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WASHINGTON | Trump wish for warm Putin ties highlights policy disconnect

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s persistence in pursuing friendly ties with Vladimir Putin has highlighted a growing disconnect within his administration over Russia policy. Trump speaks fondly of Putin and a desire for better relations with Moscow, but the rest of his executive branch remains highly critical and deeply suspicious of the Russian president and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump wish for warm Putin ties highlights policy disconnect

WASHINGTON | Trump DOJ appealing judge’s OK of AT&T-Time Warner merger

WASHINGTON— Stung by a federal judge’s dismissal of its objections to AT&T’s megamerger with Time Warner, the Trump Justice Department is challenging the decision with a legal appeal. The Justice Department said in a one-sentence document Thursday it is appealing the ruling last month by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, which blessed one of the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump DOJ appealing judge’s OK of AT&T-Time Warner merger

WASHINGTON | FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe

WASHINGTON — An embattled FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages exposed the Justice Department to claims of institutional bias vigorously defended himself Thursday at an extraordinary congressional hearing that devolved into shouting matches, finger-pointing and veiled references to personal transgressions. Peter Strzok testified publicly for the first time since being removed from special counsel Robert … Continue reading WASHINGTON | FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe

WASHINGTON | Ryan issues warning to ex-FBI lawyer defying subpoena

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan is warning former FBI lawyer Lisa Page that she must appear for a private interview with two House committees investigating the Justice Department or the House could take action against her. Page’s attorney said late Tuesday that she would not appear for a private interview Wednesday with the House … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Ryan issues warning to ex-FBI lawyer defying subpoena

SAN DIEGO | ACLU says US will miss deadline to reunite migrant families

SAN DIEGO — The American Civil Liberties Union said it appears the Trump administration will miss Tuesday’s court-ordered deadline to reunite scores of young migrant children with their parents. The ACLU said late Sunday that the administration provided it with a list of 102 children under 5 and that it “appears likely that less than … Continue reading SAN DIEGO | ACLU says US will miss deadline to reunite migrant families

SAN DIEGO | Trump administration seeks more time to reunite families

SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration asked a judge Friday for more time to reunite families who were separated at the border under its “zero-tolerance” policy to prosecute every person who enters the country illegally. Hours before a hearing in San Diego, the Justice Department filed papers seeking an extension of the deadline, which is … Continue reading SAN DIEGO | Trump administration seeks more time to reunite families

LOS FRESNOS, Texas | Attorney: Parents are in fragile state for asylum interviews

LOS FRESNOS, Texas— Gabriel Canas, a bus driver from El Salvador who fled his homeland after members of MS-13 stormed his bus, did an initial screening interview for asylum under the worst circumstances. He hadn’t spoken to his 9-year-old daughter since the Border Patrol separated them two weeks earlier. And in that time, he had … Continue reading LOS FRESNOS, Texas | Attorney: Parents are in fragile state for asylum interviews

WASHINGTON  | Zero tolerance sowed confusion from start

WASHINGTON  — The government’s top health official could barely conceal his discomfort. As Health and Human Services secretary, Alex Azar was responsible for caring for migrant children taken from their parents at the border.  Now a Democratic senator was asking him at a hearing whether his agency had a role in designing the Trump administration’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Zero tolerance sowed confusion from start