D.C. BRIEFLY

Star Tribune - - THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY -

At the In­te­rior Depart­ment’s head­quar­ters, Sec­re­tary Ryan Zinke has re­vived an ar­cane mil­i­tary ritual that no one can re­mem­ber ever hap­pen­ing in the fed­eral govern­ment. A se­cu­rity staffer takes the el­e­va­tor to the sev­enth floor, climbs the stairs to the roof and hoists a spe­cial sec­re­tar­ial flag when­ever Zinke en­ters the build­ing. When the sec­re­tary goes home for the day or trav­els, the flag comes down.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump will ex­tend a March 5 dead­line to end pro­tec­tions for young un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants if Con­gress fails to act by then, a se­na­tor who spoke with the pres­i­dent about the is­sue said. Sen. James Lank­ford, R-Okla., said Trump is will­ing to “give it some more time” to al­low law­mak­ers to find a so­lu­tion for “dream­ers,” unau­tho­rized im­mi­grants brought to this coun­try as chil­dren, if Con­gress does not pass leg­is­la­tion ex­tend­ing pro­tec­tions be­fore time is up.

Cal­i­for­nia joined five states in fil­ing a court ac­tion seek­ing to block the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­stric­tions on trav­el­ers from a hand­ful of coun­tries, ar­gu­ing it is un­con­sti­tu­tion­ally mo­ti­vated by anti-Mus­lim an­i­mus.

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