Donald Trump attacks conservative Republicans over healthcare bill failure

Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare! The Freedom Caucus is a hard-right group of House members who were largely responsible for blocking the bill to undo former president Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The bill was pulled from the House floor on Friday before a vote could take place in a humiliating political defeat for the president.

Is Trump Considering a TV Personality And 9/11 Truther For The Next Supreme Court Seat?

Have you ever heard something so ludicrous that it sent you into wheezing, nose-running fits of laughter - until you find out it's true? For me, that moment came when someone suggested that President Trump could potentially be considering a TV personality for the next vacant SCOTUS seat. Sure, Senator Lindsey Graham, in praising the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court by Trump, mentioned something about his fear of who Trump would pick for the seat left vacant by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia.

A Kennedy for Connecticut governor?

Newly elected state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., D-Branford, chats with Rep. Pam Staneski during a public hearing of the Intellectual and Developmental Disability Committee at the Capitol in Hartford on Jan. 15, 2015. Kennedy, son of the Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy.

Meadows says Obamacare repeal is alive, Trump will deliver

House Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows on Sunday shrugged off taunts from President Trump, saying that health care reform was still alive and that congressional Republicans would aim to pass legislation for Trump to sign. Friday's failure on healthcare legislation, the North Carolina Republican said, does not mean that the effort to replace Obamacare is dead.

Executive action to kill Clean Power Plan coming this week: EPA chief

President Trump this week will sign an executive order to begin unraveling the Clean Power Plan, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Sunday, the first step in the lengthy process of dismantling the central piece of former President Barack Obama's climate change agenda. The plan, which would limit carbon emissions from power plants and greatly reduce coal's share of U.S. power generation, was stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court and has not gone into full effect.

Trump shifts blame to conservatives on failure of health care bill

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to call out the House Freedom Caucus, saying Democrats are "smiling" because the group of conservative lawmakers' opposition to the Republican proposal on health care "saved" Obamacare and Planned Parenthood . "Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!" the president tweeted.

What to watch: Texas isn’t alone in rainy day fund fight


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The rainy day fund contains $10-plus billion at a time when slumping oil prices have left the state facing a potential $6 billion shortfall just to maintain current spending levels in the 2018-2019 budget the Legislature is now devising. Democrats and Republicans in the House want to spend some of that to forego widespread cuts.

Harrop: Trump voters must own fallout

Kentucky has become a favored dateline for many of President Donald Trump's fervent critics. They collect evidence there of betrayal, such as the ABC News item featuring a coal truck driver, "one of the Trump faithful," attached to a breathing tube and weeping over his expected loss of coverage for deadly black lung disease.

Ambrose: Gorsuch to the rescue

For a lesson in law and the Constitution and what judges are supposed to do, it would be hard to beat watching the recent TV appearances of the erudite, gentlemanly, down-to-earth Neil Gorsuch. He was on air not to give a collegiate lecture, although has done that, but due to Senate hearings on his qualifications as a Supreme Court justice.

Stand against migrant ban a hot issue in Inslee’s inbox

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks to the media at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Jan. 28, where he joined protesters in blasting President Donald Trump's executive order banning entry of refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations. The order was blocked from going into effect by a federal judge in Seattle.

Family of missing ex-FBI agent files lawsuit against Iran


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In this March 6, 2012 file photo, an FBI poster showing a composite image of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, right, of how he would look like now after five years in captivity, and an image, left, taken from the video, released by his kidnappers, in Washington during a news conference. The family of Levinson, who went missing in Iran a decade ago on an unauthorized CIA assignment, filed a lawsuit Tuesday, March 21, 2017, against Iran.

Here’s how Louisiana plans to revamp nation’s highest, most convoluted sales tax

Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, has served as chairwoman of the Sales Tax Streamlining and Modernization Commission since 2015. The commission has been trying to come up with ways to make Louisiana's sales tax less convoluted as the Legislature prepares for a crucial fiscal session that begins April 10. Here, Stokes answers questions about one of her bills during a 2015 special legislative session.

Plaintiff in Boston lawsuit against former Haitian mayor dies

One of three Haitian men who recently sued the former mayor of their village accusing him in Boston federal court of murdering, torturing and burning the homes of his political opponents has died, his attorney said on Saturday. Nissage Martyr, a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed Thursday against ex-mayor Jean Morose Viliena, fell suddenly ill while watching football with neighbors Friday night in Les Irois, a town on Haiti's far western coast, and died on the way to hospital.

C&L’s Saturday Night Chiller Theater: Dawn Of The Dead

George Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" is not just one of the foundational films of the "zombie apocalypse" genre , and not just a terrific blend of horror and social commentary. It is also a wonderful example of the wild, creative energy that drove so many low-budget independent films of the 1970's.

Huma Abedin Gives Marriage Another Try

New York Post : "After years of public humiliation by her sext-a-holic husband, Anthony Weiner, 40-year-old Abedin finally separated from the former congressman in August, one day after The Post reported that he had sent yet another explicit photo to a woman - this one showing his toddler son asleep beside him."

Jim Harbaugh explains political tweet: ‘I’m allowed to be an American’

Jim Harbaugh explains political tweet: 'I'm allowed to be an American' Jim Harbaugh responded to the possible defunding of the Legal Services Corporation. Check out this story on mynorthshorenow.com: http://usat.ly/2nRiS8w Especially compared with his peers, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh is pretty active on Twitter - obviously mostly tweeting about the Wolverines.

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Mississippi budget: ‘Mighty ugly’ cuts and no borrowing plan

Mississippi would spend less on public schools, have no new funds for transportation and face likely tuition hikes at state colleges and universities under a spending plan approved Saturday by lawmakers that cuts next year's budget by more than 4 percent compared to what was originally planned. The spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1, described as "mighty ugly" by House Speaker Pro Tem Greg Snowden, a Meridian Republican, could also mean program cuts and layoffs among state agencies.

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House speaker Paul Ryan said it himself on Friday, "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future." Republicans are searching for a way forward after an embarrassing failure to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Deal part of US$65b package sealed during visit of King Salman

Saudi Arabia's key science and technology organisation has confirmed that one of the deals sealed during Saudi King Salman's visit to China this month was an agreement to set up the first factory for Chinese hunter-killer aerial drones in the Middle East. IHS Jane's Defence Weekly reported on Thursday that the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology had signed a partnership agreement on March 16 with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation , which makes China's CH-4 unmanned aerial vehicle , a model with similar capabilities to the American Air Force's MQ-1 Predator.

Rep. Cartwright on Health Care Vote

After President Trump requested that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan pull the American Health Care Act before a scheduled vote, the future of health care in the US is up in the air. For the congressman, that's an encouraging sign for the future that both sides can get closer to a better deal.

Congress makes the final call

Each year, Congress has the responsibility to pass a budget, and then appropriate funds in accordance with that budget to fund the federal government agencies. The process typically starts in February when the president submits his proposed budget.

Chinese pursuit of MoneyGram raises espionage fears

The acquisition of financial giant MoneyGram by a company with close ties to the Beijing government might be scuppered by rising fears that Chinese spies would exploit the data of American troops and their families to track military movements and identify targets to turn. The bidding war for Dallas-based MoneyGram pits China's Zhejiang Ant Small and Micro Financial Services - called "Ant" - against Euronet Worldwide, a Kansas firm that's American-owned.

Colorado weighs plan for guarding against cannabis crackdown

Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections. A bill pending in the Legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot if a change in federal law or enforcement occurs.

Group Holds Town Hall In 2nd District Without Lewis; McCollum Talks Health Care In 4th District

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Congressional Votes

Congressional Votes WASHINGTON - Here's a look at how area members of Congress voted the week of March 17-23. Check out this story on portclintonnewsherald.com: http://ohne.ws/2n1T5G6 Along with roll call votes this week, the Senate also passed the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act , to encourage effective, voluntary investments to recruit, employ, and retain men and women who have served in the military with annual federal awards to employers recognizing such efforts.

Joe Biden Regrets Not Running for President

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Friday during a speech at Colgate University in New York that he regretted not running for the presidency in 2016 because he was "the best qualified." "I had planned on running for president and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won," said Biden.

U.S. needs to stop Russian electoral interference, NSA’s top civilian leader says

The U.S. government has not figured out how to deter the Russians from meddling in democratic processes, and stopping their interference in elections, both here and in Europe, is a pressing problem, the top civilian leader of the National Security Agency said. The NSA was among the intelligence agencies that concluded that Russian President VladiA mir Putin ordered a cyber-enabled influence campaign in 2016 aimed at undermining confidence in the election, harming Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and helping elect GOP nominee Donald Trump.

‘Full Measure’: FOIA new

The Freedom of Information Act , written 50 years ago, was supposed to make it easier for Americans to access public records . From his first days, former President Barack Obama spoke about transparency but in his final years, new facts show the administration spent an unprecedented amount of your tax money to keep public information out of the public hands.

US House and Senate introduce bipartisan bills against boycotts of Israel

WASHINGTON Republican and Democratic leaders in both houses of Congress introduced legislation on Thursday that would penalize international governmental organizations and foreign countries seeking to boycott, divest and sanction the State of Israel for its handling of its conflict with the Palestinians. The bill, supported by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, would amend the Export Administration Act of 1979 to include in its prohibitions on boycotts against "allies of the United States" those fostered by NGOs against Israel.

EDITORIAL: Art of the Fail

EDITORIAL: Art of the Fail In hindsight, maybe the Republicans should have had a Plan B. Check out this story on yorkdispatch.com: House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announces that he is abruptly pulling the troubled Republican health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017. It's as if these guys won't be happy until Obamacare is burned to the ground and the ground is salted.

Pence says Trump will keep promise of overhauling Affordable Care Act

Vice President Mike Pence said that President Donald Trump intends to keep his promise to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, pledging that the legislation's collapse Friday was a setback that "won't last very long." "President Trump is never going to stop fighting to keep his promises to the American people," Pence said during an appearance in Scott Depot, West Virginia, where he blamed Democrats and "a handful of Republicans" for standing in the president's way.

How Trump tried – and failed – to make a deal on health care

Shortly after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled the Republican health-care plan on March 6, President Donald Trump sat in the Oval Office and queried his advisers: "Is this really a good bill?" And over the next 18 days, until the bill collapsed in the House on Friday afternoon in a humiliating defeat - the sharpest rebuke yet of Trump's young presidency and his negotiating skills - the question continued to nag at the president.

Quick! Buy That Dip

Let me just be clear: I'm not entirely sure there's a compelling case to be made for anything other than a "muddle through" scenario for risk assets at this juncture. It kind of seems like markets were too efficient in terms of pricing in the upside scenario and decidedly inefficient when it came to pricing in any possible downside.

Trump’s climate policy puts spring skiing on endangered list

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump step off Air Force One with their children at Andrews Air Force Base on March 5. The couple, along with Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and their families spent their spring vacation in Aspen this month. The weather wasn't perfect this week for the Trump family's spring break in Aspen.

Federal threats to Colorado’s aid-in-dying law

Last month, former House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., voted against a bill in committee that would overturn the District of Columbia's Death with Dignity Act that authorizes medical aid in dying as an option for terminally ill adults to end unbearable suffering. Yet, Rep. Issa said he opposed medical aid-in-dying laws, including Colorado's End-of-Life Options Act, and urged Congress to develop additional "national safeguards" for these laws.

House Republican completely shuts down Steve Bannon after…

A few days before the American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act, was pulled from the floor of the House of Representatives , House Republicans had a sharp rebuke for chief White House strategist Steve Bannon when he met with them at the White House, according to a report from Axios. Guys, look.

Ellison says Democrats must fight Republicans at all levels

Democrats need to prepare for an ongoing fight against Republicans at all levels of government, not just the White House, their newly appointed deputy national chairman said on Saturday. "We can't just say it's all about Trump," Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said at the New Hampshire Democratic Party's annual meeting.

Double amputee, Marine veteran sworn-in as N.Y. police officer

A U.S. Marine veteran who lost his legs during a tour of duty in Afghanistan is believed to be the first-ever double amputee to become a full active duty police officer in the U.S. Double amputee, Marine veteran sworn-in as N.Y. police officer A U.S. Marine veteran who lost his legs during a tour of duty in Afghanistan is believed to be the first-ever double amputee to become a full active duty police officer in the U.S. Check out this story on thecalifornian.com: http://usat.ly/2nQEsKj Matias Ferreira, center, celebrates with his 2-year-old daughter, his wife, left, and his mother during his graduation from the Suffolk County Police Department Academy at the Health, Sports and Education Center in Suffolk, Long Island, New York, on Friday.

Ex-US Rep. Stockman expects to be ‘vindicated’ on charges

Former U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman says he expects "to be vindicated" on allegations he conspired with staffers to bilk conservative foundations out of at least $775,000 that was meant for charitable purposes and voter education. After a court hearing Friday, Stockman told reporters he didn't intend to plead guilty or enter into a plea agreement.

Trump’s path forward only gets tougher after health-care fiasco

President Trump listens to a speaker during a Greek Independence Day celebration in the East Room of the White House Friday. The stunning collapse of the Republican health-care bill now imperils the rest of President Trump's ambitious congressional agenda, with few prospects for quick victory on tax reform, construction projects or a host of other issues in the months ahead despite complete GOP control of government.

Sen. Patty Murray will oppose Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Image Judge Neil Gorsuch speaks after President Trump nominated Gorsuch to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court at the White House in Washington D.C. on Jan. 31 Schumer said Gorsuch failed to convince him he would be "an independent check on a president who has shown nearly no restraint from executive overreach" or that he would be a neutral justice "free from the biases of politics and ideology".

Risky House healthcare vote to test Trump’s negotiating skills

On this, Trump's plan falls in line with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who acknowledged Friday that the Republican loss on healthcare makes tax reform more hard but still doable. President Trump is "moving on" from health care after the House scuttled a planned Friday afternoon vote on the White House-backed American Health Care Act, says a senior White House aide.

Jury Duty Scam Returns To Williamson County

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office issued a warning to citizens Thursday to avoid responding to calls requesting money as a penalty for missed jury duty. In most cases, the caller claims to be affiliated with law enforcement - sometimes using the name Jason Cook or Ryan Thompson - then tells the victim they missed jury duty, and asks if they missed the notice to appear.

Is the president getting played by Speaker Ryan?

President Donald Trump has expressed disappointment as he faced a severe political defeat after Republicans abandoned their effort to repeal and replace Obamacare policy with a new healthcare bill , due to lack of votes in the US House of Representatives. Trump was offering his support for House Speaker Paul Ryan at a White House event announcing the presidential permit about the Keystone XL pipeline.

Investigators recover data recorder in Georgia plane crash

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board and FAA remove a black box from a crashed Cessna Citation I, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Kennesaw, Ga. The small plane crashed into a suburban Atlanta neighborhood Friday evening, killing the pilot and setting a house ablaze, officials said.

Bryant orders more emergency budget cuts, dips into savings

As legislators struggle with sluggish revenue collections in putting together a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, Gov. Phil Bryant made his fourth round of budget cuts late Friday for the current fiscal year. Bryant, a Republican, announced Friday afternoon that he was cutting $20 million from the state's $6.3 billion budget and withdrawing another $39 million from the state's savings account to cover shortfalls.

Colorado weighs strategy to nip federal pot crackdown in the bud

Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections. A bill pending in the Legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot if a change in federal law or enforcement occurs.

House Dems Urge Trump To Preserve ‘Two States’

The overwhelming majority of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives urged President Donald Trump to reaffirm the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as U.S. policy. With 187 of 193 voting Democrats signing, the letter to Trump released Friday is a pointed reminder of how divided the parties remain on how to define pro-Israel.

Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections. A bill pending in the Legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot if a change in federal law or enforcement occurs.

Emboldened Democrats look ahead to next fight

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer , House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi , Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. Joe Crowley , and Rep. James Clyburn hold a news conference in the House Visitors Center following following the withdrawal of the House Republican healthcare bill on March 24. WASHINGTON - Rep. Mark Walker, chairman of a conservative group in the House called the Republican Study Committee, predicted Friday would be a "good moment" for Democrats. Moments later, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that Republicans were nixing their high-stakes health care bill after failing to get enough support from within their own party.

Jonathan Turley: Trump May Have Been Right With Wiretap Tweets

President Donald Trump masked legitimate concerns with the wording in his March 4 tweets that President Barack Obama wiretapped his offices at Trump Tower, but the point remains that his campaign staff may have been subjected to surveillance under his predecessor's administration, constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley says in an opinion piece for The Hill Friday.

El-Erian: Market Impact of Obamacare Fail Still Unclear

Having stiff-armed political risk for quite a while, market participants now have to think a lot more about the issue in general -- and specifically, about how much the Trump administration's legislative agenda will suffer on account of Republicans' last-minute decision on Friday to pull their health-care bill from an imminent vote on the floor of the House of Representatives. Some may be inclined to predict other failures that would impact forthcoming economic bills, given the erosion of Republicans' political capital and the Washington blame game that's sure to play out.

Security, parking, garbage irk Ivanka Trump’s DC neighbors

Residents of a posh Washington neighborhood say the Trump clan doesn't make for very good neighbors, hogging parking on an already crowded street and leaving trash bags rotting on the curb. A big part of the complaint: a huge security presence, with even a trip to the playground requiring three vans.

Ivanka Trump’s new White House position could be an ethical minefield


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First daughter Ivanka Trump is set to assume a "voluntary" position in the White House described as her father's "eyes and ears," but experts say it could put the Trump administration in questionable ethical territory. She will get an office in the West Wing, security clearance, and government communications devices, all while maintaining ownership of her eponymous fashion and jewelry brand.

Ap Fact Check: The week when Trump’s wiretap accusation died

President Donald Trump's accusation that his predecessor ordered snooping of his communications has fallen apart, slapped down by the FBI chief and again by the Republican leading the House intelligence committee, a Trump ally. The president gave up on arguing that Barack Obama tapped his phones, and he doesn't give up on anything easily.

Uber Self-Driving Vehicle Involved in Arizona Crash

Uber Self-Driving Vehicle Involved in Arizona Crash - A self-driving car operated by Uber Technologies Inc. was involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest setback for a company reeling from multiple crises. - In a photo posted on Twitter, one of Uber's Volvo self-driving SUVs The day's must-read political news and opinion pieces are scattered across hundreds of news outlets and blogs, too many for any one person to read.

Trump in No Hurry to Staff ‘Enemy of the People’ Offices

The New York Times on March 12 reported that the Trump administration, for a variety of reasons, was filling the offices of administrative agencies at a glacial pace. From the Department of Agriculture to the Weather Service, over 2,000 mid-level political-appointee positions were still unfilled; the Times called it "the slowest transition in decades."

Federal judge sides with Trump administration in travel ban case

A federal judge in Virginia ruled in favor of the Trump administration Friday, declining to join other federal courts that halted the President's revised travel ban last week. Two federal judges -- one in Maryland and one in Hawaii -- have blocked implementation of the core provisions of the travel ban, and it remains on hold nationwide.

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Bill Morneau works in a building named after Jim Flaherty. No pressure there. The very walls seem to ask why Morneau, a political rookie whose adult life before politics was spent in some fairly cushy corporate precincts, can't seem to display the offhand charm and crusty wit of his late Conservative predecessor.

Some win and some lose with ‘Obamacare’ still around

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., pauses as he speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017, after Republican leaders abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. less House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., pauses as he speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017, after Republican leaders abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill ... more WASHINGTON - The old and the poor made out great when House Republicans failed Friday to dismantle Barack Obama 's Affordable Care Act.

A trout in the milk

"This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Talk about a silly rite.

Health care defeat is a brutal loss for Speaker Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pauses as he announces that he is pulling the troubled Republican health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis.

Rapper Residente from Calle 13 slams US racism, Trump

Rene Perez, aka Residente, co-founder and lead singer of Puerto Rican band Calle 13, has slammed the United States for being one of the most "racist" countries on the planet. "[US president Donald] Trump helped identifying the racists, you can see them with the little cap," Residente said this month, alluding to the red "Make America Great Again" headwear that is popular with Trump supporters.

Who Deserves The Blame For The AHCA Failure?

Just before the AHCA vote on Friday, Speaker Paul Ryan yanked the bill from the floor knowing he didn't have the necessary votes for passage. It is a stinging failure for Ryan's first legislative effort with a Republican in the White House and at the moment, leaves Obamacare fully intact.

Federal judge in Virginia rejects bid to block proposed travel ban

A federal judge in Virginia ruled against a Muslim civil-rights group that sought to block the proposed travel ban by President Donald Trump's administration. The ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga is at odds with rulings from federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland who have issued orders preventing the bulk of the executive order from taking effect.

5 more senators Gorsuch no votes

Five more Democrats said Friday that they will vote against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will support a filibuster against him. Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Patty Murray of Washington, and Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, both of Rhode Island, said they believe that the Denver-based appeals court judge has ruled too often against workers and in favor of corporations.

Vet who lost legs in war now serves with police

Matias Ferreira, a former U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who lost his legs below the knee when he stepped on a hidden explosive in Afghanistan in 2011, is joining a suburban New York police department. The 28-year-old graduated Friday from the Suffolk County Police Academy on Long Island after 29 weeks of training.

Former Trump aide offers to testify

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, a key figure in investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, has volunteered to be interviewed by lawmakers as part of an increasingly partisan House probe into the Kremlin's alleged meddling in the 2016 election. In this July 17, 2016 file photo, then-Donald Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convent... The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, on Friday announced the prospect of an interview with Paul Manafort, and Nunes canceled a previously scheduled public hearing in which officials in former President Barack Obama's administration had agreed to testify about the Russia investigation.

Trump provides pipeline consent

President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead to the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it a "great day for American jobs" and siding with energy advocates over environmental groups in a heated debate over climate change. TransCanada CEO Russell Girling speaks with President Donald Trump in Washington.

Trump, GOP pull health bill

President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act off the House floor Friday when it became clear that the bill would fail. President Donald Trump, flanked by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Vice President Mike Pence, speaks Friday in the Oval Offic... House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, with Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., behind her, said Friday that "Today is a great day for our country, what happened o... Thwarted by two factions of fellow Republicans, from the center and far right, House Speaker Paul Ryan said former President Barack Obama's health care law, the GOP's No.

Trump insists that Obama was listening through his microwave

When pressed for evidence, Spicer chastised the media for focusing so much attention on comments disparaging Trump's claim about surveillance. Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole says he's seen nothing to back up Trump's unproven claim, and added: "I think the president, President Obama, is owed an apology in that regard, because if he didn't do it we shouldn't be reckless in accusations that he did".

Epic collapse of GOP health care bill puts effort into limbo

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., left, react at a joke from Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., center, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Marc... . FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listens at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on the Federal budget in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washing... .

In health care push, Trump couldn’t master art of consensus


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He'd been greeted with a standing ovation - one of his favorite measures of success - when he entered the Roosevelt Room on Thursday to meet with members of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus. After seven years of promises, the president said Republicans had reached a crucial moment to repeal and replace the "Obamacare" health care law.

Many governors welcome demise of GOP health care bill


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In this Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 file photo, Gov. Brian Sandoval receives a standing ovation at the conclusion of his state of the state address at the Legislative Building in Carson City, Nev. Failure of the Republican bill to overhaul Obama's health care law is welcomed by many governors, primarily in states that had expanded Medicaid.

Schumer compares opposition to GOP health bill to Vietnam War protests

Charles Schumer Warren: 'Today is a great day... but I'm not doing a touchdown dance' Schumer calls Trump admin 'incompetent' after healthcare bill pulled Trump blames Democrats for ObamaCare defeat MORE on Friday lauded the grassroots opposition to the GOP healthcare legislation, comparing the Democratic resistance to the anti-Vietnam War protests in the late 1960s.

‘Social Justice’: Agree, or Get Punched

It's time to push Leftist ideas and antics back to the fringes of American political life. These ideas, preached and practiced with righteous tyranny, have not only bullied their way into the public discourse but into our churches, our government, our businesses, our schools, and our lives.

RyanCare Fail: Big Victory for House Freedom Caucus

For strategic reasons, I have signed onto liberal newsletter eblasts, so that I can know what the enemy is doing in my state. After Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act , every Democratic lawmaker, candidate, and special interest group exulted in their victory: Because Obamacare remains intact, healthcare remains in morbid free-fall.

Where’s Russia’s Collusion with Trump? Here’s Cuba’s Collusion with Clinton

Think Trump would boast about Russia's Bolshoi Ballet performing at one of his "get out the vote" campaign rallies? Think the mainstream media might trumpet such an event as the Holy Grail, Golden Fleece and Smoking Gun of that ever-elusive "Russian collusion" with his campaign? "The Federal Election Campaign Act prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly. It is also unlawful to help foreign nationals violate that ban or to solicit, receive or accept contributions or donations from them.

6 Questions Democrats Should Be Asking Themselves Right Now

It's fine for Democrats to be upset that Donald Trump schlonged Hillary Clinton, but the reality is that they spent the entirety of the Obama years getting their brains beaten in. When Obama first took office, they held the House and 60 seats in the Senate and controlled the majority of governorships and state legislatures.

Trump OKs Keystone pipeline, calling it ‘great day’ for jobs

President Donald Trump greenlighted the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline Friday, declaring it a "great day for American jobs" and siding with energy advocates over environmental groups in a heated debate over climate change. The presidential permit comes nearly a decade after Calgary-based TransCanada applied to build the $8 billion pipeline, which will snake from Canada through the United States.

Susan Estrich: His Way or the Highway

Faced with the certain defeat of his effort to take health insurance away from millions of Americans, our fearless leader did not attempt to compromise, negotiate or even mend the program that has allowed millions of Americans access to health care. You can either vote for my bill or give up on making any reforms at all to Obamacare.

No repeal for ‘Obamacare’

In a humiliating failure, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders yanked their bill to repeal "Obamacare" off the House floor Friday when it became clear it would fail badly - after seven years of nonstop railing against the health care law. Democrats said Americans can "breathe a sigh of relief."

Greitens to meet with Trump this weekend

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens will be visiting the U.S. Capitol this weekend to talk policy with federal officials, including President Donald Trump. A text Friday from Greitens' spokesman Parker Briden said the governor will meet with federal officials, including the president and Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, to talk about Missouri's policy priorities.

Yes, Cut The NEA

Not to put too fine a point on it, but what do the media, their script writers in the Democratic Party and even some Republicans not understand about Donald Trump? The man promised certain things to his voters. Now that he does them, everyone is aghast.

Our Democracy Is Not So Decadent

Under the dark gray cloud, amid the general gloom, allow me to offer a ray of sunshine. The last two months have brought a pleasant surprise: Turns out the much feared, much predicted withering of our democratic institutions has been grossly exaggerated.

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After a long period of on again, off again discussion, mainly because of the funding situation, the Kensington area sanitary sewer project is finally under way. The project is being funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, sponsored by Columbiana County commissioners.

Ads hailing GOP for repealing Obamacare mistakenly air

'They own Obamacare!': Humiliated Trump lashes out at Dems after centerpiece health reform collapses in GOP vote fiasco and predicts they'll crawl back 'when it explodes - which it will soon' President Trump 'is furious that senior adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka chose to go on a luxury ski vacation trip in Aspen while the GOP health care bill imploded' FBI raid a rural South Carolina home as they hunt for remains of 17-year-old woman who was 'gang raped, shot and fed to alligators' NASA moonwalker Alan Bean claims he 'knows the truth' about aliens and says they WOULD have made contact if they had visited Earth 'There was a boom': Pilot dead after Cessna crash lands next to a suburban Atlanta home and explodes into a fireball Love Actually - the happily ever after: Colin Firth has three kids with Portuguese wife, Liam Neeson's son is engaged to childhood sweetheart and Andrew Lincoln is ... (more)

Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

Matias Ferreira, a former U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who lost his legs below the knee when he stepped on a hidden explosive in Afghanistan in 2011, is joining a suburban New York police department. The 28-year-old graduated Friday from the Suffolk County Police Academy on Long Island following 29 weeks of training.

Trump’s Own Party Hands Him Health Care Defeat

One extra day could not buy President Donald Trump and his Republican Congress the first major legislative victory they needed to set the tone for the new administration. Republicans canceled a crucial health care bill vote at the last minute Friday rather than lose a battle of numbers on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Over the last 50 years, or so, a group of Democrats from Ramsey County has organized volunteers to run a doughnut booth at the Minnesota State Fair.

10 Tips for Entering the Drone Zone

Drones offer real estate professionals myriad ways to showcase their listings from a new and inexpensive perspective. Below, real estate photography provider VHT Studios outlines 10 tips for entering the drone zone: 1. Know your strategy.

Today in History

On March 25, 1947, a coal-dust explosion inside the Centralia Coal Co. Mine No. 5 in Washington County, Illinois, claimed 111 lives; 31 men survived.

Perspective: What college teaches young conservatives

In the best-case scenarios, several Republicans now working in Washington told me that being a conservative in overwhelmingly liberal places sharpened their critical thinking skills, moderated some of their views and tempered their youthful arrogance. But life on the defensive can also foster a kind of ideological contrarianism that can curdle into reactionary politics.

The real way Republicans can deal with Obamacare? Actually fix it.

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events THE NEXT time someone argues that a businessman would manage the country better than an experienced politician, remember this past week. The attempt by President Trump and House Republicans to force through a health-care bill scorned by experts across the spectrum, projected to be a disaster for aging and low-income people and opposed by a large majority of Americans ended in debacle .

Tax season: Avoid IRS impersonators

The IRS will do everything it can to help taxpayers avoid confusion and understand their rights and tax responsibilities, particularly in light of continual phone scams where callers impersonate IRS agents and request immediate payment. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not.

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Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes. But... UPDATE : House will vote on this bill TODAY.

Trump delivers his news to newspaper reporters

President Donald Trump went old school on Friday, calling reporters from The Washington Post and The New York Times to announce that he had ordered a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare pulled from consideration in the House when it became clear there weren't enough votes for passage. One of those reporters - Robert Costa of the Post - tweeted news from the surprise phone call a minute after getting it while the president was still talking.

Unreality check

Back in those early and innocent days of the last presidential campaign, the crowded Republican field was often referred to as a "clown car." It was funny at the time, if clichA d.

Moment of truth: House prepares for Obamacare repeal vote

But maybe that's okay from Trump's and Ryan's perspective: The first, largest hurdle is clearing the House, and if clearing the House requires convincing conservatives that a little procedural hocus pocus can be done in the Senate to repeal all of the ObamaCare regulations in one fell swoop, why not convince them and let them pass the bill? The delay is said to be a defeat for President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, but both men have done about as much as they can.

AP Analysis: Trump’s young presidency perilously adrift

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: President Donald Trump talks about the health care overhaul bill, Friday, March 24, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump says he would be willing to reopen negotiations for a health care bill with Democrats if the Affordable Care Act fails.

Five-stone popcorn ball returned to shop by mystery thief

US Police say a 70-pound popcorn ball worth almost $1000 that was swiped from a suburban Cleveland shop where it was being auctioned has been returned. Someone returned the popcorn ball, reported stolen Monday, sometime during the night Tuesday or Wednesday, Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop manager Patti Raymond said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation searches for SC teen feared to have been fed to alligators

"Of course we have every confidence in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the law enforcement working this case, but without knowing more information, Dawn Drexel is on pins and needles, waiting to find out what they found, if anything, and how this will affect hopefully the eventual prosecution of the people responsible for what was done to her daughter", Conway said. Don Wood, a supervisory agent with the Bureau's Columbia office, confirmed that, "investigatory activity", took place in the area of Foxfire Court, which is located outside of Georgetown city limits.

Director Of Snoop Dogg’s “Lavender” Video Hacked By Trump Supporters

The video caused controversy, with Fox host, Kimberly Guilfoyle saying Snoop Dogg should be killed for the video, while Bow Wow and T.I. took to social media to defend the iconic rapper . Back in January of this year, during one of the many anti-Trump protests, Madonna proudly and loudly made her comment that since President Trump had been elected, "I have thought an very bad lot about blowing up the White House".

Alvarez backs Duterte plan to appoint barangay officials, scrap polls in October

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Friday backed the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to cancel barangay elections in October and instead appoint barangay officials in a bid to stamp out narcopolitics in the country. Duterte said he will allow the Church to nominate individuals for the posts, as long as these individuals are not involved in drugs and associated with rebels and politicians.

Volusia says goodbye to fallen heroes

The loss of Air Force pilots Maj. Andrew Becker and Capt. Frederick “Drew” Dellecker weighed heavy on the hearts of strangers and family, service members and politicians who gathered to pay their respects during services at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

French president denounces rival’s claims of dirty tricks

In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, French President Francois Hollande, left ,talks with Francois Fillon, the conservative candidate for the French presidential elections, during the annual dinner of the Representative Council of France's Jewish Associations in Paris. Hollande is vigorously denouncing suggestions by conservative presidential hopeful Fillon that Hollande has a "cabinet noir" to discredit political rivals.

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Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong.

House GOP Pulls Troubled Health Care Bill

Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong.

House Republicans pull health care bill

House Speaker Paul Ryan sensationally pulled his Obamacare repeal bill from the floor on Friday, a day after President Donald Trump had threatened to walk away from health care reform if he didn't get a vote. After a dramatic day on Capitol Hill, Ryan rushed from the White House to Capitol Hill to tell Trump he did not have the votes to pass the measure, the culmination of seven years of Republican efforts to eradicate President Barack Obama's proudest domestic achievement.

Ryan pulls Obamacare repeal bill fora

In a stunning defeat for Republicans, House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday canceled a vote on the GOP bill to replace Obamacare because he did not have enough votes from his own members to pass the legislation. The failure to pass the bill is a major blow to both Ryan, R-Wis., and President Trump in their efforts to show what Republicans can accomplish when they control both Congress and the White House.

French president denounces rival’s claims of dirty tricks

The clash between the Socialist Hollande and the right-wing Francois Fillon threatens to further stain the French presidential campaign, already tainted by corruption scandals and voter frustration with the political establishment. It has also drawn comparisons to President Donald Trump's accusations of wiretapping by predecessor Barack Obama, and Trump's attacks on the U.S. judicial system.

Donald Trump could order spy agencies to hand over intercepts — but he hasn’t


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President Trump has not used his authority to compel U.S. spy agencies to turn over transcripts of all intercepted communication that mention him or his associates in dealings with Russia, the White House confirmed Friday. The information could answer questions about alleged collusion with Russia or whether the Obama administration spied on Mr. Trump and his team, as Mr. Trump has charged.

Voices: My ACA experience | Viewpoints

Devin Williams, a chiropractor and nurse practitioner at the Clinical Educational Center at University Medical Center Brackenridge, screen Juventina Martinez for knee pain in March. Few pieces of legislation in recent years have generated as much intense national debate in recent memory as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known to many Americans as Obamacare.

US House cancels vote on RyanCare

"Republicans are pulling their ObamaCare repeal bill from a scheduled Friday afternoon vote, an acknowledgement that it was headed toward a defeat. President Trump asked Speaker Paul Ryan to pull the measure a day after issuing an ultimatum that the House should vote on it, a GOP aide said.

Virginia judge upholds Trump’s temporary travel ban

A federal judge in Virginia has sided with President Trump, ruling that his revised temporary travel ban appears lawful. Judge Anthony Trenga concluded Trump's past statements about the ban were no longer sufficient evidence that the revised ban's intent was religious discrimination.

Trump dealt huge loss as Republicans pull Obamacare repeal bill

WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders abruptly ended debate Friday pulled legislation backed by President Donald Trump that would have repealed and replaced the Affordable Care Act. The GOP leadership didn't have the votes after several Republicans, including four of five from New Jersey, said they couldn't support the legislation.

Illinois reveals data breach involving jobs site

Just days after Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced the need for spending billions on cyber security, we're learning of a security breach involving the Illinois Department of Employment Security. In this case, an outside vendor, and not the state agency itself, was the victim of a data breach.

Rep. Chaffetz: Oversight Committee Not a ‘Cheerleader’ for Trump

Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz said in a new interview his House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will not be a "cheerleader" for any president, including Donald Trump. "Our job is not to be a cheerleader for the president, and I think that's, over the long term, one of the things we'll be judged by is, did you call balls and strikes that are coming over the plate, to use a baseball metaphor, did you call the same on Democrats as you did on Republicans?" Chaffetz, who chairs the panel, told host Sharyl Attkisson during an interview that will air on Sunday's "Full Measure."

Rep. Chris Collins Disputes CBO Score on AHCA Revisions

Rep. Chris Collins disputes the Congressional Budget Office's scoring of the American Health Care Act proposal revisions, he said Friday on CNN's "New Day." "We don't agree with the CBO score on the people who are going to lose coverage," the New York Republican said, referring to the score of the revised bill .

Trump OKs Keystone pipeline, calling it ‘great day’ for jobs

President Donald Trump greenlighted the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it a "great day for American jobs" and siding with energy advocates over environmental groups in a heated debate over climate change. The presidential permit comes nearly a decade after Calgary-based TransCanada applied to build the $8 billion pipeline, which will snake from Canada through the United States.

TRU Simulation + Training Continues To Expand ProFlight Pilot Training

TRU Simulation + Training will continue to expand its pilot training capabilities throughout 2017 to include several popular Textron Aviation business jet models including the Cessna Citation Longitude, Citation Sovereign+, Citation Latitude and Citation CJ3+. Most recently, the Citation CJ3+ training program, which is available at the TRU ProFlight Pilot Training CenterTampa successfully received full program certification and is currently accepting customers.

Airborne 03.24.17: Ga v Privatization, Faa Uas $$$, Mexico Fines

With the need to authorize the FAA before September 30 of this year, a host of GA leaders have joined together to send letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring their, "real and long-standing concerns" regarding a concept being pushed by some big airlines regarding ATC. Specifically, the organizations cited concerns over a proposal promoted by some big airlines for the creation of "a new governance and funding model for our nation's aviation system, based on systems in other parts of the world.

The GOP Only Wants To Investigate, Not Be Investigated

One of the most ridiculous arguments made by Republicans during the House Intelligence Committee hearing on Monday is that the real danger to our country is the actual investigation into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. In other words, investigating those possible ties is more dangerous than finding out whether or not a sitting president worked with an adversary to influence our elections.

Not Even Trump Supports The GOP Healthcare Bill

President Trump sent White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney down to Capitol Hill last night with an ultimatum to pass the health care reform bill or forever keep their peace. The meeting didn't go well but it did have its moments: A key moment inside the session, several lawmakers said, was when Rep. Brian Mast , a freshman lawmaker who lost both his legs in 2010 while serving as an Army bomb disposal technician in Afghanistan, rose and called on his colleagues to unite behind the bill in the same way he and his comrades fought in battle.

The Latest: Trump offers support to Paul Ryan

President Donald Trump says, "we'll see what happens," in response to a question about what happens if the vote on the Republican-backed health care bill fails in the House. Trump is offering his support for House Speaker Paul Ryan at a White House event announcing the presidential permit about the Keystone XL pipeline.

Trump greenlights Keystone XL pipeline, but other obstacles loom

US President Donald Trump's administration approved TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, cheering the oil industry and angering environmentalists who had sought for years to block it. The approval reverses a decision by former President Barack Obama to reject the project, but fresh obstacles loom: To get built, TransCanada will need to win financing, acquire local permits, and fend off likely legal challenges.

Another N.J. House Republican comes out against healthcare bill

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, the most powerful member of the New Jersey congressional delegation, said he would vote against the Republican health care legislation that would leave an additional 500,000 state residents without coverage. "Unfortunately, the legislation before the House today is currently unacceptable as it would place significant new costs and barriers to care on my constituents in New Jersey," Frelinghuysen said in a statement.

Seth Meyers: Why the Republicans’ Trumpcare push is ‘insane, cruel, and reckless’


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The vote for the Republican healthcare plan is scheduled to happen Friday, but Seth Meyers believes the bill is too flawed to go forward and that GOP leaders are being "reckless" for rushing the House vote. "Republicans who have complained for years that Obamacare was rushed through Congress have literally been rewriting the bill behind closed doors, with no public input, in an attempt to ram it through the House before most members of Congress, let alone most Americans, have any idea what's in it," the host said on his "A Closer Look" segment from Thursday's "Late Night."

This year, America should turn out the lights in solidarity with Earth Hour, the climate and reality.


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It took off around the world in 2008 and 2009, everywhere but the USA where the trolls promised to turn on extra lights and even highjacked the website address. The professional deniers went on about how we environmentalists want to squat in our mud huts in the dark.

New research finds the U.S. may not need a wall to keep immigrants out

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events The White House is already moving forward with its plan to construct a massive wall along the southern border of the country. But new research suggests the influx of low-skilled immigrants is already dropping, as forces that are far more powerful than a wall act to keep immigrants out.

Manafort will testify on alleged Russia ties to House committee, Nunes says

Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Friday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will testify on his alleged ties to Russia. The offer comes amid growing concern over the role Russia played in influencing the presidential election and the potential members of President Donald Trump's team colluded with the country to tip things in his favor.

Prepare now for sometimes contrary spring weather

No one wants to think about a disaster, but floods and tornadoes are two of Iowa's most common hazards. Heavy rains, flooding, tornadoes, ice storms, blizzards and heavy snow - hazardous storms have caused most of Iowa's 27 Presidential Disaster Declarations since 2000.

Trump aide with Russia ties offers to talk to House panel

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., left, speaks with Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017. The White House claimed vindication while Nunes privately apologized in the wake of his decision to brief President Donald Trump on secret intelligence intercepts related to a probe of Russian interference in the election.

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Senator Charles Schumer lies about SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuchbut will it hurt his chances of confirmation? Kelly Shackelford from TrumpNominee.com tells us what to expect now Who exactly is The Federalist Society? SERIAL: War on Women The gods of the copybook headings Kate Winslet on real empowerment and embracing our flaws

Senate votes to kill internet privacy rules meant to protect your data from ISPs

The Senate narrowly voted Thursday to overturn tough new privacy rules for internet service providers, employing a rarely used procedure to invalidate restrictions that cable and wireless companies strongly opposed. The Republican-backed measure, approved 50-48, repeals regulations approved on a 3-2 party line vote in October by the Federal Communications Commission when it was controlled by Democrats.

RPT-After Trump rally, equity investors move into healthcare, retailers


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High U.S. share prices are pushing Lipper Award-winning equity fund managers into the shares of beaten-down healthcare companies, retailers and emerging-market stocks that they say offer a greater chance for outsized gains. Fund managers from Poplar Forest, Parnassus Investments and Brandes Investment Partners are among the 2017 Lipper Award winners who are concerned about the high valuation of the benchmark S&P 500 index.

Did Obama Surveil Trump?Sure Looks That Way

Domestic Spying: Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says that the Obama administration surveilled Donald TrumpA s transition aides and possibly Trump himself following NovemberA s election. If true, it warrants a major investigation.

Benghazi Liar Adam Schiff Slimes Devin Nunes

It is said that the Senate plays chess while the House of Representatives plays smash mouth hockey. The revelation by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes that, yes, members of Team Trump were in fact surveilled and the contents of their conversations and their names were recorded and disseminated set off ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff from the People's Republic of California.

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The ever-charming Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democrats' pit-bull Senate minority leader, said today that he will not vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court and that Democrats will filibuster the nomination. This is about as surprising as learning the sun will come up in the East tomorrow.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East…

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 16, 2017. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Evan Vucci In a gamble with monumental political stakes, Republicans set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul after President Donald Trump claimed he was finished negotiating with GOP holdouts and determined to pursue the rest of his agenda, win or lose.

Risky House healthcare vote to test Trumpa s negotiating skills

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday faces the first concrete test of how well the deal-making skills he honed in his real estate business will translate on Capitol Hill in a high-stakes vote on new Republican health care legislation. The House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill to replace Obamacare late on Friday afternoon.

Forensic errors trigger reviews of D.C. crime lab ballistics unit, prosecutors say

District crime lab officials are reviewing more than 150 firearm examinations for accuracy after the lab discovered errors by three D.C. forensic analysts who wrongly matched bullets or shell casings recovered at crime scenes to individual weapons. The examinations date to at least August 2015, according to federal prosecutors in Washington and the three former ballistics examiners.

Americans favor paid family, sick leave; split on funding

Most Americans support paid family and medical leave and think employers, rather than the government, should cover the costs, but they are divided over whether companies should be legally required to provide it, according to a report released on Thursday. Across ages and political parties, Americans questioned by the Pew Research Center favored paid leave for new parents, sick workers and employees caring for a family member with an illness.

Q poll: Reps. would pay price for scrapping Obamacare

As a make-or-break vote on health care legislation nears in the House on Friday, a new poll finds that if voters' U.S. senator or member of Congress votes to replace Obam aca re with the Republican health care plan, 46 percent of voters say they will be less likely to vote for that person. The Quinnipiac University national poll also found voters disapprove 56 - 17 percent, with 26 percent undecided, of the Republican health care plan to replace Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act.

The state of Trumpcare: Failure is an option

Trump delivers ultimatum to House Republicans: Pass health-care measure on Friday or he'll move on - President Trump delivered an ultimatum to House Republicans on Thursday night: Vote to approve the measure to overhaul the nation's health-care system on the House floor Friday

House sets risky health care vote after President Trump demands it

In a gamble with monumental political stakes, Republicans set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul after President Donald Trump claimed he was finished negotiating with GOP holdouts and determined to pursue the rest of his agenda, win or lose. House Speaker Paul Ryan set the showdown for Friday, following a nighttime Capitol meeting at which top White House officials told GOP lawmakers that Trump had decided the time for talk was over.

House GOP Heads Into Health Care Vote ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., has been trying to woo undecided Republicans to support the health care bill as a do-or-die vote approaches on Friday. The outcome of Friday's House vote to partially repeal and replace the 2010 health care law is not certain, but one thing is: All parties to the Republican negotiations will walk away with some losses.

Republican health care bill on the…


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Rep. Andy Biggs is the latest to announce he intends to vote against the GOP health care bill, bringing the number of House Republicans in that camp to 35. Only 22 no votes are needed for the measure to be rejected in that chamber. 12:56 a.m.: The House Rules Committee will meet Friday at 7 a.m. to discuss the Republican health care bill.

Guest column: Gorsuch’s assurances likely tested


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Gorsuch's assurances that 'no man is above the law' are likely to be tested right away, writes David Adler. The sincerity of the assurances made by Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, to the Senate Judiciary Committee in the course of confirmation hearings that the president "is not above the law," is likely to be tested if, as expected, he is approved by the Senate for the vacant seat on the High Tribunal.

Did the Obamacare Medicaid expansion force people onto wait lists?

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events "During the phaseout, we should implement work requirements for healthy working-age adults in the Medicaid expansion population. Obamacare overextended Medicaid beyond those people that the program was intended to serve - the disabled elderly, pregnant women and needy children.

A Debt to Posterity

Earlier this month, the Trump White House unveiled its budget blueprint, which shifts federal spending priorities from domestic programs to national defense. The Office of Management and Budget proposed cuts of $54 billion to departments like Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, and Commerce, coupled with big increases for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

New Anxieties As Trump Says Obamacare Will ‘Explode’

Americans who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act are feeling some relief at the failure of Republican efforts to repeal it, but they face new anxieties with President Donald Trump tweeting that "ObamaCare will explode." Premiums have risen and major insurers have backed out of the state markets where people can buy insurance online under Obama's signature health care law.

Harrison Ford says he was distracted when he flew over plane

Harrison Ford told an air traffic controller he was distracted and concerned about turbulence from another aircraft when he mistakenly landed his small plane on a taxiway at a California airport last month. An audio recording of Ford's conversation about the Feb. 13 incident was released Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Harrison Ford says he was distracted when he flew over plane

Actor Harrison Ford said he was distracted and concerned about turbulence from another aircraft last month when he mistakenly landed on a taxiway at a Southern California airport after flying low over an airliner with 116 people aboard, according to an audio recording released Friday. "I'm the schmuck who landed on the taxiway," Ford told an air traffic controller shortly after the near-miss on Feb. 13 at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

Benghazi Liar Adam Schiff Slimes Devin Nunes

It is said that the Senate plays chess while the House of Representatives plays smash mouth hockey. The revelation by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes that, yes, members of Team Trump were in fact surveilled and the contents of their conversations and their names were recorded and disseminated set off ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff from the People's Republic of California.

Why do Conservatives Support Socialized Medicine?

This week on the radio Sean Hannity was talking about the "importance of free markets," at the same time mentioning that Donald Trump would have to "negotiate with pharmaceutical companies" and other interests. This was in regard to the Republicans in Congress working out their repeal of ObamaCare and imposing their own intrusions into medical care.

Was John Podesta Snared in a Kremlin Power Struggle?

Rep. Louis Gohmert's calls for a new investigation on the Russian ties of John Podesta may just shed light on why the former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman's emails were hacked at all. Far from being an effort to take down Clinton, it looks as though Podesta may have been a pawn in a Kremlin power struggle.

Letters: OCC hasn’t learned anything

Re: "OCC honors anti-Trump instructor, but she passes" [News, March 23]: How appalling is it that Orange Coast College would give an honor to college instructor Olga Perez Stable Cox who slandered the president and the U.S. election process. She bullied students in her classes and made some of them fearful.

U.S. military chiefs defend diplomacy in face of Trump cuts


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President Donald Trump's proposed gutting of the State Department budget and other "soft power" agencies could hamper long-term security goals and make the military's job tougher, U.S. generals are warning. Trump wants to slash federal spending across an array of agencies and foreign aid programs, and eliminate other organizations to pay for a boost in Pentagon spending, including by lopping 28 percent from State Department coffers.

U.S.-Israeli talks conclude with no agreement on settlements – Thu, 23 Mar 2017 PST

The White House expressed its "concerns" with settlement construction after talks with senior Israeli officials in Washington ended Thursday night with a joint statement showing the two governments unable to agree on a settlement policy that could pave the way to peace talks resuming. As the Israelis left Washington to return home, the White House released a statement saying they had discussed "concrete, near-term measures to improve the overall climate" to improve prospects for peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

Trump’s reality

Trump would have to create 100 000 more jobs each month to bring growth up to an economic growth rate of 3 percent to 4 percent. Because of US industries' dependence on components from Mexico, the US would not come out the winner in a trade war.

Source: ICE is targeting ‘sanctuary cities’ with raids

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been targeting so-called "sanctuary cities" with increased enforcement operations in an effort to pressure those jurisdictions to cooperate with federal immigration agents, a senior US immigration official with direct knowledge of ongoing ICE actions told CNN. A sanctuary city is a broad term applied to states, cities and/or counties that have policies in place designed to limit cooperation or involvement in the enforcement of federal immigration operations.

Fairchild receives new tankers

There are new signs Fairchild Air Force Base will continue to thrive in Spokane and even create new jobs in the area. On Thursday, the base announced it's getting more KC-135's, and about to spend $30 million on improvements.

At Trump’s urging, House Republicans to vote on health care bill Friday

House leaders will bring up a plan to overhaul the nation's health-care system Friday at President Trump's behest, lawmakers said Thursday night, a high-risk gamble that will test whether he and House Speaker Paul Ryan can deliver on one of the GOP's central promises to the voters who placed Republicans in power. Lawmakers and White House officials continued to express confidence that the revisions to the Affordable Care Act would pass by week's end, and talks resumed soon after leaders announced the postponement .

California Split

Vermontian to the marrow, soaked in the ethos of direct democracy, playful and yet thoughtful enough to have won the enthusiastic approbation of George Kennan and John Kenneth Galbraith, these Green Mountain Boys and Girls didn't achieve divorce, but they did give us an alluring glimpse of the shape that hope takes in a darkening empire. The new Republican president has also catalyzed an independence movement, this one in the Golden State, though so far it lacks the intellectual seriousness, rooted radicalism, and wit of the Vermonters.

DirecTV, AT&T Settle DOJ Charges of Harming Dodgers Sportsnet

DirecTV, and its parent company, AT&T on Thursday settled federal charges that the satellite TV provider acted as the ringleader of a conspiracy that ended up preventing the Los Angeles Dodgers' sportsnet from being carried in much of the team's TV market. The settlement with the Department of Justice will prohibit DirecTV and AT&T from illegally sharing confidential, forward-looking information with competitors.

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Alphonse Maddin worked as a truck driver for TransAm Trucking. Like a lot of Americans, he did the kind of hard work that puts food on the table, and pays the bills and the taxes.

Donald Trump issues ultimatum over Obamacare repeal

US President Donald Trump has demanded a make or break vote on a key healthcare bill in the House of Representatives, threatening to leave "Obamacare" in place and move on to other issues if Friday's vote fails. The risky move, which was considered part gamble and part threat, was presented to Republican politicians behind closed doors on Thursday night .

Tucker to Defense Attorney: Are You Putting Your ‘Soul on the…

Tucker Carlson Tonight , host Tucker Carlson grilled the defense attorney of an undocumented immigrant who has been accused of raping a 14-year-old teenage girl in Maryland. After recapping the latest developments in the Rockville rape case in which two high-school students were accused of sexually assaulting one of their classmates - and one of the suspects, Henry Sanchez-Milian , is in the country illegally - Carlson brought on David Moyse , the attorney for Sanchez-Milian.

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Rep. Mo Brooks as of Thursday evening remained a holdout on the GOP health care bill, which he decried as a "massive Republican welfare plan." The Alabama congressman and member of the House Freedom Caucus told CNN's Kate Bolduan on "Erin Burnett OutFront" that he was no closer to supporting the bill after meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.

Gallup’s Happiness Poll finds Americans aren’t very

By the usual measurements of economic growth , unemployment and standard poll questions on intent, professionals and many others were pretty certain the United Kingdom would decide to remain in the EU that it fought so long and hard to enter. Turns out, if media had measured "Happiness," they'd have recognized the historic looming Brexit upheaval.

Politics this week

He then entered the grounds of Parliament, the heart of Britain's democracy, and fatally stabbed an unarmed policeman before being shot dead. This "marauding" method of terror attack-using a vehicle to mow people down in a crowded area-was similar to atrocities carried out by Islamists last year in France and Germany.

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After a promising start, U.S. stock indexes gave up an early rally and ended mostly lower Thursday after Republicans delayed a vote on their health care and left investors concerned about delays for the business-friendly agenda of President Donald Trump. The Dow Jones industrial average rose as much as 96 points just before 1 p.m., but doubts about the bill cast a shadow over the market as hardline conservatives said they didn't support it.

Supreme Court Showdown: Schumer signals the Gorsuch…

The battle over the vacant Supreme Court seat took a turn on Thursday when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer gave the green light for Democrats to filibuster the vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch - signaling the fight could now go "nuclear." In comments from the Senate floor , Schumer said he could not support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court and that the judge "will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation."

Terrorists for Turkey, heroes for US and Russia

When the insignia of the People's Protection Units , a red star on a yellow triangle - a version of the symbol of many left-wing militant organizations around the world - first appeared as badges on the arms of the U.S. Special Forces in Syria in May 2016, the Turkish government was furious about it. The speculation then was that the U.S. Central Command had deliberately allowed those photos to be leaked to the press so that the Turkish army would not hit the YPG militants who were collaborating with U.S. forces against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant , or DEASH in Arabic.

Oregonians Are Reporting More Hate and Bias Crimes Than Anyone in U.S.

Reporters with BuzzFeed news discovered that the state, "founded as a white haven," now leads the nation in hate crimes documented in a new data-gathering project from the investigative non-profit journalism website ProPublica, along with a consortium of news organizations, civil rights groups and universities. Among all states, Oregon residents have sent in the highest rate of reports per capita to the Documenting Hate project, a database of tips about hate crimes and bias incidents set up by ProPublica and being shared with around two dozen other news organizations, including BuzzFeed News.

After ‘Bizarre’ Moves, What’s Next For Fractured House Intel Committee?

Ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., prepare to take their seats on Monday at a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing concerning Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. The outlook for a key congressional investigation into potential ties between President Trump and Russia's election meddling remained in doubt Thursday, after an unusual, high-profile flap involving its top two members.

Gorsuch Represents Directions America Should Take

Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings have been refreshing to watch. Democrats, many of whom approved of his becoming a judge on the Court of Appeals over a decade ago, recognize that he is exceptionally qualified for the Supreme Court, yet they have attempted, as politicians must do, to take him down with gotcha questions and all of the underwhelming arrows they have been able to bundle together.

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GOP House leaders delayed their planned vote Thursday on a long-promised bill to repeal and replace "Obamacare," in a stinging setback for House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump in their first major legislative test. The decision came after Trump, who ran as a master dealmaker, failed to reach agreement with a bloc of rebellious conservatives.

Big black eye for Paul Ryan: House postpones vote on Obamacare repeal

In a major setback for Ryan and Trump, House is forced to delay ACHA vote amid scramble for more support The Republican rush to repeal Obamacare came to an abrupt halt on Thursday after negotiations between two different wings of the party stalled. As a result, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and his leadership team announced that they had canceled a vote on the American Health Care Act that was supposed to take place Thursday evening.

Neil Gorsuch is “not a neutral legal mind”: Key Senate…

Key Senate Democrats, including at least one representing a state Donald Trump won, are finally signaling that there is absolutely nothing to be gained by playing nice with Republicans and are vowing to block Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch - even if that results in the end of the filibuster. "If Judge Gorsuch can't achieve 60 votes in the Senate, could any judge appointed by a Republican president be approved with 60 or more votes in the Senate?" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, asked on Monday.

Utah man killed in London attack was hit on bridge

This undated photo provided by Clint Payne shows his sister, Melissa, and her husband, Kurt Cochran. A statement from the Mormon church issued Thursday, March 23, 2017, on behalf of relatives said Kurt Cochran was among those killed in the London attack Wednesday and Melissa was seriously injured.

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After hours of negotiations that featured personal intervention by President Donald Trump, Republican leaders in the Congress were forced to back off a planned vote on a GOP health care bill, unable to find enough votes approve it and send it on to the Senate for further work. While House leaders said votes were possible on Friday, there was no final agreement to vote on, as more conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus refused to get on board with a deal offered by the White House.

Blumenthal’s former firm remembers – a brilliant lawyer’

Richard Silver, senior partner at senior partner of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, is a founding memeber of the personal injury firm where U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal practiced before getting the nod for Attorney General. less Richard Silver, senior partner at senior partner of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, is a founding memeber of the personal injury firm where U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal practiced before getting the nod for ... more Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, talks with Sen. Richard Blumenthal before the start of the second day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, March 21, 2017.

CBS’s Superior Donuts serves up nothing but holes

In Robert Altman's 1992 film The Player , a satirical noir thriller about a Hollywood movie studio exec who literally gets away with murder, a minor subplot involves two hustling screenwriters pitching a dark-spirited "independent" picture called Habeas Corpus . It's a gritty drama about a woman wrongly accused of murder who still fries in the gas chamber, but only after falling in love with her prosecuting attorney, who tragically then manages to produce evidence of her innocence moments after her death.

DOJ investigating Rep. Duncan Hunter, early Trump backer

The Justice Department is investigating Rep. Duncan Hunter on allegations that he used tens of thousands of campaign dollars for personal use, the House Ethics Committee announced Thursday. "Rep. Hunter may have converted tens of thousands of dollars of campaign funds from his congressional campaign committee to personal use to pay for family travel, flights, utilities, health care, school uniforms, and tuition, jewelry, groceries, and other goods, services, and expenses," according to an Office of Congressional Ethics report that the Ethics Committee also released Thursday.

How Noisy Is Your Neighborhood? Now There’s A Map For That

That's one lesson, at least, from a comprehensive noise map created by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. On the interactive U.S. map the agency released this week, which depicts data on noise produced primarily by airports and interstate highways, few spots glare with such deep and angry color as the City of Angels.

Senate Votes to Undo Privacy Rules That Protect User Data

The Republican-led Senate moved Thursday to undo Obama-era regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers' permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information. Senators voted along party lines, 50-48, to eliminate the rules.

Critical Focus Schools Meeting Monday at Fairgrounds

Parents of students in the 19 "critical focus" schools in the Shelby County Schools system and those who live in the communities around those schools will hear more about the plan to improve the low-enrollment, low-student achievement schools Monday, March 27, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. at 6 p.m. SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson is proposing funding to turn around the schools that would otherwise be proposed for closing and consolidation with other schools. The school district will provide bus transportation to the meeting from four central locations Hamilton Middle School, Hawkins Mill Elementary, Knight Road Elementary and Westwood High.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb supports GOP ‘Obamacare’ repeal

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says he supports congressional Republican's bill to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law. Holcomb's support is somewhat at odds with his own statements calling on Washington Republicans to spare Medicaid funding, which pays for a state program covering poor people.

Centrists balk at GOP ObamaCare bill

GOP centrists in the House are fleeing from their party's ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation, complicating White House efforts to win passage in a vote scheduled for Thursday. Centrist defections in the last 24 hours include Rep. Charlie Dent , the co-chairman of the moderate Tuesday Group, which has roughly 50 members.

Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination, Schumer says

As the Senate Judiciary Committee was hearing from witnesses for and against Judge Neil Gorsuch, his Supreme Court nomination was delivered a critical blow: Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., announced he would oppose Gorsuch and join other Democrats in filibustering the nomination, making it likely that the judge will struggle to find the support needed to clear a 60-vote procedural hurdle. Gorsuch "was unable to sufficiently convince me that he'd be an independent check" on President Donald Trump, Schumer said in a Senate floor speech.

Top Senate Dem opposes Supreme Court pick, vows filibuster

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch listens as he is asked a question by Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. less Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch listens as he is asked a question by Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, during his confirmation hearing before the ... more Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Dayton issues warning on ‘reinsurance’ plans

Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday warned Republican lawmakers he won't agree to give insurance companies hundreds of millions of dollars to stabilize Minnesota's individual health insurance market without more information about how the companies would use the money. The House and Senate passed bills last week to spend, respectively, $384 million or $600 million over the next two years on a new "reinsurance" program to protect insurers against unusually high claims.

Norwalk – spa’ subject of prostitution raid, again

A police raid of a Main Street "spa" which has been the subject of numerous prostitution raids in recent years, has resulted in the arrest of a New York woman on prostitution charges. Police say that they conducted an investigation of the Emerald/Nirvana Day Spa at 181 Main St. in response to numerous tips about ongoing prostitution services there.

What’s Personal About the Westminster Bridge Attack

The first I heard about the attack here was an e-mail from my son's school yesterday afternoon informing parents that "there has been a security incident at the Houses of Parliament" but that "Pupils and Staff are all safe." His school is literally next door to Westminster Abbey, about two blocks from Big Ben.

Neil Gorsuch and the Case of the Frozen Trucker

The Senate confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, have often been obscured by one controversy after another, from the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act to revelations that the is actively investigating possible links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Add to that the unprecedented decision last year by the Senate Republican majority to deny President Barack Obama a hearing on Merrick Garland, his constitutionally nominated successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, after Scalia's death.

Why Undocumented Immigrants Are Flocking to This Evangelical Church

Since the beginning of the year, more than 800 congregations in 30 American cities have joined the New Sanctuary Movement . An interfaith effort organized by Christian activist Alexia Salvatierra, NSM religious institutions have pledged to open their doors to undocumented immigrants worried that authorities may arrest them or separate their families.

UPDATE 1-U.S. 30-year mortgage rates fall from 11-week high – Freddie Mac

NEW YORK, March 23 U.S. 30-year mortgage rates fell from 11-week highs as Treasury yields decreased in the wake of indications by the Federal Reserve last week that it will remain on a gradual path to raising interest rates, according to mortgage finance agency Freddie Mac on Thursday. The borrowing cost on 30-year mortgages, the most widely held type of U.S. home loan, averaged 4.23 percent in the week ended March 23. This compared with the prior week's 4.30 percent which was the highest since 4.32 percent in the week ended Dec. 29, it said.

Gorsuch on Roe at the Hearings

Pro-lifers have been burned often enough by Republican appointees to the Supreme Court to be nervous when watching confirmation testimony. Two of Judge Gorsuch's exchanges raised a few pulses.

Authorities ID Vicksburg man killed by airplane propeller


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The incident remains under investigation with the Sheriff's Office as well as the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The Latest: McCain slams airing of wiretapping information

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif, walks out of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, to speak with reporters after a meeting with President Donald Trump. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif, walks out of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, to speak with reporters after a meeting with President Donald Trump.

Survivor of 2-hour botched execution resists setting new date

Attorneys for a convicted Ohio killer who survived a botched execution attempt in 2009 are opposing a request to set a new execution date. Death row inmate Romell Broom was sentenced to die after being found guilty by a jury of abducting, raping and killing 14-year-old Tryna Middleton in Cleveland in 1984.

Gorsuch to Democrats: No return to ‘horse and buggy’ era

Assured of support from majority Republicans, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch wrapped up two days of Senate questioning Wednesday to glowing GOP reviews but complaints from frustrated Democrats that he concealed his views from the American public. Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge in Denver, refused repeated attempts to get him to talk about key legal and political issues of the day.

Business Leaders Form New Group to Support State-Based Cannabis Trade

A coalition of companies related to the legal cannabis industry have announced the formation of the New Federalism Fund , an effort dedicated to working with Congress and the administration to protect current state-based regulatory systems for the legal cannabis industry. Priorities of the group include maintaining the freedom to operate in states that have legalized the regulation and sale of cannabis, limiting the use of enforcement resources in these states and changing federal tax law so that all businesses are treated equally.

Wisconsin policy makers, advocates to discuss health care

Health care advocates in Wisconsin are gathering along with policy makers to discuss the proposed federal health care overhaul law as a vote nears in Congress. The House debate comes on the same day as a conference that's bringing together advocates who work with low-income and disabled people to find health care.

Lawmaker says U.S. foreign surveillance a unmaskeda Trump associates

The Republican chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee set off a political firestorm on Wednesday when he said the communications of members of Donald Trump's transition team were caught up in incidental surveillance targeting foreigners. Representative Devin Nunes said at a news conference that it was possible President Trump's own communications were also intercepted and disseminated among U.S. intelligence agencies.

High stakes for Trump in vote on healthcare plan

U.S. President Donald Trump may face his first major legislative hurdle on Thursday: a do-or-die vote in the House of Representatives on a plan that would roll back the signature healthcare law of former President Barack Obama. Trump has been billed by some lawmakers as "the closer" to seal the deal on the replacement healthcare plan in a vote Republican leaders hoped to hold on Thursday, but there were signs late on Wednesday night that the deadline could be pushed back.

Is Trump losing luster with his supporters?

WASHINGTON -- Male voters who helped propel Donald Trump to the White House have soured on the president, according to a poll released Wednesday that put his disapproval rating at the highest level of his short presidency. The Quinnipiac University survey said 56 percent of U.S. voters disapproved of Trump's performance in office with a 37 percent approval rating.

Trump Talks Changes to Health Bill to Win Over Conservatives

The White House is talking with House conservatives about last-minute changes to the embattled GOP health-care bill aimed at wooing enough holdouts to secure House passage. Lawmakers and Trump administration officials are discussing revisions to "essential benefits" requirements in Obamacare, according to members of Congress and a White House official familiar with the discussions.

Uganda at ‘breaking point’ as South Sudan refugees pour in

Donald Trump Jr. is facing criticism for tweeting in the hours after Wednesday's London attack a months-old comment from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that terror attacks are part of living in a big city. Donald Trump Jr. is facing criticism for tweeting in the hours after Wednesday's London attack a months-old comment from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that terror attacks are part of living in a big city.

Former Russian lawmaker shot dead in Ukraine

Donald Trump Jr. is facing criticism for tweeting in the hours after Wednesday's London attack a months-old comment from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that terror attacks are part of living in a big city. Some of the youngest victims of the nation's opioid epidemic are children under age 5 who die after swallowing opioids.

Local lawmakers respond to GOP health bill

Local lawmakers responded to the proposed health care bill and the effect it would have on residents in Southern New England. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have been vocal about the GOP's proposed bill, over the possible cuts in coverage, and cost the plan could have in their states.

U.S. probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort

U.S. Treasury Department agents have recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump 's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort , as part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his work in Eastern Europe, The Associated Press has learned. Information about Manafort's transactions was turned over earlier this year to U.S. agents working in the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network by investigators in Cyprus at the U.S. agency's request, a person familiar with the case said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to publicly discuss a criminal investigation.

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Senator John McCain said on MSNBC tonight that there needs to be a special committee for the Russia investigation because Congress does not presently have the "credibility to handle this alone." McCain told Greta Van Susteren that the big split today between Devin Nunes and Adam Schiff shows a "chasm" between the two leaders of the House Intelligence Committee.

President Trump Signs NASA Bill

President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday adding human exploration of Mars to NASA's mission. Could sending Congress into space be next? Flanked at an Oval Office bill-signing ceremony by astronauts and lawmakers, Trump observed that being an astronaut is a "pretty tough job."

Microsoft Targets Slack with Teams

Redmond is making a play for the enterprise collaboration tools sector with the announcement yesterday of the global release of its Microsoft Teams chat platform for all Office 365 users. The new tool is now live by default for all users with a Business Essentials, Business Premium, or Enterprise plan.

How is a ban on preexisting conditions preserved in the GOP replacement bill?

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events Demonstrators protest efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare outside the offices of Rep. Darryl Issa . "Congresswoman McSally is encouraged that the American Health Care Act includes provisions she fought for: It keeps in place coverage of pre-existing conditions, allows young adults to remain on their parents' insurance until age 26 and maintains the prohibition of putting lifetime caps on benefits."

Take that! Pyongyang lambastes Trump as too much like Obama

North Korea has a criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump he probably wasn't expecting: He's too much like Barack Obama. North Korea's state media, which regularly vilified Obama in the strongest terms, had been slow to do the same with the Trump administration, possibly so that officials in Pyongyang could figure out what direction Trump will likely take and what new policies he may pursue.

Second thought for school prayer bill

Every legislative session features its share of measures that aren't as carefully considered as they should be as well as those based on divisive social issues that are sure to provoke. The measure, sponsored by Rep. John Bartlett, D-Indianapolis, states that students may pray, wear religious attire and jewelry and engage in religious activities before, during and after the school day.

OpinionComey diagnoses disease in TrumplandComey diagnoses disease in …

Comey diagnoses the dangerous disease in Trumpland Trump's contagious lies infect everyone around him with totalitarian obedience. Check out this story on thecalifornian.com: http://bit.ly/2nFuLyd Is there a link between President Trump's breathtaking allegation that former president Obama wiretapped him in Trump Tower and the Russian plot to sway the American election against Hillary Clinton? Both matters were the subject of long-awaited congressional testimony by FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency chief Admiral Michael Rogers.

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BodyVox presents the skinner/kirk Dance Ensemble - founded by longtime dancers Eric Skinner and Daniel Kirk - in a program of dance artistry based in classical roots. One piece has an all-male cast dancing to a cycle of 13 songs composed by Elliott Smith; another has a collaboration with a band led by composer Galen Clark of Trio Subtonic.

Big Things on the Horizon for FWH Associates, P.A.

The Toms River-based engineering firm announces two new projects and celebrates the recent achievements of its Director of Engineering Consulting, Georgette Kyriacou. Georgette Kyriacou, Director of Engineering Consulting at FWH Associates, P.A., is the recipient of the 2017 NJBA Rising Star Award and the 2016 Jack Meyer Memorial Rookie of the Year Award.

SE Asia Stocks-Rise on Wall Street cues; Vietnam outperforms

By Sindhu Chandrasekaran March 23 Southeast Asian stock markets rose in line with Asian peers on Thursday, reversing the previous session's losses on cues from Wall Street which ended mixed overnight with an upside bias. The Nasdaq gained 0.5 percent and the S&P 500 closed 0.2 percent higher, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average was flat, after all three touched their lowest in about five weeks earlier in the session.

Congresswoman a Auntie Maxinea Waters strikes a chord with millennials

She's 78 years old, but Rep. Maxine Waters is more popular with millennials than their parents ever dreamed of. The blunt-talking Democratic congresswoman who represents a densely populated corridor of Los Angeles County stretching from Inglewood to Torrance and east to South Los Angeles has been in public office longer than the 20- and 30-somethings have been on the planet.

Samuel Hedgepeth, who suffers from substance abuse

The House Republican plan may get rid of required health benefits for hospital care, cancer screening and more. But won't people still get sick, seek treatment they can't afford" Then who pays? How the GOP health bill could affect health benefits, including addiction The House Republican plan may get rid of required health benefits for hospital care, cancer screening and more.

DOJ, AT&T settle lawsuit, but Dodgers’ SportsNet LA does not benefit

The U.S. Department of Justice filed court papers Thursday that show a settlement was reached with AT&T and DirecTV in a collusion lawsuit that dealt with antitrust allegations related to the distribution of the Dodgers' SportsNet LA. But nowhere in this agreement does it require the channel be carried by any competitive satellite or cable company that has been holding out.

Analysis: Trump the dealmaker struggles to seal the deal

President Donald Trump, the author of the best-selling book, "The Art of the Deal," is about to see his deal-making abilities ratified in a legislative showdown on the House floor - or dramatically rebuffed. Trump, in a message relayed by White House officials, demanded that House Republican leaders vote Friday on a GOP-backed health care bill embraced by the president, placing the legislation on the brink of failure and jeopardizing his vow to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 28, 2017.

He set off a mild firestorm early in the morning in a CNN interview when he conceded his party needed to do a better job selling its replacement to President Obama's 2010 health care overhaul and promised Americans they would be able to keep their current insurance plan and doctors. But those remarks were largely forgotten just hours later amid the continuing chaos surrounding the run-up toward a Thursday vote in the U.S. House.

Abe’s Wife Accused of Giving Envelope of Cash in Japan Scandal

The head of a Japanese educational foundation at the center of a real estate scandal told parliament he received a donation from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe via his wife. Speaking under oath, school principal Yasunori Kagoike said that Akie Abe personally handed him an envelope with 1 million yen in cash during her September 2015 visit to a kindergarten operated by the nationalist group.

Donald Trump vows he’s ‘somewhat’ vindicated by latest spy agency…

In the United States, Donald Trump says he's been 'somewhat' vindicated after a senior Republican intelligence committee chairman came forward to claim he'd seen evidence the President and his team had come under surveillance by spy agencies. But those claims still fall a long way short of President Trump's original accusation that he was 'wiretapped' by his predecessor in the oval office, Barack Obama.

Representative Paul Cook Honored by Military Order of the Purple…

Each year, the Military Order of the Purple Heart is honored to pay special recognition to a National leader who best demonstrates inspirational leadership and distinguished service to our nation's veterans. On March 22, 2017, National Commander Hershel Gober presented this year's Special Leadership Award to California Congressman Paul Cook , a distinguished Member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Koch brothers donor network offers financial help for healthcare bill’s GOP defectors

A network of libertarian and conservative donors established by Charles and David Koch is offering a financial safety net to Republican lawmakers who choose to defy their party's leadership and vote against the GOP bill to replace Obamacare. Two groups, Freedom Partners and Americans for Prosperity, are offering a "seven-figure" fund to support dissenting Republicans in their 2018 re-election races, according to multiple reports Wednesday evening.

Repealing Obamacare could cost a poor family benefits worth a third of its income

From right, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., joined by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, after meeting with President Donald Trump who came to Capitol Hill to rally support among GOP lawmakers for the Republican health care overhaul. From right, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., joined by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, after meeting with President Donald Trump who came to Capitol Hill to rally support among GOP lawmakers for the Republican health care overhaul.

Colonies defense attorney accuses retired DA investigator of misleading grand jury

SAN BERNARDINO >> A defense attorney in the Colonies corruption case continued Wednesday to attack a district attorney investigator's testimony about defendant and former county Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, alleging the investigator lied and misled the indicting grand jury in 2011. Rajan Maline plowed through sustained objections from prosecutor Lewis Cope in the courtroom of Judge Michael A. Smith in San Bernardino Superior Court as he circled back over the previous testimony of Robert Schreiber, who was a supervising investigator for the District Attorney's Office in 2009 and subsequently retired as chief investigator for the office.

California could lose $24 billion in healthcare funding under GOP plan

A new state analysis released Wednesday shows that California would lose almost $6 billion in federal Medicaid funding in 2020, growing to $24.3 billion annually by 2027 if the Republican health care plan proposed to dismantle the Affordable Care Act passes. The report landed one day before Congressional Republicans in Washington, D.C., are poised to vote Thursday on the American Health Care Act, despite key concerns from several GOP factions that the proposal either goes too far - or not far enough- to replace parts of the current health care law, better known as Obamacare.

Central Illinois Foodbank working to provide healthy food to low income individuals

"It's really hard especially this time of year because in the summer time things are in season, and they are cheaper but in the winter, it becomes harder to find those fresh options," says Elizabeth Shuff a dietitian with Crossing Healthcare. "We just wanted to provide a really easy free way to come get a bunch of produce that you can use for a couple weeks that's not going to go bad right away."

Kayleigh McEnany smacked down after claiming other CNN panelists are…

A CNN Panel on Wednesday smacked down Kayleigh McEnany as she tried to claim her fellow panelists don't care about the Fourth Amendment. The panel was discussing House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes' decision to go directly to the White House and make a public statement with new information indicating Donald Trump's associates may have been "incidentally" surveilled.

Chinese officials warned US bomber during ‘routine’ East China Sea flyover

Chinese officials warned a US military aircraft flying near South Korea Sunday, telling its pilots that they were illegally operating in Chinese airspace and ordering the American plane to leave, a US defense official told CNN. The pilots of the US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber aircraft responded to the Chinese air traffic controllers, saying that they were conducting routine operations in international airspace and did not deviate from their flight path, according to US Pacific Air Forces spokesman Maj.

What Led to the Supreme Court’s Student Disabilities Ruling?

The Supreme Court on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students, requiring public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards. The court ruling centers around the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a landmark piece of legislation initially passed by Congress in 1975.

‘This is a bizarre situation’: John McCain says Congress no…

Sen. John McCain told MSNBC on Wednesday that Congress does not have the "credibility" to conduct an independent investigation into what connections, if any, President Donald Trump's campaign had to Russian officials during the election. McCain's comments came after House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes made the highly unusual decision on Wednesday to bypass his vice-chair, Rep. Adam Schiff, and brief Trump directly on a report he said he had been given that Trump's transition team had been legally surveilled after the election.

The House Intelligence chief just tossed a huge wrench into…

Rep. Devin Nunes on Wednesday threw a huge wrench into the middle of the investigations surrounding President Donald Trump, his claims of being wiretapped by his predecessor, and Russia's meddling in the election. And he now finds himself in a central role after making Republicans and Democrats alike scratch their heads over what appeared to be an unprecedented move.

Hawaii Republican resigns from party after criticizing Trump

Rep. Beth Fukumoto resigned from the Republican Party on Wednesday because she says its members refuse to oppose racism and sexism and that she was pressured to give up her leadership post at the statehouse after criticizing President Donald Trump. She's hoping to become a Democrat but does not know whether the Democratic Party will accept her HONOLULU - A Hawaii lawmaker who says she was pressured to give up her leadership post at the statehouse after criticizing President Donald Trump resigned Wednesday from the Republican Party.

Russian billionaire Deripaska paid Manafort to ‘greatly benefit’…


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Before he worked for the Donald Trump presidential campaign, Paul Manafort worked for a Russian billionaire to help promote Russian president Vladimir Putin's agenda in the United States. The White House and Manafort blew off AP's report on Wednesday, but the stench of corruption in the air just keeps getting stronger.

On Super-Precedents

Well, Gorsuch is wowing America in the confirmation hearings. He does display a virtue of our president: Trump prefers appointees who look and sound the part.

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Bipartisanship is hard enough to come by these days, but we are now likely only hours away from the big vote and the American Health Care Act doesn't seem to have either party squarely behind it. Moderate Republicans believe the bill goes too far, while far-right Republicans believe it doesn't go far enough.

Republicans wants your boss to know your DNA

The Obamacare repeal blueprint that President Donald Trump and House Republican leaders are trying to slam through the House this week is horrible enough, ripping away insurance from millions and giving a huge tax break to the wealthy . But if some Republicans get their way, a bill that would threaten our DNA privacy could be part of the follow-up legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act.

The Latest: Democrat criticizes GOP head of intel panel

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee is accusing the Republican leader of the committee of creating "profound doubt" about the committee's ability to conduct an independent investigation about Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is responding after Republican Rep. Devin Nunes said Trump transition officials' communications may have been scooped up in legal surveillance and then improperly distributed.

Court OK of student-led school board prayers to be appealed

A federal appeals court in New Orleans will be asked to reconsider its ruling allowing student-led prayer at school board meetings. On Monday, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in a Texas case that such prayers don't run afoul of the prohibition against government-established religion.

Secret Service was denied extra $60 million to protect Trump, far-flung family, reports show

The U.S. Secret Service requested $60 million in additional funding for the next year, offering the most precise estimate yet of the escalating costs for travel and protection resulting from the unusually complicated lifestyle of the Trump family, according to internal agency documents reviewed by The Washington Post. Nearly half of the additional money, $26.8 million, would pay to protect President Trump's family and private home in New York's Trump Tower, the documents show, while $33 million would be spent on travel costs incurred by "the president, vice president and other visiting heads of state."

The Obamacare replacement bill meets its final hurdle in House Rules Committee

From left, Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., the ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., the ranking member on the House Ways and Means Committee, House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Budget Committee Chair Diane Black, R-Tenn., gather in the House Rules Committee to shape the final version of the Republican health care bill before it goes to the floor for debate and a vote, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Your Turn: March 23

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan gives a thumbs-up as he addresses the annual National Republican Congressional Committee dinner on Tuesday. Readers weigh in on the health care bill Ryan recently put forward.

St. Louis eyeing the idea of leasing Lambert airport to private operator

The City of St. Louis is taking preliminary steps to explore the idea of privatizing St. Louis Lambert International Airport, according to a source. City leaders were in Washington, DC Wednesday where they filed a preliminary application with the Federal Aviation Administration, a document which essentially serves as a placeholder for St. Louis to begin the process of determining if privatization is in the city's best interest.

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Trump wound up in surveillance intercepts: A plot twist in Washington spy drama

Donald Trump's personal communications were picked up by U.S. intelligence operations that were monitoring foreign espionage targets, a top Republican said Wednesday in a major twist in the real-life spy drama unfolding in Washington. Devin Nunes, the senior congressional watchdog on U.S. intelligence agencies, made that announcement to the news media, then went straight to the White House to brief the president on what he'd found.

Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

After eight hours of debate, House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, left, and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., the vice-chair, listen to arguments from committee chairs as the panel meets to shape the final version of the Republican health care bill before it goes to the floor for debate and a vote, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, on Capitol ... (more)

Democrats attack Nunes for publicizing Trump intel report

Democrats on Wednesday were angry with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., for telling the press that Obama administration intelligence officials appear to have "unmasked" several Trump transition officials who were swept up in routine surveillance. Nunes told reporters Wednesday that the new information he has "bothers" him, because it seems to show that officials revealed the identities of U.S. citizens caught up in routine surveillance of foreigners when they should have remained masked.

TCPA Connect – March 2017

A Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendant successfully persuaded a Michigan federal court judge that its calling system was not an automated dialing system because there was significant human involvement in dialing phone numbers. Plaintiff Lakisha Smith alleged that defendant Stellar Recovery Inc. called her cell phone dozens of times without her consent about a debt in violation of both the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Starbucks CEO stands by pledge to hire refugees

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz presided over his last annual shareholder meeting as head of the company Wednesday by standing by its pledge to hire refugees and expanding on previously announced goals to hire veterans and at-risk youth. The moves underscored the progressive image Schultz has helped cultivate for Starbucks as he prepares to cede the CEO job next month to Starbucks President Kevin Johnson.

Man falls off cruise ship; authorities searching

Crews with the United States Coast Guard and Cuban Search and Rescue authorities are searching for a 23-year-old Floral City, Florida man who fell off of the Carnival Victory cruise ship 33 miles northwest of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba. Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew launched to search for Paul.

Female CEO Resigns, Accused Of Grabbing Boobs

The co-founder of a "period-proof underwear" startup called Thinx recently stepped down from her leadership role after a former employee accused her of sexual harassment. Chelsea Leibow alleges that her former boss, ex-CEO Miki Agrawal, "touched an employee's breasts and asked her to expose them, routinely changed clothes in front of employees, and conducted meetings via video conference while in bed, apparently unclothed," according to New York Magazine.

Letters from Readers- Vietnam December 2014

Your story "Bailout! Bailout!" brought back both good and bad memories. I was in-country 1971 and 1972, but in 1968 I was the training NCO for the munitions squadron of Project Arc Light supporting our B-52s in Operation Linebacker.

Interview with Scott L. Reda

Any war is a mosaic of many individual stories-and those are the stories documentary maker Lou Reda Productions Inc. wants to tell in new films about the Vietnam War. The company, founded in 1978 in Easton, Pennsylvania, has been producing documentaries on military history for the History channel and other TV networks for more than 30 years, beginning with World War II: The War Chronicles in 1982.

Lawmakers want details on Flynn’s foreign contacts, payments

In this Feb. 13, 2017 file photo, then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn arrives in the East Room of the White House in Washington. A House committee wants the White House and Trump administration officials to detail all the payments and contacts that Flynn had with foreign government representatives spanning the past three years.

Trump communications may have been – monitored,’ GOP lawmaker says

The chairman of the House intelligence committee says President Donald Trump's communications may have been ''monitored'' during the transition period as part of an ''incidental collection.' ' Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told a news conference Wednesday that the communications appear to be picked up through ''incidental collection'' and do not appear to be related to the ongoing FBI investigation into Trump associates' contacts with Russia.

White House: Intel chair to brief Trump on ‘monitoring’

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. gives reporters an update about the ongoing Russia investigation adding that President Donald Trump's campaign communications may have been "monitored" during the transition period as part of an "incidental collection," Wednesday, March 22, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Biden questions Trump administration’s ‘romance’ with Putin

Former Vice President Joe Biden pauses as he greets the crowd on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, following an event marking seven years since former President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. less Former Vice President Joe Biden pauses as he greets the crowd on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, following an event marking seven years since former President Barack Obama signed the ... more Former Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., left, greet the crowd on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

NEA applauds Supreme Court decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County…

NEA President: Ruling on IDEA standards directly debunks Gorsuch's view, further proof 'Gorsuch is even more out of the mainstream than every single sitting justice' [Ruling is] yet another glaring example that reveals Judge Gorsuch is even more out of the mainstream than every single sitting justice who sided with the student in this case. --NEA President Lily Eskelsen GarcA a The U.S. Supreme Court today unanimously reversed the lower court's decision in Endrew F. v.

Nunes: Trump Comms May Have Been ‘Monitored’

The chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday that the communications of Trump transition officials - possibly including President Donald Trump himself - may have been "monitored" after the election as part of an "incidental collection." Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said the intercepted communications do not appear to be related to the ongoing FBI investigation into Trump associates' contacts with Russia.

Trump Can’t Sell House GOP on Ryancare During Hill Visit

You might wonder how the president could get out of bed and head to Capitol Hill after the beating he took there on Monday at the hands of FBI Director James Comey . But roll out he did to make a big push for passage of the American Health Care Act , a bill he's not been all that enthusiastic about but which has become a test of his leadership.

Top takeaways from Day 3 of Gorsuch’sa

Senators judging the man in line to become the next Supreme Court justice tried again Wednesday to draw Neil Gorsuch out on issues he doesn't want to talk about, with very little success. Top takeaways from Day 3 of Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings Senators judging the man in line to become the next Supreme Court justice tried again Wednesday to draw Neil Gorsuch out on issues he doesn't want to talk about, with very little success.

GOP bill: Counties see mandate relief

Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered a blistering attack Tuesday on a federal plan to take the cost of Medicaid off the backs of New York's county governments. GOP Medicaid bill: Counties see mandate relief ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered a blistering attack Tuesday on a federal plan to take the cost of Medicaid off the backs of New York's county governments.

My N.J. GOP congressman is voting No on Trump’s healthcare bill, how about yours? |…

Our country has elected to provide health care to our fellow countrymen in need: to seniors through the Medicare program, to the indigent through Medicaid, to needy children through the Child Health Insurance Program, and to indigent women of childbearing years through Title X. The Affordable Care Act extended this tradition by allowing states to expand Medicaid eligibility to families with income up to 1.38 times the poverty line while providing subsidies to others to enable them to purchase insurance on regulated health exchanges The actual health care is delivered by thousands of providers who are reimbursed for the care they provide through these programs.

AP Exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests.

Mike’s Blog Round Up

Happy Hump Day, and congrats fellow Crooks and Liars: we've made it to midweek. Buck-up Private, let's soldier on! Victory over this week is within our grasp! After learning that Trump wants to eliminate it, Every Goddamn Day reprises a 20-year old column from a day he spent with a meals-on-wheels type program; the stories are still the same.

History to Explore Defining Moments in U.S. History in New Anthology Series the Commanders

HISTORY is developing a new annual scripted television event, THE COMMANDERS, dramatizing pivotal moments in U.S. history that defined the men who served as the most powerful person in the nation, the President of the United States, it was announced by Jana Bennett, President & General Manager of HISTORY. From auspices such as Emmy Award winner R.J. Cutler , Academy Award nominated Stephen J. Rivele , Matthew Sand , Cyrus Nowrasteh , Michael Hirst and Leslie Greif , "The Commanders" would include limited series ranging from four to ten hours in length that initially would delve into the gripping stories of Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.

GOP Leaders Still Don’t Have the Votes

"Despite a frantic lobbying effort, President Donald Trump and House GOP leaders are still short of the votes they need to pass their Obamacare replacement bill, just two days before the legislation is set to be taken up on the floor," Politico reports. "Conservative hard-liners from the House Freedom Caucus are threatening to derail the legislation, saying revisions announced on Monday night don't go far enough.

Liberals to release second budget this afternoon

BUDGET DAY IN OTTAWA If you're on Twitter and you follow political journalists, today will be a quiet one. Most of the Parliamentary Press Gallery is headed into the federal budget lockup this morning, where we hand in our cellphones and lose access to the outside world for about seven hours.

Trump’s Labor nominee Acosta says he’ll advocate for workers

Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta says he will work with Congress to address the need for good, safe jobs and to provide American workers with the training they need to get them. "Whether it is those who are working, those who still seek work, those who are discouraged or underemployed, or those who have retired, if confirmed as secretary of labor, I will advocate for them," Acosta said in prepared remarks.

This is where all of California’s House Republicans stand on the GOP healthcare bill

Less than two days before they are scheduled to vote, a handful of California's 14 Republican members of Congress say they are still weighing how to vote on the GOP plan to undo and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. California's 38 House Democrats have lined up pretty firmly against the bill, as have most of the chamber's Democrats, so Republicans are on their own to pass the bill.

Intelligence panel leaders try to avoid partisan rifts that sank other congressional inquiries

Reps. Adam Schiff , left, and Devin Nunes , leaders of the House Intelligence Committee. As Congress moved hesitantly in the last few months toward investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, a question has loomed: Could lawmakers bridge their deep partisan divide sufficiently to produce an inquiry a broad range of Americans would accept? In the House, the answer is largely in the hands of a pair of soft-spoken Californians: the chairman and ranking minority member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Devin Nunes , a Republican former dairy farmer from Tulare, and Adam B. Schiff , a Democratic former federal prosecutor from Burbank.

LAPD: Latinos report fewer sex crimes amid fears

Reports of sexual assaults and domestic violence among Los Angeles' Latino population have plummeted since the beginning of the year, amid fears that immigrants in the country illegally could face deportation if they interact with police or appear in court, the city's police chief said Tuesday. Since the beginning of 2017, sexual assault reports have dropped 25 percent and domestic violence reports have decreased by 10 percent among Latinos, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday.

LAPD says Latinos are reporting fewer sexual assaults amid immigration fears

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says reports of sexual assault and domestic violence by Latino residents have dropped amid concerns that those in the country illegally could face deportation if they interact with police. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says reports of sexual assault and domestic violence by Latino residents have dropped amid concerns that those in the country illegally could face deportation if they interact with police.

Senate votes to allow trapping, baiting and aerial shooting of Alaska grizzlies, wolves

The Senate voted Tuesday to abolish a rule restricting specific hunting practices on national wildlife refuges in Alaska - including trapping, baiting and aerial shooting - on the grounds that state officials should be able to set the terms for wildlife conservation on public land within their own borders. The 52-to-47 vote, which was almost entirely along party lines, represented the latest instance of Republicans using a powerful legislative tool - the Congressional Review Act - to eliminate regulations that Barack Obama 's administration finalized before he left office in January.

Accelerated executions: Arkansas plans 8 over 10-day period

After nearly a dozen years without an execution, Arkansas is racing to put eight men to death next month over a 10-day period - an unprecedented timetable the state says is necessary because one of the three ingredients in the lethal injection will soon expire. If carried out, the executions beginning April 17 would make Arkansas the first state to execute that many inmates in such a short time since the death penalty was reinstated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976.

Canyon dwellers confront deputies, Marines and Forest Service on plan …

Darrell Vance, the Trabuco District ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, crouches along a bank overlooking a vintage dam and swimming hole in Orange County's Santiago Canyon, which is scheduled for demolition as part of an effort to bolster habitat and eliminate safety hazards. Darrell Vance, the Trabuco District ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, crouches along a bank overlooking a vintage dam and swimming hole in Orange County's Santiago Canyon, which is scheduled for demolition as part of an effort to bolster habitat and eliminate safety hazards.

Red Cross appeal seeks funds for 4 countries facing famine

Philadelphia's top prosecutor admits he accepted more than $100,000 in gifts while in office, but vows to fight charges that he promised help with any court cases in return. Philadelphia's top prosecutor admits he accepted more than $100,000 in gifts while in office, but vows to fight charges that he promised help with any court cases in return.

GOP Health-Care Bill: Will It Pass? The Whip Count

The first major legislative test of Donald Trump's presidency is slated for Thursday night, when the House holds its highly anticipated vote on the Republican health-care bill. There are no Democrats who are expected to support the bill, but it also has detractors within the GOP.

Trump: ‘I’ll criticize judges,’ Gorsuch calls it ‘disheartening’

Neil Gorsuch, who was tapped by Trump to fill the court's long-vacant ninth seat, told senators during his confirmation hearing Tuesday that he finds it "disheartening and demoralizing" when "anyone" insults a federal judge. Just hours later, Trump, speaking at the National Republican Congressional Committee Dinner in Washington, D.C., hinted that he has no intension of putting an end to his court-insulting ways.

Erika Girardi displays slimmer body from DWTS on chat show

Erika Girardi proudly showed off the results Dancing With The Stars has already had on her body during an appearance Tuesday on Watch What Happens Live. The 45-year-old reality star wore a stunning black blouse split widely in the middle to show off plenty of cleavage as she appeared on the Bravo chat show.

13:25 Tillerson urges Senate ratification of Montenegro’s NATO membership

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has written to the leaders of the U.S. Senate urging the ratification of Montenegro as the newest member of the NATO alliance, saying it is "strongly in the interests of the United States," reports Reuters . In a letter dated March 7 and seen by Reuters on Tuesday, Tillerson argued that Montenegro's membership in the alliance would support greater integration, democratic reform, trade, security and stability among its neighbors.

Not my laptop! Airline passengers hit the device doldrums

As the indignities of modern air travel go, the latest ban on laptops and tablets on som... A Louisiana man says he never heard warnings from the officers before they opened fire on his car, killing his 6-year-old son. A Louisiana man says he never heard warnings from the officers before they opened fire on his car, killing his 6-year-old son.

Supreme Court nominee unscathed facing last day of hearings

" Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch enters the third day of his nomination hearings largely unscathed by Democratic attacks, as Republicans confidently predict he will win confirmation despite liberal opposition. A growing number of Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, are calling for Gorsuch's confirmation to be delayed because of the FBI investigation of ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.

Ryan’s legacy as speaker on line with health care vote

" The vote on the Republican health care bill is a defining moment for House Speaker Paul Ryan that could boost his aggressive agenda to overhaul the tax code and remake the federal government. If he fails? "It will be very hard to manage this," the Wisconsin Republican told reporters ahead of Thursday's likely vote.

Trump seeks health care triumph _ so he can move on

" President Donald Trump's pitch on a polarizing Republican health care bill in the House amounts to a means to an end: a way to move on to what he calls "the biggest tax cut since Ronald Reagan." Backed by pro-business elements of his party, Trump has increasingly argued that the repeal and replacement of former President Barack Obama's health care law is a necessary step along the road to other parts of his first-year agenda.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, after meeting with President Donald Trump who came to Capitol Hill to rally support among GOP lawmakers for t... WASHINGTON - The vote on the Republican health care bill is a defining moment for House Speaker Paul Ryan that could boost his aggressive agenda to overhaul the tax code and remake the federal government. If he fails? "It will be very hard to manage this," the Wisconsin Republican told reporters ahead of Thursday's likely vote.

US Labor nominee Acosta says he’ll advocate for workers

Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta says he will work with Congress to address the need for good, safe jobs and to provide American workers with the training they need to get them. "Whether it is those who are working, those who still seek work, those who are discouraged or underemployed, or those who have retired, if confirmed as secretary of labor, I will advocate for them," Acosta said in prepared remarks.

Philippines complains drug war reports hurting tourism

The Philippines tourism secretary urged the media Wednesday to "tone down" coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drug war, complaining that reports on extrajudicial killings were scaring away foreigners. On a trip to Thailand accompanying Duterte, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo insisted the Philippines was a safe destination but said journalists were making the country a hard sell because of their focus on the killings.

Another catch-and-release summer for Mille Lacs walleyes

Anglers will have to release any walleyes they catch in Mille Lacs Lake again this summer and they will be barred from even catching the fish for three weeks during the peak of the season, state wildlife officials said Tuesday. The catch-and-release regulations for walleyes on Mille Lacs will be in effect when Minnesota's fishing season opens May 13, the state Department of Natural Resources said.

The Global Liquidity Party Is Alive and Well, in Charts

In fact, real interest rates around the world are poised to fall in 2017 as inflation outpaces oncoming hikes in benchmark interest rates, creating a technical support that's expected to be a boon for the global hunt for yield. Global markets, in other words, will still be dancing to a looser monetary beat in the coming months in real terms.

Mississippi company recalls thousands of pounds of catfish

A Mississippi company has recalled 1,695 pounds of catfish product that may be adulterated with residues of public health concern. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a routine inspection by the Food Safety and Inspection Service revealed "violative levels of the chemicals Malachite Green and Leucomalachite Green."

Republicans may gut an overlooked provision of Obamacare – …

Despite prior insistence that negotiations over the healthcare bill were over, Politico reported Wednesday that "White House officials" are looking to make "tweaks" to the American Health Care Act to win the votes of holdout conservative members of Congress. Conservatives in the House are upset that the AHCA doesn't do enough to remove insurance regulations imposed by Obamacare, and therefore doesn't do enough to lower premiums.

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A showdown is expected Thursday as the GOP plan to replace the Affordable Health Care Act goes up for a historic vote. Thursday marks the seventh anniversary of Obamacare being passed into law, but the scheduled Congressional vote could mark the beginning of its ultimate repeal.

This day in history

Birthdays: Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim is 87. Evangelist broadcaster Pat Robertson is 87. Actor William Shatner is 86. Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah, is 83. Actor M. Emmet Walsh is 82. Singer-guitarist George Benson is 74. Writer James Patterson is 70. CNN newscaster Wolf Blitzer is 69. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 69. Sportscaster Bob Costas is 65. Actress Lena Olin is 62. Singer-actress Stephanie Mills is 60. Actor Matthew Modine is 58. Actor-comedian Keegan-Michael Key is 46. Actress Reese Witherspoon is 41. In 1638, religious dissident Anne Hutchinson was expelled to present-day Rhode Island from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for defying Puritan orthodoxy.

This day in history

Birthdays: Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim is 87. Evangelist broadcaster Pat Robertson is 87. Actor William Shatner is 86. Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah, is 83. Actor M. Emmet Walsh is 82. Singer-guitarist George Benson is 74. Writer James Patterson is 70. CNN newscaster Wolf Blitzer is 69. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 69. Sportscaster Bob Costas is 65. Actress Lena Olin is 62. Singer-actress Stephanie Mills is 60. Actor Matthew Modine is 58. Actor-comedian Keegan-Michael Key is 46. Actress Reese Witherspoon is 41. In 1638, religious dissident Anne Hutchinson was expelled to present-day Rhode Island from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for defying Puritan orthodoxy.

As Others See It: A good GOP move on tax reform

One of the biggest defects in the U.S. tax code is that it encourages companies to finance themselves by borrowing rather than by issuing equity. Correcting this bias should be a top priority for President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress as they merge their plans for tax reform.

Donald Trump’s fantasies are dangerous for our democracy

Regarding President Donald Trump's allegation that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower: U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said, "A lot of the things he says, you guys take literally." We took it literally, because Mr. Trump meant it literally.

Today in History

On March 22, 1765, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely resisted the tax. In 1929, a U.S. Coast Guard vessel sank a Canadian-registered schooner, the I'm Alone, which was suspected of carrying bootleg liquor, in the Gulf of Mexico.

Bill observing Obama’s birthday fails to pass in Illinois

Illinois lawmakers failed to pass a measure in the legislature that would have made former President Barack Obama's birthday a statewide holiday, according to the Chicago Tribune. The bill would have observed August 4 as a legal holiday in his home state, but the Chicago Tribune said the proposal was six votes short of passing, where it would have next moved to the Illinois Senate.

Bill observing Obama’s birthday fails to pass in Illinois

Illinois lawmakers failed to pass a measure in the legislature that would have made former President Barack Obama's birthday a statewide holiday, according to the Chicago Tribune. The bill would have observed August 4 as a legal holiday in his home state, but the Chicago Tribune said the proposal was six votes short of passing, where it would have next moved to the Illinois Senate.

A battleground stock for Wall Street’s short sellers is…

Representative Ro Khanna wrote a letter to the inspector general of the Department of Defense, requesting that he look into TransDigm Group, a controversial airplane-part manufacturer and supplier of companies like Boeing. Khanna's letter accuses the company of "waste, fraud and abuse in the defense and industrial base."

Rep. Rod Blum opposes healthcare bill

Iowa Republican Congressman Rod Blum, who represents the 1st District, has come out opposed to the current version of the healthcare bill. Rod Blum, Republican candidate for US Congress District 1, photographed Oct. 10, 2014, in Cedar Rapids.

Parties behind Moore Road controversy take additional legal action

Charles and Laura Bramel and Chester Channels have filed an appeal with the Ohio 7th District Court of Appeals contesting the Feb. 23 ruling declaring them vexatious litigators and ordering they quit taking any further legal action in county courts without the judge's approval. Columbiana County commissioners filed a lawsuit last summer to have the Bramels and Channels declared vexatious litigators, which is someone who repeatedly files lawsuits or other legal actions that have little or no basis in law and seeks to use these actions to harass or maliciously injure another party.

Aliquippa Man Charged with Dealing Fentanyl Resulting in Death

One resident of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today. According to the indictment presented to the court, on July 7, 2016, Bargerstock possessed with intent to distribute and distributed fentanyl that caused the serious bodily injury and death of a person.

John Dean on Manafort Probes: ‘Look and Feel of a Cover-Up’

Former Nixon counsel John Dean said Tuesday that growing concerns about former Donald Trump campaign adviser Paul Manafort and his possible ties to Russia have "an awful lot of the sound and look and feel of cover-up." "People not disclosing," Dean, who was involved in the Watergate controversy of the 1970s, told Don Lemon on CNN.

Moore Road litigators fight ban on lawsuits

Charles and Laura Bramel and Chester Channels have filed an appeal with the Ohio 7th District Court of Appeals contesting the Feb. 23 ruling declaring them vexatious litigators and ordering they quit taking any further legal action in county courts without the judge's approval. Columbiana County commissioners filed a lawsuit last summer to have the Bramels and Channels declared vexatious litigators, which is someone who repeatedly files lawsuits or other legal actions that have little or no basis in law and seeks to use these actions to harass or maliciously injure another party.

Beatitudes take a beating in DC

U.S. President Donald Trump waves with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., after attending a Friends of Ireland reception on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 16. Writing a weekly column means always worrying about finding a topic for the next one. The horror of staring at a blank document on the computer screen, while your mind remains as blank as that document, is one of the scariest moments in a writer's life.

Beatitudes take a beating in DC

U.S. President Donald Trump waves with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., after attending a Friends of Ireland reception on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 16. Writing a weekly column means always worrying about finding a topic for the next one. The horror of staring at a blank document on the computer screen, while your mind remains as blank as that document, is one of the scariest moments in a writer's life.

Trump lays plans to reverse Obama’s climate change legacy

President Donald Trump is poised in the coming days to announce his plans to dismantle the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's climate change legacy, while also gutting several smaller but significant policies aimed at curbing global warming. The moves are intended to send an unmistakable signal to the nation and the world that Trump intends to follow through on his campaign vows to rip apart every element of what the president has called Obama's "stupid" policies to address climate change.

Trump lays plans to reverse Obama’s climate change legacy

President Donald Trump is poised in the coming days to announce his plans to dismantle the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's climate change legacy, while also gutting several smaller but significant policies aimed at curbing global warming. The moves are intended to send an unmistakable signal to the nation and the world that Trump intends to follow through on his campaign vows to rip apart every element of what the president has called Obama's "stupid" policies to address climate change.

Gorsuch deserves confirmation

During his first two days of testimony in Senate hearings on his nomination to the Supreme Court by President Trump, Judge Neil Gorsuch displayed high intelligence, independence, impartiality, modesty and firmness, qualities that will serve the nation well if he is approved as the ninth justice. His performance gives the Senate's Democratic minority a problem.

White House limits what officials can say about budget

The White House is instructing Cabinet heads and agency officials not to elaborate on President Trump's proposed budget cuts beyond what was in a relatively brief submission, a move Democrats decried as a gag order. Budget director Mick Mulvaney wrote in a memo late last week that until the full budget release in May, ''all public comments of any sort should be limited to the information contained in the Budget Blueprint chapter for your agency,'' referring to the 53-page document released last Thursday.

The redemption of Martin McGuinness

Of all that was said and done in the immediate wake of Martin McGuinness's death on Tuesday, Queen Elizabeth's decision to sit down and write a private letter of condolence to his widow, Bernie, might take the cake. Some context: In 1979, the Irish Republican Army blew up the queen's cousin, Lord Mountbatten, who was really more like her favorite uncle.

Military seeks new ways to punish bad online behavior

Skeptical Congress members on Tuesday pressed senior military leaders to take more aggressive action to prevent and punish inappropriate online activity by service members, including posts of "intimate" images on social media sites. And the military officers said a weeks-old investigation into nude photo-sharing by Marines online now involves all the services and has expanded to other websites, including a Tumblr page that has pornographic photos of people in various military uniforms.

Federal judge defers ruling on Missouri abortion rules

A federal judge is weighing whether to block Missouri regulations that the state's Planned Parenthood clinics argue in a lawsuit illegally restrict access to abortion in the state. U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs deferred a ruling Tuesday after hearing arguments over the preliminary injunction request by two Planned Parenthoods with Missouri health centers.

MP Doherty in Washington meeting with U.S. lawmakers

Windsor West NDP MP Brian Masse , Scarborough-Guildwood Liberal MP John McKay, Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty in between meetings in Washington, D.C. this week. Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty arrived in Washington, D.C. on Monday for three days of meetings about softwood lumber, NAFTA, the environment and defence spending.

Trump signs NASA bill, ponders sending Congress to space

Fromm left, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. share a laugh in the Oval Office of the White House in Washignton, Tuesday, March 21, 2017... WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday adding human exploration of Mars to NASA's mission.

As Vote on TrumpCare Nears, #SaveMedicaid Movement Grows


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The movement to save Medicaid from the Republican chopping block continued on Tuesday, with actions happening on the ground and on social media, just days before the House of Representatives votes on the American Healthcare Act , the GOP's answer to the Affordable Healthcare Act , or Obamacare. Hundreds of Medicaid supporters held a "die-in" outside of Rep. Darrell Issa's office to express concerns that Republicans are angling to gut Medicaid as part of the replacement bill.

Stock Market Shows Doubt in Trump

For the first time since the election, markets are doubting they will get the pro-growth policies of tax reform and stimulus promised by President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress. The repeal of Obamacare appears to have hit some snags and the GOP brought out Trump earlier Tuesday to serve as pitchman to House Republicans who may have been wavering ahead of Thursday's vote.

IJR Suspends 3 Staffers over False Obama Story

Independent Journal Review has suspended three staffers including chief content officer Benny Johnson after the publication last week of a conspiracy-laden post about President Barack Obama that was subsequently retracted. The post, published last week, alleged that Obama's "surprise" visit to Hawaii could somehow have been connected to a federal judge's ruling on President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Comey corrects Trump’s tweets in real time

As FBI Director James Comey was in the hot seat, being grilled on Russia's interference in the 2016 election, the White House was busy trolling him on Twitter. The official White House account was used to tap out a series of tweets Monday trying to shift the focus to problematic leaks instead of what they'd revealed.

Tillerson visit to Moscow appears to be a stand-in for a Trump-Putin meeting

The State Department would give no details Tuesday about a planned trip by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Moscow next month, but the visit appears to be a stand-in for any immediate meeting between President Trump and Russian President VladiA mir Putin. Tillerson, who drew skepticism from Democrats and some Republicans for his ties to Russia and Putin when he headed the oil giant ExxonMobil, will be the first high-level Trump administration emissary to go to Moscow.

Good-golly Gorsuch may turn out to be a rascal on the bench

The nomination of Neil Gorsuch presents the Senate with a constitutional dilemma: Is this nation prepared to have Eddie Haskell serving a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court? The most noteworthy thing to emerge from Gorsuch's testimony Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee wasn't his judicial philosophy , his credentials nor even the likelihood of confirmation . What stood out was his aw-shucks, good-golly manner: Gorsuch played a folksy sycophant straight out of the 1950s.

Neil Gorsuch’s sales pitch: I’m my own judge

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch came to the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday prepared to deliver a clear message: I'm a judge, not a politician. He stressed on several occasions that he is independent from the President who has appointed him, that as a judge he "doesn't give a whit" about politics, and that he treats his plaintiffs fairly.

Gorsuch’s grueling day on the Hill

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is saying for the first time publicly that President Trump's attacks on federal judges were "disheartening" and "demoralizing." In February, Trump described the Seattle judge who put a stay on his immigration and travel ban a "so-called judge" in a tweet.

Trump aide hid payments from pro-Moscow Ukraine party

In this July 17, 2016 file photo, Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena, Sunday, in Cleveland. In this July 17, 2016 file photo, Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena, Sunday, in Cleveland.

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Right-wing firebrand and rising media star Tomi Lahren has reportedly been suspended by TheBlaze, where she hosts a primetime commentary show. Lahren, 24, came into controversy over the weekend after a Friday appearance on The View, in which she claimed to be "pro-choice" and essentially argued that anti-abortion conservatives are hypocrites.

Supreme Court reins in U.S president’s appointment powers

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday put new restrictions on presidential powers, limiting a president's authority to staff certain top government posts in a case involving an appointment to the National Labour Relations Board . The court decided 6-2 to uphold a lower court's ruling that former President Barack Obama exceeded his legal authority with his temporary appointment of an NLRB general counsel in 2011.

Patients’ reports may aid prostate cancer treatment choice

The only person to whom Dylann Roof confided his racist plan to massacre worshippers at a historically black church in South Carolina is set to be sentenced for lying to the FBI. The only person to whom Dylann Roof confided his racist plan to massacre worshippers at a historically black church in South Carolina is set to be sentenced for lying to the FBI.

Encanto-Palmcroft Historic Home Tour 2017


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Midtown Phoenix's Encanto-Palmcroft neighborhood, known for its old world charm and palm tree-lined streets, will host its 2017 Home Tour & Street Festival this Sunday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Encanto-Palmcroft is one of the premier historic neighborhoods in downtown Phoenix. It was selected as one of the Top 10 neighborhoods to live in by both Money magazine and Forbes, and was recently rated as the wealthiest neighborhood in Phoenix.

GOP to introduce infrastructure bill as soon as Wednesday

Republican legislative leaders are breaking up Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's $157 million bonding bill for state infrastructure projects, with plans to unveil their own legislation as early as Wednesday. GOP leaders were working up to the last minute to figure out just how far into debt lawmakers within their party would be willing to put the state to pay for public works and building projects.

HS Football Coach Suspended For Exposing Himself To Players

A high school football coach in Spokane, Washington has been suspended by school officials after allegedly exposing himself to several players during a team trip last summer, The Spokesman-Review reported Sunday . Ferris High School football coach Jim Sharkey took his team to a leadership camp last summer.

Trump to meet at White House with Congressional Black Caucus leaders

Five weeks after inappropriately asking a reporter to set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, President Trump has arranged his own face-to-face discussion with the group, whose leaders are scheduled to visit the White House on Wednesday. Rep. Cedric L. Richmond , the caucus chairman, said that he and five executive committee members have accepted Trump's invitation to discuss issues related to the African American community, including the president's proposed budget, education, criminal justice reform and health care.

Gorsuch refuses Whitehouse’s request to ask shadowy backers to reveal themselves

Sheldon Whitehouse Gorsuch refuses Whitehouse's request to ask shadowy backers to reveal themselves Dem senator: Gorsuch must be 'independent' Live coverage: Day two of Supreme Court nominee hearing MORE 's request that he publicly ask conservative donors funding a $10 million advertising campaign run by the conservative Judicial Crisis Network to identify themselves. Whitehouse asked Gorsuch as a "matter of courtesy to the process" to ask his anonymous backers to reveal themselves so that the public could know what interests favor his confirmation.

Gov. Cuomo hires former Obama and Clinton staffers

Gov. Cuomo announced 27 new hires on Tuesday, including a dozen people who were out of work thanks to President Trump. The dozen either worked for President Barack Obama, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign or elsewhere in the federal government, and their hirings come as Cuomo is being talked up as a potential Democratic presidential candidate for 2020.

White House issues gag order to officials on budget details

The White House is instructing Cabinet heads and agency officials not to elaborate on President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts beyond what was in a relatively brief submission, a move Democrats decried as a gag order. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney wrote in a memo late last week that until the full budget release in May, "all public comments of any sort should be limited to the information contained in the Budget Blueprint chapter for your agency," referring to the 53-page document released last Thursday.

The Latest: Gorsuch talks of 1 case that lingered

Graphic shows profile information for Supreme Court nominee and selected opinions; 2c x 9 inches; 96.3 mm x 228 mm; Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch, left, shares a laugh with Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb.as he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Supreme Court sympathetic to Microsoft in Xbox owners’ suit

The Supreme Court suggested Tuesday that it is sympathetic to Microsoft Corp. in a dispute with disgruntled owners of the Xbox 360 video-game system who sued saying the console has a design defect that scratches game discs. The justices heard arguments Tuesday in a case that involves the Xbox 360 owners' attempts to get class action status for their lawsuit, which was filed several years ago in the state of Washington, where Microsoft is headquartered.

The FBI made a ‘very unusual’ move in an effort to quash Trump’s wiretapping claims


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The unusual decision by the Department of Justice to allow FBI Director James Comey to publicly disclose the existence of an ongoing investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia may have been spurred, albeit unwittingly, by the president himself, according to a former DOJ official.

Fox pulls Napolitano from air after Trump report

Fox News Channel has pulled legal analyst Andrew Napolitano from the air after disavowing his on-air claim that British intelligence officials had helped former President Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump. A person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was a personnel matter said Napolitano has been benched and won't be appearing on the air in the near future.

Republican Eyes Continued Care for Incurably Ill

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Puerto Rico can’t kick the creditor can down the road

Last week, on March 13, Puerto Rico's Fiscal Oversight and Management Board approved the economic recovery plan submitted by Gov. Ricardo RossellA3. Paul Ryan GOP chairman: Trump infrastructure package could be rolled into aviation bill Puerto Rico can't kick the creditor can down the road Lobby firm scores top House Republican tax aide MORE pushed through Congress last year, will fail to bring to Puerto Rico the type of government accountability that we were lead to believe the law would bring about.

Comedian won’t run for New Jersey governor as Republican

A comedian best known for his Frank Sinatra impression on "Saturday Night Live" won't run as a Republican in New Jersey's upcoming governor's race, but Joe Piscopo says he is "more serious than ever" about joining the field as an independent. A longtime Democrat until recently and a backer of President Donald Trump, Piscopo's potential candidacy to replace Republican Gov. Chris Christie has been a constant question mark in New Jersey, which along with Virginia is one of only two governor's races in the U.S. this year.

USA vet who served in Afghanistan to be deported

On Sunday morning, family and supporters of Army Private 1st class Miguel Perez, Jr., who was born in Mexico and grew up in Chicago, gathered at a Pilsen church. His parents said it was unfair for their son to be deported after coming to the country legally when he was 8 years old.