Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, is running for president

Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, is running for president

He joins a crowded presidential primary, potentially bolstered by his role on the House Intelligence Committee investigating Trump. Avid followers of cable news Trump-Russia coverage are probably at least acquainted with Rep. Eric Swalwell, the California Democrat on one of the House’s leading investigatory committees. Now Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, is running for president. Swalwell’s is one of several lesser-known House Democrats eying the White House; Rep. John Delaney was the…

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Judge tells Trump to stop sending Central American asylum seekers back to Mexico

Judge tells Trump to stop sending Central American asylum seekers back to Mexico

Yet another defeat for a Department of Homeland Security stuck between the judiciary and an enraged and impatient president. A federal judge in California ruled that the Trump administration can no longer return Central American asylum seekers to wait in Mexico before (and between) hearings in their asylum cases. The policy, known as the “Migrant Protection Protocols” or the “Remain in Mexico” policy, has resulted in more than 600 asylum seekers being sent back to…

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How powerful is the US president?

How powerful is the US president?

A look at other constitutions explains why American executives are so ineffectual. Which parts of the US Constitution have aged least well? In prior posts in this series, Jennifer Victor nominates slavery and suffrage and Seth Masket the electoral college. But it is also the case that our treasured “checks and balances” have become, well, unbalanced. Consider that we seem incapable of agreeing upon legislation that addresses the pressing issues of the day — everything…

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With “Kill This Love,” K-pop queens Blackpink have made YouTube and iTunes history

With “Kill This Love,” K-pop queens Blackpink have made YouTube and iTunes history

Destiny’s Child held the iTunes record for 15 years before Blackpink came along. What do Destiny’s Child and Psy have in common? They both just had one of their record-setting songs overtaken by pop music’s latest big thing: Blackpink, an all-female K-pop group whose new single, “Kill This Love,” is setting impressive milestones within the music industry. “Kill This Love,” a track that opens to triumphant trumpets and culls from both modern pop and hip-hop,…

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5 former US military chiefs condemn Trump’s decision to cut Central American aid

5 former US military chiefs condemn Trump’s decision to cut Central American aid

Trump usually likes listening to tough military people. He probably won’t listen to these ones, though. On April 1, President Donald Trump vowed to cut off aid to three Central American countries, due to a wave of people trying to flee violence and economic devastation and enter the United States. But on Monday, five retired top military officers who oversaw American operations in the region said it’s a really, really bad idea. The former four-stars…

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Trump’s flailing shake-up of the Department of Homeland Security, explained

Trump’s flailing shake-up of the Department of Homeland Security, explained

A ongoing purge in an administration that can’t make policy. Kirstjen Nielsen’s surprise Sunday night resignation as homeland security secretary is part of an ongoing purge of President Donald Trump’s immigration apparatus. It suggests Trump is determined to get tougher on immigration but lacks any concrete plans to do so — his administration was already being about as tough as possible within the confines of the law — beyond saying he wants to get tougher…

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Secret Service director is the latest casualty in DHS shake-up

Secret Service director is the latest casualty in DHS shake-up

Randolph Alles is out a day after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen abruptly resigned. A day after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen abruptly resigned, the director of the Secret Service is out too. On Monday, the White House confirmed that Randolph “Tex” Alles, whom President Donald Trump appointed as director of the Secret Service in April 2017, would be leaving his post, after multiple media outlets reported that he had been ousted. The announcement comes…

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