White House releases text of executive order signed by Pres. Trump:

White House releases text of executive order signed by Pres. Trump:

“It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources.”

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West Virginia Supreme Court justice indicted on 22 federal counts:

West Virginia Supreme Court justice indicted on 22 federal counts:

A West Virginia Supreme Court justice was indicted on 22 federal counts of fraud, witness tampering and making false statements on Wednesday.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Allen Loughry, who wrote a book on political corruption, was indicted on two counts of fraud by wire, radio or television, 16 counts of frauds and swindles, one count of witness tampering and three counts of making false statements.

The report says that a grand jury charged Loughry with purposefully lying to federal investigators, and that he acted “with intent to defraud, misused and abused his position, power and authority.”

“Our Supreme Court must be a beacon of hope and not a safe place for the cancer of corruption,” U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said in a news conference after Loughry was arrested.

The indictment on Wednesday stems from a 32-count judicial complaintfiled by West Virginia’s Judicial Investigative Commission earlier this month. In the complaint, it alleged that Loughry made “false statements with the deliberate intent to deceive” and “gave disinformation with the intent to harm another person.”

Loughry first came under suspicion after a local ABC news affiliate reported that the state’s Supreme Court had pricey renovations to the facility. It was reported that Loughry played a big part in the $363,000 makeover for his own office.

In its complaint, the commission accused Loughry of lying to reporters about the renovations.

Loughry wrote a book in 2006 titled “Don’t Buy Another Vote, I Won’t Pay for a Landslide: The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia.”

The West Virginia Metro News reported that Loughry writes in the book that “of all the criminal politicians in West Virginia, the group that shatters the confidence of the people the most is a corrupt judiciary.”

BY JUSTIN WISE – 

Melania Trump contacted Secret Service after Peter Fonda tweets:

Melania Trump contacted Secret Service after Peter Fonda tweets:

First lady Melania Trump’s office contacted the Secret Service after actor Peter Fonda went after her 12-year-old son during an early morning Twitter rant on Wednesday.

Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director, said in a statement to The Hill that the Secret Service was notified on Wednesday after Fonda tweeted about Barron Trump.

“The tweet is sick and irresponsible,” Grisham said.

The Daily Caller first reported the development.

Fonda called for the 12-year-old son of the first lady and President Trump to be ripped from Melania’s arms and “put in a cage with pedophiles.”

“WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER’S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH PEDOPHILES AND SEE IF MOTHER WILL WILL STAND UP AGAINST THE GIANT ASSHOLE SHE IS MARRIED TO. 90 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STREETS ON THE SAME WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY. FUCK,” he wrote on Twitter.

The tweet has since been deleted.

Fonda, the “Easy Rider” star and younger brother of actress Jane Fonda, also called for protesters to surround Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents while they’re picking up their children from school.

The actor’s tweets came amid national furor regarding the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that was enacted earlier this year.

The aggressive measure means thousands of migrant children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border with their parents are being separated during criminal prosecutions.

Melania Trump has spoken out against the policy through Grisham.

“Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” Grisham told The Hill on Sunday. “She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”

All of the living former first ladies — Rosalynn Carter, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama — have spoken out against the Trump administration’s immigration policy.

BY MORGAN GSTALTER – 

Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending:

Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending:

The Senate on Wednesday narrowly rejected President Trump‘s plan to claw back roughly $15 billion in spending approved by Congress earlier this year.

In a 48-50 vote, senators failed to discharge the measure from committee. A majority vote was needed.

GOP Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.) and Susan Collins (Maine) joined 48 members of the Democratic caucus in voting against bringing up the bill.

“My belief … is that it’s the job of Congress to comb through these accounts and that’s what we do on the appropriations committee,” Collins said.

A Burr aide said the North Carolina senator voted “no” on moving forward with the package because he couldn’t get a promise that his amendment addressing cuts to the Land and Water Conservation Fund would receive a vote.

The vote is a blow to conservatives and the White House, who pushed the package in response to backlash from the GOP base over a mammoth rescissions package passed in March.

White House Budget Chief Mick Mulvaney said the measure’s failure was “disappointing.”

“The American people should be asking their representatives in Washington one simple question: If they cannot pass good-government legislation to recapture unnecessary funds, how can we ever expect them to address Washington’s staggering debt and deficit problem?” Mulvaney said.

But it was also controversial, with Democrats and some Republicans warning it ceded some of Congress’s spending authority to the White House.

Congress had until Friday to pass the rescissions package, which passed the House last week, by a simple majority. Normally, because of Senate rules, spending bills must get 60 votes.

The White House first proposed the rescissions package in May, but revised its request earlier this month. The revised measure dropped the amount of spending expected to be clawed back from roughly $15.4 billion to approximately $14.7 billion.

The revision stripped out provisions targeting federal highway funding after a Government Accountability Office analysis warned it may not legally be eligible for rescissions. A growing Ebola outbreak in Congo also led the White House to remove provisions slashing emergency funds to combat Ebola.

But critics of the plan have seized on the fact that approximately half of the spending, $7 billion, comes from two accounts in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The administration, backed up by an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office, says the rescissions would not impact CHIP spending over the next decade but that’s done little to stem criticism over its inclusion.

BY JORDAIN CARNEY –