President Trump has wasted no time in cracking down on immigration. He pledged to build a wall, hire 15,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol agents and speedily deport millions of undocumented immigrants. He justified these actions by claiming that immigrants regularly flout the "rule of law and pose a threat." In his first speech to Congress, he directed the Department of Homeland Security to create a new office -- Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement, or Voice -- dedicated to helping victims of crimes perpetrated by "removable aliens."
I am an immigrant and an American citizen, and, as a philanthropist, have supported migrants all over the world for more than 30 years. Based on my experience and the facts, the president's approach to immigrants is just wrong -- and a new round of court injunctions against Mr. Trump's latest proposed travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries suggests many in the federal judiciary agree. read more
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for the Congressional Budget Office to be abolished in the aftermath of a negative report about the proposed American Health Care Act legislation, the Republican plan to replace Obamacare.
"They should abolish the Congressional Budget Office," said Gingrich in a Fox News interview Monday night. "It is corrupt, it is dishonest, it was totally wrong on Obamacare by huge, huge margins. I don't trust a single word of what they've published, and I don't believe them."
The CBO report estimated that if Obamacare were to be replaced by the AHCA, 14 million Americans would lose their health care in 2018. The report also projected that by 2026, 52 million Americans would be without health insurance compared with 28 million under the current law. According to the CBO estimate, premiums for younger people would drop dramatically while premiums for older Americans would substantially rise.
CNN and other news organizations were blocked Friday from an off-camera White House press briefing.
There was no immediate explanation from the White House.
The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Politico were also excluded from the meeting, which is known as a gaggle and is less formal than the televised Q-and-A session in the White House briefing room.
The conservative media organizations Breitbart News, The Washington Times and One America News Network were allowed in.
The Associated Press and Time magazine boycotted the briefing because of how it was handled.
The White House Correspondents Association also protested the move.
"The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today's gaggle is being handled by the White House," it said in a statement. "We encourage the organizations that were allowed in to share the material with others in the press corps who were not. The board will be discussing this further with White House staff."
Know that cliche "Where there's smoke, there's fire"? The Trump White House is now engulfed in smoke over contacts between his presidential campaign (and transition team) and the Russian government. It's time for Trump to dump a whole heaping bucket of cold water on the fire or risk it beginning to burn out of control and threatening his entire presidency.
The danger to Trump surged Tuesday night when the New York Times and CNN both reported that numerous contacts had been detected between Trump campaign officials and the Russians over the course of the 2016 race. While it remains unclear just how high-ranking these aides were or whether there was any coordination with the Russian efforts to hack the election, the very fact that Trump officials were reportedly in regular contact with Russia flies directly in the face of a slew of denials from Trump and his aides on that matter over the course of the last many months.
Whenever an extremist in the Muslim world does something crazy, people demand that moderate Muslims step forward to condemn the extremism. So let's take our own advice: We Americans should now condemn our own extremist.
In that spirit, I hereby apologize to Muslims. The mindlessness and heartlessness of the travel ban should humiliate us, not you. Understand this: President Trump is not America!
I apologize to Nadia Murad, the brave young Yazidi woman from Iraq who was made a sex slave -- but since escaping, has campaigned around the world against ISIS and sexual slavery. She has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, yet is now barred from the United States.
I apologize to Edna Adan, a heroic Somali woman who has battled for decades for women's health and led the fight against female genital mutilation. Edna speaks at American universities, champions girls' education and defies extremists -- and she's one of those inspiring me to do the same. read more