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Will endorsement of Barletta narrow the field for Senate?

The Republican State Committee's endorsement of U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta for the U.S. Senate seat held by Bob Casey may thin the GOP field of candidates, a public affairs professor said last week. "Barletta is the odds-on favorite to win the primary," said G. Terry Madonna, a professor at Franklin & Marshall College.

China proposes removing 2-term limit for president

Taylor is suing Twitter for ban... A prominent white nationalist is suing Twitter for banning his account as the social network cracks down on content it deems abusive. . Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez wipes away tears during a CNN town hall meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the BBT Center, in Sunrise, Fla.

The nation in brief

President Donald Trump added his voice Saturday to the continued conservative outcry over the court-ordered redistricting of the Pennsylvania congressional map, calling the decision "very unfair to Republicans and to our country." "Democrat judges have totally redrawn election lines in the great State of Pennsylvania," Trump wrote on Twitter.

Rolling market to visit LR area that lost grocery store

Operators of a mobile farmers market are stepping in to try to fill some of the gap left in a Little Rock neighborhood after the area's only grocery store closed this month. One of the owners, Chad Evans, said Friday that the store was unable to negotiate a favorable lease with the building owner.

Agency for Delta appoints governor

Fellow governors from the Delta region backed the Bentonville native Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C. Hutchinson replaces Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. The White House has called on Congress to eliminate the Delta Regional Authority, but Arkansas Republican leaders have staunchly defended the independent federal agency, which promotes economic development in some of the nation's poorest counties.

Washington news in brief

House Speaker Paul Ryan has named U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, a Republican from Rogers, to serve on the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform. "Without question, the federal budgeting process is broken," he said in a written statement.

Passengers evacuated from Bristol Airport face delays

'It was as bad as you can imagine, times ten': Emotional cops reveal how they ran towards rampaging school shooter while four 'coward' sheriff deputies stayed outside and refused to go in 'This whole witch hunt is an illegal disgrace': Trump dismisses Democrats' redacted rebuttal memo as 'a total political and legal BUST', after it insisted the FBI did NOT abuse its power by spying on his former campaign aide 'Surely you know the key to a good playground nickname is consistency': Adam Schiff bites back at Trump, who blasted him as a 'total phony' over Democrat memo Candy girl! Ivanka cheers on the US men's bobsled team with Olympian Lauren Gibbs and dishes out sweets, as she prepares to lead the presidential delegation for the closing ceremony Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy and his boyfriend adopt a puppy and rescue 90 more after visiting a South Korean dog meat farm Team USA ski coach ... (more)

A print of a memo released by the Democrats. Photo: Reuters

The Democrat document attempts to undercut and add context to some of the main points from a declassified Republican memo that was released earlier this month that took aim at the FBI and the US Justice Department Both declassified memos focus on how the FBI and US Justice Department applied to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court soon before the 2016 election for a warrant to eavesdrop on Carter Page, an energy consultant who had served as a foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign. The surveillance started in October 2016, soon after Page left the campaign in the wake of questions about his Russian contacts.

Malaysian Chinese Celebrate Lunar Year In Pomp And Tradition In New York

By MANIK MEHTA NEW YORK, Feb 25 -- The increasingly influential Malaysian Chinese community, galvanized under the Malaysian Chinese Association Club as part of the Malaysian Association of America , celebrated on Friday night here the Chinese lunar year in pomp and style while, at the same time, preserving the Chinese cultural traditions. The large hall of the New Mulan Restaurant in the Chinese-dominated Flushing district of New York - was packed with Malaysian Chinese and their families, along American guests, attired in colourful clothing and applauding the traditional lion dance that is emblematic of the lunar year.

Your View: Labor unions improve and save lives


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Next week, hundreds of thousands of working people will join together to stand up for their right to improve their lives and those of their families. The Working People's Week of Action, which will include events in cities across the country and across Massachusetts, will stand in sharp contrast to recent union-busting efforts led by wealthy special interests.

Marc A. Thiessen: The GOP tax reform used to be extremely unpopular. Not anymore.


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When the Republican-controlled Congress first approved its tax bill in December, most Democrats believed it would be a political loser for the GOP. Indeed, a New York Times poll found that just 37 percent of Americans approved of the plan.

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Sunday 25 Feb 2018

An alliance of more than 80 senior figures from the Labour Party will warn Jeremy Corbyn that he will be unable to fund his proposed investment in schools, hospitals and social care unless the UK stays in the EU single market. The MPs, MEPs and other figures say Corbyn's agenda requires Britain to avoid the "multibillion-pound hit to the public finances that leaving the single market would entail".

School shooting survivors target NRA-linked companies

This Feb. 21, 2018 file photo shows Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Cameron Kasky, left, asking a question to Sen. Marco Rubio during a CNN town hall meeting in Sunrise, Fla. Rubio was put on the defensive by angry students, teachers and parents who are demanding stronger gun-control measures after the shooting rampage that claimed several lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Esperanza Perez, the mother of a Green Card veteran ordered to be deported to Mexico, clutched an American flag to her chest Saturday outside the Kenosha County Detention Center, where her son is being detained. "He asked, 'Can I take it? Because I fought for this,'" she said.

A Note About Responsibility

Law-makers are responsible for the laws they make, and support, and do not repeal. They are responsible for the intended effects of their legislation, also for unintended but easily predicted effects.

Anna Andrettta and David Papcin of Ansonia and Kassie DeFala and…

Anna Andrettta and David Papcin of Ansonia and Kassie DeFala and Michael Shea of Derby are the leading the formation of the Naugatuck Valley Young Republican Club which will conduct their organizational meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Derby City Hall. less Anna Andrettta and David Papcin of Ansonia and Kassie DeFala and Michael Shea of Derby are the leading the formation of the Naugatuck Valley Young Republican Club which will conduct their organizational meeting ... more Republican candidate for State Senate George Logan watches the returns come in at campaign headquarters on election night in Ansonia, Conn., on Tuesday Nov. 8, 2016.

Ex-ATF officials says bump-stock OK was mistake

The bump stock, shown above in Orem, Utah, is a device when installed allows a semi-automatic to fire at a rapid rate much like a fully automatic gun. The bump stock, shown above in Orem, Utah, is a device when installed allows a semi-automatic to fire at a rapid rate much like a fully automatic gun.

California Democrats Fail to Narrow Crowded US House Races

California Democrats struggled to narrow the field Saturday in several U.S. House races critical to the party's hope of taking back Congress in the midterm elections. None of the five candidates in the Orange County district currently held by retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa gained enough support to win the party's official endorsement, exacerbating concerns that a crowded field could make it easier for Republicans to hold the seat.

The Latest: No California Democratic Party nod in key race

Democratic congressional candidate Doug Applegate, left, talks with delegate Stephan Bartram in front of supporters at the 2018 California Democrats State Convention Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in San Diego. Democratic congressional candidate Doug Applegate, left, talks with delegate Stephan Bartram in front of supporters at the 2018 California Democrats State Convention Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in San Diego.

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Hundreds of union workers and their supporters took to the steps of the capitol Saturday, rallying against an upcoming U.S Supreme Court case that could have a far-reaching impact on unions. The "Working People's Day of Action" was part of a nationwide call to support union workers.

Sex harassment, taxes, Rauner v. Madigan key in races

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, visits with Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, Aug. 27 at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. One of every five lawmakers sworn in to office in 2019 will be new to the Illinois General Assembly.

Groundbreaking chief judge given key to Petersburg

The first African-American to serve as the chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit was awarded with a key to Petersburg Saturday. "The life of Roger Gregory exemplifies the American Dream and serves as an inspiring example to people of all ages upon how much one can achieve with hard work, support and education," was said during the ceremony.

Nunes vs. Schiff: 5 key areas where they disagree

Was the application to obtain a FISA surveillance warrant on former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page a major FBI and Justice Department abuse that amounted to politically motivated surveillance? Or was it the proper extension of an FBI counterintelligence investigation into Trump and Russia? Saturday's release of a Democratic House Intelligence Committee memo rebutting an earlier GOP memo alleging FBI abuse of the surveillance process shows just how diametrically opposed the committee's Democrats and Republicans are when it comes to the FISA surveillance of Page - and the origins of the larger investigation into Trump and Russia now led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Worcester forum focuses on preparing for, reacting to, immigration policy

Giovana Ortiz fought back sobs as she told the audience of the uncertainty she experienced as an undocumented immigrant who was brought to the United States when she was 2. She discussed being raised as an American but trying to take the PSATs and SATs without a Social Security number. She detailed how she spiraled into a deep depression as college seemed increasingly out of the question.

Schiff responds to Trump calling Dem memo a bust: ‘Wrong again, Mr. President’

Donald John Trump Accuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE on Saturday after the president called the release of the Democratic memo rebutting claims made by Republicans on the committee a "total political and legal bust."

Dem memo: FBI started spying on Page prior toa

Democrats, in a rebuttal released Saturday to a controversial GOP memo , argued that the Justice Department and the FBI did not abuse their powers when they spied on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. The GOP memo, assembled by the staff of House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, alleged the FBI and Justice Department officials relied on an unsubstantiated dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele to get a warrant to conduct surveillance of Page.

Democratic rebuttal to GOP House Intelligence memo released

Democratic memo: FBI was investigating Trump campaign associates weeks before receiving dossier - The FBI team investigating the 2016 Trump campaign's contacts with Russians had already opened inquiries into multiple people connected to the campaign when it received a controversial dossier Intel Committee Ranking Member Schiff Releases Democratic Response Memo - f t # e - Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff , the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement: - "After reviewing the memorandum drafted Democratic intelligence memo released - live updates - WASHINGTON - The 10-page Democratic memo intended to counter the GOP memo related to surveillance of a former Trump campaign official has been released, with some redactions.

EIB investigates loans to Daimler in light of diesel questions: Welt

The European Investment Bank may ask Daimler to pay back loans extended for research and development in light of a report linking the Mercedes maker to diesel emission-test cheating, Welt am Sonntag reported. FILE PHOTO: The Mercedes star logo of an E Coupe is pictured before the annual news conference of Daimler AG in Stuttgart, Germany, February 2, 2017.

Democrats fired up but divided: Will they unite in time?

In many ways, things look good for California Democrats in 2018: They're seeing record-high levels of voter enthusiasm, strong fundraising numbers and an outpouring of credible candidates as state voters turn against the Trump administration. But internal divisions underlie the chest-thumping on display this weekend at the state party convention, as delegates here clash over contentious primaries, sexual harassment scandals, and the party's policy agenda.

Democratic memo: Here are 6 key points in Schiff’s rebuttal

A redacted version of the Democratic response to a memo alleging that the FBI and Justice Department abused their power to conduct surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was released Saturday. The 10-page document compiled by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., pushes back on a number of claims Republicans made in a memo that was released earlier this month, throwing details of the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election into an almost he-said-she-said story.

Republican governors want to do something on guns. But what?

Republican governors are expressing new openness to restrictions on gun rights -- but the party hasn't coalesced around specific solutions in the days after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. In Washington for an annual National Governors Association gathering this weekend, several GOP governors said it's time to consider gun control laws, despite the power of the National Rifle Association with their base.

Teachers Say #ArmMeWith Classroom Resources Instead of Guns

In the wake of yet another tragic school shooting, teachers have started an eye-opening movement on social media to let the world know what preventative measures really need to be taken seriously to protect students. In response to the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, President Trump suggested that some teachers receive gun training so they can be armed in their classrooms.

‘Amnesty Boxes’ At Airport Allows Travelers To Ditch Their Weed Before A Flight

Travelers who accidentally bring their marijuana to a Las Vegas airport can now ditch their stash in disposal bins installed outside the gates before a flight. The Clark County Department of Aviation began installing the green bins outside McCarran International Airport after the Clark County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance banning marijuana possession and advertising at the airport.

The Latest: GOP House chairman criticizes Democratic memo

The Latest on the Democratic memo that aims to counter GOP allegations that the FBI abused government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference : The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is dismissing a memo about the Russia election probe that has been declassified by Democrats. In a statement, Republican congressman Devin Nunes of California reiterates his allegation that the FBI abused a secret surveillance process to spy on a campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, Carter Page.

The Latest: Trump dismisses Democratic memo as total ‘bust’

The Latest on the Democratic memo that aims to counter GOP allegations that the FBI abused government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference : Democrats on the House intelligence committee on Saturday released the memo in an effort to rebut GOP claims that the FBI abused U.S. government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference. In a series of tweets Saturday, Trump criticized the memo and asserted, "Just confirms all of the terrible things that were done.

Governors skeptical of Congress, but welcome new gun debate

Gov. Steve Bullock speaks with Gov. Matt Mead of Wyoming during the National Governor Association 2018 winter meeting, on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Washington. Gov. Steve Bullock speaks with Gov. Matt Mead of Wyoming during the National Governor Association 2018 winter meeting, on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Washington.

Delta, United Scrap Discounts For NRA Members

Delta and United airlines said Saturday they are cutting ties with the National Rifle Association, the latest major corporations to end partnerships with the gun rights group in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. Both companies will stop offering discounted fares to NRA members attending the group's annual meetings.

Police: Intoxicated man bit woman

Police say it happened after 1 p.m. on Feb. 21, when 25-year-old Casio Devine approached the woman as she dropped off her children with another family member. They say Devine was intoxicated at the time before he placed his arms around her from behind and bit her upper right arm.

Investor Warren Buffett says good deals tough to find

Investor Warren Buffett says the acquisition frenzy on Wall Street is making it hard for him to find deals at the right price, but his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate recorded a $29 billion gain because of the tax... Investor Warren Buffett says the acquisition frenzy on Wall Street is making it hard for him to find deals at the right price, but his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate recorded a $29 billion gain because of the tax reforms Congress passed. . FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2010 file photo, evangelist Billy Graham, 92, speaks during an interview at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. Graham, who died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at h... The Rev.

US sailor hit by helicopter blade dies

This Nov. 9, 2017 photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps shows a UH-1Y Venom helicopter en route to Camp Schwab on Okinawa, in Japan. It's the same type helicopter whose tail rotor blade struck a sailor at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base north of San Diego.

Louisiana Republicans elect first new leader in 14 years

Newly-elected Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Louis Gurvich speaks to the state GOP's governing body, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. Newly-elected Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Louis Gurvich speaks to the state GOP's governing body, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La.

Oregon Ducks Face Distracted Arizona Wildcats

With the FBI Probe ongoing in College Basketball, the game between Oregon and Arizona may not mean much in a few years, but for the Ducks right now, a win over the Arizona Wildcats will keep up a positive push toward the postseason. Late Friday, a report from ESPN came out that Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller was heard on a Wire Tap discussing payment for the services of a player.

Major GOP donor Stanley Herzog in ICU after choking at Washington restaurant

Prominent Missouri businessman and Republican donor Stanley Herzog is in an intensive care unit of a hospital here after choking during a dinner Thursday night with Rep. Sam Graves and his brother, GOP State Chairman Todd Graves. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway had briefly joined the group at the table but left before the incident occurred, according to an account of the incident supplied to the Post-Dispatch.

Meghan McCain Hits CPAC Head Matt Schlapp Over Comments About Her Father

Meghan McCain blasted American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp for excusing the "inexcusable" after suggesting her father, Sen. John McCain deserved to be booed because he cast the deciding vote that nixed an Obamacare repeal bill in the Senate last year. Schlapp's organization hosts the Conservative Political Action Committee Conference held this past week.

Florida governor proposes new gun sale limits after school shooting

PARKLAND: Florida Governor Rick Scott, a loyal ally of the US gun lobby under mounting pressure to act in the aftermath of last week's deadly mass shooting, urged state lawmakers on Friday to tighten access to firearms for young people and the mentally disturbed. Scott said he would work with the Republican-controlled legislature over the next two weeks to raise the minimum legal age for buying any gun in Florida from 18 to 21, with some exceptions for younger individuals serving in the military or law enforcement.

Trump announces new sanctions on N Korea

Washington D.C. , Feb 24 : United States President Donald Trump on Friday announced new sanctions on North Korea, specifically targeting the country's shipping and trading companies, in a fitting response to further isolate the communist country economically. Announcing the new sanctions at the Conservative Political Action Conference here, Trump imposed sanctions against 27 entities and 28 ship vessels either registered or flagged in several countries, including North Korea, China and Singapore, the CNN reported.

Kushner Still Has Security Clearance, Despite Additional Reported Issues


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Two weeks ago, the Justice Department informed the White House that a decision on Jared Kushner's permanent security clearance would be further delayed due to there still being significant issues requiring additional investigation regarding his background, according to the Washington Post and New York Times . Kushner, President Trump's son in law and senior advisor, has only had interim security clearance for more than a year, but that has still granted him full access to top secret and other sensitive information - and he apparently requests more of it than anyone who isn't on the National Security Council.

Rod Rosenstein Told the White House That Jared Kushner Would Not Be Getting Clearance Soon

The Washington Post reported on Friday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein called the White House two weeks ago to discuss ongoing concerns about Jared Kushner's security clearance. Kushner has been accessing the nation's top secrets for more than a year through an interim clearance that allows him to see both top-secret and sensitive compartmented information, the highest clearance level.

Unions fight legal battle over fees at Ohio Statehouse rally

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has changed a proposed overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has changed a proposed overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed.

It ain’t heavy, they’re my brothers


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No it's not the plot of some action movie. A former American football star known for his 13-year NFL career has reportedly become a bonafide FBI agent after graduating from the bureau's training academy.

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A tax overhaul is g... . FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2017, file photo, Reps. Rick Edmonds, from left, R-Baton Rouge, Tanner Magee, R-Houma, and Mark Abraham, R-Lake Charles, talk about budget cut proposals ahead of the House Appropriations Committ... BATON ROUGE, La.

After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

FILE- In this Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, parents wait for news of their loved ones after a former student opened fire killing several students and three staff members, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School i... . In this photo from Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 shows Dr. Allen Konis, a dentist whose son is a freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla., stands near a memorial for the students and three staff members ki... .

CPAC Communications Director: RNC Wrong To Elect a A Black Guya as HeadHis remark was met with gasps.

CPAC, or the Conservative Political Action Conference, is where the most outlandish elements of the Republican Party - now known as the mainstream - congregate for four days every winter. At a dinner honoring Republican saint Ronald Reagan, CPAC Communications Director Ian Walters said that "we elected Mike Steele as chairman because he was a black guy, that was the wrong thing to do."

Defense Secretary Mattis Leaning Toward Allowing Transgender Troops To Remain In The Military

Last summer, President Trump announced out of the blue on Twitter that he would be implementing a ban on transgender soldiers from serving in the military. The announcement, which reversed a policy change that the Obama Administration had announced in 2016, came as a surprise to pretty much everyone since there had been no indication that the issue was under consideration by the White House and the Defense Department was continuing to work on implementing the Obama Administration's plan.

Vape pen sparks mini fire in security line at DIA, forcing evacuation

A vape pen dissembled by its owner to prevent sparking a fire did just that when it passed through an x-ray in the TSA security line at Denver International Airport in January, according to an incident report released Friday. The vape pen's exposed lithium-ion battery led to a man's satchel catching fire in the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint around 5 p.m. on Jan. 30, according to the report from the Denver Fire Department.

Indictment of Missouri governor could have political ripples

It didn't take long after Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted for alleged invasion of privacy for Missouri Democrats to tie him to Attorney General Josh Hawley, the presumed GOP front runner in Missouri's hotly contested U.S. Senate race. Nor did it take long for Republicans to link the prosecutor who announced the charges to a prominent national Democratic financier.

Ohio has new uses for sediment from Lake Erie’s harbors

The federal agency that keeps open shipping channels along Lake Erie has settled a long dispute with Ohio over what to do with sand, soil and mud scooped out of Cleveland's harbor. What's next for the state is getting rid of more than 1.2 million tons of sediment dredged from seven other ports each year before a new law bans dumping it in the lake by the summer of 2020.

Today in Bullshit

On Thursday, Tucker Carlson's horseshit chronicle and carnival sideshow hosted a Stoneman-Douglas student, Colton Haab, who claimed that his question for the CNN town hall was re-written by CNN. His father produced emails supposedly documenting this fact.

School Shooting Influences Debate on Gun Control Proposals

The deadly shooting at a Florida high school came well after the deadlines to file new legislation in New Hampshire , but it is influencing debate on previously introduced bills and has spurred one lawmaker's longshot attempt to bring forward new proposals. At the end of Thursday's House session, Rep. Lee Oxenham, a Democrat from Plainfield, implored her colleagues to suspend the rules and consider new legislation.

Your Tattoos Are Problematic


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Oscar is a white guy living in Austin, Texas, with a penchant for Japanese-style tattoos. A huge black and white dragon arcs over his left shoulder.

New white paper addresses importance of wire edging protection in…

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA, UNITED STATES, February 24, 2018 / EINPresswire.com / -- Device Technologies, Inc. , a leader in the design and manufacture of wire protection grommet edging, enclosure/door seals and fiber management components, has published a new white paper that discusses the critical safety implications of regulations covering aircraft wiring protection. The informative paper addresses the focus on EWIS as an aircraft system and ways to comply with the FAA's directives on a range of wiring protection actions.

College basketball takes second big hit with new allegations

The first blow to college basketball came in August, when a federal investigation revealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks being funneled to influence recruits. The games went on under the dark cloud hanging over the sport, the season playing out while everyone wondered when the other sneaker would drop.

Slam the brakes on proposed gas-tax hike

Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Republicans are on a roll. So why is President Trump praising a gas-tax hike to finance his infrastructure plan? Despite House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's complaints that the GOP tax-rate reductions are "Armageddon, "crumbs," and - as of Tuesday - "unpatriotic," Americans are growing fond of tax reform.

Emoluments suit vs. Trump now personal as well as official

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has changed a proposed overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has changed a proposed overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed.

Italy Scrambles to Fight Misinformation Ahead of Its Elections


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Two explosive stories began circulating in Italy in November. The first was about a nine-year-old Muslim girl who was hospitalized after being sexually assaulted by her 35-year-old "husband" in the northeastern city of Padua.

Team USA Wins Gold In Curling

The female tipster close to accused Florida high school shooter Nikolas Cruz told the FBI Cruz was "going to explode," according to a transcript of the Jan... -- The U.S. will move its embassy to Jerusalem in May after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed off on a final plan Thursday, according to two State Departmen... ROCKVILLE, Md. -- If bugs snored, the din from your corn and soybean fields would be deafening right now.

St. John’s Pride considers banning Liberals and RNC after government…

St. John's Pride considers banning Liberals and RNC after government rejects request for apology on Village Mall bathroom charges Premier Dwight Ball, members of his caucus and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary could be banned from participating in this year's Pride Parade because of a dispute over an apology to the LGBTQ community. From January to May 1993, the RNC targeted what they called a homosexual ring operating out of a Village Shopping Centre bathroom.

European Central Bank says Latvia’s ABLV failing, to wind up

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has changed a proposed overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has changed a proposed overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed.

Airstrikes on suburbs of Syrian capital claim move lives

This photo released on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows members of the Syrian Civil Defense group carrying a man who was wounded during airstrikes and... . Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia, left, speaks to Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Ja'afari in the Security Council chambers after a vote on a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire ... U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has changed a proposed overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed.

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The Dow posted strong gains Friday to end the week in positive territory, as stocks rallied for a second straight day. The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 347.51 points, or 1.39%, to 25,309.

Chapter 2: Ledecka wins gold again, this time on a snowboard

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has changed a proposed overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed. . A booking photo provided by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shows Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

Chapter 2: Ledecka wins gold again, this time on a snowboard

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has changed a proposed overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has changed a proposed overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed.

The one very big question about Rick Gates’ plea deal

After weeks of rumors, it became official Friday afternoon: Rick Gates pleaded guilty to two criminal charges and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into Russia's attempted meddling in the 2016 election. Gates, who served as Trump's deputy campaign chairman for a time in 2016, became the third person in Donald Trump's orbit to cop a plea as a result of the Mueller investigation -- joining former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos as cooperating witnesses.

Raptor rescuer saving snowy owls from airports

He is young, only 2 years old, is undernourished and is far from his Arctic home, in search of food. But, as his saucer-shaped gold and black eyes peer out from the kennel from which he was about to be freed, this snowy owl could have been in a worse situation.

Trump talks new gun measures, gun owners talk ‘betrayal’

In this Feb. 22, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with state and local officials to discuss school safety in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Trump could face a backlash from gun rights advocates who fear he's strayed from his pledge to be a champion for the Second Amendment by voicing support for gun control measures in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Florida.

Caller told FBI Florida shooting suspect – going to explode’

A woman close to the man charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI in chilling detail that he had a growing collection of guns and a temper so uncontrollable she worried about him "getting into a school and just shooting the place up." The Associated Press on Friday obtained a transcript of the Jan. 5 tip to the FBI's call center.

Susan Pillsbury: Fight for foreign aid

On a warm December day in 1995, I traveled to the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham to hear then-first lady Hillary Clinton speak. After hopping on a shuttle bus, I struck up a conversation with the woman seated next to me, a smart, vibrant and young state senator.

Trump Announces New North Korea Sanctions

President Donald Trump announced Friday that the US Treasury Department is imposing new sanctions against North Korea specifically targeting the country's shipping and trading companies and vessels in an effort to further isolate the rogue regime. Senior administration officials told reporters on Friday that Trump would discuss new sanctions on North Korea during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference and touted the sanctions as the headline of the of the speech.

Senator Seeking Democratic Endorsement Days after Resigning

A California Democrat plans to seek his party's endorsement for a state Senate seat at Saturday's convention just days after resigning from the same seat following a sexual misconduct investigation that found he likely harassed six women. Former Sen. Tony Mendoza told the Associated Press he maintains "overwhelming" support among voters in his Los Angeles-area district and is undeterred by what he called unfair efforts to oust him by colleagues seeking political gain.

Secret Service releases statement about incident at White House

Catherine Milhoan, Director of Communication for the U.S. Secret Service, released the following statement about Friday's incident in which a Rutherford County woman who rammed her vehicle into a security barrier near the White House. "Today, Friday, Feb. 23 at 2:53 p.m., a 35-year-old white female from La Vergne, Tenn., intentionally drove a white van into a security barrier near the White House at 17thand E Street.

New questions in execution that was delayed at the last minute

Execution team members stuck an inmate repeatedly in the lower legs, ankles and groin in effort to find a usable vein before the state called off the lethal injection, according to a Friday court filing by the inmate's lawyer. Prison offiicals said at 11:30 p.m. that they halting the execution because medical staff did not think they could obtain "the appropriate venous access" before a midnight deadline.

Va. veteran ID bill passes unanimously

Right now, veterans can have two ID cards - a $10 Veteran Identification Card , which provides proof of veteran status for discounts from retailers and restaurants, and the standard driver's license. It would allow for a veteran indicator to be placed on Virginia driver's licenses, similar to that of an organ donor.

Washington Lawmakers approve legislative records exemption

Rowland Thompson, right, executive director of Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington, testifies during a joint work session of the Senate and House State Government Committees, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The session was held to discuss a bill filed Wednesday by lawmakers who want to circumvent a recent court ruling finding them fully subject to the state's public disclosure laws.

Lawmakers battle over bill to prevent breaching of dams

Three Republican U.S. House members are criticizing Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and other lawmakers for opposing their legislation that would prevent the breaching of four dams on the Snake River to restore endangered salmon runs. The three Republicans from the state of Washington support a bipartisan bill that seeks to maintain existing dam operations until at least 2022.

University of Minnesota technology helps in stardust hunt

Scott Peterson, a military veteran, stay-at-home-dad and engineering student, works with a university research associate and her brand-new technology to image and identify the composition of his samples of tiny rocks from space. Peterson started collecting the samples around 2010 and first succeeded in finding a true sample last year.

Arizona GOP congressional candidate swept up in sexting case

A week before the primary in the Arizona House special election, a leading Republican candidate's campaign is being roiled by an alleged cyber-affair with a former state Senate staffer. Former state Sen. Steve Montenegro, who is running to fill former US Rep. Trent Franks' vacant seat, and the Senate GOP's former digital media coordinator, Stephanie Holford, exchanged flirtatious text messages last year, the Arizona Republic reported .

Hamilton County Survivors Have Until March 9 to Apply for FEMA Help

Homeowners and renters in Hamilton County who had losses related to Hurricane Irma have about two weeks more to apply for federal disaster assistance. The deadline to register for assistance from FEMA and to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is Friday, March 9. Survivors should register even if they have insurance.

Myanmar parliament approves $15M for Rakhine border fence

Myanmar's parliament has approved a budget of about $15 million for the construction of a fence and related projects along the border with Bangladesh in Rakhine state, from which about 700,000 members of its persecuted ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority have fled violence since last August. Lawmaker Myo Zaw Aung said Friday the budget was proposed by the Home Affairs Ministry, the Defense Ministry and the Border Affairs Ministry, which are all controlled by the military.

Father, son among four onboard missing aircraft

A search and rescue effort is underway after a single-engine Piper aircraft with four people onboard went missing after departing Grand Junction, Colorado, around 10 a.m. local time Thursday, officials said. Jon Kaupp, the son of pilot Bill Kaupp, told ABC News that his 65-year-old father was planning to fly another son, 28-year-old Clint Kaupp, and their respective best friends west over Moab, Utah, before turning south to their destination of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

New indictment accuses Manafort of paying European politicians

RNC started paying Trump campaign's rent at Trump Tower after it stopped covering Trump's legal bills for Russia probe - The Republican National Committee has for months been quietly paying expenses previously covered by the Trump campaign in an arrangement that experts say is bizarre, but legal. Rick Gates, Trump Campaign Aide, to Plead Guilty in Mueller Inquiry and Cooperate - WASHINGTON - A former top adviser to Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign indicted by the special counsel was expected to plead guilty as soon as Friday afternoon, according to two people familiar Former Trump aide tells loved ones of plans to plead guilty, cooperate with Mueller - This was a "gut-wrenching decision" for the ex-campaign official, a source said.

Dana Loesch Is Right: CNN Host Stood by as NRA Called ‘Child…

What Rick Gates' Guilty Plea Means For Mueller's Probe - TODAY'S GUILTY PLEA by Rick Gates might be one of the least surprising developments in the Mueller investigation: It had been clear that the former Trump campaign aide would likely seek a deal almost since the day Gates and his business partner The Latest: Mueller files new charge against Paul Manafort - WASHINGTON - The Latest on the Russia investigation : - Special counsel Robert Mueller is accusing President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman of secretly paying former European politicians to lobby on behalf of Ukraine.

Be attack dogs, not guard dogs for authority, Justice Lodha to press

If the public feels that journalists have given up their role of a watchdog to become a guard dog for those in authority and power, it does not bode well for a democratic society, former Chief Justice of India Justice R M Lodha warned here Friday. He called on the media not to succumb to pressure or intimidation that could curtail "freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution."

Software company cuts ties with the NRA

A software company that previously advertised a free trial to National Rifle Association members told ThinkProgress it has asked the NRA to remove the offer from its website. Teresa Zimmerman, director of marketing for Personify Corp, Wild Apricot's parent organization, said late Friday that she has asked the NRA to remove Wild Apricot from the gun lobby's website.

US lands agency makeover would diminish Washington’s power

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke disclosed Friday in an Associated Press interview that he's revamping a sweeping overhaul of his department that's supposed to speed up permitting for development on public lands, but Democrats asserted it was just a ploy to let the energy industry get its way. The changes follow complaints from a bipartisan group of Western state governors that Zinke did not consult them before unveiling a plan last month to decentralize the Interior Department.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: It’s not conservatism. It’s extremism.


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It is time to say last rites over the American conservative movement. After years of drifting steadily toward extreme positions, conservatism is dead, replaced by a far right that has the Republican Party under its thumb.

Kasich panel to give gun proposals; gov. supports arming teachers, opposes ‘stand your ground’

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he is hoping that a group he's quietly convened to find solutions to gun violence in the state will be able to deliver something by the end of next week to the General Assembly. Kasich, in Washington, D.C., for a meeting of the National Governors Association, declined to lay out what the group is considering, but said they've reached agreements on four different issues.

Airstrikes continue to pound Eastern Ghouta ahead of UN vote

John Cohen and his police officer partner responded to a call for help to thwart a rape in progress, and after pulling the suspect off of the victim and ph... -- The National Rifle Association has denied receiving money "from foreign persons or entities in connection with United States elections" in a letter... ROCKVILLE, Md. -- If bugs snored, the din from your corn and soybean fields would be deafening right now.

Judge halts construction on Bayou Bridge Pipeline

A federal judge agreed Friday to suspend construction of a crude oil pipeline through a swamp in Louisiana's Cajun country, a victory for environmental groups opposed to the project. U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick granted the groups' request for a preliminary injunction that temporarily halts pipeline construction in the environmentally fragile Atchafalaya Basin until their lawsuit over the project is resolved.

FBI confirms ghastly details of investigation into Montrose funeral home and body parts broker

The FBI confirmed on Friday that it is investigating whether a Montrose funeral home paid by grieving families to cremate the remains of their loved ones instead returned to the families cement mix or another "foreign substance." Federal agents raided Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors earlier this month but no charges or formal allegations against the business have been filed.

Candidates talk gun reforms outside Rodney’s office in Morristown

Two congressional candidates joined the weekly "Fridays Without Frelinghuysen" gathering in Morristown to talk about stricter gun laws in the wake of last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school. "We have to fight the vested interests in this country that are harming us and our country by promoting gun violence," Democratic candidate Mitchell Cobert of Morristown said outside Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's office.

Ex-Trump Campaign Aide Agrees To Guilty Plea In Russia Probe

A former top adviser to President Donald Trump's election campaign is to plead guilty to federal conspiracy and false statements charges Friday in the special counsel's Russia investigation. The plea by Rick Gates is a strong indication that he is planning to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as it continues to probe the Trump campaign, Russian election interference and Gates' longtime business associate, Paul Manafort.

Why the Common Good Disappeared

Friends, Now, more than ever, independent journalism has become the last firewall against government and corporate lies. Yet, with frightening regularity, independent media sources are losing funding, closing down or being blacked out by Google and Facebook.

Third Trump Campaign official pleads guilty in Russia investigation Source: Cox Media Group

Former Trump Campaign aide Rick Gates pleaded guilty in a Washington, D.C. federal court on Friday to a pair of charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, becoming the third person from the President's 2016 campaign to accept a plea bargain with investigators, who are probing Russian interference in the 2016 elections. For weeks, news reports had said that Gates was under pressure to agree to cooperate with prosecutors, as he was the one-time right hand man to former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort.

Former Official Once Jailed For Misconduct Running For House

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Former Official Once Jailed For Misconduct Running For House

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Democrats accuse Texas of voter suppression in schools Source: AP

Democrats are alleging new attempts at voter suppression in Texas, where the GOP-controlled Legislature's electoral maps and a strict voter ID law already have been previously struck down in federal court and the nation's first primary of the year is less than two weeks away. At issue this time: unusual accusations by top Republicans that schools districts and educational groups are trying to unfairly sway elections.

Embattled company plagiarized bid for Puerto Rico hot meal contract, senators say

The company that failed to deliver nearly all of the hot meals it promised to Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria plagiarized the bid that won it the $156 million contract from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to a letter penned by three senators this week. Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Gary Peters of Michigan say that Tribute Contracting LLC - which lost its contract in October after just 20 days because it had delivered only 50,000 of the 30 million meals promised - lifted paragraphs from two other companies related to logistics and delivery.

Lawmakers battle over bill to prevent breaching of dams

In this Oct. 19, 2016 file photo, a man fishes for salmon in the Snake River above the Lower Granite Dam in Washington state. Three Republican U.S. House members from Washington state are criticizing Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., for opposing their legislation that would prevent the breaching of four dams on the Snake River to help improve endangered salmon runs.

Vehicle strikes barrier near White House, driver apprehended

A passenger vehicle struck a security barrier near the White House on Friday, but did not breach the White House complex, the U.S. Secret Service said in a series of tweets. The female driver of the vehicle was immediately apprehended by the Secret Service, it said, adding that no shots were fired and no law enforcement personnel were hurt.

Vehicle strikes barrier near White House, driver apprehended

A passenger vehicle struck a security barrier near the White House on Friday, but did not breach the White House complex, the U.S. Secret Service said in a series of tweets. The female driver of the vehicle was immediately apprehended by the Secret Service, it said, adding that no shots were fired and no law enforcement personnel were hurt.

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A Nevada judge is due to hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit seeking enforcement of a voter-approved gun background-check law that has not been enforced since it passed in November 2016. The measure sought to close a legal loophole that proponents said let people skip background screening when buying guns from another person or online.

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A Nevada judge is due to hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit seeking enforcement of a voter-approved gun background-check law that has not been enforced since it passed in November 2016. The measure sought to close a legal loophole that proponents said let people skip background screening when buying guns from another person or online.

Rick Gates leaves the Federal District Court in Washington

A former top adviser to President Donald Trump's election campaign has formally pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and false statements charges in the special counsel's Russia investigation. The plea by Rick Gates is a strong indication that he is planning to co-operate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as it continues to probe the Trump campaign, Russian election interference and Gates' longtime business associate Paul Manafort.

Rick Gates leaves the Federal District Court in Washington

A former top adviser to President Donald Trump's election campaign has formally pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and false statements charges in the special counsel's Russia investigation. The plea by Rick Gates is a strong indication that he is planning to co-operate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as it continues to probe the Trump campaign, Russian election interference and Gates' longtime business associate Paul Manafort.

Kinzinger: Bump stocks should be banned; Congress needs to find middle ground

In the wake of the Florida school shooting killing 17 people, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger said the aisles of Congress need to find common ground on gun control. The Channahon Republican, who's running for re-election in the 16th Congressional District, told the Sauk Valley Media Editorial Board on Thursday that gun control is a bipartisan issue that needs to be approached outside of the far-leaning stances, the "ban all guns" or "do nothing" sides of the spectrum.

Capitol Report: Warren, Mulvaney trade barbs over payday lenders, arbitration


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The person who was the driving force behind the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the person now running that institution in a different direction, traded barbs on Friday in a series of letters on payday lenders and arbitration. At the end of January, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with Rep. Maxine Waters and four other Congressional Democrats wrote acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney on recent actions to benefit payday lenders.

Evaluation of I-TOPP examines outcomes of transdisciplinary doctoral training program

Over the past 30 years, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has doubled in 2- to 5-year-olds and tripled in children aged 6 to 11 years. To address this public health concern, in 2011, the USDA funded the Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program , a joint doctoral/Masters of Public Health degree program, at the University of Illinois with the goal of training future leaders to address the problem of childhood obesity.

APNewsBreak: Interior boss alters overhaul after pushback

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke revamped a plan for a sweeping overhaul of his department Friday with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed. The changes follow complaints from a bipartisan group of Western state governors that Zinke did not consult them before unveiling his original plan last month.

‘A teacher would have shot the hell out of him’: Trump…

"When we declare our schools to be gun-free zones, it just puts our students in far more danger," Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference. US President Donald J. Trump addresses the 45th annual Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, USA, 23 February 2018.

CPAC crowd boos John McCain over Obamacare vote

Attendees of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference booed Republican Sen. John McCain on Friday, as President Trump slammed him for voting against a bill last year that would have repealed Obamacare. "Remember, one person walked into a room, when he was supposed to go this way, and he said he was going this way, and he walked in, and he went this way and everyone said, 'What happened? What was that all about?' " Trump said, eliciting heavy boos from the CPAC crowd.

Missouri governor defiant after indictment linked to affair

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens remains defiant, even amid calls for impeachment or resignation, after a St. Louis grand jury indicted him for felony invasion of privacy, alleging the Republican took a compromising photo of a woman during an extramarital affair the year before he was elected. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner on Thursday announced the indictment that followed an investigation launched in January, a day after Greitens admitted to an affair with his St. Louis hairdresser that began in March 2015.

CPAC Chants ‘Lock Her Up’ During Trump Speech

The crowd at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference broke out into chants of "lock her up" when President Trump mentioned Hillary Clinton on Friday. Trump warned the crowd of conservatives that if Democrats won the 2018 midterm elections, they would take away their Second Amendment rights and would repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Trump says launching ‘largest-ever’ package of sanctions against North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States would launch the "largest-ever" package of sanctions against North Korea, intensifying pressure on the reclusive country to giving up its nuclear and missile programmes. South Korean soldiers work on a barricade on the Grand Unification Bridge which leads to the truce village Panmunjom, just south of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea, January 19, 2018.

74-Year-Old Rancher Sues Feds For Placing Spy Cam On Property

A 74-year-old rancher from Encinal, Texas, is suing the federal government after he found a surveillance camera on his property, and subsequently refused to give it back to authorities. Ricardo Palacios, who is also an attorney, is specifically filing suit against the Customs and Border Protection and the Texas Ranger Division, including two agents of the respective agencies.

Dana Loesch Butts Heads With CNN Anchor Over Shooting Coverage

National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch went head-to-head with CNN's Alisyn Camerota over the network's coverage of last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. During Loesch's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, she accused the media of loving mass shootings because of the ratings.

Stratford settles guardrail ‘spear’ lawsuit for $400K

A proposed Canadian class action that alleged secret cost-saving design changes made to a highway safety guardrail had in fact turned the barrier into a potentially lethal spear has been settled, court documents show. This week's settlement of the $500-million action filed by the City of Stratford in February 2015 will see Trinity Industries pay $400,000 - without any admission it did anything wrong.

The Latest: Gardner spokeswoman: No ‘political games’

A spokeswoman for St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner says Gardner is "not playing political games" when it comes to the indictment of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. Spokeswoman Susan Ryan on Friday issued a statement in response Greitens' claim that his indictment on one felony count of invasion of privacy was politically motivated.

The Latest: Gardner spokeswoman: No ‘political games’

A spokeswoman for St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner says Gardner is "not playing political games" when it comes to the indictment of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. Spokeswoman Susan Ryan on Friday issued a statement in response Greitens' claim that his indictment on one felony count of invasion of privacy was politically motivated.

Trump urges Mexico to block illegal immigrants from El Salvador


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U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday called on Mexico to do more to prevent violent illegal immigrants from El Salvador from entering the United States, again pushing his long-proposed border wall but stopping short of saying Mexico would fund it. Trump, in a post on Twitter, said U.S. law enforcement was removing gang members from El Salvador but that they continued to return, adding: "El Salvador just takes our money, and Mexico must help MORE with this problem.

Fees case may enable U.S. Supreme Court to curb union power


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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will consider for the second time in two years whether to choke off a critical funding stream for public-employee unions, potentially reducing organized labor's influence in the workplace and at the ballot box. The nine justices will hear a challenge backed by anti-union groups to the legality of fees that workers who are not members of unions representing teachers, police, firefighters and certain other government employees must pay to help cover the costs of collective bargaining with state and local governments.

Florida school shooting: ‘abject breakdown at all levels’

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel speaks before a CNN town hall broadcast, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the BB&T Center, in Sunrise, Fla. President Donald Trump Thursday endorsed tighter background checks for purchasing guns and reiterated his calls for trained teachers to carry guns but said he believes armed shooting drills in school are "a very negative thing."

Is America a ‘Nation of Immigrants’? Immigration Agency…

What Do Jotted Talking Points Say About Trump's Empathy? - WASHINGTON - For more than an hour on Wednesday, President Trump listened quietly to entreaties for action, personal stories of grief and loss, and expressions of raw anger, clutching a white notecard with talking points written on it. Armed Sheriff's Deputy 'Never Went In' During Florida Shooting - FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.

AP sources: Adelson offers to help pay for Jerusalem embassy

What Do Jotted Talking Points Say About Trump's Empathy? - WASHINGTON - For more than an hour on Wednesday, President Trump listened quietly to entreaties for action, personal stories of grief and loss, and expressions of raw anger, clutching a white notecard with talking points written on it. Armed Sheriff's Deputy 'Never Went In' During Florida Shooting - FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.

Intel ‘intentionally hid’ Meltdown and Spectre from US cyber security officials

CHIP GIANT Intel intentionally hid the discovery of the Meltdown and Spectre chip security flaws from US cybersecurity officials, according to a bunch of tech companies who wrote to lawmakers on Thursday. In a number of letters seen by Reuters , the companies wrote that Intel didn't make the issue known to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, or US-CERT, until they leaked to the public.

RBS swings to first profit in a decade but US settlement looms over 2018 results

Royal Bank of Scotland has reported a bottom-line profit for the first time in a decade, but warned that a pending settlement with the US Department of Justice could hit 2018 results. The lender swung out of the red to report a A 752 million profit for 2017, marking a major improvement on the A 6.95 billion loss which the lender reported a year ago - one of the biggest since its Government bailout in 2008.

NFTA hires WSP consultants to plan Metro Rail extension, initially $5M

Rejecting advice from Rep. Brian Higgins to shrink its plans, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority board Thursday voted to hire a consultant to plan extensions of Metro Rail. The NFTA said the $5 million environmental study might take three years and then more years for final design - all if Washington, DC pays - and around 10 years from now before the Metro Rail extension would be running trains.

Trump’s Minor Gun Actions Are Probably All Congress Will Allow


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In an effort to show he's heeding calls to address gun violence after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last week, President Trump has thrown out many vague ideas, including arming teachers, raising the age for gun purchases, opening more mental institutions, and creating a ratings system for video games . He's also mentioned several times that we're "going to be very strong on background checks."

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On Christmas Eve 2017, Francis Newlands died. He had been in Congress for almost twenty-five years and a nationally known figure.

Sen. Warren sets agenda for town hall meeting in Holden

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren excoriated the National Rifle Association and allied Republicans in Congress Thursday night for failing to act on gun reform, and she rejected President Donald J. Trump's idea of arming teachers at schools to prevent another school shooting. "There is a lot we could do to make our kids safer, but putting guns in the hands of every teacher is not one of those things," Ms.

RBS has released its full-year earnings results

Royal Bank of Scotland has reported a A 752 million annual profit, with the lender swinging out of the red for the first time in a decade. The figure compares to a A 6.95 billion loss which the lender reported a year ago, which was one of the biggest since its Government bailout in 2008, as it dealt with conduct charges, legacy and restructuring costs.

California Democrats meet with hopes Trump can unite them

File - In this Oct. 18, 2017 file photo, State Sen. Kevin de Leon addresses supporters during an event held to formally announce his run for U.S. Senate in Los Angeles. California Democrats are gathering to chart a path for 2018 success while seeking to shore up fissures over the party's direction that were exposed during the 2016 election.

Florida executes inmate; Texas, Alabama executions halted

If executions set for Alabama, Texas and Florida were carried out as scheduled, it would have marked the first time in more than eight years that three convicted killers were put to death in the U.S. on the same day. But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday accepted the recommendation of the state's parole board and granted clemency for Thomas "Bart" Whitaker.

Change Needed

Public schools throughout West Virginia are closed today because of a work stoppage organized by the state's two teachers' unions.

Nominations sought for hall of fame

Started by the school's Renaissance program in 1996, the Wall of Fame is a way for the school and community to come together to promote and recognize achievements of past graduates and to celebrate the mark they have made on the world. To be considered a candidate for Wall of Fame honors, nominees must have graduated at least 10 years ago, have been recognized by their peers as highly successful in their chosen career field and have received district, state, national or international commendations or awards for their contributions.

At CPAC, Trump’s base trusts him on guns

In the aftermath of a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead, President Donald Trump is urging the country and Congress to act. But, pushing the boundaries of conservative orthodoxy on something as fundamental to the Republican Party as the Second Amendment has the potential to reveal schisms between Trump and the base that elected him.

The Latest: Officials couldn’t connect line to inmate

This image provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Doyle Lee Hamm, an inmate scheduled to be executed Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 in Alabama. Alabama is set to execute Hamm, who argues his past drug use and cancer have too badly damaged his veins and will make the lethal injection unconstitutionally painful.

Weber County vegetable farmers dependent on Mexican workers

While the unseasonal weather is allowing local farmers to start plowing fields in February, the American Farm Bureau is lobbying for better access to foreign labor this summer for agriculture. The future of farming depends upon a program that allows Mexican seasonal workers to come here and return when the job is done, local farmers say.

Organic Poultry Market – North America Industry Analysis, Size,…

Study on Organic Poultry Market by Infinium Global Research is comprehensive presentation of qualitative and quantitative research to identify key trends, growth prospects, drivers, restraints and opportunities in the North America market. Get Free Sample Pages of this Report: Conventionally, organic poultry market birds are grown by feeding them antibiotics and factory packaged feed that contains non-organic substances such as additives.

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Eugenio Delgado-Rivera, 48, an illegal alien from Mexico, pled guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr., to the federal crime of unlawfully re-entering the United States as an illegal alien having been previously convicted of an aggravated felony. Delgado-Rivera was found guilty of the offense and is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden on June 5, 2018.

VIDEO: A Vinyl Resurgence

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Alabama postpones execution of inmate with damaged veins

Alabama officials on Thursday postponed a scheduled lethal injection of an inmate who had argued that his veins were severely compromised by illness, saying there was not enough time to prepare the inmate before the death warrant expired at midnight. The Department of Corrections announced at 11:35 p.m. that the execution of Doyle Lee Hamm, 61, would not proceed, despite an earlier green light from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Armed officer – never went inside to confront gunman’ during Florida shooting

Mourners console each other during the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach Aaron Feis The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation, police have announced. The Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by a gunman armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle has reignited national debate over gun laws and school safety, including proposals by president Donald Trump and others to designate more people - including trained teachers - to carry arms on school grounds.

California Focus: Gender gap is key to Dems’ aims in House

The most dramatic news in the year's first big round of political polling, out a few days ago, was that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, once the presumptive frontrunner in the run for governor, has fallen into a virtual tie for first place with former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the seven-candidate field of significant candidates.

Gun control bill OK’d by Oregon; 1st since Florida shooting

In this Jan. 9, 2017, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown delivers her inaugural speech in the Capitol House chambers in Salem, Ore. People convicted of stalking and domestic violence or with restraining orders in Oregon will not be able to buy or own guns or ammunition after the Senate passed a bill which next goes to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.

Ex-staffer regrets racy photos sent to congressional hopeful

In this March 4, 2015 file photo, Arizona House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro, R-Avondale, speaks during a legislative session at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. Two former Republican Arizona lawmakers who are leading candidates to fill a vacant U.S. House seat are embroiled in controversy as Tuesday's special primary election looms.

Kandi Burruss reveals she’s the cover girl of a hair dye

EXCLUSIVE: Husband of Alabama mom, 42, who led a double life on an adult website, is arrested over her murder after insisting her death was a 'boozy accident' following a night of drinking absinthe Parkland school's armed campus police officer RESIGNS as it emerges he HID outside the school as 17 were slaughtered 14 signs of emotional abuse: From controlling your clothes to making you feel guilty - therapist reveals the subtle red flags and how to protect yourself Teenager is hailed a hero after she helped thwart another high school shooting by alerting police when her 18-year-old friend texted her about his plans to carry out an attack New Orleans District Attorney investigated Breaking Bad actor Dean Norris for sexual assault claim by Ohio woman in June but no charges were filed Is this what Jesus REALLY looked like? Delving into the past to uncover early depictions of '5ft 5in, ... (more)

Pence rallies conservatives with call to fight hard in 2018

Vice President Mike Pence rallied thousands of conservative activists on Thursday to fight back against a Democratic drive to take over the U.S. Congress in 2018 elections, calling a Republican victory at the midterm votes crucial to advancing President Donald Trump's agenda. A Christian conservative, Pence spoke at the annual gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference, a traditional venue where the grassroots of the Republican Party makes itself felt.

Portside: Dredges working overtime to finish outer harbor

With an important environmental window narrowing, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its dredging contractor have been working around the clock to make sure a major component of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is completed on time. Dredging of the 20-mile-long entrance channel from 42 to 47 feet must be completed soon, as the quicker and more efficient hopper dredges can only operate during winter months, when impacts to sea turtles and endangered sturgeon are lowest.

The Coming Clash of the GOP Titans

Remember Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican presidential candidate who lost decisively to Barack Obama by roughly five million votes ? The man who, after getting whipped in that campaign, disappeared for a while in a sort of self-imposed exile to collect his thoughts and start a new life as a full-time grandfather and part-time philanthropist? It turns out that Romney the career politician is not content to sit on the couch in one of his estates for the rest of his life. Last week, in what will be his fifth political campaign in 23 years, Romney announced his bid to be Utah's next United States senator.

Another day, more stalled bills in Louisiana special session

Rep. Larry Bagley, R-Stonewall, asks questions about a Medicaid bill while Rep. Dodie Horton, R-Haughton listens during a hearing of the House Health and Welfare Committee on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. Rep. Larry Bagley, R-Stonewall, asks questions about a Medicaid bill while Rep. Dodie Horton, R-Haughton listens during a hearing of the House Health and Welfare Committee on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La.

When will Congress get a backbone and do something on guns?

It's hard not to feel powerless watching the images of young students stream out of their school - hands in the air so police can ensure they are not hiding a weapon - after the latest school shooting. This time, 17 students and teachers lost their lives in Parkland, Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when a 19-year-old former classmate brought an assault weapon to campus.

Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

A booking photo provided by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shows Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015, the city circuit attorney's office said Thursday.

Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair over alleged invasion of privacy


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A St. Louis grand jury on Thursday indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015. The Republican governor responded that he made a mistake but committed no crime.

Navy: Suspect who entered Washington base in custody

Navy officials say a male driver who claimed to have explosives when he entered the gate of a nuclear submarine base in Washington state is in custody. Officials at Naval Base Kitsap said Thursday afternoon that the situation was under control and the investigation has yet to turn up any explosives.

Trump slams ‘sanctuary’ California, threatens to pull immigration …


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President Donald Trump said Thursday he is considering pulling U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from California, warning that the nation's most populous state would turn into a "crime nest" without the federal agents. Trump said heavily Democratic California, which gave Hillary Clinton a resounding victory in the 2016 presidential race, was "doing a lousy management job."

Trump administration proposes food boxes for SNAP recipients

Recipients of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, SNAP, might soon see their benefits cut in half and replaced with food packages. The Trump Administration has proposed that users who earn more that $90 a month in SNAP could receive a portion of their benefits as stamps, and the other as a USDA Foods box.

Florida school’s armed officer never went inside to confront gunman, has resigned


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Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach Aaron Feis at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Florida, Thursday. Football players wearing Stoneman Douglas jerseys carried Feis' casket into the service at the church where family and friends gathered to remember him as loyal and caring.

Kansas lawmakers cancel debate on NRA-backed gun safety bill

Kansas legislators canceled debate Thursday on allowing elementary schools to offer a National Rifle Association-backed firearms safety course, responding to concerns such a step would be inappropriate the week after the mass shooting at a Florida high school. House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., a conservative Kansas City-area Republican, said top GOP leaders are pursuing a more comprehensive plan that could include mental health initiatives.

Congressional District 8 voters, ignore your ballot’s…

A set of instructions sent to voters in the special primary election to replace U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., could cause confusion. The Republic's politics teams talks Don Shooter's claims of being privately investigated, a new and controversial abortion bill, and Steve Montenegro's legal path to citizenship on Feb. 13, 2018.

How disagreement in Canada’s capital markets hinders the cannabis industry


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Regulatory upheaval under the Trump administration in the U.S. cannabis industry is providing Canadian companies with the chance to be global leaders. However, disagreement between the different gatekeepers of Ontario's financial markets may squander this opportunity.

Perdue to food box critics: Give the idea a chance

Perdue is defending a proposal that would cut food stamp benefits in half and replace them with a pre-ass... WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Thursday defended a proposal that would replace a portion of food stamp benefits with pre-assembled boxes of shelf-stable goods delivered to recipients' doorsteps - an idea one lawmaker called "a cruel joke." The idea was first floated last week in the Trump administration's 2019 budget proposal, tucked inside a larger plan to slash the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, by roughly $213 billion - or 30 percent- over the next 10 years.

Trump Endorses Raising Minimum Age to 21 for More Weapons

President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed a higher minimum age for buying certain rifles and tighter background checks for purchasers, saying "there's nothing more important than protecting our children," amid a public outcry for action after the Florida school shooting. Trump said he spoke Wednesday night with many members of Congress and "they're into background checks."

Florida eye doctor gets 17 years for Medicare fraud

A prominent Florida eye doctor once accused of bribing Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey received a 17-year sentence Thursday for stealing $73 million from Medicare by persuading elderly patients to undergo excruciating tests and treatments they didn't need for diseases they didn't have. Dr. Salomon Melgen was convicted of 67 crimes including health care fraud, submitting false claims and falsifying records in patients' files.

Obama cheers on a fearless studentsa of Parkland

Former President Barack Obama voiced his support Thursday for the "fearless students" of Parkland , Florida , telling them, "we've got your backs." Obama said on Twitter that it was "inspiring" to watch the young adults "standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be."

Capitol Views: Another day of session, another derailment

A political melee over Medicaid issues unfolded during today's meeting of the House Ways and Means Committee. Bills backed by the House GOP leadership that were supposed to be part of larger deal to advance tax proposals in this special session were unexpectedly deferred by their legislative sponsors.

Military to Maritime Digital Career Platform Launched

The American Maritime Partnership today announced the launch of the Military to Maritime digital career platform , which is dedicated to helping veterans find meaningful, family-wage jobs in the maritime industry while supporting America's national and economic security. Building on the numerous Military to Maritime career fairs across the country, the enhanced digital platform connects veterans with career opportunities in the U.S. shipbuilding and maritime industry and provides training and credentialing information to help in their transition from military service to the maritime sector.

Iran Hints at Building Seaborne Nuclear Reactors

Iran has fired a diplomatic warning shot at Washington by raising the prospect of building nuclear reactors for ships while staying within the limits set by its atomic deal with major powers, a U.N. nuclear watchdog report showed on Thursday. U.S. President Donald Trump has long railed against the 2015 nuclear deal for reasons including its limited duration and the fact it does not cover Iran's ballistic missile programme.

Borr Drilling Buys Paragon Offshore

Offshore rig firm Borr Drilling, controlled by Norwegian investor Tor Olav Troeim, is proposing to buy its rival Paragon Offshore for $232.5 million in a push to consolidate the fragmented rig market, it said on Thursday. A plunge in oil prices in 2014 forced oil firms to cut back on offshore exploration, reducing demand for drilling rigs at a time when new rigs ordered during the boom years were entering the market, pushing rates down to, or below, operating costs.

State Senate Speaker, 18 Other Senators Endorse Blackburn

Tennessee's Senate leader and 18 other Republican state senators have endorsed U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her U.S. Senate bid. Blackburn's campaign announced the endorsements Wednesday as U.S. Sen. Bob Corker considers whether he wants to reverse course and face Blackburn in a Republican primary.

Trump mulls pulling some federal agents from California

Heavily Democratic California, which gave Hillary Clinton a resounding victory in the 2016 presidential race, was 'doing a lousy management job,' he said At the White House session with state and local officials, Trump said the nation's most populous state would turn into a 'crime nest' without federal agents President Donald Trump said Thursday that he is considering pulling U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from California, warning that the nation's most populous state would turn into a 'crime nest' without the federal agents. Trump said heavily Democratic California, which gave Hillary Clinton a resounding victory in the 2016 presidential race, was 'doing a lousy management job.'

SCOTUS Slams Door On Attempt To Expand Retaliation Law

Yesterday, in a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to broaden the definition of "whistleblower" in federal anti-retaliation law, ruling that employees who simply raise complaints with their employers are not protected by the Dodd-Frank Act despite regulations which sought to provide additional protections. This is a positive decision for employers because it significantly limits the type of reports protected by the Act, while decreasing the likelihood that you could face liability for discharging an employee .

Legislative funding bill clears first hurdle at conference committee

Minnesota legislators could vote Thursday to restore the House and Senate operating budgets, after Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed them in May. A conference committee approved a bill Wednesday night that would designate more than $64 million for both the House and Senate, allowing them to keep functioning for two years. The funding would be retroactive to July 1. Both chambers need to vote on the measure, and Dayton must sign off on it.

NRA goes on the offensive after Parkland shooting, assailing media…

Why is only one side in the gun culture war required to show respect? - You have perhaps heard the joke about the liberal who is so open-minded that he can't even take his own side in an argument. - What's less funny is that on gun control, liberals Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, facing high school students Wednesday night who survived the Parkland, Florida, shooting, defended his stance on gun rights - while changing the conversation surrounding the issue.

Half of Senate Republicans urge Trump to reconsider TPP

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue attends a Farmer's Roundtable where President Donald Trump signed the Executive Order Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America on April 25, 2017, at the White House in Washington, D.C. Twenty-five Republican senators wrote to President Donald Trump on Feb. 21, encouraging him to "work aggressively" to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership . "We write in support of your recent comments expressing interest in reengaging with the Trans-Pacific Partnership to bring about a stronger agreement for the United States," they wrote.

Eating ‘better’ is better than counting calories for weight loss, study finds

Special prosecutor Joe Stecher charged... -- The football coach gunned down while protecting students during a mass shooting at a Florida high school will be laid to rest Thursday.Aaron Feis, 37, wa... -- British authorities today said they are investigating a package containing a "substance" that was delivered last week to St. James's Palace in Lo... A group of Republican lawmakers Wednesday sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan calling for changes to Section 199A in the tax co... The Nebraska baseball team returns to Arizona this week for four games at the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Surprise, Ariz.

BigLaw, BigInfluence

Influence can become a negative when the webs it weaves aren't transparent. And, that's what is getting a lot of professionals concerned about the role of BigLaw firms in the 21st century.

Does the Second Amendment really protect assault weapons? Four courts have said no.

Why is only one side in the gun culture war required to show respect? - You have perhaps heard the joke about the liberal who is so open-minded that he can't even take his own side in an argument. - What's less funny is that on gun control, liberals Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, facing high school students Wednesday night who survived the Parkland, Florida, shooting, defended his stance on gun rights - while changing the conversation surrounding the issue.

Trump wants to ban bump stocks; ATF doesn’t know if it can

President Donald Trump has ordered his Justice Department to work toward banning rapid-fire bump stocks like the ones used in last year's Las Vegas massacre - but officials aren't sure they can. Trump's surprise order this week comes as officials from the department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are well into a review of whether they can regulate the devices without action from Congress.

NJ joining regional gun coalition

An idea that had been discussed for at least a year to limit the flow of weapons has accelerated in the wake of Parkland, Fla. shooting Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during a roundtable on gun violence prevention strategies at the Betty and Milton Katz Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill on Feb. 13, 2018.

A plea from a Democrat to anointed Sen. Romney: Represent us all

The Salt Lake Tribune With Seven Peaks in the background, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, his granddaughter Allie, center, and wife Ann collect signatures along 640 West in Orem, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. Hey Mitt, as you've already been given the Senate seat for Utah, can you do one thing for a Democrat fellow Utahn? Live up to your hype and represent us all as Americans first.

Kings take shot at bringing NBA All-Star game to Sacramento

Taylor is suing Twitter for ban... A prominent white nationalist is suing Twitter for banning his account as the social network cracks down on content it deems abusive. A request by Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature to stop a new congressional map from being implemented is now in the hands of the nation's highest court.

Jason Chaffetz: Are we doing enough to prosecute gun crimes?

Federal law requires all federally licensed firearms dealers to conduct a background check on prospective gun buyers before the sale of a firearm. What goes into that background check? In the clamor to tighten gun restrictions following the horrific massacre at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week, one important fact has been overlooked.

Endorsements for the Illinois Senate

But look: Of 39 seats up for grabs this election cycle in the Illinois Senate, only five have contested primaries. Eighteen incumbents, many of whom have been in Springfield longer than a decade, have no challengers for the primary or general election.

Two Florida Lawmakers ‘Liked’ Tweets Insulting Parkland Survivors

Are you, perhaps, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who's sad or upset that a disturbed 18-year-old kid was able to legally buy an AR-15 rifle and kill 17 of your friends and teachers last week? Miami State Rep. Manny Diaz Jr. also has a message for you: You're actually too young and dumb to understand what happened to you, and are being used by disingenuous Leftists for political gain. They haven't actually said those messages in public.

Rubio Seems to Soften Opposition to Gun Control

Politico : "The mass shootings in Newtown, Orlando, Las Vegas and even Fort Lauderdale didn't get Marco Rubio to seriously reconsider his position on guns. But Rubio shifted on firearms Wednesday night as he weathered the righteous anger of a parent and of the students who survived the Valentine's Day massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School and who then faced him onstage at a CNN town hall in purple Florida's liberal bastion of Broward County."

Why Rubio Opposes Arming Teachers

While President Trump endorsed the idea of arming teachers to help prevent school shootings, Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday he opposed the plan. "I don't support that, and I would admit to you right now I answer that as much as a father as I do as a senator.

Two anniversaries, one enduring relationship

Countless Slovaks and Americans continue to cultivate and renew the strong bonds of friendship between the US and Slovakia through cooperation in the business, technological, cultural, and educational spheres. It is one of the most iconic images of the Second World War.

Renewables, not natural gas, were main driver behind drop in U.S. power sector emissions in 2017

The growth of clean energy in 2017 was one for the record books: Last year was the first time a reduction in U.S. power sector carbon emissions could be attributed more to renewable energy and energy conservation than the nation switching from coal to natural gas to generate electricity. Carbon emissions from the power sector dropped 4.2 percent in 2017, this time on the back of declining load and greater renewable generation, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance .

Global human rights are under siege in the Trump era

An era of hate-filled rhetoric and global insecurity has endangered human rights around the world, spurring an extraordinary wave of social activism. Those are the underlying findings of Amnesty International's annual State of the World's Human Rights report, released for the first time on Thursday.

Shooting town hall: Rubio on the defensive on gun control

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was put on the defensive by angry students, teachers and parents who are demanding stronger gun-control measures at a town hall after the shooting rampage that claimed 17 lives at a Florida high school. But Rubio, the lone Republican at CNN's "Stand Up" town hall Wednesday night, did say he would support laws barring those 18 and under from buying guns, support changing the background checks system and getting rid of bump stocks, which allow semiautomatic guns to mimic fully automatic fire.

America’s most wanted deadbeat dad arrested in Calgary

Jospeh Stroup, centre, who used the name Joop Cousteau, was arrested in Calgary last week and returned to the U.S. Owing $560,000 in child support, Stroup was considered the most wanted deadbeat dad in America. After eluding authorities for nearly 20 years, a man believed to be America's most wanted deadbeat dad is behind bars, thanks to a cherry pit and the investigative efforts of a Bearspaw, Alta.

Trump Calls ‘Fake News’ On CNN Gun Safety Town Hall

President Donald Trump used Twitter Thursday morning to call "fake news" on the gun safety town hall CNN held in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. One of the most surprising parts of Wednesday's event came when Sen. Marco Rubio shot down the idea that the way to stop school shootings is to arm teachers, an idea proffered by the White House both at a listening session with shooting survivors that occurred earlier on Wednesday and at Tuesday's White House press briefing.

Another Republican enters race to succeed Frelinghuysen

After one potential Republican congressional candidate decided not to run , a third GOP hopeful has emerged to seek his party's nomination to succeed Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen. Investment banker Antony Ghee of Totowa joins Assemblyman Jay Webber, R-Morris, and lawyer Martin Hewitt in the Republican race.

Police arrest suspect linked to murder of two-year-old in Chicago

Authorities late Wednesday night arrested a person of interest linked to the murder of a 2-year-old boy found in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood earlier that day. The suspect was apprehended in Kankakee County during a traffic stop by police and FBI agents and will be returned to Chicago for questioning, said Anthony Guglielmi , a Chicago Police Department spokesman.

Senate to weigh punishment for member accused of misconduct

In this Jan. 3, 2018, file photo, California state Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, announces that he will take a month-long leave of absence while an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him are completed in Sacramento, Calif. When lawmakers return from the President's Day weekend, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2018, they will learn whether the investigation cleared Mendoza or sets him up for possible expulsion.

Foreign leaders seek fresh ties with US governors, mayors

Foreign leaders are looking to cultivate stronger ties with US governors and mayors, an interest that will be on display at this weekend's meeting of governors FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2018, file photo, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence for a meeting in Tokyo. When Turnbull arrives in Washington this week for consultations with President Donald Trump, he won't be traveling solo.

Again the question: Could armed teachers stop shootings?

In the aftermath of yet another mass school shooting, President Donald Trump says that if one of the victims, a football coach, had been armed "he would have shot and that would have been the end of it." Revisiting an idea he raised in his campaign, Trump's comments in favor of allowing teachers to be armed come as lawmakers in several states are wrestling with the idea, including in Florida, where the 17 most recent school shooting victims are being mourned.

South Koreans call for skaters to be booted from games

Some of the high school students who traveled to Florida's state capital for protests after last week's mass shooting committed what may have been their young movement's first act of civil disobedience. Some of the high school students who traveled to Florida's state capital for protests after last week's mass shooting committed what may have been their young movement's first act of civil disobedience.

US economy ready for higher rates, Fed officials say

US Federal Reserve officials at their January meeting saw a brightening global economic picture and the effects of recently passed tax cuts raising the prospect for solid growth and continued interest rate increases. The minutes of the Fed's January 30-31 discussions showed that the officials were more optimistic about the economy than they had been in December.

Marco Rubio faces a tough crowd during CNN’s town hall for gun reform Source: Cox Media Group

During CNN's Wednesday night town hall with Florida lawmakers, survivors of last week's high school shooting and members of the NRA, Sen. Marco Rubio attempted to explain why a ban on assault rifles wouldn't have prevented the tragedy, and the audience's reaction was not quite what he was hoping for. While explaining what a ban on assault rifles would do, the Republican senator from Florida said to ensure no one would "get around it."

Shooting town hall: Rubio on the defensive on gun control

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was put on the defensive Wednesday by angry students, teachers and parents who are demanding stronger gun-control measures after the shooting rampage that claimed 17 lives at a Florida high school. One of those confronting the Florida senator at a CNN's "Stand Up" town hall Wednesday night was Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed on Feb. 14 with 16 others.

Florida town hall: Legislators call for ‘common sense’ gun solutions

Thousands of community members and students gathered for a town hall discussion Wednesday regarding the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week. Students, parents and teachers asked Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio and Rep. Ted Deutch what action they will take to ban assault weapons, enforce stricter background checks and increase school security in the event moderated by CNN's Jake Tapper.

Pennsylvania congressional map battle lands in Supreme Court

A request by Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature to stop a new congressional map from being implemented is now in the hands of the nation's highest court. The filing made late Wednesday asked Justice Samuel Alito to intervene, saying the state Supreme Court overstepped its authority in imposing a new map.

Let Freedom Ring

Our Dear Leader, President Trump, wants a huge military parade such as the world has never seen in Washington, D.C. this Fourth of July! Hooray for U.S.! We're number one! Everyone loves a parade! We'll have marching bands, marching soldiers ! Of course, the Blue Angels will dazzle us with their jet-propelled choreography, but the American people want to see more of what they pay for! The F-35 float sounds appropriate. It features an F-35 trying to take off.

Florida students pushing for gun regulations face pushback

Some of the high school students who traveled to Florida's state capital for protests after last week's mass shooting committed what may have been their young movement's first act of civil disobedience. Some of the high school students who traveled to Florida's state capital for protests after last week's mass shooting committed what may have been their young movement's first act of civil disobedience.

Almanac for Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

Those born on this date are under the sign of Pisces. They include George Washington, first president of the United States, in 1732; German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer in 1788; Englishman Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement, in 1857; German physicist Heinrich Hertz, discoverer of radio waves, in 1857; poet Edna St. Vincent Millay in 1892; actor/TV producer Sheldon Leonard in 1907; actor Robert Young in 1907; television announcer Don Pardo in 1918; actor Paul Dooley in 1928 ; U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., in 1932; filmmaker Jonathan Demme in 1944; author Richard North Patterson in 1947 ; three-time Formula 1 driving champion Niki Lauda in 1949 ; basketball Hall of Fame member Julius "Dr. J" Erving in 1950 ; actor Julie Walters in 1950 ; Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin in 1962; golfer Vijay Singh in 1963 ; actor Kyle MacLachlan in 1959 ; actor Rachel Dratch in 1966 ; ... (more)

Infrastructure

His recommendations for infrastructure disappointed local officials across the nation, and his plan to revive Nevada's Yucca Mountain also received limited funds. Trump's plan calls for $1.5 trillion in infrastructure projects, with just $200 billion supplied by the federal government.

New Prineville bridge could prevent flooding

The city of Prineville is set to replace the Elm Street bridge over Ochoco Creek, and the state is going to reimburse most of the $2.3 million project. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to enter an agreement with ODOT, allowing ODOT to pick up 90 percent of the tab.

Teen missing from Kentucky since 2017, suspect found in SC home are both illegal immigrants

A Kentucky teen who was taken from her home in December 2017 was found confined in a Saluda County bedroom and a 24-year-old man was arrested for her kidnapping. The Saluda County Sheriff's Office says they received a report from family members about a missing 16-year-old teen from Kentucky on Feb. 20. Deputies went to a Saluda County home where the victim reportedly was and met Florencio Gomez Saiche.

Lynch, Flaherty to co-host St. Pat’s breakfast


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U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch speaks at the 2015 St. Patrick's Day Breakfast. Staff file photo by Faith Ninivaggi They've got some pretty big high heels to fill, but Congressman Stephen F. Lynch has announced he and Boston City Councilor-at-Large Michael Flaherty have agreed "to pinch hit" as co-hosts of next month's St. Patrick's Day Breakfast.

Florida school shooting victim’s father calls Marco Rubio and…

The father of one of the victims of the high school shooting in Parkdale, Florida, last week has called Sen Marco Rubio and President Donald Trump 's response to that massacre "incredibly weak". Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was shot and killed when a gunman began firing at students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week, confronted the senator during a live town hall aired on CNN.

Pennsylvania GOP Pleads With SCOTUS Again To Let Them Use Gerrymandered Map

Pennsylvania Republicans again asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block Pennsylvania's new, court-ordered congressional map on Wednesday, marking the latest in a series of attempts to halt a plan that would make congressional elections more competitive in the state by reducing the impact of gerrymandering. In an emergency application , Pennsylvania House Speaker Michael Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati asked the Supreme Court to prevent the new map from going into effect.

DWR still expects feds to pay bulk of Oroville Dam spillway repair costs

A bit of construction on the abutment at the south end of Oroville Dam, visible in this aerial shot from last month, has caused some chatter in Oroville due to its proximity to the “green spot.” Department of Water Resources spokeswoman Erin Mellon said crews are just replacing a water line that's part of a fire safety system with a larger pipe. Workers from Kiewit Infrastructure use 2x4 wood last week to construct forms for the construction of a concrete beam to be anchored to the top of the underground secant pile, or cut-off wall, at the Oroville Dam emergency control spillway.

Ivanka Trump is headed to 2018 Winter Olympics

The White House announced Thursday that Trump, a senior adviser to her father President Trump, will lead the presidential delegation traveling to South Korea for Sunday's closing ceremony. She's also expected to get plenty of face-time with South Korea President Moon Jae-in, while visiting the capital city of Seoul and Pyeongchang.

The Latest: Billy Graham gave more than prayer to presidents

In this Dec. 12, 1961 file photo, Evangelist Billy Graham, left, talks with President John F. Kennedy during a call at the the White House in Washington. Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died.

China Construction Bank a Top Pick

Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are among at least 16 brokerages that have raised their target prices for China Construction Bank this year. Bloomberg's Tom Mackenzie reports on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg)

The Latest: Iowa congressman failed to disclose new company

The Latest on a congressman from Iowa's failure to disclose an internet marketing company that he helped form in 2016 : A congressman from Iowa says he made an "administrative oversight" by failing to disclose his ownership of a company that uses his chief of staff in a false testimonial for its services. Republican Rep. Rod Blum said in a statement Wednesday that he has amended his personal financial disclosure form to list his role as director of Tin Moon Corp. He said he would also list the company as an asset valued at $700.

Rev. Billy Graham, known as ‘America’s Pastor,’ dies at 99

The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at 99. "America's Pastor," as he was dubbed, had suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments and died at his home in North Carolina.

Grieving father questions Rubio as survivors join town hall to say #NeverAgain

In an emotional gathering just one week after a gunman mowed down 14 students and three teachers at Stoneman Douglas High School, thousands of community members and students were meeting with politicians and others for a town hall on how to make schools safer. "Tonight people who have different points of view are going to talk about an issue that I think that we all believe and that this should never have happened and it can never happen again," Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, told the crowd.

Pennsylvania legislators again ask US Supreme Court to block redistricting order

Scarnati and Turzai claim that the state Supreme Court "conspicuously seized the redistricting process and prevented any meaningful ability for the legislature to enact a remedial map to ensure a court drawn map" when it required the legislature and governor to agree to a map by a court-imposed deadline. The legislators are challenging the state Supreme Court's determination that congressional districts to be equal, compact and contiguous [JURIST report] as being found "nowhere in the Pennsylvania Constitution" and contrary to an earlier court ruling.

Billy Graham and the Gospel of Fear

"We are selling the greatest product on earth. Why shouldn't we promote it as effectively as we promote a bar of soap?" Billy Graham was a preacher man equally intent on saving souls and soliciting financial support for his ministry.

Northern District Of California Rejects New Evidence Allegedly…

On February 9, 2018, Judge Charles E. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that "newly discovered evidence" regarding the basis for an auditor's resignation and the scope of improper expense reimbursements did not justify reconsidering the Court's prior dismissal of claims under Section 10 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 for failure to sufficiently allege scienter and loss causation. Rok v.

Honor Cordon

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan hosts an enhanced honor cordon for Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Pentagon, Feb. 22, 2018.

Fixing Welfare Is Ultimately A Philosophical Problem

With the passage of the recent bipartisan budget agreement and its $300 billion assault on spending caps, coming on the heels of the GOP's Tax Cut and Reform Bill and its sweeping $1.5 trillion reduction in taxes, at some point Republicans must focus their attention to a side of the spending coin that has never sat well with America-welfare. According to Gary D. Alexander, Pennsylvania's former Secretary of Human Services, the federal government's $1 trillion-a-year "limitless war on poverty" has spawned a kraken of runaway spending that threatens America's economic survival.

James O’Keefe Unleashes After Twitter Purges Thousands of…

Twitter was set ablaze late Tuesday evening after the social media platform restricted and locked thousands of conservative, pro-Trump accounts. A woman named Gretchen Smith tweeted a picture of herself Wednesday morning and said she is indeed a real person who founded 'Code of Vets' yet she was locked out and lost 3300 followers.

Congress Calls For Investigation Into Obama Holdover Who Colluded With Unions

The chairman of a House investigative subcommittee asked the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General to investigate reports an Obama administration appointee may have violated anti-lobbying laws. Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold wants EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins to investigate Chemical Safety Board member Rick Engler's working with union activists to pressure Congress for funding.

Breitbart: Speaker Banned from Free Speech Panel – Geller…

Conservative commentator Pam Geller revealed on Breitbart News Daily on Wednesday morning that her panel on free speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference had been canceled because she refused to remove Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit as a participant. "Late last night, I received a call a demanding that I remove one of the speakers from the panel.

3M to pay $850 million to settle fluorosurfactants lawsuit


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3M resolved the case on Feb. 20, just as it was about to go to trial in state court. The settlement comes in the form of what 3M calls a grant to the state for water quality and sustainability.

Sara Carter: Attorney For Fbi Informant Demands Doj Open…

Victoria Toensing, the attorney for William Douglas Campbell, the FBI informant providing Congressional investigators with information about the Uranium One scandal is demanding the DOJ open an investigation into the falsified leaks to the media by "anonymous federal officials", reported Sara Carter . The lawyer representing a former FBI informant demanded Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions open an investigation into unauthorized and falsified leaks to the media by "anonymous federal officials."

North And South Korean Athletes Bonded Over Oreo McFlurries For Breakfast

North and South Korean athletes bonded over McDonald's McFlurries after their respective governments forced them to join hands for the Winter Olympics, according to one South Korean athlete. "In the dining hall two days ago, I saw the North Koreans in lineup at McDonald's," Randi Heesoo Griffin, the South Korean forward on the joint Korean women's hockey team, revealed Wednesday.

Trump again attacks Obama over Russia

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday: "Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration, right up to January 20th, why aren't they the subject of the investigation? Why didn't Obama do something about the meddling?" The president also took a swipe at his attorney general, initially misspelling his name.

Fed officials: Stronger economy boosts chance for rate hikes

Federal Reserve officials at their January meeting believed that a brightening global economic picture and the effects of recently passed tax cuts had raised the prospect for solid growth and continued interest rate increases. The minutes of the Fed's Jan. 30-31 discussions showed that the officials were more optimistic about the economy than they had been in December.

Defense Secretary Has Yet to Send Transgender Guidance to Trump

A supporter of LGBT rights holds up an "equality flag" on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 26, 2017, during an event in support of transgender members of the military. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has yet to send guidance to President Donald Trump on whether transgender troops should serve in the military, according to the Pentagon.

Here’s What Marion Marechal-Le Pen Plans To Say At CPAC

Marion MarA chal-Le Pen's will focus on calling for a "conservatism on both shores" in her scheduled remarks at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, according to the right-leaning French newspaper L'Incorrect. The addition of Le Pen to this year's conference has sparked controversy, with some conservatives wondering if the annual meeting of conservative activists and media organizations has been fundamentally corrupted.

The Rev Billy Graham preached a number of times in the UK

The Rev Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, has died at the age of 99. Mr Graham, who had been suffering from cancer, pneumonia and a number of other illnesses, was a counsellor to American presidents and travelled the globe to become perhaps the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history - with a number of successful appearances in the UK. The GREAT Billy Graham is dead.

Florida school shooting survivors urge politicians to act on gun control

Aria Siccone, 14, a survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, cries as she recounts her story from that day, while state Rep. Barrinton Russell comforts her Survivors of the Florida school shooting have descended on the state legislature to deliver one overarching message on gun control: It is time for action. The youngsters split into several groups to talk with representatives and state leaders about controlling firearms, the legislative process and mental health issues one week after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Parkland area.

Gov calls for austerity and will not travel to D.C. for 2018 IGIA meeting

With American Samoa under a State of Emergency due to the devastation left behind by Tropical Storm Gita on Feb. 9 as well as to save on financial resources, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga will not attend the annual meeting of the federal Interagency Group on Insular Areas in Washington D.C. The 2018 IGIA senior plenary session is set for the afternoon of next Monday, Feb. 26, according to the agenda of the meeting, which shows that governors and US Congressional delegates from the insular areas will make their individual presentations. Lolo along with Congresswoman Aumua Amata are on the list to give presentations.

President Trump again attacks Obama over Russia

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday: "Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration, right up to January 20th, why aren't they the subject of the investigation? Why didn't Obama do something about the meddling?" The president also took a swipe at his attorney general, initially misspelling his name.

Husband charged with murder in Caribbean sea honeymoon disappearance

A British man was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of his newlywed wife last May, who he claimed fell from their catamaran during a belated honeymoon sailing trip to the Caribbean, authorities said on Monday. Lewis Bennett, 41, was arrested on February 16 after an FBI investigation found evidence discrediting his story that his wife, Isabella Hellman, the mother of his 9-month-old daughter, vanished from their 40-foot vessel when it hit something in open international waters while he was asleep in the cabin below deck.

Supreme Court: Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection is narrow

Witnesses to a collision between a train carrying Republican congressmen and a garbage truck in rural Virginia have told investigators that the truck entered the railroad crossing after safety gates came down to... Witnesses to a collision between a train carrying Republican congressmen and a garbage truck in rural Virginia have told investigators that the truck entered the railroad crossing after safety gates came down to warn drivers about the approaching train. Several states could see severe flooding and other weather-related problems amid a storm system that has brought rain, ice and snow to the Midwest and Great Plains.

CNN Harasses Elderly Lady Over Pro-Trump Facebook Group Targeted By Russian Troll Farm

CNN sent reporter Drew Griffin to Florida to grill an elderly woman who "unwittingly promoted a Russian-coordinated event on Facebook." A Florida woman who ran a Trump supporters page that unwittingly promoted a Russian-coordinated event on Facebook says she doesn't believe that she was influenced by Kremlin-linked trolls https://t.co/DmgDRFRwyn pic.twitter.com/OAz5julCyA The woman, Florine Gruen Goldfarb, had no idea that her Team Trump Broward County Facebook page was targeted by Russian operatives, but that didn't stop Griffin from haranguing her anyway.

Anne Hathaway Elected to Republican National Committee

Members of the Indiana Republican State Central Committee today elected Anne Hathaway, the 7th District Chair of the committee, to represent them and their fellow Hoosier Republicans on the Republican National Committee as Indiana's National Committeewoman. Hathaway, who is president and chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Hathaway Strategies, previously served as chief of staff of the Republican National Committee, as assistant to the vice president and director of scheduling and public liaison to Vice President Dan Quayle, and is currently the executive director of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.

US women win historic Olympic gold in cross-country skiing

Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins, powered by a tight-knit team, won the American women's first-ever Olympic medal in a close sprint with Sweden and Norway on Wednesday. The United States' Jessica Diggins, left, and Kikkan Randall celebrate after winning the gold medal in the women's team sprint freestyle cross-country skiing final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.

Figures. MSNBC Crank Tops List of Russian Trolls’ Favorite Pundits

While Reid has found endless occasions on her weekend MSNBC show to call out President Trump for allegedly colluding with Russians to win the election, it seems she herself is the favored pundit of the Russian troll brigade, according to a report by Law and Crime. In fact, the liberal host earned almost half of the retweets received by Trump whose verified Twitter account was retweeted 578 times by the Olgino Trolls during the election campaign.

Lawmakers Commence Fiscal 2018 Funding Bill Negotiations

A fiscal 2018 funding bill being negotiated is expected to provide a viable vehicle this year for advancing a meal and rest break provision for truckers which proponents argue would improve safety and efficiency. Congressional funding negotiators indicated they commenced work on their massive spending legislation, known as an omnibus, with a focus on wrapping up the measure in time to avoid a March 23 funding deadline.

GOP leaders to seek halt to Pennsylvania congressional map

Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature said Wednesday they will soon ask the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the imposition of new congressional district maps , two days after they were announced by the state's highest court. House Speaker Mike Turzai said that later Wednesday he and his Senate counterpart will request an emergency stay of what he called a "completely partisan, ultimate gerrymander."

#MeToo Hits The NBA Hard; Republicans Attack Florida Shooting…


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The tsunami of sexual misconduct allegations that has drowned the careers of dozens of once-powerful men crashed onto the shores of the NBA Tuesday night when Sports Illustrated reported the Dallas Mavericks have been accused of having a hostile work environment for its female employees. One of them likened the Mavericks' front office culture to a "real-life 'Animal House,'" a reference to the movie about raucous fraternity life on an unruly college campus.

Global Markets-Dollar up and stocks down before key Fed meeting minutes

The dollar rose to its highest level in a week on Wednesday and world stocks fell for the third day as investors braced for minutes from the Fed's last policy meeting to see if they would herald more rises in interest rates and global bond yields. Wall Street looked set for a weaker session, with equity futures down around 0.2 percent and the VIX volatility gauge up for the third day in a row.

a Making of a Murderera case may go to Supreme Court:

A Wisconsin man convicted of murder in the case that was chronicled in the Netflix documentary, "Making of a Murderer," on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss out his 2005 confession that his attorneys claim was coerced by investigators, the Washington Post reported. Attorneys for Brendan Dassey, 28, made a similar argument to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago in December and failed.

Ukrainian pair jailed for bid to smuggle six immigrants into UK

The yacht the Tazik after it was intercepted by a Border Force coastal patrol vessel near Hayling Island, Hampshire A former ballet dancer and a chef have been jailed for attempting to smuggle six Ukrainians into the UK on board a yacht. Vladyslav Kurtoglu, 50, was sentenced to six years' imprisonment at Portsmouth Crown Court after being convicted of assisting unlawful immigration.

School shooting survivor knocks down ‘crisis actor’ claim

The attention has given him a powerful platform -- but it has also made him the subject of smear campaigns and demonstrably false conspiracy theories. Either he has been "coached" by his father, a former FBI agent; or he is a "pawn" for anti-gun campaigners; or, the most far-fetched, he is not a victim but a "crisis actor," paid to travel to disaster sites to argue against stricter gun laws.

Byron York

There's been no shortage of breathless reaction to Trump-Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for their efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. "An attack that -- but for the loss of life -- is as bad as Pearl Harbor," tweeted veteran journalist Jonathan Alter.

Bill Whalen:

A busy Friday of news included Mitt Romney, as expected, dropping this video announcing his Senate candidacy in Utah. It's a reminder that F. Scott Fitzgerald didn't write the book on life after presidential politics - there are second acts.

Arizona candidate got topless selfiea Read Story Brahm Resnik

A legislative staffer sent Steve Montenegro a topless photo via text message, according to a series of messages between Montenegro and the staffer that were reviewed by 12 News. Republican congressional candidate Steve Montenegro is a married man and a church minister whose campaign emphasizes his "virtue, honor and integrity."

Obese man lost nearly seven stone in just over a year

Tearful Lindsey Vonn, 33, MISSES OUT on gold in the final solo race of her amazing Olympic career, then hits out at the 'savage abuse' she has taken from trolls for her strong anti-Trump views REVEALED: Woman who cared for Florida shooter filed court papers demanding control of the $800,000 inheritance he was due from his mother's estate just ONE DAY after the massacre California cops thwart mass shooting plot at a high school after investigators find arsenal of guns and ammunition at home of a 'disgruntled' student, 17 Trump tweets for Republicans AND Democrats to support stronger background checks, just hours after proposing banning bump stocks in new drive for gun control 'Just because she's a woman she has to show skin?': Social media users hit out at 'depressing and sexist' photo of Jennifer Lawrence in a plunging dress alongside her Red Sparrow co-stars at freezing cold promo event ... (more)

Escaped elephant barges through hedge in India’s Karnataka

Tearful Lindsey Vonn, 33, MISSES OUT on gold in the final solo race of her amazing Olympic career, then hits out at the 'savage abuse' she has taken from trolls for her strong anti-Trump views REVEALED: Woman who cared for Florida shooter filed court papers demanding control of the $800,000 inheritance he was due from his mother's estate just ONE DAY after the massacre California cops thwart mass shooting plot at a high school after investigators find arsenal of guns and ammunition at home of a 'disgruntled' student, 17 Trump tweets for Republicans AND Democrats to support stronger background checks, just hours after proposing banning bump stocks in new drive for gun control 'Just because she's a woman she has to show skin?': Social media users hit out at 'depressing and sexist' photo of Jennifer Lawrence in a plunging dress alongside her Red Sparrow co-stars at a freezing cold ... (more)

Florida School Shooting Survivors To March On State Capitol For Tougher Gun Laws

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivors Tanzil Philip, left, is comforted by fellow student Diego Pfeiffer as Philip speaks to Leon High School students after arriving in Tallahassee, Fla., on Tuesday ahead of a planned march on the Capitol. A week after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school, students who survived the attack are set to bring their #NeverAgain protest movement to the state Capitol to demand action on guns and mental health.

Three sectors being transformed by artificial intelligence

But exactly how that technology will influence the enterprise sector remains to be seen. Fiery public debates have swirled in the tech community around whether new advancements involve tactical adoptions for enterprise, like a personalized, improved retail experience, or whether these developments signal the coming of the robot apocalypse.

Will the FCC overturn net neutrality?

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rules, two sources briefed on the matter said Tuesday. The formal publication in the Federal Register, a government website, means state attorneys general and advocacy groups will be able to sue in a bid to block the order from taking effect.

Gas-tax increase would hit Trump states hardest, Koch groups say

A federal gas tax increase to help pay for upgrading U.S. roads and bridges would fall hardest on states won by Donald Trump in 2016, according to a report released Tuesday by two groups tied to the billionaire Koch brothers that oppose the increase. The impact of raising the gas tax by 25 cents per gallon, as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has suggested and Trump reportedly has offered to support, would vary widely from state to state because of differences in the current tax rate and fuel consumption, the report by Americans for Prosperity and by Freedom Partners shows.

Mueller ups pressure on Trump campaign aides with new charge

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday stepped up pressure on two former Trump campaign aides to cooperate in his probe into possible collusion with Russia, unsealing a criminal charge against a lawyer for lying to Mueller's investigators. The attorney, Alex van der Zwaan, the son-in-law of one of Russia's richest men, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to a charge of lying to the Special Counsel's office.

For decades Graham offered counsel and comfort to presidents

Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching ... . FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1971 file photo, Evangelist Billy Graham and President Nixon wave to a crowd of 12,500 at ceremonies honoring Graham at Charlotte, N.C. Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching an... .

Coast Guard special agent accused in Vancouver sexual assault

The head of the U.S. Coast Guard's internal investigations in the Northwest was arrested Sunday in Vancouver on suspicion of climbing into his co-worker's bed and sexually assaulting the colleague's girlfriend. Jonathan Sall, 56, of Poulsbo, Washington is accused in Clark County of second-degree rape for the alleged abuse that occurred at the co-worker's home the same day Sall was arrested.

We’ve – trolled’ our own elections better than these Russians: Susan Shelley

For all the thunder about Russian interference in the 2016 election, the indictment from the special counsel's office has all the excitement of a spam folder. Robert Mueller's investigation has produced charges against 13 Russians for sitting inside a building in St. Petersburg - Russia, not Florida - creating Facebook pages and posts, monitoring their "likes," advertising and promoting the posts and reaching many millions of Americans with their cartoonish snark.

Trump hates California, again slashes earthquake budget

That would seem to be the case as for the second year in a row the president's budget proposal this week zeroed out funding for the ongoing rollout of the earthquake early warning system that will serve the West Coast. Meaning, mostly us, though Oregon and Washington - also disliked by the White House, because they didn't vote for its current occupant - are also part of the system, though with less seismic activity to worry about.

WWII photographer leaves legacy through historic images

This photo taken Jan. 31, 2018, shows Greg Bennick with Rockpile Museum's collections assistant Cara Reeves looking at photos his father Jack Bennick, took during World War II as they choose items to go into the new exhibit "Views of Vanuata: WWII Through the Lens of Jack Bennick" in Gillette, Wy. This photo taken Jan. 31, 2018, shows Greg Bennick with Rockpile Museum's collections assistant Cara Reeves looking at photos his father Jack Bennick, took during World War II as they choose items to go into the new exhibit "Views of Vanuata: WWII Through the Lens of Jack Bennick" in Gillette, Wy.

Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns

A protester waves a sign as U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado, talks during a town hall meeting with constituents in a high school assembly hall Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Greenwood Village, Colo. Coffman was peppered with questions about gun control in the wake of the mass shooting at a school in south Florida last week.

Florida shooting survivors in capital, demand action on guns

Students who survived the Florida school shooting prepared to flood the Capitol Wednesday pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes in the November election if they can't persuade lawmakers to change laws before their legislative session ends. About 100 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students arrived at a Tallahassee high school to extended applause late Tuesday after a 400-mile trip on three buses.

Middle school coach admits having sex with female student

Tearful Lindsey Vonn MISSES OUT on gold in the final race of her amazing Olympic career, then hits out at the 'savage abuse' she has taken from trolls for her strong anti-Trump views REVEALED: Woman who cared for Florida shooter filed court papers demanding control of the $800,000 inheritance he was due from his mother's estate just ONE DAY after the massacre Parkland shooting survivors break down in tears in the gallery as the Florida House votes AGAINST a ban on assault rifles, just six days after an AR-15 was used to shoot 17 dead BREAKING NEWS: California cops thwart mass shooting plot at a high school after investigators find arsenal of guns and ammunition at home of a 'disgruntled' student, 17 'Both kids are not students': Florida lawmaker's aide is FIRED over claims Parkland shooting survivors were 'actors who travel to various crisis when they happen' Trump tweets for Republicans ... (more)

Australian First: Criminal Charges Laid Against Individuals for Alleged Cartel Conduct

On 15 February 2018, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announced that criminal charges had been laid against The Country Care Group Pty Ltd, its Manager Director, Robert Hogan and a former employee, Cameron Harrison. This is the first time that criminal charges have been laid against individuals under Australian cartel laws which became criminal provisions in 2009.

North Korea Pulled Out of Pence Meeting at Last Minute

North Korea unhappy at vice president's message denouncing country's human rights record and warnings about more sanctions, U.S. officials say Vice President Mike Pence, right, and North Korea's Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un's sister, attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Pyeongchang Stadium earlier this month. North Korea canceled a secretly planned meeting with Vice President Mike Pence during his trip to the Winter Olympics in South Korea this month, Trump administration officials said Tuesday, a session that would have amounted to the highest-level visit between the U.S. and North Korea in years.

Survivors of Florida school shooting fight to – stop further gun deaths’

Tyra Hemans, 19, left, and Logan Locke, 17, right, students who survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, wait to board buses in Parkland Students who survived the Florida school shooting began a journey to the state Capitol to urge politicians to prevent another massacre. But within hours the gun-friendly Legislature had effectively halted any possibility of banning assault rifles like the one used in the attack.

Connecticut lawmakers seek to overhaul sex harassment laws

To continue reading this premium story, you need to become a member. Click below to take advantage of an exclusive offer for new members: HARTFORD - More Connecticut employers would be required to provide sexual harassment training and victims would have more time to file complaints under legislation proposed Tuesday by a group of Democratic lawmakers.

The Latest: Democrats: No basis for GOP to sue over new map

Lawyers for the Democratic voters who successfully challenged Pennsylvania's congressional districts as unconstitutionally gerrymandered say Republicans have no legal or factual basis to sue over new court-ordered districts. The Philadelphia-based Public Interest Law Center said in a statement Tuesday that Republican lawmakers should stop holding onto the gerrymandered districts they drew in 2011.

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Watch MSNBC’s Matthews make a pro-gun lawmaker squirm by asking him …

MSNBC "Hardball" anchor Chris Matthews needed multiple angles of questioning while trying to pin down a gun-owning Democratic Party congressman about the age that should be required to purchase an AR-style semi-automatic rifle. "Let me ask you, where are you on the AR-15, which is the gun of choice of these school shootings?" Matthews asked Congressman Tim Ryan on Tuesday.

Attorneys Appeal Nevadas Discrimination Against Humanist Inmates

Today, the American Humanist Association Appignani Humanist Legal Center filed its opening appellate brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in its appeal from the U.S. District Court of Nevada's dismissal of their case filed on behalf of Humanist inmates in Nevada state prisons. The lawsuit, filed in October 2016, asserts that the Nevada Department of Corrections' refusal to allow Humanist inmates to study and discuss their shared convictions in a group setting while authorizing meetings for many faith groups of similar and smaller sizes violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Immigrant innovators remain important to industry

Very shortly into our basic American studies, we learned the value of immigrants to the history of our country. Most of us can trace our citizenship here to ancestors who crossed an ocean from elsewhere - some more recently than others; some by freer choice than others.

Challenges mount –

The race for the U.S. House of Representatives is heating up, but the sitting congressman has yet to enter. Five candidates from the three parties available on North Carolina's ballot have all filed for this year's election.

Don’t Make Camila Cabello Think About Whether Blue Ivy Carter Likes Her

Before U2 's performance at this year's Grammy Awards, the Havana-born singer outlining her experience as an immigrant in relation to the importance of DACA, the Obama-era program that protects children of undocumented immigrants from deportation and which is being wound down under the Trump administration. to her parents, BeyoncA and Jay-Z , to stop applauding.

Statement of Senator Elizabeth Dole on Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin

Senator Elizabeth Dole, founder of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and advocate for military and veteran caregivers, releases statement regarding the VA Office of Inspector General Report Senator Elizabeth Dole, founder of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and advocate for military and veteran caregivers, released the following statement today on behalf of the Foundation, regarding the VA Office of Inspector General Report: "Secretary Shulkin recently acknowledged that mistakes were made with respect to the use of travel funds, and has since apologized and committed to addressing the issues highlighted in the VA Inspector General report. It is now time to move forward.

Husband charged with murder in high seas honeymoon disappearance

A British man was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of his newlywed wife last May, who he claimed fell from their catamaran during a belated honeymoon sailing trip to the Caribbean, authorities said today. Lewis Bennett, 41, was arrested on Feb. 16 after an FBI investigation found evidence discrediting his story that his wife, Isabella Hellman, the mother of his 9-month-old daughter, vanished from their 40-foot vessel when it hit something in open international waters while he was asleep in the cabin below deck, according to a criminal complaint obtained by ABC News.

Chief Executive Officer of Armored Vehicle Company Sentenced to More…

The owner and chief executive officer of an armored vehicle company was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for his role in orchestrating a scheme to defraud the United States by providing the U.S. Department of Defense with armored gun trucks that did not meet ballistic and blast protection requirements set out in the company's contracts with the United States.

Investigation of California senator finds 6 misconduct cases

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Florida Lawmakers Vote Against Taking Up Bill to Ban Assault Weapons


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Students who survived the Florida school shooting began a journey Tuesday to the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to prevent another massacre, but within hours the gun-friendly Legislature had effectively halted any possibility of banning assault-style rifles like the one used in the attack. The legislative action further energized the teens as they prepared to confront legislators who have quashed gun-control efforts for decades in a state where 1.3 million people have concealed carry permits.

California congressman blames Russia for dividing U.S.

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Venezuela Launches Virtual Currency, Hoping to Resuscitate Economy

With Venezuela suffering one of the most severe economic collapses of modern times, the beleaguered administration of President NicolA s Maduro announced on Tuesday that it had begun a presale of virtual currency backed by the nation's vast petroleum reserves. The government, which had announced plans for the new digital currency late last year, said the initiative was a response to a financial crisis marked by a profound devaluation of the national currency, the bolA var, and quadruple-digit inflation.

Trump seeks ban on gun modifications like bump stocks

President Trump signed a memorandum instructing the attorney general to regulate the use of bump stocks, effectively banning the use of the devices that can allow rifles to mimic automatic weapons. Trump made the announcement at a Medal of Valor ceremony at the White House for firefighters and police officers - some of whom had intervened in shooting incidents.

U.S. Pursues Saudi Nuclear Deal, Despite Proliferation Risk

The Trump administration is pursuing a deal to sell nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia despite the kingdom's refusal to accept the most stringent restrictions against the proliferation of nuclear weapons, U.S. officials say. Saudi Arabia's nuclear energy ambitions could open a new market worth tens of billions of dollars, drawing countries including Russia, South Korea and China to compete for the business.

Trump Administration’s Deregulation Push Heads for Outer Space

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to announce Wednesday new moves promoting private ventures in space, including easing launch rules and putting the Commerce Department in charge of broader deregulation initiatives. The recommendations, which are awaiting President Donald Trump's final approval, are intended to better coordinate federal efforts to spur commercial space projects, according to government and industry officials familiar with the details.

Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

The Latest on President Donald Trump : 4:05 President Donald Trump says he's signed a memo directing the Justice Department to propose regulations to "ban all devices" like bump stocks used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. The president is making the announcement to curb the use of the rapid-fire devices during a ceremony recognizing bravery by the nation's public safety officers.

Fla. shooting survivors cry as pols refuse assault rifle ban

Florida's GOP-controlled state House refused to take up a bill Tuesday that proposed to ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, bringing survivors of last week's school shooting to tears as they looked on from the public gallery. The bill, brought by Democratic state Rep. Kionne McGhee, failed by a 36-71 vote.

NTSB asks FAA to look at carry-on bags during emergencies Source: AP

A number of passengers aboard an American Airlines flight that caught fire at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in 2016 refused to leave behind their carry-on bags in one of four incidents in the past several years in which an evacuation was hampered by travelers grabbing carry-on luggage, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB recently completed its investigation into the October 2016 fire aboard the jetliner, blaming it on an engine problem - microscopic "fatigue" cracks in a turbine disk caused it to break apart at incredible velocity, piercing a fuel line and tank and igniting one side of the aircraft, the Chicago Sun-Times reported .

Supreme Court snubs challenge to California gun waiting period

In a blow to gun rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to California's 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases that is intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides. The court's action underscored its continued reluctance to step into a national debate over gun control roiled by a series of mass shootings including one at a Florida school last week.

FCC reversal of net neutrality rules expected to be published Thursday: sources


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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rules, two sources briefed on the matter said Tuesday. The formal publication in the Federal Register, a government website, means state attorneys general and advocacy groups will be able to sue in a bid to block the order from taking effect.

Supreme Court leaves in place California’s 10-day wait for gun…

The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a Second Amendment challenge to California's mandatory 10-day waiting period for new gun purchases. With only Justice Clarence Thomas in dissent, the justices let stand a ruling of the 9th Circuit Court that called the California law a "reasonable safety precaution" and one that does not violate the constitutional right to own a gun.

Ethics Committee confirms review of Tennessee lawmaker

In a Jan. 4, 2006 file photo, U.S. Rep. John "Jimmy" Duncan, R-Tenn., addresses a business development news conference in Knoxville, Tenn. The House Ethics Committee confirmed Tuesday,, Feb. 20, 2018, that it's investigating Republican Rep. John Duncan Jr., who is serving his 16th term in the House and had previously announced he won't seek re-election.

White House says Trump son-in-law Kushner can do job without security clearance

U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, can continue in his role as a senior White House adviser even if he does not obtain a security clearance, the White House said on Tuesday. White House senior adviser Jared Kushner sits behind U.S. United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley before the start of a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East at the United Nations in New York, U.S., February 20, 2018.

Supreme Court asked to review ‘Making a Murderer’ confession

Lawyers for a Wisconsin inmate featured in the "Making a Murderer" series have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision that held his confession was voluntary. Brendan Dassey's legal team on Tuesday petitioned the nation's highest court to hear their appeal, saying the case raises crucial issues that extend far beyond Dassey's case alone and that long have divided state and federal courts.

Rep. Adam Schiff expects resolution on Democrats’ Russia memo within days

Rep. Adam Schiff said Tuesday that he expects to reach an agreement in the next day or two with Justice Department officials on public release of a Democratic memo about surveillance and the Russia investigation. Schiff , the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, prepared the document as a rebuttal to an earlier memo drafted by aides to Rep. Devin Nunes, the panel's Republican chairman.

Groups sues for of Trump’s Keystone pipeline approval – Tue, 20 Feb 2018 PST

Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada are asking a judge to force the U.S. government to turn over emails and other documents related to President Donald Trump's approval of the project. Environmentalists who sued to stop the 1,179-mile pipeline said the documents could bolster their case that Trump's decision was arbitrary and should be overturned by the courts.

Disqualified governor candidate in Ohio mounting challenge

A late entrant into the Ohio governor's race is challenging the state elections chief's decision to keep him off the ballot because he lacks the required number of signatures on petitions. Democrat Jon Heavey late Wednesday called the signature review by Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted "rigged."

Students are preparing to head to Florida to push for gun control measures

Some 100 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will travel 400 miles to Florida's capital on Tuesday to urge politicians to act to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 students and teachers last week. The students plan to hold a rally on Wednesday in the hope that it will put pressure on the state's Republican-controlled legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws, something some GOP politicians said on Monday they would consider.

It’s still not the guns

During the intense media coverage of Wednesday's tragic events in Parkland, Fla., I was shocked to hear it was the 18th school shooting so far this year. But that 18 number, which the anti-gun lobby in the media has emphasized without going into the details of the individual incidents, is highly misleading.

President Trump endorses Mitt Romney, one of his most vocal critics, in Utah Senate race

President Donald Trump on Monday night threw his full support behind Mitt Romney's bid to be the next U.S. senator from Utah , writing on Twitter that he would be a "worthy successor" to retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. The endorsement is significant because Trump had previously encouraged Hatch to seek another term, and Romney had been among the most vocal Republican critics of Trump's presidential aspirations, once calling him "a phony" and "a fraud."

Congressional map raises Democrats’ hopes, legal test ahead Source: AP

The map of congressional districts imposed by Pennsylvania's high court for the state's 2018 elections will set off a new legal battle, reconfigure perhaps dozens of campaigns and give Democrats a boost in their mission to wrest control of the U.S. House. The map of Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts is to be in effect for the May 15 primary and substantially overhauls a Republican-drawn congressional map widely viewed as among the nation's most gerrymandered.

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Fox News host Shepard Smith chastised President Donald Trump Monday afternoon for his weekend tweet storm and for failing to address or promise ways to hinder Russia from meddling in future United States elections. The berating followed revelations made by the Special Counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Critics have accused Donald Trump Jr. of seeking to cash in on his First Family status by offering Indian property investors an exclusive "dinner and conversation" audience. The eldest son of President Donald Trump is visiting India this week to promote a planned Trump Towers development near Delhi.

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A hundred Stoneman Douglas High School students are busing 400 miles to Florida's capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 students and faculty last week. The students plan to hold a rally Wednesday in hopes that it will put pressure on the state's Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws, something some GOP lawmakers said Monday they would consider.

The Unwavering Principles of Mitt Romney, Man of Integritude

Willard "Mitt" Romney was able to capture the Republican nomination in 2012 in part bu running to the furthest right of the major candidates on immigration. He proudly accepted the endorsement of Donald J. Trump, the New York City real estate grifter and reality TV star who became a major figure in the Republican Party by popularizing a racist conspiracy theory about Barack Obama.

US Secret Service denies China nuclear football ‘skirmish’

File photo of US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping make joint statements at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Washington, The US Secret Service denied Monday reports that one of its agents and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly wrestled with Chinese security officials over the "nuclear football" during President Donald Trump's visit to Beijing in November.

Scott Lloyd is right to protect refugee life rather than destroy it

In a December 6 memo, Scott Lloyd, Health and Human Services Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, created a government document that should be the gold standard of the role of a government employee when placed in a moral dilemma. In his eight-page document Mr. Lloyd makes it clear that "sexual assault is the gravest offenses in the catalogue of offenses man can commit against his fellow man, or in this case, a teenaged young woman."

Noemie Emery: Ask not for whom the dog whistle blows

In the Obama years, the term "dog whistle" once held a strange fascination for liberals. The expression refers to a word or phrase that is innocent-sounding to most normal people, but is actually also a rallying cry to the racists among us, raising them all to dangerous levels of enmity.