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US Navy preparing to house 25,000 migrants at remote facilities for up to 6 months: Memo
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Navy is preparing to house as many as 25,000 migrants at remote Navy facilities in California, Arizona, and Alabama, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of an internal Navy document. The document, prepared for Navy Secretary Richard Spencer by an assistant secretary, appears to have been written in anticipation of the Trump administration requesting the Department of Defense house migrants at U.S. military facilities.The existence of the memo, which ABC has not seen, was first reported by TIME Magazine. Earlier this week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requested that Pentagon be...
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Trump cites out-of-context crime statistics in honoring 'angel families' whose loved ones were killed by undocumented immigrants
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Trying to steer the controversy over immigration back to his favored talking points, President Donald Trump met Friday with what he calls "angel families" whose loved ones were killed by undocumented immigrants.As his administration has in recent days, he compared their tragedies to the uproar over children being separated from their parents at the border, saying the victims he highlighted were permanently taken away from their families.“You never hear this side. You don't know what's going on,” Trump said. “They're not separated a day, two days. Permanently separated because they were killed by criminal illegal aliens.”Trump...
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Senate seeks detail about Roger Stone’s 2016 Russia contact
Mark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Senate investigators are demanding President Donald Trump’s longtime political supporter Roger Stone produce documents related to a meeting he had with a Russian citizen offering dirt on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.“I have no reason to dissemble or hide it because nothing illegal or improper happened at the meeting or subsequent to the meeting,” Stone told ABC News during an interview this week.The committee’s request comes days after it was revealed that in May 2016 Stone was approached through intermediaries by Henry Greenberg, reportedly a Russian citizen who claimed to have damaging...
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Alone with walls of 'Bagel' and 'Biscuit,' Paul Manafort ponders his defense
Alex Wong/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is being held in the VIP section of the Northern Neck Regional Jail, but that Very Important Person distinction offers him little comfort.On Thursday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered that Manafort “confined in a corrections facility separate” from others in custody at the facility. The order also states he’ll be afforded, “reasonable opportunity for private consultation” with his lawyer.Manafort, who is accused of spending more than a million dollars in allegedly laundered money at clothing stores in New York and Beverley Hills, CA, and millions more on...
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House passes comprehensive bill to combat growing opioid epidemic
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan, comprehensive bill Friday that aims at curbing the country’s growing opioid epidemic. By a vote of 396-14, the House passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients Communities Act, which is the collective product of the lower chamber’s extensive effort this year to combat the opioid crisis.The bill contains several Medicaid, Medicare, and public health reforms, such as adding a review of current opioid prescriptions and screening for opioid use disorder as part of the Welcome to Medicare initial examination. It also aims at reducing the trafficking of Chinese fentanyl into...
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White House accuses Democrats, media of 'shameful' exploitation of crying migrant girl photo
John Moore/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Friday accused Democrats and the media of “shameful” exploitation of a photo of a young girl crying as her mother was searched by U.S. Border Patrol agents.The White House is seizing on what has been a growing conservative counter-narrative to that photo, in accusing the media of unfairly using the photo as an image that has become emblematic of the family separation crisis that resulted from the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. The photo was worked into a stylized TIME Magazine cover in which the young girl is...
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Reality Winner, accused of leaking report on Russian election hacking to press, to plead guilty
Lincoln Sheriff's Office (AUGUSTA, Ga.) -- Reality Winner, a former U.S. intelligence specialist accused of leaking a report on Russian election hacking, will change her plea to guilty when she appears for a hearing next week in Augusta, Georgia, according to court documents.Winner, a six-year Air Force veteran, was charged a year ago with espionage for allegedly leaking information to The Intercept about potential Russian interference in the 2016 election.She was denied bail and has remained in jail since her arrest, which is rare in espionage cases, according to the Courage Foundation.“My daughter Reality has decided to change her plea....
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Watchdog group questions whether Pruitt is using private email to conduct business
Mark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- A watchdog group that requested access to all of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s email communications was provided with only a single email addressed to anyone outside of the EPA.Officials with The Sierra Club, the environmental group that sought Pruitt’s emails as part of a Freedom of Information Act request, said they believe the lack of external communication raises concerns that Pruitt could be using a private communication method in his official capacity.The disclosure was not reviewed by ABC News.“The idea that Scott Pruitt sent a single work-related external email during nearly a year...
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Supreme Court rules that police generally need a warrant to access cell phone data
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court ruled that police generally need a search warrant to review cell phone records that include data like a user's location, which will impose a higher bar for law enforcement to access data collected on the millions of people who use smartphones on a daily basis.The plaintiff in the case, Timothy Carpenter, was convicted of multiple robbery and gun offenses in 2010 but challenged the conviction saying that officers investigating the case didn't get a warrant for his cell phone records. The government argued that law enforcement doesn't need a warrant to get cell phone...
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Hundreds of separated migrant families reunited
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Hundreds of families that were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border after crossing illegally have been reunited, a source has told ABC News.And in the wake of Donald Trump's signing of an executive order to halt families being torn apart, the Department of Homeland Security has ceased referring members of families to the Department of Justice to be prosecuted.According to a senior official in the Trump administration, about 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from families have been reunited since May.How many of the approximately 500 children were still detained with their families wasn't...
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House rejects conservative immigration bill, delays vote on second measure
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The House of Representatives rejected a conservative immigration proposal Thursday and delayed a planned vote on a GOP compromise measure until Friday in another setback for House Republican leaders hoping to take up immigration reform and tout their solution to the ongoing family separation crisis.The House of Representatives rejected a conservative immigration proposal Thursday and has delayed a planned vote on a compromise version until Friday.By a vote of 193 to 231, the House defeated the Securing Americas Future Act of 2018, with 42 Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, not supporting the measure. The bill would...
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First lady wears jacket to visit immigrant children that reads 'I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?'
Zara (WASHINGTON) -- First lady Melania Trump’s unannounced visit to McAllen, Texas to visit immigrant children in a detention center was meant to send a message that the first lady cares.But an army green jacket she wore boarding her plane to Texas at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland sent a very different message. Written in giant, white letters on the back were the words: “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?”Fashion speaks – and Mrs. Trump, a former fashion model, is known to carefully select her outfits before public appearances, paying careful attention to the designer and tone of her sartorial...
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