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Monday, July 15, 2019

The Trump administration is moving forward with a tough new asylum rule in its campaign to slow the flow of Central American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Asylum-seeking immigrants who pass through a third country en route to the U.S. must first apply for refugee status in that country rather than at the U.S. border. The interim final rule will take effect immediately after it is published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, according to the departments of Justice and Homeland Security.

The new policy applies specifically to the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that "an alien who enters or attempts to enter the United States across the southern border after failing to apply for protection in a third country outside the alien's country of citizenship, nationality, or last lawful habitual residence through which the alien transited en route to the United States is ineligible for asylum." read more


China's economic growth has slumped to its lowest level in nearly three decades as the world's second largest economy feels the effects of a prolonged trade war with the United States. The country's GDP grew at 6.2% in the quarter ended June, the slowest quarterly growth rate since 1992 and down from 6.4% in the previous quarter, and the Chinese economy will continue to face "downward pressure" in the second half of this year, the country's National Bureau of Statistics said. "The Chinese economy is still in a complex and grave situation," it said. "Global growth has slowed and external uncertainties are on the rise."

The growth numbers come after China reported a fall in both exports and imports for the first six months of this year, indicating the toll the trade war is having on an economy also suffering from weaker domestic demand. US Trade Representative Lighthizer will travel to Beijing with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin in the near future to resume talks.


Norah O'Donnell becomes the next anchor of the brand-defining CBS Evening News. It's still a heady perch -- one once occupied by Walter Cronkite during seminal moments in history (the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Vietnam). But it's also one with many challenges in the always-on Trump-tweet fueled news cycle.

CBS News president Susan Zirinsky entered the top job at the news division with an unshakable belief that O'Donnell, an aggressive and insightful broadcaster who has an instinct for news-making interviews, was the right person for the job.

"There are very few people who are able to deliver a trustworthy broadcast without point of view," says Zirinsky. "That's who we want to be."


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Former special counsel Robert Mueller's highly-anticipated Capitol Hill testimony will likely be delayed one week under a tentative arrangement he reached with House Democrats, according to multiple sources briefed on the discussions. read more


Democrats who have called President Trump and his policies racist are now pointing fingers at one another on issues of race. Allegations of racial insensitivity are flying between the 2020 Dem contenders, as well as between House Democrats, raising concerns that internecine squabbles over identity and race are tarnishing party leaders and distracting Democrats from their goal of ousting the president in 2020.

Longtime Democratic leaders are facing new scrutiny from their younger peers over their past records. And they're being called out for their rhetoric, which in some cases has offended the younger generation of liberals.

Frustrated lawmakers say the backbiting over race has gotten out of control.

"It's damaging to this party and the internal workings of the Democratic Party," said Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.). "I can tell you it's not helpful." These controversies have Democrats shaking their heads over how they have reached the point of attacking one another over race.


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