Homeland Security shut down incoming traffic at the country’s busiest land-border crossing in order to harden the port of entry, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday.
Ms. Nielsen said had gotten word a large number of migrants were preparing to “rush the border,” hoping to overwhelm U.S. authorities at the San Ysidro entry point, just north of Tijuana, Mexico.
“Unfortunately, some members of the caravan are purposely causing disruptions at our border ports of entry,” she said on Twitter. “There is a legal and illegal way to enter the U.S. We have deployed additional forces to protect our border. We will enforce all our laws.”
Trump, conservatives demand probe into Clinton-Steele-Moscow links
President Trump’s frustration last week over special counsel Robert Mueller not investigating the Democrats’ links to Russia election meddling is aimed at Christopher Steele, the British ex-spy who compiled and imported the unverified dossier.
“The only ‘Collusion’ is that of the Democrats with Russia and many others,” he tweeted Nov. 15.
Mr. Steele is a paid Democratic Party operative who spread among Washington power elites pre-Election Day Trump gossip originating from Moscow.
Mr. Mueller has made a theme of enforcing the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), which requires people working on behalf of foreigners to register with the Justice Department or face criminal liability. He also has charged Russian nationals with fraud against the U.S. by interfering in the 2016 election.
The Steele issue has reached Mr. Mueller. An attorney for one indicted Russian firm, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, accused Mr. Mueller of selective prosecution.
Dem senators sue to overturn Trump's DOJ appointment
Three Senate Democrats filed a federal lawsuit Monday asking a judge to oust acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker and install Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein instead.
Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Sheldon Whitehouse and Mazie K. Hirono, all members of the Judiciary Committee, said President Trump circumvented both the law and the Constitution by designating Mr. Whitaker.
They argue that undermines the Constitution’s demand that the president only appoint top officials with the “advice and consent” of the Senate.
White House vows new decision on Jim Acosta's press pass Monday afternoon
The White House has already notified CNN reporter Jim Acosta that officials are preparing to re-revoke his press credentials, sending him a letter laying out his purported offenses and giving him a chance to respond.
The letter was sent Friday, just hours after a federal judge ruled the White House had acted hastily in revoking his press pass the first time, after a disruptive press conference with the president earlier this month.
After the judge scolded the White House for not giving Mr. Acosta due process — a chance to argue his case — the new letter, filed in court documents Monday morning, gave him until Sunday night to respond.
Report: Fla. Election Chief Snipes Resigns
Beleaguered Broward County election chief Brenda Snipes on Sunday submitted her resignation following a messy recount in Florida for U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
"It is true; she did send it," said Snipes' attorney Burnadette Norris-Weeks, who saw a draft of the letter.
Snipes, 75, was condemned for sending results two minutes after Thursday's 3 p.m. ET recount deadline in the race between Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., for Senate.
Snipes was also sued by Scott's Senate campaign, which alleged "fraud" in the vote count. Scott won the race against Sen. Nelson after a manual recount.
It is not the first lawsuit against Snipes, and the lengthy recount was not the first, either.
Facebook is on track to post its longest losing streak ever, and some say there's more pain ahead
Facebook is facing a mountain of problems.
The social media giant's stock fell nearly 5 percent on Monday, hitting its lowest level since February 2017, as the social media company came under fire after a damaging report about its top management in The New York Times.
Facebook is poised to close its third straight month in the red, which would mark its longest monthly losing streak on record. Furthermore, Facebook is on track for its longest quarterly losing streak since 2013, and its first full year of losses since going public. According to some experts, the stock isn't done falling.
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Sen. Grassley chides Trump: Stop publicly criticizing John Kelly
Sen. Charles E. Grassley said Monday he wants President Trump to not publicly criticize White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly out of respect of his military service.
The current chief of staff served more than 45 years in the Marines and retired in 2016.
Mr. Kelly appears to be on the outs with the president, as speculation swirls around whether or not Mr. Trump will push him out of the administration.
The president told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that he isn’t entirely satisfied with Mr. Kelly’s work.
Nancy on the ropes? Pelosi faces serious challenge from Dems in bid to be House speaker
Tim Ryan says the party should look elsewhere to better reflect Rust Belt states, black women
Rep. Tim Ryan had just been sworn in to Congress when he first voted for Nancy Pelosi to be speaker of the House in 2003.
The Ohio Democrat voted for her again in the next seven elections, helping elevate her to the role and making her the first-ever woman to reach the House’s highest post in 2007, and sticking with her even after Democrats lost the chamber in 2011.
In his 16 years in Congress, Mr. Ryan has never known a Democratic leader other than Mrs. Pelosi. He says it’s long enough.
Despite overseeing Democrats’ surge back to the majority, Mrs. Pelosi is facing a serious challenge from within her own ranks from a rump group of lawmakers who say the party needs new blood at the top. Mr. Ryan, who’s one of Mrs. Pelosi’s chief antagonists, says the party needs to look elsewhere to reflect Rust Belt states critical to Democrats’ fortunes, and the black women who are the “backbone” of the Democratic vote.
Trump Rips Bill Clinton: 'Missed His Shot' on Osama Bin Laden
President Donald Trump on Monday continued to bemoan the length of time it took for the United States to locate al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, attacking former President Bill Clinton for having "missed his shot."
"Of course we should have captured Osama Bin Laden long before we did," Trump tweeted Monday morning. "I pointed him out in my book just BEFORE the attack on the World Trade Center. President Clinton famously missed his shot. We paid Pakistan Billions of Dollars & they never told us he was living there. Fools!.."
He continued in a second tweet, "....We no longer pay Pakistan the $Billions because they would take our money and do nothing for us, Bin Laden being a prime example, Afghanistan being another. They were just one of many countries that take from the United States without giving anything in return. That's ENDING!"
Consistency, the hobgoblin in North Korea
New imagery taken by commercial satellites shows that North Korea is continuing to deploy nuclear-capable ballistic missiles at undisclosed bases, according to a study released last week by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
The CSIS study centers on the “Sakkanmol” base, one of between a dozen and 20 such undisclosed bases. It says the base covers several square miles and contains long tunnels sufficient to house 18 mobile missile launch vehicles. What’s news to the public was certainly already known to the Pentagon because our spy satellites pass over North Korea several times a day.
The New York Times and The Washington Post seized upon the CSIS report quickly to insist that President Trump’s diplomatic initiative with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un had failed and that he was being played for a sucker.
There’s some truth in all that, but you’d have to wade through a fog of political harangues to find it.
Building on the broadband investment bump
Some rare good news as we emerge from an intense and exhausting political season: In 2017, investment in broadband rose by $1.5 billion to $76.3 billion. This reversed a decline of approximately $3.2 billion in 2015-16.
What made the difference? Regulation. Specifically, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed the rules it unwisely imposed in 2015 that treated broadband as a monopoly and restored the rules that had been in place for nearly 20 years beforehand, under which the Internet first grew and flourished thanks to billions of dollars in investment and a bipartisan consensus.
This seems like common sense, but for the past several years, the political and tech communities have been mired in a bitter debate over “net neutrality” that obscures the real facts. Broadband is not a monopoly, and policies from the 1930s are inappropriate for the rapidly converging technologies and platforms of today.