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Congress passes disaster bill without money for border crisis

The House voted Monday to approve $19 billion in emergency relief for disaster recovery in states and Puerto Rico -- though leaving out the $4.5 billion in money President Trump has demanded to help stem the border crisis. Published June 3, 2019

 In this April 2, 2019, file photo, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

House schedules first full contempt votes for next week

House Democrats on Monday scheduled the first full votes to hold Trump officials in contempt of Congress, targeting Attorney General William P. Barr and former top White House attorney Don McGahn. Published June 3, 2019

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross testifies during the House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Cabinet delivers Trump tariff threat directly to Mexican officials

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross delivered President Trump's get-tough message directly to Mexico's minister of economy on Monday, telling her the administration is committed to imposing tariffs unless Mexico does more to stop illegal immigration. Published June 3, 2019

This March 2, 2019, file photo, shows a Customs and Border Control agent patrolling on the US side of a razor-wire-covered border wall along the Mexico east of Nogales, Ariz. A border activist charged with helping a pair of migrants with water, food and lodging is set to go on trial in U.S. court in Arizona. Defendant Scott Daniel Warren has argued that his spiritual values compel him to help all people in distress. The trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Tucson, with the 36-year-old Warren charged with harboring migrants and conspiring to transport and harbor two Mexican men found with him who were in the U.S. illegally. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

2 illegal immigrants die minutes after breaching border

Two illegal immigrants died at the border in less than 24 hours this week, in both cases succumbing just minutes after they breached the border, officials said Monday, detailing a rapidly expanding death toll from the migrant surge. Published June 3, 2019

U.S. Attorney General William Barr listens to concerns raised about public safety in rural Alaska during at a roundtable discussion at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Democrats move to hold William Barr, Commerce secretary in contempt

The House Oversight Committee announced Monday it will hold a vote to recommend holding Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress, saying they've refused to turn over documents about adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Published June 3, 2019

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., talks to reporters just after the Senate passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill to help a number of states and Puerto Rico recover after a series of hurricanes, floods and wildfires, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, May 23, 2019. Republican leaders agreed to Democrats' demand to toss out President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request to address a record influx of Central American migrants who are fleeing violence in Guatemala, Honduras and elsewhere and coming to the United States. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

Schumer says Trump is fabricating border crisis

The Senate's top Democrat on Monday accused President Trump of fabricating the border crisis, saying his attempts to cut off foreign assistance for Central American governments is backfiring by sending more people north. Published June 3, 2019

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks during a news conference, in New York, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

House Dems to hold hearings on Mueller report

The House Judiciary Committee on Monday announced a series of hearings focusing on special counsel Robert Mueller's report, laying the groundwork for a broader investigation into President Trump. Published June 3, 2019

Hillary Clinton's interview with the FBI has been the subject of much criticism. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

FBI emails show rush to cooperate with Clinton after investigation

The FBI rushed in the months ahead of the 2016 presidential election to accommodate Hillary Clinton's request for expedited processing of information from its investigation into her secret emails, according to documents released Monday. Published June 3, 2019

Julia Paley, of Arlington, Va., with the DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network, holds up a sign that reads "DACA Don't Destroy Dreamers Dreams" during a rally supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, outside the White House, in Washington on Sept. 4, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Supreme Court puts off DACA decision again

The Supreme Court declined Monday to speed up consideration of President Trump's move to phase out the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty. Published June 3, 2019

Top officials from the U.S. and Mexico will begin talks Monday in a scramble to fend off President Trump's threat of devastating tariffs and meet his demand for fewer migrants at the border. (Associated Press/File)

Congress returns to find border crisis even worse

Congress returns Monday from vacation to face an immigration and border crisis that looks strikingly different from what it did when members fled town in May after failing to pass an emergency bill to fund the government's efforts to accommodate the illegal immigrant surge. Published June 2, 2019

This May 29, 2019 photo released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows some of 1,036 migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, the largest that the Border Patrol says it has ever encountered. Video shows them going under a chain-link fence to the U.S., where they waited for agents to come. The Border Patrol has encountered 180 groups of more than 100 people since October, compared to 13 during the previous 12-month period and two the year before. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

African migrants discover U.S. immigration loopholes

Border authorities nabbed a group of 116 illegal immigrants from Africa this week, saying it's the first time they've found Africans taking advantage of the large-group tactic Central American migrants have learned to abuse. Published May 31, 2019

Mexico sends foreign minister to head off Trump tariffs

Mexico dispatched its foreign minister to the United States Friday amid a heightened conflict over trade and immigration, and he came armed with a letter asking President Trump to cool it. Published May 31, 2019

In this Jan. 15, 2019, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee committee member Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asks questions during a Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

Trump loses GOP supporters with new Mexico border tariffs

President Trump's decision to slap tariffs on Mexico has angered key parts of his coalition of supporters in Washington, who say what he's doing is not only stretching the law, but is bad policy to boot. Published May 31, 2019

President Donald Trump talks with reporters before departing on Marine One for the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump slaps emergency tariff on Mexico over border crisis

President Trump announced a new emergency 5% tariff on all goods imported from Mexico, saying it was the only way to get America's southern neighbor to step up and do more to stop the flow of migrants. Published May 30, 2019