WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says the widespread condemnation of his remarks about four liberal congresswomen of color doesn’t concern him because, as he puts it, “many people agree with me.” Trump had said Sunday that the women, all citizens and only one foreign-born, can go back to their “broken and crime-infested countries.” Trump sounded defiant Monday at the White House and said the women should get out of the U.S. “right now.” House Democrats are planning a vote to strongly condemn his remarks.
ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) – President Donald Trump’s pledge to deport millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally could be an impossible task. Gregory Archambeault, ICE director of field operations in San Diego, says staking out targets can be a time-consuming process. ICE officials say operations that track down convicted criminals have about a 30% success rate. ICE acting Director Matthew Albence says ICE operations against families have proved even less successful.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Iran has confirmed it arrested a female researcher with dual French-Iranian nationality. The confirmation came during a press conference by Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili on Tuesday. He was asked by reporters about the fate of Fariba Adelkhah and said, “the person is among suspects who were recently arrested.” France on Monday said it was seeking information about Adelkhah and demanded consular access to her “without delay.”
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration says it will immediately start enforcing its new regulation barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions. The Health and Human Services department said Monday it will begin enforcing the ban, along with a requirement that clinics maintain separate finances from facilities that provide abortions. Planned Parenthood and other family planning providers are suing but HHS says no judicial orders stand in its way.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is beginning two days of hearings on Facebook’s plans to create a financial eco-system based on a digital currency it’s calling Libra. Federal officials have expressed serious concerns that Libra could be used for money laundering, terrorism financing and other illicit activity. Also this week, a House panel is extending its investigation of the market power of Google, Amazon and Apple as well as Facebook.