Apr 13, 2019

Courts to temporarily allow asylum seekers to return to Mexico

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided to temporarily block a lower court's decision that would've stopped the Trump administration's policy to send asylum seekers to Mexico, the AP reports.

The backdrop: On Monday, Judge Richard Seeborg's ruling paused the change to the American asylum system, saying the policy does not comply with federal law. The appeals court will hear the arguments from the government and civil groups next week. Immigration officials have halted the practice of sending asylum seekers to Mexico until the appeals court reaches a decision, per the AP. About 1,300 people have been returned to Mexico under this program.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will temporarily allow asylum seekers to return to Mexico.

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Pelosi warns U.S. allies against working with China's Huawei

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday cautioned U.S. allies against allowing Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to develop their 5G networks, arguing at the Munich Security Conference that doing so is akin to “choosing autocracy over democracy," CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Pelosi's hawkish stance marks a rare area of agreement with the Trump administration, which believes Huawei is a national security threat because the Chinese government may be capable of accessing its equipment for espionage.

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Judge sets "scheduling" conference call ahead of Roger Stone sentencing

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U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has requested a Feb. 18 "scheduling" conference call in the Roger Stone case, two days before the former Trump associate is set to be sentenced.

Why it matters: Stone's defense team on Friday filed a sealed motion for a new trial — the second time they've done so — amid allegations of juror bias and a growing controversy over Attorney General Bill Barr's intervention in the case.

Biden says Bloomberg's money can't "erase" his record

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Former Vice President Joe Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that Michael Bloomberg's vast fortune cannot "erase" his record, and that scrutiny of Bloomberg's positions on things like race and policing will ramp up now that he's in the national spotlight.

Why it matters: Biden's polling free fall in the wake of poor performances in Iowa and New Hampshire has coincided with a surge for Bloomberg, who appeals to a similar moderate bloc of the Democratic Party. The billionaire's limitless spending capacity poses an especially stark threat to Biden, who has struggled with fundraising.