Trump says his comments weren't racist, Seattle wealth tax moves towards the state Supreme Court, and other morning headlines

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Most migrants who cross the southern U.S. border with Mexico would be denied asylum protections under a new rule proposed by the Trump administration. (New York Times)

NATION: President Trump tweeted that four freshman Democratic congresswomen — including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — should "go back" to the countries that they came from. (Three of the four congresswomen were born in the U.S.; Rep. Illhan Omar is from Somalia originally.) The remarks have widely been condemned as racist.  (New York Times)


No charges
The U.S. Justice Department will not bring criminal charges against the New York City police officer who killed Eric Garner in a chokehold while attempting to arrest him for selling loose cigarettes. (New York Times)

No racism here
Trump has doubled down on his comments telling four freshman congresswomen to "go back" to the countries they came from and called for House Republicans to stand with him against a resolution pushed by Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemning his comments as racist. (New York Times)

Tax the rich
A state court of appeals ruled against Seattle's proposed "wealth tax" in a lawsuit over its constitutionality. However, the ruling also deemed a longstanding legislative ban on income taxes to be void and deferred on the constitutionality of income taxes, paving the way for a further appeal to the state Supreme Court — a longtime goal of proponents of enacting an income tax in Washington state. (Seattle Times)

Up and at 'em
Several Eastern Washington University football players who suffered gunshot wounds from a random shooting in downtown Spokane on Saturday were released from the hospital on Monday. (Spokesman-Review)

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Josh Kelety

As a staff writer, Josh covers criminal justice issues and Spokane County government. Previously, he worked as a reporter for Seattle Weekly. Josh grew up in Port Townsend and graduated from the University of Washington. Message him through Signal @ (360) 301-3490.