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Trump weighs mobilizing Nat Guard for immigration roundups

Nat'l Guard to round up immigrantsThe Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.

Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

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Appeals Court Suspends Proceedings Over Trump Travel Ban

Appeals Court suspends proceeding on banA U.S. appeals court on Thursday suspended proceedings over President Donald Trump's travel ban for individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries, after Trump announced a new executive order would come soon.

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Vice Admiral Robert Harward turns down national security adviser job

Robert HarwardPresident Donald Trump's choice for national security adviser, retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, has turned down the offer, a senior White House official said on Thursday.

Harward was offered the job after Michael Flynn was fired by Trump on Monday for misleading Vice President Mike Pence over his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

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Pentagon: No records of Flynn's 2015 Russia trip

Mike FlynnThe Pentagon has informed lawmakers that there are no records of former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s 2015 trip to Moscow, when he dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin and may have accepted unconstitutional payments from a foreign government for his attendance.

In a letter to the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House oversight committee delivered Tuesday, acting Army Secretary Robert Speer confirmed that Flynn — a retired lieutenant general — filed no documentation of his trip.

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FBI releases documents related to Trump apartment discrimination case

Trump discrimination caseThe FBI on Wednesday released hundreds of pages of its notes surrounding the 1970s investigation of alleged racial discrimination in housing units owned by Trump Management Co., run by President Trump’s late father, Fred Trump.

The probe, which took place from 1972 to 1974, was part of one of the largest discrimination cases brought in that era. The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division ultimately filed a suit in 1973.

Donald Trump, 27 years old at the time and four years out of business school, held a news conference at a Manhattan hotel, calling the government’s claims “such outrageous lies,” according to an in-depth account of the case published by The Washington Post last year.

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Mr. President: ‘Just who the hell do you think you are?’

Leonard Pitts, Jr. Dear Mr. So-Called President:
So let me explain to you how this works.

You were elected as chief executive of the United States. I won’t belabor the fact that you won with a minority of the popular vote and a little help from your friends, FBI Director James Comey and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The bottom line is, you were elected.

And this does entitle you to certain things. You get your own airplane. You get free public housing. You get greeted with snappy salutes. And a band plays when you walk into the room.

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Trump nominee for Israel ambassador heckled, questioned at Senate

David FriedmanPresident Donald Trump's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Israel faced repeated heckling at a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday before he apologized for his stinging criticism of liberal American Jews and promised to be less inflammatory in an official capacity.

David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer Trump has called a longtime friend and trusted adviser, has supported Jewish settlement building and advocated the annexation of the West Bank, which Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 war.

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Trump names Alexander Acosta as new Labor secretary nominee

R. Alexander AcostaPresident Trump named Alexander Acosta, the dean of the Florida International University law school, as his new nominee to be secretary of Labor Thursday.

"I think he’ll be a tremendous secretary of Labor," Trump said, ticking off Acosta's experience.

Acosta, the first Latino Trump has picked for his Cabinet, previously served as a member of the National Labor Relations Board and as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

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Report: Feds Probing Fox News Over Ailes Settlement Money

FOX being probed for Ailes oneyThe U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether Fox News failed to inform shareholders about settlements made with employees who charged former chairman and CEO Roger Ailes with sexual harassment, a source with knowledge of the matter told CNNMoney.

The investigation, which has been going on for months, came to light on Wednesday after attorney Judd Burstein, who represents clients who have brought sexual harassment charges against Ailes, announced in a court hearing that one of his clients had received a subpoena relating to "alleged violations of criminal law by Fox."

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