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Thu Jul 18, 2019 AT 11:58 AM EDT

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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that President Donald Trump is “on to something” with his attacks against four Democratic congresswomen of color, trying to paint the rhetoric as part of a larger political debate ahead of 2020. 


“He’s right about the squad wanting to turn us into a socialist country . . . I think the president’s on to something. We’re having a big debate now and next year about what we want America to be like,” McConnell said during an interview with Fox News Business. 

McConnell’s comments come after Trump railed against four Democrats— Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — during a campaign really in North Carolina saying they “see our nation as a force of evil.” Read Full Story

Tue Jul 16, 2019 AT 11:21 AM EDT

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President Donald Trump’s attack on left-wing congresswomen, including a jab that they should “go back” to their homelands, created a furor. But former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says it may be an example of Trump’s strategic genius.

“It is useful to remember Trump doesn’t play tic-tac-toe. He plays chess, and he’s very often setting up a much deeper fight than you might think, looking at the surface,” Gingrich told the Washington Examiner.

Trump’s tweet was widely criticized as inaccurate and offensive, with three of four apparent targets actually born in the U.S. But Gingrich said Trump wanted to raise the profile of his targets and to more closely link their socialist and anti-Israel policies with the Democratic Party. Read Full Story

Thu Jul 11, 2019 AT 5:00 PM EDT

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended 104,000 people crossing the southwestern border last month, the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday.

That number is a substantial decline from May, when CBP reported apprehending over 144,000, predominantly families and unaccompanied children. According to DHS, “[t]he reduction in apprehensions accounts for decreases across all demographics, including unaccompanied minors, family units and single adults, as well as decreases in migrants from all Northern Triangle countries, particularly those coming from Guatemala.”

DHS did not release official figures on the exact number of unaccompanied children and family units apprehended in June. When reached for comment, a representative of CBP only told the Washington Free Beacon that “CBP has not released/posted the latest numbers” on either type of apprehension. Read Full Story

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