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Head-Spinning Days for Young Immigrants as Lawmakers and Judges Debate Their Fate

Hafsa Mamun, 18, spends about 30 minutes a night scrolling through news stories about the negotiations after she gets home from classes at Hunter College in Manhattan, where she is a freshman. Born in Malawi to Indian parents and brought to the United States as a 5-year-old, Ms. Mamun’s protected status expires in 2019. She said she had not made any plans about the future because things were so uncertain.“It’s like you’re on edge constantly,” she said. “One day you have hope that it might go through, and then something else comes up.”PhotoKevin Vazquez, center, was one of a group of young immigrants visiting Congress this week to urge them to reach a deal.Credit Tom Brenner/The New York TimesAn agreement did seem to be staggering closer on Tuesday, though how much closer seemed impossible for even the negotiators to predict amid the welter of bewildering signals from Mr. Trump. After a year of holding a hard line on immigration, the president suggested in a meeting with congressional leaders that he supported not only a deal to protect the Dreamers but also a comprehensive immigration reform package, raising the possibility that the DACA recipients’ security could hinge on a much messier set of compromises.Republicans, meanwhile, were still pushing to tie any benefits for the young immigrants to curbs on family-based legal immigration, border security and other conservative priorities that Democrats and immigration advocates have frowned upon.“We’re being held hostage as a bargaining chip,” said Rafael Robles, 26, a DACA recipient in Chicago who owns an architecture, design and real estate development firm. […]

Jerry Jones: Cowboys Will Bench Any Player Who ‘Disrespects’ Flag

Dallas Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones said Sunday night that any players on his team who “disrespect” the American flag will not play. “If thereÆs anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play,” he emphasized, after the team’s 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers. […]

At a Shelter in Texas, Desperate for Clues to What Happened Back Home

SAN ANTONIO — Michelle McGowen could live with the likelihood that her home was lost. But she was desperate to know one thing: Were Uncle Jon and Uncle Paul still alive?Stubborn and in frail health, the two men decided to anchor down with dogs and each other in their coastal Texas town of Aransas Pass. She, her two sons and their father boarded buses and fled inland ahead of the storm on Thursday, landing on cots in the gymnasium of a shuttered middle school here in San Antonio that is now home for hundreds of evacuees who fled the soaking destruction of Hurricane Harvey.As San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and other cities prepare thousands of beds for new waves of people fleeing the rising floodwaters, Ms. McGowen and those who have already found dry ground are a glimpse of the potential humanitarian emergency on the horizon. They have few clothes, no cars or way home, and are living in a haze of uncertainty, searching for answers from home as to what — and who — survived.They watch television coverage in the hopes that a drone camera or news helicopter might flit past their neighborhoods. They hunt through the social media feeds of friends who stayed behind, looking for clues on whether a neighbor’s home was wrecked or spared. They dial and redial phone numbers that go straight to voicemail, or just ring and ring.PhotoIban Martinez, center, with his mother at a temporary shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on Sunday.Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times“I’m terrified,” Ms. […]

Live Briefing: Harvey Live Updates: More Rain and Rescues as Storm Lashes Texas

The flooding could get worse in Houston.The Army Corps of Engineers on Monday began releasing water from flood-control reservoirs, which is likely to worsen flooding in parts of Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.The Buffalo Bayou, the major waterway flowing west to east through the heart of the city, is already at record-high flood levels, and was projected to remain that way for days, even without the release from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs at the western edge of Houston.“As they increase the water and it comes down, the water level along Buffalo Bayou, in all probability, it will increase,” Mr. Turner said at a news conference.People who were not in a crisis state yesterday may find themselves in a crisis state today,” he added.With the reservoirs at capacity, the Army Corps began releasing water from them before dawn. Mr. […]

Trump Tweets Stoke Voter Fraud Claim and Attack News Media

Mr. Trump’s tweet suggests that he is not happy with those responses, but it is unclear what he can do about them. The commission chairman told news organizations on Friday that it was up to each state to decide what information to share with the panel.Continue reading the main storyThe president started his Saturday tweet storm on a positive note, offering a “Happy Canada Day” to the people of that country and to his “new found friend” Justin Trudeau, the prime minister.But his tone quickly turned negative.He continued his attack on Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” two days after saying on Twitter that Ms. Brzezinski had been “bleeding badly from a face-lift” during a social event last year.On Saturday, he added: “Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!”Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyGet the Morning Briefing by EmailWhat you need to know to start your day, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.Thank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.Taking note of MSNBC’s decision to end the new show hosted by Greta Van Susteren, the former Fox News anchor, Mr. Trump asserted that she “was let go by her out of control bosses at @NBC and @Comcast because she refused to go along with ‘Trump hate!’”In fact, Ms. […]

Gone the Next – Ben Rehder

Gone the Next Ben Rehder Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers Publish Date: June 8, 2015 Publisher: Ben Rehder Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC Meet Roy Ballard, freelance videographer with a knack for catching insurance cheats. He's working a routine case, complete with hours of tedious surveillance, when he sees something that shakes him to the core. There, with the subject, is a little blond girl wearing a pink top and denim shorts—the same outfit worn by Tracy Turner, a six-year-old abducted the day before. When the police are skeptical of Ballard's report—and with his history, who can blame them?—it's the beginning of the most important case of his life.   Edgar and Shamus Award finalist Ben Rehder's novels have made best-of-the-year lists in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Field & Stream. Reviews for Ben Rehder's novels: “Murderously funny.”  —Chicago Tribune “Another of Rehder’s relentlessly twisted tales. Outrageous fun.”  —Kirkus Reviews “Wickedly funny.”  —Dallas Morning News “The odd cast of characters and bizarre plots and subplots make for a rollicking good read.”  —Houston Chronicle “Rehder has made the leap from writing skillful comic pleasantries to pulverizing satire.” — Austin American-Statesman  “Rehder writes with an assured hand and a knowing tip of the wide-brimmed cowboy hat to the ways and wiles of the characters that people his distinctly Texan landscape." […]

Judge’s Radical Exxon Ruling Could Turn The Legal System Upside Down

A Texas federal judge’s recent order — that the attorneys general of Massachusetts and New York must submit to questioning by lawyers for ExxonMobil about why they are investigating the company — is highly unusual and unwarranted, as is the underlying lawsuit brought by ExxonMobil against the prosecutors. If upheld, this approach could turn the legal system upside down, allowing wrongdoers possessing sufficient resources to file lawsuits that paralyze law enforcement efforts aimed at protecting the public. Although the Texas judge stated that he found sufficient grounds for ExxonMobil to investigate whether the two AGs had acted in bad faith, in fact the AGs have been engaged in activities that are commonplace and entirely appropriate for state prosecutors: (1) cooperating with AGs from other states, (2) consulting with experts about possible unlawful activity, (3) seeking documents to investigate that activity, and (4) speaking in public about the matters under review. Summary Dallas-based United States District Judge Ed Kinkeade has granted permission to oil and gas giant ExxonMobil to question under oath Massachusetts’ attorney general, Maura Healey, and New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, as to their motivations for investigations of the company. Issuing orders in a lawsuit filed by ExxonMobil, a case aimed at stopping Healey from going forward with her investigation, Judge Kinkeade has directed the two AGs to come to Dallas on December 13 to face depositions from ExxonMobil’s high-powered legal team. Buoyed by the judge’s ruling, and possessing seemingly-limitless resources to engage in litigation, ExxonMobil also now has issued subpoenas in the case to non-profit environmental groups and private lawyers that provided advice and information to the two attorneys general […]