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Shanahan welcomes opportunity to be Defense secretary, 'but not at the expense of being a good father'
Drew Angerer/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- In a surprise development, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has decided not to move forward with the confirmation process to take the job permanently, President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday.Trump said while Shanahan "has done a wonderful job, he has decided not to go forward...so that he can devote more time to his family."In a second tweet, the president named Army Secretary Mark Esper as his next acting Pentagon chief -- a job which has now been vacant since former Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned in December. Talking to reporters on the White House lawn...
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Trump's plan to deport 'millions' likely not feasible
Marcus Moore/ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump’s promise on the eve of a campaign rally to deport next week “millions” of people living in the U.S. illegally is raising the issue of how the administration could feasibly launch such a massive operation because it's out of space to hold them.Also in question would be whether the administration would further abandon its past focus of deporting undocumented migrants convicted of crimes in order to deport families, which at least one top official said was inevitable. Another concern would be that families could be separated, possibly leaving thousands of young children...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says slavery reparations are not a 'good idea'
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he opposed reparations for descendants of slaves, because no one "currently alive was responsible for that.""I don't think reparations for something that happened 150 years -- for whom none of us currently living are responsible -- is a good idea," McConnell told reporters during a press conference on Tuesday."We've tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation, by electing an African American president," he said.McConnell's remarks come just one day before a House Judiciary subcommittee is scheduled...
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