Prospects of new bipartisan DACA agreement remain uncertain

As the Senate struggles to find an immigration bill it can pass, two new bipartisan proposals are being rolled out, both containing some of President Donald Trump’s demands but parting dramatically on others.

Further tipping the scales against any bipartisan measure, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters Wednesday that the last vote Republicans are expected to bring up is the Grassley proposal, ensuring that Republicans will likely hold their votes for any proposal voted on before it.

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Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker 'listening' to those urging him to rethink retirement

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker is “listening” amid encouragement from some Republicans to rethink his decision not to run for re-election this year, according to a spokesman for the GOP lawmaker.

“In recent days, people across Tennessee have reached out to Senator Corker with concerns about the outcome of this election because they believe it could determine control of the Senate and the future of our agenda," said Micah Johnson, a Corker spokesman. "The senator has been encouraged to reconsider his decision and is listening closely.”

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What Trump proposed cutting in his 2019 budget

On Feb. 12, the Trump administration released its 2019 budget proposal for changes to make to the federal government’s spending.

After many years promoted as Republican orthodoxy, eliminating the federal budget deficit is not an element of this budget. To pay for additional defense spending, the border wall and an infrastructure plan, funding would be cut from many executive departments and agencies, including big cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department.

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White House budget proposal includes huge deficits, cuts in safety net

President Trump’s budget plan included proposals to slash spending on social safety net programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps, but these changes would still fall far short of balancing the budget and eliminating the deficit, a long-held GOP goal.

The White House on Monday offered a $4.4 trillion budget plan that brought into sharp focus the fiscal strains created by the Trump administration and Congress in the past year, revealing how large tax cuts and a new spending agreement are driving up government debt.

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Senate to Hold Immigration Debate — With the Outcome Unknown

With the fate of hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants in the balance, the Senate on Monday will begin an open-ended debate on immigration — an exceedingly rare step that, in effect, will allow senators to attempt to build a bill from scratch on the Senate floor.

Liberal interest groups and immigration rights activists have mobilized to insist on legal status for the Dreamers without the concessions demanded by the president and immigration hard-liners: billions for a southern border wall, an even more aggressive crackdown on illegal immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, and dramatic changes to the legal immigration system that would favor skilled immigrants over the family members of citizens and green-card holders.

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Senate begins debate on immigration and the fate of "Dreamers"

The Senate begins a rare, open-ended debate on immigration and the fate of the "Dreamer" immigrants on Monday, and Republican senators say they'll introduce President Donald Trump's plan.

That has raised the prospect that the Senate debate launching Monday will largely serve to frame a larger fight over the issue on the campaign trail.

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The Note: Accountability due for Trump White House

“Due Process” is what President Donald Trump is demanding — again going far to find those on his team credible, while disbelieving women in particular.

Jennie Willoughby, the ex-wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, lashed out at President Donald Trump Sunday, saying Trump has implied she's "a liar" after going public about the alleged domestic abuse she says she endured while married to Porter.

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Ex-wife of Rob Porter pushes back against Donald Trump's defense

The ex-wife who accused former White House staffer Rob Porter of domestic abuse said her experience wouldn't be diminished on Sunday after President Donald Trump defended his former aide.

In a powerful essay for Time, Jenna Willoughby, one of Porter's ex-wives, said she felt as though the president had called her and Colbie Holderness, another of Porter's ex-wives, liars. "The words 'mere allegation' and 'falsely accused' [are] meant to imply that I am a liar," she said in the essay.

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