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Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen speaks to George Washington University's Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. Nielsen lays out her vision for the sprawling department, as midterm elections loom amid persistent threats of hacking and the immigration debate continues to rage. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

DHS proposes limits on welfare payments to immigrants

- The Washington Times

The Homeland Security has announced new rules designed to enforce a long-standing, but also long-ignored, requirement that immigrants not become a burden on American taxpayers. Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who signed the proposal Friday, said it would push immigrants eithrt to be self-sufficient or to rely on their family or the business that’s sponsoring them to be in the U.S. for help, rather than to take assistance from the government.

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Groups say Medicare discounts threatened in opioids bill

- Associated Press

Consumer and health care groups are scrambling to block what they say is a move by the pharmaceutical industry to commandeer must-pass opioids epidemic legislation as a vehicle for rolling back drugmaker discounts to Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription costs.

FILE- In this file photo dated Sunday, April 22, 2012, Maria Butina, a gun-rights activist poses for a photo at a shooting range in Moscow, Russia. Russian woman Maria Butina has been jailed in the U.S. on charges that she tried to infiltrate U.S. political organizations as a covert Russian agent, and her father, Valery Butin, told Rossiya TV on Friday Sept. 21, 2018, that the U.S. authorities have eased her prison regime, that jeopardized her health. (AP Photo/Pavel Ptitsin, File)

Father of Russian held in US says jail conditions improved

Associated Press

The father of a Russian woman jailed in the U.S. on charges that she tried to infiltrate U.S. political organizations as a covert Russian agent said Friday that the U.S. authorities have eased her prison regime.

Evangelicals push Senate Republicans to confirm Kavanaugh

- Associated Press

Evangelical activists want Republican leaders to act more forcefully to send Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, expressing skepticism about the decades-old allegations of sexual assault levied against the federal judge. The political flashpoint is playing out only weeks before midterm elections in which conservative voters will be critical to the GOP drive to maintain control of Congress.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the American Conservative Union's CPAC/365 Knoxville event supporting Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn in Knoxville, Tenn., Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.  (Brianna Paciorka/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

Pence: Bredesen would make Senate Dem center of resistance

- Associated Press

Vice President Mike Pence on Friday told a crowd of conservatives in Tennessee that a win by Democrat Phil Bredesen would help the U.S. Senate become the center of the Democratic resistance.

Judge denies bid to block courthouse immigration arrests

- Associated Press

A judge on Massachusetts' highest court denied a bid to block federal immigration agents from making arrests at state courthouses, though she expressed concern that the practice may be scaring off some witnesses and others needed in court.

Guatemalan migrants, Arizona residents among 8 dead in crash

- Associated Press

Arizona residents and Guatemalan immigrants in the U.S. illegally were among eight people killed earlier this week in a head-on crash on a highway near the historic prison town of Florence, authorities said Friday.

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018, file photo, Cody Wilson, with Defense Distributed, holds a 3D-printed gun called the Liberator at his shop in Austin, Texas.  Police allege in an affidavit filed Wednesday, Sept. 19, that Wilson had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward.  Austin police Detective Shaun Donovan wrote in a request for a warrant to arrest Wilson on a sexual assault charge. The court filing doesn't say how old the girl is, but Texas' age of consent is 17.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Taiwan police arrest US 3D gun man accused of sex with minor

Associated Press

Authorities in Taiwan arrested the owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3-D printed guns who is wanted in the U.S. over an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward, official media reported.