10 things you need to know today: June 25, 2018
Trump calls for deporting undocumented migrants "immediately," Erdogan declares victory in Turkey's snap elections, and more
Trump calls for deporting undocumented immigrants without due process
President Trump on Twitter Sunday proposed immediately deporting immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally, without due process. "We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country," he said. "When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order." In a second tweet, Trump said sending back undocumented immigrants is the only way to be fair to those who took the steps to enter the U.S. legally. He also said people should be allowed in based on merit, saying, "we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!"
Erdogan declares victory in Turkey's elections
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that he and his party had won snap presidential and parliamentary elections. With all but 2 percent of the votes counted, Erdogan had 52 percent of the vote. The main opposition party said the vote was marred by fraud, and that the final tally still could show Erdogan fell short of the majority he needs to avoid a July 8 runoff. Erdogan said the result was clear. "I hope nobody will try to cast a shadow on the results and harm democracy in order to hide their own failure," he said. Erdogan and his AK Party faced their biggest challenge in a decade and a half. If the results are confirmed, the popular but divisive Erdogan will start a new term with sweeping new powers approved in a 2017 referendum.
Lobbyist who rented condo to Pruitt asked EPA to hire family friend
The Environmental Protection Agency considered hiring a family friend of the lobbyist whose wife rented EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt a discounted room in a Capitol Hill condo, according to emails released as part of a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club. In the emails, the lobbyist, J. Steven Hart, pushed Pruitt's chief of staff, Ryan Jackson, to hire Jimmy Guilliano, a recent college graduate. Hart said his wife, Vicki, had talked to Pruitt "about this kid who is important to us. He told Vicki to talk to you about how to handle this." The EPA has maintained that Hart never lobbied Pruitt's EPA. A Pruitt spokesman said the emails "did not impact any agency policy outcomes," and that the agency didn't hire Guilliano.
Flake says Senate might block Trump judicial nominees
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that a "number of senators" could block President Trump's judicial nominees unless the Senate challenges Trump on tariffs and other issues. "I do think that unless we can actually exercise something other than just approving the president's executive calendar, his nominees, judges, that we have no reason to be there," said Flake, a longtime Trump critic who is not running for re-election this year as his term ends. "So I think myself and a number of Senators, at least a few of us, will stand up and say let's not move any more judges until we get a vote, for example, on tariffs." Flake is on the Judicial Committee, where Republicans hold just an 11-10 majority, so a nominee could be held up by just one Republican.
Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban
The Supreme Court will rule this week on President Trump's travel ban and a few other remaining cases as it winds down its nine-month term. Lower courts have blocked the third version of Trump's travel ban, but during oral arguments in April the court's conservative majority gave indications that it saw Trump's ban on U.S. entry by people from five Muslim-majority nations as being within the president's authority. The court also will issue rulings on other politically sensitive cases, including one involving whether non-union workers can be made to pay fees to unions representing some public-sector employees, such as police and teachers.
European leaders agree to keep working on immigration but fall short of deal
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Sunday that European leaders didn't come to any decisions in emergency talks on immigration, but agreed to continue working together on the issue. Sanchez described the Sunday meeting as "frank and open." German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the Brussels summit of 16 European Union countries created "a lot of goodwill." Several countries backed a proposal to set up migrant reception centers in Africa. The centers would screen people seeking asylum before they go to Europe, to cut down on the numbers making risky boat voyages from North Africa across the Mediterranean.
Trump threatens consequences if trade partners don't lift barriers
President Trump tweeted fresh threats against U.S. trade partners on Sunday, warning that any nation with "artificial Trade Barriers and Tariffs on goods going into their country" must remove them or "be met with more than Reciprocity by the U.S.A. Trade must be fair and no longer a one way street!" The tweet came after the European Union on Friday implemented tariffs on $3.2 billion worth of imported U.S. goods. As tensions escalated, futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average slid down by 0.7 percent early Monday, while those of the S&P 500 and the Nadaq-100 fell by 0.6 percent.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom leads the weekend box office
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom led the box office with $150 million in ticket sales on its opening weekend, according to studio estimates released Sunday. 2015's Jurassic World debuted with a record-breaking $209 million, but Fallen Kingdom's better-than-expected haul was enough to show that the 25-year-old dinosaur franchise still interests moviegoers. The film's success also gave Hollywood its first back-to-back $100 million-plus openings in a non-holiday stretch, following the $183 million debut of Pixar's Incredibles 2, which added another $81 million in its second week. The total box office take for the weekend reached $280 million, Hollywood's fourth best weekend ever.
Roseanne Barr says racist tweet made her a 'hate magnet'
Roseanne Barr said she had turned herself into a "hate magnet" with a racist tweet about former President Barack Obama's adviser Valerie Jarrett, and made a tearful apology in an audio interview conducted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach weeks ago but released on Sunday. Barr did a phone interview with the spiritual advisor the day after ABC canceled her show, Roseanne, over the tweet, in which Barr said Jarrett, who is African American, was evil, like "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby." Barr said she "didn't mean what [people] think I meant. ... But I have to face that it hurt people." She added: "I horribly regret it. ... I've lost everything. And I regretted it before I lost everything." ABC recently announced it would air a spinoff, The Conners, without Barr.
Former poet laureate Donald Hall dies at 89
Donald Hall, the 2006-2007 poet laureate, has died at age 89, his daughter, Philippa Smith, confirmed on Sunday. His poetry won him a National Book Critics Circle prize, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a National Medal of Arts. He published more than 50 books, including everything from poetry to drama to memoirs. An avid baseball fan, he wrote odes to the Boston Red Sox and a book on pitcher Dock Ellis. He also contributed to Sports Illustrated, and wrote a prize-winning children's book, Ox-Cart Man. "He's really quite amazingly versatile," said Hall's long-time friend Mike Pride, editor emeritus of the Concord Monitor newspaper and a retired administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.