Migrants from Honduras take shelter in Mexico before heading to U.S. border

Migrants from Honduras take shelter in Mexico before heading to U.S. border

On Saturday, hundreds of migrants waited at the shelter before they were expected to continue to the U.S.-Mexico border, more than 1,000 miles away.

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Migrant caravan continues journey toward US:

Migrant caravan continues journey toward US:

Thousands of Central American migrants made their way across the border of Guatemala and Mexico over the weekend as they trek toward the United States border in search of asylum, The Associated Press reported.

The AP reported that the so-called “caravan” of individuals fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries voted to skirt the asylum application process in Mexico after deciding it was taking too long. A relatively small number of migrants clashed with police as they sought to push across the border.

Roughly 2,000 migrants swam or were ferried across a river at the Guatemala-Mexico border, or made their way across a bridge before re-connecting with the larger group, the AP reported.

Many migrants seeking refuge in the U.S. travel in large numbers for safety on their journey.

The AP reported that Mexican authorities attempted to maintain order and prevent the group from surging across the border. Mexican officials accepted small groups for asylum-processing and provided visitor permits to other individuals, the AP reported.

The country last week requested United Nations assistance for asylum processing in anticipation of the caravan’s arrival at its border.

President Trump has seized on the group of migrants in recent days, warning in multiple tweets of the threat the “caravan” poses to the U.S. border.

He has wielded the caravan as a political bargaining tool, threatening to close down the U.S.-Mexico border if the group is not stopped, or to cut off aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador if those countries do not prevent their citizens from fleeing for the U.S.

The president highlighted a similar group of migrants traveling to the U.S. in April, using that group to rally support for his border wall and blame Democrats for congressional inaction on immigration laws.

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Warren G. Harding:

Warren G. Harding:

Warren Gamaliel Harding was born November 2, 1865, in Blooming Grove, Ohio. His parents originally lived on a farm but decided to go into medical practice as a means of providing their family with a better life. While Dr. George Tryon Harding opened his office in a small town in Ohio, his wife, Phoebe Elizabeth Harding, practiced as a midwife.

November 2 is the only day of the year that was the birthday of two US presidents: Warren Harding and James Polk (born 1795).

Divorcee Florence DeWolfe had been a student at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. After leaving her husband she supported herself and her son by giving piano lessons. One of her students was Harding’s sister. Florence and Harding eventually married on July 8, 1891.

Florence Harding was deeply involved in her husband’s career and Harding affectionately called his wife “the Duchess”, based on a character in a serial from the New York Sun, in which the Duchess kept a close eye on the Duke and their money, running anything that required efficiency.

Warren and Florence Harding in their garden.

Harding was the owner of a newspaper called Marion Daily Star. The paper was failing when he bought it, but he and Florence turned it into one of the biggest newspapers in the country.

Harding decided to run for the Ohio State Senator in 1899. He was later elected as the lieutenant governor of Ohio. From 1915 to 1921, he served as a US Senator from Ohio.

When Harding ran for the Republican nomination for president in 1920, he was considered an also-ran with little chance of success. The leading candidates could not gain a majority to secure the nomination, and the convention deadlocked. As the ballots passed, Harding increased his support, and he was nominated on the tenth ballot.

Harding conducted a front porch campaign, remaining for the most part in Marion, Ohio, allowing the people to come to him. He was elected over Democrat James M. Cox and Socialist Party candidate Eugene Debs.

Warren G. Harding delivered the first speech by a sitting U.S. President against lynching on October 21, 1921 at Birmingham, Alabama. The lynchings were illegal hangings committed primarily by white supremacists against African Americans in the Deep South and Harding spoke in support of Congressman Leonidas Dyer’s federal anti-lynching bill, which passed the House of Representatives in January 1922.

Warren G. Harding, by Harris & Ewing.

Harding owned an Airedale terrier called Laddie Boy. At dinner in the White House, the president’s dog was allowed to beg guests for food and play with children.

Newspapers often published mock interviews as Laddie Boy shared the wisdom of his position. When the pooch died, 19,000 newspaper boys chipped in a  penny each to make a copper statue of him, which is now in the Smithsonian museum

Harding was an enthusiastic poker player and once gambled away the entire White House china set in a game.

President Warren Harding installed the White House’s first radio on February 8, 1922.

President Harding died suddenly of heart disease whilst on a western tour. He passed away during the middle of conversation with his wife in a San Francisco hotel’s presidential suite, at 7:35 p.m. on August 2, 1923.

Whilst Harding was lying ill in San Francisco, it was reported that back at the White House Laddie Boy howled for three days, knowing there was something wrong with his master.

Warren Harding was the only US President to have died in the month of August.

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Mnuchin to attend Saudi anti-terrorism finance meeting amid Khashoggi crisis:

Mnuchin to attend Saudi anti-terrorism finance meeting amid Khashoggi crisis:

Washington (CNN)Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will participate in a meeting to combat terrorism financing with government officials from Saudi Arabia and other Middle East partners in Riyadh this week.

Mnuchin confirmed in remarks Sunday during a stop in Israel that he would make the long-planned stop, despite pulling out of a high-profile investor conference, also in Riyadh, amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the death of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.
“I did not think it was appropriate to go and speak at this conference but we continue to have important issues with Saudi and that is why I am going there,” Mnuchin said, according to Reuters.
Mnuchin will be in Saudi Arabia on Monday and Tuesday, a source tells CNN.
Mnuchin is on a week-long, multi-country trip to the region, which includes stops in Jordan and Qatar as well as Israel and Saudi Arabia.
In the wake of growing outrage over Khashoggi’s death, the secretary remained undecided on whether he would stick to his plan to attend a meeting at the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center, a senior administration official told CNN on Thursday.
The US government opened the center in Saudi Arabia last year to share information about terrorism financing, which the secretary pledged to visit annually. The governments of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates are also involved.
Mnuchin’s travel plans have been widely seen as a benchmark of the administration response to the Saudi crisis. After days of taking a wait-and-see position,Mnuchin announced on Thursday his decision to withdraw from a separate high-profile investor conference in Riyadh hosted by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a favorite of Trump and his son-in-law adviser Jared Kushner as well as of the international business community.
Top executives from the world’s largest banks, including JP Morgan Chase, HSBC, Societe Generale and Standard Chartered rescinded their plans to attend amid growing international outcry over the fate of Khashoggi, who was also a columnist for The Washington Post. They joined executives from Uber, Blackrock, and Ford who also pulled out of the summit.
Saudi Arabia confirmed on Friday that Khashoggi is dead. The government claims he died after an argument in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul escalated into a violent fist fight and physical altercation, according to an announcement on Saudi State TV. After the Saudis released their official statement, a source with close connections to the Royal Palace told CNN that the cause of death was a chokehold or strangulation during the altercation.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly said it’s important to maintain the US relationship with Saudi despite the Khashoggi episode.
“Obviously there’s been deception and there’s been lies,” the President said late Saturday in a Washington Post interview, his strongest comments yet on the case.
But he added that the US-Saudi alliance is a key counterweight to Iran’s influence in the region, and reiterated his stance that canceling a US-Saudi arms sales deal signed last year would only give other countries, specifically Russia and China, a chance to gain influence with the kingdom.
“I think it’s a very important ally for us,” Trump told the Post.
Saudi Arabia and Turkey both continue to investigate.

Updated 9:02 AM ET, Sun October 21, 2018