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Thu Nov 14, 2019 AT 1:23 PM EST

U.S. immigration officials apprehended just more than 42,000 individuals at the southern border with Mexico in October, acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said Thursday, marking a drop from the previous month and a sharp decline from earlier this year.

“This represents an overall decrease of almost 70 percent since the peak in May of this year,” Morgan told reporters at the White House, crediting the Trump administration’s “bold” actions for the decline. “This is a significant decline.”

The new figure represents a 14 percent decline since September, when officials apprehended 52,000 individuals at the border. Read Full Story

Wed Nov 6, 2019 AT 10:33 AM EST

One of the issues being hotly debated among presidential candidates and political operatives leading up to the 2020 campaign isn’t health care, or the economy — it’s free speech.

Why it matters: Disagreements about how to apply the First Amendment to the speed and scale of social media are consuming the political debate this election cycle and cementing unprecedented levels of polarization.

Driving the news: In the Trump era, Republicans have found a way to leverage the loose freedoms of social media to gain an upper hand in some elections. Now, Democrats are demanding that big tech companies do something about it. Read Full Story

Thu Oct 31, 2019 AT 12:36 PM EST

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that a new site for the signing of “phase one” of the U.S.-China trade deal will be “announced soon” after Chile canceled the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit slated for next month due to ongoing protests in the country.

Why it matters, via Axios’ Jonathan Swan: Trump’s tweet is the most definitive sign yet that the U.S. and Chinese teams are committed to signing the “phase one” deal. Some senior administration officials — who have felt burned by China before — had privately been cautioning that it was still possible it could fall apart at the last minute.

The trade war and its tariffs have injected uncertainty into the manufacturing sector and business sentiment in the U.S., but making the first part of this deal official could begin to help smooth things over, Axios’ Dion Rabouin reports. Read Full Story

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