Sep 12, 2017

Marc Short says DACA doesn't need to be tied to wall funding

Marc Short takes a question from the media during the daily press briefing at the White House on July 19, 2017. (Andrew Harnik / AP)

White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said border wall funding did not necessarily need to be tied to a legislative fix for DACA as part of the Trump administration's vision for comprehensive immigration reform, per USA Today.

  • The key quote: "Whether or not [a border wall] is part of a DACA equation or whether or not that's another legislative vehicle, I don't want to bind ourselves into a construct that makes reaching a conclusion on DACA impossible."
  • Short also said tax reform might be Trump's next bipartisan vehicle. "The feedback we've received from many Democrats is they recognize that corporate rates are too high, they recognize the corporate tax system is unfair, it's causing American companies to leave our shores."

Correction: This story has been updated to better reflect Short's position. He did not say the two issues shouldn't be tied together, only that the administration wasn't insisting on it.

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GM to exit Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

GM's Holden brand is popular among racing fans down under, and it's been a regular fixture at events like the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar Race in Australia. Photo: Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

General Motors is retiring its celebrated Holden brand from sales in Australia and New Zealand after 160 years and winding down operations by 2021, the company confirmed in a statement Monday.

The big picture: GM also intends to "sell its Rayong factory in Thailand to China's Great Wall Motors and withdraw the Chevrolet brand from Thailand by the end of this year," AP reports. "The downsizing is part of a long-running strategy at GM since the Detroit-based company emerged from bankruptcy in 2009," per Bloomberg.

In photos: Deadly Storm Dennis lashes U.K., Ireland and western France

A family is rescued from a property in Nantgarw, Wales, on Sunday. The storm comes a week after the U.K. was battered by storm Ciara, which killed two people, per the BBC. Photo: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Storm Dennis continued to pummel parts of England, Wales and Ireland over Sunday night with heavy rain after battering Northern Ireland and Scotland, per the official British weather agency the Met Office.

Why it matters: It's the second-strongest nontropical storm ever recorded in the North Atlantic Ocean, with its hurricane-force winds and heavy rains that caused widespread flooding across the U.K., the Washington Post notes. Police in Wales confirmed Sunday they found the body of a man who fell into a river as the storm lashed Ystradgynlais.

Sanders accuses Bloomberg of trying to "buy" the 2020 election

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg. Photos: Drew Angerer; Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders tore into 2020 rival Michael Bloomberg at a Las Vegas campaign event Saturday, saying the billionaire and former New York mayor is trying to "buy the presidency" by paying millions of dollars in advertising.

Why it matters: Bloomberg has surged in national polling recently, having poured millions of dollars into campaign ads largely targeting Trump. His candidacy has become an obvious foil for Sanders, whose grassroots campaign railing against billionaires and the establishment has vaulted him to front-runner status.

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