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Trump team tries to calm US-Mexico relations. Why that's not easy

Nothing raises nationalist hackles in Mexico like talk of United States military acting south of the border or targeting Mexican citizens. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who joined Mr. Tillerson for high-level meetings in the Mexican capital this week, was quick to try to tamp down the growing angst. Recommended: How much do you know about Mexico?

Sessions memo: Reversal on private prisons could portend shift on justice, observers say

Private prisons could be†here to stay, Jeff Sessions signaled on Thursday. In a memo to the Bureau of Prisons Thursday, the attorney general rolled back Obama-era guidance in which then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates directed the BOP not to renew contracts with private prisons. The move may not have a significant impact immediately: The BOP has contracts with just 12 private facilities, housing only about 21,000 of the nearly 190,000 inmates in federal prisons, according to the Justice Department.

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, ?Get out of my country,? before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said he took cover and began to count the shots to estimate when the shooter would run out of bullets.

Could Betsy DeVos be an ally for transgender students? It's complicated

In the ?bathroom bill? debate, LGBT students may have found an unlikely ally in the Trump administration: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The newly minted secretary of Education reportedly balked at President Trump's efforts to reverse an Obama-administration directive that folded gender identity under Title IX protections. Ms. DeVos eventually fell in line with the rest of the administration on the issue, but she later took care to emphasize her dedication to preventing discrimination and bullying against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, in an echo of her earlier work toward promotion of LGBT rights.

Can parental spyware keep kids safe online?

For parents concerned about what's happening on their kids' smartphones, there are†a growing number of apps for monitoring children's digital lives.†

Ivanka Trump pushes $500 billion child care subsidy plan: Who would benefit?

First daughter Ivanka Trump is asking Congress to rein in child-care expenses ? but at a hefty price. According to a report from Bloomberg News, Ms. Trump met with members of Congress in the White House?s Roosevelt Room last week to discuss her plans for a child care tax benefit which could cost as much as $500 billion over 10 years. Ms. Trump's proposal is very similar to the plan proposed by Mr. Trump in September: Child-care expenses for individuals earning less than $250,000 annually (or couples earning less than $500,000 annually) would be deductible from income taxes.

Once suspect, Trump now a hero at conservative 'Woodstock'

Donald Trump has not always been a hero at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering that?s something of a Woodstock for the right-leaning faithful. On Friday President Trump was welcomed to CPAC 2017 as a conqueror home from the political wars. ?Big thing Trump proved with his unlikely wins is that ideology doesn?t matter anymore in politics.

In Mexico, momentum grows to put out welcome mat for 'Dreamers'

Before Maggie Loredo left†her home in†Georgia?s Dalton County for her grandfather?s house in San Luis PotosŪ, Mexico, she called the office of the Mexican public education secretariat. If I want to apply to a public university, she asked, but I grew up in the United States, which documents am I going to need? At the time, in 2008, that sounded alluringly simple to Ms. Loredo, who had lived without legal status in the US since she was a toddler.

As famine threatens, an unprecedented global challenge ? and response

The challenge is unprecedented. Twenty million people in four countries face famine in the next six months, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned this week, unless the world steps in with $4.4 billion. ?Millions of people are barely surviving in the space between malnutrition and death? in war-wracked Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria.

Trump administration sets sights on state recreational marijuana laws

Thus far into his presidency, President Trump has largely ignored the legalization of recreational marijuana. ?I do believe you?ll see greater enforcement of it,? said Mr. Spicer. Eight states ? Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Maine ? and Washington, D.C. have legalized both medicinal and recreational marijuana.

Critic of Duterte's anti-drug crusade charged with receiving bribes from drug lords

Philippine Sen. Leila de Lima has been one of the harshest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte?s war on drugs. Now, she herself has been charged with receiving bribes from drug dealers. Senator de Lima has announced that she will submit to arrest and face the charges.

Meeting hate with love in St. Louis

After vandals damaged nearly 200 tombstones in a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis last weekend, it wasn?t only Jews who rose up to denounce the act of hate. Muslim groups helped raised more than $120,000 to repair the damage and offered a reward to catch those responsible. Some 2,000 people ? Jews, Christians, and Muslims ? helped clean up the mess.

CPAC dismisses Richard Spencer: How conservatives are severing alt-right ties

Richard Spencer, a white nationalist and a leader of the so-called "alt-right" movement, says he has been booted from the Conservative Police Action Committee (CPAC) by organizers who disagree with his views. A controversial figure, Spencer is credited with coining the term alt-right, which refers to a branch of the right-wing that has roots in white supremacy. Spencer has also addressed crowds where his cry of "Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!" was met with what looked like Nazi salutes.

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