GOP is looking for a solution on separation policy

President Trump met with Speaker Paul Ryan and other GOP congressional leaders.

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President Trump and lawmakers searched anxiously Tuesday for a way to end the policy of separating families after illegal border crossings.

US Border Patrol agents took into custody a father and son from Honduras at the US-Mexico border this month near Mission, Texas.


Wails of children is the sound of zero tolerance

A dispiriting 27 percent of the country supports the so-called zero-tolerance policy that has led to a sudden, dramatic increase in families being separated at the southern border.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Cuomo was announcing new gun control legislation that would aim to prevent mass shootings at schools. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

New York is suing the federal government over the child separation policy

Governor Andrew Cuomo said at least 70 children who were separated from their parents are currently being housed in New York facilities that have contracts with the federal government.

A view of the Human Rights Room at the UN’s European headquarters in Geneva.

Trump administration pulls US out of UN Human Rights Council

Trump envoy Nikki Haley says the United States is withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling it “not worthy of its name.”

The White House aide who led the planning for President Trump’s meeting last week with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has decided to leave the Trump administration to return to the private sector.

White House deputy chief of staff to leave in July

Joe Hagin, the White House deputy chief of staff for operations, has served in every Republican White House since the Reagan administration.

// Lawmakers demand secret VA nursing home data be released after report

Both the Republican-led House and Senate VA committees requested briefings from VA officials following the investigative report by the Globe and USA Today.

Mike Dundas of Sira Naturals, a marijuana cultivation facility that may be the first in Massachusetts to receive a recreational license, in one of the company’s grow rooms.

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The first recreational marijuana license in Mass. could be granted Thursday

The Cannabis Control Commission will vote Thursday on whether to issue a license to a cultivation facility in Milford.

Local politics

Trump, GOP to huddle as outrage builds over border policy

Calls are mounting on Capitol Hill for the Trump administration to end the separation of families at the southern border ahead of a visit from President Donald Trump to discuss legislation.

Alleged sexual assault victim files suit against Hefner and Rosenberg

The civil lawsuit expands the legal trouble for Bryon Hefner, but marks the first court action taken against former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg.

Trump would consider a quick border fix

President Trump would seriously consider a stand-alone bill that would prevent migrant children from being separated from their parents at the border.

Ted Cruz’s flip-flop on family separation shows threat to GOP

Cruz’s about-face is laying bare how politically damaging the issue of separating migrant children from parents is becoming for Republicans facing voters.

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Stephanie Ebbert has been a local news reporter for the Globe since 1997 with a focus on politics

Akilah Johnson

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Akilah Johnson has been a reporter with the Globe since 2010, covering neighborhoods, Boston’s mayor’s race, and the crosscurrents of race and ethnicity in the city.

Joshua Miller


Joshua Miller covers politics for the Globe. A Massachusetts native and graduate of Bowdoin College, Miller worked in Washington, D.C., before joining the paper in 2013.

James Pindell

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James Pindell is a political reporter for the Boston Globe.

Evan Horowitz


Evan Horowitz digs through data to find information that illuminates the policy issues facing Massachusetts and the US.