White House Asked FBI To Publicly Refute Reports Trump Associates Had Russia Contacts

The White House is admitting that it discussed with the FBI media reports that Trump campaign officials were in contact with Russian intelligence agents and that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked the FBI to publicly knock down the story. FBI Director James Comey refused. The administration is pushing back on a CNN report that White House officials "sought the help." A senior administration official told reporters Friday morning that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe asked to speak to...

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Trump Administration Weighs Increased Scrutiny Of Refugees' Social Media

As President Trump prepares a new executive order on vetting refugees and immigrants, one idea keeps cropping up: checking the social media accounts of those coming to the U.S. In fact, such a program was begun under the Obama administration more than a year ago on a limited basis and is likely to be expanded. But social media vetting is a heavy lift, and it's too early to tell how effective it will be. Leon Rodriguez, who stepped down last month as head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration...

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The Problem With That Video Of Tigers Squaring Off With A Drone

The video of about a dozen hefty Siberian tigers chasing and batting a flying drone from the sky seemed a lighthearted reprieve from the more serious news of the day. But since sharing the footage, we've become aware that it may conceal a darker story. Vice's Motherboard notes that the Harbin Siberian Tiger Park in China's Heilongjiang province, where the drone video was filmed, has a past that belies its billing on travel sites as a "natural park for wild Siberian tigers." The Washington...

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The Trump administration’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students will not affect New York State, according to the State’s education commissioner and legal experts. But they say the action nevertheless sends a “terrible message” to transgender teens.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy introduced bail reform legislation Thursday, saying it could help keep nearly 3,000 people, who are in jail because they can’t post bonds, off the budget rolls. This is a different approach than the one Malloy pushed for last year.

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Immigrants who were brought to America illegally at a young age shared their stories at a Suffolk County Human Rights Commission forum on Wednesday night. They spoke about the fear and anxiety in their communities as the Trump administration reverses Obama-era policies.

On Wednesday, the Trump administration made big news regarding the rights of transgender students. But what exactly changed?

Many small towns in New England are eager to welcome refugees from the war in Syria, but that doesn’t seem likely under President Donald Trump’s shifting immigration policy.

St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont has found a way around that -- they’re offering scholarships to refugees already living in the U.S.

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Democratic state lawmakers want Connecticut to join a group of states that has agreed to pool its Electoral College votes for the winner of the popular vote in a presidential election. A state legislative committee heard testimony on bills supporting the move on Wednesday.

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On Wednesday Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy sent a memo to the state’s schools, colleges and police outlining how to deal with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

About 1 out of every 10 public school students in the United States right now is learning to speak English. They're called ELLs, for "English Language Learners."

There are nearly 5 million of them, and educating them — in English and all the other subjects and skills they'll need — is one of the biggest challenges in U.S. public education today.

President Trump wants to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to enforce his executive orders on immigration.

It wont be easy.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was blunt when asked by a member of Congress about it. He said he will add to the ranks "as fast as we can."

But he quickly added, "we will not lower standards and we will not lower training." Kelly then said he didn't believe "we're going to get 10,000 and 5,000 on board within the next couple of years."

Scientists around the United States are getting ready to do an unprecedented experiment: They plan to march en masse in Washington, D.C., and other cities on April 22, to take a stand for the importance of public policies based on science.

Some researchers predict that this March for Science will release much needed energy and enthusiasm at a time when science is under threat; others worry it will damage science's reputation as an unbiased seeker of truth.

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