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What does third Trump travel ban mean for Supreme Court case?

After the Trump administration issued a third version of its executive order regarding immigration on Sunday, the Supreme Court justices asked the parties involved to file briefs by Oct. 5.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
In Alabama, an early test of anti-establishment mood

The Republican primary contest in Alabama on Tuesday pits a controversial outsider against an incumbent backed by the Washington establishment – including (sort of) President Trump.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
New health care bill proves risky for incumbent Republicans

Republicans are taking a closer look at the bill's significant cutbacks, especially for key swing states that helped secure President Trump's victory. Upcoming midterm elections could be enough to keep the bill from passing before the deadline. 

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
More NFL players take a knee during national anthem

In a show of solidarity, professional football players linked arms with teammates protesting civil rights issues in the United States after a strong rebuke from President Trump.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Mexican expats unite to pool resources for family, friends after Mexico quakes

Unable to travel back home, Mexico immigrants living in the United States have been holding fundraisers for aid after Mexico's recent earthquakes.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Trump expands travel ban to include more countries

The Trump administration announced a new set of travel restrictions which include more countries and were crafted with more input from outside the White House.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
As debate rages on, DeVos revises guidelines on campus sexual assault

On Friday, the Department of Education announced that it is officially withdrawing Obama-era Title IX guidance, offering alternative guidelines instead that will be in place until after the current period of public comment. 

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Trump's diplomatic dance on Iran: What's his next step?

President Trump may yet walk away from the nuclear deal with Iran as he has long threatened. But another option is to stay in it and press US partners for changes, a solution akin to his handling of the DACA policy. He says he's made his decision.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Congress criticizes Equifax data breach, but tighter regulations aren't likely

Though hackers have been able to get at personal consumer data, tougher regulations on how to store that data don't seem likely.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
The growing Democratic divide

Shut out of power in Washington, Democratic leaders have been looking for ways to work with President Trump on key issues - but they risk raising the ire of a base that is shifting leftward.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
What is antifa – and does its rise mean the left is becoming more violent?

The University of California, Berkeley, is gearing up for “Free Speech Week,” featuring 'alt-right' speakers. Also likely to turn out: antifa groups, whose appearance at neo-Nazi and white nationalist rallies has led to heated and sometimes nasty confrontations.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Trump makes decision on Iran nuclear deal, stays quiet on details

President Trump hints that he may not certify Iran or continue the Iran nuclear deal, leaving world leaders wary of what comes next if the deal does not continue.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Once more with feeling: Republicans launch another attempt at health care repeal

Wanting to fulfill campaign promises is pushing one final effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Republican leaders hope that this bill, geared toward state, rather than federal control, will have what it takes to pass both houses in the upcoming vote. 

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Fear of being deported turns immigrant hurricane victims to churches for help

Places of worship and private charities in Texas and Florida are playing a pivotal role in the recovery effort from hurricanes Harvey and Irma because so many storm victims are immigrants in the country illegally – and therefore ineligible for federal disaster aid.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Faith leaders call on St. Louis protesters to show love instead of hatred

An interfaith service called for peaceful demonstrations instead of violence after the acquittal of a white, former St. Louis officer in the fatal shooting of a black man. 

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Trump's promise to 'totally destroy North Korea' creates confusion throughout Asia

Leaders throughout Asia struggled to interpret President Trump's remarks on North Korea to the UN on Tuesday. Some nations took it as reassurance that the global pressure on North Korea will continue, while others heard it as a promise of war. 

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
What's really important about Facebook Russia Ads

Those Russian-bought online spots might be just a hint of a darker, undetected flood of attempts at influence, according to experts in political communication.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Do Russia's western war games deliver a threat, or just a message?

The week-long war games in Russia and Belarus, dubbed 'Zapad' for 'West,' have nerves on edge in eastern NATO countries that are deeply distrustful of Russian aims. But Moscow knows it is being watched closely.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Trump's nationalist vision: Does it promote or endanger peace?

The president, addressing the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, laid out a nationalist basis for international interaction and lashed out at a group of 'rogue nations' led by North Korea and Iran.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Partisan news outlets: propaganda or real news?

While it is being advertised as a run-of-the mill political news site, The Free Telegraph, operated by Republican governors, has received widespread criticism for aiding the spread of fake news. Defenders say it is just an outlet to share positive news about Republican efforts.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Can Houston find path to recovery that doesn't leave poor behind?

Inequalities that exist before disasters tend to be exacerbated afterward, research shows. As it rebuilds, Houston – one of the most multicultural cities in the US – has the opportunity to break from this trend in a way that benefits its poor and immigrant communities, experts say.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Trump visits UN: As a global leader, can the US do more with less?

The president is attending the opening of the General Assembly with roughly half the delegation brought by past administrations. Some might see a shrinking superpower. But Trump officials say the US can be more 'efficient' and still lead.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Transgender troops can temporarily re-enlist in the military

Pentagon continues its debate over how broadly to enforce a ban on transgender troops' service ordered by President Trump.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
St. Louis faces new wave of protests after police ruling

After the not guilty ruling for former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith peaceful protests turned violent overnight damaging property. Police arrested 80 people after crowds refused to disperse. 

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
DACA defense: Dreamers take the Trump administration to court

The move to rescind DACA receives its first lawsuit as six DACA recipients move forward to defend former President Obama's executive action in court on the basis of violation of due process.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Bridging the racial divide: One step forward or two steps back?

The Senate's only black Republican, Tim Scott, went to the White House this week to discuss the president's post-Charlottesville rhetoric. The next day, Trump doubled down on his remarks casting blame on both sides.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Amid DACA dilemma, schools strengthen protections toward immigrant students

Colleges and universities around the nation are stepping up their games to help "dreamers."

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Trump signs resolution condemning hate groups

After President Trump's controversial Charlottesville comments stirred up debate on race relations in the US, suggesting there were good people "on many sides" of the protests, Mr. Trump signed a resolution condemning hate groups.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
DeVos sets the stage for debate over campus sexual assault guidelines

Last week a public comment period on Title IX guidelines established during the Obama era was announced by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Her department plans to replace the previous administration's approach. 

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
With rebuilding under way, assessing government responses to Irma and Harvey

For FEMA and state and local responders and planners the point is to learn from Harvey and Irma – as they learned from hurricane Katrina and superstorm Sandy – about better methods of prevention and revival.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
US foreign policy: Who is in charge?

Nearly eight months into the Trump administration, and amid a North Korean nuclear crisis, experts talk of a chaotic foreign policy process, and at its core, a mercurial leader without a set vision.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
How to fix US politics? Maybe start by seeing it as an ‘industrial complex.’

America’s political dysfunction stems from a duopoly structure that’s been amplified in recent decades, a new report argues. Some states may already be pointing toward solutions that better serve the public interest.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Alarming lesson in Florida for future disaster preparedness

After eight people perished in a Florida nursing home in the wake of hurricane Irma, state officials make demands for better procedures to protect vulnerable populations both before and after natural disasters. 

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Colombia partners with locals in order to stop cocaine production, US warns it may not be enough

President Trump suggests he may decertify Colombia unless more is done to stamp out the recent surge in production of cocaine. The Colombian government continues to pursue a new strategy of cooperation with local farmers and former guerrillas in order to correct the trend.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
While UN imposes sanctions, Mattis sends his own message to North Korea

Defense Secretary Mattis's trip to Minot Air Force Base, while it reenforced the presence and strength of the US nuclear arsenal, was not intended to trigger a response from North Korea. But his visit still sent a clear message: An attack on the US is a mistake. 

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
California poised to become 'sanctuary' state. But do such policies work?

The California Assembly is expected to pass State Bill 54, which would take statewide 'sanctuary' policies on immigrants who are in the US illegally. As loud as the calls for and against these laws have become, hard data on the impact they've had at the local level is still scarce.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Community college students say 'oui' to France – and science

A new program, sponsored by the French embassy in the US, aims​ ​to​ ​open​ ​​the​ ​classic​ ​junior​-year​-abroad ​experience​ ​to students who​ ​don't typically​ ​find​ ​the​ ​means or​ ​programs​ ​to​ study ​internationally. 

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban

Though the US Supreme Court justices will hear arguments on President Trump's ban on refugees from six majority Muslim countries in October, the court upheld the Trump administration's order to limit the number of refugees allowed into the country.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
With an eye on tax reform, President Trump courts Democrats

On the heels of last week's deal with Democratic leaders, the president is hosting a dinner party with both Republican and Democratic senators to lay the groundwork for his next legislative target.  

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Hurricanes may be getting bigger, but death toll is shrinking

The relatively low loss of life in both Texas and Florida underscores advances in prediction technology and citizen preparedness. But property destruction is growing, experts say, as the US places more people and more wealth in vulnerable areas.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
On tax reform, Trump looks to avoid the same fate as health care

At a Monitor breakfast with reporters, Trump's liaison to Congress says they've 'learned lessons' from the health care defeat - and are hoping to win some Democratic votes.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Recovery efforts begin as Florida Keys residents are allowed to return home

Roads and bridges leading to the Upper Florida Keys were declared safe enough for residents to head home. Though hurricane Irma did not hit the region with as much force as was initially predicted, the recovery process is expected to be long and arduous.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Post-Katrina lessons for Harvey's returning students

As many students in Houston head back to school starting Sept. 11, observers say there is a need for specialized support for both children and teachers. 

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
While fears of the worst never materialized, Irma brings flooding as it passes over Florida

As hurricane Irma heads north, it brings with it power outages and floodwaters. Rescue efforts are ramping up as communities across Florida are left to deal with damages and debris left by the record-breaking hurricane.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Annual 9/11 commemoration service set for Ground Zero memorial plaza

Thousands of visitors are expected today at the site of the former World Trade Center in New York. President Trump and the first lady will be in attendance and Vice President Mike Pence will be speaking at the memorial service held in Shankville, Pa.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
International community pulls together to provide aid for Irma-hit Caribbean

As hurricane Irma passes over Florida and hurricane Jose heads out to sea, various international governments prepare to provide aid for and continue to evacuate citizens from the Caribbean.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
For those fleeing Irma, relief, gratitude, and sometimes guilt

More than 6 million Floridians and Georgians fled hurricane Irma – one of the largest evacuations in US history. Those who can't find a hotel room or place to stay are braving Irma on the highways, bringing whole kennels, horses, the elderly, and babies.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Residents of US Virgin Islands dig out and help each other after hurricane Irma

St. John and St. Thomas residents recount tales of survival and resilience as the eye of one of the largest Atlantic Ocean hurricanes passed directly overhead.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
With aid deal, Trump creates his own roadmap for handling gridlock

Instead of working behind the scenes to bring players on both sides of the issue together, Trump publicly sided with Democrats, catching his own team off guard. No one on either side is necessarily counting on this trend to last, but it offered a way forward. 

09/26/2017 12:15 AM
Venezuela: Do US sanctions seek regime change? Maybe not in the short term ...

To Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro, the harsh economic sanctions, coupled with Trump's threat to use force, sounded like a bid for regime change. But it's a longer and more complex process, say analysts.

09/26/2017 12:15 AM