The federal government will take the “rare step” of asking the Supreme Court to intervene directly on the Obama-era program that protects from deportation the 690,000 undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States since they were children.
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Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), the second-ranking House Democrat, refused to guarantee the votes to keep the government open. ”We’re not going to be held hostage to do things we think are contrary to the best interest of the American people,” Hoyer said.
Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson said the 71-year-old president did “exceedingly well” on a 30-item cognitive test that Trump had personally requested in a bid to put questions about his mental fitness to rest.
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Investigators said that the 17-year-old girl who escaped through a window to call 911 on a deactivated cellphone appeared to be only 10 years old. The siblings, ages 2 to 29, all appeared to be malnourished and younger than they actually are, police in Perris, Calif., said. The parents, David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin, were arrested on charges of torture and child endangerment.
Pressed about the Oval Office meeting, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told senators, “The conversation was very impassioned. I don’t dispute that the president was using tough language.”
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A huge spike in airstrikes is the product of new rules that let U.S. forces hit Taliban targets at will, whereas under the Obama administration, they were restricted to defending Afghan forces under imminent attack. 
Stephanie Clifford, whose professional name is Stormy Daniels, spoke to Slate multiple times before breaking off contact a week before the election, according to Jacob Weisberg, chairman and editor in chief of the Slate Group.
The resignations of nine out of 12 National Park System Advisory Board members leaves the federal government without a functioning body to designate national historic or natural landmarks. 
Rats have been blamed for bringing bubonic plague to humans. But a new study's modeling suggests parasites have dominated the spread of plague historically, though it does not discount other means of transmission.
Six B-52s arrived at Guam to take over the U.S. military’s “continuous bomber presence” mission in the Pacific from B-1B Lancers at the end of the month. Three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers are also on the island at the moment. 
President Trump’s real estate company has found itself in an unfamiliar role: not selling the Trump brand, but trying to save it from condo owners and partners worried that the name has turned from an asset to a liability.
If mistakenly eaten, the fish could cause a gruesome death by asphyxiation. Officials used emergency text messages and loudspeakers to alert people.
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