The U.S. was set Monday to welcome its 10,000th refugee from Syria, hailed by the White House as an achievement reached ahead of schedule and “without cutting any corners.”
Whether the country should have admitted even that many, or far more, remains the subject of fierce political debate.
The escalation of the Syrian civil war prompted a global refugee crisis last summer as millions fled to Europe from the Middle East and other global trouble spots. Amid pressure from the international community to ramp up the pace of refugee admissions, President Obama set the goal last fall of resettling 10,000 Syrians in the U.S. — a figure far lower than some international allies had sought but one the administration’s critics saw as tantamount to “opening the floodgates” and inviting a potential national security threat.
When Donald Trump comes to California these days, it's not to rally the state's voters. It's to meet donors.
The Republican presidential nominee is hitting California for a two-day fundraising trip, starting Monday with a Napa County event where tickets range from $5,000 to $446,700 (a cap based on federal and state contribution limits) and a Silicon Valley event where the price of admission is $25,000, according to published reports.
On Tuesday, he is scheduled to raise money in Tulare County, with tickets running $2,700 to $25,000.
As she prepares for the first presidential debate next month, Hillary Clinton told donors on Monday that the face-off will be a crucial moment in the fall campaign and that Donald Trump is an unpredictable adversary.
“I'm running against someone who will say or do anything. And who knows what that might be?" Clinton said. "I do not know which Donald Trump will show up. Maybe he'll try to be presidential.... Or maybe he'll try to come in and try to ... score some points."
Clinton was speaking at a fundraiser in New York state, at the Hamptons home of Charles Phillips, chief executive of the software company Infor, and wife Karen.
Burns is a leading Trump surrogate in the African American community and no stranger to controversy. Last month, the South Carolina pastor delivered a harsh and unusually partisan benediction at the Republican National Convention, referring to Democrats as “the enemy” and calling on God to defeat Clinton.
Seems there may have been some confusion after rapper Ice Cube shared his thoughts on the presidential race.
The West Coast star offered insight on Donald Trump's popular appeal before also quickly dismissing the GOP nominee as out of touch with struggling Americans, during an interview months ago with Bloomberg,
"Rich, powerful, do what you want to do, say what you want to say, be how you want to be. That's kind of been like the American Dream," the rapper said.
Borrowing a phrase made popular by Democrat John Edwards, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump released a new television ad on Monday called “Two Americas: Economy."
The 30-second spot, set to air in nine key states, paints a dire picture of what would happen to the economy if Hillary Clinton was elected president.
“In Hillary Clinton’s America, the middle class gets crushed. Spending goes up. Taxes go up. Hundreds of thousands of jobs disappear. It’s more of the same — but worse,” the voiceover in the ad says over images of a dour-looking Clinton, sad-eyed families and a shuttered business.
"Huma is making a very wise decision. I know Anthony Weiner well, and she will be far better off without him," Trump said in a statement, barely an hour after news broke of the split.
"I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information. Who knows what he learned and who he told?"
It appears it was one sexting episode too many for a marriage, and possibly, the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Top Clinton aide Huma Abedin announced Monday she was separating from her husband, Anthony Weiner, hours after the former congressman became headline fodder in another scandal involving sexually-explicit tweets with another woman.
Abedin issued this statement, according to NBC News: