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Wolf Blitzer hammers HHS secretary when he dodges questions about why they weren’t prepared for family separations

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On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Sectary Alex Azar sat down with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to talk about his office’s efforts to reunite migrant children, who were separated at the U.S. Border due to President Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy.

“Everybody wants these little kids to be with their mothers and fathers. Mr. Secretary, if you could go back in time, start this whole process from scratch. What would you do differently?”

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Azar failed to answer this question directly, and did not mention any plans that would prevent another catastrophe.

“I’m focused on what we do for the kids right now. What we are doing is going through it case by case, individual by individual to confirm who the parents are.”

Blitzer would not let him off the hook.

“Sound like you really didn’t have a plan in place,” Blitzer said.

A federal deadline was set by a judge in California that demanded the Trump administration reunite the kids. The Tuesday deadline was not met completely.

“If this policy been in the works for more than a year, gearing up. Why can’t you meet the federal deadline?” Blizer asked, as he grilled Azar on the immigration policy.

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Azar said he never expected to.

“Two weeks ago the court said put them back with parents in ICE custody within a two week period. On average it takes us 58 days for a normal placement of a child to out place them to a safe environment. Here in the United States. So, placing them back into ICE’s custody with an individual purporting to be a parent was never an expectation.”

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Lots of red hats — but not many COVID masks — at Bedminster ‘Cops for Trump’ event with the president

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Enhanced unemployment benefits have expired and there is still no deal on the next COVID-19 stimulus package, but the president of the United States left Washington, DC on Friday for yet another weekend at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

"This weekend’s trip to Trump National Bedminster is the president’s 23rd since taking office, and will increase his golf-related taxpayer tab to $142 million in travel and security expenses," HuffPost White House corresponded S.V. Dáte reported Friday. "Trump has already spent 268 days on golf courses that he owns in his 1,303 days in office, of which 85 have been at Bedminster."

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Trump declares that Fox News is ‘no longer the big deal’ in the 2020 presidential campaign

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Donald Trump on Friday reflected on what he sees as the key differences between his 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns.

"The biggest difference between the Presidential Race in 2020 and that of 2016 is the 2016 candidate, Crooked Hillary Clinton, was much smarter and sharper than Slow Joe, we have even more ENTHUSIASM now, and [Fox News] has become politically correct and no longer the big deal!" Trump tweeted after arriving at his Bedminster Golf Club for the weekend.

Trump has grown increasingly frustrated by the network and its polls, which gave him more bad news on Thursday.

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‘Very good news’: Law prof praises Kentucky’s bipartisan compromise to allow everyone to vote by mail

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The state of Kentucky was praised on Friday after a bipartisan agreement was reached to expand voting by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Any Kentucky voter wary of the risk of COVID-19 will be able to vote in the Nov. 3 general election by mailing in an absentee ballot. Voters will also have the option of casting a ballot in person during the three weeks leading up to the election, or waiting until Election Day," the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Friday.

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