Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

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Conway wrong on 'massacre'

A top aide to President Donald Trump said Friday that she misspoke when she cited a 2011 "massacre" in Kentucky that never happened.

A day earlier, during an interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Kellyanne Conway defended Trump's temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations by saying that former President Barack Obama instituted a similar policy for Iraqi refugees in 2011.

"President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized, and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre," Conway said. "Most people don't know that because it didn't get covered."

It didn't happen.

Conway tweeted Friday morning that she meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists" during the interview.

The Obama ban didn't happen, either. His administration did slow down the processing for Iraqis seeking Special Immigrant Visas, which are given to translators and interpreters who worked with the U.S. in that country.

The slowdown followed the May 2011 arrest of two men in Kentucky charged with plotting to send weapons and money to al-Qaida operatives abroad.

DeVos nomination advances * Betsy DeVos moved closer to confirmation as education secretary Friday after clearing a major hurdle in the Senate, even as Democrats and labor unions fervently sought another Republican vote against her.

Tension was high on the Senate floor during an early-morning session, with a senior Republican saying DeVos would make an "excellent" secretary and a top Democrat calling her "one of the worst nominees." Republicans triumphed, voting 52-48 to cut off debate on the nomination, setting the stage for a final vote on Tuesday.

Freeze thaws on EPA contracts * The Trump administration said Friday that it had thawed its temporary freeze on contract and grant approvals at the Environmental Protection Agency, with all $3. …

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