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Dem lawmaker: Why do we allow presidents from 's---hole companies' like Trump Org?

(The Hill) Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) on Thursday fired back at a report that President Trump questioned why the U.S. accepts immigrants from “shithole” countries by asking “why we allow presidents from sh*thole companies like the Trump Organization."

The Washington Post reported that Trump made the remark during a meeting with other lawmakers to discuss protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.


Trump attacks protections for immigrants from 'shithole' countries in Oval Office meeting

(WaPo) President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to several people briefed on the meeting.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.

Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with Wednesday. The president, according to a White House official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt that they help the United States economically.


Joe Arpaio: Obama's birth certificate is a 'phony document'

(CNN) Controversial former Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Wednesday called former President Barack Obama's birth certificate a "phony document" in an interview on CNN.

"No doubt about it, we have the evidence, I'm not going to go into all the details, yeah, it's a phony document," Arpaio said on "Cuomo Primetime."

Arpaio announced Tuesday that he is running for the Arizona US Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Jeff Flake, who is retiring from Congress at the end of his term.

Judi Lynn

Democrats to invite sex misconduct victims to Trumps State of the Union

(AP) Some Democratic House members are planning to invite victims of sexual assault to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address later this month to highlight the issue, according to an aide to a lawmaker who has been a prominent voice on sexual misconduct.

"Some members will be bringing survivors of sexual assault and advocates as their guests," the aide to Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., a leader of the Democratic Women's Working Group in the House, told NBC News.

Party leaders generally don't dictate who rank-and-file members can invite with the one guest ticket each lawmaker is given. And there's still some uncertainty within Democratic ranks over where to draw the line between addressing sexual misconduct and turning the topic into a partisan political war.


After Nearly A Year In Office, Trump Still Calls Clinton His Opponent

(TPM) President Donald Trump on Wednesday called Hillary Clinton his “opponent” and deflected questions about his administration by invoking Clinton’s stated positions, though it is nearly a year since Clinton last participated in politics.

Fox News’ John Roberts asked Trump at a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg whether he would be willing to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Julian Englis

DC renames street in front of Russian embassy after slain Putin critic

(The Hill) The Washington, D.C., City Council voted Tuesday to rename part of the street in front of the Russian Embassy after one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's slain political opponents.

The D.C. Council said in a statement it voted unanimously to rename the block of Wisconsin Avenue in front of the embassy in northwest Washington as "Boris Nemtsov Plaza."

The move was negatively received among Russia's political class, with one politician calling it a "dirty trick," according to BBC News.

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