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Source: Washington Post

Record number of families crossing U.S. border as Trump threatens new crackdown

Thursday 16:22 GMT

The number of migrant parents entering the United States with children has surged to record levels in the three months since President Trump ended family separations at the border, dealing the administration a deepening crisis three weeks before the midterm elections.

The latest DHS figures show U.S. agents made 396,579 arrests along the Mexico border during the government’s 2018 fiscal year, a 30 percent increase over the same period in 2017, when illegal migration dropped to a 56-year low.

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Source: The Week

Trump can horrify us, annoy us, embarrass us — but he cannot shock us

Friday 08:05 GMT

The only thing Trump can do to shock us is to behave like a grownup for a sustained period of time, without the aid of sedatives.

After a rumor spread that there might be a tape of Trump saying the N-word, people were more surprised by the absence of the tape than by the rumor itself. It's shocking when good people do bad things, not when bad people do bad things.

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Source: The Guradian

Israel embassy move: Morrison says there's no evidence 'at this time' of planned violence

Friday 08:05 GMT

Scott Morrison insists there is no evidence “at this time” of any planned violence as a consequence of his proposed shift in Middle East policy as the government launched a police investigation into the leaking of advice from Australia’s spy agency. Guardian Australia revealed on Thursday that Asio warned ministers the day before Morrison unveiled the shift that a public signal about relocating Australia’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may “provoke protest, unrest and possibly some violence in Gaza and the West Bank”.

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Source: The Guradian

US treasury official charged with leaking Trump-Russia information to reporter

Thursday 16:22 GMT

A US Treasury department official has been arrested and charged with leaking information relating to the Trump-Russia investigation to a journalist.

Prosecutors said that when Edwards was arrested, she was found to be carrying the flash drive and a cellphone containing “numerous communications” between her and the reporter on the encrypted messaging app.

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Source: Fox News

Saudi doctor told others to listen to music during writer’s decapitation: report

Friday 08:05 GMT

A Saudi doctor who was allegedly sent to Turkey to assist with the dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi reportedly told others in the room to listen to music to ease the tension as they cut off the journalist’s head and dismembered his body.

The hit squad of 15 Saudi Arabian men, most of whom held roles in the Saudi government or security services, then proceeded to behead and dismembered the journalist’s body, the report said.

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Source: Fox News

Treasury employee charged with leaking financial info on Trump campaign officials, Russians

Thursday 16:22 GMT

A Treasury employee has been arrested and charged with leaking multiple reports about financial transactions relating to former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, campaign official Richard Gates, accused Russian agent Maria Butina and the Russian Embassy, federal law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Edwards worked as a senior adviser at the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), according to a press release by the Southern District of New York.

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Source: Fox News

Man accused of sending powder-filled letters to Trump sons to plead guilty

Thursday 15:26 GMT

The man accused of sending threatening letters packed with a mysterious white powder to President Trump’s sons and a Democratic U.S. Senator is expected to plead guilty in a Boston federal court Wednesday.

Daniel Frisiello, of Beverly, Massachusetts, was arrested earlier this year after reportedly sending a February letter filled with white powder to Donald Trump Jr.. Trump Jr.'s now-estranged wife, Vanessa Trump, opened the letter and was briefly hospitalized after being exposed to the powder.

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Source: Washington Post

Joe Biden, 75, doesn’t mind if you think he’s too old to take on Trump, a fellow septuagenarian

Thursday 15:26 GMT

Trump seems eager to contain, not confront, fallout from journalist’s disappearance. The Kavanaugh saga reminded Republicans of a big reason to vote in November: Stopping Democrats. Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times, claiming it undercut his chances to run again for Senate

Seventy-five-year-old Joe Biden said that age is a “totally legitimate” and “relevant” consideration for voters during presidential elections.

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Source: Fox News

MSNBC star Mika Brzezinski questions Trump’s mental health: ‘He is not fit, possibly not even well’

Thursday 15:26 GMT

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald recently published a feature in which esteemed mental health professionals denounced CNN and host Don Lemon for speculating about the mental health of Kanye West.

Scarborough recently tweeted that “Trump is damaging the dream of America more than any terrorist attack ever could” in promoting a column he wrote one day before the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.

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Source: CBS News

Trump says "I have a natural instinct for science"

Thursday 15:26 GMT

Under the Trump administration, the Environmental Protection Agency has rolled back significant environmental regulations that the agency says posed an unnecessary burden on the economy.

President Trump defended his stance on climate change in an interview with the Associated Press Tuesday, after telling CBS' "60 Minutes" that climate change could "change back." Mr. Trump suggested he understands climate science because he possesses a "natural instinct for science."

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Source: The Week

Confessions of an ex-voter

Saturday 09:55 GMT

I have been unable to discover a tally of the official vote from that year's Nickelodeon "Kids Pick the President" election, but I seem to remember a landslide victory for the Man From Hope.

Four years later an article in that distinguished periodical Time for Kids informed me that Al Gore's wife supported "Parental Advisory" stickers on rap CDs and had hard things to say about Dr. Dre and Eminem.

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Source: The Week

Trump is glorifying violence against journalists. This is a national disgrace.

Saturday 09:55 GMT

Two things seem ever-more certain as Donald Trump's presidency continues: First, Trump's anti-media rhetoric is going to get a journalist killed, or at least badly injured.

Journalists will be the ones to scream loudest about Trump's latest comments, and maybe that's the point: By baiting the media, Trump invites the kind of criticism that lets him turn to his supporters and say, "The media is so unfair.

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Source: BBC

'We run where the fire is - and that's DC'

Saturday 09:55 GMT

"Rescue forces tend to run to where the fire is, and I think that right now the fire is in DC," MJ Hegar, a Purple Heart recipient running for the House in Texas, told AFP.

As we head into the weekend, here's a little reminder if you want to catch up over the next few days:. And of course, let's not forget our game explaining all the possible results - and their consequences. Over the course of the past week, we've been explaining what's at stake in the mid-terms this year.

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Source: Common Domain

White House Seeks to Slow Rollout of Rules for Cleaner Ship Fuels

Saturday 09:55 GMT

The rules, set roughly a decade ago through the International Maritime Organization, an arm of the United Nations, take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, and aim to slash the amount of sulfur in marine fuel for oceangoing ships.

The Trump administration is pushing to ease the rollout of new international rules to power commercial ships with environmentally cleaner fuels, fearing the measures will drive up costs for consumers and businesses.

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Source: Common Domain

Why Trump has to play the Saudis’ game — for now

Saturday 09:55 GMT

In so many ways, Donald Trump was born too late — too late for his Hugh-Hefner-wannabe conception of masculinity, too late to have a press corps lacking the skills to undress his pretensions to self-made wealth, too late for his casual racism and constant lying to impress more than 40% of the electorate.

Trump needs the Saudis to boost production by 15% to make up for the 1.5 million barrels or so that Iran sanctions are expected to take off the world market.


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