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Puerto Rico governor resigns

by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/25/19, 12:04 pm

Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Wednesday he would resign, effective Aug. 2. Protesters gathered around the governor’s mansion earlier in the day to call for his ouster. Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans marched earlier this week in one of the island’s largest protests ever. Publication of 900 pages of sometimes obscene online messages between Rosselló and 11 top aides triggered the crisis, but concern about misuse of Hurricane Maria recovery funds is an underlying cause.

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Trump vetoes Saudi weapons sale ban

by Harvest Prude
Posted 7/25/19, 11:54 am

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump vetoed three bills on Wednesday that would have blocked the administration from selling billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In May, the Trump administration announced its intent to invoke emergency powers to sell about $8 billion in arms to the two countries, bypassing congressional review. A bipartisan group of lawmakers passed the bills blocking the sale last month to protest U.S. involvement with the Saudi coalition in Yemen’s civil war, as well as push back on the administration circumventing Congress.

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Judge blocks ‘third country’ asylum rule

by Kent Covington
Posted 7/25/19, 10:55 am

A federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday halted a new Trump administration asylum policy just hours after another federal judge in Washington let the nine-day-old rule stand. The policy says that to seek asylum at the U.S. border, migrants who pass through another country along the way must first apply for protection there. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar halts the new regulations while the lawsuit plays out in court.

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