Trump Says He Will Sign Order To End Family Separations

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET President Trump said on Wednesday he will be signing an executive order to address his controversial zero-tolerance immigration policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans. "We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want," Trump said. At a brief...

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In Some States, Drug Felons Still Face Lifetime Ban On SNAP Benefits

Inside the spotless industrial kitchen at Recovery Point, a long-term drug treatment facility in Charleston, W.Va., Tracy Jividen helps to cook three meals a day for the nearly 100 women she calls her sisters. This space is her domain, and the irony isn't lost on her: Last winter, she was stealing so she could eat. At 37, Jividen has been locked up nearly all her life for crimes related to her addiction. She was first convicted of a drug felony seven years ago, when police found a meth lab in...

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Vermont Statehouse 2018
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Tuesday, the Vermont House failed to obtain the two-thirds support necessary to override Governor Phil Scott’s budget veto and must now craft a third budget. If it is not completed and approved by July 1st, the state faces a government shutdown.

The battle lines are being drawn five months ahead of the midterms, with more Americans than at any point in at least the last two decades saying they're enthusiastic about voting — and record numbers of voters say President Trump and which party controls Congress are big factors in their vote, according to a new Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday.

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Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo
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Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo joins Vox Pop to discuss law enforcement. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Embattled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen ate dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Washington on Tuesday – and she was targeted by protesters who are angry over the Trump administration's separation of children from their families along the U.S. border with Mexico.

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The Ulster County executive is calling on two state agencies to work on policy changes to prevent energy projects like one proposed in his county from ever taking shape. Meantime, a spokesman says the proposed project would reduce the region’s reliance on large fossil fuel power plants.

Acting Police Chief Robert Sears and Mayor Kathy Sheehan led a press briefing about the city plan to counter violence in the city.
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Leaders in the city of Albany are addressing a spike in crime.

Pope Francis has added his voice to the growing chorus of those decrying the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy on illegal border crossings that has resulted in the separation of parents and children traveling together.

Surgeon, author and checklist-evangelist Atul Gawande has been picked to lead the health care venture formed by online giant Amazon, conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway and banking juggernaut JPMorgan.

It's an interesting choice.

Gawande, a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, is probably best known for his work writing about health care for The New Yorker and in books that include the influential Checklist Manifesto.

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