April 4, 2018

President Trump announced Tuesday that "until we can have a wall, we're going to be guarding our border with the military," an unprecedented and controversial proposition. In a meeting between Department of Homeland Security officials and the White House's National Security Council on Wednesday, though, that plan was apparently curbed to the deployment of National Guard troops specifically. Officials told NBC News that the troops won't have contact with immigrants, either.

"Instead, [the National Guard] will be giving U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents more visibility by providing surveillance by air and through camera monitoring of the border," wrote NBC News, based on conversations with people familiar with the White House's meetings. It isn't clear yet how many people will be deployed, or for how long.

While Trump had suggested he would use "the military" to guard the border, and has floated dipping into the Pentagon's budget to build his border wall, active-duty soldiers are legally barred from domestic law enforcement duties. National Guard troops, on the other hand, are not an unfamiliar sight on the southern border, despite Trump's claim Tuesday that "we really haven't done that before, or certainly not very much before." Former President Barack Obama also used the National Guard for air surveillance support, and former President George W. Bush deployed National Guard troops to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents with intelligence gathering and building a border wall.

"Our Border Laws are very weak while those of Mexico & Canada are very strong," Trump tweeted earlier Wednesday, adding, "We will be taking strong action today." Jeva Lange

11:28 a.m.

Turns out, MLB stars Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are getting paid peanuts. At least compared to what colleague Mike Trout will soon make. Trout is finalizing a contract extension with the Los Angeles Angels that, once official, will be the largest contract in professional sports history, ESPN reports.

The deal is reportedly worth $430 million over 12 seasons and does not include any opt-out clauses, which means the superstar center fielder will likely spend the rest of his career with the team that drafted him out of high school. Trout would have hit the free agent market after the 2020 season had the sides not reached an agreement. 2019 and 2020 will reportedly be part of the 12 year extension.

Trout's deal should all but wrap up a confounding offseason for Major League Baseball, which was defined by long periods with little free agent movement and below-market deals for veterans, but also saw four of the most lucrative contracts ever signed. In addition to Trout, Machado and Harper signed massive free agent deals with the San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively, while the Colorado Rockies inked their homegrown star Nolan Arenado to an 8-year, $260 million extension.

Trout, though, tops them all. And deservedly so — the 27-year-old is not only one of the top active players, he's well on his way to becoming one of the greatest players of all time. Despite his youth, Trout touts a career .307/.416/.573 slash line and has already tallied 240 career home runs. He owns two MVP awards and has only once — during an injury-plagued 2017 season in which he still managed to lead the league in on-base percentage and slugging percentage — finished lower than second in MVP voting in his seven full seasons in the majors. Tim O'Donnell

10:51 a.m.

In a statement released late Monday, Facebook provided a range of updates into its handling of Friday's Facebook Live-streamed New Zealand mosque shooting, in which 50 people were killed. Among its most disturbing revelations: that though the video was viewed approximately "200 times during the live broadcast," nobody reported it to the service for 29 minutes, or a full 12 minutes after it ended — by which time it had been "viewed about 4,000 times."

Facebook also said that it had removed a staggering 1.5 million videos of the shooting in the first 24 hours after the attack, 1.2 million of which had been "blocked at upload." Despite this, The Washington Post notes that the video nonetheless spread to other platforms, including YouTube, in the hours after the massacre.

The shooting — the third such incident to be broadcast on Facebook Live since the feature's public debut in 2016 — has led to widespread criticism of Facebook and other social media platforms, including by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. "We cannot simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and that what is said on them is not the responsibility of the place where they are published," said Ardern on Tuesday that. "This cannot be a case of all profit, no responsibility."

Facebook said that "We remain shocked and saddened by this tragedy and are committed to working with leaders in New Zealand, other governments, and across the technology industry to help counter hate speech and the threat of terrorism." Jacob Lambert

10:28 a.m.

"Egg Boy" is the not the newest member of the Avengers, but a few thousand donors think he should be.

After Australian Senator Fraser Anning put out a disturbing statement blaming "immigration" for the New Zealand mosque shootings that killed 50 people, Will Connolly, a 17-year-old from Australia, literally smashed an egg on his head. Supporters quickly set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to pay Connolly's legal fees — which the Australian teen now says he'll redirect to the Christchurch victims.

Anning, who The Washington Post says "may be Australia's most reviled politician," earned criticism across the board after suggesting that an "increasing Muslim presence" in his country and New Zealand prompted the Friday shooting. Connolly made his opinion on the statement pretty clear on Saturday, slapping an egg on Anning's head at a news conference. Anning punched back, but it was Connolly who ended up the hero in Melbourne, Australia, where a mural now commemorates him as "Egg Boy."

Despite Connolly saying he would not pursue charges against Anning, supporters on Saturday set up a GoFundMe for his potential legal fees, per CBS News. Messages posted between the anonymous fundraising organizer and Connolly show he wanted "a majority of the money" to actually go to the Christchurch, New Zealand victims, and now the page promises that's what will happen. As of 10:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, more than 3,000 donors have raised a combined $62,000 — far over its original $50,000 goal. Kathryn Krawczyk

10:18 a.m.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement is reportedly holding several unaccompanied minors in off-the-book shelters throughout the United States, an investigation by Reveal found.

The total number of sites is unknown, but Reveal reports that there are at least five such shelters in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. They are holding at least 16 boys and girls after they were transferred from known refugee shelters. The shelters reportedly specialize in caring for children with mental health and behavior challenges.

The federal government has not made the existence of the shelters public "or even disclosed them to the minors' own attorneys in a land mark class-action case."

Holly Cooper, an attorney who represents the class of unaccompanied minors in the agency's care, said the government did not report every minor's location and believes the ORR continues to withhold information about other locations.

The ORR's standards do allow for out-of-network transfers if the federal facilities cannot provide specialized services. But failing to provide both attorneys for the detained children and a detailed census of the minors in custody appears to violate "longstanding rules for the care of immigrant children," such as the Flores Agreement. Former ORR Director Robert Carey said there was no such arrangement for migrant children in 2015 and 2016, as far as he knew.

The ORR has not yet commented on Reveal's report, though the office did acknowledge the request. Read the full report at Reveal. Tim O'Donnell

10:01 a.m.

Pixar is ready to make you cry — and possibly have an existential crisis — for the fourth time in a row with Toy Story 4.

Disney on Monday debuted the first full trailer for the animated sequel, in which we see that Bonnie has created a homemade toy out of a spork, and in the latest instance of this series tackling some surprisingly disturbing aspects of life as a toy, it comes to life and begins to ask questions like "Why am I alive?" When Forky runs away, Woody goes after him.

This leads him to reunite with Bo Peep, who disappeared sometime between the events of Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 and who Woody finds in an antique shop surrounded by creepy, Goosebumps-style ventriloquist dummies. Although Woody wants to return Bo Peep and Forky to Bonnie, seeing what life is like for toys at a carnival appears to leave him questioning whether they should leave at all. In that way, the plot seems fairly similar to Toy Story 2, which also involved Woody meeting another group of toys and nearly deciding not to return home.

Pixar years ago teased Toy Story 4 as a love story between Woody and Bo Peep, and that still appears to be the case, although some fans are already theorizing that she'll turn out to be the villain of the film — or that she'll be revealed to be an entirely different toy. The trailer also teases flashbacks of Andy, the toys' owner from the first three films, who is seen playing with Buzz and Jessie.

Toy Story 4 hits theaters on June 21. Watch the trailer below. Brendan Morrow

9:06 a.m.

George Conway has been sniping at President Trump for months, but subtweeting the president with clinical definitions of personality disorders was apparently a bridge too far for Team Trump. On Monday night, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted that Trump had turned "Mr. Kellyanne Conway" down for an unspecified "job he desperately wanted," adding kind of incongruously that Conway "either fired/quit, didn’t want the scrutiny" of working at the Justice Department. Conway, a prominent conservative lawyer, "hurts his wife because he is jealous of her success," Parscale suggested.

This prompted a tweet from the president of the United States himself, who deemed his senior counselor's husband "a total loser." Conway didn't seem hurt, tweeting back the clinical definition of narcissistic personality disorder.

Conway also congratulated Trump on spreading the word about mental illness, in a manner of speaking, and linked to a Rolling Stone article he said will help people "understand you, and why you're unfit and incompetent for the esteemed office you temporarily hold."

If you're interested in perhaps the most interesting marriage in Washington, CNN had a fortuitously timed segment on the Conways on Tuesday morning, and you can watch it below. Peter Weber

8:13 a.m.

The White House is pushing back on a new book, Kushner Inc., detailing Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's role in President Trump's administration. Its author, Vicky Ward, told The Late Show's Stephen Colbert on Monday that "if Sarah Huckabee Sanders wants to get into a credibility ratings battle with me, I'll take her on."

Trump is "very ambivalent" about having his daughter and son-in-law working in his White House, Ward told Colbert. "He was very ambivalent about having them come in, he hates it when they get negative press." If that's true, Colbert said, "why do you think the president doesn't get them out of there?" Ward said then-Chief of Staff John Kelly tried to force them to resign, on Trump's orders, "they came to resign, and Trump couldn't do it. ... He cannot send his daughter home."

Some of Trump's supporters argue that "his daughter and her husband may be his undoing, that they are far more dangerous to him than Robert Mueller," Ward said. For example, she said, Kushner's role in firing James Comey as FBI director was much greater, more public, and more apparently self-serving than is widely known. "Is there anybody left to check the influence of Jared and Ivanka?" Colbert asked. Ward said yes, first lady Melania Trump, "the only person in my book who has ever successfully stood up to Ivanka Trump and won."

Ward revisited the Melania-Ivanka standoff in an ABC News The Investigation podcast posted Tuesday, and she suggested a motivation for Jared and Ivanka's misbehavior: "Most people go into government for public service. They do seem to have gone in for self-service." Ward said she doesn't know if "these two will be held accountable," but it could "two ways: Either they will, as a combination of Congress and prosecutors or, you know, their path, their trajectory will continue as it has which seemingly is remarkably unstoppable." Listen below. Peter Weber

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