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Families are tear-gassed as Trump officials close border crossing near Tijuana over caravan

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The United States halted all border traffic on Sunday at the busy crossing between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, as Mexican police cracked down on a protest on behalf of Central American migrants massed at the border and intending to apply for asylum in the United States.

Traffic in both directions was suspended at the San Ysidro port of entry, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said, the agency said on Twitter.

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U.S. President Donald Trump has raised alarms about a caravan of Central American migrants as it approached the United States, and has deployed military forces to the border to support the Border Patrol.

Trump tweeted on Saturday that migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border would stay in Mexico until their asylum claims were individually approved in U.S. courts, but Mexico’s incoming government denied they had struck any deal.

On Sunday, police in Tijuana broke up what had been a daily protest, setting off chaotic scenes of protesters running in different directions, witnesses said. Some protesters said they intended to cross the U.S. border, but Reuters could not verify if they had.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers gathered on the U.S. side in a show of force.

Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz in Tijuana; Additional reporting by Lucia Mutikani and Doina Chiacu in Washington; Writing by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Peter Cooney

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The real DC showdown: Pelosi vs. Trump

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Love her or hate her, Nancy Pelosi is a classy, effective and persuasive Speaker.

Repeatedly through the Trump presidency, she has stepped up to offer just the right gesture, just the right opinion, just the right level of evenness or passion that proves effective in making the role of leadership believable.

Along the way, she manages to count votes, keep her caucus in line and stand up for a totally understandable and admirable bar of justice and American value, for the Constitution itself.

Her statements yesterday in outlining in measured tones the reasoning that Donald Trump’s actions have left “no choice” but moving forward towards impeachment were well-said, logical, and belied the emotion behind them.

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Trump’s undermining of efforts to fight Putin detailed in ex-CIA agent’s disturbing new column

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Marc Polymeropoulos, who retired from the agency in June, said in column posted at Just Security that the CIA issued an informal "call to arms" in the wake of Kremlin interference in the 2016 election, but those efforts were hampered by Trump's relationship with Russia's president Vladimir Putin.

"The Call to Arms required a whole-of-agency effort to counter the Kremlin," Polymeropoulos wrote. "It involved moving resources and personnel inside CIA. Most importantly, it required a change in mindset, similar to what occurred within the Intelligence Community after 9/11, that an 'all-hands-on-deck' approach was required."

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