Why have a bunch of laws when you can just have one?
President Trump on Tuesday reportedly gave members of Congress some advice in crafting immigration laws, telling them it should be a "simple" policy that communicates to immigrants: "I'm sorry, you can't come in."
Trump told Congress that the nation's "hodgepodge of laws" is overly complicated, Bloomberg reported. "It's so simple," he said. He also said that he planned to "discuss" increased funding for a border wall, one of his many ideas for stemming immigration to the U.S.
Lawmakers are scrambling to craft new policies to address Trump's zero tolerance immigration policy, which led to separations of immigrant parents and children at the border. The president reversed the practice with an executive order, and border officials announced Monday that the retreat forces them to suspend prosecutions of undocumented immigrants until the administration sorts out how to detain them without violating federal law regarding the detention of children.
Members of Congress have been fiercely debating the Trump administration's handling of immigration, with many Republicans seeking a compromise and Democrats denouncing the zero tolerance policy as a a whole, calling it "inhumane."
On Wednesday's Late Show, host Stephen Colbert didn't apologize for comments he made about President Trump on Monday and said he would do it again, albeit changing "a few words that were cruder than they needed to be."
Following Monday's show, some Trump supporters went on Twitter and, using the hashtag #FireColbert, voiced their displeasure with Colbert saying Trump's mouth would make a good "cock holster" for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Colbert explained that he was "a little upset" with Trump for "insulting a friend of mine," Face the Nation's John Dickerson (Trump walked away in the middle of an interview over the weekend with Dickerson). "So, at the end of that monologue, I had a few choice insults for the president in return. I don't regret that. He, I believe, can take care of himself. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it's a fair fight."
Colbert said he was not going to repeat the phrase that some found offensive, and reiterated that while he would "do it again," he would say it in a not-so-vulgar way. "I just want to say for the record, life is short, and anyone who expresses their love for another person, in their own way, is to me, an American hero," Colbert concluded. "I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else. But, that." Catherine Garcia
President Obama just threw a wrench in President-elect Donald Trump's plans for offshore drilling. On Friday, the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a revised blueprint for oil drilling in federally-owned waters over the next five years — and two areas in the Arctic Ocean were notably missing from the approved list. "The plan focuses on lease sales in the best places — those with highest resource potential, lowest conflict, and established infrastructure — and removes regions that are simply not right to lease,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement. "Given the unique and challenging Arctic environment and industry's declining interest in the area, forgoing lease sales in the Arctic is the right path forward."
While the plan allows drilling to continue in Alaska's Cook Inlet, exploration will be halted in 2017 in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off the Alaskan coast. The Washington Post reported the blueprint also "dropped plans to allow companies to drill for oil and natural gas in the Atlantic Ocean off of four southeastern states, including Virginia."
Trump has vowed to increase the production of oil and gas and cut back on industry regulations during his presidency. While he could technically undo the Obama administration's plan, Politico reported it would "take at least a few years for him to do so." Becca Stanek
Even though Thursday's Fox News-hosted Republican presidential debate was the second-lowest rated GOP debate of the season, it still drew a bigger audience than Donald Trump did. The debate, which Trump boycotted after claiming that moderator Megyn Kelly was biased, drew 12.5 million viewers. Trump's counter-programmed Iowa event raising money for veterans was watched by roughly 2.7 million viewers.
However, the question remains of just how much bigger Thursday's debate audience would have been had Trump decided to participate. The first time the GOP frontrunner faced off against Kelly in the opening debate in August, Fox News drew a record 24 million viewers. Becca Stanek
Donald Trump, recent PolitiFact Lie of the Year honoree, demanded an apology earlier Monday from Hillary Clinton. She had claimed at Saturday's Democratic presidential debate that the Islamic State uses videos of Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric to recruit terrorists.
Indeed, Clinton was technically incorrect — both PolitiFact and The Washington Post reported there's no evidence to indicate such a recruiting tactic actually exists. But is the Democratic presidential frontrunner going to apologize to Trump?
"Hell no," campaign spokesman Brian Fallon told ABC News on Monday. "Hillary Clinton will not be apologizing to Donald Trump for correctly pointing out how his hateful rhetoric only helps ISIS recruit more terrorists." Julie Kliegman