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1. White House seeks to end protections for detained migrant children

The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed a rule change that would end an agreement to limit the detention of migrant families, potentially allowing officials to hold migrant children indefinitely until their families’ cases are resolved. Under a 1997 court settlement, U.S. immigration authorities currently are expected to keep children in the least restrictive conditions possible, and release them within 20 days.

Homeland Security officials say they are adopting their own regulations that reflect the “Flores agreement,” which has been in effect since 1997. They say there is no longer a need for the court involvement, which was only meant to be temporary. But the new rules would allow the government to hold families in detention much longer than 20 days.

Tightening immigration is a signature issue for President Donald Trump, aimed at restricting the movement of asylum seekers in the country and deterring more migrants from crossing the border.

The move by the administration immediately generated fresh outrage, following reports of dire conditions in detention facilities, and it is questionable whether courts will let the administration move forward with the policy. Trump defended it, saying, “I’m the one that kept the families together.”

The Mexican government expressed concern over the prospect of prolonged detention of migrant children in the U.S. In a statement from the Foreign Relations Department, Mexico said it would monitor conditions at U.S. detention centers and continue to offer consular services to any Mexican families that may be held under the new conditions. It also said that it would keep an eye on possible court challenges and that “the appropriate legal alternatives will be evaluated.”

In the U.S., immigrant advocates and Democrats decried the new regulations, saying prolonged detention would traumatize immigrant children.

“The administration is seeking to codify child abuse, plain and simple,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement.

Peter Schey, a lawyer for the immigrant children in the Flores case and president of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, said if the regulations don’t match the settlement in that case, “they would be in immediate material breach, if not contempt of court.” “I think all these things are now part of the 2020 campaign,” Schey said.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said Wednesday the regulations create higher standards to govern family detention facilities. The facilities will be regularly audited, and the audits made public.

The regulations are expected to be formally published Friday and go into effect in 60 days absent legal challenges.

Holly Cooper, co-director of the immigration law clinic at University of California, Davis and a lawyer in the Flores case, said attorneys haven’t seen the final rule and will have a week to brief a federal judge, who will weigh whether they are consistent with the settlement.

President Trump and his Republican allies have pushed to change the policy, arguing that the expectation of a quick release encourages undocumented migrant families to try to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump also said he was looking at ending birthright citizenship, the latest in a series of measures he has pushed to discourage undocumented migrants from entering the U.S. [The Associated Press, Reuters]

2. Jay Inslee withdraws from 2020 presidential race

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday that he is ending his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. “It’s become clear … I’m not going to be the president, so I’m withdrawing tonight from the race,” Inslee said on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show. Inslee said he would continue pressing the remaining candidates to address climate change, the focus of his campaign. His weak polling likely would have kept him off the stage in the party’s September debate.

“It’s become clear that I’m not going to be carrying the ball. I’m not going to be the president, so I’m withdrawing tonight from the race,” he told Maddow, vowing he’d help keep the other 2020 candidates focused on issue of climate change, the centerpiece of his campaign. “I’ve been fighting climate change for 25 years, and I’ve never been so confident of the ability of America now to reach critical mass to move the ball.”

Inslee sent an email to supporters on Thursday announcing that he will run for a third term as governor instead.”I want to continue to stand with you in opposing Donald Trump and rejecting his hurtful and divisive agenda, while strengthening and enhancing Washington state’s role as a progressive beacon for the nation,” he wrote.

Inslee’s presidential campaign was bookended with pleas to take climate change seriously. “This is our moment to put the greatest threat to our existence, to our economy, to our health, at the very top of the nation’s agenda,” Inslee said in March at his campaign’s kickoff event in Seattle.

Inslee put out a detailed 10-year plan on how he’d move the country to clean energy, spurring other candidates to put out their own plans. Butting heads with the Democratic National Committee, or DNC, he demanded that the organization hold a debate focused on climate change.

Inslee is one of three candidates to withdraw recently from the Democratic field. He reportedly plans to run for reelection, as does Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), the first to drop out. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who ended his campaign last week, on Thursday announced he is running to unseat Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). [NBC News, The Denver Post]

3. Trump calls Denmark prime minister’s comments ‘nasty’

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President Trump harshly criticized Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Wednesday for what he described as her “nasty” comments about his interest in a U.S. purchase of Greenland, a self-governing Danish territory. A day earlier, Trump postponed a planned September state visit to Denmark, citing Frederiksen’s rejection of the idea as “absurd.” “I thought it was not a nice statement, the way she blew me off,” Trump said at the White House.

“She shouldn’t treat the United States that way. … She said ‘absurd.’ That’s not the right word to use.” Trump noted that former President Harry Truman and others previously had made the suggestion of a U.S. purchase of Greenland. He also tweeted that as “a wealthy country” Denmark should contribute more to NATO for defense.

Speaking at a news conference in Copenhagen before Trump’s appearance in Washington, Frederiksen said Trump’s decision to cancel his trip would not “change the character of our good relations,” adding that an invitation “for stronger cooperation on Arctic affairs still stands.”

On Wednesday evening, hours after Trump’s remarks, the Danish prime minister told public broadcaster DR: “I think we have answered very nicely from the Danish side.”

She was “not going to go into a war of words” with Trump, Frederiksen added in an interview with the TV2 network.

Her measured remarks stood in strong contrast with Danish lawmakers from across the political spectrum and former government ministers, who slammed Trump’s behavior as juvenile, undiplomatic and insulting.

“It’s an insult from a close friend and ally,” Michael Aastrup Jensen, a member of the Danish Parliament with the influential center-right Venstre party, told The Washington Post. He said Trump’s interest in purchasing Greenland took the country by surprise and was initially widely considered to be a joke, before Danes realized the full extent of “this disaster.”

Jensen said Danish lawmakers felt misled and “appalled” by the president, who “lacks even basic diplomatic skills,” he said. “There was no word [ahead of time] about: ‘I want to buy Greenland, and that’s why I’m coming.’ ”

Other lawmakers cited by Danish media outlets questioned if the president was still welcome in the country.

Trump’s behavior reminded him of “a spoiled child,” Soren Espersen, foreign affairs spokesman for the right-wing populist Danish People’s Party, told Danish newspaper Politiken.

On Wednesday, Frederiksen joined a growing list of public figures — mostly women — whose words and deeds Trump has described as “nasty” since entering politics.

Others include the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and British royal family member Meghan Markle.

[The Washington Post]

4. Trump doubles down on charge that Jews who vote Democrat are ‘disloyal’

For a second day, President Trump addressed Jews and loyalty, in words that evoked an anti-Semitic trope.

President Trump on Wednesday repeated his allegation that Jews who vote for Democrats are “being very disloyal to Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel.” Trump also thanked conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root for saying Jews in Israel love Trump “like he’s the King of Israel” and “the second coming of God.”

Trump also dismissed suggestions that his comments were anti-Semitic. Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, said Trump was trying to “bully Jews” and make himself out to be a savior. “Literally, it’s hard to think of something less kosher than telling the Jewish people you’re the king of Israel, and therefore, we should have some fidelity to you for that reason,” Greenblatt said. [The New York Times]

5. CBO says deficit will hit $1 trillion faster than expected

President Trump speaking about manufacturing in Monaca, Pa., last week.

The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday said the federal deficit will rise faster than previously forecast due to increased military and social spending in the bipartisan budget deal lawmakers reached this summer. This year’s deficit will increase by $63 billion to $960 billion, and the shortfall will exceed $1 trillion in 2020, a threshold it previously had been expected to reach two years later.

It would be the first trillion-dollar deficit since 2012 as the country was still struggling to recover from the 2008-2009 financial crisis. The deficit also is being fueled by “sluggish growth in federal revenue” after the Trump administration’s 2017 tax cuts went into effect. [NPR, The New York Times]

6. Trump says he’s ‘Chosen One’ to take on China over trade

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President Trump on Wednesday framed his trade war with China in religious terms, saying he was “the Chosen One” to confront Beijing over economic policies he considers unfair to the U.S. “This isn’t my trade war, this is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago. Somebody had to do it,” Trump said. He then looked up and pointed to the heavens, saying, “I am the Chosen One.”

The Trump administration has imposed 25 percent tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods, and is preparing to slap 10 percent levies on all other Chinese imports by mid-December. China has retaliated with duties on $110 billion in U.S. imports, and also is planning to stop buying U.S. agricultural products. [CNBC]

7. South Korea ends intelligence-sharing alliance with Japan

An anti-Japanese protest this month in Seoul.

South Korea said Thursday it would end its alliance to share military intelligence with Japan, the latest sign of strained relations between the two U.S. allies. Washington valued the pact because it helped ensure the tracking of North Korea’s missile tests. Japan uses satellites, radar, and aircraft to monitor North Korea, while South Korea collects valuable intelligence from spies and defectors.

Kim You-geun, first deputy chief of South Korea’s National Security Council, said Seoul was scrapping the intelligence-sharing agreement because a series of trade restrictions Japan recently imposed on South Korea “caused an important change in security-related cooperation between the two countries.” Neither Japan nor the U.S. immediately responded to the news of South Korea’s decision. [The New York Times]

8. Trump reverses, says he’s not considering payroll tax cut

President Trump on Wednesday said he was not mulling a payroll tax cut, a day after he had confirmed that he was discussing a temporary reduction to give the economy a boost. Earlier in the day, he chided Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell for not cutting interest rates enough to support growth. Trump also said he wasn’t looking to change capital gains taxes by indexing them to inflation.

The White House discussions came following a stock plunge last week after the bond market flashed a warning sign that a recession could be looming. A recent poll found that more than 70 percent of business economists expected the economy to fall into a recession by 2021, partly due to the impact of the U.S.-China trade war. [The Washington Post, Reuters]

9. Minutes show Fed division over rate cut

Federal Reserve policy makers were split when they voted last month to cut interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis a decade ago, according to minutes from the meeting released Wednesday. The Fed reduced its target short-term interest a quarter point, but the minutes indicated that “a couple” of people in the meeting were in favor of a half-point cut. “Several” people wanted to keep rates unchanged, citing the strong job market.

Leader of the central bank said the aim of the rate cut was to support the economy in the face of slowing global growth, persistently low inflation, and the possible impact from President Trump’s trade war with China. The division demonstrated the uncertainty about how the trade tensions will affect an otherwise strong economy. [The New York Times]

10. CDC: 153 cases of severe lung disease linked to vaping

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday said 16 states have reported 153 cases of serious respiratory illnesses in people who vape. Most of the patients said they had difficulty breathing and experienced chest pain before going to the hospital, and several also said they used products containing THC, the chemical in marijuana that makes a person high.

Officials are trying to get to the bottom of what exactly is causing the illnesses, and are now trying to determine which products were used. The cases were reported from June 28 to August 20, with mostly teenagers and young adults affected. The CDC said it has not received any reports of death linked to the illness. [CNN]

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