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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Popeyes added a new chicken sandwich to its national menu this month.
Popeyes added a new chicken sandwich to its national menu this month.

This week, the Trump administration announced it will terminate the Flores agreement — a decades-old immigration regulation that protects migrant families from indefinite detention. Many are calling it the administration’s most aggressive attempt yet to bypass legal protections for migrants.

Here’s more from The Daily Beast:

Under the new regulations, set to go into effect 60 days from this Friday pending the approval of a federal judge, the Trump administration would formally abolish the Flores agreement’s key standard of care: a 20-day limit on holding children in immigration detention. While [Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan] stated that “there is no intent to hold families for a long period of time,” the rule change would allow for families to be held in detention indefinitely, pending a final ruling on their case.

Will the administration face legal challenges over these new measures?

We’re also following growing fears over an impending economic recession, and whether the Federal Reserve can — and will — do anything to stop it. President Trump maintains that the economy is healthy, and that the Fed is to blame for stagnating economic growth. Meanwhile, the federal budget deficit is set to reach $1 trillion next year, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

We also bring you the latest on the backlash against President Trump over his comments accusing American Jews who vote for Democrats of “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”

— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) August 20, 2019

Plus, we cover updates on the Eric Garner case, the shrinking 2020 Democratic field and Planned Parenthood’s decision to turn down Title X funding.

We wrap up the week’s top domestic stories.


Asawin Suebsaeng, White House reporter, The Daily Beast; @swin24

Jessica Taylor, Political reporter, NPR; senior political reporter, The Cook Political Report; @jessicataylor

Naftali Bendavid, Political editor, The Washington Post; @naftalibendavid

For more, visit https://the1a.org.

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