Feb 14, 2018

Bipartisan Senate group says they're close to an immigration deal

Sen. Susan Collins and the "Common Sense Coalition" after a meeting last month on the government shutdown. Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call via Getty

The bipartisan group of senators called the “Common Sense Coalition,” led by Sen. Susan Collins, met this morning to work toward an immigration deal. They claim they're closing in on an agreement, which Sen. Lindsey Graham said would likely include a path to citizenship for 1.8 million "dreamers," $25 billion for border security and would not allow parents of "dreamers" to be sponsored for citizenship.

What's next: Collins told reporters they're fine-tuning the language, and GOP Sen. Jeff Flake and Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine say they'll release a proposal by the end of the day.

Why it matters: So far, there has been little movement toward a viable immigration deal that would protect DACA recipients and also include tougher immigration policies for Republicans and President Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he wants a deal done this week, but that's not looking likely at the moment — and there's no word on what happens if there's no deal by the end of the week.

What's next: Kaine and Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Lamar Alexander all said they want Trump's preferred bill — the one by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley — to get a vote first. It's not expected to win the 60 votes needed to move ahead.

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Protests for George Floyd continue for 10th day

Thousands of protesters march over the Brooklyn Bridge on June 4 in New York City. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

All four former Minneapolis police officers have been charged for George Floyd’s death and are in custody, including Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, who were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

The latest: Crowds gathered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Thursday evening and in Atlanta, Georgia, despite the rain. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined demonstrators on Thursday. Demonstrators in Washington, D.C. dispersed following a thunderstorm and rain warning for the region.

Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.