Inside Trump - July 12th, 2019

Inside Trump (Jul 12th, 2019)

Trump Drops Census Citizenship Question / Alex Acosta Resigns / ICE Raids

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1. The president announced he will drop the legal fight to add a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Instead, Trump issued an executive order instructing government agencies and departments to share citizenship data with the Department of Commerce. "We have great knowledge in many of our agencies," Trump said. "We will leave no stone unturned." - NBC NEWS

2. President Trump announced Alex Acosta has resigned from his position as Labor Secretary. The news comes after Acosta was widely criticized for making a plea deal with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. "I do not think it is right and fair to have this administration's Labor Department have Epstein (as) the focus," Acosta said while at Trump's side as the president address reporters on the White House lawn. "I told [Trump] that I felt the right thing was to step aside." Acosta's deputy, Pattrick Pizzella, will take over as acting labor secretary. - USA TODAY

3. Immigration officials are planning to arrest and deport thousands of migrants, including families on Sunday. According to Trump administration officials, the ICE has targeted 2,000 people in around ten cities as a top priority. These cities include Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco. The ICE has declined to officially comment on the timing of the raids. - CNN

4. The president called former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan a "lame duck failure." "He quit Congress because he didn’t know how to Win," Trump tweeted, adding that Ryan's "record of achievement was atrocious." The insults come after Ryan criticized Trump in “American Carnage" On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump" published by Politico and The Washington Post. In the book, Ryan said those around Trump helped prevent him from acting on knee-jerk, bad decisions. Later, he says the nation has grown "numb" to Trump, but that the country has a "responsibility to try and rebuild. "Don’t call a woman a ‘horse face.’ Don’t cheat on your wife. Don’t cheat on anything. Be a good person. Set a good example," Ryan said. - AP 

5. President Trump criticized big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter while praising far-right social media activists during the White House Social Media SummitTrump, who did not invite any major social media company to the event, accused the "disgraceful" platforms of manipulating his content. At the same time, he invited far-right social media activists, who he acknowledged as extreme while also praising them. "Some of you guys are out there,” he told them. "I mean it’s genius, but it’s bad." - ABC NEWS

6. The House Judiciary Committee issued subpoenas for twelves individuals mentioned in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, such as President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. - POLITICO

7. A federal appeals court has dismissed an emoluments clause lawsuit against the president involving his D.C. hotel. The court said that attorneys general from Maryland and D.C. did not have legal standing to accuse Trump of violating anti-corruption provisions. "There is a distinct possibility — which was completely ignored by the District and Maryland, as well as by the district court — that certain government officials might avoid patronizing the hotel because of the president’s association with it," Judge Paul Niemeyer wrote. - SALON

8. The president's July 4 celebration cost an estimated $5.4 million in public funds and tapped into Washington D.C.'s security and anti-terror fund, rough figures reveal. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said $2.45 million came from his department, taking money from national parks and other areas. - PBS

9. The British ambassador to the U.S., Sir Kim Darroch, resigned after leaked documents reveal he had criticized President Trump, dubbing him "insecure" and "incompetent." Darroch says the response to the news has made "it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like." - AL JAZEERA

10. Trump's attorneys are battling Democrats today in a court hearing over whether or not Trump's accounting firm, Mazars USA, should give up over a decade's worth of financial records to a Democrat-controlled House committee. - ABC NEWS

Written and curated by Inside Dev and Inside Deals Editor Sheena Vasani, a freelance journalist based in California. Proficient in Javascript and Ruby. Got my start at Dev Bootcamp and Thinkful.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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