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Posted June 16, 2018 7:45 p.m. EDT

Trump Again Falsely Blames Democrats for His Separation Policy

President Donald Trump on Saturday repeated his false assertion that Democrats were responsible for his administration’s policy of separating migrant families apprehended at the border, sticking to a weekslong refusal to publicly accept responsibility for a widely condemned practice that has become a symbol of his crackdown on illegal immigration. It came the day after his administration said that it had taken nearly 2,000 children away from their parents in a six-week period ending last month, as part of a new zero-tolerance policy that refers for criminal prosecution all immigrants apprehended crossing the border without authorization. There is no law that requires families to be separated at the border.

White House Confirms That Mulvaney Deputy Is Pick to Lead Consumer Bureau

Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has picked a deputy at the budget office, Kathy Kraninger, to succeed him at the consumer watchdog agency, a White House spokeswoman confirmed Saturday. Kraninger, who oversees the preparation of the budgets for Cabinet departments, was selected over the objection of some officials inside the White House, who argued that her relative inexperience — and association with Mulvaney — could scuttle her nomination.

Ketamine Used to Subdue Dozens at Request of Minneapolis Police, Report Says

Minneapolis police officers asked emergency medical workers dozens of times over three years to inject suspects and others with ketamine, The Star Tribune reported Friday. In some cases, the drug caused heart or breathing failure. The newspaper said it had obtained a draft report of an investigation by the Office of Police Conduct Review, a division of the city’s Department of Civil Rights. Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic for humans and animals, and abused as an hallucinogenic drug known as Special K. According to the report, the number of documented injections of ketamine during police calls increased to 62 in 2017 from three in 2012.

2 Deputies in Kansas Are Fatally Shot While Transporting Inmates

Two Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputies in Kansas who were shot while transporting inmates from a jail to a court hearing Friday died of their injuries, police in Kansas City, Kansas, said Saturday. Officials said Friday that it appeared the deputies were shot with one of their own weapons. A suspect was also shot and brought to the University of Kansas Medical Center, officials said. Police did not release any information about the suspect’s condition other than to say Friday that the person was undergoing surgery. The deputies, Patrick Rohrer, 35, a seven-year veteran of the office, died of his injuries Friday; Theresa King, 44, a 13-year veteran of the office, died early Saturday.

Nazi Quote in Student Yearbook

A unnamed student at Andover High School in Massachusetts captioned his senior photo in the school’s yearbook with a quote generally attributed to the Nazi leaders Joseph Goebbels and Adolf Hitler, the school’s principal said in an apologetic letter to parents this week. Hundreds of copies of the yearbook had been distributed before the school became aware of the problem and stopped selling the yearbook. The school is now offering to replace the page or cover the quote up with a sticker. Nationally, reported anti-Semitic incidents surged 57 percent in 2017, up to 1,986 from 1,267 in the previous year, according to the Anti-Defamation League.