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Homeland security chief rules out mass deportations...Trump administration wants tax reform passed by August...Ginsburg defends media

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 23, 2017 at 12:50 p.m.



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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says there will be "no mass deportations" and "no use of military forces" as part of President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown. Kelly spoke in Mexico City after he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with their Mexican counterparts. Kelly says everything the U.S. does on immigration will be done legally and with respect for human rights. He also says actions will occur in close coordination with Mexico's government.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) says the administration is committed to getting major tax reform legislation through Congress by August. In an interview with CNBC, Mnuchin says that tax reform is the administration's top economic priority. He also says President Donald Trump's economic proposals will boost growth significantly to annual rates above 3 percent.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says a full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act is "not going to happen." The Ohio Republican predicts that in the end, Congress will leave the basic framework of the health car law in place and make relatively modest changes. Boehner says "Republicans never, ever agree on health care." His remarks at a health care conference in Florida were reported by Politico.

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz is predicting there will be another vacancy on the Supreme Court this summer. And the Texas Republican told a conference of conservatives in the Washington area that the "the next vacancy is where we have the ability to get back and restore our basic constitutional protections." He didn't say which justice he thought might retire.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is praising the media, at a time when President Donald Trump has accused reporters of being dishonest and delivering "fake news." Ginsburg told the BBC's "Newsnight" program today that she reads The Washington Post and The New York Times every day, and that "reporters are trying to tell the public the truth." The 83-year-old justice was openly critical of Trump before his election, calling him a "faker" who "really has an ego." She later said she regretted her "ill-advised" comments.

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