Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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First lady makes second border trip

Melania Trump returned to the border Thursday to meet face-to-face with those dealing with her husband's hard-line immigration policies firsthand.

"I'm here to support you and give my help, whatever I can" on "behalf of children and the families," Mrs. Trump said as she sat down with officials at a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Tucson, Ariz. -- her first stop. She also visited what officials described as a short-term holding center for migrant minors.

It's the first lady's second trip to the border amid continued outrage over her husband's now-suspended policy of separating migrant children from their families when they cross the border illegally. Many families have yet to be reunited.

The first trip was overshadowed by her jacket, which said, "I really don't care, do u?"

Zinke land deal to be investigated - The Interior Department's inspector general will review Secretary Ryan Zinke's involvement in a land deal with a property development group backed by Halliburton Co. Chairman David Lesar, the IG said in a letter released by House Democrats.

Democratic lawmakers asked the Inspector General to investigate whether Zinke used his office for personal financial gain. The lawmakers released internal emails that showed Zinke met with Lesar, Lesar's son John, and Montana developer Casey Malmquist in his office in August.

Senate food stamp bill has no work requirements - The Senate passed bipartisan farm legislation that sets up a clash with the House and President Donald Trump over imposing broad new work requirements for food stamp recipients.

The Senate bill, passed 86-11 Thursday, would renew subsidies for farmers and crop insurance companies, along with food aid for low-income families. The Senate bill doesn't include the work rules. The House version would make work requirements stricter and would shift some food stamp benefits to job-training programs -- changes critics say are designed to throw needy Americans off the rolls. …

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