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President Trump Announces Immigration Proposal

On Saturday, President Donald Trump used a presidential address to declare his interest in an end to the partial government shutdown. To that end, the president offered Democratic leadership three years of legislative relief for DACA Dreamers in exchange for $5.7 billion for a network of border barriers. President Donald Trump ( The president noted that the legislative relief for DACA recipients, illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children, would entail access to work permits and protection from deportation. The proposal does not include a pathway to citizenship from Dreamers, a stated priority for many within the Democratic caucus. According to the president, the $5.7 billion in funding would not be for a 2,000-mile wall, but instead “steel barriers in high-priority areas.” He pitched the new border security as a method for preventing the entry of drugs, gangs, and human smugglers. The president also suggested 75 new immigration judges, 2,750 new bord

Special Counsel Declares BuzzFeed Report "Not Accurate"

On Thursday, BuzzFeed published an article alleging that President Donald Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress regarding a potential Trump Tower in Moscow. The news set off a firestorm in Washington, but in a rare public statement, the special counsel disputed the findings. Robert Mueller's spokesman, Peter Carr, issued a release stating that "BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate." Special Counsel Robert Mueller The fact that the special counsel made this statement is atypical: CNN Politics notes that it is "highly unusual for the special counsel's office to provide a statement to the media -- outside of court filings and judicial hearings -- about any of its ongoing investigative activities." Incidents like these, however, are typical for BuzzFee

Disputed Report: President Trump Instructed Cohen to Lie

A since-disputed report from BuzzFeed News alleges that President Donald Trump ordered his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress regarding a proposed Trump Tower in Russia. President Donald Trump The news outlet cited two anonymous sources, alleged to be "federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter." These individuals told BuzzFeed that Cohen told Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the Russia probe, that "the president personally instructed him to lie — by claiming that negotiations ended months earlier than they actually did — in order to obscure Trump’s involvement." According to the report, the special counsel discovered the president's alleged instruction from "interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents," and then confirmed the story with Cohen. In addition, BuzzFeed reports that Trum

Editorial: President Reagan Deserves More Credit

Ronald Reagan was born a humble Illinoisan, rose through the ranks of Hollywood to become the president of the Screen Actors Guild, and ended up president of the United States after eight years as California governor. Reagan's experience in the private sector, where he learned about the dangers of Communism and the value of market forces, influenced his personal beliefs and allowed for his presidency to become a success in almost every regard. Ronald Reagan ( Reagan's economic policy was sound; his international strategy solidified American global prowess and led to the collapse of the Soviet Union; and his personal character was impeccable. *** It is indisputable that Ronald Reagan ushered in a new dawn for American diplomacy: With words and deeds, he demonstrated to the world that our republic would not be toyed with. With rapid military buildup, the promise of a space defense system, interventions against Communists worldwide, and asserti