Here’s a look inside the controversial Clint, Texas, facility where migrant children have been detained

Clint, Texas (CNN)Children were sleeping on cots at a US Customs and Border Protection facility in Clint, Texas. Some were playing soccer, and a teenage girl also detained there was calling her family to tell them she was alive. CNN and other media outlets toured the facility on Wednesday but were barred from taking any pictures or video. The facility, which is meant to hold 106 people, is currently holding 117 migrant youths, CBP officials said. The youngest children in the facility were a 1-year-old, who has been traveling with a 17-year-old and a 2-year-old unaccompanied minor. Most of the children were being kept inside rooms with metal doors, a large glass window and no windows to the outside. Some …

9th Circuit rules in DOJ’s favor in sanctuary cities case

(CNN)The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled in favor of the Trump administration, saying the Department of Justice could give preference in awarding grants to cities that would use the money to focus on illegal immigration, as the federal government prepares to seek out undocumented immigrants in raids this weekend. The court’s decision comes ahead of Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids scheduled for Sunday in nine major cities, including Los Angeles. City officials have come out against the impending raids — the Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday that it “does not and will not participate in the enforcement of civil administrative law,” and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted suggestions Friday for how to deal with …

House of Representatives orders Pentagon to investigate whether ticks were once used as biological weapons

(CNN)The US House of Representatives has ordered an investigation into whether the Department of Defense experimented with ticks and other insects as biological weapons. The most common disease spread by ticks is Lyme disease, which can cause multiple symptoms including fever, muscle aches, joint pain, rash and facial paralysis. If left untreated, it could lead to arthritis, nervous system problems and heart problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, nearly 30,000 cases of Lyme Disease are reported to the CDC, which also says that more than 300,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year. In 2017, a total of 42,743 confirmed and probablecases of Lyme Disease were reported to the CDC, 17% more than …

Police leaders urge next PM: reverse cuts to tackle violent crime

Letter calls on winner of Tory leadership contest to provide funding to tackle violent crime Police leaders have written to the two Conservative leadership candidates to say whichever of them becomes prime minister should make providing more money to police and youth services their first priority. The letter from 10 Labour police and crime commissioners overseeing the four biggest forces, and others across England and Wales, was sent to Boris Johnson, who has said he wants to hire an cuts have gone too far. Since 2010, police funding and 19% drop in struggling to maintain an effective service. The number of police officers and civilian staff has fallen from 244,497 in 2010 to 199,752, though the government says police are …

Poll: Biden only Democratic candidate with wide lead over Trump in hypothetical matchup

Washington (CNN)A recent poll found that former Vice President Joe Biden is the only 2020 Democratic candidate to hold a wide lead over President Donald Trump in a hypothetical general election matchup. Polls conducted in June before Biden’s performance at the first Democratic debate — where Harris attacked Biden’s record opposing federally mandated desegregation busing — both had Biden ahead of Trump by a significant margin (10 points ahead in a Fox News poll and 13 points ahead in a Quinnipiac poll). Foundational to Biden’s 10 point lead over Trump in the Washington Post-ABC News poll is a strong support among independent and self-identified moderate respondents — Biden found a seven point lead among independents and a 28 point lead …

Manafort pleads not guilty in NY Supreme Court to fraud charges

(CNN)Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty Thursday in New York state’s Supreme Court to state fraud charges brought by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, the third criminal case he has faced in recent years and one that may trigger a battle on double jeopardy grounds. As he was led into the courtroom, he walked with a slight limp, and once inside he required assistance from his attorney to rise from his seat. The judge set the next court date for October 9. Although Manafort’s attorney said his client would waive his appearance at upcoming pretrial court proceedings, the judge said he wouldn’t agree to that as a blanket measure, saying he would review the circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Manafort will …

RBG’s health, 2020 census, abortion: 10 big moments of Supreme Court’s term

Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court session that began last October and ended on Thursday unfolded against a volatile political background and as individual justices faced their own delicate dilemmas. Then the President referred to the sexual assault claim asserted against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford, from their high school years. Trump apologized to him, declaring it was on behalf of the nation. “You, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent,” Trump declared. Kavanaugh categorically denied Ford’s claim, which was neither conclusively dismissed nor validated. Roberts tries to reduce political tensions Speaking at the University of Minnesota on October 16, Chief Justice John Roberts tried to lower the post-Kavanaugh hearing political tensions. “I will not criticize the political branches,” Roberts began. “We …

Fact-checking the first night of the first Democratic presidential debate

(CNN)The first 2020 Democratic presidential debate kicked off in Miami with 10 candidates trying to stand out in a crowded field. Insurance industry profits Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said the insurance industry last year “sucked $23 billion in profits out of the health care system.” Facts First: It’s true. Insurance companies’ profits have been booming. A study by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners shows the private insurance industry has seen “tremendous growth” raking in profits of $23.4 billion in 2018 compared to $16.1 billion the year before. That’s the highest profit amount in at least 10 years. It also shows that those companies’ profit margin improved to 3.3% from 2.4% in 2017. -Donna Borak and Tami Luhby Crime stats …

‘What’s been missing is courage’: Elizabeth Warren throws down the gauntlet | Richard Wolffe

Warren towered over the first Democratic debate and its biggest questions on the economy and healthcare There was one dominant figure on the very crowded stage in Miami at the first TV debate of the 2020 presidential election. She happened to be the smallest and oldest figure in the middle of the pack, but it made no difference. Elizabeth Warren towered over the opening sequence of the first Democratic debate and its biggest questions on the economy and healthcare. Theres a reason why Warren has risen steadily in the early polls to the point where she is threatening the previously safe space occupied by Bernie Sanders as the insurgent challenger to the establishment frontrunner. Yes, she has a plan for …

Brexit: Johnson says Britain will leave EU on 31 October ‘do or die’

Tory leadership frontrunner hardens position as Eurosceptics extend influence on faltering campaign Boris Johnson has hardened his position on leaving the EU do or die by the end of October, as hardline Eurosceptics extended their influence on his altercation with his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds. In a round of interviews designed to put the focus back on his EU policy and away from his personal life, Johnson appeared to signal there was an increasing prospect of a no-deal Brexit three months after he would take office. Profile Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership campaign Show Hide Personal style A late-night altercation between Tory leadership favourite, Boris Johnson, and his partner, Carrie Symonds have changed the dynamics of Johnson’s campaign. He had been either …

Tory leadership race: Stewart out as Johnson extends lead

MPs suggest Johnson backers lent previous votes to Stewart to eliminate Brexiter rival Raab Rory Stewart has been ousted from the Conservative leadership contest after losing 10 votes since the last round, sparking MPs speculation that Boris Johnsons operatives may have previously pushed fellow supporters to vote for the outsider to help eliminate his Brexiter rival Dominic Raab. Stewart was leapfrogged by Sajid Javid, who increased his support by five votes to stay in the race. The home secretarys team insisted the momentum was now with him as the insurgent after his defeated rival underperformed in the TV hustings on Tuesday night. Saj has always had a funny habit of defying the odds, one campaign ally said. One former cabinet …

ICE set to begin immigration raids in 10 cities on Sunday

(CNN)Immigration and Customs Enforcement is pressing forward to arrest and deport families with court-ordered removals in 10 cities beginning Sunday, according to a senior immigration official, after President Donald Trump’s tweet revealing an operation was imminent. RELATED: Acting DHS head McAleenan spars with senators over border crisis

Sajid Javid knocked out in fourth round of Tory leadership contest

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove will face fifth vote to decide final two candidates later on Thursday Sajid Javid has become the latest candidate to exit the Conservative party leadership race, with the home secretary coming last in the fourth round of voting by Tory MPs, behind Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt. With all 313 MPs again casting votes, Johnson was once more the clear winner, on 157 votes, with Gove overtaking Hunt into second place, with 61 votes to 59. Javid was fourth on 34 votes. All 313 MPs voted but two ballots were spoiled. The focus now shifts to a fifth and final round of votes, in which the final two will be selected, …

Julian Assange to appear in court after Javid signs US extradition request

Home secretary opens way for court to consider whether Assange should be sent to US The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has revealed he has signed a request for Julian Assange to be extradited to the US where he faces charges of computer hacking. Speaking on BBC Radio 4s Today programme on Thursday, Javid said: Hes rightly behind bars. Theres an extradition request from the US that is before the courts tomorrow but yesterday I signed the extradition order and certified it and that will be going in front of the courts tomorrow. Javids decision opens the way to the court sending the WikiLeaks founder to the US. Assange faces an 18-count indictment, issued by the US Department of Justice, that …

Judge orders key Mueller witness facing child porn charge be held in jail until trial

(CNN)A federal judge on Friday ordered George Aref Nader to stay in jail until his trial for transporting child pornography, citing the danger the former witness to Robert Mueller’s probe poses to the community. During a contentious hearing, Nader’s defense attorneys unsuccessfully pleaded with the judge to release him from jail, so he could move to a long-term medical facility. Nader recently had open-heart surgery and is dealing with a “very serious health condition,” his lawyers said. Nader’s lawyers said he was prepared to tap into his $3 million net worth and hire a private security firm to provide around-the-clock armed guards outside his hospital room. The judge balked and suggested that Nader could just stop paying the guards, allowing …

What is the Hyde Amendment and why does Joe Biden support it?

(CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden’s complicated position on abortion had seemed to have evolved this year when the American Civil Liberties Union posted video of him telling a woman at a May presidential campaign event that the Hyde Amendment had to go. What’s the Hyde Amendment? In 1976, as Congress was passing bills to fund the government in 1977, Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois inserted a sentence into the funding bill for the Departments of Labor and of Health, Education, and Welfare, which funds Medicaid and a lot of other things. You might also have heard of Hyde for his important (and ultimately awkward, as Hyde himself had had an affair decades earlier) later role in pushing for the impeachment …