Jul 11, 2018

Report: Trump administration returning to 'catch and release' strategy

A Border Patrol agent transfers a Honduran woman who illegally crossed the Rio Grande River in south Texas to be transported for further processing. Getty Images

Trump administration officials on Tuesday said they will release hundreds of migrant families and give them ankle-bracelet tracking monitors so immigration authorities could track their whereabouts, returning to the "catch and release" policy the president formerly vowed to end, according to a New York Times report.

The background: This comes after the administration failed to meet several court-ordered deadlines to reunite migrant children with their parents, and follows a judge denying President Trump's request to keep immigrant children in detention longer than 20 days.

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House Democrats lose appeal to force McGahn testimony

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Democrats in the House lost an appeal to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to comply with a subpoena, Politico was the first to report.

Why it matters: McGahn was seen as a crucial witness in the House investigation into whether President Trump tried to obstruct the Mueller inquiry. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 on Friday that it did not have the authority to resolve the dispute between the executive and legislative branches.

The Americans who can't hide from coronavirus

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The stock markets are in bad shape, but for the millions of Americans who aren’t invested in stocks, coronavirus is presenting a far more imminent concern.

Why it matters: Quarantines usually work with at least 90% participation, but many Americans lack the flexibility to work remotely, take a sick day or absorb having schools close.

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Wall Street notches worst week for stocks since 2008

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Stocks closed down about 1% on Friday, ending the worst week for Wall Street since the financial crisis.

Why it matters: The stretch of declines came after a spike in coronavirus cases around the world earlier this week. The steep losses prompted questions about the fate of the record-long economic expansion, as well as a rare statement from the Federal Reserve.

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