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March 21, 2019

President Trump just unleashed an incredibly consequential foreign policy decision in a single tweet — but what else is new.

Just a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump decided that America would recognize Golan Heights as Israeli territory. Syria and Israel have fought over the 460-square mile plateau for more than half a century, yet Trump settled its fate, at least in American eyes, in one surprising Thursday tweet.

Golan was Syrian land until Israel seized it in 1967, sparking a constant fight between the neighbors. Most recently, Israel has accused the Iran-backed group Hezbollah of setting up a terrorist cell in the region, per the Times of Israel. Netanyahu was expected to push Trump to support Israel's control over the region when they met next week, and three GOP lawmakers pleaded with Trump to do the same last week.

The move is largely seen as a strategic boost to Netanyahu's struggling re-election campaign, The New York Times notes. Beyond meeting with Trump, Netanyahu is also scheduled to speak to the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, which has recently been subject to increasing opposition from far-left Democrats. Kathryn Krawczyk

1:49 a.m.

Jimmy Fallon explained to guest Trevor Noah on Tuesday's Tonight Show that the "impression generator" they were about to use would "land on one random politician and one random topic," and whoever's turn it was would have to improvise an impersonation of that political figure discussing the chosen topic. Fallon, who excels at impersonating musicians, was no match for Noah. Anyone who's watched The Daily Show has seen Noah's Barack Obama impression, and both late-night hosts were able to bring out their Trump impersonations — two for one, in fact, in Noah's case — but Noah really shone when he had to make up whole cloth Beto O'Rourke reading a cereal box. Watch below. Peter Weber

1:46 a.m.

When it came time to choose a best man for his wedding, Chris McCarron decided to go with man's best friend.

McCarron rescued Jack, a Rottweiler, from a Scottish shelter, following the death of his son. McCarron actually met his new wife, Margaret Allison, while walking Jack, and knew he wanted the dog by his side on their big day. Video of the nuptials show that Jack stole the show, sneezing during the vows, staring intently at McCarron throughout the event, and even pawing at him as he signed the marriage license. Just about the only thing Jack didn't do was object.

Jack wore a bow tie to the wedding and spent the reception going from guest to guest, receiving head pats and lots of treats. "He was a star, he posed for all the pictures," Allison told SWNS. McCarron, Allison, and Jack are all adjusting well to married life, and McCarron is grateful to Jack for the role he played in it all. "I don't believe that I rescued Jack," he said. "I think he rescued me." Catherine Garcia

1:19 a.m.

Customs and Border Protection chief John Sanders is stepping down amid reports of deplorable conditions for detained child migrants, Stephen Colbert said on Tuesday's Late Show. "You know what they say: When the going gets tough, the tough go, 'Good luck with that, sucks to be you.'" He imagined Sanders trying to explain "violating the Geneva Conventions" during his next job interview, unsuccessfully: "I'm sorry, but you're just not Chuck E. Cheese material — and may I remind you, we terrify children with a giant animatronic rat."

President Trump threw Sanders under the bus then "made mouth sounds with the hole about his 'concern' for children," Colbert said. "But Trump is wrong and he knows it. This crisis is not some mistake caused by a sudden rush to the border. People who work down there say it's the result of a failed gamble on the part of the Trump administration that a succession of ever-harder border policies would deter the flood of migrants coming from Central America. And it's not Trump's only failed gamble — his original idea for the border was the Trump Taj Matrocity and Child Hotel."

Colbert said what makes the United States great "is what we believe in — all men are created equal; life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness" — but "the problem with high ideals" is that "you actually have to live up to them, and with these kids on the border, we're not just failing to live up to our own standards," but also the standards of Somali pirates and the Taliban.

Trump's "courageous defense of his policies" is the lie that they are actually Barack Obama's policies, Colbert said. "Mr. President, you're not fooling anybody. We all remember that you ran on a racist, anti-immigration platform, and you're still running on it today. At this point, the only family separation America wants to see is yours from the White House." Watch below. Peter Weber

1:13 a.m.

Wesley White and his metal detector are up for any challenge, including finding a wedding ring lost in the Tennessee dirt almost 50 years ago.

White was visiting his mother at her nursing home last week when he overheard another resident say her ring fell off in the 1970s while she was gardening, and was lost somewhere in the dirt. White is retired and enjoys spending time looking for treasures with his metal detector. He decided he wanted to try to find the woman's ring, and introduced himself to 94-year-old Florene Bush.

Bush's son, Frank, told WTVF his mother "always mentioned her gold band and how she missed it." White and his friend Jeff Howell went to the spot where the ring was last seen, and after 90 minutes, Howell found it under five inches of dirt. The ring was in good condition, with no scratches. After cleaning it, the men returned the band to Bush, who was "really thrilled," she said. Bush told WTVF she is glad to know that her ring can now be a family heirloom. Catherine Garcia

12:35 a.m.

The Ohio Department of Transportation's Pollinator Habitat Program is changing the landscape of the state's busy freeways.

Launched in 2011, the program has several benefits, including increasing monarch butterfly and honey bee populations, cutting down on maintenance costs, and beautifying roadsides. The state saved $2.2 million last year because workers didn't have to mow as much, administrator Joel Hunt told WOSU, and he expects that number will grow as more flowers are planted.

The habitats are filled with milkweed — a monarch butterfly favorite — and sunflowers and Ohio spiderworts, covering 800 acres in 45 counties. This is only the beginning, as Hunt said the plan is to add 125 acres every year. Catherine Garcia

12:28 a.m.

The National Rifle Association has officially severed ties with its estranged longtime advertising firm, Ackerman McQueen, and shut down production at NRATV, its live broadcast media arm, The New York Times reports. It is not a friendly divorce.

The NRA told Ackerman CEO Revan McQueen in a note Tuesday night that it "regrets that a longstanding, formerly productive relationship comes to an end in this fashion," the Times reports. Ackerman responded that it's "not surprised that the NRA is unwilling to honor its agreement to end our contract and our long-standing relationship in an orderly and amicable manner," and it "will continue to fight against the NRA's repeated violations of its agreement with our company with every legal remedy available to us."

The NRA and Ackerman have been sparring since last summer, when the NRA started an audit of its outside contractors, and it broke into the open in April, when NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre accused the organization's president, Oliver North, of trying to extort him into resigning with the threat of releasing "a devastating account of our financial status." Oliver stepped down in April, and last week the NRA placed its chief lobbyist Christopher Cox, on administrative leave, accusing him of conspiring with North and Ackerman to oust LaPierre. Cox, the NRA's second-highest officer, was widely seen as a likely successor to LaPierre.

Ackerman produced NRATV, and the NRA did not prohibit the broadcast of previous content but is on-air personalities, notably Dana Loesch, will no longer serve as a public face of the organization. "Many members expressed concern about the messaging on NRATV becoming too far removed from our core mission: defending the Second Amendment," LaPierre wrote in a message to members, the Times reports. "We are no longer airing 'live TV' programming." Peter Weber

June 25, 2019

With Mark Morgan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, reportedly President Trump's pick to head Customs and Border Protection, comments Morgan made on Fox News earlier this year are receiving attention, with one Democratic strategist calling his words "hateful" and "racist."

Morgan appeared on Tucker Carlson's show in January, and declared that while visiting detention facilities holding undocumented migrants, he "walked up to these individuals, so-called minors 17 or under, and I've looked at 'em and I've looked at their eyes, and I've said, 'That is a soon-to-be MS-13 gang member.' It's unequivocal."

While discussing the remarks with CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday afternoon, network commentator and Democratic strategist Paul Begala didn't bite his tongue. "What an idiot," he said. "Is he like The Amazing Kreskin? He can look in the eyes of a child and decide whether he's going to be a gang member? He's going to be running this?" What's happening to children in detention centers is "inhumane," Begala continued, and for Morgan to "say something that hateful, that racist, about children, that's really shocking." Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia

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