wyoming became a state. In the majority opinion, Justice Sonia Sotomayor — joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Gorsuch — wrote that an 1868 treaty between the Crow Tribe and the United States in which the tribe ceded most of its territory in modern-day Wyoming so its members would have a right to hunt on “unoccupied” parts of the land did not expire after Wyoming gained statehood. “There is also no evidence in the treaty itself that Congress intended the hunting right to expire at statehood, …

Court ruling undermines Trump’s congressional blockade

Washington (CNN)The judicial branch just delivered a sharp jab to the chin of President Donald Trump, in a foreboding omen for his strategy for thwarting investigations that threaten his presidency. Trump is appealing the decision, and long court battles loom — so Monday’s ruling was a setback in a much longer war, a factor that offers Trump a significant political advantage. And typically, his response signaled that he has no intention of backing down and will take each bout in his battle against Congress as far as he can, potentially to the Supreme Court. But Monday put down an early marker in the separation-of-powers feud between Congress and the White House and may hint at how other court battles between …

Democrats say some GOP members ‘twist’ Iran intel

Washington (CNN)As the Trump administration prepares to brief lawmakers Tuesday on the threat posed by Iran, Democrats are charging that Republicans are misrepresenting intelligence to make the danger from Tehran seem more dire than it actually is. Senate and House lawmakers have called on the administration to brief them on the extent of the threat after tensions between Washington and Iran sharply escalated in recent weeks and senior administration officials hinted at a willingness to take military steps to counter Iran. The US has sent a Navy carrier strike group and bomber task force into the Persian Gulf as officials have warned of Iranian plans to attack US personnel. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, and …

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announces 2020 presidential run

New York, New York (CNN)New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio entered the 2020 Democratic presidential primary Thursday morning, casting himself as the most accomplished progressive pick in a field of 23 candidates vying for a chance to challenge President Donald Trump next year. “I know we can do it,” he said, “because I’ve done it here in the largest, toughest city in this country.” De Blasio will hit the trail later Thursday, visiting Iowa before heading to South Carolina for events this weekend. The two-term mayor, who in 2017 became the first Democrat re-elected to his office in more than three decades, joins the race after months of deliberations and a handful of visits to early-voting states. Even before …