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Firefighters contain latest flare up at Deer Park, Texas, chemical plant

Firefighters contain latest flare up at Deer Park, Texas, chemical plant

A flare up of the massive blaze that burned several days at a petrochemical facility in suburban Houston has been contained, officials said. A secondary fire ignited Friday at the Intercontinental Terminals Company, a storage facility in Deer Park, Texas, engulfing multiple tanks as well as an area of grass on the west side of…MORE

Trump’s policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico has its day in court

Trump’s policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico has its day in court

Attorneys in federal court on Friday argued that the relatively new policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico was dangerous, illegal and “hurting people.” This was the first court hearing to determine whether the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols program, informally known as “Remain in Mexico,” is legal. In February, a coalition of immigrant advocacy…MORE

US budget deficit hit $234 billion in February, a new monthly record

US budget deficit hit $234 billion in February, a new monthly record

The US logged its biggest monthly fiscal gap ever last month. The budget widened to $234 billion in February, the Treasury Department announced on Friday, compared with a monthly shortfall of $215.2 billion a year earlier. Last month’s budget gap helped push the US government’s budget deficit up 39% to $544 billion for the first…MORE

Want to understand the 2020 Democratic primary? Stay off Twitter.

Want to understand the 2020 Democratic primary? Stay off Twitter.

First things first: The theme song of the week is from the show Report to Murphy starring Michael Keaton. Poll of the week: A new CNN national poll of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary gives Joe Biden 28%, Bernie Sanders 20%, Kamala Harris 12%, Beto O’Rourke at 11% and Elizabeth Warren 6% Other polling confirms…MORE

Man who killed Washington state deputy was in the US on expired visa, ICE says

Man who killed Washington state deputy was in the US on expired visa, ICE says

A man who killed a sheriff’s deputy and wounded a police officer during a shootout in Kittitas County, Washington, was in the United States illegally, according to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The suspect, Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, also died from wounds received in the Tuesday night shooting. ICE spokesperson Tanya Roman said Flores…MORE

Trump sparks confusion with tweet on North Korea-related sanctions

Trump sparks confusion with tweet on North Korea-related sanctions

President Donald Trump triggered rampant confusion among his own aides and administration officials when he said Friday he is withdrawing new sanctions aimed at North Korea that were just issued by his own administration. “It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions…MORE