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In this Oct. 10, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, Calif., as he designated the nearly 350,000 acres within the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles a national monument. Obama, in California this week for a fund-raising swing, plan to make the announcement Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. In all, Obama will name three specific regions national monuments –Mojave Trails, Castle Mountains (both in the Mojave Desert) and Sand to Snow in the Sonoran Desert. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Obama designates three more monuments in California

- The Washington Times

President Obama is designating three more national monuments Friday totaling about 1.8 million acres of Southern California desert, nearly doubling the amount of public land that he has given the status with the stroke of his pen since taking office.

"Deportation means death for some of these people," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, defending the Democrats' wishes to provide free immigration attorneys for illegals threatened with dismissal out of the U.S. (Associated Press)

Democrats demand government-funded lawyers for illegals

- The Washington Times

Top Senate Democrats announced legislation Thursday to grant government-funded lawyers to tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children and mothers who surged into the U.S. from Central America over the last few years, opening another front in the thorny immigration battle.

In a file photo from Feb. 5, 2016, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, center and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Deacon Omar Odette, right, meet with volunteers helping to load vehicles with bottled water in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Flint crisis may help governor ease GOP doubt on Detroit aid

- Associated Press

Rick Snyder’s standing as one of the GOP’s most accomplished governors has taken a beating in the crisis over lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. Democrats, especially those running for president, have pointed to his administration’s mishandling of the city’s switch to a cheaper water supply as an example of Republican cost-cutting run amok.

Cliven Bundy attends the funeral for friend LaVoy Finicum in Kanab, Utah,  Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Finicum was shot to death by law enforcement while he and other anti-government activists flocked to rural Harney County in Oregon.  (Jeffrey D. Allred/The Deseret News via AP)

FBI arrests Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy in Portland

- Associated Press

Cliven Bundy, the father of the jailed leader of the Oregon refuge occupation and who was the center of a standoff with federal officials in Nevada in 2014, was arrested in Portland, the FBI said.

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