Throughout US, clergy mobilize to support vulnerable migrants

So far this week, an anticipated nationwide sweep has not materialized at the expected magnitude. Yet the mere prospect of such action prompted legions of pastors, rabbis and their congregations throughout the United States to stand ready to help vulnerable immigrants with offers of sanctuary and other services.

Trump falsely claims he tried to stop ‘send her back’ chant

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday chided his supporters who chanted “send her back” when he questioned the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman, joining widespread criticism of the campaign crowd’s cry and his Republican allies worried about political blowback from the angry scene.

2020 debates: Biden-Harris rematch and progressive faceoff

ATLANTA — The second set of summer Democratic presidential debates will feature a rematch with a twist, plus the first showdown of leading progressives, as the party wrestles with its philosophical identity and looks ahead to a 2020 fight against President Donald Trump.

American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

WASHINGTON — A U.S. warship on Thursday destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship, said President Donald Trump. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries less than one month after Iran downed an American drone in the same waterway and Trump came close to retaliating with a military strike.

House blocks maverick Democrat’s Trump impeachment effort

WASHINGTON — The House easily killed a maverick Democrat’s effort Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for his recent racial insults against lawmakers of color, a vote that provided an early snapshot of just how divided Democrats are over ousting him as the 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns rev up.

House condemns Trump ‘racist’ tweets in extraordinary rebuke

WASHINGTON — In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led House voted Tuesday night to condemn President Donald Trump’s “racist comments” against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by Trump’s Republican congressional allies and his own insistence he hasn’t “a racist bone in my body.”

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

WASHINGTON — John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court’s leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla,, after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99.

Trump digs in on tweets denounced as racist: ‘Many people agree with me’

WASHINGTON — Defiant in the face of widespread criticism, President Donald Trump on Monday renewed his belligerent call for four Democratic congresswomen of color to get out of the U.S. “right now,” cementing his position as the most willing U.S. leader in generations to stoke the discord that helped send him to the White House.