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February 26, 2019

The House of Representatives voted 248-177 earlier this month to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen's civil war — but the bill won't get a vote in the Senate.

House Republicans added an amendment to the legislation condemning anti-Semitism, and the Senate's parliamentarian this week determined the addition is not germane to the broader content of the bill. That determination is thought to be the basis for removing the bill's "privileged" status, which would have guaranteed it a vote on the Senate floor.

Now that the legislation has been "de-privileged," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) can decline to bring the measure to a vote.

"We will reintroduce the clean version that we passed in the Senate last year and send it back to the House for a vote," said a representative from the office of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is sponsoring the bill with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

Even with a clean version, obstacles would remain. House Republicans could introduce the same amendment again, which would put House Democrats and the minority of House Republicans who backed the bill in the unfortunate position of having to vote against condemning anti-Semitism to keep the legislation viable. And President Trump has threatened to veto the bill if it arrives at his desk. Bonnie Kristian

January 11, 2019

The Tornillo, Texas tent city is finally coming down.

The massive facility built to house an overflow of migrant children once held as many as 2,500 minors. Now, the last child has left the grounds, Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) tweeted Friday, adding his criticism for the much-decried makeshift shelter.

After migrant families were separated and detained under President Trump's zero tolerance immigration policy, already-built detention facilities quickly hit capacity. The Tornillo tent city was built to hold the influx of children detained and separated from their families, and was at one point expanded to hold as many as 3,800 kids.

As months wore on and rules regarding the sponsorship of housing children were loosened, the tent city quickly started emptying out. Tornillo started being dismantled last week, but as many as 1,500 children were still detained there, Vice News reported. That number was officially down to 800 by Tuesday, per the Department of Health and Human Services, and reports later said the last of Tornillo's detained children would likely leave by the weekend. It's unlikely all those children were released to sponsors or family members so quickly; while The Washington Post reports that the "vast majority" will be placed with sponsors or moved to other facilities, it's unclear where they were relocated to. Kathryn Krawczyk

November 26, 2018

After some migrants tried to break through fencing at the U.S. border with Mexico, President Trump is threatening a permanent shutdown.

Trump tweeted Monday morning that Mexico must send the migrants, many of whom he claims are "stone cold criminals," back to their home countries. If not, "we will close the Border permanently if need be." Trump also urged Congress to "fund the WALL!" The president has previously suggested he might shut down the government to secure funding for his border wall.

This tweet comes after United States Customs and Border Protection officers on Sunday fired tear gas at hundreds of migrants seeking to enter the United States. The border crossing was shut down for hours, per The New York Times. Border patrol says several of the migrants threw rocks at them. Many of the Central American migrants attempting to enter the U.S. are fleeing violence. Some of those who tried to cross illegally Sunday say they did so after being denied access at the port of entry where they were hoping to claim asylum, per NBC News.

Experts told The Washington Post there is no known provision allowing Trump to permanently close the border. Brendan Morrow

May 26, 2016

Vince Foster's sister is none too pleased about the rumors that Donald Trump is resurfacing about her brother, a former White House deputy counsel during the Clinton administration. In an op-ed published Thursday in The Washington Post, Sheila Foster Anthony railed against Trump for suggesting that her brother's death was not a suicide, but rather a murder, and for saying that Hillary Clinton may have been involved in said murder because Foster "knew everything that was going on."

She then set the record straight in what marks the first time she's publicly spoken out about the tragedy:

This is scurrilous enough coming from right-wing political operatives who have peddled conspiracy theories about Vince's death for more than two decades. How could this be coming from the presumptive Republican nominee for president?

Five investigations, including by independent counsels Robert B. Fiske Jr. and Kenneth Starr, concluded that Vince suffered from severe depression that caused him to be unable to sleep, unable to work, unable to think straight, and finally to take his own life.

I know this to be true. [Sheila Foster Anthony, via The Washington Post]

Anthony wrote that while she "did not see a suicide coming," when she heard that her brother had died she "knew" that he'd committed suicide. "Never for a minute have I doubted that was what happened," she wrote. Because of that certainty, she said, she cannot let "such craven behavior" as Trump's "pass without a response."

Read the entirety of her response over at The Washington Post. Becca Stanek

September 16, 2015

Donald Trump keeps promising that one of these days he'll offer specifics on all of his grand policy ideas — but that day seems to always be tomorrow. Tuesday night was no different.

As Trump gave his big foreign policy speech in Iowa, CNN — and Anderson Cooper — decided it'd had just about enough of Trump's empty promises. When Trump once again didn't deliver on specifics, speaking instead "in broad terms about doing good things for the military and veterans," Cooper cut Trump off, Mediaite reports.

"We've been told to expect specifics on national security. So far we have not heard any," Cooper said. "We're going to continue to monitor this. The speech right now seem to be kind of a standard stump speech." Cooper promised that if Trump got specific, CNN would return to the speech. It never did.

You can watch Cooper shut down Trump's speech here. Becca Stanek

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