new Trump speech guests chosen to help highlight priorities

President Donald Trump is following the playbook for speeches to Congress and packing his guest box with individuals whose personal stories the administration hopes will put a face on the proposals he planned to highlight in Tuesday night's address, namely illegal immigration. The lives of three of the eight people the White House invited to join first lady Melania Trump in a guest box high above the House floor for Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress were affected when loved ones' crossed paths with people who were living in the U.S. illegally.

Trump says the “time is right for an immigration bill”

President Trump may be offering an opportunity to partner with Democrats during his address before Congress -- on the issue of "The time is right for an immigration bill, as long as there is compromise on both sides," he said at a lunch with network anchors Tuesday afternoon. President Trump's first prime time address to Congress is expected to emphasize his domestic agenda: tax reform, infrastructure spending, and the... A senior administration official offered some assurance for "dreamers," too.

Family was aboard the plane that crashed into a Southern California home, killing 3, authorities say

A family was on board the small plane that killed three people after it crashed into a Southern California home Monday, according to authorities. The Cessna 310 was carrying five people - one adult male, three adult females and one teenage girl - and was headed to San Jose from Riverside when it crashed into a home there, said Riverside Fire Department Captain Tyler Reynolds.

Trump says he’s open to ‘compromise’ immigration bill

President Donald Trump, signaling a potential shift on a signature issue, indicated Tuesday that he's open to immigration legislation that would give legal status to some people living in the U.S. illegally and provide a pathway to citizenship to those brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The president, in a lunch with news anchors ahead of his address to Congress on Tuesday night, said, "The time is right for an immigration bill as long as there is compromise on both sides."

Watch live at 9 p.m.: President Trump addresses Congress

President Donald Trump's first address to Congress gives him a welcome opportunity to refocus his young administration on the core economic issues that helped him get elected - and, his allies hope, to move beyond the distractions and self-inflicted wounds that have roiled his White House. Trump's advisers say he will use the speech to declare early progress on his campaign promises, including withdrawing the U.S. from a sweeping Pacific Rim trade pact, and to map a path ahead on thorny legislative priorities, including health care and infrastructure spending.

Mark Meadows’ wife rips Ryan on ObamaCare

"In a nutshell, for reasons we cannot fathom, Republican leadership is putting forth a so-called Obamacare 'repeal' that is not a repeal at all," Debbie Meadows said in an email to North Carolina Republicans Politico first reported on Tuesday. "Leadership is selling it as a full repeal and has convinced many in the White House that it's terrific," she added.

Trump orders review of Obama rule protecting small streams

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order mandating a review of an Obama-era rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution, fulfilling a campaign promise while earning the ire of environmental groups. The order, signed at the White House Tuesday, instructs the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to review a rule that redefined "waters of the United States" protected under the Clean Water Act to include smaller creeks and wetlands.

Trump signs executive order on black colleges

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at signaling his commitment to historically black colleges and universities, saying that those schools will be "an absolute priority for this White House." HBCU presidents are hoping Congress will bolster Trump's actions to strengthen the schools with dramatically increased funding in the upcoming federal budget.

Trump’s budget plan has billions for border, cuts elsewhere

White House budget documents show President Donald Trump wants billions of dollars to start building a wall at the Mexican border and fund efforts to find, jail and deport immigrants in the country illegally. The budget outline for Homeland Security also calls on the Coast Guard to scrap the agency's counterterrorism Maritime Security Response Team and all of its Maritime Safety and Security Teams.

Noisy protest, heated arguments as Trump sons attend hotel opening in Vancouver

Hundreds of anti-Trump protesters waved signs and chanted on the streets of Vancouver on Tuesday while inside the newly completed Trump Tower, smiling members of U.S. President Donald Trump's family snipped through a red ribbon to mark the grand opening of the latest addition to the city's skyline. Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, scions of the billionaire real-estate mogul turned politician, were in Vancouver to celebrate the completion of the $360-million hotel and condominium development, which has become a lightning rod for demonstrations against the American leader.

Agency delays plan for keeping Asian carp from Great Lakes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had been scheduled to release draft results of a study begun in April 2015 on possible structural or technological upgrades at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, a few miles downstream of a network of electrical barriers intended to repel the carp. A final version of the plan was to be released in early 2019.

Airports, legal volunteers prepare for new Trump travel ban

Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump's new travel ban - mindful of the chaos that accompanied his initial executive order but hopeful the forthcoming version will be rolled out in a more orderly way. The new order was expected as soon as Wednesday.

Dem invites Methodist pastor who defends immigrants to Trump’s speech

Methodist pastor Keary Kincannon participates in a rally opposing President Trump's immigration agenda outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, on Feb. 16, 2017. Photo courtesy of GBCSUMC Many of the guests invited by Democrats to President Trump's address to Congress were picked to showcase opposition to the president - and in particular what many consider his hostility to immigrants.

Most offensive Cuba stunt of the year: PETA goes slumming

Don't they know that it would be impossible for Cubans to follow a vegan diet, due to the scarcity of certain food items? Don't they know that street dogs in Castrogonia need much more than "dog treats", or that these dogs could be someone's next meal? Why would they be any better informed than the rest of the American people as a whole, or less attracted to the thrill of slumming in a repressive hell-hole and gazing at the ill-fed primitive natives with utter contempt? Why, Mildred, just last night I heard a very highly-placed world-class American scholar talking about the great Porterhouse steak he ate at a "private" restaurant in Castrogonia. He had no clue that such a meal is totally inaccessible to Cubans.

Study Finds Right-Wing Media Routinely Criminalize Immigrants In Coverage

The nonprofit Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement surveyed coverage of immigration detention -- or stories about immigrants detained by the U.S. government -- in "a variety of media outlets" from 2009 to 2016 and found evidence that right-wing outlets routinely criminalize immigrants in their coverage. The study also found that the nativist Center for Immigration Studies is cited more than other data sources.

Parents of Germanwings suicide pilot claim he is innocent

Are these the biggest food lies ever? Hilarious photos reveal the misleading packaging that's led to some VERY disappointed customers EXCLUSIVE: How greedy Bill and Hillary Clinton befriended a Chinese fry cook in Little Rock who funneled hundreds of thousands in illegal donations from China and sold sleepovers at the White House for $400,000 a pop Are YOU going to cheat on your partner? Scientists reveal that women who do this one thing during sex are more likely to be unfaithful Millennial bowel cancer crisis: Young people are four times more likely to develop the disease than previous generations - due to their terrible diets Military Officer's Association SUV ends up ON TOP of high school band on Alabama Mardi Gras parade route, injuring 12 children aged 12-17, with four critically hurt 'The bacon is terrible, everyone is obsessed with the Royals and the locals are rude': Americans ... (more)

Myanmar army defends treatment of Rohingya

Myanmar's military, under international pressure over alleged abuses against members of the country's Muslim Rohingya minority, said Tuesday that official investigations failed to substantiate most accusations. The military's chief of general staff Gen.

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Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes. But... Despite promising to release his tax returns in a televised debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump continues to show that... **NOTE: THE FORM LETTER IS BLANK.

TransCanada suspends $15-billion NAFTA lawsuit on Keystone XL

TransCanada Corp. has suspended a $15-billion lawsuit against the United States regarding its Keystone XL project following signals by U.S. President Donald Trump that he will likely approve the pipeline. The company filed the North American Free Trade Agreement challenge last year alleging the U.S. government failed in its commitment to protect Canadian investors and ensure the company was treated in accordance with international law.

Congressman won’t shake hands with Trump before speech

Ohio-based Lukjan Metal Products has selected Sidney... -- Two Houston police officers were injured in a shooting Tuesday afternoon, according to the Houston Police Department.Cameras flying overhead showed the officers b... -- Duchess Kate on Tuesday met with sick children and their families at a London children's hospital, continuing her growing charitable work.Kate, 35, dressed in a bl... The National Pork Producers Council applauds an executive order issued today by President Trump that begins the process of rescinding or rewriting a controversial Clean... The Western Nebraska Community College women's basketball team will host Gillette College in the regular season finale on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Cougars, who have won thei... -- Tim Tebow said the start of his spring training debut at the New York Mets training facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida, "feels great."

Rachel Notley expects to meet with members of Trump administration

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she expects to meet face to face Wednesday with members of U.S. President Donald Trump's government as she continues a visit to Washington, D.C. "I'm not going to get into specific names until those meetings are finally confirmed, but, yes, we do anticipate meeting with people in the Trump administration," Notley said Tuesday in a conference call from the U.S. capital. Trump is contemplating changes to the trade relationship with Canada, including a new border tax.

Tribes Celebrate 30th Anniversary of Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Victory for Indian Country

At the Feb. 25 gala celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the pivotal U.S. Supreme Court decision, tribal leaders gave special recognition to the attorneys behind the landmark 1987 ruling. Pictured are Morongo Vice Chair Mary Ann Andreas, Cabazon attorney Glenn Feldman, Morongo attorney George Forman, Cabazon Chairman Doug Welmas, Cabazon Vice Chair San Juanita Callaway and Morongo Tribal Chairman Robert Martin.

Border clamp cuts illegal migrant flow

The number of non-Chinese illegal immigrants crossing the Hong Kong- Guangdong border plummeted by 65 percent last year, figures released by the Security Bureau show.On average, 110 migrants were caught per month in the second half of 2016, compared with 320 for 2015.Only 3,838 applied for non- refoulement protection, a 38 percent dip." It is an encouraging result which shows the effectiveness of o... The number of non-Chinese illegal immigrants crossing the Hong Kong- Guangdong border plummeted by 65 percent last year, figures released by the Security Bureau show.

Trump looks for reset with speech to Congress

With his image projected upon a huge screen, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, in Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S., February 24, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) Donald Trump gets a chance to put the rocky start to his presidency behind him on Tuesday night with a speech to the US Congress where he will lay out his plans for the year including a healthcare overhaul and military buildup.

Ninth Circuit Declines To Delay Trump Travel Ban Appeal

The Trump Administration had until this week to file an opening brief in their official appeal of the case brought by the states of Washington and Minnesota in his temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. And after the Department of Justice requested that the Ninth Circuit delay their appeal until the President could sign a new executive order, the circuit court denied that request but gave the administration another week to file their brief, as the Associated Press is reporting .

Hans Parisis: Wait Until 2008 to See Growth Results From Trump Strategy

President Donald Trump will give his first address to a joint session of Congress and will do the same thing as President Barack Obama did on February 24, 2009 after he was elected as president for the first time. It's a fact that newly elected presidents often deliver this type of speech instead of a formal State of the Union address, as it gives them a full year instead of a few weeks to fully assess the state of the economy.

Sanders Brings Down the House at J Street ‘Occupation runs counter to fundamental American values’

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders received a hero's welcome at the J Street conference in Washington today for a speech that suggested that the way forward for the left is to double down on progressive values. Toward the end of a wide-ranging address that touched on President Donald Trump, the Iraq War and climate change, Sanders asked the question that loomed over the J Street conference: What comes next for progressives during a Trump administration? Although Sanders did not explicitly answer his question, he proceeded to talk about values.

Storm Chasers Salute Bill Paxton

Storm chasers and storm spotters came together Sunday to spell out a virtual tribute to Bill Paxton after learning about his sudden passing due to complications from surgery. They were paying homage to the man who played Bill Harding, a veteran meteorologist and storm chaser in the 1996 hit movie, Twister.

Those Bedfellow Aren’t Just Strange


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Back in the glorious Iraq war days, Little Tommy Friedman would blather on and on about how he didn't support *this* war, but he supported Tom Friedman's war, which was some other war in Iraq fought for some other reason by some other people in some other way over on Earth-2 somewhere, but that therefore he also supported *this* war because it was the Iraq war which he supported. It's like his support for any bill or treaty with "free trade" in it.

5 California Things to Know for Today

Movie academy apologizes to casts of "Moonlight," ''La La Land," presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway for best-picture bungle. 9th Circuit appeals court rejects lawsuit that sought to require labels on egg cartons indicating conditions in which chickens were raised.

U.S. House speaker vows Republican unity on healthcare overhaul


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The White House and Congress are working together to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday, adding there are "no rival plans." Ryan, who has said a formal plan would be unveiled after U.S. lawmakers returned to Washington this week, told reporters that Republicans would ultimately be unified in their efforts to overhaul the law, known as Obamacare.

Christie nominates ally to Port Authority board

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has nominated a political ally whose name came up at the George Washington Bridge lane closure trial to serve on the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Republican state Sen. Kevin O'Toole was not accused of playing a role in the scheme, which prosecutors say was aimed at punishing the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Christie's re-election.

Trump blames Obama for protests and grades himself a ‘C or a C plus’ on getting his message out

President Trump believes former President Barack Obama "is behind" nationwide protests against the new administration's policies, he said Tuesday morning, taking an unusual swipe at his predecessor. He leveled the charge on Fox News a day after former President George W. Bush appeared to criticize Trump for disparaging the media, and said any ties between Trump's team and Russia should be investigated.

Trump won’t accept responsibility for deadly SEAL raid he approved over dinner, blames Obama

In an interview with the Miami Herald published Sunday, Bill Owensa S-a Sfather of Chief Ryan Owens, the 36-year-old Navy SEAL who died during President Trump's first military operationa S-a Scriticized the Yemen raid, and said he doesn't have any interest in talking with Trump. "Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn't even barely a week into [President Trump's] administration?" Owens said.

Kellyanne Conway kneels on Oval Office couch, sparks debate

Photos of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway kneeling on an Oval Office couch with her shoes on have sparked an online debate about decorum in the executive mansion. Conway is seen perched on her knees on the couch with her feet behind her in photos taken Monday while President Donald Trump met with leaders of historically black colleges and universities.

Retirement Anxiety Is Gripping America

A few weeks after the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives moved to kill rules allowing states to create portable retirement savings accounts, a new survey found that 75 percent of Americans support just such an option. The response was a common refrain in a report that echoed the growing dread of living out one's golden years in poverty.

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Those actors and actresses in Hollywood think they know how to run the government. They can't even run their own awards show without a huge mistake.

Trump ordering review of Obama rule protecting small streams

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday mandating a review of an Obama-era rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution. The order will instruct the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to review a rule that redefined "waters of the United States" protected under the Clean Water Act to include smaller creeks and wetlands, according to a senior White House official.

White House bars news outlets from press briefing

The informal briefing, nicknamed a gaggle , occurred in lieu of the usual daily press briefing and was held in Sean Spicer's office , rather than the traditional briefing room. Conservative news organizations such as Breitbart News , The Washington Times and One America News Network , which are seen as being friendly to the Trump administration, were given a spot in the "gaggle".

Trump’s Military Spending Goals Will Be Tough to Meet – Here’s Why

"We're going to do more with less and make the government lean and accountable", Trump said in a meeting with governors on Sunday in which he said he planned to propose a substantial increase in public safety spending. It is worth noting that the President's budget proposals are only a starting point for the overall process of figuring out what the government will spend and how they will pay for it, and we still haven't even seen the full details of the White House's proposals.

What We Know About President Trump’s First Address to Congress


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While President Trump has "accomplished more in just a few weeks than many presidents do in an entire administration," according to senior adviser Stephen Miller, somehow he still has historically low approval ratings. And while Trump says his White House is running like a fine-tuned machine, members of Congress are still unclear on his policy objectives for everything from tax reform to infrastructure.

Trump looks to refocus his presidency…


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With his first address to Congress, President Donald Trump has an opportunity to refocus his young administration on the economic issues that helped him get elected. His allies hope it will help him move beyond the distractions and self-inflicted wounds that he has dealt with so far.

Rep. Turner calls Comey hearing ‘highly speculative’

On a day that saw FBI Director James Comey testify before the House Intelligence Committee, Erin Burnett made the issue the focus of her evening news program by welcoming a man who was in the room as the testimony was given. Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio is a Republican member of the Intelligence Committee, and cautioned anyone from forming opinions based solely on what Comey shared Monday morning.

Growler aircraft ‘marks new era’ for Australia’s defence

Australia's latest multi-billion-dollar defence spend has been put on display for the first time, with the arrival of the EA-18G Growler attack aircraft marking the country's first entry into electronic warfare. Together with the controversial and costly F-35 Joint Strike Fighter , the Growler - which is packed with radar and radio jamming systems - will be at the centre of the Australian Defence Force's airstrike capability.

China’s coal consumption falls for 3rd year in a row

" China's consumption of coal fell in 2016 for a third year in a row, official data showed Tuesday, as the world's top carbon polluter has emerged as a global leader in addressing global warming. The National Bureau of Statistics said the consumption of coal, a major source of heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions, fell by 4.7 percent last year, according to preliminary calculations.

Politics | Horowitz: Obamacare Ain’t Easy to Kill

To borrow from Mark Twain, "Reports of Obamacare's death may be greatly exaggerated." The stepped up coverage of President Trump's and the Republican Congress' plans to repeal and replace the landmark health care law has paradoxically served to awaken the American public's awareness of its many strengths.

Why accusations about Trump and the Russians will go nowhere

The recent controversy surrounding President Trump and his supposed ties to Moscow has always been a non-starter for me. We are supposed to believe the word of unnamed intelligence officials ensconced in the Beltway suburbs without a drop of firsthand experience, busy leaking to reporters because they are upset about the result of the last election? Already there's a motivation problem right there.

Firing the ‘diversity’ bullet at the Marines

Dying in foreign lands in the service of a nation that enshrines freedom of religion in its Constitution doesn't cut any mustard with the irreligious Left. Alarmed by the presence of a crche complete with three Wise Men last Christmas on the grounds of the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, the American Civil Liberties Union has joined forces with the oxymoronically-named Military Religious Freedom Foundation to put the camp's commanders in hot water.

Exposing Trump’s shady management style

Ask Bernard Groupy, head chef for six months at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, where fancy and expensive Caesar salads are prepared from Parmesan cheese. One day, Trump stalked into the kitchen, screaming to Goupy that one of the guests didn't like the salad and started haphazardly tossing lettuce and tomatoes, forgetting the cheese while shouting "this is how we make a Caesar salad from."

Founders had different idea

If all the rules and regulations by which we are forced to live are such good ideas, why are so many of them promulgated unilaterally? Why were the checks and balances the Founders built into our system of government abandoned? We're taught in school that basic rules in the form of laws have to be approved by both houses of Congress, then the ... (more)

Pentagon delivers draft plan to defeat Islamic State to White House

A Pentagon-led preliminary plan to defeat Islamic State was delivered to the White House on Monday and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was expected to brief senior administration officials, a Defense Department spokesman told reporters. U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis waits to welcome Canada's Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., February 6, 2017.

Takata Corporation Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Pay $1 Billion in Criminal Penalties for Airbag Scheme

Tokyo-based Takata Corporation, one of the world's largest suppliers of automotive safety-related equipment, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and was sentenced to pay a total of $1 billion in criminal penalties stemming from the company's conduct in relation to sales of defective airbag inflators. Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade of the Eastern District of Michigan, Special Agent in Charge David Gelios of the FBI's Detroit Field Office and Regional Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Ullom of the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General's Chicago Field Office made the announcement.

President Trump goes to Congress to make a sale

The businessman-turned President has his best chance to ignite momentum behind his agenda Tuesday night when he strides into the House chamber amid the pageantry of his first address to a Joint Session of Congress. Trump will step up to the speaker's rostrum after a tumultuous five weeks in office, in which he has started making good on his election promises but also whipped up controversy and disruption with his quintessential political style.

What to watch for in Trump’s address to Congress

President Donald Trump is set to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night -- where he's expected to make the case for a budget that boosts defense spending and slashes funding for agencies. The speech -- a "State of the Union" address in all but the name -- will be Trump's biggest national audience since his swearing-in ceremony, a chance to try to bring the nation together and sell his agenda on Capitol Hill.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, meets with reporters to discuss the process for investigating whether or how Russia influenced the presidential election, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes said earlier that Congress should not begin a McCarthy-style investigation based on news reports that a few Americans with ties to President Donald Trump had contacted Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Former Trump Campaign Manager: Perez Election Shows DNC – Doesn’t…

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told "Fox News Sunday" that the election of former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez as Democratic National Committee chairman shows that the Democrats continue to be out of touch with mainstream America. "What this says to me that they have now put someone in the chair of Democratic Party who doesn't understand what's going on in America.

1 dead, 5 injured after small plane crashes into CA homes

One person was killed and five were injured when a small plane crashed into two homes Monday evening in Riverside shortly after taking off from a nearby airport, leaving fiery wreckage that nearly destroyed one of the homes, officials said. Four people were aboard the plane, and two of the victims were pulled from one of the burning homes, Riverside Fire Department Capt.

Issa renews call for independent prosecutor on Russia

Rep. Darrell Issa doubled down on statements he made over the weekend urging for an independent investigation of communications between President Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russians known to US intelligence. "The American people need a clear-eyed view of the nefarious actions of the Russian government," the California Republican said in a statement Monday.

Big surge for military in Trump budget, big cuts elsewhere

President Donald Trump is proposing a huge $54 billion surge in U.S. military spending for new aircraft, ships and fighters in his first federal budget while slashing big chunks from domestic programs and foreign aid to make the government "do more with less." The Trump blueprint, due in more detail next month, would fulfill the Republican president's campaign pledge to boost Pentagon spending while targeting the budgets of other federal agencies.

Justice department suddenly rescinds support for opposition in key part of Texas voter ID law


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The U.S. Justice Department said Monday it is abandoning its longstanding opposition to a key aspect of Texas' toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law, costing voting rights groups their most important ally and possibly encouraging other conservative states to toughen their own election rules with President Donald Trump in charge. It's a dramatic break from the agency's position under President Barack Obama, which spent years arguing that the voter ID law passed in 2011 by Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature was intended to disenfranchise poor and minority voters.

Trump Looks To Refocus His Presidency In Address To Congress

President Donald Trump's first address to Congress gives him a welcome opportunity to refocus his young administration on the core economic issues that helped him get elected - and, his allies hope, to move beyond the distractions and self-inflicted wounds that have roiled his White House. Trump's advisers say he will use his prime-time speech Tuesday to declare early progress on his campaign promises, including withdrawing the U.S. from a sweeping Pacific Rim trade pact, and to map a path ahead on thorny legislative priorities, including health care and infrastructure spending.

Department of Justice withdraws from part of voter ID lawsuit in Texas

The Department of Justice has just dropped out of a portion of a voting rights lawsuit in Texas that could signal a shift in stance on the issue since Jeff Sessions was sworn in as attorney general. The case at the heart of this latest legal drama centers on voter identification laws that were put in place in Texas in 2011 that require voters to have one of seven forms of ID.

Top House Republican hasna t seen a evidencea of Trump-Russia contacts

The chairman on the House Intelligence Committee said Monday that he had not seen any "evidence" of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian government amid an investigation into Russian activities during the 2016 election. "We still have not seen any evidence of anyone from the Trump campaign or any other campaign for that matter that's communicated with the Russian government," Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told reporters at the Capitol.

A look at the 3 Pentagon reviews into the SEAL raid in Yemen

There are three reviews underway into the SEAL Team Six raid in Yemen last month that killed William "Ryan" Owens and some civilians, the Pentagon said Monday. Owens was killed during a Jan. 29 nighttime raid targeting a rural compound in southern Yemen believed to be a key planning location for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula .

Honduran Reporter Notes Reason for Bump in Deportees

MCALLEN Honduras is receiving a lot of citizens being deported back to the country, but it's not necessarily a direct effect from the new immigration law in the United States. "What we believe here, in Honduras, is that those are people are not making it to the border with the United States because Mexico is detaining all these Honduran people and sending them back to Honduras," she said.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, meets with reporters to discuss the process for investigating whether or how Russia influenced the presidential election, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes said earlier that Congress should not begin a McCarthy-style investigation based on news reports that a few Americans with ties to President Donald Trump had contacted Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

What America’s allies want to ask Donald Trump

President Donald Trump delivers a speech at the 44th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on Friday. Photo Credit: EPA / Olivier Douliery / POOL As Donald Trump prepares his first presidential address to Congress tonight, just imagine that, instead of that one-way form of communication, we had the British-style question time in Parliament.

White House responds to father of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen raid

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday responded to the father of US Navy SEAL Chief William "Ryan" Owens, who was killed in action during a raid in Yemen, saying the Department of Defense would launch three investigations into the operation. Owens' father, Bill, in an interview with The Miami Herald on Sunday, urged President Donald Trump to answer questions about the raid in Yemen that resulted in the death of his son, as many as 29 civilians, and the destruction of an MV-22 Osprey helicopter.

One less Cassetti running Ansonia

Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti plans to nominate Joseph Jaumann as the new fifth ward alderman replacing Anthony Cassetti, the mayor's son. Here Jaumann stands with his fiancee Crystal White and their children Joseph, 7, Abigail, 5, and Jackson, 3, when he announced his run for state representative last summer.

Ali Jr. says airport detention made him feel “violated”

In this April 15, 1975 file photo, Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, and Little Muhammad Ali, his 2 1/2 year old son, arrive at Miami Beach, Fla. Muhammad Ali's son, who bears the boxing great's name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional profiling, a family friend said Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

Kansas tries to discern Washington’s direction on Medicaid

As the nation's governors wrapped a weekend of meetings with each other and President Donald Trump that included discussions about healthcare, Kansas is attempting to discern what direction Washington will go. A group of Republican governors is pushing a plan that would change Medicaid - which provides healthcare to poor, elderly and disabled individuals - from an open-ended federal entitlement to a program designed by each state within a financial limit.

Records show EPA’s Pruitt used private email, despite denial

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt occasionally used private email to communicate with staff while serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, despite telling Congress that he had always used a state email account for government business. A review of Pruitt emails obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request showed a 2014 exchange where the Republican emailed a member of his staff using a personal Apple email account.

A town supported cracking down on illegal immigrants. But then they came for Carlos

An undated family photo courtesy of Elizabeth Hernandez of herself and her husband Juan Carlos Hernandez Pacheco, who was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Elizabeth Hernandez, whose husband, Juan Carlos Hernandez Pacheco, was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with her sons, from left: Gianluca, 6, Kharloz, 8, and Maximus, 2, at their home in West Frankfort, Ill., Feb. 25, 2017.

And Now Voting Rights

Because when everyone hates you and your policies, the only thing you can do is keep them from voting you out of office : For the last six years, the Justice Department has sided with the citizens and civil rights groups fighting Texas' voter ID law, which a federal judge at one point found to be intentionally discriminatory against black and Latino voters. But its position changed Monday when the department decided to drop its claim that Republican state lawmakers enacted the law to make it harder for minorities to vote.

Robots are raising your kale now.

A New Jersey startup called Bowery grows leafy greens stacked in columns five high under the watchful eyes of an AI system . The operation, which officially launched last week , uses 95 percent less water than traditional methods and is 100 times more productive on the same footprint of land, according to the company.

Federal appeals court rejects egg-labeling lawsuit

A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit that sought to require labels on egg cartons indicating the conditions in which the chickens were raised. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that several federal agencies had acted reasonably in rejecting the labeling regulations.

FCC chief: AT&T-Time Warner deal won’t face agency’s scrutiny

FCC chief: AT&T-Time Warner deal won't face agency's scrutiny Chairman Ajit Pai doesn't expect the FCC to review AT&T's $85.4 billion Time Warner bid. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/2lNH9dz Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai doesn't expect the agency to review AT&T's $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner.

Bills Aimed at Raising Road Project Funding Collide Again This Week

The chairwoman of the House Transportation Subcommittee is defiant in her handling of legislation that could have derailed Gov. Bill Haslam's fuel-tax plan, a high-profile measure on the panel's calendar again Wednesday, March 1. The governor's proposal stalled in the subcommittee last week when Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver , an opponent of the fuel-tax increase, moved a bill to raise sales-tax revenue for transportation to the front of the calendar. The measure by Republican Rep. David Hawk is considered the main opposition to Haslam's IMPROVE Act, which would raise gas and diesel taxes along with several fees to bring in about $400 million annually and start attacking a $10.5 billion backlog of road and bridge projects.

Faslane investment deal ‘will benefit the wider community’

The billion-pound development of HM Naval Base Clyde will be a catalyst for growth and regeneration in the wider community, Scottish Secretary David Mundell has said. The Ministry of Defence is investing in developing the base as the Royal Navy submarine centre of specialisation, which will see all UK attack submarines based in Argyll and Bute by 2020 and the eventual arrival of the Dreadnought class of ballistic submarines.

Trump seeks help of insurers to smooth Obamacare transition

President Donald Trump sought on Monday to bring the nation's largest insurance companies on board with his plans to overhaul Obamacare, saying their help was needed to deliver a smooth transition to the Republicans' new plan. "We must work together to save Americans from Obamacare - you people know that and everyone knows that - to create more competition and to bring down prices substantially," Trump told insurers at a meeting at the White House.

Neighbor’s note for Trump: Tech will continue to disrupt economy

When President Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, he should focus on the real disruption upending the American economy: the rapid rate of technological change and the devastating effect it will continue to have on industries and jobs far beyond anything we're prepared to handle. I know something about the economy.

George W. Bush on Trump and Russia: ‘We all need answers’

Former President George W. Bush said Monday "we all need answers" on the extent of contact between President Donald Trump's team and the Russian government, and didn't rule out the idea that a special prosecutor could be necessary to lead an investigation. The Republican also defended the media's role in keeping world leaders in check, noting that "power can be addictive," and warned against immigration policies that could alienate Muslims.

Trump budget will hike defense spending by $54 billion

The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump's initial budget wouldn't dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion.

Owensboro Diocese Issues Statement on Immigration

In the statement, Bishop Medley assured that all are welcome in the Diocese's churches, including immigrants and refugees. Bishop Medley also suggested that politicians should try to find resolutions to immigration issues that do not bring harm to "children and families, to churches and neighborhoods, and to our nation's economy."

Trump presidency lurches from controversy to controversy

In October 1939, British statesman and Lord of the Admiralty Sir Winston Spencer Churchill described Russia as "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." Mr. Churchill could very well be describing President Donald Trump and his administration in 2017, almost a month into his presidency.

In warning shot, Moody’s calls Brownback veto of tax bill a – credit negative’

After announcing he would veto the tax bill sent to him by the legislature, Gov. Sam Brownback officially signed the veto, in his ceremonial office Wednesday, February 22, 2017, as he stood in front of the assembled media. Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of tax legislation represents a "credit negative" to Kansas, a ratings agency said Monday - a label that amounts to a warning shot for the fiscally challenged state.

John Oliver Slays Republicans On Obamacare

"[Trump's HHS Secretary] Tom Price once proposed a tax credit of $1,200 for people aged 18 to 35 and $3,000 to people 50 and up, which is roughly a third of the cost of the most bare-bones plans on the market today. A tax credit that small helps cover your health insurance the way a thong covers your dad's ass - it doesn't - and there's something fundamentally wrong about that."

Trump Supporters Starting To Lose Faith?

Tom Godat, a union electrician who has always voted for Democrats, cast his ballot for Donald Trump last year as "the lesser of two evils" compared to Hillary Clinton. There's a lot that Godat likes about President Trump, especially his pledge to make the country great again by ignoring lobbyists, challenging both political parties and increasing the number of good-paying jobs.

House intel panel chairman downplays need for special prosecutor on Russia

The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday downplayed the need for a special prosecutor to probe contacts between the Russian government and members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, after a fellow Republican called for an independent investigation. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told reporters in Washington that there was no evidence of serious crimes with regard to contact between Trump associates and Russian intelligence.

Florida Governor meets with President…


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Florida Gov. Rick Scott joined with the nation's governors who are scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Scott left Thursday for Washington D.C. where he attended events connected to the winter meetings of the National Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association.

School budget set, reflects 6.3% increase in state funding

Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, led a group of legislative budget writers who crafted the public school budget that won approval in the Idaho Legislature's joint budget committee on Monday morning, Feb. 27, 2017, With no disagreement on the final divisions of the public school budget, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has now set the public schools budget for next year at $2.041 billion, a 6.3 percent increase in state general funds. Gov. Butch Otter had called for a 6.4 percent increase.

White House promises Trump will speak on ‘renewal of American spirit’

A presidential speech to the US Congress is one of those all-American moments that ooze ritual and decorum. The sergeant-at-arms will stand at the rear of the House of Representatives on Tuesday night and announce, in a booming voice, the arrival of Donald Trump before a joint session of Congress by intoning: "Mister Speaker, the President of the United States,'' as always.&nb... A presidential speech to the US Congress is one of those all-American moments that ooze ritual and decorum.

White House: No Reason to Pretend POTUS Is Friendly With the Media

If the television-obsessed President Donald Trump watched Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night on HBO, he got a jolt of reality from Congressman Darrell Issa, the slippery Republican conservative from California. Issa was asked by the host whether Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III should recuse himself from the FBI investigation of Trump's campaign and its contacts with Russian operatives.

John Oliver Mocks Republicans for Failing to Come Up with Obamacare Replacement

As our own Kevin Drum previously predicted, Republicans who have long dreamed of dismantling the Affordable Care Act are quickly discovering that the process is far more difficult than they likely imagined it would be - even with a GOP-controlled Congress and President Donald Trump in the White House. Contentious town halls , in which thousands of constituents across the country have chastised their elected officials for repeal plans, are also making life hell for many Republicans.

Kasich: GOP Should Side With Dems To Stop Conservatives

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a stalwart supporter of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, thinks the congressional effort to repeal the health care law needs to shift left to court Democrats instead of conservative members of the GOP. Kasich was the first Republican governor to expand Medicaid in his own state and is vocally pushing Congress to preserve the extra federal funding for broadened Medicaid eligibility during Obamacare repeal.

Rauner defends budgeting strategy

In his first go-round with reporters since his budget address a week and a half ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner defends his spending plan, in which spending exceeds revenues by four and a half - or more - billion dollars. "We proposed a balanced budget in February of 2015, and we had $6 billion in cuts," Rauner said.

Man who tried to stop Kansas shooting says he was a more than happya to risk his life to save others

A Kansas man who's been called a hero for trying to stop a deadly shooting last week said he was "happy" to risk his life to save others and that he's grateful for how his community has united following the incident. Ian Grillot, 24, intervened to stop a gunman who witnesses said yelled "get out of my country" before shooting two Indian men in Olathe, Kansas last Wednesday, killing one.

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Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events President Trump warns businesses that are considering relocating their operations abroad: "There will be consequences" for leaving the United States. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or Sen. Cory Booker ? "You develop experiences over time which tell you that.

Trump takes the “shackles” off: Mass deportations begin as the world looks on in outrage

ICE agents and other federal cops are having "fun" again, as Trump sets them free to deport whoever they want At last night's Oscars ceremony, actor Gael GarcA a Bernal told the worldwide audience, "As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I am against any form of wall that wants to separate us." Iranian-American engineer and entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari read a statement from director Asghar Farhadi, whose film "The Salesman" won the foreign-language Oscar and decided not to attend due to the Trump administration's travel ban.

Stepping in

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reportedly connected intelligence officials to reporters in an effort to discredit an unfavorable New York Times story from Feb. 15 about contact with Russia, according to Axios. Spicer even allegedly stayed on the phone during some of the conversations.

Snobbery and Rage: How Did this Happen?

"Scratch an intellectual, and you find a would-be aristocrat who loathes the sight, the sound and the smell of common folk." Those words might have been written last year, as an explanation for Donald Trump's rise or a rejoinder to Hillary Clinton's denunciation of "deplorables."

Spicer Personally Arranged Calls with Intelligence Officials

"White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer personally picked up the phone and connected outside officials with reporters to try to discredit a New York Times article about Trump campaign aides' contact with Russia, then remained on the line for the brief conversations," Mike Allen reports. "The officials reached by Spicer were CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Senate Select Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr , according to a senior administration official.

The Latest: Buffett says $143B Unilever talks soured quickly

Warren Buffett says the proposed $143 billion offer to acquire Unilever, a deal with links to his company, fell apart quickly because the European company wasn't interested. Buffett said Monday on CNBC that his Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital abandoned Kraft Heinz Foods' bid for Unilever because they were interested only in a mutually agreed upon tie-up, not a hostile takeover.

GOP tax plans could eliminate popular tax breaks


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A report is warning that the changes under consideration by the GOP-led House would reduce significantly federal dollars for Medicaid and subsidized private insurance. A report is warning that the changes under consideration by the GOP-led House would reduce significantly federal dollars for Medicaid and subsidized private insurance.

Did President Trump save 77,000 coal mining jobs?

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events "If we had not overturned this rule, we were looking at nearly 70,000 jobs across the country." - Unidentified participant in President Trump's signing of H.J. Resolution 38, eliminating the Stream Protection Rule, Feb. 16, 2017 "I'm really pleased that we repealed a regulation that was going to be very, very damaging to my state.

AP sources: White House to propose boosting defense spending

The White House will propose boosting defense spending and slashing funding for longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency in a set of marching orders to agencies as it prepares its budget for the upcoming fiscal year. President Donald Trump's proposal for the 2018 budget year, which will be sent to agencies Monday, won't make significant changes to Social Security or Medicare, according to an administration official.

Hijab-wearing White House staffer quits Trump administration

Washington D.C.[USA], Feb. 27: Hijab-wearing ex-White House Muslim staffer of Bangladeshi-origin has said that she quit her job after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his controversial travel ban, which made her last for eight days in the new administration. Rumana Ahmed was hired in 2011 to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council .

Trump toasts nation’s governors


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President Donald Trump toasted the nation's governors Sunday night, welcoming state leaders to a black-tie ball at the White House ahead of discussions about his plans to repeal and replace the so-called Obamacare law. Trump welcomed 46 governors and their spouses to the annual Governors' Ball at the White House, the first major social event of his administration.

FirstEnergy Completes Demolition of Lake Shore Power Station


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The 306-foot brick and concrete stack and 170-foot boiler house at FirstEnergy's Lake Shore plant were demolished early this morning using more than 200 pounds of explosives, taking approximately 10 seconds to fall and permanently altering the Cleveland skyline. Charges were detonated at approximately 1:00 a.m., representing a major milestone in a multi-year process to close the 106-year old plant.

South Korea to extend subsidy on some egg imports as bird flu hits local output


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A South Korean health official disinfects a vehicle to prevent spread of bird flu in Pohang, South Korea, December 19, 2016. Choi Chang-ho/News1 via South Korea is extending a scheme to subsidize up to half the cost of importing eggs by sea for another two months until the end of April, as it grapples with a shortfall in local supply in the wake of its worst-ever bird flu outbreak.

Some of the Best Memes From the Oscars Best Picture Mix-Up


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Soon enough, there were alternate cards that read "Hillary Clinton President of the United States" in reference to the results of the 2016 presidential election, and other cards that said " 'Lemonade' BeyoncA " in reference to the Grammy for The Damien Chazelle-directed film had been expected to win Best Picture - and came in with 14 nominations, tied for the most ever, to to the audience directly following the flub, explaining that he was given Best Actress card instead of Best Picture and was confused. "I also was holding my Best Actress in a Leading Role card the whole time.

Trump Can’t Bully America

The Trump presidency is in shambles and hanging on to life support. There people in the streets like never before, and it doesn't matter what the mainstream media has to say about, this is a good thing.

Congress returns for State of the Union, more

Lawmakers return to Congress this week for the president's State of the Union address and a House vote on the NAFCU-backed "SCRUB Act," both set for tomorrow. The "Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act" was reintroduced by Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., this year after he first introduced it during the last Congress.

Two Views: Supreme Court Nomination – Gorsuch could make it harder to address climate change


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Judge Neil Gorsuch was not on President Donald Trump's first list of potential Supreme Court nominees. Judge Gorsuch did, however, appear on a revised list just weeks after he wrote a controversial manifesto arguing that it should be easier for corporations and individuals suing federal agencies to have courts strike down regulations and overrule decisions by experts at agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency.

Trump’s Cabinet has to work as a cleanup crew


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After President Donald Trump said that deporting undocumented immigrants was "a military operation," Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, speaking in Mexico, clarified that there would be "no use of military force in immigration operations." After Trump, standing next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, upended decades of U.S. policy by saying he was open to a one-state solution to the conflict in the Middle East, U.N. envoy Nikki Haley asserted that the United States "absolutely" supports a two-state solution.

Historically black colleges push for financial support

Presidents from a majority of the country's historically black colleges and universities are in Washington this week, calling for $25 billion in the upcoming budget to help address priorities including infrastructure, college readiness and financial aid as President Trump prepares to sign an executive order aimed at signaling his commitment to the schools. Trump met briefly with the college leaders on Monday, posing for a photograph in the Oval Office before the group met with Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The Latest: Trump to order review of Obama rule on waterways

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday mandating a review of an Obama-era rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution. A senior White House official says the order will instruct the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to review a rule that redefined "waters of the United States" protected under the Clean Water Act to include smaller creeks and wetlands.

In US, Blacks’ Life Optimism More Likely to Go Unmet

Blacks in the U.S. have consistently rated their current satisfaction with their lives lower than have whites, Asians and Hispanics in recent years. At the same time, blacks have been far more optimistic than the other three groups when assessing what their satisfaction with their lives will be like five years in the future.

More Melbourne speed camera locations revealed

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The Latest: White House to seek big boost in defense dollars

Host President Donald Trump, makes a toast during a dinner reception for the annual National Governors Association winter meeting Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the State Dining Room of the White House, in Washington. The White House is preparing to propose boosting defense spending and slashing funding for longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency.

Byron York: Optimism in Trump’s America

President Trump 's job approval rating, 44 percent with a 48 percent disapproval rating in a new Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll , makes him "the first president of the post-World War II era with a net negative approval rating in his first gauge of public opinion," according to the Journal. Trump's most strident supporters will no doubt call the polls fake, but the fact is, Trump's numbers are low, and they're more evidence - as if any more were needed - that there is no honeymoon for the 45th president.

Nominee to be Navy secretary withdraws

The USS John C. Stennis sails in the Philippine Sea. The Trump administration's choice to become the next Navy secretary has pulled his name from consideration, the Pentagon said Sunday, the second nominee to head a military service who has bowed out in recent weeks.

Nearly half of Mexicans think ‘El Chapo’ Guzman shouldn’t have…

Nearly half of Mexicans don't think their government should've sent Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the US, and more than 60% think the Mexican government should've held on to him for negotiations with President Donald Trump. The poll, conducted two days after Guzman was sent north on Jan. 19, queried 400 Mexicans about the kingpin's extradition, with a margin of error of 4.9%.

AP sources: White House to propose slashing agency budgets

The White House is moving to propose slashing cuts to longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency in a set of marching orders to agencies as it prepares its budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Capitol Hill aides say the White House budget office on Monday will send agencies proposed levels for the 2018 budget year.

A three-way conservative split?

Our friend Tevi Troy has an article in Politico about what he perceives to be a three-way split in conservatism produced by the Trump ascendancy. Tevi identifies the three branches as "ever-Trumpers," the president's ardent supporters; "conservative critics"; and "safe-space conservatives."

Oscars 2017: Political skits, speeches dominate show

Kimmel started off the night on a serious note, urging everyone watching the telecast to "reach out to one person you disagree with and a have a positive conversation." He later joked about topics like Homeland Security , alluding to President Trump's immigration ban from earlier this year and touched on Trump's "overrated" tweet about Meryl Streep , stemming from her speech this year at the Golden Globe Awards .

South Carolina law makes it tough to lower Confederate flags

In the aftermath of the racially motivated Charleston church slayings in 2015, the Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina Statehouse during an elaborate nationally televised ceremony. But in less prominent places, the fight over the flag rages on, with the rebel banner garnering at least two recent victories.

New chairman Perez pledges to repair, unite

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who is a candidate to run the Democratic National Committee, speaks during the general session of the DNC winter meeting in Atlanta, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. ORG XMIT: GABC107 less Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who is a candidate to run the Democratic National Committee, speaks during the general session of the DNC winter meeting in Atlanta, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

How a Tiny Gold Fund and TV Treasure Hunter Got Out-Sized Return

A small Cayman Islands-based startup is using a former reality TV treasure hunter and a contrarian bet on gold to beat funds run by heavyweight firms such as Goldman Sachs and Pimco. Montreux Capital Management' s $30 million natural resources fund has returned 146 percent in the past year, beating 99 percent of peers, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. By comparison, the $1.8 billion Goldman Sachs Structured Investments fund is up 34 percent while a commodity Managing Partner Oliver Harris said Montreux is benefiting from a 2014 wager on gold after the metal's worst year in decades, and an alliance with Steven Newbery, an industry veteran and former star of the Lost Treasure Hunters show.

Murderer deported to UK after 38 years in US jail

Strangler who murdered his 14-year-old girlfriend as a teen is deported to Britain after 38 years in a US jail - as victim's family warn he could kill again A murderer who strangled his 14-year-old girlfriend has been freed after 38 years in a US jail after prison chiefs demanded he was deported back to Britain. London-born Hawkins, then 16, lured the teen to an underground bunker and strangled her with his shirt sleeve, before stuffing her lifeless body in an oil drum.

Trump jabs fly at Oscars, awards go to Ali, Davis, ‘O.J.’

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Exclusive – ” Linda Tripp: SNL Made Meinto A – Villain’ to Protect the Clintons

During a radio interview broadcast on Sunday, Linda Tripp, who was famously portrayed by John Goodman on Saturday Night Live during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, blasted SNL for what she described as a political campaign to "make me into a villain" instead of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Tripp says she was prompted to go public about the issue in response to the NBC comedy sketch show's negative portrayal of President Donald Trump and top White House officials.

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Sheriff David Clarke began his closing address to CPAC 2017 as he knew everyone familiar with him would expect, by declaring "Blue Lives Matter in America!" "To what purpose did our Founding Fathers and the soldiers of our great Continental Army strive? Did they work to form the horrible mistake of what progressive Democrats call the Great Society - a place of cradle-to-grave reliance on the benevolent providence of government as the father, the mother, the breadwinner, and the teacher?" Clarke asked as he settled down to the primary business of his speech. "I think not," he answered.

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Still reeling from the election of Donald Trump, Democrats in Delaware can take solace in maintaining their grasp on state government. Stephanie Hansen, an attorney and former New Castle County Council president, won a special election Saturday for the Senate seat vacated by fellow Democrat Bethany Hall-Long, who was elected lieutenant governor last year.

Naming airport after Clintons doesn’t fly with GOP lawmaker

In this May 3, 2013, file photo, former President Bill Clinton speaks at ceremonies in Little Rock, Ark., to dedicate the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. With his party now holding all of the levers of power in Arkansas politics, Sen. Jason Rapert, a Republican state lawmaker, is pushing to remove the names of the state's most famous Democrats _ Bill and Hillary Clinton _ from Little Rock's airport.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich: House Republicans could foil Obamacare replacement

Ohio Gov. John Kasich: House Republicans could foil Obamacare replacement The longtime Trump critic vows to fight to keep Americans insured. Check out this story on ElPasoTimes.com: http://usat.ly/2lJlBPi WASHINGTON - Longtime Trump critic and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, two days after trying to mend fences at the White House, turned on Sunday to Republicans on Capitol Hill, saying that hard-line members of his own party in the House could be the biggest obstacle to passing an Obamacare replacement law.

Iowa Bill Proposal: To Get Faculty Position, Must Have Correct Political Affiliation

Just when you think the political debacle in this country cannot get anymore grotesque, here's a recent proposal by Iowa State Senator March Chelgren : to counter the liberal slant at Iowa's three public universities, the job candidates' political affiliationswould have had to be considered. Why? To ensure "balanced speech" and avoid the "liberal slant" in public universities these days.

Father of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen raid to Trump…

The father of William "Ryan" Owens, the Navy SEAL Team 6 member who was the first US combat death during US President Donald Trump's presidency in January, urged the Trump administration to not "hide behind my son's death" and provide answers. In an interview with the Miami Herald , Bill Owens, also a Navy veteran, called for an investigation into the raid that left his son, an eight-year-old girl, and as many as 29 civilians dead.

Dana Milbank: Trumpa s takeover of conservatism is complete

President Trump, addressing the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, reminisced about the “very exciting” moment several years ago when he had his coming out as a conservative. I was there when Trump spoke at that 2011 CPAC gathering, at its former site in the Marriott ballroom in Washington's Woodley Park neighborhood.

Why Raul Castro is sinking Cuba into an even deeper hole

In recent weeks the regime of General RaAol Castro has "spooked," and is now galloping in the wrong direction, in defiance of time and history. The economic crisis is compounded daily, and the dictator and his military junta, far from taking steps to unshackle Cuba's productive forces, are restricting and choking them more and more.

Driver in Mardi Gras truck crash was legally drunk, police say


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Neilson Rizzuto, 25, accused of plowing a pickup truck into a crowd of spectators at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Neilson Rizzuto, 25, accused of plowing a pickup truck into a crowd of spectators at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.

Chao Warns Governors: Paying for Big Transport Plans to Be Hard

The White House is working on plans for improving U.S. transportation and other key structures, but agreeing on how to pay for expensive new projects won't be easy, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told the nation's governors. There's a number of ways to fund critical upgrades and no consensus across the political spectrum, so there needs to be national agreement on getting a plan approved, Chao said in her first public appearance since taking office on Jan. 31. "Everybody wants a better transportation system, but very few people want to pay for it, so that's a big conundrum,'' Chao said Sunday at the National Governors Association's winter meeting in Washington.

Thomas Perez – Mostly False: New DNC chair Tom Perez says Donald…

Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman on Feb. 25, 2017, over Rep. Keith Ellison, a liberal Minnesota congressman, after a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party's electoral failures. New DNC chairman Thomas Perez talks about the future of the Democratic Party with "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd on Feb. 26, 2017.

Democratic and Republican Partisans Prepare for Next Election

At least five potential Republican candidates for Governor in 2018 were among the crowd of 400 people at the Saturday, Feb. 25, Lincoln Day Gala of the Shelby County Republican Party. Meanwhile, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry told a group of 150 Democrats at an "Obama Day" event Saturday that they and other Democrats across the state can elect one of their own as governor in 2018.

Trump takes on Hillary, says race for DNC Chairman was ‘rigged’

Ellison said Trump had violated the constitution if he'd accepted money from foreign dignitaries by having them stay at Trump International Hotel Perez was elected the first Latino chairman of the party on the second ballot at the winter meeting of the Democratic National Committee , and immediately named the runner-up, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, deputy chairman in a gesture of unity. Reminiscent of the fight between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in the presidential race a year ago, the progressive wing of the party lost to the establishment in the battle to be the head of the Democratic National Committee .

New release of Black Panther file reveals FBI rigged investigation of murdered policeman


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Buried in the Federal Bureau of Investigation file of deceased Black Panther leader Wopashitwe Mondo Even we Langa are secrets still hidden by Bureau censors, missing records, a misleading letter to a New Jersey Congressman, and a handwritten note revealing the FBI called off the search for a policeman's killer just four days after the officer was buried. An FBI memo dated Aug. 20, 1970, approves the Omaha Police request for help comparing voices - the voice of the person who called police with the voices of the suspects.

Brison’s U.S. trip aimed at strengthening business ties


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Federal Treasury Board President Scott Brison met with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget's Mick Mulvaney this week. Brison said another meeting is already planned for an undetermined date.

DN editorial: How to protest president’s policies on immigration

LAST WEEK, the Department of Homeland Security presented an outline for a major change in immigration enforcement and detention that has the potential to harm everyone, including U.S. citizens. The new policies put most of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country at risk for arrest and deportation, no matter how law-abiding or hard-working, no matter if they are parents of young children who are citizens or elderly infirm people who have been in this country-and paid taxes here - for decades.

CNN anchor Jake Tapper’s stinging put down of Sean Spicer

'That must really bother you.... cc: Barack Obama:' CNN's Jake Tapper launches stinging Twitter jab at Sean Spicer for complaining that journalists got his birthplace wrong CNN's Jake Tapper sharply reminded Sean Spicer of the Birther theory that was pushed by the Trump campaign before November CNN's Jake Tapper piled on his criticism of the White House on Saturday in a stinging Twitter put-down of Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Spicer, who he earlier deemed 'un-American' for banning certain publications from an off-camera briefing on Friday, complained on Saturday about a pair of New York Times journalists he said 'didn't bother to ask' him where he was born before mistakenly publishing his birthplace.

New DNC Chair Tom Perez Pledges to Repair and Unite Democratic Party

Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez pledged on Sunday to unite a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from "school board to the Senate" and reach out to chunks of rural America left feeling forgotten in the 2016 election. Speaking in television interviews, Perez indicated that an important first step was joining with vanquished rival Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, who agreed at Perez's invitation to serve as the Democratic National Committee's deputy chairman.

Naming airport after Clintons doesn’t fly with GOP lawmaker

In this May 3, 2013, file photo, former President Bill Clinton speaks at ceremonies in Little Rock, Ark., to dedicate the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. With his party now holding all of the levers of power in Arkansas politics, Sen. Jason Rapert, a Republican state lawmaker, is pushing to remove the names of the state's most famous Democrats _ Bill and Hillary Clinton _ from Little Rock's airport.

Death Of A North Korean Prince: What Do We Know?

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's estranged half-brother was murdered at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia two weeks ago, and so far this case has taken more twists and turns than a mountain road. Pyongyang tops the suspect list, but it has yet to be definitively proven that North Korea was behind the attack.

Sessions’ tough on crime talk could lead to fuller prisons

The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and already has indicated a looming need for private prison cells seems poised to usher in a reversal of that trend. Jeff Sessions, a former federal prosecutor sworn in this month as the country's chief law enforcement officer, signalled at his confirmation hearing - and during private meetings in his first days on the job - that he sees a central role for the federal government in combating drug addiction and violence as well as in strict enforcement of immigration laws.

Attorney General Sessions may have to recuse himself from the…


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The White House on Sunday did not rule out that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may recuse himself from Justice Department investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a deputy White House press secretary, said congressional investigations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election would have to run their course before Sessions, who was a top campaign adviser to Trump, needed to decide whether to step aside from the FBI investigations.

Here’s how the F-35 stacks up to Russia and China’s…

As the US starts to forward-deploy more of its F-35 Lightning, China and Russia have been putting the finishing touches on their own batches of fifth-generation aircraft - and they all express vastly different ideas about what the future of air combat will look like. For the US, stealth and sophisticated networks define its vision for the future of air combat with the F-22 and F-35.

Christie: White House, FBI facing perception problem

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says Democrats are overreaching in asking for a special investigation into reported contacts between President Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russians known to US intelligence. In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" Sunday, Christie was critical of a meeting first reported by CNN between White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

New Dem Party chairman Perez pledges to repair, unite party

Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez pledged on Sunday to unite a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from "school board to the Senate" and reach out to chunks of rural America left feeling forgotten in the 2016 election. Speaking in television interviews, Perez indicated that an important first step was joining with vanquished rival Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, who agreed at Perez's invitation to serve as the Democratic National Committee's deputy chairman.

Naming airport after Clintons doesn’t fly with GOP lawmaker

In this May 3, 2013, file photo, former President Bill Clinton speaks at ceremonies in Little Rock, Ark., to dedicate the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. With his party now holding all of the levers of power in Arkansas politics, Sen. Jason Rapert, a Republican state lawmaker, is pushing to remove the names of the state's most famous Democrats _ Bill and Hillary Clinton _ from Little Rock's airport.

Sessionsa tough on crime talk could lead to fuller prisons

The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and already has indicated a looming need for private prison cells seems poised to usher in a reversal of that trend. Jeff Sessions, a former federal prosecutor sworn in this month as the country's chief law enforcement officer, signaled at his confirmation hearing - and during private meetings in his first days on the job - that he sees a central role for the federal government in combating drug addiction and violence as well as in strict enforcement of immigration laws.

Trump rebukes FBI over failure to stop leaks

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OpinionOur members must be heard on border wallOur members must be…

Our members must be heard on border wall Congress will decide if $20 billion to build the wall is the best use for those funds Check out this story on lcsun-news.com: http://lcsun.co/2lJzdKr We appreciate the statement made Tuesday by the Las Cruces City Council in oppisition to a border wall that has been proposed by new President Donald Trump. Debate on the resolution that was introduced by Mayor pro tem.

NY Times’ Rutenberg Tries to Enlist Republicans to Defend Media, Oppose Trump

Sunday's New York Times featured the latest installment in easily-freaked media reporter Jim Rutenberg's crusade against President Trump: " Trump's Undermining Reporters May Haunt Republicans ." The online headline foreshadowed Rutenberg's unlikely attempt to enlist Republicans in defense of the press and against Trump: "Will the Real Democracy Lovers Please Stand Up?" while the text box delivered an empty threat: "This strategy could push Republicans into a corner later."

Healing the great American divide one painful fracture at a time


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Christie to Protest-Shy GOP: ‘You Asked For the Job, Go Do It’

Republicans leery of angry voters at town hall meetings should remember "you asked for the job" and allow constituents and even "professional protesters" to "yell themselves out," Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday. In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," the New Jersey Republican said lawmakers have to take responsibility for listening to their constituents.

What’s going on with your Maine ID? Legislators scramble


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State and federal representatives are scrambling to fix the situation, which stemmed from fears over a 12-year-old federal act that critics say would create a national database of personal information. But states are starting to comply with the law because starting this year, federal agencies aren't accepting driver's licenses that don't meet security standards.

8 Things You Should Know About Omarosa

Within this role she handles community issues and outreach. 2.) She pressured President Trump to hire African American entertainers for the inauguration despite his reluctance because 'black people didn't support his campaign'.

President Trump has historically low job approval: poll

President Trump's job approval rating is at a record low, with nearly half of respondents saying they disagree with his performance in the White House so far, a new poll shows. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that Trump's job approval rating is 44% - a record for a newly-inaugurated president.

Republicans divided on Russia probe, calls for special prosecutor over AG Sessions


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Republicans are increasingly divided over whether members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign made illegal contact with Russia and if a special prosecutor should be appointed over Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate allegations. Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told "Fox News Sunday" that he has confidence in Sessions, a Trump campaign supporter and former Alabama senator, and his judgment.

Transgender Student Rights: Status Quo Here in Maine

Last May, the Obama Department of Education and Department of Justice issued guidance to schools about supporting transgender students in schools under Title IX. Schools receive guidance via a "Dear Colleague Letter" that helps provide answers and helps guide educators, parents, students, and other stakeholders better understand an issue.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad writes open letter to Trump

Iran's ex-president Mahmud Ahmadinejad published Sunday an open letter to Donald Trump, welcoming his criticism of the US political system but taking issue with his visa ban and attitude to women. Many Iranians see the new US president as cut from the same cloth as Ahmadinejad, who shocked the establishment with his sudden rise to power in 2005, combining hardline rhetoric and populist economic policies to win a powerful following among Iran's lower classes.

News 13 mins ago 7:15 a.m.Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean to run for governor of Tennessee

Karl Dean is running for governor of Tennessee in an uphill bid to become the first Democrat elected statewide in the Volunteer State since 2006. Casting himself as a pro-business moderate focused on education and jobs, the former Nashville mayor said he made the call after consultation with family, deciding he had "a reason and purpose" to run and determining there's a path for him to win in a state where Republicans have dominated in recent years.

Dakota Access pipeline protest close to ending

Not surprisingly, protest groups - and the many celebrities who joined them - have been conspicuously absent from the clean-up effort and appear unconcerned about the disarray they left in their wake. The news release said the bills were "designed to protect landowner rights, deter criminal activity and expand the ability to appoint outside law enforcement officers to assist North Dakota agencies".

Iran ex-president applauds immigration to US in long letter to Donald Trump

Iran's former hard-line president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sent a 3,500-word letter to US president Donald Trump that applauds immigration and says it shows "the contemporary US belongs to all nations". Iran's former hard-line president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sent a 3,500-word letter to US president Donald Trump that applauds immigration and says it shows "the contemporary US belongs to all nations".

Forces conduct month-long exercise to test combat readiness to deal with any possible threat

The Navy has carried out a mega exercise which saw participation of its strategic assets including nuclear-powered submarine and aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, besides Su-30 and Jaguar fighter jets of IAF. NEW DELHI: The Navy has carried out a mega exercise which saw participation of its strategic assets including nuclear-powered submarine and aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, besides Su-30 and Jaguar fighter jets of IAF.

FBI app puts 10 Most Wanted in your pocket

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Officials question if flurry of political visits really matter

U. S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, talks with the media, along with, left to right, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-NC, U.S. Representative John Carter, R-TX, U.S. Representative Mike Conaway, R-TX, and U.S Representative David Rouzer, R-NC, before touring the Rio Grande at Anzalduas Park on Feb. 20, 2017 in Mission. photo by Joel Martinez/jmartinez@monitor.com U. S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, talks with the media, along with, left to right, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-NC, U.S. Representative John Carter, R-TX, U.S. Representative Mike Conaway, R-TX, and U.S Representative David Rouzer, R-NC, before touring the Rio Grande at Anzalduas Park on Feb. 20, 2017 in Mission.

Spurned Reporters Should Dump Trump Briefings and Turn to Investigative Journalism


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Donald Trump was unhappy Saturday that the major media had neglected to report a point made by Herman Cain in an interview on Fox. Cain alleged that in Barack Obama's first month, the Federal budget deficit rose $200 bn., but in Trump's first month it fell to only $12 bn.

How to Be Both a Political Activist and a Consumer Activist


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Both Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, among other retailers, have dropped Trump brands, both Ivanka's and her father's. Their decisions came amid calls for a boycott against retailers that carry Trump products.

Big Pharma Quietly Enlists Leading Professors to Justify $1,000-Per-Day Drugs


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Over the last three years, pharmaceutical companies have mounted a public relations blitz to tout new cures for the hepatitis C virus and persuade insurers, including government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, to cover the costs. That isn't an easy sell, because the price of the treatments ranges from $40,000 to $94,000 - or, because the treatments take three months, as much as $1,000 per day.

Multi-Million Dollar Expansion For Baltimore Port

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Oscarsa best picture fail joins list of 10a

For all the people who have screwed up in public, botched beyond belief, lived through that “Wanna Get Away?” moment, Sunday night's Academy Awards was for you. Steve Harvey, Bill Buckner, John Travolta, Mariah Carey and all the other public bunglers are waking up this morning feeling a little better because their gaffes didn't happen in front of 35 million Americans and another gazillion people around the world.

White House dodging questions of Sessions’ role in FBI probe


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The White House is dodging questions about whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions should consider withdrawing from the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. A prominent Republican, California Rep. Darrell Issa, has called for a special prosecutor and said it would be improper for Sessions to lead the investigation as the nation's chief law enforcement official.

Liberal activists, new DNC chief face a Trump-era reckoning

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who is a candidate to run the Democratic National Committee, before speaking during the general session of the DNC winter meeting in Atlanta, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who is a candidate to run the Democratic National Committee, before speaking during the general session of the DNC winter meeting in Atlanta, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

GOP congressman: Special prosecutor needed for Russia probe

Congressman Darrell Issa speaks with members of the media following his speech during the California Republican Party's 2017 Organizing Convention in Sacramento, CA, on Saturday February 25, 2017. WASHINGTON - A Republican congressman has called for a special prosecutor to investigate whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and was in touch with President Donald Trump 's team during the campaign.

Advocates rally to preserve Affordable Care Act

A crowd of doctors, health care executives, and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act gathered in front of the State House on Saturday to condemn President Trump's vow to dismantle the nation's landmark health care law. Some protesters wore white doctor's coats, and others held signs reading, "Patients Over Politics," and "Hands off our ACA.

Our View: Leashing Visit Florida

Instead of euthanizing Visit Florida, House Speaker Richard Corcoran has decided to try to put it on a tighter leash. Corcoran, a Republican from Land O'Lakes, has been waging an internecine battle against Gov. Rick Scott over the state's taxpayer-funded tourism marketing agency.

Conservatives unsure how to handle Trump

For the past eight years, thousands of conservative activists have descended on Washington each spring with dreams of putting a Republican in the White House. With Donald Trump's presidential victory, the future of the conservative movement has become entwined with an unconventional New York businessman better known for his deal-making than any ideological principles.

Protesters upset by Luetkemeyer’s lack of town hall meetings

For two hours Saturday morning, Feb. 25, 2017, more than 30 people bundled up against the wind and stood along Missouri Boulevard near U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer's office, protesting his "failure" to hold a town hall meeting this past week. For two hours Saturday morning, more than 30 people bundled up against the wind and stood along Missouri Boulevard near U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer's office, protesting his "failure" to hold a town hall meeting this past week.

Trump won’t attend correspondents dinner

President Donald Trump, who has been criticizing the news media and is famously thin-skinned, says he won't be attending this spring's White House Correspondents' Association dinner - sparing himself the dubious honor of being an in-the-house target of jokes. The annual fundraiser for college scholarships and venue for reporting awards mixes politicians, journalists and celebrities and is typically attended by the president and first lady.

Oregon lawmakers’ use of “emergency clauses” on new legislation once…

Oregon conservatives have long railed against Democratic lawmakers' use of "emergency clauses" on legislation, which allow bills to go into effect immediately and prevent opponents from trying to refer them to voters. In recent years, the majority party in Salem, these critics claim, have used unnecessary "emergency clauses" to shield controversial legislation such as an expansion of background checks on people buying guns, a minimum wage increase, and the emissions-controlling "clean fuels" program from Oregon voters.

After Close Race, Perez Is Elected DNC Chair

Democratic National Committee delegates gathered in Atlanta picked Perez on Saturday, speaking after his win of the "earnest work we must do to defeat Donald Trump". With the Republican Party in the majority, Senate Democrats are keeping a low profile in the hopes of giving voters fewer reasons to vote against them, the Associated Press reports .

In Trumpa s first speech to Congress, will decorum hold?

The House sergeant-at-arms will stand at the rear of the House of Representatives on Tuesday night and announce the arrival of Donald Trump before a joint session of Congress by intoning: "Mister Speaker, the President of the United States" just like always. Trump will stride down the center aisle to lusty cheers and hearty handshakes from his Republican supporters.

Trump administration blocks changes on coal mining royalties

The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States, after mining companies challenged the agency in federal court. The move by the Trump administration means current rules governing the industry will remain in place pending decisions in the courts, according to an agency notification due to be published Monday in the Federal Register.

Report: Trump may pull US out of UN Human Rights Council due to Israel bias

The administration regards the Council as being inherently anti-Israel which is the main reason for the consideration for pulling out of the international body, according to the report. Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the East Room of the White House in Washington , DC on Feb. 15, 2017 with an Israeli flag in the background.

Japan launches offensive to obstruct plan to install ‘comfort women’ statue in Atlanta

A committee seeking to erect a girl's statue symbolizing victims of its wartime sexual slavery in Atlanta, Georgia, said Saturday that Japan has mounted an offensive to foil the installation. Japanese Consul General in Atlanta Takashi Shinozuka is meeting with influential figures in the US city to squash the plan, the committee said in a press conference Friday, adding that word of the installation is spreading.

Doctor, doctor give me the news

Republican replacement plans for Obamacare would lead to significant declines in the number of Americans with health insurance coverage, according to an analysis presented Saturday at the National Governors Association and obtained by Vox.

Wyden promises fights on Obamacare, Supreme Court appointment and Russian probe in town hall

More than 3,000 people gathered at the David Douglas High School gym on Saturday in a standing-room only town hall meeting to hear the U.S. senator's thoughts on the Affordable Care Act, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and potential ties between President Donald Trump and the Russian government. It was the last stop of Wyden's eight-day, 11 city tour before he was due back in Washington, D.C. after the 115th Congress' first recess.

Democrats elect Tom Perez as new chairman

Washington, Feb 26 - Members of the Democratic National Committee elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new chairman, media reports said. Perez, known as a civil rights advocate, won 235 of the 445 votes cast by the Democratic delegates meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, since Thursday to elect the new chairman of the DNC, Xinhua news agency reported.

Medical workers to Sen. McCain: Keep the ACA

About 150 people, many employed in the healthcare sector, gathered outside U.S. Senator John McCain's office to show their support for the Affordable Care Act and urge Arizona's senior congressman to resist attempts to dismantle the law signed by former President Barack Obama. "We feel the ACA is one of the most important pieces of healthcare legislation of all time," said Dr. Qunn Snyder, an emergency room physician."

Trump Skipping WHCA Dinner

President Donald Trump, who has been criticizing the news media and is famously thin-skinned, says he won't be attending the White House Correspondents' Association dinner - sparing himself the dubious honor of being an in-the-house target of jokes. The annual fundraiser for college scholarships and venue for reporting awards mixes politicians, journalists and celebrities and is typically attended by the president and first lady.

Millions May Lose Coverage in Obamacare Repeal, Governors Told

Policies supported by Republican congressional leaders to repeal and replace Obamacare could lead millions of people to lose their health coverage, according to a presentation given to state governors meeting Saturday in Washington. The presentation, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg News, estimates that the number of people covered by Obamacare through the individual insurance market could be slashed by as much as 51 percent in states that chose not to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare and by 30 percent in those that did expand the federal-state health program for the poor.

Sean Spicer Calls Out New York Times Reporter Who Wouldn’t Stop…

White House press secretary Sean Spicer completely belittled New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush this week after he continually interrupted Spicer during a press briefing on Thursday, who was in the process of calling on a totally different journalist. In a video showing the exchange, Spicer is seen calling on Bloomberg White House correspondent Shannon Pettypiece when Thrush began his obnoxious interruption, bombarding Spicer with a question.

Watch: Democratic National Committee Chooses Tom Perez As New Chair


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The first Latino appointed to the position of DNC chair, Perez beat fellow front-runner Keith Ellison, a representative from Minnesota, by 35 votes. Watch the announcement of Perez's win below: For many, Perez's victory represents the continuation of an " establishment " Democratic Party, and numerous progressives had hoped Ellison would win and revive the party.

Democrats pick Tom Perez to lead party against Trump

US Democrats elected former Labour Secretary Tom Perez as chairman on Saturday, choosing a veteran of the Obama administration to lead the daunting task of rebuilding the party and heading the opposition to Republican President Donald Trump. Members of the Democratic National Committee, the administrative and fundraising arm of the party, picked Perez on the second round of voting over US Representative Keith Ellison, a liberal from Minnesota.

Coal royalty program changes frozen by Trump administration

The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States, after mining companies challenged the agency in federal court. The move by the Trump administration means current rules governing the industry will remain in place pending decisions in the courts, according to an agency notification due to be published Monday in the Federal Register .

U.S. Democrats pick former Labour Secretary Tom Perez to lead party against Trump


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Democratic National Chair candidate, Tom Perez, addresses the audience at the Democratic National Committee in Atlanta, Georgia on February 25, 2017. Democratic National Chair candidate, Tom Perez, addresses the audience at the Democratic National Committee in Atlanta, Georgia on February 25, 2017.

The Trump Administration Just Took a Major Step Toward Mass Deportations

Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray has expressed "worry and irritation" about US President Donald Trump's trade and immigration policies during a visit by two top White House representatives. Mexico Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray on Wednesday said his government is completely opposed to this week's new immigration policy from Trump's Homeland Security Department to allow US agencies to more aggressively deport "removable aliens".

Buttigieg drops out of DNC chair race

Top Democrats poised to choose next party chair - Top Democrats will elect their next national chair on Saturday, a key figure who will try to rally a party still reeling from its presidential election defeat and crippled by down-ballot losses across the country over the last decade.

Jen Psaki: Without free press, democracy dies

Is it typical to target specific media outlets and exclude them from attending a White House briefing? The short answer is no. I spent almost eight years working for the Obama administration, in the White House as the deputy press secretary, deputy communications director, communications director, and as the spokesperson at the State Department.

URGENT – Obama congratulates Perez on DNC election

Former President Barack Obama congratulated his former labor secretary, Tom Perez, for clinching the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday and for selecting his rival for the job, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, as his deputy. "I'm proud of all the candidates who ran and who make this great party what it is," Obama said in a statement.

Perez Elected DNC Chairman on Second Ballot

Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman on Saturday over Rep. Keith Ellison, a liberal Minnesota congressman, after a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party's electoral failures. (Feb. 25) / MediaOS Video

In Trump’s First Speech to Congress, Will Decorum Hold?

The House sergeant-at-arms will stand at the rear of the House of Representatives on Tuesday night and announce the arrival of Donald Trump before a joint session of Congress by intoning: "Mister Speaker, the President of the United States" just like always. Trump will stride down the center aisle to lusty cheers and hearty handshakes from his Republican supporters.

Fox anchor Shepard Smith is not amused with Trump’s media bashing

On Friday, the White House held a media gaggle where they chose to bar several news outlets that Trump has taken issue with in the past. "CNN's reporting was not fake news", Smith added, in reference to the news network's reporting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation rejected a White House request to publicly knock down media reports about recent Trump-Russia links during the presidential election.

Air Canada plane skids off Pearson runway

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident involving the landing of an Air Canada flight from Halifax to Toronto early Saturday morning. As the plane hit the ground, part of its landing gear veered onto a grassy area before returning to the runway, Air Canada said in a statement.

Range of resolutions among measures before Utah Legislature


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Utah lawmakers have introduced about 700 bills this year, including resolutions that offer their opinions on high-profile topics such as refugees and public land. So far this session, about 10 percent of the measures brought before the Legislature have been resolutions.

Lessons my father could teach President Trump

I don't know what you were building or doing then, but my father was running for president, and the political left and their loyal snipers in the dominant media were shooting at him daily. And if the mullahs in Teheran didn't release the American hostages, he was going to turn Iran into a parking lot or a glass factory.

Trump’s call for US nuclear supremacy raises questions

President Donald Trump would like the US to be "at the top of the pack" when it comes to having nuclear weapons. The President said the US has "fallen behind on nuclear weapons capacity" and that, while he would like to see the lethal weapons abolished, as long as they exist "we're never going to fall behind on nuclear power."

If History Has Taught Us Anything, It’s That Clinton Scandals…

I decided to invest some time in Keith Gessen's widely discussed Putin essay , some of which is useful and some of which is strawman burning But it's hard for me to get beyond the argument boldfaced below, and I'm equally amazed to see other people parroting it: There is no reason at this point to dispute the consensus view of most intelligence analysts that Russian agents hacked the DNC and then leaked the emails to Julian Assange; it is also a well-known fact that Putin hated Hillary Clinton. Furthermore, it is true that the election was very close, and it did not take much to tip the result to one side.

There was one group noticeably absent from CPAC, the biggest conservative conference of the year


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The "Stand With Rand" shirts were out, and the "Make America Great Again" were in among the younger crowd at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference. Libertarians, who normally make up the loudest and most vocal faction at the annual nationwide gathering of conservatives, had a noticeably diminished presence at the 2017 political confab.

NY congresswoman urges open White House press briefings

A New York congresswoman has voiced outrage over the White House decision to block The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Politico and others from a press briefing. Rep. Carolyn Maloney said Saturday outside The New York Times offices in Manhattan that she wants the Trump administration to commit to a policy of press access for all.

Perez: Democrats are in ‘crisis of confidence’

Democrats on Saturday neared the end of a long, competitive battle to choose a new national party chairman who will attempt to turn widespread opposition to President Donald Trump into more election victories. One of the leading candidates, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, told Democratic National Committee members the party is facing a "crisis of confidence" and a "crisis of relevance" after losing about 1,000 elected posts from Capitol Hill to state legislatures during the last decade, in addition to Hillary Clinton's presidential election loss.

Syria opposition on same tack as US on terrorism, Iran

A top Syrian opposition leader hopes to persuade the new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump that rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad share the same priorities with Washington when it comes to fighting the Islamic State group and containing Iran. Nasr al-Hariri, head of the negotiating team of the main opposition delegation in Geneva, also expressed support for the establishment of safe zones in the war-torn nation as the United Nations makes a fresh bid to settle the conflict.

White House Says Chief of Staff Not Wrong to Talk to FBI

The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents. President Donald Trump's spokesman, Sean Spicer, argued Priebus had little choice but to seek Comey's assistance in rebutting what Spicer said were inaccurate reports about contacts during last year's presidential campaign.

Make America Great Again: Just Do the Opposite of Whatever Bernie Sanders Says


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Democrats inviting immigrants to Trump’s speech to Congress

Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies. Lawmakers typically get one guest ticket apiece for presidential addresses, as they will for Tuesday's prime-time speech, and the invites often go to family, friends or someone from back home.

Bannon’s Desperate Apartheid Conservatism

Watching the triumphalist parade of Trump Administration officials at CPAC this week, it would be easy to believe that American conservatism has reached new heights of lasting power. Republicans now control not only Congress and the Presidency, but the majority of governor's mansions and statehouses nationwide.

Trump aides urged intel officials, members of Congress to lie

The administration of Donald Trump, the President who routinely abandons the truth in his quest for self-proclaimed "greatness," attempted to enlist senior members of the American intelligence community and Congressional representatives and Senators to counter documented news stories about questionable ties by Trump associates to Russia. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other parts of the Justice Department are investigating of unlawful contacts by senior White House and campaign officials, as well as Trump himself, in growing scandals surrounding the new President.

Republicans meet the new third rail | Farmer

The classic "third rail" for decades has been social security. Republicans, dating back to its origin in the mid-1930s, have detested Social Security because of the bond it allowed its Democratic creators to forge with the great mass of American voters.

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The trouble began when police tried to arrest a teenage member of a notorious drug-dealing gang. Within hours, the snowy streets of Rinkeby, a northern suburb of the Swedish capital Stockholm, had erupted into violence with his fellow gang members hurling Molotov cocktails at passing vehicles, torching parked cars, throwing rocks and looting shops.

Dems invite immigrants to Trump’s first address to Congress

In this Dec. 1, 2015 file photo, then-Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear speaks in Louisville, Ky. Democrats have tapped Beshear to deliver the party's response to President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday, highlighting the Kentucky Democratas efforts to expand health care coverage under the law Republicans are determined to repeal and replace.

TPSD spends week focusing on security

Tupelo Public School District educators got a lesson in emergency management Thursday, particularly in how to react in the event of an active shooter situation. Jeff Broaddus, senior associate at Austin, Texas-based consulting firm Broaddus & Associates, worked with representatives from each of TPSD's schools.

Key committee keeps governor’s power bills alive

Legislation that would give the governor control of more than 60 boards that regulate multiple professions passed a key hurdle Friday morning. But Senate Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency Chair John Polk, R-Hattiesburg, who steered the legislation through his committee Friday, told members that significant changes must be made to the proposal before its ultimate passage.

Government Wants Appeal Of Travel Ban Put On Hold

The Justice Department wants a federal appeals court to put President Trump's travel ban case on hold until he issues a new order, but the states who sued to stop the ban want the case to move forward. A government motion filed Friday says all actions on the appeal should be stopped because Trump intends to issue a new executive order that addresses some of the constitutional concerns raised by his first action.

Will plain packaging on ALCOHOL make us any healthier?

Mr Manhattan! Barack and Malia catch a star-studded play on Broadway as the former President is cheered by crowds at every turn during trip to New York Two 'assassins' reveal all: Women arrested over nerve gas killing of Kim Jong-nam tell police they were 'good time girls hired in Malaysian massage parlors for $90 and told to carry out baby oil prank' The secret of happiness? Live life in the slow lane, says Buddhist monk. Savor supermarket lines, take three days to make decisions and listen more than you talk 'I have locked her at home, chased her around, grabbed her off the streets.

The Latest: Opposition leader backs US tack on IS, Iran

Syrian media say... Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan is embracing the town halls that many of his Republican counterparts in Congress have avoided as people lash out at President Donald Trump's early actions. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan is embracing the town halls that many of his Republican counterparts in Congress have avoided as people lash out at President Donald Trump's early actions.

Darrell Issa tells Bill Maher he’s open to a special prosecutor …

"We need an independent prosecutor," Maher said, responding to the California Republican's call for "the intelligence committees of the House and Senate to investigate within the special areas they can see." Maher continued: "And Jeff Sessions should recuse himself, the same way Loretta Lynch recused herself, because he was part of the Trump campaign."

Trump Takes His Vision To Congress, The Country And An Audience For The Ages

On Tuesday night, President Trump will address a joint session of the Congress for the first time, laying out his case for making the agenda of his campaign the law of the land. He will talk about controlling immigration, cutting taxes, abolishing regulations, repealing the Affordable Care Act, pulling out of multinational trade agreements and spending more on defense and homeland security.

Transgender Students, For-Profit Colleges And Changes To The SAT

In technical terms, the departments of Justice and Education this week rescinded Obama-era guidance on the interpretation of Title IX, the law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. In symbolic terms, the Trump administration backed away from endorsing transgender civil rights on the federal level, at least as they concern students.

Pence: Administration backs Israel abroad, business at home

Vice President Mike Pence is assuring the Republican Jewish Coalition that he and President Donald Trump will work tirelessly on foreign and domestic issues important to the group, such as enacting business-friendly policies at home and supporting Israel abroad. "If the world knows nothing else, the world will know this: America stands with Israel," Pence told the group Friday night.

As party rebuilds, Democrats seek a new DNC leader

Democrats are beginning the process of rebuilding their party by choosing a new national chairman charged with turning widespread opposition to President Donald Trump into more election victories. With the outcome of Saturday's vote uncertain, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison made a final push Friday to cajole support from the hundreds of state party leaders, donors and activists who make up the Democratic National Committee and determine the party's direction.

At town halls, GOP caught between Trump, angry voters

In this Feb. 21, 2017 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks at the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the American Legion Post 34, in Lawrenceburg, Ky. President Donald Trump has been in the White House only a little more than a month and already he's making things awfully uncomfortable for some of his fellow Republicans.

Democrats inviting immigrants to Trump’s speech to Congress

In this Feb. 10, 2016 file photo, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington during a House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee hearing on The Flint Water Crisis. Dr. Hanna-Attisha came to the U.S. with her parents, who were fleeing the regime of Saddam Hussein, has been invited by Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich.

Donald Trump plans to skip White House correspondents’ dinner

Get Boston Globe's Political Happy Hour newsletter , your afternoon shot of politics, sent straight from the desk of Joshua Miller. Capping a week of extraordinary hostility toward the news media, President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that he would not attend this year's charity dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association, scheduled for April 29, a Washington tradition symbolizing comity between the president and the press.

FAA must listen to local concerns

With the Federal Aviation Administration advancing its NextGen air traffic control system, everyone in Orange County needs to truly understand the impact it is already having in our communities around John Wayne Airport while the FAA debate insists there will be no significant impact. Residents in the region are experiencing drastic differences in the air traffic above their neighborhoods and businesses.

AP Exclusive: Analysts downplay threat from 7 nations in ban

Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States. A draft document obtained by The Associated Press concludes that citizenship is an "unlikely indicator" of terrorism threats to the United States and that few people from the countries Trump listed in his travel ban have carried out attacks or been involved in terrorism-related activities in the U.S. since Syria's civil war started in 2011.

White House asked key officials to deny reports of Russian contacts after FBI refused

The Trump administration has enlisted senior members of the intelligence community and Congress in efforts to counter news stories about Trump associates' ties to Russia, a politically charged issue that has been under investigation by the FBI as well as lawmakers now defending the White House. Acting at the behest of the White House, the officials made calls to news organizations last week in attempts to challenge stories about alleged contacts between members of President Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, U.S. officials said.

Murkowski says Trump policies on Arctic, climate still unclear

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, left, and Norwegian member of parliament Eirik Sivertsen took questions from reporters during a meeting of the Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region in Anchorage on Friday. Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says it's still unclear what the Trump administration's Arctic or climate policies will look like.

Democrats invite immigrants to Trumpa s first address to Congress

Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies. Lawmakers typically get one guest ticket apiece for presidential addresses, as they will for Tuesday's prime-time speech, and the invites often go to family, friends or someone from back home.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office reverses course, will allow ICE…

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone announced Friday evening that his agency would begin transferring inmates deemed in violation of federal immigration law to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers within the confines of county jails. Maricopa County Sheriff's Office reverses course, will allow ICE agents to pick up migrants inside jails Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone announced Friday evening that his agency would begin transferring inmates deemed in violation of federal immigration law to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers within the confines of county jails.

Bill Mitchell: The happiest guy at CPAC

Standing at an imposing 6-foot-5, radio host Bill Mitchell towered over pretty much everyone at the Conservative Political Action Conference this week. It provided a fitting visual, as few cut a more triumphant figure at the gathering than he did.

Undocumented immigrant arrested after double stabbing, kidnapping

An undocumented immigrant previously deported for felony convictions was arrested Friday as a suspect in a double stabbing and kidnapping, authorities said. Oscar Hernandez took off with his 6-year-old daughter, Aylin, around 3 a.m. Friday after fatally stabbing Aylin's mother and wounding another female victim, according to police in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

GPS device-maker Garmin reeling after workers gunned down

In this undated photo provided by Kranti Shalia, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, right, poses for photo with his wife Sunayana Dumala. In the middle of a crowded bar, a 51-year-old former air traffic controller yelled at two Indian men - Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani - to "get out of my country," witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man who tried to help, Thursday, Feb 23, 2017, in Olathe, Kan.

DHS report disputes threat from banned nations

Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States. A draft document obtained by The Associated Press concludes that citizenship is an "unlikely indicator" of terrorism threats to the United States and that few people from the countries Trump listed in his travel ban have carried out attacks or been involved in terrorism-related activities in the U.S. since Syria's civil war started in 2011.

Cannabis caucus ready to ‘bump heads’ with AG

Congress is forming a cannabis caucus with high hopes of protecting a pot industry besieged by fears of a potential federal crackdown. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican who is an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, is helping to lead the creation of the caucus.

‘Blandcouver’ does it again: New logo ridiculed as lame attempt…


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In the design world, says Cameron Neat, there's general consensus that when a municipality goes about creating a visual identity for itself, it should strive for these key things: authenticity, emotion and pride in place. Unfortunately, the revamped logo adopted by the City Vancouver - already pigeonholed as a "No Fun City" and "Blandcouver" - inspires none of those things, says the professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

“Not everybody is going to have health care”: Leaked bill …

"Not everybody is going to have health care": Leaked bill shows Republicans getting closer to an Obamacare replacement - sort of House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., joined by Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, following GOP strategy session. Ryan gave a strong defense of President Donald Trump's refugee and immigration ban to caucus members and said he backs the order, which has created chaos and confusion worldwide.

White House slams door on reporters

The White House blocked a number of news organizations from attending an informal briefing Friday, a rare and surprising move that came amid President Donald Trump's escalating war against the media. White House press secretary Sean Spicer banned reporters from CNN, the New York Times, Politico, the Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed from attending a "gaggle," a non-televised briefing, but gave access to a number of other reporters, including those representing conservative outlets.

So I Had a Day

The lady friend left this morning early, and I had two missions to complete. I had to pick up four antique chippendale chairs for her, and I had to get a corner cupboard for me.

Fact-checking Trump’s CPAC speech

President Donald Trump's speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor in Maryland was littered with some of the president's favorite and frequently cited falsehoods. Here's a roundup of 13 of his more dubious claims, listed in the order in which he made them: ''I saw one story recently where they said, 'Nine people have confirmed.'

The Ex-Hippies Who Love TrumpBy Sol Stern

The one-time stalwart of the 1960's New Left is raising his hand to retroactively claim credit as a founding father of the Trump revolution. Here he is at Breitbart , boasting about his long friendship with Steven Bannon and about grooming a young Stephen Miller, who Horowitz calls a "general" in the "White House battle tank" and his personal "conduit to Sessions."

Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe In act of solidarity, Mayor Walsh joins worshipers at mosque

Mayor Martin J. Walsh spoke to the media while surrounded by children during an immigrant and refugee community forum held at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh offered a passionate defense of immigration and religious diversity at the city's largest mosque Friday night during a forum to hear the fears and concerns raised by the Trump administration's executive orders regarding immigration and refugees.

Trump’s Billionaire Pick For Commerce, Oceans Chief Is Keeping His Oil Tankers


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If there's one thing that's clear from Wilbur Ross's financial disclosure forms, it's that the billionaire nominee for secretary of commerce lives in a world most Americans can only fantasize about. His many holdings include at least $150 million in cash accounts.

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Homeland Security spokeswoman Gillian Christensen on Friday did not dispute the report's authenticity, but said it was not a final comprehensive review of the government's intelligence. WASHINGTON - Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.

Kansas man accused in bomb plot feared social collapse

This Oct. 14, 2016 file booking photo provided by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office in Wichita, Kan., shows Patrick Stein, the alleged leader of a militia group accused of plotting to bomb a apartment complex in western Kansas where Somali refugees lived. At a detention hearing Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, Klein's attorney said his client believed then President Barack Obama would declare martial law and not recognize the validity of the election if Donald Trump won - forcing militias to step in.

Ten Questions Trump’s Joint Address Could Answer

Thirty-eight days into his administration, President Trump tries to turn the page Tuesday night when he makes his first address to a joint session of Congress and the nation. Instead of the past month's focus on White House disarray, internal leaks, executive orders, and dysfunction, the speech is an effort to shift the spotlight to his legislative agenda.

Trump-style revolt brewing in Canada, says think-tank head

The leader of a Canadian national think tank says the same socioeconomic troubles that led to the Donald Trump presidency in the United States also exist in Canada, and could lead to a similar populist uprising north of the border. Problems linked to unemployment, immigration and urban elitism are emerging in Canada, said Brian Lee Crowley, the managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a right-wing think-tank named after two early Canadian Prime Ministers.

Multiple major news outlets denied entry of White House press briefing

A host of major U.S. news outlets were barred from participating in a White House press gaggle Friday, underscoring the escalating tension between U.S. President Donald Trump and the media. Cable News Network, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Politico were excluded from a off-camera press gaggle, an informal press briefing, given by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Sanctuary New York City releases violent criminal alien

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers were able to arrest a member of a dangerous narco-terrorist organization, known as MS-13, despite his release from custody by New York City. ICE had submitted a detainer in the case of Estivan Rafael Marques Velasquez, which is a request to the local authorities to hold an illegal alien long enough for immigration authorities to take into custody.

Rutgers spent nearly $1.5M for Obama’s commencement speech

Rutgers University spent nearly $1.5million on its 2016 commencement ceremony because of that year's keynote speaker, then-President Barack Obama. The hefty price tag is $523,000 more than it cost the university the year before, when its commencement speaker was Bill Nye 'The Science Guy,' according to NJ Advance Media .

One principle that unites the Trump-era Republican party: hating its foes

Donald Trump has just finished a speech at the country's biggest annual gathering of conservatives, and outside in the hallway a group of young men are debating where they agree and disagree with the president. There's disagreement about his use of executive orders; his trade policies; his handling of the travel ban; his habit of using the presidential bully pulpit to pressure private businesses; his views on foreign military adventurism; and aspects of his style.

The Latest: Selma organizers say they’re going forward

In this March 7, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, their daughters Malia and Sasha, as well as members of Congress, former President George W. Bush, and civil rights leaders make a symbolic walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., on the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," a civil rights march in which protestors were beaten, trampled and tear-gassed by police at the site. Blacks who celebrate the civil rights movement and whites who commemorate the Civil War are suddenly finding themselves fighting on the same side in historic Selma, Alabama: against City Hall.

Arkansas executions can proceed, but state still lacks drugs

The state Supreme Court says Arkansas can take the next steps toward executing inmates who had challenged protocols put in place by the Department of Correction . The U.S. Supreme Court had said Tuesday it wouldn't consider the inmates' claims that the state's execution procedures could be "intolerably painful."

Elai Katz

Antitrust columnist Elai Katz reviews recent developments, including the Tenth Circuit's affirming the dismissal of antitrust claims asserting concerted denial of access to an essential facility in the natural gas market in western Colorado and a district court's acceptance of a narrow relevant market proposed by the U.S. Department of Justice, ensuring the government's successful challenge to Aetna's proposed acquisition of rival health insurer Humana.

The Latest: Pence to address influential GOP Jewish group

Vice President Mike Pence's speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition will be the visual evidence of the fruits of years of labor by the politically active group. The annual conference at billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson's casino resort on the Las Vegas Strip has become a de facto campaign stop for Republican presidential candidates over the past few years.

Pence to address politically potent Republican Jewish group

Vice President Mike Pence's speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition will be the visual evidence of the fruits of years of the politically active group's labors. The annual conference at billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson's casino resort on the Las Vegas Strip has become a de facto campaign stop for Republican presidential candidates over the past few years.

2nd Florida mosque hit by arson in past 6 months

Fire officials inspect a side door where an arson took place at the Daarus Salaam Mosque in Thonotosassa, Fla., Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Officials from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office, Fire Department and ATF talk outside the Daarus Salaam Mosque in Thonotosassa, Fla., after an arson there early Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.

White House reacts to killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla

The White House has sought to dispel concerns that the fatal shooting of an Indian engineer and the wounding of two other men was inspired by President Donald Trump's rhetoric. Addressing the killing that occured in the US state of Kansas this week, Sean Spicer, the White House spokesperson, said on Friday any loss of life is tragic but it would be absurd to link the action to Trump's stance on immigrants.

No anonymous sources,’ Trump scolds after WH uses them

Donald Trump used his first presidential appearance before the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists on Friday to sharply escalate his criticism of the news media and take direct aim at the use of anonymous sources. Reporters "shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name," he declared, just hours after members of his own staff held a press briefing and refused to allow their names to be used.

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Rep. Susan Davis defended the economic value of a "diverse community" at a pro-immigration rally Thursday outside two University Heights businesses started by an Iranian family. "Like many of you, I've been alarmed to hear President Trump's rhetoric on immigration," said the seven-term Congresswoman.

Donald Trump rips media at CPAC meeting for using anonymous sources


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Donald Trump used his first presidential appearance before the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists on Friday to sharply escalate his criticism of the news media and take direct aim at the use of anonymous sources. Reporters "shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name," he declared, just hours after members of his own staff held a press briefing and refused to allow their names to be used.

Some EU officials thought Trump’s statement that the EU was ‘wonderful’ was a ‘hoax’


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When Donald Trump called the European Union "wonderful" and said he was "totally in favor of it", some Brussels officials feared the headline was a hoax, given the U.S. president's earlier apparent disdain for the bloc. Trump's remarks in an interview with Reuters late on Thursday appeared to contrast sharply with comments he made last month when he labeled the EU a "vehicle for Germany", called Brexit a "great thing" and said more countries would follow Britain out of the bloc.

Trump vows military buildup, lashes out at media in CPAC speech


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US President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 24, 2017. US President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 24, 2017.

Microsoft’s bet on drone mapping


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Microsoft is betting that as drones proliferate, demand for mapping services and platforms will grow; this was recently demonstrated by the tech giant's investment in the real-time drone-mapping startup AirMap, according to The Verge . AirMap provides software that offers drones information about other aircraft in their immediate airspace, as well as notify individual drones where other members of their fleet are in real time.

New Jersey Oks gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land." The 15-member New Jersey Pinelands Commission voted to approve a plan by South Jersey Gas to run the pipeline through the federally protected Pinelands preserve, where development is drastically restricted.

Indian man killed in possibly racial shooting at Olathe bar

This undated photo provided by the Henry County Sheriff's Office in Clinton, Mo., shows Adam Purinton, of Olathe, Kan., who was arrested early Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in connection with a shooting at a bar in Olathe that left one person dead and and wounding two others. Purinton waived extradition during a brief court hearing in Henry County in Missouri and will be returned to Kansas.

Vulnerable Dems lay low as town hall angst rages

From Montana to West Virginia, the nation's most vulnerable Senate Democrats are avoiding town hall meetings as their Republican counterparts get pummeled by an energized electorate frustrated with President Donald Trump's early agenda. Some Democrats prefer to connect with constituents over the telephone or using social media.

Officials: Trump adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON - White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked top FBI officials to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, according to three White House officials. Democrats accused Priebus of interfering in a pending investigation.

Obama appearance in New York City causes brief commotion


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President Barack Obama caused quite a commotion Friday when he stopped inside a Fifth Avenue New York City office building. A large crowd gathered outside, trying to catch a view of the former president as he left 160 Fifth Avenue.

Tommy Chong on potential pot crackdown: Stay high

In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, comedian and marijuana icon Tommy Chong, talks about his line of marijuana products, including his "Chongwater" hemp drink, a custom joint roller, and his "Smoke Swipe" wipes that can remove the odor of pot smoke from clothing, during CannaCon, a marijuana business trade show in Seattle. Chong tweeted Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, "Don't worry stay High" in response to a potential crackdown on recreational pot use by the Trump administration.

File photo taken in 2012 shows the logo of Capital

Capital One eyed in anti-money-laundering probe Bank update says fed and state investigators focus on former check casher clients and related issues Check out this story on mycentraljersey.com: http://usat.ly/2lDmYNN Here's what's in Capital One Financial's wallet: Federal and state investigators' requests for information about the U.S. banking giant's anti-money-laundering program. Investigations by the Department of Justice, the Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and the Manhattan District Attorney's office in New York focus on "certain former check-casher clients" of Capital One's commercial banking business, the company said Thursday in its annual report .

Authorities investigating Indiana murders receive thousands of tips from public

Authorities investigating the slayings of two girls in Indiana have received over 1,900 tips since making an impassioned plea on Wednesday for people to come forward with information, a law enforcement source close to the investigation told ABC News Friday. The surge in tips followed the release of a new video clip retrieved from the cellphone of one of the victims, 14-year-old Liberty "Libby" German.

US envoys try to lower Mexico tensions as Trump amps them up

There were promises of cooperation, of closer economic ties, and frequent odes to the enduring partnership between the U.S. and its southern neighbor. But there were no public mentions of that massive border wall or President Donald Trump's plan to deport non-Mexicans to Mexico as top U.S. officials visited the Mexican capital.

FBI refused White House request to publicly deny press reports about Russia


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About a week ago, Donald Trump starred in his own solo press conference, which turned out to be one more attack against the media. The news conference followed Michael Flynn's resignation over Russia-related lies and recent reports that said high-ranking members of Trump's campaign staff were in frequent contact with former Russian intelligence officers.

One month in, anti-Trump movement shows signs of sustained momentum

People chant outside of The Stonewall Inn during a protest against the Trump administration's move to rescind guidance allowing transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice, in Manhattan, New York, U.S., February 23, 2017. People listen during a protest against the Trump administration's move to rescind guidance allowing transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice, in Manhattan, New York, U.S., February 23, 2017.

WH chief of staff urged the FBI to dispute Trump Russia report

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus made a personal appeal to a top FBI official to dispute reports that multiple senior members of President Trump 's campaign had communicated with Russian agents during the 2016 election, a senior White House official confirmed to ABC News on Friday. Priebus had reached out to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in an effort to knock down reports of talks between campaign officials and Russia following a New York Times report on the matter last week, the official said.

Date set for memorial dedication for fatal nightclub fire

A man accused of shooting two Indians in a suburban Kansas City bar, killing one man and injuring two others in an attack that some witnesses said was racially motivated, has been charged with murder and attempted... A man accused of shooting two Indians in a suburban Kansas City bar, killing one man and injuring two others in an attack that some witnesses said was racially motivated, has been charged with murder and attempted murder. Residents of historic Selma, Alabama, have found a common fight against city fees that threaten a civil rights celebration and scratched a Civil War re-enactment.

What America has to say about Donald Trump’s ethics

WASHINGTON -- As lawmakers seek to force Donald Trump to release his income tax returns, a majority of Americans indicated they believed the president has done something illegal or unethical. In a McClatchy-Marist survey asking about potential conflicts of interest between Trump's business holdings and his duties as president, just 41 percent said he had done nothing wrong, while 53 percent said Trump has done something illegal or unethical.

Upset at Trump, Mexico voices a worry and irritationa to U.S. envoys

Mexico on Thursday expressed "worry and irritation" about U.S. policies to two of President Donald Trump's top envoys, giving a chilly reply to the new administration's hard line on immigration, trade and security. Comments by Trump about a "military operation" to deport criminals added to the tense atmosphere, and prompted a clarification from Homeland Security chief John Kelly, one of the U.S. officials visiting Mexico City.

Pence, Bannon appeal for conservatives to unite behind Trump

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials urged conservative activists on Thursday to set aside differences and unite behind President Donald Trump's agenda stressing tough trade and immigration policies. Addressing the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, in suburban Maryland, outside Washington, Pence rallied the large group of Republicans who helped elect Trump on Nov. 8. "My friends, this is our time.

Brownback obstructs majority will

In a flurry of statehouse drama rarely seen, Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed the monumental tax bill Wednesday morning. Within a few hours, the House overrode the veto, and that afternoon, the Senate narrowly sustained the governor.

Marijuana dispensaries take wait-and-see approach after crackdown talk

Local marijuana shops say they will take a wait-and-see approach after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently made allusions to a federal crackdown on legal pot. Ramsey Hamide, whose co-owned dispensary Main Street Marijuana is Washington's top seller of marijuana, said cannabis-based businesses are worried they could face fines or jail time, but for many it's too soon to say.

Vote expected on hotly contested New Jersey pipeline project

New Jersey regulators are set to vote on whether a natural gas pipeline should run through the state's federally protected Pinelands region, which includes more than a million acres of farms, forests and wetlands. The Pinelands Commission is expected to make a final determination Friday morning on the proposal that has touched off a classic jobs-versus-environment battle in the nation's most densely populated state.

Exclusive: Trump says Republican border tax could boost U.S. jobs

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday spoke positively about a border adjustment tax being pushed by Republicans in Congress as a way to boost exports, but he did not specifically endorse the proposal. Trump, who has lashed out at U.S. companies for moving operations and jobs to countries such as Mexico, had previously sent mixed signals on the proposal at the heart of a sweeping Republican plan to overhaul the tax code.

Leading critic of Philippine leader Duterte arrested on drug charges

A Philippine senator and leading critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly anti-drug crackdown has been arrested on drug charges after it was alleged she received money from drug dealers inside the country's prisons. Senator Leila de Lima, her former driver and bodyguard and a former national prison official were ordered to be arrested by a local court after a judge found merit in criminal charges filed by the Department of Justice last week.

Donors Beware! More Scammers Are Targeting Crowdfunding Sites

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Bruins Blast Kings, 4-1, Continue Strong Start For Cassidy

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Santa Cruz accuses ICE agents of ‘betrayal’

Officials in the sanctuary city of Santa Cruz, California, are angry over reports that during a series of joint raids that netted suspected gang members, ICE also detained people because of their immigration status. Santa Cruz police said they only participated in the raids after being assured by senior officials with the Department of Homeland Security that no one would be taken into custody for being an undocumented immigrant.

Democrats view of Iowa’s collective bargining bill

In response to the passing of Republican-sponsored, SF213 and HF291, bills that gut a Chapter 20 law that has worked well for forty years to the benefit of working men and women in Iowa, Iowa Democratic Party Chair, Derek Eadon issued the following statement: "This assault on worker's rights is an attack on thousands of Iowa families. This bill does nothing to create jobs in Iowa, and it will only make it more difficult for Iowans to get ahead in the future.

Australians doubt Trump’s commitment to its traditional ally

Some Australians foresee trouble in their country's traditionally strong alliance with the United States because of what they see as "unpresidential" behavior from President Donald Trump, while others think outspoken businessman-turned-Australian-leader Malcolm Turnbull is a good match for him. Australians have long had an affinity with the United States and absorb American popular culture like blotting paper.

Trump’s New Enemy

Donald Trump declared in a tweet on February 17 that the mainstream press is "the enemy of the American People." This inflammatory remark was greeted by outrage mixed with anxiety.

Trump Reverses Obama-Era Transgender Bathroom Guidance

The U.S. federal government has rescinded guidelines allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, rather than the gender listed for them at birth. The Department of Justice and Department of Education issued a joint letter Wednesday to the nation's schools saying a directive issued last year by President Barack Obama's administration has led to "significant litigation" on the issue.

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President Donald Trump's White House may use federal laws to crack down on recreational marijuana use, a move likely to create conflict with several states that have legalized use of the drug. White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday said there would likely be "greater enforcement" of federal laws, with authorities looking more closely at whether the drug is being used for medical or recreational purposes.

Duffy and Johnson Targets of Town Hall

Citizen Action of Wisconsin held the meeting focused on the Affordable Care Act and invited both Rep. Sean Duffy and Sen. Ron Johnson at their offices in Wausau and Milwaukee, but neither chose to attend. Jeff Smith is an organizer for Citizen Action and he said that since there weren't any town halls scheduled on the issue, they made one themselves.

White House adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official said late Thursday. The official said Priebus' request came after the FBI told the White House it believed a New York Times report last week describing those contacts was not accurate.

Cuba a year from getting new, non-Castro president

If all goes as expected, in exactly one year President Raul Castro will hand responsibility for Cuba's faltering economy and aging, disaffected population to a little-known, 57-year-old Communist Party official. It will be the first time since its founding in 1959 that the Cuban state has not been led by a member of the Castro family.

Vote expected on hotly contested New Jersey pipeline project

New Jersey regulators are set to vote on whether a natural gas pipeline should run through the state's federally protected Pinelands region, which includes more than a million acres of farms, forests and wetlands. The Pinelands Commission is expected to make a final determination Friday morning on the proposal that has touched off a classic jobs-versus-environment battle in the nation's most densely populated state.

Not all foreigners are criminals, says Zuma

President Jacob Zuma on Friday called for restraint ahead of the planned march against foreign nationals which is being organised by a group calling itself the Mamelodi Concerned Residents. "The situation has become more serious in light of current threats of violence and acts of intimidation and destruction of property directed at non-nationals living in South Africa," said Zuma in a statement issued by the Presidency.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked FBI to dispute Russia reports

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump 's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official said late Thursday. The official said Priebus' request came after the FBI told the White House it believed a New York Times report last week describing those contacts was not accurate.