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10 things you need to know today: August 4, 2018

Bonnie Kristian
People protest efforts by the Trump administration to phase out DACA  September 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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Judge orders full DACA revival

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to fully revive the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects from deportation young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. U.S. District Judge John Bates decided the Department of Homeland Security has failed adequately "explain its view that DACA is unlawful." The restart is set to begin August 23, though the administration can appeal the ruling in the meantime. DACA was started by the Obama administration via executive order. Trump rescinded it in September and has since taken conflicting positions on possible congressional responses. [NPR, Politico]


Manafort reportedly failed to list foreign accounts on tax returns

President Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort entered the fourth day of his federal trial Friday, facing testimony from Philip Ayliff, his former accountant. Between 2010 and 2014, Ayliff said, Manafort did not disclose foreign accounts and transactions that should have been reported in tax filings. The tax forms asked whether Manafort had any financial interest in overseas accounts, and each year Manafort marked "no." Ayliff also testified his client told him to lie to a bank about tax deduction qualifications on two apartments Manafort owned. [CBS News, BuzzFeed News]


Pompeo says North Korea is violating its denuclearization promise

North Korea's continued construction of ballistic missiles is "inconsistent" with its denuclearization pledge, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday, and "we can see we still have a ways to go to achieve the ultimate outcome we're looking for." Satellite images gathered earlier this week showed North Korea working on new weapons, as did a United Nations report obtained by CNN Friday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with President Trump in Singapore in June, and he signed a document promising to work to end his country's nuclear weapons program. [Reuters, CNN]


Judge rejects Trump proposal for ACLU to find migrant parents

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw on Friday rejected the Trump administration's Thursday proposal that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) do the legwork to locate migrant parents who were deported from the United States without their children. "For every parent that is not located, there will be a permanently orphaned child, and that is 100 percent the responsibility of the administration," said Sabraw, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush. The whereabouts of about 500 parents who were separated from their children at the border remains unknown. [The Wall Street Journal, ABC News]


Senate Democrats reportedly will meet with Kavanaugh

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) plan to meet with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the latter half of August, The Washington Post reported Friday. The top Democrats demanded to see all Kavanaugh's records from his time working under former President George W. Bush before meeting with him. However, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has refused to request the complete records, so Feinstein and Schumer will reportedly ask Kavanaugh himself to advocate for their release. They'll also press him on topics including abortion and health care, the Post's source said. [The Washington Post, ABC News]


Trump campaign aide reportedly interacted with alleged Kremlin agent in 2016

Alleged Russian agent Mariia Butina, a gun rights activist who has been charged with conspiracy and illegally acting as an agent of the Kremlin, contacted a former Trump campaign aide named J.D. Gordon shortly before the 2016 election, The Washington Post reported Friday evening. Gordon left his campaign role of director as national security for a position in Trump's transition team in August of 2016. In the following two months, the Post story says, he exchanged emails with Butina, inviting her to events including his birthday party. Butina's attorney and Gordon both told the Post the relationship was not significant. [The Washington Post, The Hill]


China threatens more tariffs if Trump further escalates trade war

China will impose new tariffs ranging from 5 to 25 percent on American goods worth $60 billion, Beijing said Friday, if the Trump administration follows through on its threat to impose new U.S. tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese products. "In violation of the bilateral consensus reached after multiple rounds of negotiations, the United States has again unilaterally escalated trade frictions," the Chinese State Council Tariff Commission said in a statement. "Don't underestimate President Trump's determination to follow through," White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow responded. [Bloomberg, CNN Money]


Labor Department reports solid July job gains

U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs in July, the Labor Department announced Friday, fewer than economists expected but enough to nudge the unemployment rate down to 3.9 percent, near an 18-year low. The July figure was considered solid but it was down from 248,000 added jobs in June. Strong spending by consumers and businesses is boosting growth and increasing demand for workers across the economy, and the tightening job market has been slowly pushing wages higher, too. U.S. stock futures pared early gains after the report. [MarketWatch, The Associated Press]


Las Vegas shooting probe closes without identifying attacker's motive

Las Vegas police on Friday closed their probe into October's mass shooting without shedding light on attacker Stephen Paddock's motives for killing 58 people and injuring 500 more. "What we have been able to answer are the questions of who, what, when, where, and how," said Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo. "What we have not been able to definitively answer is the 'why' Stephen Paddock committed this act." The investigation report notes Paddock's brother has suggested he "conducted the attack because he had done everything in the world he wanted to do and was bored with everything." [Las Vegas Review-Journal, NPR]


Trump tweets attack on LeBron James, CNN's Don Lemon

"Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon," President Trump tweeted late Friday. "He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do. I like Mike!" The "Mike" in question is thought to be NBA legend Michael Jordan, with Trump referencing debate over who is the greatest basketball player. James' CNN interview mostly focused on his recent opening of an innovative new public school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. But he also touched on politics, accusing Trump of "using sports to kinda divide us" by fixating on pro athletes' protests. [ESPN, CNN]