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Trump insists US already has ‘strong’ gun background checks

President Trump insisted Tuesday that the US already has “very, very strong background checks” for gun purchases in the latest sign that he is backing away from throwing his political support behind changes to the system that are opposed by the powerful gun lobby.

New York, Connecticut, and Vermont sue over Trump immigration rule

The three states and New York City sued the federal government Tuesday over new Trump administration rules blocking green cards for many immigrants who use public assistance including Medicaid, food stamps, and housing vouchers.

Police hunt killer in stabbing of California university official

Police on Tuesday hunted an attacker clad in black who stabbed to death a former California State University, Fullerton budget and finance director in the campus parking lot.

Detained immigrants sue over conditions, medical care

Immigrants held in US detention facilities filed a lawsuit Monday decrying what they called shoddy medical care and a failure by authorities to provide accommodations for disabilities.

President tweets doctored photo of Trump Tower looming over Greenland

President Donald Trump is making light of his own idea of buying Greenland, tweeting a doctored photo of Trump Tower looming over a small village in the Arctic territory.

Jeffrey Epstein signed will 2 days before jailhouse suicide, records show

Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before he killed himself in jail, new court records show, opening a new legal front in what could be a long battle over the financier’s fortune.

Political Notebook

Omar: Go to Israel, see ‘cruel reality of the occupation’

Democratic Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib sharply criticized Israel on Monday for denying them entry to the Jewish state and called on fellow members of Congress to visit while they cannot.

Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program

Planned Parenthood said Monday it’s pulling out of the federal family planning program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions.