Supreme Court set to hear arguments on DACA

(CNN)The fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as children will be on the line Tuesday, when the Supreme Court hears arguments on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Immigrant advocates and DACA recipients from across the country have descended on the steps of the Supreme Court Tuesday morning. Under gloomy, cold weather, people donned ponchos and waited in line to get a chance to briefly watch the arguments when they begin at 10 a.m. ET. One of the plantiffs in the case, Antonio, was first in line in front of…

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The 2020 Democrats as ‘Game of Thrones’ characters

(CNN)(THE NIGHT IS DARK AND FULL OF SPOILERS — proceed with caution) Even with the slew of recent deaths on the show — RIP, Jorah Mormont — there are still a massive cast of characters to wrestle with as we move toward the end game. What else, you ask, has lots of characters and drama with an uncertain ending? (Amazing segue, right???) Why, the 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign, of course! With 21 official candidates all seeking the Iron Thro — er, Democratic nomination — it’s sometimes hard to keep track of who’s who. (Sidebar: 60% of the time my…

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How the Trump administration won a major policy shift from the Chinese on fentanyl

Washington (CNN)Officials from the Office of National Drug Control Policy were preparing a briefing for President Donald Trump late last year ahead of his meeting with the Chinese President at the G20 summit when they decided they needed a visual aid to drive home their point. The move, which came as the two countries grappled in an escalating trade war, was the product of months of lobbying by the Trump administration after a turn towards a harder line on the topic in 2017, multiple officials involved in the process told CNN. Over the next year and a half, negotiators chipped…

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Obama advises men to avoid toxic masculine behavior

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, one charming guy.Image: Allison Zaucha for The Washington Post via Getty Images Pete Buttigieg has a certain familiarity to him. The South Bend mayor doesn’t come across as just another politician. He doesn’t pretentiously talk down to Americans. He doesn’t maintain a rigid air of professionalism or keep his personal life and his interests to himself. Buttigieg instead makes every effort to be incredibly transparent, personable, and down-to-earth. He is, quite frankly, an exceptionally charming guy. In the past few weeks, as he’s gained popularity in his bid for the presidency in 2020, he’s reminded many people…

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Supreme Court double jeopardy case could impact presidential pardon power

Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court grappled on Thursday with a case concerning an exception to the Fifth Amendment’s ban on prosecuting an individual twice for the same offense in a case that could also possibly impact President Donald Trump’s pardon power as it applied to the Robert Mueller probe. In addition, it could also impact the presidential pardon power, leading to a question of what would happen if President were to pardon an individual like his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort for federal offenses. Under the exception, a state could conceivably bring a prosecution for the same crimes. That might not…

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Donald Trump believes the men. Always. Unless they’re Democrats

(CNN)If there’s been one consistent thing about Donald Trump since he emerged as a presidential candidate in June 2015, it’s this: When women accuse men of sexual assault or domestic abuse, Trump sides with the men. You’ll notice what — or more accurately who — is not mentioned in Trump quotes and tweet: The alleged victims. “The fact that @realDonaldTrump praised Porter and said not a word about his abusive behavior or his former wives is typical of the WH attitude toward women and abuse,” tweeted former New Jersey Republican Gov. Christie Todd Whitman on Saturday.” Our children must learn…

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Trump Says Bannon Lost His Mind After Leaving White House

President Donald Trump denounced his former top strategist, Steve Bannon, on Wednesday in a dramatic break from the man considered an architect of Trump’s populist campaign. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” Trump said in a statement issued after the publication of excerpts of a new book in which Bannon criticizes the president and his family. “Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look.” Bannon has lost the access to the president that he’s enjoyed since leaving the White House…

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Here’s why Obama stays quiet as Trump attacks his legacy

Washington (CNN)With each passing day, President Donald Trump unravels another piece of Barack Obama’s legacy. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Paris climate accords. The Iran nuclear deal. Transgender people serving in the military. And, now, that most personal of policies for the former president: The Affordable Care Act. Hillary Clinton has been more vocal, politically, since her election defeat. But neither has engaged, day-to-day, against Trump, which has left Democrats, whose power was so humbled with their election loss, with a leadership vacuum. While Trump and his Republican majorities on Capitol Hill were unable to deliver on…

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Stephen King and 600 more U.S. writers come out in opposition to Trump

King at a signing in Austin, Texas. Image: Rick Kern/WIREIMAGE Stephen King is the master of horror but even he has never experienced anything quite as horrific as Donald Trump. That’s the gist of an open letter that’s doing the rounds Tuesday, signed by King and more than 600 of his fellow well-known American writers. The luminaries include Cheryl Strayed, Dave Eggers, Junot Diaz, Amy Tan, Mary Roach, Tobias Wolff, Richard Russo, Michael Chabon and Roy Blount, Jr. SEE ALSO: The literary lives of Donald J. Trump “As writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can…

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