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Today in 5 Lines
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts rejected President Donald Trump’s criticism of the federal judge who ruled against his attempt to restrict asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying there are no “Obama judges or Trump judges.”
Trump reportedly told the White House counsel in the spring that he wanted the Justice Department to prosecute Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey. Former Justice Department officials called the president’s reported desire to prosecute his political opponents alarming and “un-American.”
Democrat Ben McAdams unseated Republican Representative Mia Love in Utah, bringing the net total number of House seats flipped by Democrats in the midterms to 38.
Trump is reportedly planning to visit U.S. troops in Iraq or Afghanistan for the first time in his presidency.
The White House authorized troops stationed at the border to engage in lethal force and take on some law-enforcement roles, if necessary. The so-called “Cabinet order” was signed by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, not Trump.
From the Politics Desk
She came into Washington like a wrecking ball. Here’s what colleagues in the House think
“Veteran Democrats are happy about the youth and enthusiasm Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her progressive cohort bring to the caucus. But at the same time, these Democrats are worried that their approach might sometimes prove counterproductive.” → Read on.