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Daily Briefing: 10 things you need to know today – April 18th 2017

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1. Donald Trump’s Latest Executive Order Aims To Make Companies ‘Hire American’

Donald Trump will sign an executive order in hopes of favoring American workers by reforming the H-1B visa program and minimizing exceptions to the Buy American Act of 1933, which requires the federal government to favor U.S.-made products when funding projects. – READ MORE

2. North Korea: The World Can Expect ‘Weekly’ Missile Tests

North Korea is determined to continue testing missiles and nukes, the country’s senior officials said Monday. “We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told BBC. He also said that if the U.S. took military action against the North, the end result would be “all out war.” While Pyongyang did not test a nuclear weapon over the weekend as was expected, the North still has one in the chamber. The Punggye-ri nuclear test site is still “primed and ready” for a sixth nuclear test. – READ MORE

3. Nevada Sec. State: DMV Instructed Employees To Register Non-Citizens To Vote

Nevada’s Secretary of State blamed the Department of Motor Vehicles voter registration process for adding people to the state voter rolls who were not U.S. Citizens. Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske told state DMV director, Terri Albertson in a letter Friday evening about her concerns regarding the registrations. – READ MORE

4. Texas Republicans Want To Put Brakes On Border Wall Construction

Texas Republicans representing congressional districts along the U.S.-Mexico border are looking to slow down appropriations for the border wall, as lawmakers wrangle over a funding measure to avoid a government shutdown later this month. Texas Rep. Michael McCaul questioned the wisdom of inserting wall funding into a continuing resolution earlier in April, especially when Democrats have insisted they will walk away from a deal that includes it, the San Antonio Express-News reported. – READ MORE

5. Some Americans May Get Stranded On The ‘Mexican Side’ Of Trump’s ‘Beautiful’ Border Wall

One such issue that threatens the viability of Trump’s ‘beautiful’ border wall stems from the fact that most of the southern border of Texas is owned by private individuals which means the U.S. government will have to take 100s landowners to court to exert its power of eminent domain.  Moreover, as NBC points out, some folks live so close to the Rio Grand River that they may end up on the ‘Mexican side’ of the wall.  Of course, these landowner fights could provide all the leverage needed for liberal lawyers to hold up the border wall construction forever, or at least until Trump gets voted out of office. – READ MORE

6. Green Beret Killed in Afghanistan Gets a Fundraiser for Him That Raises Over $320k

A GoFundMe page was set up for the family of Green Beret Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar after he was killed in combat with the Islamic State group in Afghanistan last week. As of Tuesday morning, after only a few days of being live, the fundraising campaign has succeeded in raising more than $320,000. – READ MORE

7. ICE Arrests Jump In Early Months Of Trump Administration

Immigration arrests rose 33 percent in the first weeks of the Trump administration, according to a report from the Washington Post, which obtained arrest data from ICE. Agents arrested 21,362 illegal immigrants, most of them convicted criminals, from January 20 through March 13. The total number of immigration arrests was 16,104 for the same period in 2016. – READ MORE

8. Conservative Group Announces Plan To ‘Make Life Difficult’ For Elizabeth Warren

A conservative political action group is embarking on a long-term research project aimed at making life “difficult” for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren ahead of her 2018 Senate re-election bid and an expected run for president in 2020. America Rising PAC provided details of the strategy in a memo distributed to reporters on Monday. The aim of “the Elizabeth Warren Initiative” will be to “make Warren’s life difficult during her 2018 Senate re-election contest” and to conduct research to “damage” her 2020 presidential prospects, America Rising executive director Colin Reed said. – READ MORE

9. Former White House Official Says Obama ‘Left A More Dangerous World’

Former White House official Barry Pavel criticized former President Barack Obama’s unwillingness to rain down missiles against the Syrians, as President Donald Trump decided to do earlier in April. Pavel said in an interview with Fox News recently that President Donald Trump’s go-ahead for U.S. ships in the eastern Mediterranean to fire Tomahawk missiles as part of a “one-off” strike at the al-Shayrat air base in Syria was exactly what Obama administration officials advised years ago. – READ MORE

10. Wounded Marine Who Lost Leg In Afghanistan Finishes Boston Marathon (VIDEO)

Staff Sgt. Jose Luis Sanchez, a former Marine who lost the lower part of his left leg during a 2011 tour in Afghanistan, finished the Boston Marathon for the second time Monday. Sanchez used a prosthetic blade running leg and competed on behalf of Team Semper Fi, a charity that “provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.” – READ MORE

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