Shocking photos of life inside a US Customs and Border Protection have been released to Axios by Texas Democratic congressman Henry Cuellar to illustrate the plight of the more than 800 children currently being held at the US-Mexico border.
Mr Cuellar has said he wanted to illustrate the “terrible conditions for the children” being held as the country struggles to get to grips with a growing crisis that Joe Biden’s administration has blamed on his predecessor’s brutal “zero tolerance” policies.
Meanwhile, the former top prosecutor for the US Capitol riot, Michael Sherwin, has said that Donald Trump might be “culpable” for the 6 January insurrection in a new interview, adding that federal investigators are “looking at everything.”
Trump could be found ‘culpable’ for Capitol riot, says prosecutor who led investigation into insurrection
The lead prosecutor investigating the US Capitol insurrection says Donald Trump may still be criminally culpable for inciting the riot.
Michael Sherwin, the former acting US attorney in Washington, DC, led the investigation into the attack on the Capitol.
He told 60 Minutes that the former president still could be liable because so many of the individuals who have been arrested have said they went to the riot on his orders.
“What I could tell you is this: Based upon what we see in the public record and what we see in public statements in court, we have plenty of people-we have soccer moms from Ohio that were arrested saying, ‘Well, I did this because my president said I had to take back our house.’ That moves the needle towards that direction,” Mr Sherwin said.
“Maybe the president is culpable for those actions.”
Border camp photos leaked by Texas Democrat
They reveal the crowded, makeshift conditions at the US-Mexico border as the government’s longer-term child shelters and family detention centres fill up due to a recent influx of asylum seekers from Central America.
Texas Democratic congressman Henry Cuellar gave the images to the site and said he wanted to raise awareness of “the terrible conditions for the children”.
Border Patrol agents are “doing the best they can under the circumstances” but are “not equipped to care for kids” and “need help from the administration,” he said.
“We have to stop kids and families from making the dangerous trek across Mexico to come to the United States. We have to work with Mexico and Central American countries to have them apply for asylum in their countries.”
Biden under pressure to set date for phasing out petrol cars
Two Democratic senators have written to Joe Biden pressing him to set a date for the phasing-out of petrol cars, it has been reported.
Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla asked the president “to follow California’s lead and set a date by which all new cars and passenger trucks sold be zero-emission vehicles”, Reuters reported.
California, the state the senators represent, plans to require all new vehicles be “zero-emission” by 2035.
“We believe the national baseline should, at an absolute minimum, be built around the technical lead set by companies that voluntarily advanced their agreements with California,” wrote Ms Feinstein and Mr Padilla, who replaced vice president Kamala Harris in the senate.
“California and other states need a strong federal partner.”
Five big carmakers signed up to a deal with California last year that tied them to higher fuel efficiency standards than required by the Trump administration. Donald Trump’s government slashed expectations on manufacturers when compared with rules brought in by Barack Obama.
South China Sea: Philippines asks China to withdraw 200 boats spotted at disputed reef
The Philippines has called on China to withdraw more than 200 fishing boats it said had been spotted at a reef in the disputed South China Sea.
About 220 vessels were spotted by the Philippine coast guard moored at the boomerang-shaped Whitsun Reef, which Beijing also claims, on 7 March. The Philippines said the boats appear to be crewed by China’s maritime militia.
“We view with grave concern the presence of 220 Chinese militia boats in the Julian Felipe Reef (internationally known as Whitsun Reef, located within Union Reefs) in the West Philippine Sea. This is a clear provocative action of militarising the area,” defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement.
In its waning days, the Trump administration put in place travel bans on an unspecified number of Chinese officials and their families for what it said were violations of international standards regarding the freedom of navigation in those waters.
What could Trump’s social media channel look like?
Donald Trump’s adviser and former campaign manager Jason Miller has said the 45th US president could return to social media “in two or three months” by launching his own platform.
Speaking to Howard Kurtz on Fox News’s Media Buzz show, Mr Miller said: “This is something that I think will be the hottest ticket in social media.
“It’s going to completely redefine the game, and everybody is going to be waiting and watching to see what President Trump does, but it will be his own platform.”
Opinion: Larry Summers has dismissed Joe Biden’s fiscal stimulus as the ‘least responsible’ economic policy for 40 years – but is he right?
Larry Summers is famed for his intellectual arrogance, as he cheerfully acknowledges. But when he says that the Biden fiscal stimulus is the “least responsible” economic policy for 40 years, we should all sit up and listen.
He was himself US treasury secretary in the final 18 months of the Bill Clinton administration and chairman of the National Economic Council at the White House for Barack Obama.
He was president of Harvard University, a role in which he was portrayed by Douglas Urbanski in The Social Network, giving short shrift to the Winklevoss twins when they sought his help against Mark Zuckerberg, who they claimed had stolen their idea for what became Facebook. Summers’s wry recollection of the actual interchange can be seen on YouTube.
So he is a big beast in the American economic scene and a big beast as an adviser to presidents.
Russia expresses regret at US refusal of Biden-Putin talks
Russia’s foreign ministry said on Monday that it regretted the US’ decision to rebuff Vladimir Putin’s proposal to hold video talks with Joe Biden on either 19 or 22 March.
“Another opportunity is missed for finding a way out of the deadlock, caused by Washington, in Russian-American relations. Responsibility for this lies entirely with the United States,” the ministry said in a statement.
Mr Putin said last Thursday that he and Mr Biden should hold live online talks in the coming days after the American president said he thought the Russian leader was a killer, leading diplomatic ties to sink to a new post-Cold War low.
Trump attacks Biden on Mexico border, claiming his policies should have been continued ‘on autopilot’
Donald Trump has lashed out at Joe Biden for his handling of the migrant crisis despite inheriting the “most secure border in history” and urged his successor to finish building the US-Mexico border wall.
“We proudly handed the Biden Administration the most secure border in history. All they had to do was keep this smooth-running system on autopilot,” Mr Trump said in a statement.
He blasted the Biden administration for turning a “national triumph into national disaster” in the span of just a few weeks after taking office.
Trump ‘baggage’ means he won’t be able to run in 2024, predicts top polling expert
Donald Trump’s chances of being the Republican presidential candidate again in 2024 are very slim owing to the “baggage” he accrued during his presidency, according to a political expert who rightly predicted his victory in 2016.
The claim comes from Allan Lichtman, a political historian at the American University who has accurately called the outcome of seven out of eight US elections in the last 30 years.
“He’s got $400m-plus in loans coming due. His brand is failing. His businesses are failing. He has a huge IRS audit. He doesn’t hold office anymore. He’s lost his Twitter,” Mr Lichtman told the Miami Herald newspaper.
Capitol riots prosecutor suggests some suspects will be charged with sedition
A former federal prosecutor leading the Justice Department’s investigation into the storming of the US capital building and the criminal culpability of Donald Trump in the 6 January riots that left five people dead, has said that the probe supports sedition charges.
“I personally believe the evidence is trending toward that, and probably meets those elements,” Michael Sherwin, the former acting attorney for District of Columbia, told CBS News. “I believe the facts do support those charges. And I think that, as we go forward, more facts will support that.”
Mr Sherwin further said the investigation is still looking into whether former president Donald Trump is criminally responsible for the riots.