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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that 262,000 Salvadorans who have been living in the US, some for over a decade, will lose their temporary legal status. The impacted individuals have until September 9 to apply for alternative legal means to remain in the country, or to arrange travel back to El Salvador. The administration argued that, since President George W. Bush allowed for Salvadorans to flee to the US in the wake of devastating 2001 earthquakes, the situation in El Salvador has markedly improved. (Congress first granted "temporary status" to migrants fleeing wars and natural disasters in 1990.) Immigrant rights groups argue that the move will break up families, and subject people to "violence and persecution" in their native country. The Trump administration has also announced plans to end temporary protections for Nicaraguans and Haitians. – LAT

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A fire broke out in New York City's Trump Tower on Monday morning, injuring three people, including one firefighter. The fire apparently started inside a cooling unit on the roof of the building that contains heaters, and at one point actually caused flames to shoot out of a vent. Around 70 firefighters were dispatched to the scene to respond to the blaze, which authorities noted was a normal amount for a skyscraper rooftop fire. The President was not in Trump Tower at the time. On Twitter, the President's son, Eric Trump, praised the New York Fire Department's speedy response. – NBCNEWS

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Axios reports that President Trump has shortened his daily work schedule, and doesn't arrive in the Oval Office until about 11 am ET. According to the post, which cites unnamed aides working with the President, Trump spends the first several hours of each day in the White House residence, watching TV, tweeting and making phone calls. The President apparently refers to this part of the schedule as "Executive Time." Trump then begins his official duties at 11 am, usually with a briefing, and wraps up by 6 pm. The post notes that, while Trump also occasionally takes "Executive Time" during the day as well, he is always occupied, and is a "whirl of activity." White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded that Trump "is one of the hardest workers I've ever seen and puts in long hours and long days nearly every day of the week all year long." – AXIOS

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FBI investigators and the President's own legal team have started to make arrangements for an eventual interview of Trump by special counsel Robert Mueller. NBC News reports, based on statements from three unnamed sources, that Trump's team is presenting a number of alternatives to investigators, in lieu of a formal in-person discussion. These include potentially having the President submit written responses to questions or submitting an affidavit that denies any collusion with Russia. The President's team is also investigating the "legal standard" for when presidents have to meet with investigators and exploring possible legal challenges to the interview itself. Trump's legal team apparently met with representatives from Mueller's office in December. – NBCNEWS

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Despite ongoing rumors that he was on his way out of the administration, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appears set to remain in the position, and has been solidifying his power in Washington. CNN reports that Tillerson has been more open and cooperative with the media, in an effort to expand his influence, and has been pushing back against administration foes, including White House adviser Jared Kushner and national security adviser HR McMaster. In a show of strength, Tillerson recently installed his own pick, China expert Susan Thornton, as the State Department's top East Asia diplomat. On Friday, Tillerson told CNN "I intend to be here for the whole year." – CNN

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The Telegraph reports that President Trump will undergo a basic medical check on Friday to assuage concerns about his mental health. According to the report, Trump will go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near DC and undergo an approximately 2 hour physical from the same staff that examined former President Barack Obama. The results will be made public. It will be the 71-year-old Trump's first full medical check since entering office. On Saturday, while in Camp David, the President responded to allegations about his mental fitness to serve - some of them raised by Michael Wolff's book "Fire & Fury" -  on Twitter, notably referring to himself as a "very stable genius." – TELEGRAPH

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