N. Korea missile fears in Japan: ‘Whatever will be, will be’

In this Thursday, April 27, 2017, photo, taxi driver Seijiro Kurosawa, 58, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in front of Fussa Station in Fussa where the Yokota Air Base is located in Tokyo's western suburbs. Residents living near U.S. military bases in Japan are facing a fresh reality: Their neighborhoods are on the frontline of North Korea's dispute with America and if Pyongyang were to attack they would have just several minutes to shelter from incoming missiles.

Biden tells New Hampshire crowd: ‘Guys, I’m not running’

Former Vice President Joe Biden insists he's not making another presidential bid in 2020, despite giving a rousing speech to New Hampshire Democrats about restoring dignity to politics and winning back working class voters. Biden returned to the state Sunday to honor the nation's first all-female, all-Democratic congressional delegation at an annual state Democratic Party dinner.

White House defends Trump invitation to Duterte despite human rights criticism

The White House on Sunday defended President Donald Trump's decision to invite Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to Washington, saying his cooperation was needed to counter North Korea, even as the administration faced human rights criticism for its overture to Manila. Trump issued the invitation on Saturday night in what the White House said was a "very friendly" phone conversation with Duterte, who is accused by international human rights groups of supporting a campaign of extrajudicial killings of drug suspects in the Philippines.

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Republicans in Congress return to Washington this week with a familiar to-do list, as the White House pushes for a vote in the House on a GOP health care overhaul bill, and lawmakers struggle to reach a deal on a spending plan that would avert a government shutdown on Friday night. Last week, the story was the same as Congress approved a one-week stopgap budget to keep the government running but House Republicans were unable to find enough support for a House vote on a GOP measure that's designed to make major changes in the Obama health law.

NYC mayor wants free preschool for 3-year-olds, too

In this Sept. 4, 2014, file photo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio visits the Inner Force Early Tots Childhood Learning Center, a community-based organization that's part of the pre-K program, in the Brooklyn borough of New York on the first day of the mayor's expansion of early childhood education.

12 killed by storms and flooding in South and Midwest

Authorities say fatalities have been reported and dozens of people were taken to hospitals after a tornado hit the small East Texas city of Canton. Authorities say fatalities have been reported and dozens of people were taken to hospitals after a tornado hit the small East Texas city of Canton.

Wisconsin budget battle enters voting stage

The Wisconsin Legislature's budget-writing committee is set to come together Monday to begin voting on the two-year, $76 billion spending plan. A K-12 school aid increase appears to be on solid ground, a University of Wisconsin tuition cut is in serious jeopardy while a solution to road funding remains elusive.

Why there were cheers for Donald Trump in Riverside

From left, Larry Elder, Hugh Hewitt, and Dennis Prager participate in a panel discussion during the Unite IE Conservative Conference on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, Ca. As they gave President Donald Trump high marks for his first 100 days in office, a trio of conservative radio talk show hosts at a Riverside conference Sunday, April 30 urged congressional Republicans to get their act together and pass the president's agenda, especially repealing Obamacare.

Russians involved in California secession plan

It has now become evident that the Russians have been meddling in the internal affairs of the United States beyond the 2016 presidential election. While the mass media have been focused on President Donald Trump, they missed the really big news about the plan in California to secede from the Union and become a free standing country.

Church to advise Christians again on who to vote for

'We're going to need a bigger mug!' Kelly Ripa teases the announcement of her new Live! co-host almost a year after Michael Strahan left Throw your toys out of the pram! And four other ways acting like a toddler could be the key to success, according to an intriguing new book California camping trip turns to horror when a group of men armed with a chainsaw and BB guns threaten to rape a woman if she is still in her tent by daybreak Delta pilot who hit a woman in the FACE to break up a fight says he did it to release a choke hold she had on the woman 'By the grace of god': Tornado destroys Dallas church but leaves EVERY one of the 45 parishioners inside miraculously unharmed as twisters kill six and injure 50 Defiant Angela Merkel arrives in Saudi Arabia without a headscarf for talks with King Salman after Theresa May, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama refused to wear the 'oppressive' ... (more)

Even Gun Owners Oppose NRA’s Extremism

American gun owners are not always in lock step with the NRA. In fact, one new poll shows that a majority of gun owners do not support some of the gun lobby's more aggressive positions, including legalizing silencers and getting rid of gun-free zones around schools.

Trump Marks 100th Day as President with Events in Pennsylvania

U.S. President Donald Trump will spend part of his 100th day in office Saturday in the politically friendly state of Pennsylvania, as anti-Trump protesters actively attempt to diminish the symbolic milestone. The president will sign an executive order at a shovel factory in central Pennsylvania, directing his administration to review the nation's trade agreements.

9 killed by storms and flooding in South and Midwest

Authorities say fatalities have been reported and dozens of people were taken to hospitals after a tornado hit the small East Texas city of Canton. Authorities say fatalities have been reported and dozens of people were taken to hospitals after a tornado hit the small East Texas city of Canton.

Nervous New Yorkers Say Trump Is Scaring Away Canadians

New York City's tourism promoter says the city's famous son, President Donald Trump, is scaring away Canadians with all his "America First" talk. Fred Dixon, who heads NYC & Company, is so concerned that Trump is toxic for tourism that he's taking a trip to Canada to convince wary citizens of the Great White North that it's business and pleasure as usual in the the city that never sleeps.

Lawmakers find common ground on $1T plan to keep gov’t open

In this April 4, 2017, file photo, the Capitol is seen at dawn in Washington. Top Capitol Hill negotiators are reporting progress toward a long-sought agreement on a massive $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through Oct. 1. The House and Senate have until Friday at midnight to ... (more)

McCain: Premptive North Korea strike should be ‘very last option’

Sen. John McCain says President Donald Trump should consider a preemptive strike on North Korea if the country is able to deliver a nuclear weapon by ballistic missile, but only as a final option. "I think that we have to consider that option as the very last option," the Arizona Republican said Sunday in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."

Beyond 100 days, Trump faces more legislative challenges

After more than three months in office without passing any major legislation, President Donald Trump faces a week that offers the possibility of averting a government shutdown and progress on health care. Trump has spent his first 100 days coming to terms with the slow grind of government even in a Republican-dominated capital, and watching some of his promises -from repealing the nation's health care law to temporarily banning people from some Muslim nations - fizzle.

Democrats of the Year awards held in Longmeadow

Police in Connecticut say a father who was moving a vehicle ran over and killed a toddler in the driveway of a Bristol Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst was saluted as the Democrat of the Year. Congressman Richard Neal, of Springfield, was honored as the 2017 Democrat of Distinction.

After 100 days of Trump, some planning for 2020 already

Joe Biden has been saying yes to nearly all the political invitations coming his way, with new ones arriving almost daily. Privately, the former vice president and his staff have started talking about how to begin planning a strategy with a roughly 18-month timeline so that if he decides on another presidential run, he'll be best positioned to get it off the ground.

Trump splits from the GOP and says Trumpcare 2.0 will…

President Trump appeared to suggest on Sunday that the GOP's new iteration of its healthcare bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would cover pre-existing conditions for all Americans. Trump, seeming to break from House Republicans' latest proposal that states could opt out of an Affordable Care Act requirement on covering pre-existing conditions, told CBS' John Dickerson on "Face the Nation" that congressional leaders were making changes to the newest bill to provide for nationwide pre-existing conditions coverage.

Zakaria: Presidenting Is Hard, Voters Are Unreasonable

At that point, Zakaria shifted the blame squarely on the American voters. His larger point is that even if Donald Trump was at all competent, he would be running square into the contradictions of the American populace as outlined by Michael Kinsley : Kinsley writes in the introduction that the people ""make flagrantly incompatible demands--cut my taxes, preserve my benefits, balance the budget--then explode in self-righteous outrage when the politicians fail to deliver."

Helping homeless kids find shelter

Homelessness is dangerous, especially for kids. They are more vulnerable to become victims of crime; they're more vulnerable to disease, and they're more likely to become victims of human trafficking.

Oregon city picked to get 2 new Coast Guard cutters

The U.S. Coast Guard is expanding its operations along Oregon's northern coast by selecting Astoria as the new home for two fast response cutters. The Daily Astorian reports the 154-foot cutters will replace smaller, 1980s-era patrol boats that are nearing the end of service.

Lots to learn: Trump’s first 100 days was a very public education

Over the course of his 100 days in office, President Donald Trump has been startlingly candid about his public education in the ways of Washington and the world. He's been blocked by the courts and befuddled by a divided Republican Party that's running Congress, and his first months on the job have left the long-time reality-TV and real estate tycoon struggling for major governing victories and searching for a new approach to many of his campaign promises.

Matteo Renzi on track to win Italy’s Democratic Party election

Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi looks set to emerge victorious in Sunday's Democratic Party election, representing a remarkable comeback for the 42-year-old politician. Polling stations in Italy closed at 4 p.m. Eastern time, with Renzi expected to win the primary election decisively against Justice Minister Andrea Orlando and Michele Emiliano, who heads Italy's Apulia region, according to reports from The Telegraph.

The New York Post: You can buy the New York house where Obama once lived for $4.3 million

Barack Obama will forever be known as a resident of the White House, but let's not forget the New York City homes where he resided during his formative years. It's known that during his junior year at Columbia University, Obama lived in a two-bedroom, one-bathroom unit at 142 W. 109th St. But after graduating from that famed Morningside Heights institution in 1983, Obama - who still had a handful of years to go until he met Michelle - lived on the top floor of a Park Slope townhouse in the mid-1980s.

Trump celebrates first 100 days as president, blasts media

U.S. President Donald Trump hit the road on Saturday to celebrate his first 100 days in the White House with cheering supporters at a campaign-style rally, touting his initial achievements and lashing out at critics. Trump told a Pennsylvania crowd he was just getting started on meeting his campaign promises.

Joshua, with heavyweight title, may make boxing must-see TV

British boxer Anthony Joshua, left, trades blows with Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko during their fight for Joshua's IBF and the vacant WBA Super World and IBO heavyweight titles, at Wembley Stadium, in London, Saturday, Apr... . British boxer Anthony Joshua, left, takes a blow from Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko during their fight for Joshua's IBF and the vacant WBA Super World and IBO heavyweight titles, at Wembley Stadium, in London, Saturday, April 29, 201... .

AP Explains: What is May Day?

The advocates plan to march in a May 1 rally in Chicago. . In this April 24, 2017, photo Artemio Arreola, an organizer with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, speaks to other advocates in downtown Chicago.

Biden returns to N.H. for Democratic dinner

Former Vice President Joe Biden is returning to New Hampshire to honor the nation's first all-female, all-Democratic congressional delegation. Biden is speaking Sunday night at the state Democratic Party's annual McIntyre Shaheen 100 Club Dinner.

NYC mayor announces plan for free preschool for 3-year-olds

In this Sept. 4, 2014, file photo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio visits the Inner Force Early Tots Childhood Learning Center, a community-based organization that's part of the pre-K program, in the Brooklyn borough of New York on the first day of the mayor's expansion of early childhood education.

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The Handmaiden's Tale: The Theocratic Patriarchy is Here Deep inside the bowels of the Democratic Party there must be what an online friend "Miss Marple" calls the Department of Scary Stories. This mysterious department regularly turns out tales designed to frighten the more credulous.

Reince Priebus says Trump wants power to sue news outlets

Reince Priebus insists Trump still wants the power to sue news outlets -and says changing libel laws 'is something that we've looked at' White House chief of staff says a looser libel lawsuit standard is something that has been discussed inside the administration Trump first raised the idea of taking the NY Times and The Washington Post to court in a February 2016 campaign rally, pledging to 'sue them and win money' The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees a free press, and a 1964 U.S. Supreme Court ruling sets a very high bar for proving news libel At Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner, comic Hasan Minhaj said Trump had boycotted the event because he 'doesn't care about free speech' White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on Sunday that loosening America's libel laws to allow the president to sue news outlets over unflattering coverage 'is something that ... (more)

Latest use of sedative keeps death penalty debate alive

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio - Is unorthodox the same as cruel and unusual punishment? It's the central question of the current U.S. death penalty debate, highlighted by the latest execution involving a disputed sedative that appeared to involve discomfort to the inmate. States struggling to find lethal drugs believe they've got the answer in midazolam, a sedative that's taking the place of barbiturates and anesthetics no longer available because drug manufacturers don't want them used in executions.

The Latest: Trump says he’s had tougher gig than presidency

President Donald Trump waves as he walks across the south lawn of the White House in Washington late Saturday night, April 29, 2017, on this return from a rally in Harrisburg, Pa. President Donald Trump waves as he walks across the south lawn of the White House in Washington late Saturday night, April 29, 2017, on this return from a rally in Harrisburg, Pa.

The Fragile Planet

If you are in open country where there are no city lights and look at the sky on a clear night, you see a magnificent display of stars similar to the sun that illuminates the planet we live on. Some of those stars have planets orbiting around them.

Libya’s Oil Output Rebounds as Sharara, El Feel Fields Restarted

Libya's crude production rebounded to more than 700,000 barrels a day as the OPEC member's biggest oil field and another deposit in its western region resumed pumping after a halt. The Sharara field is currently producing 216,400 barrels a day, while the El Feel, or Elephant, deposit is pumping 26,500 and is expected to boost output further, Jadalla Alaokali, a board member at the National Oil Corp., said Sunday by phone. Crude from Sharara Clashes between armed groups and closures of fields have disrupted output as the country with Africa's largest crude reserves struggles to revive its most important industry.

Fake news: Trump on media criticism of his 100 days

Celebrating the first 100 days of his administration, United States President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked the media for misleading the people with 'fake news' as he skipped the 'very boring' annual White House Correspondents' Dinner to become the first president in over 30 years to skip the gala. "I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away from Washington's swamp, spending my evening with all of you with a much, much larger crowd and much, much better people.

At 100 days in, Trump seems both outsider and insider

At 100 days in, Trump seems both outsider and insider - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen . President Donald Trump speaks at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday, April 29, 2017, on the 100th day of his presidency.

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That doggone Gov. Sam Brownback has messed up again. Kansas joins 19 other states in having lower-than-the-national-average unemployment figures.

Wagle key to wrapping up legislative session

Lawmakers will have a full plate when they return to Topeka this week to wrap up the legislative session. Resolving these issues will take strong leadership, particularly by Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, who needs to decide if she is siding with the public and the bipartisan majority of lawmakers or with Gov. Sam Brownback.

Philippines says Trump called Duterte to affirm alliance

U.S. President Donald Trump has called Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte and expressed Washington's commitment to their treaty alliance and his interest in developing "a warm, working relationship," a Filipino official said Sunday. Presidential spokesman Ernie Abella said Trump mentioned he was looking forward to visiting the Philippines in November to attend an East Asia summit that Duterte will host with several world leaders and that Trump invited Duterte to visit the White House.

Pheu Thai opens fire at submarine deal

Key figures from the Pheu Thai Party have voiced their opposition against the Cabinet's approval of the Chinese submarine purchase, saying they saw a potential burden that the multi-billion-baht deal would leave for future governments. Pheu Thai's acting secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai, former education minister Chaturon Chaisang and former energy minister Pichai Natipthaphan joined in opposition against the deal a couple of days after former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra expressed her own disagreement.

FIFA official Sheikh Ahmad resigning amid bribery claims

Ahmad denies claims... Authorities say fatalities have been reported and dozens of people were taken to hospitals after a tornado hit the small East Texas city of Canton. Authorities say fatalities have been reported and dozens of people were taken to hospitals after a tornado hit the small East Texas city of Canton.

Poems from the Past: Life on a Submarine

LIFE ON A SUBMARINE 'Twas seen from off a submarine 'longside the parent ship; We took in stires and provender 'ere going on a trip; The batteries were charged right up, and something in the air Foretold a lively happening - a tasty bill of fare! I know we are a merry crew without a blessed care; Our captain would soon come to us to take us Lord knew where. We had our letters written to the dear old folks at home 'Ere setting out right merrily in northern seas to roam.

Ohio’s spending on opioid addiction treatment drugs Vivitrol and Suboxone spikes, spurs…

Judges, doctors and lawmakers on the front lines of the opioid addiction crisis have a problem: Three types of medications are available to help the estimated 200,000 Ohioans struggling to recover from addiction and yet there are no clear answers as to which, if any, drug works best. The skyrocketing demand for treatment has spurred competition among drugmakers for a piece of the growing market, which in Ohio is worth well over $100 million a year in public money alone.

How immigration detention compares around the world

"Since the 1980s, all major Western states practice what they call civil or administrative confinement of undocumented immigrants and non-citizens. But this practice of putting undocumented immigrants - as well as asylum seekers - in detention centres does not deter people from seeking sanctuary in the West.

A Better Chance for Native Education


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"It's just the epitome of broken," former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said of the Bureau of Indian Education's abysmal track record with Native American students. "Just utterly bankrupt."

Belarus opposition leader jailed before planned protest

A hacker is claiming to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix's hit series "Orange Is The New Black," and is asking for an unspecified ransom not to release the entire fifth season online. Authorities say fatalities have been reported and dozens of people were taken to hospitals after a tornado hit the small East Texas city of Canton.

Wyoming Residents Don Tutus to Show LGBT Support

Wyoming residents this weekend found a creative way to protest the anti-LGBT remarks made by one of their U.S. senators - holding tutu-wearing parties at bars and other venues. Sen. Mike Enzi infamously told students at a Wyoming high school recently that he knows a man who wears a tutu to bars and gets into fights because of it - and "he kind of asks for it."

AP News in Brief at 6:04 a.m. EDT

President Donald Trump is turning from his dramatic debut as an outsider president to focus on advancing his plans to cut taxes and get tough on trade deals. "We are not going to let other countries take advantage of us anymore," he said Saturday in Harrisburg at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center.

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At his Senate confirmation hearing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath that he had never had contact with the... Late on Sunday evening, details emerged about a new spending agreement that congressional leaders had reached to keep the federal government open past this week, when current funding runs out, and through the end of September. The deal is looking like a huge victory for Democrats- and a massive failure for Donald Trump and his Republican Party : The bipartisan agreement includes $12.5 billion in new military spending and $1.5 billion more for border security, a major priority for Republican leaders in Congress.

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, 1st Cuban-American in Congress, to retire


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U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, the first Cuban-American elected to Congress, is retiring at the end of her term next year, saying it's time to move on after 38 years in office. The 64-year-old Republican was elected last November to Florida's redrawn 27th district, a stretch of southeast Miami-Dade County that is heavily Democratic.

Philippines says Trump called Duterte to affirm alliance

President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman says U.S. President Donald Trump has called the Philippine leader and expressed Washington's commitment to their treaty alliance and his interest in developing "a warm, working relationship" with Duterte. Presidential spokesman Ernie Abella said Sunday that Trump mentioned he was looking forward to visiting the Philippines in November to attend an East Asia summit that Duterte will host with several world leaders.

Trump Touts Achievements, Maintains Media Rage in 100-Day Rally

Donald Trump touted the achievements of his administration, saying he's made good on promises to voters, but on his 100th day in office couldn't let go of his animosity toward the news media during a raucous campaign-style rally in Pennsylvania. "Their priorities are not my priorities, and not your priorities," Trump told a crowd of several thousand at a farm expo center in Harrisburg, many of whom wore red "Make America Great Again" caps.

Gonzalez’s better half gives gov bid a boost

PARTNERS IN POLITICS: Gubernatorial hopeful Jay Gonzalez is vying for the State House, with the help of his wife, Cyndi Roy, whose vast experience in the political arena has earned her praise for being a 'very good communicator.' Despite being 16 months away from the Democratic primary, today will still be a busy Sunday for gubernatorial hopeful Jay Gonzalez, who lists two events on his calendar - even though they're separated by 70 miles and occur at nearly the same time.

Trump invites Philippines’ Duterte to Washington

Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte poses for selfie with journalists at the end of Association of Souteast Asian Nations leaders' summit in Manila. Photo: AFP US President Donald Trump invited his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte to Washington in a "friendly" call in which the leaders discussed the "threat" of North Korea, the White House said.

Philippines says Trump called Duterte to affirm alliance

President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman says U.S. President Donald Trump has called the Philippine leader and expressed Washington's commitment to their treaty alliance and his interest in developing "a warm, working relationship" with Duterte. Presidential spokesman Ernie Abella said Sunday that Trump mentioned he was looking forward to visiting the Philippines in November to attend an East Asia summit that Duterte will host with several world leaders.

3 killed when air ambulance crashes in Texas Panhandle

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Cindy Barkley says the single-engine plane went down about 12:30 a.m. Saturday in an industrial section of the city between Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport and Interstate 40. Rico Aviation, an air ambulance service based in Amarillo, issued a statement saying three of its crew members died.

Investments in Russia become focus in congressional race


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The leading candidates for Montana's only congressional seat tangled Saturday over money, including taxes, campaign financing and $240,000 in investments by the Republican candidate that financial disclosures link to index funds with substantial holdings in Russian firms that are under sanctions by the U.S. government. The investments gave Democrat Rob Quist fresh ammunition to lob at Greg Gianforte during their only televised debate before the May 25 special congressional election.

Restructure police force to fight crime says former FBI agent

He was denied the job as Jamaica's police commissioner on two occasions and accepts the decision, but the former Federal Bureau of Investigation man, Wilfred Rattigan, is rankled by the seeming lack of appreciation for the contribution he, and others in the diaspora, can make to the island. Rattigan is also convinced that his proposals to reduce the number of police divisions across the island and to cut the number of persons who make up the Police High Command would be important steps in the fight against crime.

Trump celebrates first 100 days as president

News selected on topics and regions - oil and gas, business, politics, IT, the South Caucasus, the Caspian Sea region, Central Asia Ranking of the Azerbaijani banking sector U.S. President Donald Trump hit the road on Saturday to celebrate his first 100 days in the White House with cheering supporters at a campaign-style rally, touting his initial achievements and lashing out at critics, Reuters reported. Trump told a Pennsylvania crowd he was just getting started on meeting his campaign promises.

Trump invites Philippines’ Duterte to Washington in ‘friendly’ call: WH

US President Donald Trump on Saturday invited his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte to Washington in a "friendly" call in which the leaders discussed the "threat" of North Korea, the White House said. The announcement comes amid rising tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs following its latest test-fire, as well international criticism of Duterte's drug crackdown that has claimed thousands of lives.

Thousands Expected to Show at Bay Area May Day Rallies

Protestors assembled and businesses closed during "A Day Without Immigrants," a strike and boycott staged by immigrants to protest the Trump administration's immigration agenda and to demonstrate the importance of immigrants to the U.S. economy and way of life. Hundreds of thousands of protesters on Monday are expected to gather across the country for International Workers' Day - a May 1 tradition that has gained renewed momentum as strident immigration rhetoric continues to seep out of the Trump administration.

AP News in Brief at 12:04 a.m. EDT

President Donald Trump on Saturday marked his 100th day in office by claiming historic action on his agenda, renewing promises on health care and taxes and attacking the news media that he says is misleading Americans. Declaring his "only allegiance is to you, our wonderful citizens," Trump signed executive orders toughening the nation's posture on trade deals.

At 100 days in, Trump rallies backers in PA, claims ‘change’

President Donald Trump on Saturday marked his 100th day in office by claiming historic action on his agenda, renewing promises on health care and taxes and attacking the news media that he says is misleading Americans. Declaring his "only allegiance is to you, our wonderful citizens," Trump signed executive orders toughening the nation's posture on trade deals.

Host blasts absent Trump at White House Correspondents’ Dinner


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Hasan Minhaj, of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," ended the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night by blasting President Trump in a night that mostly focused on the First Amendment. "We've got to address the elephant that's not in the room," Minhaj said.

Air Force Academy WR Jalen Robinette prohibited from playing in NFL due to new policy

Air Force wide receiver Jalen Robinette's dream of playing in the NFL this season may be impacted by a change in the academy's policy requiring cadets to serve two years of active duty. The Air Force Academy said in a statement obtained by the Denver Post that it will no longer defer the two years of active duty for cadet athletes to play professional sports upon graduation, a departure from a 2016 policy change by the Department of Defense.

United Airlines Chief Executive Set to Testify Before Congress

The chief executive of United Airlines Inc will testify before a House panel on Tuesday in the aftermath of the forced removal on April 9 of a passenger from a Chicago flight, an incident that drew international condemnation. The House Transportation Committee will hear from United Chief Executive Oscar Munoz, along with the airline's president, Scott Kirby, as well as lower level executives from American Airlines Inc, Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

Exclusive interview with Rep. Greg Walden

Medford, Ore., - While it is the 100th day in office for President Trump, politicians like U.S. Representative Greg Walden are getting things done here on the local level. While not everyone has the same views as him, he says listening to the people is something that matters a lot, because it means at least they're engaged, and care about the future.

Trump rallies his base on his 100th day

Instead of following in the footsteps of his predecessors, President Donald Trump again forged his own path Saturday, opting to host a campaign-style rally in Pennsylvania instead of attending the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington. Trump, who found his stride in front of large, cheering crowds across the country in states where his populist message resonates, took the stage Saturday night in Harrisburg alongside Vice President Mike Pence to mark his 100th day in the Oval Office.

Houston’s Cruel War on the HomelessBy Liz Wolfe

There's nothing shocking, really, about Houston's new law making it easier for homeless people to be arrested simply for being homeless. Not when over 100 American cities have effectively criminalized everyday life for the homeless, making crimes of things from sleeping outside to brushing teeth in public.

Column: Controversy is curriculum for real life

CONTROVERSIAL, critical, confrontational and challenging speech is an essential part of any successful college education. Without it, institutions of higher education cannot truly be said to be preparing students for the world outside of the ivory tower.

Trump celebrates first 100 days as president, blasts media

US President Donald Trump hit the road on Saturday to celebrate his first 100 days in the White House with cheering supporters at a campaign-style rally, touting his initial achievements and lashing out at critics who have given his tenure poor marks. Trump told a Pennsylvania crowd he was just getting started on meeting his campaign promises.

Trump skips media dinner to hold rally in Pennsylvania1 hour ago

Washington, April 30 US President Donald Trump skipped the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday night and instead held a campaign-style rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with the aim of reminding some of his most ardent supporters that he has kept his campaign promises. Amid increasingly hostile relations between Trump and the media, Trump announced in February that he would not attend the annual black-tie dinner on his 100th day in office, CNN reported.

Cameos thrill ‘Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner’ team

"Full Frontal" correspondents Ashley Nicole Black, Amy Hoggart, and Mike Rubens were less than an hour removed from an event that's been in the works for months, and their joy was still palpable. Samantha Bee's "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner" was an idea born last November, when the future of the actual White House Correspondents' Dinner was in question.

Westlake Village man fights to end illegal immigration after sona s death

WESTLAKE VILLAGE>>Don Rosenberg is a lifelong liberal who may have only one thing in common politically with President Donald Trump: his battle against illegal immigration. Rosenberg became an activist on the issue after his 25-year-old son, Drew, was killed in a 2010 collision in San Francisco with a Honduran immigrant who had entered the country illegally, but been granted temporary immigration status.

Investments in Russia become focus in congressional race

Financial disclosure statements filed by a Montana Republican in his bid for Congress show $240,000 in investments in index funds with substantial holdings in Russian firms under sanctions by the U.S. government. The sanctions were put in place by the Obama administration three years ago because of Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Trump skips media dinner to hold rally in Pennsylvania

Washington, April 30 - US President Donald Trump skipped the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday night and instead held a campaign-style rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with the aim of reminding some of his most ardent supporters that he has kept his campaign promises. Amid increasingly hostile relations between Trump and the media, Trump announced in February that he would not attend the annual black-tie dinner on his 100th day in office, CNN reported.

Judge in Ireland rules on playground fall

A child hurt herself falling on a playground in Dublin, Ireland, and this is what Mr. Justice Raymond Groarke of the Circuit Civil Court wrote : She was engaged in a game of chase pure and simple and, while it is most regrettable that she became unbalanced and fell, this was simply an old fashioned accident and I fail to see any liability on the part of the school for that accident. Score one for those of us who understand that there is NO activity, even climbing out of bed, that is always 100% safe.

Experts: Long road ahead for Trump offshore drilling order

President Donald Trump's executive order seeking to find new ocean expanses in the Atlantic and the Arctic for offshore drilling isn't likely to reach its goals anytime soon, but instead will kick off a yearslong review and legal battle. Trump signed the order Friday aimed at dismantling a key part of former President Barack Obama's environmental legacy.

Bernie Sanders Takes Obama DOWN For $400k Speaking Fee

The raging, wizened socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders with his unashamed support for socialism was not happy at all with former President Barack Obama having recently accepted a $400,000 payment deal to be a speaker at a conference in 2017. "I think he, as a president, represented our country with integrity and intelligence, but I think at a time when people are so frustrated with the power of Wall Street and the big money interests, I think it is unfortunate that President Obama is doing this."

The Latest: Pope Francis calls for diplomacy, help of UN

The USS Carl Vinson is heading north toward the Korean peninsula in a show of force after satellite images suggested North Korea may b... . In this Tuesday, April 25, 2017 photo released by the U.S. Navy, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer, left, is underway alongside the Republic o... .

The Latest: Thousands in Texas join rallies for climate

Thousands of people have assembled in Texas on President Donald Trump's hundredth day in office to demand federal action on climate change. The Texas Department of Public Safety told the Austin American-Statesman that about 3,500 people participated in a rally Saturday in Austin - part of nationwide marches calling for climate action.

News 50 mins ago 3:58 p.m.Judge calls for return of the guillotine

"It's 100 percent effective, and it leaves no doubt that what we are doing is a violent thing," Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Judge Alex Kozinski said in an interview with "60 Minutes" Lesley Stahl , "If we're going to take human life, if we're going to execute people, if the state is going to snuff out a human being," he says, "we should not fool ourselves into thinking that it's anything but a violent, brutal act."

Hillary Clinton cheers on anti-Trump climate march

Hillary Clinton continued a trend cheering on anti-Trump demonstrations on Saturday, tweeting out praise for the Peoples Climate March. "Great to see ppl take to the streets & combat climate change, protect the next generation & fight for jobs & economic justice," she tweeted.

A snapshot of Trump’s first 100 days: summarized in numbers

In his first 100 days in office, President Donald Trump has produced hundreds of tweets, fired scores of rockets at Syria, signed dozens of executive orders, made one big move on the Supreme Court and signed no major legislation. He's grumbled about the pointlessness of judging presidents by a 100-day standard: "It's an artificial barrier.

Trump played golf 19 times in his first 100 days – here’s…

President Donald Trump may have criticized Barack Obama for playing too much golf, but he's already beating Obama's pace. Regardless of who's in office, it's a quirk of modern American culture that if you haven't liked the president in charge, you've had ample opportunity to paint him as preferring to be out on the golf course instead of making difficult decisions.

Sam Bee: Not-the-WHCD Event Is More About Celebrating the Press Than Being Anti-Trump


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Donald Trump 's campaign-style rally in Pennsylvania. But that's not all. Earlier this year, comedian Samantha Bee announced that she was going to hold her own event today - the Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Samantha Bee’s show briefly upstages correspondents’ dinner

Comedian Samantha Bee talks to reporters ahead of her "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner" event in Washington, Saturday, April 30, 2017, held hours before the traditional White House Correspondents' Association gala. President Donald Trump said early in his presidency he would not be attending the latter dinner, the first in decades that a president has done so.

On Day of Climate March, Remember the Global Advance of Solar


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The U.S. public may have to march today for our government to recognize the dangers of climate change. But in the rest of the world, governments are placing a large wager on clean solar energy.

A look at President Trump’s first 100 days

In his first 100 days, President Donald Trump has signed more bills into law than the previous five presidents and has signed more executive orders than any president since Harry Truman. Trump does have one big win: The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Trump says he’s brought ‘profound change’ to Washington

President Donald Trump on Saturday marked his 100th day in office by saying he had brought "profound change" to Washington and reaffirming that "my only allegiance" is to those he governs. During an evening trip to Pennsylvania, one of the states that propelled his unlikely election victory, Trump planned to sign an executive order directing the Commerce Department and the U.S. trade representative to conduct a study of U.S. trade agreements.

You Can Keep Your Software


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Newly developed audio software claims it will let you synthesize speech in anyone's voice from just a minute-long recording. It's not that great. I gave it an Obama speech, and all it returned was a continuous loop of "let me be clear".

Bill Maher to Elizabeth Warren: – They don’t like you, Pocahontas’

That's what Bill Maher said to Senator Elizabeth Warren with a laugh Friday night on his show, "Real Time with Bill Maher" as the two discussed why it seems many blue-collar workers are for Trump and not her. It was an awkward moment for the senior senator from Massachusetts, who didn't even crack a smile, as she promoted her 11th book, "This Fight Is Our Fight."

Tom Hanks on gifting coffeemachines to White House reporters: – Those poor bastards need coffee’

Tom Hanks on gifting coffee machines to White House reporters: 'Those poor bastards need coffee' Washington Times, by Andrew Blake Tom Hanks has gifted coffee machines to the White House press corps three times since President George W. Bush took office, and the Academy Award-winning actor has a simple explanation why. "I've done that for Democrats and Republican administrations because those poor bastards need coffee," Mr. Hanks told television host Stephen Colbert on Friday.

NRAa s LaPierre: Ita s time to get lower-court vacancies filled

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association, told NRA members on Saturday it's time for the dozens of vacancies on federal courts to get filled and it's up to them to back President Trump long enough to appoint the new lower-court judges and reshape the U.S. Supreme Court "forever." "When Obama said he wanted to transform America, he did just that," Mr. LaPierre said at the NRA's annual meeting of members.

Trump’s first 100 days: A president’s very public education

Over the course of his 100 days in office, President Donald Trump has been startlingly candid about his public education in the ways of Washington and the world. He's been blocked by the courts and befuddled by a divided Republican Party that's running Congress, and his first months on the job have left the long-time reality-TV and real estate tycoon struggling for major governing victories and searching for a new approach to many of his campaign promises.

Pick by pick: Live coverage of 2017 NFL draft

President Donald Trump and his top immigration enforcers have begun to focus their attention on the deadly MS-13 gang, saying the administration's hardline immigration policies are focused on stopping its spread in the US. During the NRA Leadership Forum, President Donald Trump promised to go after gang members and cartels, while protecting freedoms of law-abiding Americans.

Protest to take on Trump’s climate policies

Thousands of people who support action on climate change are expected to brave the sweltering heat Saturday and march through the nation's capital as part of the People's Climate March. With temperatures expected to hit 90 degrees, the march is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. near the Capitol.

‘Isn’t That What Sorta Cost Hillary the Election?’: …

Barack Obama has taken to getting paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for speeches on Wall Street . Countless opinion columns have been written on the subject, and progressive stalwarts Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have weighed in, explaining how "troubled" and "sorry" they are over Obama's choice.

Trump says he brought ‘profound change’

US President Donald Trump has marked his 100th day in office by saying he had brought "profound change" to Washington and reaffirming that "my only allegiance" is to those he governs. During an evening trip to Pennsylvania on Saturday, one of the states that propelled his unlikely election victory, Trump planned to sign an executive order directing the Commerce Department and the US trade representative to conduct a study of US trade agreements.

North Korean missile test fails

A ballistic missile launched early Saturday by North Korea in defiance of international pressure and at a time of heightened regional tensions appears to have failed. The missile blew up over land in North Korean territory, said US Navy Cmdr.

Good News: Trump’s Crackdown On Illegal Aliens Is Well Underway

Yes, President Trump has made a few mistakes, had a few misses in his first 100 days. But, the ledger tilts heavily to Great Job when considering two things: the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and this, which is obviously not consider a good thing by leftist supporters of illegal aliens, nor Politico and writers Ted Hesson and Seung Min Kim President Donald Trump has systematically engineered a major crackdown on immigration during his first 100 days in office - even as courts reject his executive orders and Congress nears a spending deal that will deny him funding for a wall along the southern border.

GOP, Democratic primaries May 2 –

Photo courtesy of the Union County Democratic Party Les Murphy , candidate for the Democratic nomination for the US House of Representatives Fifth District Seat; Zachariah Hartman , Field Organizer for the Parnell for Congress campaign; and Luke Beadle , South Carolina Democratic Party 3rd Vice Chair Candidate, pose for a picture with Union County Democratic Party Chairman Ann Stevens . Murphy, Hartman, and Beadle attended the Monday, April 24 meeting of the Union County Democratic Party held at the City of Union Municipal Building.

Trump Continues To Have Staunch Supporters And Determined Opposition

Talk to voters across the country about President Trump's first 100 days in office and a few things become abundantly clear: His detractors - and they are many, given that Trump failed to win the popular vote - are still shocked by his election and appalled by his behavior. He has lost support, particularly among moderates and independent voters.

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Nancy LeTourneau at Washington Monthly gives us a rundown on Trumpsky's first 100 days. And, for some reason, I do so wish Peter Sellers was still alive today.

Trump’s first 100 days: a chaotic discovery of power

A cold, hard reality is setting in for the billionaire businessman who promised supporters he would 'win, win, win' for them From his resounding setbacks in Congress to his stunning policy flip-flops, Donald Trump has faced a steep learning curve in his opening months at the White House. Although the new US president has shown a capacity to change both his tone and positions, he has struggled to convey a clearly articulated world view.

The parody accounts that make Twitter bearable in the era of Trump


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Over the course of his first months in the White House, President Trump notoriously turned Twitter into his personal outlet for unhinged political venting. That of course inspired the creation of dozens of parody accounts that became tools of resistance, coping mechanisms, and light-hearted distractions from the political chaos.

Democrats in Disarray: The Hill: Dems struggle with abortion litmus …

Sen. Bernie Sanders , who appeared at an event last week with Omaha mayoral hopeful Heath Mello, defended his support for the Nebraska Democrat with the anti-abortion voting record, arguing that not all Democratic candidates will share the same views. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi echoed that sentiment, saying someone can be part of the Democratic Party and also be anti-abortion rights.

Los Angeles School Board race takes center stage in battle for public education

On May 16 voters in Los Angeles, California will head to the polls to vote in a Los Angeles School Board runoff election that pits supporters of public education against the charter school industry and their allies in the corporate education reform effort. The outcome of this critically important election could determine whether billionaire Eli Broad 's plan to turn half of Los Angeles public schools over to charter schools gains the support it needs on the LA School Board.

Iran says US seized $3.5B of its assets in “highway robbery”

News selected on topics and regions - oil and gas, business, politics, IT, the South Caucasus, the Caspian Sea region, Central Asia Ranking of the Azerbaijani banking sector The US government seized $3.5 billion assets of the Central Bank of Iran in an act that can surely be called a highway robbery, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a conference of Iranian-European bankers, Mehr news agency reported April 29. A Luxembourg court in March said that a 2016 verdict to freeze the assets of the $1.6 billion of CBI in the country was legal.

Globe editorial: Donald Trump’s first 100 days. Only 1,362 to go. Sad

US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 28, 2017, as he travels to Atlanta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 28, 2017, as he travels to Atlanta, Georgia.

US government tells Supremes it could strip citizenship from…


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The Supreme Court heard arguments in Maslenjak v. United States , a case about whether minor omissions or falsehoods in an immigration application can cost a naturalized American their citizenship, decades after the fact.

Singapore Rolls Out LNG Bunkering Standard

The first Singapore Technical Reference 56 for Liquefied Natural Gas Bunkering was launched by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore , SPRING Singapore and the Standards Development Organisation @ Singapore Chemical Industry Council . This standard has been developed to provide a safe, efficient, sustainable and transparent technical framework for conducting LNG bunkering operations in Singapore, thereby offering greater assurance to local and international LNG bunker buyers and suppliers.

Correspondents’ dinner lacks glitter without Trump

In this combination photo, Hasan Minhaj attends the 75th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony on May 21, 2016, in New York, left, and Samantha Bee attends the IWC Schaffhausen Tribeca Film Festival event on April 20, 2017, in New York. On Saturday, April 29, Minhaj will host the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington while Bee will be hosting the "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner" in Washington.

REPORT: Many undocumented immigrants recently rounded up by…

Roughly half of the 675 immigrants arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in February had either no criminal convictions, or had at most committed traffic violations, according to data obtained by The Washington Post . From January to mid-March, the Trump administration was reported to have detained 21,362 immigrants for deportation proceedings.

Trump to spend Day 100 in office talking tough on trade

President Trump is returning from addressing the National Rifle Association convention in Atlanta. A prominent Florida eye doctor has been convicted on all counts in his Medicare fraud trial, raising the possibility he could be pressured to testify in the bribery trial of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez.

Arkansas will face challenges replenishing execution supply

A prominent Florida eye doctor has been convicted on all counts in his Medicare fraud trial, raising the possibility he could be pressured to testify in the bribery trial of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. A prominent Florida eye doctor has been convicted on all counts in his Medicare fraud trial, raising the possibility he could be pressured to testify in the bribery trial of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez.

Trump eyes embrace of base as he marks tough first 100 days

Donald Trump faced the sober realities of his office Saturday as he marked the 100th day of a presidency stamped by chaos and confusion, but he will also take political succor in a campaign-style rally among core supporters. Under a relentless spotlight since stunning the world in November with an improbable victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, the 45th president of the United States has struggled to convert his campaign promises into tangible achievements.

Friends hail woman, 86, killed trying to stop attack as hero

A prominent Florida eye doctor has been convicted on all counts in his Medicare fraud trial, raising the possibility he could be pressured to testify in the bribery trial of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. A prominent Florida eye doctor has been convicted on all counts in his Medicare fraud trial, raising the possibility he could be pressured to testify in the bribery trial of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez.

Diners may have to wait longer for restaurant calorie counts.


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New government rules to help people find out how many calories are in their restaurant meals are set to go into effect next week after years of delays. But they could be pushed back again if grocery stores, convenience stores and pizza delivery chains get their way.

Trump says China could have hacked Democratic emails


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President Donald Trump said China may have hacked the emails of Democratic officials to meddle with the 2016 presidential election, countering the view of U.S. intelligence officials who have said Moscow orchestrated the hacks. In an interview transcript published on Sunday, Trump gave no evidence backing his allegation, first made on the eve of the Nov. 8 presidential election, that China could have hacked the emails of his rivals.

Trump: North Korea ‘disrespected’ China with missile test

A prominent Florida eye doctor has been convicted on all counts in his Medicare fraud trial, raising the possibility he could be pressured to testify in the bribery trial of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. A prominent Florida eye doctor has been convicted on all counts in his Medicare fraud trial, raising the possibility he could be pressured to testify in the bribery trial of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez.

The Latest: Trump signs spending bill that prevents shutdown

The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open : President Donald Trump has signed a short-term, stopgap spending bill keeping the government functioning and avoiding a shutdown on his 100th day in office. Trump signed the bill in private Friday night after he returned to the White House from a daytrip to Atlanta.

US executions: New troubles could resonate in upcoming case


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It's the central question of the current U.S. death penalty debate, highlighted by the latest execution involving a disputed sedative that appeared to involve discomfort to the inmate. States struggling to find lethal drugs believe they've got the answer in midazolam, a sedative that's taking the place of barbiturates and anesthetics no longer available because drug manufacturers don't want them used in executions.

Critics question top US prosecutor’s style after blunt words


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With two dust-ups in a week, first with a judge in Hawaii and another with leaders of the nation's largest and most powerful police department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sounds to some more like the conservative senator from Alabama he once was rather than the top prosecutor he is today. And some observers say the Republican's blunt style could strain relationships with the very law enforcement officials whose partnerships he contends are vital and risks politicizing criminal justice issues that demand the Justice Department's attention.

No Such Thing as a Close Election

In Georgia's Sixth Congressional District special election last week, 57 percent of registered voters stayed home. The race repeatedly made national news because it was possible that a Democrat could be elected to that seat for the first time since 1979.

Ashtabula man indicted on drug and firearms charges

An Ashtabula man was charged in federal court with drug trafficking and firearms crimes, said Acting U.S. Attorney David A. Sierleja and FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony. George R. Williams, 35, was indicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and crack cocaine; possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and of being a felon in possession of a firearms and ammunition.

KQED Seeks to Unseal Video of Historic California Prop 8 Marriage Equality Trial

Today, the Human Rights Campaign , the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights organization, backed efforts by Prop 8 KQED to release the full record of the groundbreaking case, including videotapes, which have remained under court seal. Prop 8 was the 2008 amendment to the California Constitution that stripped the state of marriage equality and was ultimately overturned by the United States Supreme Court in the case Perry v.

State & Region Briefs

In this March, 14, 2017, file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks with reporters as Democrats criticize the Republican health care plan, at the Capitol in Washington.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls on UN Security Council to step …

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on member nations of the U.N. Security Council on Friday to step up their diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea after recent provocations from the rogue regime. "We have said this before and it bears repeating; the policy of strategic patience is over," Tillerson said during an open session on North Korea, adding it was time to "adopt a new approach."

Trump blames Obama for not vetting former national security adviser Michael Flynn

President Donald Trump is blaming former President Barack Obama for not fully vetting Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn after it was revealed that Flynn received payments from foreign governments without approval from military officials in 2014. In an interview with Fox News released Friday, the president said that Obama officials bear responsibility for the oversight - not his own administration, which tapped Flynn for the post.

Trump signs bill to temporarily avert government shutdown

President Donald Trump signed a a short-term measure Friday to keep the government funded for another week, a move that gives lawmakers more time to reach a deal on a larger spending package. Congress approved the spending stopgap measure earlier in the day as House members prepared to leave Washington without a vote on the GOP health care bill, denying President Trump a major legislative victory in his first 100 days in office.

Ryan collects award at UW-Parkside event

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan made a quick stop at the annual Celebrazione Italiana Friday evening, where he received the Excellence in Leadership award. Ryan represents Wisconsin's 1st District, which includes Kenosha County.

Former Cowboys star Drew Pearson trolls Eagles fans

Ann Coulter did not turn up Thursday in Berkeley where hundreds gathered raucously but peacefully in her absence and lamented what they called the latest blow to free speech in the home of America's free speech... Ann Coulter did not turn up Thursday in Berkeley where hundreds gathered raucously but peacefully in her absence and lamented what they called the latest blow to free speech in the home of America's free speech movement. A young man has been arrested in the death of an 86-year-old California woman who was sexually assaulted and beaten during a morning walk.

Grand Canyon: Found body likely teenage boy from Tennessee

Ann Coulter did not turn up Thursday in Berkeley where hundreds gathered raucously but peacefully in her absence and lamented what they called the latest blow to free speech in the home of America's free speech... Ann Coulter did not turn up Thursday in Berkeley where hundreds gathered raucously but peacefully in her absence and lamented what they called the latest blow to free speech in the home of America's free speech movement. A young man has been arrested in the death of an 86-year-old California woman who was sexually assaulted and beaten during a morning walk.

The Latest: NKorea says its missiles target US mainland

Turning to diplomacy after flexing military muscle, the United States urged the U.N. Security Council... . China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at a bilateral meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, unseen, adjacent to the Security Council at United Nations headquarters, Friday, April 28, 2017.

Trumpa s Day 99 includes offshore drilling executive order, NRA convention

President Donald Trump's executive order seeking to find new ocean expanses in the Atlantic and the Arctic for offshore drilling is unlikely to reach its goals anytime soon, but instead will kick off a yearslong review and a legal battle. The day before his 100th in office, Trump took his step Friday toward dismantling a key part of Barack Obama's environmental legacy.

N. Korean missile test fails hours after UN meeting on nukes

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley hold a trilateral meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida and Korean Foreign Minister Yun at the United Nations, Friday, Friday, April 28, 2017. In this Tuesday, April 25, 2017 photo released by the U.S. Navy, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer, left, is underway alongside the Republic of Korea multirole guided-missile destroyer Wang Geon during a bilateral exercise.

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President Donald Trump took a high-caliber victory lap on Friday before a crowd of 10,000 gun owners and Second Amendment enthusiasts, telling the National Rifle AssociationA s annual convention that he would protect A the sacred right of self-defense for all of our citizens.A A I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms,A Trump boomed in a campaign-style speech in Atlanta. A Never ever.A A The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end,A he boasted, referring to the twilight of his predecessorA s term in office.

President Gianni Infantino in spotlight as new ethics crisis hits Fifa and IOC

Fifa and the International Olympic Committee were plunged into fresh corruption and ethics crises on Friday after a dramatic day on both sides of the Atlantic. One of the most powerful men in world sport, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, was apparently identified by the United States Department of Justice as a co-conspirator in an alleged $1.3 million bribery scam.

At Trump-less correspondents event, focus back on journalism

It's safe to say that the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner - traditionally the most glittery night on the Washington social calendar, where A-list celebrities sprinkle their stardust as coveted guests of media organizations - will have a different vibe this year. With the current president -highly unpopular in Hollywood - staying away, organizers say the focus will not be on the red carpet but on the bedrock principles of the event: the First Amendment and the crucial role of the press in a democracy.

Alex Jones Calls A Press Conference To Tell Reporters They Suck

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones called a press conference Friday to explain to reporters just how deceptive they are, whether covering his contentious child custody trial or dismissing what he views as urgent public health issues, like the cross-breeding of pigs with humans. Referring to reporters as "fops" and "fake news," the radio host and famed Donald Trump -whisperer flogged journalists for questioning whether his political views were authentic.

Seoul: North Korea test-fires missile from western region

In this Tuesday, April 25, 2017 photo released by the U.S. Navy, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer, left, is underway alongside the Republic of Korea multirole guided-missile destroyer Wang Geon during a bilateral exercise. Wayne E. Meyer was on a scheduled western Pacific deployment with aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

Despite tough talk and more arrests, deportations slow under Trump

President Donald Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration a centerpiece of his administration -- but so far his administration is deporting fewer people than his predecessor. According to statistics from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement given to CNN, the pace of removals under Trump in his first three months lags behind even the last two years of his predecessor, when then-President Barack Obama ordered his agencies to use more discretion when it came to deporting undocumented immigrants, focusing specifically on criminals.

Democrats leave no space for abortion opponents


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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is not usually considered a moderating force within the Democratic Party, but at the moment he is playing that role on abortion policy. It's not that he has any pro-life sympathies: He has been co-sponsoring the Freedom of Choice Act as a senator for more than two decades.

Trump to NRA: Assault on gun rights is over

Trump to NRA: The 'assault' on gun rights is over Trump is only the second president to address the National Rifle Association convention. Check out this story on northjersey.com: http://usat.ly/2pdvw1f ATLANTA - President Trump spent the eve of his 100th day in office with some of his most fervent supporters, talking about two of his favorite topics: Gun rights and his surprise win of the November election.

Congress settles for stopgap to avoid government shutdown

President Donald Trump seems destined to serve his 100th day in office without House passage of a Republican health care bill or enactment of a budget financing the government for the rest of this year. President Donald Trump to become the first sitting president to address a National Rifle Association convention in more than 30 years.

Schumer: Trump isn’t a good negotiator

Charles Schumer Reagan's 'voodoo economics' are precisely what America needs When political opportunity knocked, Jason Chaffetz never failed to cash in Yes, blame Obama for the sorry state of the Democratic Party MORE on Friday panned President Trump's first 100 days in office, saying the former businessman has not proven himself to be a good negotiator. Asked in an interview with NBC's Kasie Hunt whether he thinks Trump is a good negotiator, Schumer replied, "So far, not."

TOPS likely to be fully funded in House GOP budget, but at what expense?

Louisiana state Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, said he expects TOPS to emerge fully funded in the budget bill that passes out of the Louisiana House Appropriations Committee Monday . State Rep. Cameron Henry, R- Metairie , expects Louisiana's popular TOPS college scholarship program to be fully funded when the budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 leaves the House Appropriations Committee on Monday .

Experts: Long road ahead for Trump offshore drilling order


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President Donald Trump's executive order seeking to find new ocean expanses in the Atlantic and the Arctic for offshore drilling is unlikely to reach its goals anytime soon, but instead will kick off a yearslong review and a legal battle. The day before his 100th in office, Trump took his step Friday toward dismantling a key part of Barack Obama's environmental legacy.

Republicans admit no Democrats will vote for their deficit-exploding coporate tax giveaway


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At his Senate confirmation hearing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath that he had never had contact with the... Democrats just aren't going to help Republicans blow a hole in the deficit with tax cuts that amount to a huge boon for billionaires and corporations , and both the White House and GOP leaders know it. The AP writes : A senior administration official said Thursday the White House plans to push its tax overhaul without any support from congressional Democrats.

Syrian man who sued over travel bans brings family to US


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An attorney for a Syrian man living in Wisconsin who sued over President Donald Trump's travel bans said Friday that the man has been reunited with his wife and young daughter after three years. Attorney Vincent Levy told The Associated Press that his client's wife and daughter obtained their visas and traveled out of Syria to Jordan and then to the United States.

Doctor convicted of Medicare fraud may testify against New Jersey senator


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A prominent Florida eye doctor accused of political corruption was convicted of Medicare fraud Friday, increasing the odds that federal prosecutors could pressure him to testify against New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. Dr. Salomon Melgen faces 15 to 20 years in prison on 67 counts, including health care fraud, submitting false claims and falsifying records in patients' files, if he doesn't strike a deal before his sentencing, scheduled for July 14. The doctor, 62, collected more money from Medicare than any other physician in the nation - $21 million - at the height of the fraud in 2012.

Focus turns to senator with doctor guilty of Medicare fraud

Dr. Salomon Melgen holds hands with his wife, Flor, as he leaves the federal courthouse with family and friends after arriving for a jury question Friday, April 28, 2017. Melgen, a prominent Florida eye doctor accused of political corruption was convicted of Medicare fraud Friday, increasing the odds that federal prosecutors could pressure him to testify against New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez.

Water taxi resumes Thames River runs May 26

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: Now in its second full season after a trial run in 2015, the water taxi connects Fort Griswold in Groton to New London's Fort Trumbull and downtown. It will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays through Sundays until Sept.

Trump’s first 100 days: The economy

In his "100 day action plan" Donald Trump referred to his overarching macroeconomic goals. This stated that he would grow the US economy by 4 per cent per year and create at least 25 million new jobs over a decade.

House OKs bill averting Saturday gova t shutdown, Senate next

With just hours to spare, the House easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump's 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving for the weekend without completing two other measures he's coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a budget financing government for the entire year.

Congress OKs bill averting Saturday gov’t shutdown

With just hours to spare, Congress easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump's 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving until next week without completing two other measures he's coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a budget financing government for the entire year.

Why the polls are wrong about Trump. Again.

Why the polls are wrong about Trump. Again. - Today we live in a polling bubble - surveys taken from the perches in New York, Washington and Los Angeles may be obscuring rather than illuminating many of the underlying views and trends of the American electorate.

How Trump’s Tweets Have Changed in 100 Days as @POTUS

In this Jan. 27, 2017 file photo, the Twitter Inc. accounts of President Donald Trump, @POTUS and @realDonaldTrump, are seen on an iPhone arranged for a photograph in Washington, D.C. tweeting, a habit he believes helped him win the election. But as his term progressed, the number of likes and retweets each post received started to fall.

At Trump-less correspondents event, focus back on journalism

In this combination photo, Hasan Minhaj attends the 75th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony on May 21, 2016, in New York, left, and Samantha Bee attends the IWC Schaffhausen Tribeca Film Festival event on April 20, 2017, in New York. On Saturday, April 29, Minhaj will host the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington while Bee will be hosting the "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner" in Washington.

U.S. appeals court grants Trump request on climate regulations case

A U.S. appeals court on Friday granted a Trump administration request to put on hold a legal challenge by industry and a group of states to former President Barack Obama's regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, rules that the Republican president is moving to undo. A 10-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the request to put the litigation involving the regulations, known as the Clean Power Plan, in abeyance for at least 60 days while the administration plans its next steps.

US urges new sanctions on NKorea and warns of catastrophe

In this Wednesday, April 26, 2017 photo released by the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, center, leads the U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, right front, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Atago-class guided-missile destroyer JS Ashigara, left front, and the JMSDF Murasame-class destroyer JS Samidare during a transit of the Philippine Sea toward the Korean Peninsula for an exercise with South Korea. The United States called for new sanctions on North Korea Friday and threatened to punish international companies doing banned business with the pariah nation's nuclear and missile programs.

United Airlines chief executive set to testify before Congress

The chief executive of United Airlines Inc will testify before a House panel on Tuesday in the aftermath of the forced removal on April 9 of a passenger from a Chicago flight, an incident that drew international condemnation. The House Transportation Committee will hear from United Chief Executive Oscar Munoz, along with the airline's president, Scott Kirby, as well as lower level executives from American Airlines Inc, Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

Fears of Russian meddling as France prepares to go to the polls

Richard Burr, the head of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, was presiding over a briefing on the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election when he offered his assessment of who the next target might be. "I think it's safe by everybody's judgment that the Russians are actively involved in the French elections," Burr told reporters.

Sanders: Trump on right track with North Korea

Sen. Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump don't agree on much, but the Vermont independent says that if the President is genuinely coaxing China to help moderate North Korea, he is "doing the right thing." "North Korea is a real danger to this world, and we have got to do everything we can to ... prevent a nuclear war and to get them to stop their nuclear program," said Sanders, speaking with CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day."

President Trump Appoints Anti-Abortion Leader Charmaine Yoest to Senior HHS Post


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The White House says President Donald Trump is appointing the former president of a leading anti-abortion organization to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services. Charmaine Yoest, who actively supported Trump in his campaign, will serve as assistant secretary of public affairs at HHS.

Acosta sworn in as 27th US labour secretary

Vice-President Mike Pence has sworn in Alex Acosta as the nation's new labour secretary, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. The oath-taking Friday comes after the Senate's 60-38 confirmation vote in which eight Democrats and one independent joined Republicans in voting yes.

Court agrees to hold off ruling on carbon restrictions

At the Trump administration's request, a federal appeals court agreed Friday to postpone a ruling on lawsuits challenging Obama-era restrictions on carbon emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency had asked the court to put a hold on the case shortly after President Donald Trump signed an executive order vowing to roll back the Clean Power Plan.

Trump plan seen turning – everyone and their dog’ into an LLC

The Trump administration's proposal to slash the tax rate on partnerships and limited liability companies could set off a stampede of individual taxpayers trying to reclassify themselves as so-called pass-through businesses in order to take advantage of the savings, according to tax experts. In 2012, Kansas exempted pass-throughs from state income taxes, a move that was billed as a chance to spur so much business growth and job creation that it would actually raise money for the state treasury.

On Michael Flynn, Attorney General Sessions says vetting can’t ‘catch everything’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said "you don't catch everything" in reference to the Trump team's vetting of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Flynn, who was fired early in his tenure by President Trump , is under scrutiny for his dealings with Russia, including whether the former Army lieutenant general violated the law by accepting payments from foreign governments. "We need to do a good job of vetting, but that's a complex issue and I'm not sure anyone could be expected to find that," Sessions told ABC News' Amy Robach live on " Good Morning America " today.

On Michael Flynn, Attorney General Sessions says vetting can’t ‘catch everything’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said "you don't catch everything" in reference to the Trump team's vetting of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Flynn, who was fired early in his tenure by President Trump , is under scrutiny for his dealings with Russia, including whether the former Army lieutenant general violated the law by accepting payments from foreign governments. "We need to do a good job of vetting, but that's a complex issue and I'm not sure anyone could be expected to find that," Sessions told ABC News' Amy Robach live on " Good Morning America " today.

FIFA suspends Asian football boss after he pleads guilty to taking bribes

A senior Asian Football Confederation official has been provisionally suspended from all football-related activity for 90 days by FIFA following his guilty plea to giving and taking bribes in a New York court on Thursday. Guam Football Association president Richard Lai is a former member of the AFC's executive committee and still sits on the body's marketing committee.

FIFA suspends Asian football boss after he pleads guilty to taking bribes

A senior Asian Football Confederation official has been provisionally suspended from all football-related activity for 90 days by FIFA following his guilty plea to giving and taking bribes in a New York court on Thursday. Guam Football Association president Richard Lai is a former member of the AFC's executive committee and still sits on the body's marketing committee.

The Latest: US to urge UN to increase pressure on NKorea

In this Wednesday, April 26, 2017 photo released by the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, center, leads the U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, right front, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Atago-class guided-missile destroyer JS Ashigara, left front, and the JMSDF Murasame-class destroyer JS Samidare during a transit of the Philippine Sea toward the Korean Peninsula for an exercise with South Korea.

The Latest: US to urge UN to increase pressure on NKorea

In this Wednesday, April 26, 2017 photo released by the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, center, leads the U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, right front, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Atago-class guided-missile destroyer JS Ashigara, left front, and the JMSDF Murasame-class destroyer JS Samidare during a transit of the Philippine Sea toward the Korean Peninsula for an exercise with South Korea.

Sandra Sunderland Bodil Tvede James Liese Susan Liese Carolann…


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SANDRA SUNDERLAND, BODIL TVEDE, JAMES LIESE, SUSAN LIESE, CAROLANN DONOFRIO, JOHN DONOFRIO, JACQUELINE GLUCKMAN, BARBARA DRUMM, JOHN VIRGADAULA, THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF, INC., Plaintiffs - Appellants, v. BETHESDA HOSPITAL, INC., d.b.a. Bethesda Memorial Hospital, d.b.a. Bethesda Hospital West, BETHESDA HEALTH, INC., Defendants - Appellees.

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SANDRA SUNDERLAND, BODIL TVEDE, JAMES LIESE, SUSAN LIESE, CAROLANN DONOFRIO, JOHN DONOFRIO, JACQUELINE GLUCKMAN, BARBARA DRUMM, JOHN VIRGADAULA, THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF, INC., Plaintiffs - Appellants, v. BETHESDA HOSPITAL, INC., d.b.a. Bethesda Memorial Hospital, d.b.a. Bethesda Hospital West, BETHESDA HEALTH, INC., Defendants - Appellees.

Political mainstay heads home to Utah, questions in his wake

" Since arriving in Washington in 2009, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz has been a political mainstay, doggedly investigating Democrats, frequently appearing on cable TV and regularly updating his legions of social media followers with photos of himself, his family and even his dog, Ruby. His Twitter handle reminds people that of the 435 members, he's @jasoninthehouse.

Political mainstay heads home to Utah, questions in his wake

" Since arriving in Washington in 2009, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz has been a political mainstay, doggedly investigating Democrats, frequently appearing on cable TV and regularly updating his legions of social media followers with photos of himself, his family and even his dog, Ruby. His Twitter handle reminds people that of the 435 members, he's @jasoninthehouse.

Trump talks to NRA in Atlanta as Georgia debates guns on college campuses


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The NRA kicks off its annual meeting in Atlanta at a time Georgia is in the middle of two hot debates - one over who will represent the state's 6th Congressional District, and another on whether Republican Gov. Nathan Deal should sign a bill allowing registered gun owners to carry firearms on public college campuses. House Bill 280 is a more restrictive version of legislation the governor vetoed last year.

Trump talks to NRA in Atlanta as Georgia debates guns on college campuses


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The NRA kicks off its annual meeting in Atlanta at a time Georgia is in the middle of two hot debates - one over who will represent the state's 6th Congressional District, and another on whether Republican Gov. Nathan Deal should sign a bill allowing registered gun owners to carry firearms on public college campuses. House Bill 280 is a more restrictive version of legislation the governor vetoed last year.

A Democratic ‘Contract With America’

This past Sunday, media outlets released a slew of new polls showing President Trump's popularity continuing its downward slide, most especially among independents. For some in my Democratic Party especially those in the "resistance" wing this latest news is nothing short of a gut punch.

A Democratic ‘Contract With America’

This past Sunday, media outlets released a slew of new polls showing President Trump's popularity continuing its downward slide, most especially among independents. For some in my Democratic Party especially those in the "resistance" wing this latest news is nothing short of a gut punch.

The First 117 Days of Chuck Schumer

On Saturday President Trump will rally a huge crowd in Pennsylvania to mark his 100th day in office. The last 14 percent or so of his first 100 days was spent dealing with the interminable analysis of said period.

The New/Old Politics of Capital vs. Countryside

Capital vs. countryside -- that's the new political divide, visible in multiple surprise election results over the past 11 months. It cuts across old partisan lines and replaces traditional divisions -- labor vs. management, north vs. south, Catholic vs. Protestant -- among voters.

The New/Old Politics of Capital vs. Countryside

Capital vs. countryside -- that's the new political divide, visible in multiple surprise election results over the past 11 months. It cuts across old partisan lines and replaces traditional divisions -- labor vs. management, north vs. south, Catholic vs. Protestant -- among voters.

Sanctuary-city ruling not activist

An executive order signed by President Donald Trump attempted to penalize so-called sanctuary cities. The order - one of an unprecedented 32 to be signed by Trump in 100 days of office, despite his attacks on his predecessor's use of executive orders - threatens to cut off federal funding from local governments that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities.

Sanctuary-city ruling not activist

An executive order signed by President Donald Trump attempted to penalize so-called sanctuary cities. The order - one of an unprecedented 32 to be signed by Trump in 100 days of office, despite his attacks on his predecessor's use of executive orders - threatens to cut off federal funding from local governments that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities.

Under Trump plan, trillions would flow to the wealthy

President Donald Trump's proposal to slash individual and business taxes and erase a surtax that funds the Affordable Care Act would amount to a multitrillion-dollar shift from federal coffers to America's richest families and their heirs, setting up a politically fraught battle over how best to use the government's already strained resources. The outline that Trump offered Wednesday - less a tax overhaul plan than a list of costly cuts with no price tags attached, rushed out by a president staring down his 100-day mark in office - calls for tax reductions for individuals of every income level as well as businesses large and small.

Under Trump plan, trillions would flow to the wealthy

President Donald Trump's proposal to slash individual and business taxes and erase a surtax that funds the Affordable Care Act would amount to a multitrillion-dollar shift from federal coffers to America's richest families and their heirs, setting up a politically fraught battle over how best to use the government's already strained resources. The outline that Trump offered Wednesday - less a tax overhaul plan than a list of costly cuts with no price tags attached, rushed out by a president staring down his 100-day mark in office - calls for tax reductions for individuals of every income level as well as businesses large and small.

Yo ho ho! Pennsylvania aims to smash U.S. embargo on Cuban rum

Pennsylvania's Cuban rum run got its start in a chance meeting last fall in the parking lot in front of the state capitol. "'You know, we have rum,"' a visiting Cuban government liaison told state Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, who was walking to his car when he was introduced to her as the senator whose committee oversees how alcohol is sold in Pennsylvania.

Military veteran recognized for service decades after death

A South Dakota businessman who served in the Spanish-American War is finally receiving military recognition nearly half a century after his death. The Aberdeen News reports Thomas Jefferson Henegar's family will be able to place a military marker on his headstone at Riverside Memorial Cemetery in May after a lengthy journey to verify his military service.

Trump to NRA: ‘You have a true friend in the White House’

Sherry Hughes, of Sturgis, S.D., watches on a television from the exhibition hall as President Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Atlanta, Friday, April 28, 2017. Sherry Hughes, of Sturgis, S.D., watches on a television from the exhibition hall as President Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Atlanta, Friday, April 28, 2017.

Ex-Chicago Public Schools CEO gets prison time for kickbacks


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In this Oct. 13, 2015, file photo, former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd- Bennett speaks before leaving federal court in Chicago, after she pleaded guilty to helping steer $23 million in no-bid contracts to education firms for $2.3 million in kickbacks and bribes while working for CPS. A federal judge in Chicago is scheduled to sentence Byrd-Bennett Friday, April 28, 2017.

Take that, Washington! Texas looks to nullify federal laws

In this Wednesday, April 26, 2017 photo, Rep. Cecil Bell Jr., R-Magnolia works at his desk in the House Chamber at the Texas State Capitol, in Austin, Texas. Republicans control Congress and President Donald Trump has promised to drastically cut federal regulations, but for fiercely conservative Texas it may not be enough.

Judge to sentence former head of Chicago Public Schools

A federal judge in Chicago is scheduled to sentence the former head of the nation's third-largest school district for steering $23 million in no-bid city contracts to education firms for $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks. Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who held top education jobs in Detroit and Cleveland before becoming Chicago Public Schools CEO, faces up to 20 years behind bars when sentenced Friday.

The Latest: Inmate lurches 20 times during execution

The Latest on Arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on Sunday : An Arkansas inmate executed for the 1999 killing of a former deputy warden following an escape lurched 20 times on the gurney before three lethal drugs took his life. Kenneth Williams was executed Thursday night.

Brexit Overshadows Election Boost for Pound as Funds Skeptical

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a snap election has done little to inspire confidence among portfolio managers on the pound's prospects. That's in contrast to how markets initially reacted to the plan, with the pound rallying on the news and some analysts reconsidering their bearish calls on the currency on hopes for a smoother exit from the European Union.

Elizabeth Warren: I’m ‘troubled’ by Obama’s $400,000 speech


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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she is "troubled" by news that former president Barack Obama is getting a lucrative paycheck for an upcoming speech to a Wall Street firm. Obama is set to earn $400,000 for a speech in September to investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald, according to a recent report.

Berkeley Babies

For most service members with a service dog, the bond between man and animal is unbreakable. But some people are sick and evil inside, and ... Israel has had it with the nonsense in Syria, and I can't say that I blame them.

The Wall is Worth Fighting For

You'll have to pardon my cynicism regarding the border wall, but we've seen this show before. Republicans talk tough, but at the first sign of push-back, they collapse like a house of cards.

AMA, AARP oppose latest Obamacare repeal effort

The influential American Medical Association, AARP and two major hospital groups all came out against a new amendment unveiled this week that would let states to weaken some of Obamacare's key protections for those with pre-existing conditions and for older enrollees. The so-called MacArthur amendment, authored by moderate Rep. Tom MacArthur of New Jersey, would let states allow insurers to offer less comprehensive policies and to charge people more based on their health status.

Schiff makes new push for ISIS war authorization

The California Democrat introduced a new version of his bill for a formal Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIS, al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Schiff's bill would repeal the 2001 and 2002 war authorizations still used to fight terrorism across the globe with a measure that expires after three years and makes it easier for Congress to put a check on the Executive Branch's use of ground combat forces in the terror fight.

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The most conservative congressmen in the country were a major roadblock in President Donald Trump's first push to replace Obamacare. Now, a second attempt's fate is in the hands of a moderate Republican faction -- putting to the test the power of Democratic resistance.

The Latest: Another Watt joins J.J. and Derek in NFL

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell greets fans before the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. . Wisconsin's Ryan Ramczyk arrives for the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia.

Tillerson says China asked North Korea to stop nuclear tests

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China has threatened to impose sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests. Earlier Thursday, the senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific said the crisis with North Korea is at the worst point he's ever seen, but he declined to compare the situation to the Cuban missile crisis decades ago.

De Blasio Takes Multiple Swipes at Trump Administration

Mayor Bill de Blasio is ramping up his attacks against the Trump administration, but he is taking a different approach when it comes to the Republicans in the race for mayor. Mayor Bill de Blasio was in Queens Thursday, holding a town hall hosted by City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

French authorities probe Russia 2018, Qatar 2022 World Cup bids

French financial prosecutors are investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and have interviewed former FIFA president Sepp Blatter. A person with direct knowledge of the investigation told the Associated Press that France's financial prosecutor services opened the investigation on grounds of private corruption, criminal association, influence peddling, and benefiting from influence peddling relating to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.

Former U.S. Coast Guard HQ


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The massive Transpoint building on Buzzard Point, the former home of the U.S. Coast Guard, stands in the way of progress.

Report: Israel Not Expecting Trump to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem

Israeli officials said Thursday they did not believe President Donald Trump would move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and he is expected to sign a waiver on a congressional mandate on the action next month, according to news reported. A law mandating a move of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was passed in Congress in the mid-1990s, Haaretz reported, and Trump is expected to follow all U.S. presidents since and sign the waiver because of national security reasons.

Then Labor secretary-designate Alexander Acosta testifies

Acosta has been a federal prosecutor, a civil rights chief at the Justice Department and a member of the National Labor Relations Board. Senate confirms Alex Acosta as Trump's secretary of Labor Acosta has been a federal prosecutor, a civil rights chief at the Justice Department and a member of the National Labor Relations Board.

House Democrats bury 2016 autopsy

House Democrats bury 2016 autopsy - House Democrats are going to extreme lengths to conceal a report on the party's problems. - After nearly five months, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) will present his investigative report to lawmakers during a members-only gathering

Why Trump may never get his wall

New ObamaCare repeal bill on life support - The tide is quickly turning against the new ObamaCare repeal legislation. - At least 21 Republicans have said they would vote no on the revised GOP healthcare bill negotiated by centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur and conservative Rep. Mark Meadows .

Emails reveal FBI, Justice probe of Burlington College

Emails reveal FBI, Justice probe of Burlington College - BURLINGTON - The Justice Department was investigating the activities of the now-defunct Burlington College as recently as February, according to emails obtained through a public records request. - The emails show the U.S. attorney

Big weekend: President, protesters and press

There are two momentous political events to consider this weekend, and they are polar opposites. First, we have President Trump , who will step out on the broad stage of a major arena in Pennsylvania Saturday night for one of his favorite activities: a massive, grass-roots rally to affirm his first 100 days in office and to connect with the voters that love him.

White House wants to push tax overhaul without Democrats

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, left, head to the motorcade to go to the Department of Veterans Affairs to sign an Executive Order on "Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection," Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington. less President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, left, head to the motorcade to go to the Department of Veterans Affairs to sign an Executive Order on "Improving Accountability and Whistleblower ... more WASHINGTON - A senior administration official said Thursday the White House plans to push its tax overhaul without any support from congressional Democrats .

Off-duty Border Patrol agent may have started Arizona fire

In a park amid Manhattan skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom complete with fresh flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork. In a park amid Manhattan skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom complete with fresh flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork.

Minority groups want trial on Texas voting maps before 2018

Three losses in federal court in barely a month over its voting laws have raised the stakes for Texas at a hearing before a three-judge panel. The San Antonio-based justices on Thursday could begin answering key questions, including if the state's voting maps will need to be redrawn before the 2018 election and, if so, will courts or the Republican-controlled state Legislature do it? They may also shed light on Texas' risk of becoming the first state forced back into federal oversight since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down much of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.

Up against NRA, gun control advocates still voice optimism

Mike O'Donnell, of Wellington, Co., with Burris Optics, polishes a scope ahead of the NRA convention, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Atlanta. The NRA is holding its 146th annual meetings and exhibits forum at the Georgia World Congress Center with President Donald Trump slated to speak Friday.

EPA chief to skip Republican gala after ethics complaint

In this Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to employees of the EPA in Washington. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse filed an ethics complaint on April 25 against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt over a planned May 5 appearance as the keynote speaker at the Oklahoma Republican Party's annual gala dinner.

US releases Venezuelan activist seeking asylum in Miami

U.S. immigration authorities have released a Venezuelan opposition activist who was detained a day earlier as he waited to attend a hearing on his request for political asylum. The abrupt detention of Marco Coello in Miami drew protests from Venezuelans in the U.S. and questions from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Additions OK’d on NJ Artificial Reef Network


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New artificial reefs will be built off Ocean County's Manasquan Inlet and in Delaware Bay as part of the NJ Artificial Reef Network. A reef to be built off Ocean County's Manasquan Inlet is part of a compromise the Christie Administration reached between recreational anglers and commercial fishermen over reef access.

Mercedes parent Daimler fears its own diesel crisis in U.S.

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG warned this week the automaker could face significant fines and recalls as a result of U.S. authorities' investigation into its own diesels. The automaker launched an internal investigation at the request of the EPA a year ago after reports of possible discrepancies in the emissions levels of its U.S. market vehicles following the fallout of the Volkswagen diesel crisis .

Trump rejects push to help solve Puerto Rico debt crisis

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he is opposed to a push to help Puerto Rico resolve its $70 billion debt load as the U.S. territory faces looming austerity measures amid a deep economic crisis. Trump issued a Twitter blast aimed at efforts to help the island cover its Medicaid costs - an issue that's entangled in Puerto Rico's last-minute debt negotiations.

Turkey’s electoral board releases final referendum tally

A voter initiative in New Mexico's capital city is being pitched as an educational lifeline for impoverished preschool-aged children and chided as the latest example of local government overreach sweeping... A voter initiative in New Mexico's capital city is being pitched as an educational lifeline for impoverished preschool-aged children and chided as the latest example of local government overreach sweeping progressive US cities. A Kentucky doctor who was dragged off a United flight after he refused to give up his seat to crew members has reached a settlement with the airline for an undisclosed amount.

Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy war

Scientists created an artificial womb enough like mom's to help tiny lambs grow for a month _ boosting hopes that it might one day help extremely premature babies. Scientists created an artificial womb enough like mom's to help tiny lambs grow for a month _ boosting hopes that it might one day help extremely premature babies.

Suspect pursued injured officer seeking cover, fired again

Delaware State Police say a trooper has been taken to a hospital after being shot at the convenience store. The trooper,... A Kentucky doctor who was dragged off a United flight after he refused to give up his seat to crew members has reached a settlement with the airline for an undisclosed amount.

Flynn was warned not to accept foreign government payments

In this Feb. 13, 2017 file photo, Mike Flynn arrives for a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Documents released by lawmakers show Flynn, now former national security adviser, was warned when he retired from the military in 2014 not to take foreign money without "advance approval" by Pentagon authorities.

Rapper Kevin Gates gets 30 months in prison on gun charge

On Wednesday, Gates pleaded guilty to the felony gun charge, after being denied bail earlier this month at Bridgeview Courthouse in IL. In a statement to TMZ , Gates' lawyer Herschel Rush said the charges carried a maxium of 10 years in prison, so the team is "very pleased with the result of 30 months".

Budget blame game continues in Hartford

Republican State Senate Leader Len Fasano, left, and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, plan to offer a GOP budget alternative on Thursday afternoon. Republican State Senate Leader Len Fasano, left, and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, plan to offer a GOP budget alternative on Thursday afternoon.

Mnuchin: Trump has ‘no intention’ of releasing tax returns

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin right joined by National Economic Director Gary Cohn speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington Wednesday The Trump administration unveiled a plan Wednesday for deep cuts in business taxes as part of a major overhaul of the United States tax code in a bid to reinvigorate the world's largest economy. A copy of Trump's tax return from 2005 suggests that a tax cut similar to the one Trump is proposing could have lowered his tax obligation by potentially tens of millions of dollars in a single year.

Texas House OKs a sanctuary citya ban with tough jail penalty

The Republican-controlled Texas House approved a strict ban on "sanctuary cities" early Thursday, empowering local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law against anyone they detain and threatening police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to do so with jail. The vote came just before 3 a.m. and followed 15-plus hours of heated, sometimes tearful debate, much of it from outnumbered Democrats.

Flynn was warned not to accept foreign government payments

President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was warned by authorities when he retired from the military in 2014 not to take foreign government-sourced money without "advance approval" from the Pentagon, according to documents released Thursday by the ranking Democrat on a House oversight committee. Flynn, a former U.S. Army lieutenant general and Defense Intelligence Agency chief, was later paid tens of thousands of dollars for his work on behalf of foreign interests, including Russia's state-sponsored RT television network and a Turkish-owned company linked to Turkey's government.

There’s a dirty little secret behind Trump’s plan to scrap the estate tax


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U.S. National Economic Director Gary Cohn and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin end their briefing after unveiling the Trump administration's tax reform proposal in the White House briefing room in Washington, U.S, April 26, 2017. Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans hate the estate tax so much they renamed it, ominously, the "death tax."

Congress aims for Friday vote on bill to avoid shutdown

Lawmakers are giving themselves a one-week extension on spending legislation to keep the lights on in government, after the White House backed off a threat to withhold payments that help lower-income Americans pay their medical bills. It was the latest concession by the White House, which had earlier dropped a demand for money for President Donald Trump's border wall.

Alt-right group to rally after cancellation of Coulter talk

Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she was forced to cancel her speaking event Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley amid concerns of violence but might still "swing by to say hello" to all her supporters. Police and university officials said they were bracing for possible trouble whether Coulter comes to campus or not, citing intelligence and online chatter by groups threatening to instigate violence.

Coulter’s Berkeley speech canceled, police prep for violence

Berkeley College Republicans invited Coulter to speak on campus Thursday, but university officials canceled the event because of safety concerns, suggesting she come in September instead. Coulter told the New York Times in an email Wednesday that she was unlikely to give the speech because local law enforcement and the university could not guarantee her safety amid fears of violent protests.

Britain’s May tries to warm the Brexit atmosphere with EU

The Brexit negotiations will be very demanding both for both sides, Merkel also warned, adding that she agreed with the head of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, that Brexit negotiations would only properly start after the June general election in Britain . German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Britons on Thursday not to delude themselves that they would continue to enjoy European Union rights after Brexit and insisted the bloc would only agree on future ties with London after they have nailed down a deal to leave.

David Petraeus reviews President Trumpa s start in New Albany speech

David Petraeus expressed some reservations about President Donald Trump on Wednesday, but the former Army general and CIA director praised the new president's “firmness.” Speaking as part of the New Albany Community Foundation's Jefferson Series, Petraeus acknowledged that Trump, who interviewed him for the post of secretary of state, has been slow to fill positions in his administration. That's partly because Trump wasn't prepared to be elected in November, Petraeus said.

County officials want help with sales tax losses, old voting machines

Facing the loss of more than $200 million in annual sales-tax revenue, and needing to replace aging voting equipment, county officials urged lawmakers to send help their way before making final changes to the new two-year state budget. House Republicans added more than 300 amendments to the two-year budget on Tuesday, but none dealt with the sales-tax loss that will affect counties and regional transit authorities.

Asylum-seekers fleeing U.S. may find cold comfort in Canada’s courts

Migrants who applied for asylum in the United States but then fled north, fearing they would be swept up in President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown, may have miscalculated in viewing Canada as a safe haven. That is because their time in the United States could count against them when they apply for asylum in Canada, according to a Reuters review of Canadian federal court rulings on asylum seekers and interviews with refugee lawyers.

Texas House OKs ‘sanctuary city’ ban with tough jail penalty after 15 hours

The Republican-controlled Texas House approved early Thursday a strict ban on "sanctuary cities" in the country's second-largest state, seeking to empower law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law against anyone they detain and threatening to jail police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to do so. The vote came just before 3 a.m. and followed 15-plus hours of heated, sometimes tearful debate, much of it from outnumbered Democrats.

Trump tax plan prompts GOP fears about deficit

President Trump's sweeping proposal to cut corporate and business tax rates is raising GOP concerns about blowing up the deficit. While most Republicans favor cutting taxes, worries that the proposal will spike the deficit are already leading to concerns it could cost Trump votes from his own party.

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Moore running for US Senate

Supporters of suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore gather to listen to him announce his plan to run for U.S. Senate at a news conference Wednesday, April 26, 2017, on the steps of the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. The fiery Republican jurist, who was suspended from the bench on accusations that he urged defiance of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing gays and lesbians to marry, is running for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Request for hair testing in drug screening draws mixed reactions

Psychemedics, a company that conducts drug testing, cited a 38% decrease in accidents in Brazil since that nation mandated hair testing for all commercial drivers in its comments. A number of trucking industry groups and motor carriers expressed support for using hair samples instead of urine when testing for drugs during pre-employment screenings of truck drivers.

News 8 hour ago 10:37 p.m.Do tax cuts actually work?

President Trump's tax reform plan will benefit most U.S. households and make filing taxes simpler but it will provide the biggest windfall to the wealthy, experts say. WASHINGTON, DC - President Donald Trump holds a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the East Room of the White House April 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Trump agrees not to terminate Nafta for now

Washington, April 27 - US President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Canada and Mexico that he was not immediately planning to end the North American Free Trade Agreement , an accord which he railed against as a presidential candidate, the White House said. Trump, in phone calls with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday, agreed to proceed swiftly to enable the renegotiation of the Nafta deal to the benefit of all three countries.

Senator Mark Green Joins Advance Financial in Celebrating the…

State Senator Mark Green joined Nashville-based financial services company Advance Financial in awarding $1,000 scholarships to eight outstanding Middle Tennessee high school seniors at the Advance Financial Foundation's Annual Scholarship Banquet. Students' applications were judged on academic activities, honors, goals and financial need.

Philadelphia Startup Will Collect Leftover Food During NFL Draft

The 2017 National Football League draft is happening in Philadelphia this weekend, from April 27 to 29. And a local organization will help recover surplus food so it can be donated to area shelters. Food Connect is the Philadelphia-based organization behind an app that makes donating surplus food to local shelters as easy as a few clicks.

Monument review includes oceans, tribal lands and Sequoias

President Donald Trump's call to review 24 national monuments established by three former presidents puts in limbo protections on large swaths of land home to ancient cliff dwellings, towering Sequoias, deep, canyons and oceans habitats where seals, whales and sea turtles roam. Trump and other critics say presidents have lost sight of the original purpose of the law created by President Theodore Roosevelt that was designed to protect particular historical or archaeological sites rather than wide expanses.

AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

" "Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. The head of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, on Wednesday proposed undoing the Obama-era rules that have been in place since 2015.

Commentary: Everybody thinks they’re losing


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One of the most arresting aspects of the start of the Trump era is that nearly everyone, regardless of their political persuasion, seems convinced that their side is losing. The liberal looks at a decimated Democratic Party and GOP control not only of the federal government, but also of a majority of state legislatures.

Trump’s tax-cut plan faces major challenges in Congress


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President Trump called for deep reductions in business tax rates and major changes to the individual tax system in a bid to invigorate his agenda as he nears the 100-day mark. With Wednesday's proposals-which include a 15 percent tax rate for all businesses, lower individual rates, a bigger standard deduction to benefit middle-income households and the repeal of the estate and alternative minimum taxes-Trump hopes to speed up economic growth and make his mark as a historic tax cutter.

Economy is starting slow under Trump

All signs are that the economy is starting 2017 with more of the same sluggish growth the U.S. experienced during President Obama's term. But as with the final years of Obama's presidency, there's reason to be optimistic about the current state of the economy under Trump.

Trump to review ‘overreach’ in education

In a move meant to follow through on promises he made to conservatives during the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to examine federal involvement in education. The order, which Trump signed while flanked by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Vice President Mike Pence and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, initiates a process that could see substantial changes made to K-12 education in the United States, the clearest signal yet that Trump hopes to put his stamp on the Education Department before his 100th day in office on Saturday.

Difficult legal path forward for Trump in sanctuary cities case

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks after signing the Antiquities Executive Order at the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC, U.S. April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Even if President Donald Trump wins an appeal of a court ruling blocking his executive order on sanctuary cities, arguments made by the government in the case could permanently harm its efforts to cut off wide swaths of federal funding to targeted cities, some legal experts say.

Plan to give health care to every Californian moves forward

SACRAMENTO, Calif.>> California lawmakers pushed forward today with a proposal that would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by replacing insurance companies with government-funded health care for everyone. The idea known as single-payer health care has long been popular on the left and is getting a new look in California as President Donald Trump looks to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Trooper ambush killer sentenced to death in Pennsylvania

Eric Frein, the would-be revolutionary who shot two Pennsylvania troopers, one fatally, in a late-night attack at their barracks, was sentenced to death late Wednesday. The jury's decision that Frein should die by lethal injection brought a shouted "yes!" from a gallery that included high-ranking state police brass, the slain officer's mother and the trooper who suffered debilitating injuries after Frein shot him with a high-powered rifle.

Texas poised to pass ‘sanctuary city’ ban with jail penalty

Texas Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, at podium, is surrounded by fellow lawmakers as he speaks against an anti-"sanctuary cities" bill that has already cleared the Texas Senate and seeks to jail sheriffs and other officials who refuse to help enforce federal immigration law today in Austin, Texas. AUSTIN, Texas>> Texas Republicans were poised today to take a big step toward banning "sanctuary cities" in their state, debating a bill through which police chiefs and sheriffs could even be jailed for not cooperating fully with federal immigration authorities.

House Republicans reveal health care amendment details

The House Rules Committee has posted the language of the MacArthur amendment to the health care bill on its website. The amendment, negotiated in part by Rep. Tom MacArthur and Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, would allow states to seek waivers to weaken several key Obamacare insurance reforms that protect those with pre-existing conditions, including the benefits insurers must cover in their policies and the ban on allowing carriers to charge more based on a person's health background.

White House: Trump will not immediately bolt NAFTA

President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Texas Republicans are poised to take a big step toward banning "sanctuary cities" in their state, debating a bill through which police chiefs and sheriffs could even be jailed for not cooperating fully with federal... Texas Republicans are poised to take a big step toward banning "sanctuary cities" in their state, debating a bill through which police chiefs and sheriffs could even be jailed for not cooperating fully with federal immigration authorities.

Website aims to help women self-induce abortions at home using medication

An international advocacy group concerned about restrictive laws in the United States plans to help women self-induce abortions at home, offering online advice and counseling about how to use medications that can terminate their pregnancies. Women Help Women, a three-year-old organization headquartered in the Netherlands, this week launched an online service to provide one-on-one counseling services for women seeking to end their early pregnancies using the abortion pill, which is legally available only by prescription in the United States but can be purchased on the Internet or from other countries.

What could be next for Trump’s sanctuary cities order

President Donald Trump is lashing out at a judge's ruling blocking his attempt to strip funds from "sanctuary cities" that don't cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities, calling it "ridiculous" and vowing to go to the U.S. Supreme Court. It was the third Trump executive order on immigration to be thwarted by the federal courts.

Landfill bill concerns some counties worried about recycling costs

Delta County officials weren't looking forward to having to comply with a bill going through the Colorado Legislature on landfills, and they may not have to, at least for now. A measure that won preliminary approval in the Colorado House on Wednesday was initially designed to require the state's landfills to have solid waste diversion programs.

Bernie Sanders rallies anti-Trump protesters with climate bill

Former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday will introduce a 100-percent clean energy bill to kick off major protests against President Trump's environmental agenda this weekend. The independent senator from Vermont, who ran as a Democrat, will be joined by climate change stalwart Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., at a public rally hosted by the organizers of the People's Climate March to announce the bill, according to an agenda.

Trump’s tax plan faces hurdles on Capitol Hill, even from Republicans

Republicans on Wednesday applauded President Trump for producing a tax blueprint that could turbocharge the economy even as they conceded flaws that might stall the plan in Congress. Proponents of conservative reform were gushing over Trump's proposals to cut the corporate tax rate to 15 percent - a 20 percent reduction - and simplify the code for individuals and married couples.

Fight likely in review of parks

The Interior Department is to review large-scale national monuments in Colorado and Utah under an executive order that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said gives new voice to rural Americans. "Finally, rural America has a voice again," Zinke said Wednesday as President Donald J. Trump announced the executive order to study the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado and Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments in Utah.

Trump tax plan could be good news for many, bad for deficit


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Dismissing concerns about ballooning federal deficits, President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed dramatic tax cuts for U.S. businesses and individuals - outlining an overhaul his administration promises will spur economic growth and simplify America's tangle of tax code rules. His proposal, a one-page sketch short on detail, would reduce the top corporate tax rate by 20 percentage points and allow private business owners to claim the new lower rate for their take-home pay.

Trump order seeks to limit federal role in K-12 education


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President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that aims to reduce the federal government's role in K-12 education. Trump is giving Education Secretary Betsy DeVos just short of a year - 300 days - to identify areas where Washington has overstepped its legal authority in education, and modify and repeal regulations and guidance from her department, if necessary.

Commissioners work to allay concerns over dredging impacts

Wahkiakum County officials continue to wrestle with issues surrounding their effort to set up a long term dredge spoils disposal program for eroding beaches. Acting as commissioners for flood zone control districts , commissioners are applying to the US Army Corps of Engineers for permits to set a 10-year beach nourishment program.

US Congress to consider 2% tax on outgoing remittances

Jamaicans in the United States who send remittances to family back home may soon find themselves contributing to the construction of the Mexican border wall - a key commitment of US President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. A United States congressman is proposing that an amendment be made to the US Electronic Fund Transfer Act to impose a fee for remittance transfers to certain foreign countries - including Jamaica.

KS Legislators Working On New Income Tax Plan

Top Republican lawmakers in Kansas are working on new proposals for raising income taxes to fix the state budget that include a plan similar to one Governor Sam Brownback vetoed. Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning said Wednesday that fellow GOP senators are drafting a plan to retain separate rates for lower- and upper-income earners.

Are the Hawks Coming Around on Trump?

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and the early days of the new administration, Graham and McCain, two leading national security figures in the GOP, rarely hesitated to criticize Trump. In turn, Trump was often quick to retaliate with an insult from the stump or his Twitter account.

Stock indexes wobble as White House unveils tax plan

Stock indexes wobbled between modest gains and losses Wednesday, as the White House unveiled broad outlines of its plan to slash tax rates but left many of the details to be determined. Anticipation for a big tax cut, along with looser regulations on businesses, have been two of the main drivers behind the stock market's surge since November, when Republicans swept into Washington.

Obama White House photographer Pete Souza has book deal

Little Brown and Company announced Wednesday that it had acquired Pete Souza's "Obama: An Intimate Portrait," which will include more than 300 pictures. Souza's time with Obama dates to 2005, when Obama was a freshman senator from Illinois, and continued through both terms of his presidency.

Commie Homophobia in China

Basketball team members in China carried a banner saying "defend core socialist values" and "keep homosexuality far from campus" at a university [April 16], sparking outrage. Ling Bing, the women's basketball team coach at Huazhong University of Science and Technology of Central China, posted a photo of team members carrying the banner online, The New York Times reported [April 20].

Amul Thapur nomination questioned by Democrats over cash as political speech

Democrats weren't able to derail Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, but they haven't abandoned the pointed questions they aimed at him, recycling those questions Wednesday for a hearing with appeals court nominee Judge Amul R. Thapar. From campaign finance reform cases to his ties to the conservative Federalist Society, Judge Thapar fended off the inquiries during his confirmation hearing, asking to be evaluated on the reputation he amassed during more than a decade on the federal bench.

Sean Brune: No estimates on how bad Social Security fraud is

Social Security can't even give a ballpark estimate for how much fraud there is in the program, a top official admitted to Congress on Wednesday - though he insisted they care about the matter and are working to weed out bogus payments, particularly in disability payments. Sean Brune, assistant deputy commissioner at the Social Security Administration's budget office, said they're trying to become more aware of the problems and looking for new tools to fight back, but said he couldn't guess at how bad the problem is.

Plan to give health care to every Californian moves forward

California lawmakers pushed forward Wednesday with a proposal that would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. The idea known as single-payer health care has long been popular on the left and is getting a new look in California as President Donald Trump struggles to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Tax plan could be good news for many, bad for deficit

Dismissing concerns about ballooning federal deficits, President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed dramatic tax cuts for U.S. businesses and individuals - outlining an overhaul his administration promises will spur economic growth and simplify America's tangle of tax code rules. His proposal, a one-page sketch short on detail, would reduce the top corporate tax rate by 20 percentage points and allow private business owners to claim the new lower rate for their take-home pay.

Oklahoma AG announces support for new commission on opioid abuse


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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter discusses plans for legislation to create Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse. [Photo by Grayson Cook, The Oklahoman] Declaring that Oklahoma is in the midst of "an opioid abuse epidemic," Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter joined state lawmakers Wednesday in announcing support for a resolution to form an Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse.

Aluminum company promises to hire 550 in heart of Appalachia

An aluminum company says it will build a $1.3 billion plant in the heart of Appalachia, promising to hire 550 people and pay them nearly twice the average household income of an area devastated by the loss of coal and manufacturing jobs. Braidy Industries Inc. says the planned 2.5 million-square-foot facility in South Shore, not far from where Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia meet on the Ohio River, will produce 370,000 tons of aluminum for the automotive and aerospace industries.

Sen. Portman Pushes Bill to Gut Governments Ability to Safeguard Consumers

Today, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, introduced the Senate version of H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act, which would require endless agency studies before new consumer protection rules could be adopted. The bill, should it become law, would make it virtually impossible for federal agencies to enact rules and safeguards to protect public health and the environment, noted EWG legislative attorney, Melanie Benesh.

New research could improve tornado warnings

Research scientist like Chris Karstens with University of Oklahoma cooperative institutes for mesoscale meteorological studies has been working with The National Severe Storms Laboratory on FACETs, Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats on this for about five years now. "Our project really is designed to bring about a new kind of warning paradigm for the National Weather Service," Karstens said.

Ann Coulter’s Berkeley speech canceled, police prep for violence

Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she was forced to cancel her speaking event Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley amid concerns of violence but might still "swing by to say hello" to all her supporters. Police and university officials said they were bracing for possible trouble whether Coulter comes to campus or not, citing intelligence and online chatter by groups threatening to instigate violence.

Candidates for U.S. citizenship take the oath of allegiance

Millions of naturalized citizens could be at risk for providing false statements under the Justice Department's interpretation of a federal law, but the Supreme Court appeared dubious. Lose citizenship for fibbing? Supreme Court justices fume Millions of naturalized citizens could be at risk for providing false statements under the Justice Department's interpretation of a federal law, but the Supreme Court appeared dubious.

Trump plan would cut taxes for companies – and people, too

President Donald Trump proposed dramatic cuts in corporate and personal taxes Wednesday in an overhaul his administration asserts will spur national economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to America's middle class. But his ambitious plan is alarming lawmakers who worry it will balloon federal deficits.

Raiders bring RB Marshawn Lynch out of retirement

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015, file photo, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. A person familiar with th... President Donald Trump's plan to provide massive tax breaks to corporations faces big challenges as Washington struggles with mounting debt.

The Latest: Texas inmate in murder plot loses appeal

A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal from a 60-year-old Texas inmate condemned for helping a former suburban Houston police officer murder his wife more than 22 years ago. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday refused arguments from lawyers for Joseph Andrew Prystash that raised questions about jury selection and juror instructions and the propriety of evidence.

White House Unveils – Biggest Tax Cut’ in History

White House officials on Wednesday unveiled a dramatic new tax reform plan that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is calling "the biggest tax cut" in history aimed at jump starting small businesses and putting more money in the pockets of middle-class Americans. Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn laid out a "broad brush overview" of the plan to reporters, cautioning that they are still negotiating many of the details with members of Congress.

Micek: – Resistance’ can’t rest on its laurels

During last year's campaign, Donald Trump promised cheering throngs that they'd eventually be so tired of winning that they'd beg for a respite from all those victories. But as President Trump's 100th day in office closes in this week, the Republican is woefully short of major legislative victories and time is running short.

Trump’s tax plan is missing a number of important details


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The White House rolled out the opening salvo of President Donald Trump's massive tax cut plan Wednesday, but the one-page set of bullet points was missing some significant details. The plan, laid out by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, called for three new income-tax brackets, with rates of 10%, 25%, and 35%, down from the current seven brackets.

White House briefs Senate amid tense times with North Korea

This photo distributed on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, by the North Korean government, shows what was said to be a "Combined Fire Demonstration" held to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the North Korean army, in North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service.

Chuck Schumer: New healthcare amendment violates Byrd Rule

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., argued Wednesday that a new amendment to the American Health Care Act that has earned the support of the House Freedom Caucus would violate a Senate rule requiring budget reconciliation bills to deal strictly with budget matters. If true, that would likely make it harder for Republicans to partially repeal and replace Obamacare using the budget reconciliation process.

A submarine that carries US Navy SEALs just arrived off the coast of North Korea


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SEALs and divers from SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1 swim back to the guided-missile submarine USS Michigan during an exercise for certification on SEAL delivery vehicle operations in the southern Pacific Ocean. South Korea's Yonhap News agency reported on Monday that the USS Michigan, a submarine that sometimes moves special forces like the US Navy SEALs, would join the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group off of North Korea's coast.

Don’t believe Trump’s tweet about 9th Circuit Court

Whether it terrifies or excites you, one thing is certain: these have only been 100 days out of a 1,461 day term. President Donald Trump this morning tweeted his displeasure with a district judge's decision barring enforcement nationwide of his executive order cutting federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities.

Al Gore: There is a ‘better than 50/50 chance’ the US will stay in the Paris climate agreement


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During the TED 2017 conference in Vancouver, Canada, Al Gore came onstage for a surprise question-and-answer session with TED curator Chris Anderson. think there is a better than 50/50 chance that the Trump administration will decide to stay in the Paris Agreement.

The Latest: 2 tales: Lawmaker was either corrupt or betrayed

Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr., left, escorts former Congresswoman Corrine Brown to the Bryan Simpson Federal Courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla,., Wednesday, April 26, 2017, for opening arguments in her trial. Brown was indicted in July on 22 counts involving conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, filing false tax returns and hiding income.

If moderate Republicans flip on the health bill, they will regret it


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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. discusses the Republican agenda as he faces reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 30, 2017.

a Mismatcha between N. Korean rhetoric and actual capability, says Pacific Command chief

The virulent rhetoric coming from the North Korea which has dramatically escalated tensions with the U.S. and its allies in the Pacific current has far outpaced the regime's ability to deliver on those threats, the top U.S. commander in the region told Congress Wednesday. American and allied commanders in the region are trying to navigate their way through the aggressive posture North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has taken on the country's nuclear weapons program, versus the true nature of the country's combat capability, U.S. Pacific Command chief Adm.

24 national monuments threatened by Trump’s executive order

Check out this story on ruidosonews.com: http://usat.ly/2q66Shx Sandstone formations rise from the Valley of the Gods under a full moon in the Bear Ears National Monument near Mexican Hat, Utah, Nov. 15, 2016. WASHINGTON - At least two dozen national monuments are at risk of losing their federally protected status as a result of President Trump's executive order asking for an unprecedented review of their designations.

Manchin says Senate backing retired miners’ benefits

West Virginia's Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says the Senate backs permanently extending health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire after April. Manchin says Wednesday the permanent fix will be included in the Senate measure to continue government funding with a vote likely Friday.

Trump tax plan billed as a largest tax reforma in US history

President Donald Trump is proposing “the biggest tax cut” ever even as the government struggles with mounting debt, in an effort to fulfill promises of bringing jobs and prosperity to the middle class. White House officials on Wednesday were to release broad outlines of a tax overhaul that would provide massive tax cuts to businesses big and small.

Audit: Ferguson courts ‘in disarray’ after police killing

An audit launched in the wake of unrest following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson found the city's court system "in disarray" and disorganized, according to a report released Wednesday by the Missouri state auditor. State Auditor Nicole Galloway was in St. Louis to release details of the audit, which gave Ferguson courts a "poor" rating - the lowest available rating.

Tina Stinnes rocks Jamie Laing and Frankie Gaff’s romance

North Korean leader takes the salute as his army fires rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships during country's 'largest ever' live-fire artillery drills Father of kidnapped Tennessee teenager divorces her mother and accuses her of 'beating the girl, locking her in the basement' and making her 'vulnerable' to 50-year-old teacher U.S. Navy fires warning flare at an Iranian vessel in the Persian Gulf amid rising tensions between the two countries U.S. Air Force launches unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from California as a test amid rising tensions with North Korea 'See you in the Supreme Court!' Trump blasts 'egregious overreach' of San Francisco judge who blocked his sanctuary city crackdown and says liberal lawmakers who protect illegal immigrant criminals 'have blood on their hands' I'm a North Korean... Get me out of here! 'Super-hot' defectors are celebs in South Korea ... (more)

Al Pacino, 77, kisses Lucila Sola, 38, in Mexico

North Korean leader takes the salute as his army fires rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships during country's 'largest ever' live-fire artillery drills Father of kidnapped Tennessee teenager divorces her mother and accuses her of 'beating the girl, locking her in the basement' and making her 'vulnerable' to 50-year-old teacher U.S. Navy fires warning flare at an Iranian vessel in the Persian Gulf amid rising tensions between the two countries U.S. Air Force launches unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from California as a test amid rising tensions with North Korea 'See you in the Supreme Court!' Trump blasts 'egregious overreach' of San Francisco judge who blocked his sanctuary city crackdown and says liberal lawmakers who protect illegal immigrant criminals 'have blood on their hands' I'm a North Korean... Get me out of here! 'Super-hot' defectors are celebs in South Korea ... (more)

Mnuchin confirms corporate tax rate cut planned


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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin confirmed that the tax plan set to be unveiled later this afternoon will include a proposal to drive down the corporate tax rate from 35 percent down to 15 percent. Mnuchin confirmed the rate decrease at a discussion at the Newseum on Wednesday, calling it the " biggest tax cut and largest tax reform in the history of our country."

Sen. Enzi on tutu anecdote: ‘I regret a poor choice of words’

Republican Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming said Tuesday he regrets using "a poor choice of words" when he suggested to students last week that if a man wears a tutu in a bar and ends up getting bullied, then it's partly the man's fault because he "kind of asks for it." In an emailed statement to CNN, Enzi said he does not believe "that anyone should be bullied, intimidated or attacked because of their beliefs" and that his message "was intended specifically to be about promoting respect and tolerance toward each other."

Israel, White House Discussing Trump Visit: Israeli Official

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, reaches out to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, Feb. 15, 2017. Israel and the White House are in preliminary discussions about a visit to Israel by U.S. President Donald Trump as early as next month, an Israeli government official said on Wednesday.

Survey: Investors more optimistic about U.S. economy since 2016 election

Since the 2016 presidential election, a majority of investors have grown more confident in the U.S. economy, according to the quarterly UBS Investor Watch report. Survey: Investors more optimistic about U.S. economy since 2016 election Since the 2016 presidential election, a majority of investors have grown more confident in the U.S. economy, according to the quarterly UBS Investor Watch report.

First on CNN: House Russia investigation chair sought reset, House Dems cool public criticism

The new leader of the House Russia investigation asked House Democrats to cool their barrage of criticism as part of a reset for the House intelligence committee that both sides hope will hold. Rep. Mike Conaway asked Democrats on the committee to curb their critiques for a bit while he got his footing as the new leader of the high-stakes probe, two sources familiar with the request told CNN.

Trump team rolls out massive tax cut package

Trump team rolls out massive tax cut package Proposal would cut corporate taxes and increase standard deductions Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/2plCstL WASHINGTON - The Trump administration prepared Wednesday to release a tax reform plan that calls for big corporate rate cuts and an increase in standard deductions, a pricey package that could face an uphill climb in Congress. "This is going to be the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country and we are committed to seeing this through," Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said during a morning forum sponsored by The Hill .

Ryan rejects ObamaCare subsidies in funding bill

Paul Ryan Ryan rejects ObamaCare subsidies in funding bill UN contacted Trump administration on ObamaCare repeal: report Shutdown fears spur horse-trading MORE on Wednesday threw cold water on a Democratic push to fund ObamaCare subsidies in a must-pass spending bill needed to avert a government shutdown this week. "We're not doing that.

Harvard “Pauses” Fossil Fuel Investment in Natural Resources…

After years of escalated pressure from students, faculty and alumni, Harvard University is taking a significant step toward fossil fuel divestment. Earlier this week, at a Climate Week event entitled, "How Harvard's Endowment is Thinking About Climate," Colin Butterfield, Harvard Management Company's Managing Director of the Committee of Natural Resources said that HMC is "pausing" direct investments in oil, gas, and coal in the natural resources portfolio.

US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

U.S. military vehicle moves as South Korean police officers try to block residents and protesters who oppose a plan to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, in ... . In this Monday, April 24, 2017 photo released by the U.S. Navy, the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan is greeted as it arrives in Busan, South Korea, for a sc... .

How Trump came around to McCain on foreign policy

For the first two months of Donald Trump's presidency, which was ushered in with his "America First" inaugural speech promising to pull back from the world, he did not speak directly to the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. It's notable not only because a new Republican president spent so long not talking to a Republican chairman of a high-profile committee, but also because that chairman is perhaps the most well-known Republican in the entire Congress - Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Must Be Some Speech: Obama’s Wall Street Alliance Continues

According to a new report, former President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at a Wall Street conference and will receive $400,000 for his services. The conference is organized by Cantor Fitzgerald, an investment firm that was fined $22.5 million in 2016 for aiding and abetting illegal gambling and $7.3 million in 2015 for selling unregistered microcap shares.

Printed Letters: April 26, 2017

Once again the hypocrisy of liberals like poor old Bill Grant and the editorial staff of The Daily Sentinel strikes. They claim that there is an overarching need to see President Trump's tax returns to see if there are any potential conflicts of interest.

Lawmakers: Former Trump aide Flynn may have broken US law

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House oversight committee say. The congressmen also raised new questions about fees Flynn received as part of $530,000 in consulting work his company performed for a businessman tied to Turkey's government.

Judge cites Trump’s comment in ‘sanctuary city’ ruling

City Attorney Dennis Herrera talks about a federal judge's order blocking any attempt by the Trump administration to withhold money from "sanctuary cities "during a news conference at City Hall Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in San Francisco. less City Attorney Dennis Herrera talks about a federal judge's order blocking any attempt by the Trump administration to withhold money from "sanctuary cities "during a news conference at City Hall Tuesday, April ... more FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017 file photo, Moina Shaiq holds a sign at a rally outside of City Hall in San Francisco.

Poll: Majority Opposes Hard-Ball Negotiating Tactics to Replace the…

Somewhat More Want President Trump and Republicans to Continue Working on ACA Repeal and Replace than Want Them to Move onto Other Priorities With President Trump and Congress continuing to discuss repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, a majority of the public opposes using hard-ball tactics as a way to force Democrats in Congress to negotiate a replacement, the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds. President Trump recently suggested that his administration and Congress could push Democrats to negotiate a replacement to the Affordable Care Act by stopping payments for the law's cost-sharing reductions, which experts say would likely cause insurers to raise premiums or stop offering coverage through the ACA's marketplaces.

Sen. Kaine to give commencement speech at VCU graduation

Comprised of five starters from five different countries, ODU stood on the 18th green at Verandah Club in Fort Myers, Florida last week as C Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., listens to community leaders at a roundtable discussion on religious freedom with the regional interfaith community at All Dulles Area Muslim Society Mosque in Sterling, Va., Thursday, July 21, 2016.

Massive Trump tax cuts face big hurdles as debt mounts

President Donald Trump is proposing tax cuts for individuals and businesses even as Washington struggles with mounting debt and the populist president tries to make good on promises to bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class. Trump is scheduled Wednesday to unveil the broad outlines of a tax overhaul that would provide massive tax cuts to businesses big and small.

Jack Harold Jones, Jr. Plaintiff – Appellant v. Wendy Kelley,…


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Jack Harold Jones, Jr. Plaintiff - Appellant v. Wendy Kelley, Director, Arkansas Department of Correction, in her official capacity; Rory Griffin, Deputy Director, Arkansas Department of Correction, in his official capacity; Dale Reed, Chief Deputy Director, Arkansas Department of Correction, in his official capacity Defendants - Appellees Jack Harold Jones, Jr. Plaintiff - Appellant v.

Italians probe Emirati for alleged insider trading in UniCredit

Italian prosecutors are investigating a former Emirati sovereign wealth fund official over allegations of insider trading in UniCredit shares in 2010 as the fallout from the Malaysian 1MDB scandal spreads through Abu Dhabi's overseas investment portfolio. Prosecutors in Milan placed Khadem al-Qubaisi, the jailed former managing director of Abu Dhabi's International Petroleum Investment Company , under investigation "several months ago," said a person briefed on the probe.

Trump wants a review of national monuments


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President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday directing his interior secretary to review the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as "national monuments," an action that could upend protections put in place in Utah and other states as Trump tries to rack up accomplishments in his first 100 days. The Antiquities Act of 1906 authorizes the president to declare federal lands as monuments and restrict how the lands can be used.

Taking Trump Seriously and Literally

WASHINGTON -- Journalist Selena Zito famously summed up President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign when she wrote, "The press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally." In September 2016 when Zito's apt assessment appeared in The Atlantic, Gallup reported its lowest approval rating ever - of the news media.

US-Mexico wall demands eased as spending talks advance

Congressional negotiators have inched towards a potential agreement on a catch-all spending bill that would deny President Donald Trump's request for immediate funding to construct a wall along the Mexico border. The emerging measure would increase the defence budget and eliminate the threat of a government shutdown on Mr Trump's 100th day in office this Saturday.

China launches 1st domestically-made aircraft carrier

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a newly-built aircraft carrier is transferred from dry dock into the water at a launch ceremony at a shipyard in Dalian in northeastern China's Liaoning Province, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. China launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own on Wednesday, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes.

Instead of launching tax reform, Trump could ground it

Ryan likely to get rolled on tax reform - Donald Trump is set to steamroll Paul Ryan on tax reform, the issue the speaker has devoted his political career to achieving. - But don't expect Ryan to relinquish his pet cause easily. - The White House on Wednesday will drop the outlines

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