Step one: cleanse the skin?
President Trump is traveling this week. But that doesn’t mean the news has stopped. After leaving the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump traveled to Britain on July 12. He’ll spend the weekend golfing, and then head to Helsinki to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
How is the trip playing at home? It seems Congress is concerned by the president’s criticism of the alliance, with both chambers passing unanimous resolutions in support of NATO this week. But what does the president’s base think?
Although the furor over immigration seems to have died down a bit, the Trump administration is still facing heavy scrutiny over its child-separation policy.
The administration blew through a court-ordered July 10 deadline to reunite families, with fewer than 50 percent of eligible children being returned to their parents, according to CNN. All of those children are under 5 years old, again per CNN.
However, by July 12, the administration said all of those eligible children had been reunited with their families.
From The New York Times:
Administration officials told reporters that the government had reunited 57 of the 103 migrant children under the age of 5, complying with a judicial order. The other 46 were deemed “ineligible” for a variety of reasons. Some of their parents had been accused of crimes. One parent had a communicable disease. In a dozen cases, the parents had been deported already without their children, making their reunification more challenging.
FBI agent Peter Strzok appeared in front of Congress on July 12. He’s a frequent target of President Trump’s Twitter-post ire.
Strzok’s statement also denied that political considerations have ever affected his official acts as an investigator.
The tone he set did not endear him to the leaders of the House Judiciary and oversight committees, which have made him and a former FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, the targets of months of attacks about political bias within the agencies.
The hearing was often raucous and seemed at times more like a TV comedy about Congress than a real committee hearing.
And the Justice Department has reopened the case of Emmett Till.
New information published in a 2017 book prompted federal investigators to reopen their probe into the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till in rural Mississippi, according to two people familiar with the case.
Till, a 14-year-old visiting from Chicago, was murdered after he was accused of whistling at and making sexual advances toward a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, during an interaction at Bryant’s grocery store in Money, Miss. The teen was kidnapped Aug. 28, 1955, and was tortured and shot. His mangled body was found days later in the Tallahatchie River.
Hear our interview with Timothy B. Tyson, the author of that book, here.
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