House GOP urges Trump not to redirect disaster relief money to fund border wall

House GOP urges Trump not to redirect disaster relief money to fund border wall

Ahead of a potential announcement by President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency and reallocate billions of dollars to pay for a border wall, House Republicans representing congressional districts that are still recovering from hurricanes say they’re opposed to the plan. “Our district is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey,” Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, told ABC News. “I hope that they can get those [funds] from somewhere else.” Rep. Buddy Carter said that there’s “no…

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Embattled Florida sheriff suspended over handling of 2018 Parkland school shooting

Embattled Florida sheriff suspended over handling of 2018 Parkland school shooting

Florida’s new governor Ron DeSantis has suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel over his department’s much-maligned response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last February — which took the lives of 17 students and staff — and installed the county’s first African-American sheriff, former Coral Springs police sergeant Gregory Tony, according to official statements. On Friday evening, three days after being sworn in, DeSantis issued a tweet saying that “effective immediately, I am…

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Growing number of Republicans rebuke Steve King over ‘white supremacy’ comments

Growing number of Republicans rebuke Steve King over ‘white supremacy’ comments

Sen. Tim Scott, the lone African-American in the Senate GOP ranks, is the latest Republican to rebuke Iowa Congressman Steve King, after the eight-term GOP representative, in an interview with the New York Times earlier this week, questioned why the terms “white nationalism” and “white supremacy” are considered offensive in modern America. “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King said in the interview with the Times. “Why did…

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Government shutdown becomes the longest in US history

Government shutdown becomes the longest in US history

The 22-day partial government shutdown became the longest shutdown in United States history, breaking a record from 1996 on Saturday. President Donald Trump and Congress continue to dispute funding for a wall at the southern border, a proposal backed by the president. Meanwhile, nearly 800,000 federal workers are affected — many of them missed their first paychecks since the shutdown started on Friday, according to the American Federation of Government Employees. Another one-third will experience…

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Suspect charged with kidnapping, murder after teen’s ‘amazing’ escape

Suspect charged with kidnapping, murder after teen’s ‘amazing’ escape

A 21-year-old man has been charged with kidnapping Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old girl who had been missing for three months, and killing her parents after the teen managed to “survive and escape” his clutches, authorities said. Authorities identified the suspect Friday as Jake Thomas Patterson of Gordon, Wisconsin, the same town where Closs was found alive 88 days after she was abducted, authorities told reporters Friday morning. Patterson, who is currently not employed, had been…

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Texas tent camp that housed thousands of migrant children, will close: HHS

Texas tent camp that housed thousands of migrant children, will close: HHS

A massive tent camp in Texas that at one point housed some 2,800 migrant teenagers who had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border alone will close, the Trump administration announced Friday. By this weekend, the last of the children there either will have been sent to live with sponsors or transferred to another shelter, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Tornillo facility in Texas had become a lightening rod in the immigration…

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US aviation system is starting to show strains from shutdown

US aviation system is starting to show strains from shutdown

The partial government shutdown is starting to strain the national aviation system, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors off the job. Miami International Airport is providing the most visible evidence yet that the shutdown is at least making air travel less convenient. Facing double the usual number of absences among unpaid TSA screeners, the Miami airport will close one of its concourses most of Saturday, Sunday and…

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Trump calls emergency declaration ‘the easy way out’

Trump calls emergency declaration ‘the easy way out’

On Day 21 of the partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump signaled Friday he’s not inclined to declare a national emergency “so fast” – calling that “the easy way out” – even as he continued to assert he has the “absolute right” to do so if congressional Democrats keep refusing to pay for the wall Trump wants on the U.S. border with Mexico. On Saturday, the shutdown becomes the longest ever. “What we’re not looking…

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Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she is running for president in 2020

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she is running for president in 2020

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is running for President in 2020. The Democrat and Iraq War veteran who was first elected to Congress in 2012 told CNN’s Van Jones in an interview slated to air Saturday evening that a formal announcement of her candidacy will come shortly. “I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” Gabbard said. Gabbard, who is also the first Hindu member of Congress, is…

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Weekly Fact Check: Trump’s factual emergency

Weekly Fact Check: Trump’s factual emergency

As of Saturday, at 22 days in, the government shutdown over a border wall becomes the longest in U.S. history. And as President Donald Trump dominated the media narrative this week with a prime-time speech from the Oval Office, a trip to the border, and nearly a dozen gaggles with reporters, he said plenty that’s not making it through this checkpoint without close factual inspection. Welcome to Fact Check Friday. So far, the answer to…

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