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Developing now, Thursday, June 21, 2018 - The first day of summer
Two Trump-backed immigration bills may go up for a House vote Thursday, one day after the president ended separations of illegal immigrant families at the border, but passage of either bill seemed doubtful
Trump vows his immigration policy will continue to be 'as tough as it's been' after signing his executive order to keep illegal immigrant families together. But Democrats say the measure allows for indefinite detentions
The Trump administration will propose merging the Labor Department with the Education Department, a report says
Actor Peter Fonda apologizes for vulgar remarks about President Trump's 12-year-old son, Barron. But critics slam Democrats for failing to condemn Jane Fonda's younger brother
The National Enquirer's publisher is reportedly subpoenaed in the investigation of ex-Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen
THE LEAD STORY - LITTLE HOPE FOR IMMIGRATION BILLS: The House of Representatives is barreling toward votes on two major Trump-backed immigration proposals Thursday, but both bills appeared to have little chance of passage as tensions between feuding GOP factions boiled over this week ... The stakes for the votes are particularly high, as the votes will come just one day after President Donald Trump signed a surprise executive order to end the separations of families who illegally enter the country. One of the bills, a compromise approach branded by Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., as the "president's bill," would appropriate funding for Trump's proposed border wall, to the tune of $25 billion. It would also provide a pathway to citizenship for nearly 1.8 million so-called "Dreamers," illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. at a young age.
The other bill up for a vote Thursday, put together by House Judiciary Chair Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., takes a more conservative approach. It would afford the nearly 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients only a temporarily protected legal status that could be indefinitely renewed, rather than a full pathway to citizenship.
Trump's order came after he and other officials repeatedly said only Congress had the power to stop children and their parents from being separated. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tweeted Wednesday night that the executive order "merely replaces one inhumane act with another." Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, of California, shared similar sentiments, tweeting: "It's extremely troubling that the president's executive order would require immigrant families with children to be detained indefinitely."
SHRINKING THE SWAMP: The Trump administration will propose merging the Labor Department with the Education Department as part of a larger effort to reorganize the federal government, the Wall Street Journal reported ... The formal announcement is planned for Thursday morning, but the Journal reports that any planned reorganization must be approved by Congress. The reported proposal is a revival of long-held conservative ambitions dating back at least two decades. In the 1990s, Republican lawmakers proposed merging the Education and Labor departments with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The new agency would have been dubbed the Department of Education and Employment, but such plans never got off the ground.
However, perhaps most stunning aspect of Fonda's ugly attack was silence of Democratic leaders and Hollywood's liberal elite. Neither Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Nancy Pelosi nor Hillary Clinton and any leader in the #MeToo Movement publicly condemned Fonda's tweets.
MAINSTREAM MEDIA ANTI-TRUMP NARRATIVE: "All you're going to hear 24/7 is this harangue." – Radio host and Independent Women's Voice president Tammy Bruce, on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," arguing that the media were trying to "distract" from President Trump's accomplishments by focusing on immigration. WATCH
CRIMINAL THREAT: "You could be arrested for those words and, frankly, you should be." – Sean Hannity, on "Hannity," blasting Peter Fonda invoking violent treatment of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Barron Trump. WATCH
FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Guests include: Judge Andrew Napolitano; Newt Gingrich; House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul; GOP Minnesota congressional candidate Pete Stauber; Retired US Marine Corps bomb technician Johnny Joey Jones; actor Dean Cain.
The FOX News Rundown podcast: President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to stop the separation of families at the border while pushing forward with the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. FOX News' John Roberts explains the effect the media had on his decision. Rudy Giuliani, former NYC mayor and one of President Trump's attorneys, discusses Michael Cohen, alleged anti-Trump bias in the FBI and the inspector general's report. Plus, commentary by Judge Andrew Napolitano.
The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: David Bossie, Chris Wallace and Mercedes Schlapp will all discuss President Trump's executive order on not separating illegal immigrant families at the border, the ongoing battle on Capitol Hill over immigration reform and the IG report.
The Tom Shillue Show, 3 p.m. ET: How could Trump's executive order on separating illegal immigrant families at the border potentially impact the midterms? Christopher Hahn, radio host and former aide to Sen. Charles Schumer, joins Tom Shillue.
2013: President Barack Obama nominates James Comey, a top Bush-era Justice Department official, to head the FBI, succeeding Robert Mueller.
1982: A jury in Washington, D.C., finds John Hinckley Jr. not guilty by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Ronald Reagan, White House press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy, and police officer Thomas Delahanty.
1932: Heavyweight Max Schmeling loses a title fight rematch in New York by decision to Jack Sharkey, prompting Schmeling's manager, Joe Jacobs, to exclaim: "We was robbed!"
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