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Pentagon watchdog investigating $400M border wall contract

Dec. 12, 2019 1:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department's internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job. The Pentagon's inspector general sent a letter Thursday to House Homeland Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson...

Congress criticizes how Coast Guard investigates harassment

Dec. 11, 2019 2:12 PM EST

The U.S. Coast Guard's leadership has failed to conduct prompt, thorough and impartial investigations of harassment and bullying allegations, according to a congressional investigation released Wednesday. The report, called “Righting the Ship,” also found Coast Guard leaders didn't hold officials...

Report: Teen who died in US custody unresponsive for hours

Dec. 5, 2019 11:15 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A flu-ridden 16-year-old from Guatemala writhed in agony inside a U.S. Border Patrol cell and collapsed on the floor where he lay for several hours before he was found dead, according to video released Thursday that further calls into question the Trump administration's treatment of...

Homeland Security chair wants review of border wall contract

Dec. 5, 2019 6:01 PM EST

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee is asking the Office of the Inspector General to look into a $400 million contract awarded to a North Dakota company for a border wall in Arizona. In a letter dated Wednesday, Congressman Bennie Thompson raised concern about...

House Democrat criticizes Mississippi chicken plant raids

Nov. 7, 2019 5:11 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — It's "disappointing" that President Donald Trump's administration is selectively enforcing laws to apprehend immigrant workers who are in the U.S. illegally but not prosecute employers, a U.S. House committee chairman said Thursday. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and House...

Removing King's name in Kansas City opens wounds, discussion

Nov. 6, 2019 8:39 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City leaders and residents on Wednesday began what is likely to be a challenging conversation about how to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and recover from wounds inflicted during a nearly yearlong debate over naming a street for the civil rights icon in the majority white...

With DHS head departing, unclear who will be in charge

Oct. 30, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day before the acting Homeland Security secretary is set to leave his job, it remains unclear who will be tapped to run the sprawling agency tasked with national security, disaster response and protection of the president and his family. Kevin McAleenan, the fourth person to hold the...

Acting homeland security secretary finally agrees to testify

Oct. 29, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan has agreed to testify Wednesday before a House committee on global terrorism. McAleenan had challenged a subpoena sent to him by the House Homeland Security Committee. He had said he could not attend the hearing because it would be held...

Acting Homeland Security Secretary McAleenan fights subpoena

Oct. 25, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kevin McAleenan, the acting Homeland Security secretary, is challenging a subpoena to appear before a congressional committee to discuss terrorism threats to the U.S. on the day before he's set to leave office. Kevin McAleenan sent a letter to House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie...

Chaotic scene as Republicans disrupt impeachment deposition

Oct. 24, 2019 6:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans briefly brought the Democrat-led impeachment investigation to a halt when around two dozen GOP House members stormed into a closed-door deposition with a Defense Department official. Democrats said the move compromised national security because some of the Republicans took...