Mar 16, 2018

Russia to expel British diplomats in retaliation to the U.K.

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Russia plans to expel British diplomats in retaliation to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision on Wednesday to kick out 23 Russian diplomats in response to the nerve agent attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Russia has denied involvement in the attack, but British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Friday that it is “overwhelmingly likely” that Vladimir Putin was behind it. Even President Trump, who has defended Russia in the past, said Thursday that "it looks like" Russia is the culprit.

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Nikki Haley poaches top conservative from Heritage Action

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Nikki Haley has hired Tim Chapman, the head of Heritage Action, to run her conservative policy group Stand For America, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the hire. Haley and Chapman confirmed the hire, which was first reported by RealClearPolitics' Philip Wegmann.

Why it matters: Chapman is among the most influential conservative policy leaders in the country. His hire is Haley's highest-profile outside recruitment since leaving her job as UN ambassador under President Trump.

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Trump has declared war on sanctuary cities

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Armed with subpoenas, lawsuits and immigration SWAT teams, the Trump administration has declared war on sanctuary cities.

The big picture: President Trump and his administration have used every available tool to try to crack down on local governments that refuse to hold immigrants in criminal custody, block immigration agents from working in county jails or deny federal authorities access to immigrants' records.