On Politics: Migrant Families Could Face Indefinite Detention

Good Thursday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.


The Trump administration is moving to abolish a court agreement that set a 20-day limit for detaining families in immigration jails. Under a new rule, migrant families caught crossing the border illegally would stay at family detention centers for as long as it takes to decide their cases.

The deficit is expected to reach $1 trillion in the next fiscal year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The rise in red ink stems from a steep falloff in federal revenue after President Trump’s 2017 tax cuts, and it could get worse if the trade war with China further chills business investment and consumer spending.

Mr. Trump and his aides are sending two simultaneous, contradictory messages about the economy: That it is booming, and that it is time for emergency measures to keep the boom going.

Explaining why he abruptly canceled a trip to Denmark, Mr. Trump said its prime minister had been “nasty” to him when she rejected his idea of purchasing Greenland.

Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, whose presidential campaign had a singular focus on climate change, has dropped out of the 2020 race.

Bernie Sanders rolled out an ambitious plan to strengthen organized labor, setting a goal of doubling union membership in his first term if elected president.

If one more Democrat qualifies for the September presidential debate in Houston, it will again be spread across two nights. At least three candidates are close to making the cut.

The March for Our Lives group unveiled a plan that would ban assault weapons and raise the minimum age for buying firearms, along with other measures strongly opposed by the gun lobby.

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on three Chinese nationals accused of trafficking synthetic opioids, stepping up efforts to curb the flow of fentanyl from China.

During a whirlwind day of meetings with people interested in foreign policy (who also happen to be big donors), Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stoked speculation that he may run for Senate from Kentucky next year.

Joe Walsh, the conservative radio host and former Tea Party congressman from Illinois, is expected to enter the presidential race as soon as this weekend, giving Mr. Trump a long-shot challenge from the right.


Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.

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