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Posted June 24, 2018 10:06 p.m. EDT

Trump Calls for Depriving Immigrants Who Illegally Cross Border of Due Process Rights

President Donald Trump unleashed an aggressive attack Sunday on unauthorized immigrants and the judicial system that handles them, saying that those who cross into the United States illegally should be sent back immediately without due process or an appearance before a judge. “We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country,” Trump tweeted. It was another twist in a series of developments on immigration since the administration announced a zero-tolerance policy two months ago, leading to the mass separation of children from parents who cross the border illegally and an outcry from Democrats and many Republicans.

Teenager Is Missing After Walking Away From Migrant Children’s Center in Texas

A 15-year-old migrant boy who was housed in a large shelter near the southern tip of Texas walked off its premises Saturday and disappeared, officials said. The shelter, a former Walmart in Brownsville, Texas, has come under intense scrutiny as children who were separated from their parents under President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance policy began being housed there. The news of a teenager’s departure came as company officials sought to reassure members of Congress and the news media who had toured the center that the roughly 1,500 boys living there, ages 10-17, were well cared for and closely monitored.

Medicare Allows More Benefits for Chronically Ill, Aiming to Improve Care for Millions

Congress and the Trump administration are revamping Medicare to provide extra benefits to people with multiple chronic illnesses, a significant departure from the program’s traditional focus. The changes — reflected in a new law — tackle a vexing and costly problem: how to deal with long-term illnesses that can build on one another, and the social factors outside the reach of traditional medicine that can contribute to them, like nutrition, transportation and housing. The additional benefits can include social and medical services, home improvements like wheelchair ramps, transportation to doctor’s offices and home delivery of hot meals.

Bernie Sanders Is Winning Converts. But Primary Victories Remain Elusive.

As the sun set on a sticky June evening, hundreds of supporters screamed. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., however, was not campaigning for himself. Before Maryland’s primary Tuesday, Sanders had made the short trip from Capitol Hill to this Washington suburb to campaign with Ben Jealous, one of the state’s top Democratic candidates for governor. But the race in Maryland has also become a critical test of Sanders’ ability to sway elections. If his policy agenda has succeeded in moving the party to the left, Sanders himself has struggled to expand his political base.

Hantavirus Was Not the Cause of Belmont Park Worker’s Death

The death of a Belmont Park racetrack worker this month was from bacterial sepsis, not hantavirus, a rat-borne illness that was initially suspected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After the man collapsed June 1 on the track grounds and died less than a week later, state health officials suspected hantavirus. A commercial laboratory found the man tested positive for hantavirus antibodies, according to the New York state Health Department. But subsequent testing by the CDC concluded that sepsis, a bacterial infection of the blood, was the cause of his death.

Trump Leaves His Mark on a Presidential Keepsake

The commemorative medallions known as challenge coins have been stately symbols of the presidency coveted by the military, law enforcement personnel and a small circle of collectors. Then came Donald Trump. His presidency has yielded more — and more elaborate — coins that are shinier, flashier and bigger, setting off a boom for coin manufacturers, counterfeiters and collectors. And, though challenge coins seem relatively trivial, the shift has caused headaches for the Trump White House amid concerns about running afoul of rules barring government resources from being used for partisan political purposes.

Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog, Wins the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest

Her tongue hangs loose from her mouth, flopping so low it threatens to touch the ground. Her face is wrinkled and her teeth protrude in an underbite. In other words, Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old English bulldog, had just what it took to impress the judges Saturday night at the World’s Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, California, where she bested 13 other dogs to seize the title. The World’s Ugliest Dog contest is actually a celebration of the dogs, many of whom were rescued from shelters or puppy mills, and is intended to promote pet adoption.