FROM Ted Hesson
DACA recipient empties her savings account to travel to DC for immigration debate This week, the Senate is debating and voting on an immigration bill -- or bills. Any senator can offer a proposal and then call for a vote. It’s kind of free-for-all, and highly unusual. We talk about this process and what might come out of it. We also get a personal story of one DACA recipient, who quit her job and spent her savings to make trips to Washington DC to advocate for a permanent DACA fix. Andrea Ortiz in Washington DC. Photo courtesy of Ortiz.
Is there really is a deal between Trump and Democrats to fix DACA? President Trump had dinner with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi last night. They discussed ways of letting some Dreamers stay in the U.S. Schumer and Pelosi say a deal was struck. Trump denied that claim on Twitter, but this morning conceded that a bipartisan agreement is “fairly close.”
How Trump is bypassing the courts to crackdown on immigration A federal appeals court hears arguments on President Trump’s travel ban today. There’s an injunction preventing that ban from going into effect now. But the administration is finding ways around that. A bipartisan group of senators wants to know why.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.