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Melania Trump ‘hates to see’ families separated at border, hopes for immigration reform

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Melania Trump, who typically shies away from the political spotlight, waded into the controversial immigration debate when her office released a statement Sunday saying she “hates to see children separated from their families.” The first lady issued the unusual statement in response to the growing outrage over the separation of children from their parents who illegally …

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Democratic lawmakers meet detained asylum seekers on Father’s Day, call for end to family separation policy

John Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A group of Democratic lawmakers toured an immigration detention facility in New Jersey Sunday, meeting with detained asylum seekers who have been separated from their families under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. “Today, on Father’s day, we spoke to fathers whose children have been ripped from their arms, who have no idea when or …

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Bannon says Trump never lies to the American people, he ‘speaks in a particular vernacular’

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon said that to his knowledge, President Donald Trump has never lied to the American people. Bannon was responding to ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl after he played video of Trump on the campaign trail in August 2016 telling supporters, “I will never lie to you. …

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Bannon says Trump is trying to be a ‘peacemaker’ with North Korea but is being ‘vilified’

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist said the president is trying to make peace with North Korea but is getting unfairly “vilified” following his summit with Kim Jong Un. “President Trump is trying to be a peacemaker,” Steve Bannon said in an exclusive interview with ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on This …

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Bannon says it’s not necessary to justify separating kids, parents at border

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon said President Donald Trump doesn’t need to “justify” the policy of separating children from parents who are caught illegally crossing the southern U.S. border because it is part of the administration’s “zero-tolerance” approach on illegal immigration. “It’s zero tolerance. I don’t think you have to justify it,” Bannon, …

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Trump to be ‘special guest’ during House GOP Immigration Conference

Leon Neal/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Trump will be making a rare trip up Pennsylvania Avenue next week as a “special guest” at an additional House GOP Member Conference meeting to talk about immigration, a GOP source confirmed. News of the meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday comes just one day after the president created a state of confusion on Capitol …

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Trump taps Kathy Kraninger to head Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump plans to nominate Kathy Kraninger to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the White House announced Saturday. Kraninger currently works under Mick Mulvaney at the Office of Management and Budget. Mulvaney has been working as acting director of CFPB after Richard Cordray, an appointee of President Obama, stepped down to run for Ohio governor. Cordray …

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Cartoonist fired for being critical of Trump: ‘They’ve not silenced me’

iStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — When Rob Rogers met with human resources representatives of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this week, he didn’t expect to be fired right then and there. Rogers, 59, had been the editorial cartoonist for the daily newspaper in Pittsburgh for a quarter century, winning a number of awards for his work. And although he had clashed with the paper’s leadership …

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Trump says US policy separating migrant families is law. It’s not.

John Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump told reporters on Friday, when asked about separating migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border: “I hate the children being taken away. The Democrats have to change their law. That’s their law.” No, it’s not. No law mandates separating families. The administration’s current policy was announced April 6 and went into effect in May. From …

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Rich Alaskan donor gave $250K to Trump after EPA reversed decision on Pebble Mine

Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT via Getty Images(BRISTOL BAY, Alaska) — A wealthy activist who has funded efforts to block a proposed mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay donated $250,000 to President Donald Trump’s re-election effort six weeks after the administration abruptly decided to prevent the mine from moving forward. The move to block the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay from moving …

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