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Senate votes overwhelmingly to reverse White House deal with Chinese telecom ZTE, moves to House

(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate overwhelmingly cleared a defense budget bill on Monday evening that reinstates tough penalties on ZTE, a Chinese telecom company accused of violating American sanctions.The vote, 85-10, is a sharp rebuke to President Donald Trump and sets Washington up for a rare showdown between Republicans and the…... Read More

Advocacy groups mobilizing supporters to end the 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy

(NEW YORK) -- After the Department of Homeland Security reported 2,000 children had been separated from their families at the U.S. border, advocacy groups responded in force.From class-action lawsuits to petitions, here are three advocacy groups mobilizing supporters to take action.American Civil Liberties UnionThe ACLU has been one of the…... Read More

Experts say psychological impact of family separation on par with abuse

(NEW YORK) -- There’s a vivid term mental health experts use to describe the destruction of the love of life in another human being, especially in a child: It's called “soul murder.” It can happen as a result of physical abuse, they say, but just as easily, as a result…... Read More

Using Trump's term, Pentagon suspends plans for 'wargame' with South Korea

(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon has suspended planning for a major military exercise in August in South Korea as a direct result of President Donald Trump's pledge to stop "wargames" following the Singapore summit with North Korea's Kim Jon Un.Notably, the Pentagon statement announcing the suspension used the term "wargame" instead…... Read More

All 5 first ladies speak out against family-separation immigration policy

(WASHINGTON) -- All five living first ladies have weighed in on the the Trump administration's immigration policy this week, an unusual move even as Melania Trump had her spokeswoman issue a statement on it.The policy of separating children from their family members when they cross the border illegally has prompted…... Read More

Pushing back on Trump, all Senate Dems now back bill to stop family separations

(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Democrats are pushing back on President Donald Trump's false attack that they're to blame for immigrant children being separated from their parents, saying Monday all 49 of them now have signed on to new legislation that would halt the practice.Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia became the…... Read More

Justice Department IG investigating Comey memos after FBI referral

(WASHINGTON) -- Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz acknowledged for the first time publicly Monday that his office is investigating fired FBI Director James Comey ’s private memos and whether any possible classified information in them was properly handled.“We received a referral on that from the FBI, we are handling…... Read More

Governors won't send Guard units to border if family separation continues

(WASHINGTON) -- At least one governor has pulled his state's National Guard resources from the southern border over the controversial Trump administration practice of separating families who cross the border illegally, and more are saying they will refuse to send any troops if the policy continues.Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a…... Read More

Everything you need to know about Trump's 'Space Force'

(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump on Monday announced that he was directing the creation of a "Space Force" as a sixth service, adding to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard."It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in…... Read More

Nielsen defends family separation as simply enforcing the law: 'We will not apologize'

(WASHINGTON) -- Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions both offered a full-throated defense of the administration's immigration enforcement policies that lead to separation of families on the border."To a select few in the media, Congress and the advocacy community, I'd like to start with a message…... Read More

Border crisis roils key campaigns in the battle for Congress

(WASHINGTON) -- Candidates across the country and from both parties in key midterm races are grappling with how to respond to the backlash over the controversial separation of undocumented immigrants and their young children at the U.S.-Mexico border.It is a situation that is becoming more complicated by the day and…... Read More

Trump directs creation of 'space force' as sixth branch of military

(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump announced Monday that he has ordered the creation of a new military branch, adding the "Space Force" to the Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, and Coast Guard."It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space.…... Read More

A conservative Republican senator calls for action on 'acute' suicide crisis for LGBTQ youth

(WASHINGTON) -- A conservative Republican senator marked Pride Month on the Senate floor with a call to action over an "acute" suicide crisis among LGBTQ youth.“A suicide epidemic has touched all sectors of our society," Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said last week. “But the problem is particularly acute among…... Read More

President Trump blames Democrats, doubles down on immigration amid backlash

(WASHINGTON) -- As the outcry over the nearly 2,000 child separations caused as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal border crossings grows, President Donald Trump doubled down on Monday down on his controversial policies and blamed them on Democrats.He also tried to divest himself of…... Read More