May 2, 2019

DHS to start DNA testing at border to target smugglers

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The Department of Homeland Security announced its plan run a pilot program to test the DNA of families arriving at the southern border to help prosecute those falsely posing as relatives, according to a Washington Post report on Wednesday.

Details: The program, managed by Homeland Security Investigations — a department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement — will run for about 2 to 3 days at 2 locations at the U.S-Mexican border starting as soon as next week. This comes as part of an effort to crack down on human smugglers, with record numbers of migrants, mainly from Central American countries, continuing to cross the southern border. DHS reports more than 1,000 instances of families trying to fraudulently cross the border as parents and children since October. The test will be administered by a private contractor, and involves a cheek swab, producing results in about 90 minutes.

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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.