Defiance that made Joe Arpaio popular leads to his downfall

The political defiance that made Joe Arpaio popular and seemingly untouchable as metro Phoenix's sheriff of 24 years ultimately led to his downfall Monday as he was convicted of a crime for ignoring a U.S. court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. The TV interviews and news releases that the media-savvy lawman used over the years to promote his immigration crackdowns came back to bite him.

Wash. Post: Trump dictated son’s misleading statement on Russian lawyer


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On the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Germany last month, President Trump's advisers discussed how to respond to a new revelation that Trump's oldest son had met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign - a disclosure the advisers knew carried political and potentially legal peril.  The strategy, the advisers agreed, should be for Donald Trump Jr. to release a statement to get ahead of the story.

Trump dictated son’s statement on Russia talks a ” report

President Donald Trump personally dictated a misleading statement in which his son Donald Trump Jr said a meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 election was focused on adoptions, The Washington Post reported Monday. It later emerged that during that fateful June 2016 meeting, Trump's eldest son, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and then campaign manager Paul Manafort met with a Russian government attorney who an intermediary claimed had incriminating information about Trump's rival Hillary Clinton.

Democrats plan to block possible Trump recess appointments

Democrats are worried President Donald Trump wants to remove the nation's top lawyer, Attorney General Jeff Sessions , during the August recess to make way for someone who would be willing to fire the special prosecutor leading the charge into the 2016 election hacking investigation without first being confirmed by the Senate. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer , D- New York , said Monday on the Senate floor that "if such a scenario were to pass, we would have a constitutional crisis on our hands."

Sen. Flake faults GOP, Democrat partisanship for Trump rise

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake takes his own party to task as well as Democrats, blaming both in a new book for the political gridlock that led to Donald Trump's presidency and its current chaos. The debut of the Arizona lawmaker's book "Conscience of a Conservative" comes amid turmoil in the White House marked by Anthony Scaramucci's rocky 11 days as communications director and the replacement of the chief of staff.

Trumpa s lawyer repeatedly denied Trump was involved in Trump Jr.a s statement. But he was.

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events "I do want to be clear the president was not involved in the drafting of the statement" -- Jay Sekulow, Trump's lawyer, apparently lying pic.twitter.com/DMukqu6uIU The Washington Post reported Monday night that the president himself was responsible for the drafting of Donald Trump Jr.'s misleading statement after the New York Times revealed the younger Trump had arranged a meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016. Sources say White House advisers had decided to be transparent about the meeting, but the president changed the game plan at the last minute to misleadingly suggest the meeting was about adoption .

Photos: Southeast Minnesota Water Town Hall

From left and clockwise, Sheila Harmes, of Winona; Marilyn Morem, of Rochester; Ruthann Yaeger, of Rochester and Marie Kovecsi, of Winona participate in a breakout session during the Southeast Minnesota Water Town Hall held at Rochester Community and Technical College Heintz Commons Monday evening. Gov. Mark Dayton participates in a breakout session during the Southeast Minnesota Water Town Hall held at Rochester Community and Technical College Heintz Commons Monday evening.

12 Us F-16 fighters due in Korea for rotation

A dozen F-16 Fighting Falcons of the US Air Force will be deployed temporarily to South Korea in a demonstration of the Pentagon's continued commitment to regional security, the Pacific Air Forces said Tuesday. The aircraft and around 200 airmen from the 176th Fighter Squadron, Wisconsin Air National Guard are scheduled to arrive at Kunsan Air Base, some 180 kilometers south of Seoul, for a four-month rotation.

Scaramucci, White House officials tricked by ’email prankster’

A self-described "email prankster" in the UK fooled a number of White House officials into thinking he was other officials, including an episode where he convinced the White House official tasked with cyber security that he was Jared Kushner and received that official's private email address unsolicited. "Tom, we are arranging a bit of a soiree towards the end of August," the fake Jared Kushner on an Outlook account wrote to the official White House email account of Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert.

Trump ‘dictated Donald Jr.’s statement on Russia meeting’

On July 11, Donald Trump Jr. admitted the subject of the meeting was for him to receive dirt on Hillary Clinton The president dictated a misleading statement issued by Donald Trump Jr. about his ill-fated meeting with Russian lawyers last year, it has been claimed. The Washington Post reports that it was the president who told Donald Jr. to claim in his statement that the subject of the June 2016 meeting was the ban on US adoptions in Russia.

WaPo: Trump involved in misleading statement on Jr.’s meeting

In response to New York Times reporting that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer during the campaign, President Donald Trump dictated a misleading statement for his son, The Washington Post reported Monday evening. The Post, citing multiple people with knowledge of the situation, said the original plan in response to the Times' reporting was to issue a truthful statement ahead of the story, but then Trump personally decided to have the statement say Trump Jr. had met with the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, to discuss adoption of Russian children by people in the US.

Light My Fire at 50

If you are still cruising for news, you probably know that Mooch has been fired and are up to speed on the Awan scandal. If you are looking for something completely different, you have come to the right place.

Republicans ignore Trump’s Obamacare taunts

Republicans ignore Trump's Obamacare taunts - 'Until somebody shows us a way to get that elusive 50th vote, I think it's over,' one top GOP senator says. - Senate Republicans have no plans to revive their party-line attempts to repeal Obamacare this summer, despite President Donald

De Blasio, Mark-Viverito Reach Deal on Legal Services Funding for Immigrants

Following a tense standoff between Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito over whether undocumented immigrants convicted of serious crimes should receive taxpayer-funded legal services, the pair announced Monday that private donors would provide funding for those services instead. In June, Mark-Viverito inserted language into the city budget mandating that the $26 million plan to offer legal services to undocumented immigrants facing deportation include individuals convicted of one of 170 crimes that the city exempts from its "sanctuary city" protections.

Donald Trump dictated misleading statement on son’s meeting with Russian: report

Jr. said a meeting he had with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 was not related to his father's presidential campaign, the Washington Post reported on Monday. Jr. released emails earlier in July that showed he eagerly agreed last year to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as part of Moscow's official support for his father.

New WH chief shows his clout, fires Scaramucci

Aiming to instill some discipline in the White House, Kelly showed Anthony Scaramucci the door just days after the new communications director had unleashed an expletive-laced tirade against senior staff members. President Trump dismissed any talk of disarray.

Sen. Jeff Flake plants a flag

Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, stands in an elevator in the basement of the U.S. Capitol July 13. He has written a book, "Conscience of a Conservative," that bemoans the erosion of the Republican Party.

Donald Trump looking into executive action on healthcare: Rand Paul

U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he spoke to President Donald Trump by phone about healthcare reform on Monday and told the president he thought Trump had the authority to create associations that would allow organizations to offer group health insurance plans. Paul, a Republican, told reporters that Trump was considering taking some form of executive action to address problems with the healthcare system after the Senate failed last week to pass a measure to reform the system.

Bernie Sanders and Larry David share some ‘identical DNA’

Henry Louis Gates Jr., the host of "Finding Your Roots" on PBS, says the show "couldn't have scripted" the discovery that actor, comedian Larry David and Senator Bernie Sanders are related. An episode where the two learn they're distant relatives will air on the show's upcoming fourth season, premiering Oct. 3. Gates spoke about the discovery Monday during a panel about his show as part of the Television Critics Association's annual summer press gathering.

The Latest: Thune says end of filibusters not realistic

In this Tuesday, July 25, 2017, photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine is surrounded by reporters as she arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, before a test vote on the Republican health care bill. Collins, who was one of three Republican senators voting against the GOP health bill on Friday, July 28, said she's troubled by Trump's suggestions that the insurance payments are a "bailout."

What if more TV shows were anthologies? Viewers might be less overwhelmed.

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events Wouldn't it be nice if all new TV shows were anthologies? Except for the very superior ongoing dramas and comedies, what if every show kept to an eight- or 10-episode arc that wrapped itself up and then, with its creators and some of its repertory cast in tow, moved on to an entirely different story? Viewers could then dip in and out, depending on whether the current story grabs them. On FX, Ryan Murphy and his colleagues have most clearly demonstrated the appeal of this format with "American Horror Story," "American Crime Story" and "Feud."

New health care ideas, but path of passage iffy at best

Republican, Democratic and even bipartisan plans for reshaping parts of the Obama health care law are proliferating in Congress. But they have iffy prospects at best, and there were no signs Monday that GOP leaders have chosen a fresh pathway after last week's collapse of their struggle to repeal and rewrite the statute.

McCain threatens to give his own Afghanistan strategy to Trump

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain on Monday threatened to present President Donald Trump with his own Afghanistan strategy if the Trump administration won't develop its own. McCain issued a statement saying he would offer an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act in September that would provide a strategy for Afghanistan, the 16-year war that has been a divisive issue within the White House.

Washington State Tells DOJ Voter Rolls Are ‘Accurate’ a


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Washington state's voter rolls are "accurate," and the state follows federal election laws. That's the message Washington Director of Elections, Lori Augino, is sending to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Rep. Thomas Suozzi touts Obamacare fixes

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Hacked emails reveal UAE influence on US think tanks

UAE ambassador to the US Yousef al-Otaiba gained favours from Obama administration veterans by paying them large sums of money [AP] The latest batch of leaked emails from the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States Yousef al-Otaiba has revealed the extent of influence the UAE held over various US think tanks, and in turn US foreign policy. The Intercept reported that Otaiba, through the UAE embassy in Washington, DC, had gained substantial favours from Obama administration veterans by paying them handsome sums of money.

A terrorism trial in the federal courts

Republicans raged over what they called the White House's weak and dangerous decision last week to prosecute in federal court a man suspected of belonging to Al Qaeda, rather than shipping him off to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sorry, wrong year.

Philippine mayor and more than a dozen others killed by police

Philippine police fatally shot more than a dozen people, including a mayor whom President Rodrigo Duterte publicly linked to the drug trade, during an early morning raid Sunday. Reynaldo Parojinog, mayor of Ozamiz City in Mindanao in southern Philippines, and at least 14 others, including his wife, are the latest casualties in Duterte's brutal drug war.

Combining a free market and single-payer system will provide more options

But, given the tenor of recent conversations between the parties, the next bill presented will need to make significant concessions to satisfy both sides of the table. We propose a new approach - grounded in sound economics - which will test the love-hate capacity of Republicans and Democrats alike, but will result in more options, more coverage, and more fiscal transparency and prudence for the American people.

OPINION | Trump didn’t cause our constitutional crisis – he’s the reaction against it

Trump haters come in all shapes and sizes but one belief they all seem to hold in common is that the temerity of the American people in electing Trump didn't cause our constitutional crisis - he's the reaction against it Dem campaign chief vows no litmus test on abortion MORE What they missed is that the crisis is already here and it's been brewing for years. It's just not the one they're looking for and, contrary to what Left wing commentators would say, Trump isn't the cause of the crisis, he is the response to it.

Alabamians and the tussle between President Trump and AG Sessions

If you're curious where Alabama voters, by and large, fall on the topic of President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, consider this: "And to a striking degree in a state where Mr. Trump won 62 percent of the vote last fall, Republicans and Democrats alike have closed ranks around Mr. Sessions, who was the state attorney general before he won a Senate seat four times and joined the president's cabinet. Interviews with voters from four counties, three of which supported Mr. Trump, revealed near-absolute confidence in Mr. Sessions's virtue and conservatism, a swelling of state pride and, in this case at least, an encroaching skepticism of the president."

invigorated with her new role of opposing President Trump.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a rally in Washington against the Republican healthcare bill. Even six months after Donald Trump won the White House, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi doesn't want to talk about election night, preferring to fast-forward to what happened the next day.

Rohrabacher faces hostile crowd

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, right, and Rep. Ted Lieu, second from left, were among the speakers at a Politicon panel titled "From Russia with Trump." Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Sunday braved a crowd of politically engaged Southern Californians for a panel called " From Russia with Trump ."

Russia urges US to fix ties as it cuts US diplomatic staff

Russia urged the United States Monday to show "political will" to mend ties even as it ordered sweeping cuts of U.S. embassy personnel unseen since Cold War times. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said it will take time for the U.S. to recover from what he called "political schizophrenia," but added that Russia remains interested in constructive cooperation with the U.S. "We are interested in a steady development of our ties and are sorry to note that we are still far from that," he said.

Sean Spicer responds to tweet regarding Mike Pence inauguration

Spicer took to Twitter late Sunday to answer Rep. Maxine Waters' opinionated message about an imminent Trump impeachment. When and if @mike_pence runs in 2024 I would proudly play any role he asks Good to know you have already conceded that https://t.co/cHMSKHM07e Her tweet, from July 29, reads: "Mike Pence is somewhere planning an inauguration.

Dr. Gilmore Honored at MDI Hospital’s Annual Meeting

Dr. Edward Gilmore will be honored for more than 46 years of service at Mount Desert Island Hospital's Annual Meeting on Monday, August 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Bar Harbor Club on 111 West Street in Bar Harbor. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this community celebration, which is free to the public.

U.S. set to hit Venezuela with new sanctions after election

The Trump administration is preparing to levy new sanctions on Venezuela, U.S. officials said Monday, in response to a weekend election that gives the South American country's ruling party virtually unlimited powers. The officials said the new sanctions could be imposed as early as Monday and will likely target Venezuela's oil sector, including possibly its state-owned petroleum company.

U.S.-Russia ties at new low with expulsions of diplomats

With a sweeping cut in the number of U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, President Vladimir Putin has raised the stakes further in an escalating rift with the United States. The reductions, reminiscent of massive Cold War-era expulsions of diplomats, follow stiff, new sanctions against Russia approved by the U.S. Congress.

White House to Senate: Pass health bill now or else

" The White House stepped up demands Sunday that the Senate resume efforts to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law, suggesting that lawmakers cancel their entire August recess, if needed, to pass legislation after a stunning series of failed votes last week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has declared that it was "time to move on" from health care, scheduling debate early this week on judicial nominations.

Health Insurers to Fill Gaps in Ohio’s Individual Coverage Market

Five health insurance companies in Ohio, including Molina Healthcare Inc., have stepped up to sell health plans in 19 counties that would have been without Obamacare individual coverage in 2018, the state's insurance regulator said. Ohio's Department of Insurance said it had worked to draw in insurers for the 20 counties that were left without an option after others, including Anthem Inc., said it would exit in 2018.

FAA Reauthorization Bill: What does it mean for the UAS legal landscape?

In the last few weeks, the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bills have made their way around both houses of Congress, which will allow funding to the FAA to continue beyond Fall 2017. These bills contain lengthy and significant language that could greatly affect commercial and hobbyist drone operations in the U.S. Below is a summary of the main provisions in the House's bill: UAS Traffic Management System : Directs the FAA to initiate rulemaking within 18 months to establish procedures for issuing air navigation facility certificates to operators of low-altitude UTM systems.

ISIS Attacks the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul


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Afghan official say they killed three militants who attacked the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul Monday, an operation that highlights the precarious security situation in the Afghan capital 16 years after the U.S.-led invasion. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in which a suicide bomber detonated a device outside the entrance to the embassy.

Putin lays down a number: U.S. must cut 755 Moscow diplomats

Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded the United States cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by 755 people, underlining his displeasure with U.S. sanctions and heightening tensions between Washington and Moscow. Putin's announcement Sunday came three days after the U.S. Congress approved sanctions against Russia and just hours after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence landed in Estonia, which borders Russia, for talks with the country that holds the rotating European Union presidency.

Bannon’s Proposed Tax Increase Isn’t on the Table, Another Trump Aide Says

A top income-tax rate of 44 percent for Americans earning more than $5 million per year isn't under consideration, a White House official said Monday, knocking down a proposal said to be backed by top Trump adviser Steve Bannon. "I don't think that that's on the table right now, to be honest with you," White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short said on Fox News.

Pence slams Russia as sanctions row escalates

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence launched into a wide-ranging tirade against Russia on Monday, signaling no let-up in an increasingly bitter row between Moscow and Washington over sanctions. On a visit to the Baltics, Pence denounced Russia as an "unpredictable neighbor" that sought to "redraw international borders by force."

Who described the Internet as a series of tubes?

Speaking in opposition to net neutrality in June 2006, Alaska Senator Ted Stevens related the Internet to a "series of tubes" as an argument in favor of Internet providers prioritizing traffic for some customers. "...They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet.

Supreme Court ruling: Hope for Oklahoma juvenile lifers?


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Dozens of Oklahoma inmates serving life in prison without parole have a shot at resentencing and possible release because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision. The high court's 2016 ruling applies to inmates who received mandatory life without parole for killings committed when they were juveniles.

Trump has a warped view of loyalty: Opinion

President Donald Trump has described himself as "a loyalty freak" and told interviewers that it is the trait he cares about most when hiring an employee. "We could use some more loyalty, I will tell you that," he said at the Boy Scout Jamboree last week.

Sessions to Tout Battle Against Leaks in Press Briefing This Week

In an apparent attempt to curtail the culture of leaks, Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans this week to hold a press conference in which he will release figures showing an increase in the number of such cases pursued so far this year, compared to all of 2016, Axios reported on Monday. Administration officials have said the reason for the increase in leak cases is due to both more leaking going on, particularly by appointees of former President Barack Obama who remain in government, and because the Justice Department is being increasingly aggressive in going after the violators.

Republicans Face Tough Choice: Repeal Obamacare or Cut Taxes

After the collapse of Obamacare repeal, Republicans may have to choose between pursuing another health bill or pushing through a tax overhaul this year, because there's almost certainly not enough time to do both. And that's not even their biggest problem -- which is, they can't agree on either.

Playing the Unabomber, Paul Bettany’s goal was empathy, not sympathy

To prepare for his role as Ted Kaczynski in the miniseries "Manhunt: Unabomber," Paul Bettany spent some time alone in a remote forest home, unplugged from technology, reading books. "This story has begun to take on a life of its own, which is me, like Daniel Day-Lewis , in the woods," says the rangy actor over lunch at a Greek restaurant near his home in Tribeca.

White House: Trump to decide soon on ending health payments

In this Tuesday, July 25, 2017, photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine is surrounded by reporters as she arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, before a test vote on the Republican health care bill. Collins, who was one of three Republican senators voting against the GOP health bill on Friday, July 28, said she's troubled by Trump's suggestions that the insurance payments are a "bailout."

LOVETT: Cuomo faces possible 2018 challenge from Syracuse mayor

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, a one-time ally and now political foe of Gov. Cuomo, said she's been approached about the possibility of running a Democratic primary against him in 2018 - and hasn't ruled it out. Miner, who is term-limited out of her current office at the end of the year, said she's been approached by different people about running for governor, Congress or state Senate.

A black mark on de Blasio

The answer to the Daily News Freedom of Information request arrived Friday: a thick package, nearing some 900 pages, with email addresses displaying notable names. The names were about the only thing legible.

Who Ate Republicans’ Brains?

When the tweeter-in-chief castigated Senate Republicans as "total quitters" for failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he couldn't have been more wrong. In fact, they showed zombie-like relentlessness in their determination to take health care away from millions of Americans, shambling forward despite devastating analyses by the Congressional Budget Office, denunciations of their plans by every major medical group, and overwhelming public disapproval.

PBS Ceo warns that federal cuts will sink some stations

A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. The chief executive for PBS is sounding the alarm about public broadcasting's future if federal funding is axed as called for by President Donald Trump.

Republicans look forward

After a chaotic week for President Donald Trump and his party, Republicans are facing a fundamental question: What's next? With a new chief of staff, communications director and press secretary in tow, the President clearly is seeking to "hit the reset button," as his now former chief of staff Reince Priebus said Friday. Also clamoring to turn the page, GOP leaders on both sides of Capitol Hill are clearly signaling they are ready to turn to a slew of issues and agenda items this fall, like taxes, border security, the budget, spending bills, and more -- and even Trump administration officials are echoing that call.

Facebook Funds ‘Defending Digital Democracy’ Initiative At Harvard


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An anonymous reader quotes Diginomica: A fresh initiative aimed at information sharing about election threats and dubbed Defending Digital Democracy has the financial support of Facebook and the academic muscle of Harvard behind it. Will the project succeed where similar initiatives have failed...? On 19 July and backed by a $500,000 initial grant from Facebook, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School launched a new, bipartisan initiative called the Defending Digital Democracy Project .

Graham: The Mooch muscles into inner circle

I've been an Anthony Scaramucci fan ever since he went down south to help his cousin Vinny beat that murder rap. "Two yutes," right? "I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?" Think I exaggerate? Here are a few highlights of the new White House communications director's on-the-record conversation last week with a reporter for The New Yorker: "O.K., the Mooch showed up a week ago.

Trump’s top trade nominees lobbied for hormone-meat exports

The nature of Britain's trade deals with the United States after Brexit raises serious concerns about the quality of food on supermarket shelves - and the influence of vested interests in the meat industry, reports LAWRENCE CARTER of EnergyDesk, Greenpeace. I can't see the Farm Bureau and the commodity organisations being willing to say yes, let's do a deal with the UK under the same terms that we have with the European Union Donald Trump's nominee to be the United States' chief agricultural trade negotiator previously called for the US to walk away from trade talks with the EU if it refused to drop its ban on beef reared with antibiotics and growth supplements.

Foreign policy challenges escalate amidst domestic turmoil

President Donald Trump's turbulent few weeks at home -- the palace intrigue of White House rivalries, sudden departures and legislative defeats -- have been echoed by a brewing storm of challenges overseas. North Korea is launching missiles designed to reach the US; Moscow is forcing a drastic reduction in US diplomatic staff in Russia; Venezuela is wracked by violence as its democracy dies; and Iran has been expanding its reach in Syria and Iraq.

EPA ordered to enforce methane pollution rule

Nine of the 11 judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued the latest ruling after a ruling by the court in July that the EPA unlawfully tried to delay implementing the Obama-era methane pollution rule. The rule sets limits for greenhouse emissions for the energy industry, and requires companies to identify and fix leaks.

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Hanging from John Sopko's office in a building outside the Pentagon is a plaque that states, "Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups." Sopko told Breitbart News that is a motto he lives by, noting that it "could apply to most bureaucracies."

Claim: LGBT Unit Created to Fight ISIS in Syria

LGBT supporters are fighting back against the Islamic State militant group on the Syrian battlefield after three years of persecution in which their community suffered stonings, executions from rooftops and a deadly shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida. A group of international volunteers fighting with Kurdish forces against ISIS in northern Syria have declared the first LGBT military unit created to battle the jihadi group.

We Cana t Live in Fear of Our Own Intelligence Community

U.S. intelligence agencies are telling us not to worry about the FISA Amendments Act, a 2008 law that allows the NSA to tap into the communications of "non-U.S. persons" who are outside the U.S., even though this law sidesteps the Fourth Amendment as it allows the NSA to record the emails and phone calls of U.S. citizens who happen to be communicating with people overseas. How many American citizens is the government listening in on? We don't know, as the intelligence agencies told Congress they can't say just how many American citizens they've eavesdropped on .

Juvenile Lifers Ruling Sows Turmoil, Heartbreak

In the wake of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that states cannot impose mandatory no-parole sentences on juveniles convicted of murder, the AP surveyed all 50 states to see how judges, prosecutors, and parole boards are weighing these cases. Juvenile Lifers Ruling Sows Turmoil, Heartbreak In the wake of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that states cannot impose mandatory no-parole sentences on juveniles convicted of murder, the AP surveyed all 50 states to see how judges, prosecutors, and parole boards are weighing these cases.

Princeton to “re-educate” its male students


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Princeton University is looking to hire an "Interpersonal Violence Clinician and Men's Engagement Manager." In addition to providing clinical support for the men at Princeton, "[t]he Manager will develop and implement men's programming initiatives geared toward enhancing awareness and challenging gender stereotypesa " If you want to apply for the job, you had better be a leftist.

US bombers fly over South Korea after North’s 2nd ICBM test

In this photo released by Japan Air Self Defense Force, U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, top, fly with a Japan Air Self Defense Force F-2 fighter jet over Japan's southern island of Kyushu, just south of the Korean Peninsula, during a Japan-U.S. joint exercise Sunday, July 30, 2017. Japan's Defense Ministry reported the U.S. supersonic bombers flown from the Anderson Air Force Base in Guam conducted a joint exercise with South Korean Air Force over the Korean Peninsula later in the day.

The Latest: Abe, Trump agree to action against North Korea

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, a U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber, left, flies with South Korean F-15K fighter jets over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Sunday, July 30, 2017. The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force against North Korea following the country's latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.

Measures pushed to stop ‘underride’

This June 29, 1967, file photo shows the mangled car that actress Jayne Mansfield died in after colliding with a truck, on Route 90 outside of New Orleans. Fifty years after Mansfield car slammed underneath a tractor-trailer, auto safety advocates say hundreds of similar deaths annually could be prevented by guard rails mounted beneath trucks.

Trumpa s chaotic week: Dissonance, dismissals and defeat

Our eNewspaper network was founded in 2002 to provide stand-alone digital news sites tailored for the most searched-for locations for news. With a traditional newspaper format, more than 100 sites were established each with a newspaper-type name to cover the highest-ranked regions, countries, cities and states.

Government spent $660M rebuilding NJ homes that keep getting flooded

A new study finds over the past 40 years, hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent rebuilding homes in the Garden State that keep getting flooded. According to Rob Moore, a senior policy analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council, New Jersey has one of the highest totals of severe repetitive loss properties of any state in the nation.

Trump’s threat deserves swift kick

Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan speaks at a town hall meeting at Bartlett High School in Anchorage on Saturday, May 20. Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan speaks at a town hall meeting at Bartlett High School in Anchorage on Saturday, May 20. How dare you, Mr. President, from your Twittering perch in distant Washington, threaten a senator from Alaska - or any senator - with damage to her state's share of public interests because she voted not your views but her own carefully considered views on a matter of concern to Alaskans. Apparently you think that Alaskans are so attuned to top-down dictatorial styles of government that they will punish Sen. Lisa Murkowski at the polls at your direction.

Congressman to fulfill assault sentence with nonprofit

Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte will work off his sentence for assaulting a reporter by volunteering for an organization that builds custom wheelchairs for children. The Republican was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service as part of his sentence for attacking Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the day before Gianforte was elected in the May 25 special congressional election.

WV Lottery chief keeping close on sports betting discussion

If you are looking to place a bet on your favorite team, you may soon not have to travel all the way to Nevada to make it happen. Last month the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases out of New Jersey, those cases both seek to have the nationwide ban on sports betting overturned.

Resentencing try stalled for most Florida juvenile lifers

Florida has roughly 600 inmates whose life sentences for homicide are potentially affected by court rulings mandating a second look at the punishment of juvenile offenders, but most still await a shot at resentencing. Two U.S. Supreme Court rulings, the latest last year, concluded that it's unconstitutional to impose mandatory life sentences without a chance for parole on juveniles convicted of homicide.

Jonny Mitchell Chyna Ellis awkwardly argue over romance

'I'll keep on doing that until I run out of batteries': Three Tenessee deputies are suspended after horrifying footage emerges of them repeatedly using a Taser on a boy, 18, while he was tied to a chair 'Mistress, much?': Scaramucci's friend accuses Reince Priebus of cheating on his wife - then deletes the offensive tweets and posts a groveling apology admitting he is 'ashamed' of his actions 'We're not alone in the universe': Actor who faced grisly death in Alien claims that he has been abducted by extraterrestrials in real life Marriage therapist reveals the ESSENTIAL 20 questions that could save your marriage Partner at top DC law firm, 57, is shot in a beachfront villa in Turks and Caicos while on vacation with his family after gunmen tied up the security guard with shoelaces and broke in Pictured: Family reveal last photo taken of mom-of-three realtor as she boarded Alaskan cruise ... (more)

Jonny Mitchell Chyna Ellis awkwardly argue over romance

'I'll keep on doing that until I run out of batteries': Three Tenessee deputies are suspended after horrifying footage emerges of them repeatedly using a Taser on a boy, 18, while he was tied to a chair 'Mistress, much?': Scaramucci's friend accuses Reince Priebus of cheating on his wife - then deletes the offensive tweets and posts a groveling apology admitting he is 'ashamed' of his actions 'We're not alone in the universe': Actor who faced grisly death in Alien claims that he has been abducted by extraterrestrials in real life Marriage therapist reveals the ESSENTIAL 20 questions that could save your marriage Partner at top DC law firm, 57, is shot in a beachfront villa in Turks and Caicos while on vacation with his family after gunmen tied up the security guard with shoelaces and broke in Pictured: Family reveal last photo taken of mom-of-three realtor as she boarded Alaskan cruise ... (more)

Major GOP-aligned group pledges to spend millions on tax reform fight

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, to say that his group wants to delay the traditional August recess until work is accomplished on health care, the debt ceiling and tax reform. A major GOP group is encouraging members like Meadows to stay focused on tax reform.

Quote of the Day

"That has had a big impact. If you leave out a whole political party, and then you chasten them for not helping, well, that unites that party."

Quote of the Day

"That has had a big impact. If you leave out a whole political party, and then you chasten them for not helping, well, that unites that party."

New order at WH front and center as Kelly takes helm

Incoming White House chief of staff John Kelly's ability to instill order was on the minds of those inside and outside the Trump administration Sunday, but it remained unclear to them whether he will be able to get his underlings to snap to. President Donald Trump on Friday swapped in the homeland security secretary and retired Marine Corps general to be his chief of staff following Reince Preibus' resignation from the job last week.

Child advocates urge back-seat alarms as 2 die in Arizona

A proposed law that would require carmakers to build alarms for back seats is being pushed by child advocates who say it will prevent kids from dying in hot cars. The law also would streamline the criminal process against caregivers who cause the deaths - cases that can be inconsistent but often heavier-handed against mothers.

Child advocates urge back-seat alarms as 2 die in Arizona

A proposed law that would require carmakers to build alarms for back seats is being pushed by child advocates who say it will prevent kids from dying in hot cars. The law also would streamline the criminal process against caregivers who cause the deaths - cases that can be inconsistent but often heavier-handed against mothers.

Child advocates urge back-seat alarms as 2 die in Arizona

A proposed law that would require carmakers to build alarms for back seats is being pushed by child advocates who say it will prevent kids from dying in hot cars. The law also would streamline the criminal process against caregivers who cause the deaths - cases that can be inconsistent but often heavier-handed against mothers.

Child advocates urge back-seat alarms as 2 die in Arizona

A proposed law that would require carmakers to build alarms for back seats is being pushed by child advocates who say it will prevent kids from dying in hot cars. The law also would streamline the criminal process against caregivers who cause the deaths - cases that can be inconsistent but often heavier-handed against mothers.

Mexico saves 147 Central American migrants heading for US

Mexican authorities said on Sunday they rescued 147 Central Americans abandoned in the wilderness of Veracruz state, Mexico, after suspected human smugglers forced them out of a cramped tractor trailer they were travelling in on their way to the United States. The migrants, 74 from Honduras, 59 from Guatemala, 13 from El Salvador and one from Nicaragua were in the back of the poorly ventilated vehicle as they travelled to the border state of Tamaulipas, where they would eventually be smuggled into the United States, Mexico's national immigration institute said.

Mexico saves 147 Central American migrants heading for US

Mexican authorities said on Sunday they rescued 147 Central Americans abandoned in the wilderness of Veracruz state, Mexico, after suspected human smugglers forced them out of a cramped tractor trailer they were travelling in on their way to the United States. The migrants, 74 from Honduras, 59 from Guatemala, 13 from El Salvador and one from Nicaragua were in the back of the poorly ventilated vehicle as they travelled to the border state of Tamaulipas, where they would eventually be smuggled into the United States, Mexico's national immigration institute said.

Mexico saves 147 Central American migrants heading for US

Mexican authorities said on Sunday they rescued 147 Central Americans abandoned in the wilderness of Veracruz state, Mexico, after suspected human smugglers forced them out of a cramped tractor trailer they were travelling in on their way to the United States. The migrants, 74 from Honduras, 59 from Guatemala, 13 from El Salvador and one from Nicaragua were in the back of the poorly ventilated vehicle as they travelled to the border state of Tamaulipas, where they would eventually be smuggled into the United States, Mexico's national immigration institute said.

Mexico saves 147 Central American migrants heading for US

Mexican authorities said on Sunday they rescued 147 Central Americans abandoned in the wilderness of Veracruz state, Mexico, after suspected human smugglers forced them out of a cramped tractor trailer they were travelling in on their way to the United States. The migrants, 74 from Honduras, 59 from Guatemala, 13 from El Salvador and one from Nicaragua were in the back of the poorly ventilated vehicle as they travelled to the border state of Tamaulipas, where they would eventually be smuggled into the United States, Mexico's national immigration institute said.

Domestic terrorism probe spotlights Minnesota

Domestic terrorism probe spotlights Minnesota FBI targets 'United Patriots of Minnesota 3%' after informant documents weapons violations, threats Check out this story on sctimes.com: http://on.sctimes.com/2vjMCiu To the FBI, they were part of a Minnesota militia group possibly gearing up for a violent showdown with the government. Members of the group, called United Patriots of Minnesota 3%, say they're nothing more than patriots defending hard-won liberties secured by a handful of forefathers who stood against tyranny.

Congressman to Fulfill Assault Sentence With Nonprofit

Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte will work off his sentence for assaulting a reporter by volunteering for an organization that builds custom wheelchairs for children. The Republican was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service as part of his sentence for attacking Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the day before Gianforte was elected in the May 25 special congressional election.

Congressman to Fulfill Assault Sentence With Nonprofit

Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte will work off his sentence for assaulting a reporter by volunteering for an organization that builds custom wheelchairs for children. The Republican was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service as part of his sentence for attacking Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the day before Gianforte was elected in the May 25 special congressional election.

Congressman to Fulfill Assault Sentence With Nonprofit

Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte will work off his sentence for assaulting a reporter by volunteering for an organization that builds custom wheelchairs for children. The Republican was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service as part of his sentence for attacking Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the day before Gianforte was elected in the May 25 special congressional election.

Schumer wants investigation into fast food packaging

Sen. Charles Schumer says the Food and Drug Administration should launch a formal investigation into the health consequences of chemicals used in fast food packaging. The New York Democrat on Sunday released a letter he sent to the head of the agency asking for the investigation into phthalates, which are used in plastics to make them more flexible.

Schumer wants investigation into fast food packaging

Sen. Charles Schumer says the Food and Drug Administration should launch a formal investigation into the health consequences of chemicals used in fast food packaging. The New York Democrat on Sunday released a letter he sent to the head of the agency asking for the investigation into phthalates, which are used in plastics to make them more flexible.

Schumer wants investigation into fast food packaging

Sen. Charles Schumer says the Food and Drug Administration should launch a formal investigation into the health consequences of chemicals used in fast food packaging. The New York Democrat on Sunday released a letter he sent to the head of the agency asking for the investigation into phthalates, which are used in plastics to make them more flexible.

More travelers using Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport

Federal officials say passenger boardings increased about 21.5 percent at the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport between 2015 and 2016. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that the information is contained in a Federal Aviation Administration report presented Friday to the airport board.

More travelers using Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport

Federal officials say passenger boardings increased about 21.5 percent at the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport between 2015 and 2016. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that the information is contained in a Federal Aviation Administration report presented Friday to the airport board.

More travelers using Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport

Federal officials say passenger boardings increased about 21.5 percent at the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport between 2015 and 2016. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that the information is contained in a Federal Aviation Administration report presented Friday to the airport board.

Collins: Trump’s threat to end ObamaCare payments won’t change my vote

Susan Collins Collins: Trump's threat to end ObamaCare payments won't change my vote Collins recounts 'heartwarming' welcome in Maine after healthcare 'no' vote Kelly starts new White House gig Monday amid high hopes from Republicans MORE said President Trump's threats to cut off funding for key ObamaCare payments won't change her vote on the GOP's plan to repeal it. the cost-sharing reduction payments, as well as his apparent threat to cut off the healthcare benefits of members of Congress if they don't pass a new bill, would change her vote.

Collins: Trump’s threat to end ObamaCare payments won’t change my vote

Susan Collins Collins: Trump's threat to end ObamaCare payments won't change my vote Collins recounts 'heartwarming' welcome in Maine after healthcare 'no' vote Kelly starts new White House gig Monday amid high hopes from Republicans MORE said President Trump's threats to cut off funding for key ObamaCare payments won't change her vote on the GOP's plan to repeal it. the cost-sharing reduction payments, as well as his apparent threat to cut off the healthcare benefits of members of Congress if they don't pass a new bill, would change her vote.

Coast Guard helicopter crew rescues man after yacht sinks

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 67-year-old man whose 45-foot yacht sank about 9 miles from land after hitting an unknown object. Officials say a helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria in Oregon responded at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday to an area off Leadbetter Point State Park in Washington state.

Coast Guard helicopter crew rescues man after yacht sinks

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 67-year-old man whose 45-foot yacht sank about 9 miles from land after hitting an unknown object. Officials say a helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria in Oregon responded at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday to an area off Leadbetter Point State Park in Washington state.

Clinton lost, but Republicans still want to investigate her

Democrat Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to President Donald Trump, but some Republicans in Congress are intensifying their calls to investigate her and other Obama administration officials. As investigations into Russian meddling and possible links to Trump's campaign have escalated on both sides of the Capitol, some Republicans argue that the investigations should have a greater focus on Democrats.

Clinton lost, but Republicans still want to investigate her

Democrat Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to President Donald Trump, but some Republicans in Congress are intensifying their calls to investigate her and other Obama administration officials. As investigations into Russian meddling and possible links to Trump's campaign have escalated on both sides of the Capitol, some Republicans argue that the investigations should have a greater focus on Democrats.

Clinton lost, but Republicans still want to investigate her

Democrat Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to President Donald Trump, but some Republicans in Congress are intensifying their calls to investigate her and other Obama administration officials. As investigations into Russian meddling and possible links to Trump's campaign have escalated on both sides of the Capitol, some Republicans argue that the investigations should have a greater focus on Democrats.

Clinton lost, but Republicans still want to investigate her

Democrat Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to President Donald Trump, but some Republicans in Congress are intensifying their calls to investigate her and other Obama administration officials. As investigations into Russian meddling and possible links to Trump's campaign have escalated on both sides of the Capitol, some Republicans argue that the investigations should have a greater focus on Democrats.

New order at White House front and center as Kelly takes helm

Incoming White House chief of staff John Kelly's ability to instill order was on the minds of those inside and outside the Trump administration Sunday, but it remained unclear to them whether he will be able to get his underlings to snap to. President Donald Trump on Friday swapped in the homeland security secretary and retired Marine Corps general to be his chief of staff following Reince Preibus' resignation from the job last week.

New order at White House front and center as Kelly takes helm

Incoming White House chief of staff John Kelly's ability to instill order was on the minds of those inside and outside the Trump administration Sunday, but it remained unclear to them whether he will be able to get his underlings to snap to. President Donald Trump on Friday swapped in the homeland security secretary and retired Marine Corps general to be his chief of staff following Reince Preibus' resignation from the job last week.

WCAP announces participation in three USDA Child and Adult Care Food Programs

Waldo Community Action Partners has announced its participation in three USDA Child and Adult Care Food Programs. The programs are: Child and Adult Care Food Program for Head Start Day Care Centers for enrolled participants of Head Start and Early Head Start Child Day Care Centers, Child and Adult Care Food Program as a sponsor of Family Day Care Homes for children enrolled in a day care center, and Child and Adult Care Food Program at the Belfast Head Start Center At-Risk Child Care Program for children from birth through 18 years of age.

WCAP announces participation in three USDA Child and Adult Care Food Programs

Waldo Community Action Partners has announced its participation in three USDA Child and Adult Care Food Programs. The programs are: Child and Adult Care Food Program for Head Start Day Care Centers for enrolled participants of Head Start and Early Head Start Child Day Care Centers, Child and Adult Care Food Program as a sponsor of Family Day Care Homes for children enrolled in a day care center, and Child and Adult Care Food Program at the Belfast Head Start Center At-Risk Child Care Program for children from birth through 18 years of age.

4 dead after small plane crashes in Hawaii

Four bodies were recovered from the wreckage of a small plane crash on a remote mountainside near Kunia, northwest of Honolulu, CBS affiliate KGMB reports. The single-engine aircraft went missing Friday night, and authorities located it around 3:20 p.m. on Saturday above the Kunia Loa Ridge Farmlands.

4 dead after small plane crashes in Hawaii

Four bodies were recovered from the wreckage of a small plane crash on a remote mountainside near Kunia, northwest of Honolulu, CBS affiliate KGMB reports. The single-engine aircraft went missing Friday night, and authorities located it around 3:20 p.m. on Saturday above the Kunia Loa Ridge Farmlands.

Scotland to Britain: Protect Scotch whisky after Brexit

There's an issue that bedevils commuters who use New York's Penn Station that will persist long after this summer's extensive track work . There's an issue that bedevils commuters who use New York's Penn Station that will persist long after this summer's extensive track work .

Scotland to Britain: Protect Scotch whisky after Brexit

There's an issue that bedevils commuters who use New York's Penn Station that will persist long after this summer's extensive track work . There's an issue that bedevils commuters who use New York's Penn Station that will persist long after this summer's extensive track work .

Donald Trump’s transgender troop ban cheers social conservatives


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Social conservatives are savoring a rare victory in the armed forces' long battle of the sexes, toasting President Trump's Twitter announcement that there will be no transgender troops. "The real winners are military and pro-defense voters who responded to Trump's promise to end political correctness in the military," said Elaine Donnelly, who runs the Center for Military Readiness and has long fought against using the military to test social theory.

Donald Trump’s transgender troop ban cheers social conservatives


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Social conservatives are savoring a rare victory in the armed forces' long battle of the sexes, toasting President Trump's Twitter announcement that there will be no transgender troops. "The real winners are military and pro-defense voters who responded to Trump's promise to end political correctness in the military," said Elaine Donnelly, who runs the Center for Military Readiness and has long fought against using the military to test social theory.

Donald Trump’s transgender troop ban cheers social conservatives


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Social conservatives are savoring a rare victory in the armed forces' long battle of the sexes, toasting President Trump's Twitter announcement that there will be no transgender troops. "The real winners are military and pro-defense voters who responded to Trump's promise to end political correctness in the military," said Elaine Donnelly, who runs the Center for Military Readiness and has long fought against using the military to test social theory.

Suspect in killing of Navajo girl expected to change plea

A suspect is expected to change his plea in the kidnapping, sexual assault and killing of an 11-year-old girl in a remote part of the largest American Indian reservation that prompted an effort to expand the Amber Alert system into tribal communities across the U.S. More than a year after the May 2016 death of Ashlynne Mike in Navajo Nation, Tom Begaye is scheduled to attend a change-of-plea hearing Tuesday in an Albuquerque federal court. It's not known if his lawyers and federal prosecutors have struck a deal.

Bob Brady runs Philadelphia Democrats amid run of corruption

In this Monday, July 25, 2016, file photo, Rep. Bob Brady, D-Penn., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Brady has spent 30 years running Philadelphia's Democratic machine, and 20 years in Congress, watching a string of local party leaders go to prison.

Rally To Protest Changes In Healthcare

Urban Nights Offers Edgy Fashion, Help for Homeless Teens Urban Nights is an edgy, outdoor fashion show that benefits teens facing homelessness. Group Of German Students Detained At DIA By Customs Officials A group of eight students from Germany was detained by immigration officials after arriving at Denver International Airport Friday night, according to several reports.

‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Tops; ”Menashe’,…

After a couple of slow weekends, the specialty box office perked up with the release of a couple of anticipated titles, though not all of the luster was concentrated in films with marquis names attached. Doc An Inconvenient Sequel : Truth To Power , which returns former Vice President Al Gore to the big screen over ten years after his Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, had the highest per theater average of any film in release this weekend, grossing $130K in four locations.

D.C. gun ruling again raises an issue the Supreme Court has been reluctant to review

Seated from left, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Standing behind from left, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch pose for a portrait in the east conference room of the building of the Supreme Court.

US bombers fly over Korean peninsula a in direct responsea to North Koreaa s missile test new

The U.S. flew two bombers over the Korean peninsula Saturday in a show of force "in direct response" to North Korea's announcement that it conducted another test of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said. Two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, under the command of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, joined their South Korean and Japanese counterparts in a sequenced bilateral mission, according to a press release.

Mixed Blessings


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What's quite astonishing, because I thought that even the stupidest of people in the world had a clue about this, is that most of these people seem to have no idea that being president of this little country - or working for him - is actually, you know, important.

House Republican: US just as focused on data security as Europe

Rep. Will Hurd said Sunday that Europe can't pretend to be more idealistic on privacy issues than the U.S. while many of its nations try to enact laws limiting encryption. Hurd is one of a sturdy number of legislators - including a bipartisan House Judiciary working group on encryption - that opposes laws allowing law enforcement agencies to access all encrypted data in the United States.

Deadly crashes spur calls for tractor-trailer side guards

Fifty years after actress Jayne Mansfield died in a Buick that slammed underneath a tractor-trailer, auto safety advocates say regulations inspired by that gruesome crash need updating to prevent hundreds of similar deaths annually. "We're asking Congress to pass a bill that would mandate comprehensive underride protection, not only on tractor-trailers but on single-unit trucks," such as dump trucks, said Marianne Karth, who lost two teenage daughters, AnnaLeah and Mary, when her Crown Victoria crashed beneath a tractor-trailer in Georgia in 2013.

Scores Of Migrants Rescued From Trailer In Mexico

More than 170 migrants were rescued Saturday from the back of a tractor-trailer in the Mexican state of Veracruz, according to Mexican authorities. The truck, carrying 178 mostly adult migrants, was transporting them to the United States from Central America, a Mexican military source told AFP.

US President Donald Trump doesn’t bother to disguise his thuggish instincts

OPINION: US President Donald Trump, speaking on Friday on Long Island, told a gathering of police officers: "I said, please, don't be too nice - like when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head ... I said you can take the hand away, OK?" That's not a trash-talking guy with a Confederate battle flag. That's the head of the executive branch , who has sworn to uphold the Constitution.

Maine residents pushing back against premium hikes

Maine residents are lambasting health care insurers for proposing double-digit premium hikes they say would hurt the state's middle and lower classes. Harvard Pilgrim and Anthem Inc. have both said they may leave the Affordable Care Act marketplace in the nation's oldest state next year, citing rising health care costs driven by pharmaceutical drug prices and uncertainty over the health care law's future.

Russia warns of further retaliation in response to US sanctions


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A top Russian diplomat on Sunday lambasted the United States Congress for voting to sanction Russia, and warned of retaliation by Moscow. Speaking on ABC's "This Week," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov referred to a bill passed by Congress on Thursday to sanction his country as "weird and unacceptable," and said it was "the last straw."

Bill would require used cars with recalled parts be repaired

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey are pushing legislation that would require used cars that contain recalled, unsafe parts to be repaired before being sold or leased. The Connecticut Democrat said Friday that whenever one of those cars changes hands without being repaired, safety problems are also passed along endangering drivers and passengers.

GOP sends mixed messages on the future of American healthcare after…


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The Republican party appears to be sending differing signals following the collapse of Senate GOP efforts to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. President Donald Trump has, in recent days, ramped up calls for the Senate to vote on healthcare before considering any other legislation.

Russiaa s retaliation to US actions a long, long overdue,a Kremlin says

Russia's deputy foreign minister said his country's retaliation in response to U.S. actions against Russia was "long, long overdue." In an interview on ABC's This Week Sunday, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov discussed the Kremlin's actions Friday to demand a cut in the number of American diplomats in Russia and seizing two U.S. facilities.

Trump, White House Continue to Press for Health Care Overhaul

President Donald Trump speaks about the healthcare vote during a joint news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, July 25, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump and key aides pressed lawmakers Sunday to not abandon an overhaul of the country's health care law in the face of the Senate's rejection last week of three measures to repeal or replace it.

Questions Surfacing Regarding Imran Awan Attorney and His Connections to Bill and Hillary Clinton

The fake news media cable networks have almost completely shut down coverage on one of the biggest scandals from the Democrat Party since former DNC worker Seth Rich was murdered. The media blackout is only fanning the flames as the alternative media continues to bring punishing rounds to the DNC, proving Wasserman Schultz has something to hide! In addition there are suspicions that the Rich murder is somehow connected.

Celebrated photo editor John Morris dies at 100 in Paris

In this file photo dated Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, 97-year old former Life Magazine, New York Times and Washington Post picture editor John Morris during an interview in New York City. In this file photo dated Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, 97-year old former Life Magazine, New York Times and Washington Post picture editor John Morris during an interview in New York City.

Black versus white household income over the past 50 years

I outline here what ought to be the astounding fact that, more than a half century after the March on Washington, the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the creation of affirmative action, etc., America has achieved exactly zero progress in improving the economic status of African Americans relative to that of whites: In 2015 - the most recent year for which data are available - black households at the 20th and 40th percentiles of household income earned an average of 55 percent as much as white households at those same percentiles. This is exactly the same figure as in 1967.

Search ongoing for missing swimmer off Point Pleasant

POINT PLEASANT BEACH -- Authorities on Sunday continued a search for a swimmer who was reported missing in the early morning hours. Point Pleasant Beach police notified the United States Coast Guard at 2:27 a.m. that a 24-year-old woman went missing after she went swimming with a friend off the beach in Point Pleasant, said David Micallef, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard's Mid-Atlantic station.

Slot Machine Algorithm Could Find HIV Hotspots

An algorithm for picking a casino slot machine may be a way for AIDS programs to better locate people living with undiagnosed HIV infection. "When you walk into a casino and see a row of slot machines how do you decide which one to play and when it's time to switch to another? What's the best strategy to maximize your winnings?" asks Gregg Gonsalves, assistant professor of epidemiology at Yale University.

The Hill: Pentagon Shaken by Trump’s Transgender Policy Tweet

President Donald Trump's controversial tweet which promised to restore a ban on transgender service members in the military caught the Pentagon off guard while Defense Secretary James Mattis was on vacation this week, The Hill reported Sunday. "It's never a good sign when a major policy pronouncement is made that was clearly not coordinated with senior leadership," a source told The Hill.

Republican Calls Mount for a Federal Investigation of Hillary

Democrat Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to President Donald Trump, but some Republicans in Congress are intensifying their calls to investigate her and other Obama administration officials. As investigations into Russian meddling and possible links to Trump's campaign have escalated on both sides of the Capitol, some Republicans argue that the investigations should have a greater focus on Democrats.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell threw in the white flag on Obamacare repeal on Friday, admitting defeat and telling his Republicans in a voice that seemed close to cracking that it's "time to move on" to other matters. And all the Democrats go: We won.

Peter Courtney, Oregon Senate president and state’s most-tenured lawmaker, mulls retirement

A month after lawmakers adjourned, the halls of the Capitol are quiet. But for one of the Oregon Legislature's most powerful members, a crucial question remains unanswered: Will Senate President Peter Courtney retire? The answer will determine the tone of future legislative sessions, the power split between Oregon's liberal and moderate Democrats, the level of bipartisanship in the Capitol and whether lawmakers take action on issues ranging from climate change to corporate taxes.

Donald Jefferson Milhous Johnson

Like other Washington-based journalists, I'm often asked by civilians and by that, I mean non-political junkies some variation of this question: Will Donald J. Trump get impeached? The short answer is that no one knows the future, but I covered the White House in the not-so-distant past and will attest to this lesson: If a president wants to get himself impeached badly enough, he certainly can pull it off. To be more precise about the most recent case in point: William Jefferson Clinton essentially dared House Republicans to impeach him.

Majority of Americans want Congress to move on from healthcare reform

Nearly two-thirds of the country wants to either keep or modify the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, and a majority of Americans want Congress to turn its attention to other priorities, the survey found. Republicans have vowed to dismantle the Affordable Care Act since Democratic President Barack Obama signed it into law in 2010, and it appeared they finally had their chance when Republican President Donald Trump took office in January.

Biden lobbied McCain on healthcare vote: report

Biden lobbied McCain on healthcare vote: report - (R-Ariz.) ahead of Friday's vote on Senate Republicans' healthcare bill, asking that he oppose the legislation. - According to a report by The Washington Post, McCain was called by both Biden and former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.)

2018 or Bust

For those of us concerned about the current state of our government, it's time to look past the Trump Show and focus on the 2018 elections. As long as the Republicans remain in control of the House and Senate, President Trump's outrageous indiscretions will remain unchecked.

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A San Diego middle school teacher refused to answer a border patrol agent's question regarding her citizenship at a New Mexico checkpoint and was briefly detained. Her family members recorded the incident that has since gone viral, with her proclamation that "enforcing racist laws perpetuates institutional racism."

Senators stand up for democratic process

After the Senate Thursday night narrowly rejected his ham-handed efforts to ram through an Obamacare repeal that the health care industry, the insurance industry, most governors and the American people did not want, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally got something right. "It's time to move on," he said.

Free screenings for beryllium plant workers

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Ex-general enters White House – zoo’ to impose order for Trump

Retired Marine General John Kelly is a battle-hardened commander who would bring a background of military discipline and order to Trump's roiling White House US President Donald Trump is trying to take command of his floundering administration by enlisting a retired four-star Marine general as his White House chief of staff, empowering a no-nonsense disciplinarian to transform a dysfunctional West Wing into the "fine-tuned machine" the president has bragged of running but has not yet materialised. John Kelly will be sworn in Monday at the nadir of Trump's presidency, with historically low approval ratings, a stalled legislative agenda and an escalating Russia investigation that casts a dark cloud.

On This Day: Johnson signs Medicare into law

In 1619, in Jamestown, Va., the first elected legislative assembly in the New World -- the House of Burgesses -- convened in the choir loft of the town's church. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law , dedicating it to former President Harry Truman, who "planted the seeds of compassion."

Rep. Huffmana s landscape photo contest to start Aug. 3

Rep. Jared Huffman has announced his annual district-wide landscape photography competition will start on Aug. 3. Constituents in California's 2nd Congressional District, including Mendocino County, can email an original landscape photo to rephuffmanphotocontest@gmail.com and include their name, hometown and photo location in the body, with the subject “Photo Submission.” One photo submission will be accepted per person, until Aug. 24. “The people of California's 2nd Congressional District live in the most beautiful district in the country,” said Huffman.

South Korean grandmother is unlikely YouTube star

I did not end marriage because of his 'political ambition': Furious Scaramucci wife shoots down claim his work led to her filing for divorce while eight months pregnant - as he visits her six days after she gave birth to their son James Trump turns on China: Furious president says country could 'easily' solve problem with North Korea but does nothing to help America except 'talk' as he dispatches two B-1 bombers to Korean Peninsula REVEALED: Amazon is under federal investigation for selling goods to someone on the terrorism list and possible US sanctions violations HUNDREDS of tickets for Mayweather and McGregor's controversial fight remain unsold with prices starting at an eye-watering $3,500 Illegal Mexican immigrant, 31, who was deported TWENTY times 'rapes woman, 65, at knife-point' just months after Portland released him from jail under 'sanctuary' policy Four terror suspects ... (more)

John McCain: Standing strong against zealotry

Robert Azzi I remember when, in 1999, not long before his landslide primary win in New Hampshire over George W. Bush, Sen. John McCain was waiting to speak to a public gathering in Phillips Exeter Academy's Assembly Hall. He was signing some autographs in the Latin Study and I asked him to sign a book for my daughter.

Pakistani parliament to elect new PM on Tuesday

Sharif has expressed his disappointment over hi... A federal judge has blocked Arkansas from enforcing four new abortion restrictions, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure. A federal judge has blocked Arkansas from enforcing four new abortion restrictions, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure.

Interior Secretary Zinke to visit Bunkerville on Sunday

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke at the Bob Ruud Community Center in Pahrump, Monday, June 26, 2017. Elizabeth Brumley Las Vegas Review-Journal Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Sunday will make Bunkerville the final stop of a tour through several Western states to review national monuments.

Letters: What do the Democrats stand for?

Re: "What does the Democratic Party stand for?" [Opinion, July 25]: First a history lesson. Coming of political age in April, June and those hot August nights 1968, and again May 1970, I will tell you what Democrats stood against: The war, the draft, soldiers being denied voting rights because they were under 21, minorities being denied voting rights because they were not white, "All the Presidents Men," racial and socioeconomic oppression, voter suppression, violations of human rights anywhere and everywhere around the world.

Jon Jones stops Cormier in 3rd, regains UFC title belt

A federal judge has blocked Arkansas from enforcing four new abortion restrictions, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure. A federal judge has blocked Arkansas from enforcing four new abortion restrictions, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure.

Trump to award first Medal of Honor to Vietnam Army medic

McCloughan, from Michigan, who risked his life nine times to rescue comrades in Vietnam is becoming the firs... Phone companies plan to boost cell coverage in rural areas that will be prime locations for viewing the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. Phone companies plan to boost cell coverage in rural areas that will be prime locations for viewing the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse.

4 bodies found at wreckage of small plane in Hawaii

Firefighters in Hawaii say they have recovered the bodies of four people at the wreckage of a single-engine plane that crashed in mountains on Oahu. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports crew members aboard a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter spotted the wreckage during a search Saturday.

Another week of White House chaos

Donald Trump had his worst day since he was elected president - we'll just call it Friday - and his worst week since the last one. Things can only get worser and worser, as the Bard would permit me to say.

U.S. bombers fly over Korean peninsula: U.S. Air Force


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The United States has sent two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against North Korea following the country's latest intercontinental ballistic missile test. The U.S. Pacific Air Forces says in a statement the B-1 bombers were escorted by South Korean fighter jets as they performed a low-pass over an air base in South Korea before returning to Guam.

Heroism recalled 50 years after deadly fire aboard USS Forrestal

Heroism recalled 50 years after deadly fire aboard USS Forrestal The inferno aboard the Forrestal off the coast of Vietnam killed 134 men on July 29, 1967. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2vhKHuH The crowd watches footage of the fire aboard the USS Forrestal in 1967 during the 50th anniversary commemoration ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum on Saturday, July 29, 2017.

Celebrated photo editor John Morris dies at 100

John Morris, a celebrated American photo editor who brought some of the most iconic photographs of World War II and the Vietnam War to the world's attention, has died at 100. Among his proudest achievements, Morris edited the historic pictures of the D-Day invasion in Normandy taken by famed war photographer Robert Capa in 1944 for Life magazine.

Waters: Pence is planning his inauguration

Rep. Maxine Waters suggested on Saturday that Vice President Pence is already planning his inauguration in anticipation of President Trump's impeachment. Mike Richard Pence Waters: Pence is planning his inauguration Hackers break into voting machines in minutes at hacking competition Timeline: Trump's relationship with Priebus MORE is somewhere planning an inauguration.

Trump ready to sign Russia sanctions bill, Moscow retaliates

President Donald Trump will sign a package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia that passed Congress with overwhelming support, the White House said Friday. Moscow has already responded, ordering a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and closing the U.S. Embassy's recreation retreat.

GOP fears political fallout after health care ‘epic fail’

Weary Republicans in Washington may be ready to move on from health care, but conservatives across the United States are warning the GOP-led Congress not to abandon its pledge to repeal the Obama-era health law -- or risk a political nightmare in next year's elections. The Senate's failure this past week to pass repeal legislation has outraged the Republican base and triggered a new wave of fear.

McCain, expected to save health bill, became the executioner

John McCain seemed poised to be the savior of the GOP health bill when he returned to the Capitol despite a brain cancer diagnosis. The longtime Arizona senator stunned pretty much everyone Friday by turning on his party and his president and joining two other GOP senators in voting "no" on the Republicans' final effort to repeal "Obamacare."

Exclusive: Majority of Americans want Congress to move on from healthcare reform – Reuters/Ipsos poll

A majority of Americans are ready to move on from healthcare reform at this point after the U.S. Senate's effort to dismantle Obamacare failed on Friday, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Saturday. Nearly two-thirds of the country wants to either keep or modify the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, and a majority of Americans want Congress to turn its attention to other priorities, the survey found.

Timeline: Trump’s relationship with Priebus

President Trump revealed on Friday one of the most drastic shake-ups of his White House staff to date, proclaiming with a tweet that Reince Priebus was out as his chief of staff, replaced by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. In announcing that Kelly, a retired Marine general, would succeed Priebus, Trump put to rest months of speculation about the now-former chief of staff's future in a White House marred by controversy and leaks.

GOP senator calls for new rules to more quickly confirm Trump nominees

Ron Johnson GOP senator calls for new rules to more quickly confirm Trump nominees ObamaCare repeal: Now what? McCain casts crucial vote to kill 'skinny' ObamaCare repeal MORE called for a change in Senate rules to speed up the confirmation of President Trump's executive nominations, claiming the slow pace of confirmations was a result of "a breakdown in the Senate." "Less than a month from the August recess, the Senate has confirmed only 22 percent of those nominated to serve in the Trump administration.

GBBO winner Candice Brown looks a trifle animated

Scaramucci's furious wife 'was pregnant when she filed for divorce and gave birth while he was with Trump at the Boy Scout jamboree - then he met his premature son FOUR DAYS later after f-word rant' 'Weak, weak, weak': How Trump never forgave Reince Priebus for urging him to DROP OUT of the race for president over P***ygate and demeaned his chief of staff by summoning him to the Oval Office to kill a fly Illegal immigrant who has been deported to Mexico 20 TIMES 'rapes a 65-year-old woman at knife-point' just months after Portland released him from jail under 'sanctuary' policy Hawaiians make the magic happen, New Yorkers herd cats and Arizonians build synergy: Top office cliches in job listings by state Back from the dead! Family who took their beloved boxer to the vet to be euthanized are stunned to find out she was put up for adoption and given a new name instead The geek who really ... (more)

Hailey Baldwin, Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid step out

Scaramucci's furious wife 'was pregnant when she filed for divorce and gave birth while he was with Trump at the Boy Scout jamboree - then he met his premature son FOUR DAYS later after f-word rant' 'Weak, weak, weak': How Trump never forgave Reince Priebus for urging him to DROP OUT of the race for president over P***ygate and demeaned his chief of staff by summoning him to the Oval Office to kill a fly Illegal immigrant who has been deported to Mexico 20 TIMES 'rapes a 65-year-old woman at knife-point' just months after Portland released him from jail under 'sanctuary' policy Hawaiians make the magic happen, New Yorkers herd cats and Arizonians build synergy: Top office cliches in job listings by state Back from the dead! Family who took their beloved boxer to the vet to be euthanized are stunned to find out she was put up for adoption and given a new name instead The geek who really ... (more)

Australian Survivor’s Locky Gilbert SLAMS Ninja Warrior

Scaramucci's furious wife 'was pregnant when she filed for divorce and gave birth while he was with Trump at the Boy Scout jamboree - then he met his premature son FOUR DAYS later after f-word rant' 'Weak, weak, weak': How Trump never forgave Reince Priebus for urging him to DROP OUT of the race for president over P***ygate and demeaned his chief of staff by summoning him to the Oval Office to kill a fly Illegal immigrant who has been deported to Mexico 20 TIMES 'rapes a 65-year-old woman at knife-point' just months after Portland released him from jail under 'sanctuary' policy Hawaiians make the magic happen, New Yorkers herd cats and Arizonians build synergy: Top office cliches in job listings by state Back from the dead! Family who took their beloved boxer to the vet to be euthanized are stunned to find out she was put up for adoption and given a new name instead The geek who really ... (more)

Outdoors notebook: Recreational fishermen a little less than 300,000…

The latest count from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries - through its LA Creel surveys - shows Louisiana's recreational fishermen have taken 709,595 pounds of red snapper through July 16. That number is near 300,000 pounds shy of the self-imposed state quota of 1.04 million pounds allotted for the 39-day season, which continues to run Fridays through Sundays. This latest number came after an estimate of 655,603 pounds hauled in through July and represents the increased participation for recreational anglers in this season, which followed the shortest-ever June 1-3 season announced earlier this year by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council through the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Chuck Schumer

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 28, 2017, after the Republican-controlled Senate was unable to fulfill their political promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 28, 2017, after the Republican-controlled Senate was unable to fulfill their political promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Trump threat: End health payments unless there’s an overhaul

President Donald Trump on Saturday threatened once more to end required payments to insurance companies unless lawmakers repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law. In apparent frustration over Friday's failure by the Senate Republican majority to pass a bill repealing parts of the Affordable Care Act, Trump tweeted: "If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!" Repeal-and-replace has been a guiding star for Republicans ever since President Barack Obama enacted the law in 2010.

The GOP steps up to check an out-of-control president

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events Sen. Lindsey O. Graham has said he will pursue legislation to prevent President Trump from firing independent counsel Robert S. Mueller III. FROM THE beginning, the Trump presidency posed a unique challenge to the American system of government and, indeed, to the political theory upon which it was built.

Orrin Hatch: Trump’s attacks on Sessions threaten ‘his presidency’

President Trump's attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions threaten to do "real harm to his agenda and even his presidency," according to Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch. "My advice to the president has been, and will continue to be, to think more carefully about some of the things he says, particularly on Twitter," Hatch, R-Utah, said during a Saturday radio interview .

PROTESTERS Disrupt Ann Coulter at Far Left Politicon Conference

Notice how the leftists crashed the Ann Coulter event but no one did anything to their events https://t.co/hiTNlX5HId As a privately owned web site, we reserve the right to edit or remove comments that contain spam, advertising, vulgarity, threats of violence, racism, anti-Semitism, or personal/abusive attacks on other users. The same applies to trolling, the use of multiple aliases, or just generally being a jerk.

GOP fears political fallout after health care ‘epic fail’

Weary Republicans in Washington may be ready to move on, but conservatives across the country are warning that the GOP-led Congress cannot abandon its pledge to repeal "Obamacare" without triggering a political nightmare in next year's midterm elections. NEW YORK>> Weary Republicans in Washington may be ready to move on from health care, but conservatives across the United States are warning the GOP-led Congress not to abandon its pledge to repeal the Obama-era health law - or risk a political nightmare in next year's elections.

The Latest: US Navy says Iran sea encounter professional

The U.S. Navy has responded to a report by Iran's official news agency that a U.S. aircraft carrier fired a warning shot during an "unprofessional" confrontation with Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf on Friday. The Bahrain-based 5th Fleet says one of its helicopters was on a routine patrol in international airspace when it saw several Iranian vessels approaching American ships "at a high rate of speed."

How’s Voting for Republicans Working Out for Red States?

Since disasters only happen in blue states, what could go wrong with electing ideologues who see everything government does, outside of killing people and engaging in ethnic cleansing, as a problem? When forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the start of hurricane season in June, more than a few state and local officials were worried by predictions of as many as five major hurricanes. But the primary concern, officials said, was not just the storms.

Maize Hirono

For anyone who missed it, this speech before 48 Republicans voted for what would have been one of the most abominable bills ever passed by the United States Congress is very much worth watching: To my GOP colleagues, after I was diagnosed with cancer, you showed me your care. You showed me your compassion.

Trump Will Sign Russia Sanctions Bill

President Donald Trump intends to sign a bill passed by Congress this week that would impose new sanctions on Russia, the White House said Friday. The bill was passed overwhelmingly in the Senate and House by veto-proof margins.

Latest U.S. military deaths reported in Afghanistan, Iraq

As of Saturday, at least 2,257 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan since 2001, according to the Department of Defense website. In operations related to Iraq, a total of 4,526 members of the U.S. military have died. Another 32,296 U.S. service personnel have been wounded in action.

Ship sets record for earliest crossing of Northwest Passage

After 24 days at sea and a journey spanning more than 10,000 kilometres , the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica has set a new record for the earliest transit of the fabled Northwest Passage. The once-forbidding route through the Arctic, linking the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans, has been opening up sooner and for a longer period each summer due to climate change.

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The health care law of the land has survived for now, but it needs help - and it needs it soon. Soaring prices and fewer choices may greet customers when they return to the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces this fall, in part because insurers are facing deep uncertainty about whether the Trump administration will continue to make key subsidy payments and enforce other parts of the existing law that help control prices.

Obama’s health care law still needs some patchwork

Mario Henderson leads chants of "save Medicaid," as other social service activists, Medicaid recipients and their supporters stage a protest outside the building that houses the offices of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. Soaring prices and fewer choices may greet customers when they return to the Affordable Care ActAos insurance marketplaces in the fall of 2017, in part because insurers are facing deep uncertainty about whether the Trump administration will continue to make key subsidy payments and enforce other parts of the existing law that help control prices.

The real message in Trump’s MS-13 speech

On his visit to Brentwood, New York, on Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump showed how little he understands the nuances of immigration, the signature issue of his campaign. Railing against the MS-13 gang, he suggested that the Long Island suburbs are so out of control they are akin to Cambodia or Iraq.

Race for Chaffetz’s House seat heats up, in GOP primary debate

Republican candidates for the seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz jockeyed to burnish their conservative credentials in a Friday debate that got heated over one candidate's former Democratic ties. Provo Mayor John Curtis defended himself by saying his principles never changed despite a two-decade-old "fling on the dark side."

Could Jeff Sessions be moved to the Department of Homeland Security?

It's an idea some political observers have been debating after President Trump announced Friday that John Kelly, who leads the department, would replace Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff. Here's how the theory goes: The president has been lashing out at Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia meddling investigation.

WashPost: Senate’s Failure on Repeal Puts Push on Tax Overhaul

Friday morning's failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act is putting pressure on the Republican Party to push through a complex tax overhaul measure, while heading into the 2018 midterm elections that could flip control of the House and Senate back to the Democratic Party. Lawmakers have not given up on the seven-year-long effort to undo Obamacare, reports The Washington Post, but with Friday's failure to push through a "skinny repeal" measure that would have stripped many mandates from the healthcare plan, incumbent lawmakers are left with accusations that they did not live up to the promises that got them elected.

Grand Teton park plans for eclipse crowd

Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming will alter some road traffic and parking in order to accommodate an expected influx of people looking to view the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. "A typical August day is a very busy day at Grand Teton National Park," park spokeswoman Denise Germann said. "This Aug. 21, the day of the total eclipse, we're expecting to be the busiest day in the history of the park," Fees will be waved at the Granite Canyon, Moose and Moran entrance gates to ease the flow of traffic.

Health care rally planned at Connecticut state Capitol

Opponents of Republican efforts to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, including Connecticut's U.S. Senators, are set to rally at the state Capitol. Jane McNichol, organizer of the Protect Our Care CT campaign, says rally-goers will meet Saturday to express concerns that health care coverage is "still under threat," despite the Senate failing early Friday to pass legislation that would have repealed parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law.

‘Time to move on’ from health care, Senate GOP leader says

The resounding Senate crash of the seven-year Republican drive to scrap the Obama health care law has led to finger-pointing but also has left the party with wounded leaders and no evident way ahead on an issue that won't go away. In an astonishing cliff-hanger, the GOP -run Senate voted 51-49 on Friday to reject Majority Leader Mitch McConnell 's last ditch attempt to sustain their drive to dismantle President Barack Obama 's health care overhaul with a starkly trimmed-down bill.

Trump will sign Russia sanctions bill, White House says

The White House has said President Trump plans to sign the legislation approved by the Senate on Thursday to impose new sanctions on Russia for its meddling in the 2016 election. "President Donald J. Trump read early drafts of the bill and negotiated regarding critical elements of it.

FBI seeks wigged Mid-City credit union robber

Surveillance shows the robber dressed in a wig at the New Orleans Firemen's Credit Union in the 3800 block of Canal Street around 5:30 p.m. Friday. He fled the scene with an unknown amount of money, jumping a fence in the back of the bank as he ran away.

Buffington: Population shifts and the effects

It's difficult to believe when you look around booming northeast Georgia, but not everywhere in the country is growing. A large swath of the American Midwest, from northern Texas up into the Dakotas, is seeing depopulation as young people leave rural communities and move into urban areas where there are more job opportunities.

Crawford: It’s time to show some common sense on tax breaks

Is Georgia doling out too many tax breaks? You could certainly make that argument. In this year's General Assembly session, lawmakers passed 10 bills granting various forms of tax breaks and exemptions that totaled nearly half a billion dollars: $483 million over the next five years, by one estimate.

Foxconn goes to… Wisconsin

Even as the chairman of Foxconn Technology Group watched President Donald Trump this week claim credit for the contract manufacturer's investment, folks back in Michigan are training their eyes on another prize. That'd be a separate Foxconn investment in southeast Michigan, one that would produce smaller liquid crystal displays for automotive and electronic device applications.

Ship sets record for earliest crossing of Northwest Passage

Victor Gronmyr looks out over the ice covering the Victoria Strait as the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica traverses the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Ar... . Second officer Juha Tuomi looks out from Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica as it sails into floating sea ice on the Victoria Strait while traversing the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Friday, July 21, 2017.... .

CCW Weekend: Magnet Outsmarts Smart Gun

A possible high-tech solution to some aspects of the supposed "gun problem" is smart guns, or in other words firearms that have electronic or other advanced control features that only allow operation for select users. The smart gun concept has even been in the movies a few of times.

Another new chief of staff: VP Mike Pence swears in Nick Ayers

T... -- President Donald Trump seemed to encourage police to be more violent in handling potential offenders during a speech to law enforcement officers on Friday... -- The White House has said President Trump plans to sign the legislation approved by the Senate on Thursday to impose new sanctions on Russia for its meddling in... The government of Japan has announced that rising imports of frozen beef in the first quarter of the Japanese fiscal year have triggered a safeguard, resulting in... After a second straight B-7 Area Tournament championship the Gering Platte Valley Companies legion baseball team is set to compete in their second straight state tournament.

The Latest: Icebreaker sets record for NW Passage transit

After 24 days at sea and a journey spanning more than 10,000 kilometers , the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica has set a new record for the earliest transit of the fabled Northwest Passage. The once-forbidding route through the Arctic, linking the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans, has been opening up sooner and for a longer period each summer due to climate change.

North Korea Says ICBM Test Demonstrated ‘Surprise Attack’ Capabilities

North Korean state media heralded Saturday the second test of the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile conducted hours earlier, asserting that the test demonstrated the country's ability to launch a surprise attack on any U.S. target at any time. North Korea followed its July 4 test of the Hwasong-14 ICBM with another successful test Friday, offering a clearer view of the weapon's capabilities.

New Video Footage Shows Powerful North Korean ICBM That Can Hit The US

Pyongyang heralded the test of the Hwasong-14 ICBM as a demonstration of the country's ability to deliver a nuclear payload to distant targets almost anywhere in the U.S. Experts assess that while North Korea often exaggerates, this claim appears to be quite true given the flight data. The North Korean military first tested its ICBM July 4, shocking the world with abilities believed by some to be beyond it.

The Latest: Flotilla departs to counter anti-migrant boat

People hold banners and flags as they take part in demonstration titled, City Flotilla, at Sea Against Racism, to protest against the scheduled arrival of the C Star, a ship that an anti-immigrant group has chartered to ... . African migrants try to reach a Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescue ship after falling from a punctured rubber boat in the Mediterranean Sea, about 12 miles north of Sabratha, Libya on Sunday, July 23, 2017.

Abbas gets clean bill of health after hospital checkup

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Cook County's proposed tax on sweetened beverages, but it's unclear when the tax will start being collected. A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Cook County's proposed tax on sweetened beverages, but it's unclear when the tax will start being collected.

Letter: The free press exposes lies

The value of our free press can be seen with the present crisis of the collusion of the President and the Russians. Our free press has exposed lie after lie, told not only by Donald Trump, his sons and pretty much anyone associated with the White House.

Massachusetts Immigration Ruling Debated

A court ruling that forbids police officers in Massachusetts from holding a person based solely on a federal immigration detainer request is prompting calls for action from across the political spectrum on Beacon Hill. A closer look at the ruling, which the American Civil Liberties Union said was the first of its kind in the U.S., and what might happen next: The original case focused on Sreynuon Lunn, 32, who was born in a Thai refugee camp to Cambodian parents fleeing the Khmer Rouge and brought to the United States as a 7-month-old.

Governor Signs Bill Allowing Shade-Casting Skyscraper

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill allowing construction of a skyscraper that would cast shadows on two of America's most treasured parks - Boston Common and the neighboring Public Garden. The Boston Globe reports the Republican governor signed the legislation Friday, clearing the way for a 775-foot tower on city-owned property.

Trumpa s six-month stall sparks a White House shake-up

Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump is saddled with a stalled agenda, a West Wing that resembles a viper's nest, a pile of investigations and a Republican Party that is starting to break away. Trump on Friday indirectly acknowledged the troubled state of his unconventional White House, abruptly replacing his chief of staff with hard-nosed retired Gen.

Don’t forget there are important races in 2017, too

Tanned, rested and ready - amazing what the blue waters of the Caribbean and lots of odd beverages with paper umbrellas will do for the soul - and ready to jump into the burning dumpster fire that is politics, 2017. While Republicans in the U.S. Senate debates various health bills that will likely cost them both their Senate majority and the U.S. House - and maybe two out of three local seats in Congress - it might just be time to bring the focus a bit closer to home and the near future.

Pakistan ruling party meets to consider PM successor

Pakistan's Supreme Court in a ... Wisconsin landed the much coveted Foxconn plant, but now the rust belt state needs to produce more highly skilled workers than those employed in the factories of the past. Wisconsin landed the much coveted Foxconn plant, but now the rust belt state needs to produce more highly skilled workers than those employed in the factories of the past.

The Latest: Seoul, Washington to talk over missile limits

Wisconsin landed the much coveted Foxconn plant, but now the rust belt state needs to produce more highly skilled workers than those employed in the factories of the past. Wisconsin landed the much coveted Foxconn plant, but now the rust belt state needs to produce more highly skilled workers than those employed in the factories of the past.

LoBiondo Applauds House Passage of – Make America Secure Again’…

U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo applauded House passage of four appropriations bills dubbed "Make America Secure Again" Appropriations bill, which included a number of his priorities. The consolidated appropriations package, which also includes a 2.4 percent pay raise for military personnel, passed the House last night 235 to 192, sending it to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

Iran says US Navy fires warning shots near its vessels

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said Saturday a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier fired a warning shot in an "unprofessional" confrontation with Iranian vessels, the official IRNA news agency reported. IRNA quoted a statement from the Guard as saying that the USS Nimitz and an accompanying ship came near an Iranian oil offshore platform in the Persian Gulf and a helicopter from the ship hovered near vessels manned by Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard.

Trump ready to sign Russia sanctions bill

Donald Trump will sign a package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia which bar him from easing the penalties, the White House has said. Donald Trump will sign a package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia which bar him from easing the penalties, the White House has said.

Durant sets new record _ in India

NBA basketball player Kevin Durant poses in front of Taj Mahal in Agra, India, Saturday, July 29, 2017. Durant is in India to support the continued growth of basketball in the country and meet the elite prospects of NBA Academy... .

Trump Hits Reset Button by Ousting Priebus After Rough Week

Donald Trump endured in a single week the kind of policy disarray, legislative failure and vulgar White House staff infighting that might take a full term for any other president to accumulate. His manic, seven-day stretch was capped Friday afternoon by Trump's announcement -- on Twitter -- that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus was exiting the administration.

FDA Targets Cigarettes in Broadening of Fight Against Addiction

Eight years after it was given the power to meaningfully change smoking in America, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration moved to do so. Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act -- a law enacted under a Democratic Congress and then-President Obama -- to cut the level of nicotine in cigarettes to nonaddictive levels.  "A lot of people have been thinking about this for a long time, including experts in the agency, including myself," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in an interview with Bloomberg on Friday.

US politician with local links criticised for praising former IRA leader

An American congressman who has family in Banbridge has been defended for praising Martin McGuinness during a church service in Washington DC. A spokesman for Richard Neal, a Democratic Party congressional representative based in Massachusetts, issued a statement in response to criticism of a eulogy which the politician delivered at a memorial mass on Tuesday.

Trump’s six-month stall sparks a White House shake-up

Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump is saddled with a stalled agenda, a West Wing that resembles a viper's nest, a pile of investigations and a Republican Party that is starting to break away. Trump on Friday indirectly acknowledged the troubled state of his unconventional White House, abruptly replacing his chief of staff with hard-nosed retired Gen.

Us Navy warship Opens Fire at Iranian patrol boat as war tensions rise

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said today a US Navy aircraft carrier fired a warning shot in an ''unprofessional'' confrontation with Iranian vessels, the official IRNA news agency reported. IRNA quoted a statement from the Guard as saying that the USS Nimitz and an accompanying ship came near an Iranian oil offshore platform in the Persian Gulf and a helicopter from the ship hovered near vessels manned by Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard.

Appeal Court Rejects FAA’s Refusal to Regulate Airline Seat Size, Reports Passenger Rights Group

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2017 : The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in a unanimous decision has granted airline passengers a rare victory, ruling that the Federal Aviation Administration had shown no reasonable basis for denying a 2015 petition by the passenger organization FlyersRights.org to institute rulemaking over ever-shrinking seat sizes. The Court rebuked the FAA for improperly relying on studies that were irrelevant, outdated or not in the record to conclude that seat size did not affect safety.

YMCA – SPartners With St. Susan To Provide Summer Lunches


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The YMCA has increased its summer lunch program activity. "The Y has slowly been increasing the way we provide summer meals across the city," said John Barber, Jamestown YMCA operations director.

Russian Pacific Fleet to receive first 2 Varshavyanka-class submarines in 2019

The Russia n Pacific Fleet will get the first two Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines in 2019, RIA news agency quoted Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuriy Borisov as saying on Friday. The Varshavyanka-class is an improved version of Kilo-class submarines that features elements of advanced stealth technology, extended combat range and the ability to strike land, surface and underwater targets.

Reince Priebus out, John Kelly in as White House chief of staff

President Donald Trump drove out his chief of staff on Friday, replacing Reince Priebus with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in an explosive move that ends a turbulent six-month tenure. "The President wanted to go a different direction," Priebus told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" Friday evening.

Letter urges USDA to make milk agricultural commodity

U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make milk an agricultural commodity under the Federal Crop Insurance program. Ms. Stefanik joined other members of Congress in submitting a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue requesting the change, which would put the dairy industry in a better position to recover from severe declines in milk prices.

Trump ready to sign Russia sanctions bill, Moscow retaliates

President Donald Trump will sign a package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia that passed Congress with overwhelming support, the White House said Friday. Moscow has already responded, ordering a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and closing the U.S. Embassy's recreation retreat.

Trump replaces chief of staff Priebus with General Kelly

His White House in turmoil, President Donald Trump abruptly announced late yesterday he was appointing Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to be his chief of staff, ending the tumultuous six-month tenure of Reince Priebus. After months of speculation about Priebus' fate, Trump tweeted his decision just as he landed in Washington after a speech in New York in which he lavishly praised Kelly's performance at Homeland Security.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell uttered five significant words at 1:45 a.m. ET Friday morning, just minutes after the GOP leadership health care bill failed in the Senate in a stunning twist of events. While he and other Republicans expressed a dash of hope that they could eventually come up with a health care fix, it was clear that they were also ready to push forward.

Study finds city’s south side is a food desert

The lack of a major grocery store and having fewer convenience stores nearby makes Warren's southside neighborhoods more food insecure than the rest of the city, according to a recently released study by Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership. Examining 91 items from a U.S. Department of Agriculture thrifty food plan survey list, stores on the city's southeast side did not have 68 percent of the items, according to a study on food access conducted by TNP over the past year.

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President Trump has just announced via Twitter that he has fired Reince Priebus from the position of Chief-of-Staff and has replaced him with DHS Secretary John Kelly. It would appear GOPe Priebus's inability to guide ObamaCare was the final straw.

Who owns border death truck tragedy? Mexico

Florida truck driver James Matthew Bradley isn't the mastermind of the human smuggling ring that led to the grisly deaths of 10 illegal immigrants in his rig, which authorities found at a San Antonio Wal-Mart. Bradley now might face the death penalty for transporting up to 100 people crammed in the trailer of his 18-wheeler.

WND Reporter Ramps Up the Trump-Fluffing

The editor's note at the top of Garth Kant's July 16 WorldNetDaily article , gushingly headlined "The 5 pillars of Trump foreign policy unveiled," stated that it would be the "first in a series of special reports by WND White House reporter Garth Kant examining President Donald Trump's foreign policy." This being WND, of course, there was not of lot of "examining" and much more defense of -- and praise for -- Trump.

GOP unsure what to do about Affordable Care Act

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was one of three Republicans to reject the 'skinny repeal' plan. Melina Mara/The Washington Post Hundreds of people stood outside the U.S. Capitol Thursday, to protest the Republican health care bill as the Senate worked overnight on the legislation.

NPP deceived Ghanaians on GITMO 2 issue – Okudzeto

Ranking member on Foreign Affairs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has accused the ruling New Patriotic Party of playing on the intellect of Ghanaians as far as the issue regarding some two Guantanamo Bay detainees are concerned. According to him, the same government that picked holes in the decision of the previous NDC administration to retain these ex-convicts is now looking for reason to follow in the same steps.

Reince Priebus given the boot from presidential motorcade

Ousted Priebus insists he RESIGNED because Trump wanted to 'take new direction' amid reports President was unhappy that he didn't 'return fire' at Scaramucci after THAT explosive interview REVEALED: One-in-400million disability becomes COMMON in tiny polygamist Mormon town Hilldale where sufferers can't sit or stand without help after generations of inbreeding Kim Jong-Un issues 'stern warning' to America after successful test of ICBM that experts claim can hit CHICAGO - prompting joint exercise between US and South Korean forces Private school boy, 16, 'sexually assaulted at least five female classmates across the campus for a year and choked one because she wouldn't have sex with him' The REAL reason Scaramucci hates Priebus: Trump's new darling of the White House 'never forgave ousted Chief of Staff for scuppering his chances of joining the transition team' as he now gets last laugh ... (more)

US Rep. John Delaney of Maryland to run for president new

A three-term Maryland Democrat who is one of the wealthiest members of Congress is the first to announce he'll seek his party's nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. Rep. John Delaney said Friday that he would seek the presidency, rather than the Maryland governorship or re-election to his House seat in 2018.

U.S. seeks to end MS-13 gang

President Donald Trump delivered a fiery law-and-order speech in Long Island on Friday, calling gang members "animals" and praising law enforcement for being "rough." Pres.

Why ban transgender troops? Only Trump knows

President Donald Trump took to Twitter this week to a declare that transgender men and women would henceforth be banned from military service . Indeed, top Department of Defense officials quickly reassured the public that there will be "no modifications" to the military's transgender policy as a result of the tweet, and the military will continue to "treat all of our personnel with respect."

Congress’ message to Donald Trump is tough

Even by the standards of Donald Trump's presidency, this week has been extraordinarily chaotic and, more importantly, disastrous for the President's agenda. Just hours before Senate Republicans failed to choke the life out of the health care program known as Obamacare - a top domestic priority for the administration - the entire Senate, Democrats and Republicans, voted on imposing new Russia sanctions, effectively tying the President's hands on dealing with that country.

Court: FAA must reconsider regulating airline seat size


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An appeals court panel says federal officials should reconsider whether to regulate the size of airline seats in the name of safety. On Friday, a three-judge panel for the federal appeals court in Washington found fault with the word the Federal Aviation Administration did before the agency rejected setting new regulations on seat size.

House Republicans want a new, sweeping probe of Clinton

House Republicans are intensifying their effort to have the Justice Department investigate Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, as they're seeking the same sort of special counsel probe President Donald Trump's campaign is now enduring. House Judiciary Committee Republicans detailed in a seven page letter to Justice a request for a special counsel to investigate "actions taken" by Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Statement in support of equality and human rights for the LGBTQ community

The American Nurses Association believes that respect for the inherent dignity, worth, unique attributes, and human rights of all individuals is a fundamental principle. ANA's Code of Ethics with Interpretive Statements establishes the ethical standard for the profession to advocate for social justice and human rights, especially for those whose rights may be more easily violated or not fulfilled.

Will Democrats block probe of a Russian op against Trump?

Why are Democrats protecting the Beltway smear-specialist firm Fusion GPS? Specifically, why are the party's senators supporting Fusion chief Glenn Simpson in his refusal to say who paid to get that infamous President Trump-smearing "Russian dossier" drawn up? As The Wall Street Journal's Kimberly A. Strassel notes, Dem senators even passed on the chance to publicly question Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort , rather than also expose Simpson to public questioning. Maybe Democrats simply didn't want anything to mess up their "collusion" narrative.

Court: Rastafari Louisiana inmate can keep his dreadlocks

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court judge and ruled in favor of Christopher Ware, an adherent of the Rastafari religion, who was represented in court by the American Civil Liberties Union. The court record says Ware, serving a 40-year state sentence for sexual battery, took a vow not to cut his hair.

House moves to extend choice program, end VA budget crisis

The House overwhelmingly approved a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to address a budget shortfall at the Department of Veterans Affairs that threatens medical care for thousands of veterans. The bill provides $2.1 billion to continue funding the Veterans Choice program, which allows veterans to receive private medical care at government expense.

Leaders in McCain’s home state frustrated by repeal failure

Sen. John McCain sent shockwaves through the Senate early Friday morning when he cast the deciding vote rejecting the GOP's heath care effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. While his dramatic thumbs-down rejection drew gasps and cheers in Washington, D.C., leaders in Arizona have responded with a mixture of disappointment and frustration - but little in the way of direct criticism in this Republican-heavy state.

McCain returns to Arizona for cancer treatment

Sen. John McCain, recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, is returning to Arizona to begin radiation and chemotherapy. In a statement Friday, his office said he will undergo further treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix while maintaining his work schedule.

McCain returns to Arizona for cancer treatment

Sen. John McCain, recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, is returning to Arizona to begin radiation and chemotherapy. In a statement Friday, his office said he will undergo further treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix while maintaining his work schedule.

Trump: ‘We’re going to destroy’ MS-13

President Donald Trump traveled to Long Island Friday to discuss efforts to combat the violent MS-13 gang, telling law enforcement "don't be too nice" and warning immigrant criminals he is seeking to deport them. "Together we're going to restore safety to our streets and peace to our communities and we're going to destroy the vile, criminal cartel MS-13 and many other gangs," Trump said.

Trump: ‘We’re going to destroy’ MS-13

President Donald Trump traveled to Long Island Friday to discuss efforts to combat the violent MS-13 gang, telling law enforcement "don't be too nice" and warning immigrant criminals he is seeking to deport them. "Together we're going to restore safety to our streets and peace to our communities and we're going to destroy the vile, criminal cartel MS-13 and many other gangs," Trump said.

McCain expected to return to Arizona to start cancer treatment Monday

There's a reason why Sen. John McCain was eager to pivot to the annual defense spending bill in the early hours of the morning right after he had killed the Senate's Obamacare repeal effort: The Arizona Republican's office announced McCain is planning to return to his home state to start cancer treatment Monday. That may also help explain why Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared willing to let McCain try to proceed to the the National Defense Authorization Act, even after he thwarted the GOP's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in the early hours of Friday morning.

McCain expected to return to Arizona to start cancer treatment Monday

There's a reason why Sen. John McCain was eager to pivot to the annual defense spending bill in the early hours of the morning right after he had killed the Senate's Obamacare repeal effort: The Arizona Republican's office announced McCain is planning to return to his home state to start cancer treatment Monday. That may also help explain why Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared willing to let McCain try to proceed to the the National Defense Authorization Act, even after he thwarted the GOP's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in the early hours of Friday morning.

John McCain’s maverick moment

Shortly before Sen. John McCain entered the Senate chamber in the wee hours of Friday morning, reporters wanted to know how he'd vote. McCain killed his party's narrowly-crafted Obamacare repeal bill Friday not because he was opposed to dismantling the Affordable Care Act, but because he fundamentally believed the process -- the lack of hearings, the one-party, closed-door negotiations, the fact that in the end all that Republican senators could agree upon was a shell of the plan they'd promised -- was flawed.

John McCain’s maverick moment

Shortly before Sen. John McCain entered the Senate chamber in the wee hours of Friday morning, reporters wanted to know how he'd vote. McCain killed his party's narrowly-crafted Obamacare repeal bill Friday not because he was opposed to dismantling the Affordable Care Act, but because he fundamentally believed the process -- the lack of hearings, the one-party, closed-door negotiations, the fact that in the end all that Republican senators could agree upon was a shell of the plan they'd promised -- was flawed.

McCaul unveils border security bill

The top homeland security Republican in the House unveiled a border security bill Friday that would codify President Donald Trump's border wall, boost resources for Border Patrol and authorize the National Guard and Defense Department to provide support to those efforts. The Border Security for America Act by Texas Rep. Mike McCaul is a scaled back version of a bill that McCaul had been working on with fellow Texan Republican Sen. John Cornyn, as CNN first reported.

McCaul unveils border security bill

The top homeland security Republican in the House unveiled a border security bill Friday that would codify President Donald Trump's border wall, boost resources for Border Patrol and authorize the National Guard and Defense Department to provide support to those efforts. The Border Security for America Act by Texas Rep. Mike McCaul is a scaled back version of a bill that McCaul had been working on with fellow Texan Republican Sen. John Cornyn, as CNN first reported.

Russia to seize US properties in retaliation over sanctions

The Russian Foreign Ministry demanded Friday that the United States cut its diplomatic staff in Russia and said it would seize two US diplomatic properties in a sharp response to a new sanctions bill the US Congress passed a day earlier. The order -- which affects the US Embassy in Moscow and consulates in St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok -- would reduce US diplomatic and technical staff to 455, the same number Russia has in the United States, by September 1. Russia also is suspending the use of a US storage facility in Moscow and a country house, or dacha, outside Moscow by Tuesday.

Russia to seize US properties in retaliation over sanctions

The Russian Foreign Ministry demanded Friday that the United States cut its diplomatic staff in Russia and said it would seize two US diplomatic properties in a sharp response to a new sanctions bill the US Congress passed a day earlier. The order -- which affects the US Embassy in Moscow and consulates in St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok -- would reduce US diplomatic and technical staff to 455, the same number Russia has in the United States, by September 1. Russia also is suspending the use of a US storage facility in Moscow and a country house, or dacha, outside Moscow by Tuesday.

Cryptic Murder Miniseries The Sinner Captivates


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The first question any viewer is going to ask about the cable network USA's new crime drama The Sinner is, "How are they possibly going to string this thing out for eight episodes?" A murder is committed, its perpetrator captured, and her voluntary and unambiguous confession obtained, all in the first five minutes.

Cryptic Murder Miniseries The Sinner Captivates


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The first question any viewer is going to ask about the cable network USA's new crime drama The Sinner is, "How are they possibly going to string this thing out for eight episodes?" A murder is committed, its perpetrator captured, and her voluntary and unambiguous confession obtained, all in the first five minutes.

John McCain Returns to Arizona to Begin Chemotherapy

Sen. John McCain, recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, is returning to Arizona to begin radiation and chemotherapy. In a statement Friday, his office said he will undergo further treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix while maintaining his work schedule.

Start of Baca’s federal prison sentence is delayed

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca received a reprieve from prison July 24, with his attorney asking an appellate court to allow the ex-lawman to remain free while he appeals his conviction for conspiring to derail an FBI probe into corruption in the jail system. Baca, 75, had been scheduled to surrender July 25 to begin serving his three-year prison term.

Members of Congress sued over rainbow ‘pride flags’

U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, has vowed to fight a federal lawsuit attempting to force him and three other congressional colleagues to remove "Pride Flags" from their Washington, D.C., offices. The lawsuit was filed July 18 in Washington by Chris Sevier, who describes himself in the lawsuit as a "former judge advocate general, combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, D.C. lobbyist, overseas missionary, whistleblower and recording artist."

Schiff, Trump tangle again on Twitter

A Twitter feud broke out July 24 between President Donald Trump and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, with the president calling Schiff sleazy and Schiff responding that "your comments and actions are beneath the dignity of the office." "Sleazy Adam Schiff, the totally biased congressman looking into 'Russia,' spends all of his time on television pushing the Dem loss excuse!" the president tweeted in the morning.

Lewd, Rude, Crude? The White House Has Heard it All

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, when asked Thursday about the friction playing out in the public eye between White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, said conflict between White House staff is the result of "healthy competition." Sanders' comment came hours before the New Yorker magazine published a vulgarity-laced interview with Scaramucci.

Fusion GPS Possibly Working With Democrats to Discredit Trump?

The opposition research firm has been implicated in both a smear campaign against the Magnitsky Act - which imposed sanctions on Russia after the killing of an anti-corruption lawyer, an act that reportedly angered Putin enough that he retaliated and blocked Americans from adopting Russian babies - and, most recently, has been pegged as the source of the infamous Trump dossier detailing salacious and unfounded dirt on the president intended to discredit him.

Over 100 Conservatives Sign Letter Backing AG Sessions

More than 100 prominent conservatives have signed a letter backing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been under fire by President Donald Trump. "We support Attorney General Jeff Sessions and believe he is the right man, and the best man, to lead the Justice Department at this time," the letter said.

House-approved budget funds border wall, increases military spending

The House has passed a $788 billion spending bill that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon. The 235 to 192 vote both eases a large backlog of unfinished spending bills and gives Mr. Trump and his House GOP allies political wins heading into the August recess.

We Will Not Let You Go


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A few years back we would have all been spending our time shouting obscenities at Joe Manchin and some group of preening "moderates" on the Dem side who would be parading around garnering attention for the profoundly difficult decision they were going to make... any day... For whatever reason, that wasn't the dynamic this time. So that's good.

Trump headed to Long Island to trumpet MS-13 crackdown

Trumpeting his administration's crackdown on illegal immigration and violent crime, President Donald Trump is traveling to Long Island to urge Congress to dedicate more funding to the fight. Trump is set to speak Friday afternoon at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, New York, close to where the ultra-violent street gang MS-13 has committed a string of gruesome murders, including the massacre of four young men in April in a Central Islip park.

Former judge in ‘kids for cash’ case receives appeal hearing

A former Pennsylvania judge serving a 28-year prison term for a scandal that became known as "kids for cash" has secured an appeals hearing to overturn some of his convictions. Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella was convicted of accepting bribes in exchange for ordering kids to a for-profit detention center.

McCain, fighting cancer, turns on GOP and kills health bill

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is pursued by reporters early today after casting a "no" vote on a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law, on Capitol Hill in Washington. [CLIFF OWEN/ASSOCIATED PRESS] Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is pursued by reporters early today after casting a "no" vote on a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Collins, Murkowski-and McCain


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The rushed, secretive, reckless effort to get a "win," any win, by undoing the Obama health care plan is at an end-for now. It is over because the 48 Democratic and independent senators led by Chuck Schumer refused to be peeled off or to support a measure that was opposed by most of the public and by all professional groups involved in health care.

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Parents jump to their deaths 'because they can't afford health care': Husband and wife in their fifties leap from 16-floor Manhattan office building leaving their children behind inside The Mooch will survive expletive-filled rant about 'f***ing paranoid schizophrenic' Priebus and 'sucks his own c**k' Bannon: White House insiders describe incident as a bump in the road for Trump's friend 'Justice has never advanced by taking a human life': Murderer condemns the death sentence with his last words as he is executed after a last meal of peppered steak for killing his drug dealer Religious people 'cling to certain beliefs' even when they contradict evidence because they are overly emotional and irrational, study claims 'It was a joke': Tiffany Haddish walks back comment about wanting to work with Bill Cosby when she said she would 'drink the juice...and take a nap' The black woman 'who is ... (more)

Donald Trump Tweet-Rages After John McCain Kills Obamacare Skinny Repeal

President Donald Trump , who is having a very bad week, tweet-raged about the death of Trumpcare 's latest iteration on the Senate floor at about 1:30 AM today. Sen. John McCain , who flew back for the vote after being diagnosed with brain cancer, dealt the death blow to the so-called skinny repeal, walking on to the floor, turning his thumb down, and saying "No."

Top Lawyer For Civil Rights At Justice Department Leaving After Roughly 6 Months

Thomas Wheeler, who has been leading the Justice Department's civil rights unit, informed staffers there Thursday that he would be leaving the post, according to two sources familiar with the communication. The job put Wheeler, an Indiana lawyer who's personally and professionally close to Vice President Mike Pence, in the middle of a number of controversies, including the Trump administration's turnaround on guidance regarding transgender students, the decisions to close investigations of police officers without criminal charges and shifting legal positions on voting rights and other cases.

Activists Encouraged by DOJ Involvement in Police Shooting

When it was clear that Jeff Session would indeed assume the top leadership role at the U.S. Department of Justice, activists and city officials around the country questioned the fate of police-reform measures. Here, Mayor Jim Kenney, when the DOJ issued its final report on the progress made at the Philadelphia Police Department, said that the city is committed to reforming policing, no matter what takes place in Washington, D.C. The mayor, who was elected due a police-reform platform, now will be tested to see how sincere he was.

Scaramucci Tirades Ignite Smoldering White House Tensions

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci speaks to members of the media at the White House in Washington, July 25, 2017. President Donald Trump's new communications director ignited the smoldering tensions at the White House into a full-fledged conflagration Thursday, angrily daring Trump's chief of staff to deny he's a "leaker" and exposing West Wing backstabbing in language more suitable to a mobster movie than a seat of presidential stability.

7 Days In 60 Seconds: Healthcare To Trans Troops

It can seem impossible to keep up with all the news these days, so here's what happened this week in a New York minute. Earlier in the week, the Senate opened debate on healthcare legislation, but Republicans failed to pass a bill replacing Obamacare, one simply repealing much of it, and a "skinny repeal" bill.

What Trump could do to make Obamacare ‘implode’


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After the so-called "skinny" repeal of the Affordable Care Act failed to pass in a Senate vote early Friday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted out his thoughts on the subject. It won't necessarily happen by itself.

Russia orders cut in US diplomats in reaction to sanctions


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Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday ordered a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and said it was closing down a U.S. recreation retreat in response to fresh sanctions against Russia. The U.S. Senate approved a new package of stiff financial sanctions Friday against Russia, Iran and North Korea and sent it to President Donald Trump to sign.

McCain Votes No, Dealing Potential Death Blow To Republican Health Care Efforts

In a moment of unexpected high drama, Republicans were stymied once again in their effort to repeal Obamacare - and they have John McCain to thank for it. McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer and returned to Washington to advance the health care bill, turned around and bucked his party's leadership - and President Trump - by joining two moderate Republicans and every Democrat in voting against the so-called "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act.

Top Story’Obamacare’ repeal reeling after Senate defeat

Dealing a serious blow to President Donald Trump's agenda, the Senate early Friday rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law after a night of high suspense in the U.S. Capitol. Unable to pass even a so-called "skinny repeal," it was unclear if Senate Republicans could advance any health bill despite seven years of promises to repeal "Obamacare."

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Sen. John McCain, R-Az., front left, is pursued by reporters after casting a 'no' vote on a a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 28, 2017. less Sen. John McCain, R-Az., front left, is pursued by reporters after casting a 'no' vote on a a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, ... more In this Tuesday, July 25, 2017, photo, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci speaks to members of the media at the White House in Washington.

Marines ground KC-130T planes after deadly crash

The Marine Corps has grounded its KC-130T aircraft following a crash that killed 15 Marines and one sailor in Mississippi. "Out of an abundance of caution, the Marine Corps took the prudent action not to fly our KC-130T aircraft in the wake of the mishap on July 10 until further notice," the Corps said in a statement Thursday.

‘Skinny repeal’ Obamacare vote defeated in Senate Updated at

With Sen. John McCain casting a dramatic decisive vote, the Senate early Friday morning narrowly defeated a scaled back bill dismantling the 2010 health law, leaving in question the future of GOP promises to repeal the law known as Obamacare. The 49-51 defeat capping hours of drama on the Senate floor - left open the question of whether congressional Republicans can carry through with a key 2016 key promise to repeal the law known as Obamacare.

Balance of Power: What’s Plan C for Republicans?

The Republicans have no one to blame but themselves. In control of Congress and the White House, the party suffered a major defeat early this morning in its effort to roll back Obamacare, falling one vote short. John McCain went from hero to spoiler, after his dramatic return to Washington following a brain cancer diagnosis salvaged the bill by giving Republicans enough support to get the measure to the floor.

‘Obamacare’ repeal reeling after Senate defeat new

Dealing a serious blow to President Donald Trump's agenda, the Senate early Friday rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law after a night of high suspense in the U.S. Capitol. Unable to pass even a so-called "skinny repeal," it was unclear if Senate Republicans could advance any health bill despite seven years of promises to repeal "Obamacare."

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has taken comfort in the defeat in the Senate of a Republican-pushed measure aimed at scaling back, or partially repealing, former President Back Obama's Affordable Care Act. In a statement following defeat of the measure on a 49-51 vote, the California Democrat says, "The American people have spoken loud and clear against the higher costs and monstrous cruelty of Trumpcare."

John McCain: Here’s why I voted no and killed the ‘skinny repeal’

Senator John McCain was one of three Republican "no" votes against the GOP health care plan early Friday morning, and is being hailed as the man who killed the so-called Obamacare "skinny repeal." "We should not make the mistakes of the past that has led to Obamacare's collapse, including in my home state of Arizona where premiums are skyrocketing and health care providers are fleeing the marketplace," McCain said in a statement.

The vote Mitch McConnell couldn’t win

If anyone could have resuscitated the troubled Obamacare repeal and replace bill, it was Mitch McConnell, the steady and disciplined Senate Majority Leader with a track record of getting really tough things done. But after years of pleading, months of negotiating, and weeks of just barely edging the contentious bill forward, it suddenly died.

Morning Update: ‘Skinny repeal’ of Obamacare fails; bad news on Canadian jobs data


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TOP STORIES Republican Obamacare repeal bill fails in U.S. Senate In a stinging blow to President Donald Trump, U.S. Senate Republicans failed on Friday to dismantle Obamacare. Voting in the early hours, three Republican senators, John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, crossed party lines to join Democrats in a dramatic 49-to-51 vote to reject a "skinny repeal" bill that would have killed some parts of Obamacare.

Ted Cruz: Voters will feel ‘sense of betrayal’ over Obamacare failure

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, warned that the Republican failure to pass a bill to repeal parts of Obamacare will disappoint Republican voters around the country who were told the GOP was going to dismantle the law. "There are going to be a great many Americans who tonight feel a sense of betrayal, feel a sense of betrayal that politicians stood up and made a promise," Cruz said early Friday morning.

Russia orders U.S. diplomat reduction

Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday ordered a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and said it was closing down a U.S. recreation retreat in response to fresh sanctions against Russia. The U.S. Senate approved a new package of stiff financial sanctions Friday against Russia, Iran and North Korea and sent it to President Donald Trump to sign.

Sessions not stepping down unless asked

After being berated for a week by President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will stay in the job for as long as Trump wants him to serve. Sessions told the Associated Press he and Trump have a "harmony of values and beliefs" and he intends to stay and fight for the president's agenda "as long as he sees that as appropriate."

John McCain’s No Vote Sinks Republicans’ ‘Skinny Repeal’ Plan


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In a moment of high drama on the Senate floor, the Arizona senator, stricken with brain cancer and railing against his party's secretive legislative maneuvering, provided the decisive vote against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposal to partially repeal the Affordable Care Act. The amendment fell, xx-xx, thwarting once again the GOP's longstanding efforts to deliver on a central campaign promise.

House leaders block Defense Department from buying uniforms for Afghan army


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The House on Thursday voted to block the Defense Department from buying Afghan army uniforms as part of its annual defense spending bill. The amendment, passed by voice vote without debate, would prohibit any 2018 funding to be used in the Pentagon's efforts to equip the Afghan National Army after a Pentagon auditor announced a criminal probe of the uniform purchases this week.

Tensions are rising between the Trump administration and Alaska


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Trump's ire fell on Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski, who on Tuesday voted "no" to moving a health care repeal bill to the Senate floor for debate. After the vote, Then, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reportedly called Murkowski and the state's other Republican senator, Dan Sullivan, to inform them Murkowski's move would not be forgotten.

Gop Healthcare Disaster: ‘Skinny Repeal’ Dies as McCain Votes No


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Senate Republicans came out of 20 hours of debate with a stunning failure in their efforts to overhaul the US healthcare system - and Sen. John McCain cast the decisive vote. Early Friday morning, the Senate voted against a "skinny repeal" plan .

15 more years, and something about car prices

In the dramatic crescendo of the 2016 elections that gave Trump to the United States and the world, very possibly for sixteen years , none of the countless campaign reporters and commentators is on record as having noticed the car "affordability" statistics distributed in June 2016 via www.thecarconnection.com . Derived from very reliable Federal Reserve data, they depicted the awful predicament of almost half of all American households.

Senate narrowly defeats ‘skinnya

The Senate narrowly defeated a bill early Friday that would repeal limited portions of Obamacare as Republican Sen. John McCain cast the deciding vote against the plan. The vote was a major blow to GOP Senate leaders and it was not immediately clear what they would do next.

In New York, Trump to use gang violence to press for deportations

President Donald Trump will travel on Friday to a New York community shocked by a recent spate of graphic gang murders to highlight his efforts to stop illegal immigration and boost deportations. Trump's trip to Long Island gives the president an opportunity to showcase some progress on his agenda even as other legislative efforts flounder - and some respite from the chaos of a nasty power struggle among his senior staff that blew up on Thursday.

McCain Votes No; Skinny Obama Fails

Sen.John McCain sick with brain cancer cast a NO vote resulting in failure of the so called skinny repeal of Obamacare by a 51-49 vote. "I regret that our efforts were not enough," said Sen. Mitch McConnell. "It'll be interesting to see" what is said from the "other side of the aisle."

Iggy Azalea has a trot on a horse in Los Angeles

Maverick strikes! Cancer-stricken John McCain kills 'skinny' repeal of Obamacare as he votes NO handing humiliating 51-49 defeat to his own Republican party in the Senate Attorney for man accused of raping Alabama student who committed suicide releases full-page ad claiming her text messages exonerate him 'How precious and colonial supreme': Justin Trudeau is slammed after admitting he fought indigenous senator in boxing match because it fit the 'right kind of narrative' Hillary Clinton says it 'wasn't easy' to write her new memoir What Happened - but 'neither is witnessing what we see in the news every day' - as she plugs Amazon link for fans to pre-order it 'We shouldn't have used a press release': HBO admits they messed up the announcement of Confederate - the new slavery show from the creators of Game of Thrones Meg Whitman emerges as front-runner to replace Travis Kalanick as Uber ... (more)

Senate Republicans reject last-ditch ‘skinny repeal’ of Obamacare

Senators early Friday narrowly rejected a dramatically slimmed-down Obamacare repeal bill, even after being promised by GOP leaders that the measure would never actually become law. The strategy was a desperate and ultimately unsuccessful gambit by Republican leaders, who had run out of options after failing to convince their majority to pass legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a promised new healthcare plan.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s willing to bring the Senate GOP’s bill to conference


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House Speaker Paul Ryan said he's willing to take Senate Republicans'"skinnier" attempt at repealing certain parts of the Affordable Care Act to conference. If moving forward requires a conference committee, that is something the House is willing to do," he said in a statement on Thursday.

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Scaramucci called Priebus 'a f***ing paranoid schizophrenic' and 'c**k blocker' who he'd called the FBI on and accused Steve Bannon of 'sucking his own c**k' in foul-mouthed rant Former Miami Dolphins cheerleader and Palm Beach state attorney announce they are getting divorced because of her staunch support for Trump that left her feeling 'isolated in the marriage' Senate passes Russia sanctions bill with veto-proof majority after Trump's new spokesman suggests that he might not sign it in Toe the line on repealing Obamacare or your state will lose federal cash: Trump White House's threat to wavering Alaska senators revealed Man, 18, is killed in Ohio Fair horror crash FIVE days after enlisting in Marines: Girlfriend, 19, also badly injured on the ride, only learned of his death when asking to see him post-surgery Attorney for man accused of raping Alabama student who committed suicide ... (more)

Sessions won’t step down unless asked

His loyalty to the boss severely tested but seemingly intact, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will stay in the job for as long as President Donald Trump wants him to serve. Sessions said that he and Trump have a "harmony of values and beliefs" and that he intends to stay and fight for the president's agenda "as long as he sees that as appropriate."

Trump spokesman lashes colleagues in rant

Open warfare has erupted inside President Donald Trump's inner circle, as new communications director Anthony Scaramucci attacked senior White House colleagues in obscene comments published on Thursday. Scaramucci blasted White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, in an article in T he New Yorker based on a telephone conversation on Wednesday night between one of the magazine's correspondents and Scaramucci.

Congress sends Russia sanctions bill to Trump’s desk, but it’s unclear whether he will veto it

The 98-to-2 vote sets the president up with a pivotal choice: veto the bill knowing that lawmakers are prepared to override, as his communications chief Anthony Scaramucci suggested Thursday morning on CNN that he might, or sign the legislation that binds his hands when it comes to altering sanctions policy against Moscow, a provision his administration lobbied hard against. Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., were the only senators to vote against the bill.

Scaramucci threats, insults inflame fierce White House fight

President Donald Trump's new communications director exploded the smoldering tensions at the White House into a full-fledged conflagration Thursday, angrily daring Trump's chief of staff to deny he's a "leaker" and exposing West Wing backstabbing in language more suitable to a mobster movie than a seat of presidential stability. In a pull-no-punches, impromptu CNN interview that he said was authorized by the president, Anthony Scaramucci went after chief of staff Reince Priebus in graphic terms.

Russia sanctions bill heads to Trump after Senate approval

The Senate voted decisively on Thursday to approve a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, sending the popular bill to President Donald Trump for his signature after weeks of intense negotiations. Never in doubt, however, was a cornerstone of the legislation that bars Trump from easing or waiving the additional penalties on Russia unless Congress agrees.

Contractor appeals delay Trump border wall prototypes

In this artistic rendering provided by the Fort Worth contracting company Penna Group shows a proposed to wall along the United States' southern border with Mexico. The Trump administration said Thursday, July 27, 2017, that prototypes for a proposed border wall with Mexico have been delayed until November because two companies, WNIS and Penna Group, have objected to the bidding process.

5 faith facts about Sam Brownback: Political champion of religious freedom

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, President Trump's nominee for international religious freedom ambassador, describes religious freedom as "the choice of what you do with your own soul." If confirmed, the 60-year-old, two-term Republican governor, former U.S. senator and onetime presidential candidate would be the first politician confirmed as the ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

Top GOP Senator Warns of – Holy Hell’ If Trump Fires Sessions

"If Jeff Sessions is fired, there will be holy hell to pay," Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told CNN on Thursday morning. Graham described as "chilling" a tweet posted by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley late Wednesday in which the Iowa Republican said there was "no way" his panel would consider the nomination of a replacement for Sessions.

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Three Republicans senators,John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, held a press conference Thursday saying they cannot vote for the GOP health care bill in its current form. WASHINGTON - With their ranks in chaos, Senate Republican leaders appeared ready to work late into the night Thursday to devise a slimmed-down repeal of the Affordable Care Act by sometime Friday, as Democrats slammed the secretive process as a sham and key Republican senators threatened to block the effort.

Man kills wife on Alaska cruise because she laughed at him, FBI says

A Utah man killed his wife aboard an Alaska cruise and told an acquaintance who later walked into the couple's blood-splattered room that he did it because she laughed at him, the FBI said in documents released Thursday. Kenneth Manzanares of Santa Clara, Utah, was charged with murder after he was found with blood on his hands and clothes, and with blood spread throughout the cabin on the Princess Cruises ship Tuesday night, according to a criminal complaint by FBI Special Agent Michael L. Watson.

St. Croix River bridge ribbon-cutting expected to draw a crowd

The health care debate in the nation's capital will keep U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar from attending Wednesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new St. Croix River bridge, but two governors and numerous other state, county and city officials are expected to be there. Klobuchar, D-Minn., spearheaded legislation in the U.S. Senate to permit and fund construction of the massive four-lane bridge, as did then-U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in the House.

Palin to subpoena two dozen reporters in defamation suit

Sarah Palin to subpoena two dozen New York Times staffers in lawsuit - Sarah Palin is planning to subpoena almost two dozen New York Times staffers as part of her defamation lawsuit against the newspaper. - In a motion arguing for the case to be dismissed, attorneys for The New York Times

AG opinion strikes middle ground on cutting wages, benefits

A formal opinion released Thursday by Attorney General George Jepsen warns of legal peril in rewriting state-employee contracts through legislation, but notes the free hand legislators have after contracts expire and the flexibility the courts have granted in some cases in the event of extreme fiscal emergencies. The opinion was sought by Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives, which voted along party lines Monday to ratify a deal projected to save the state more than $700 million in the current fiscal year and $800 million in the next.

Boy Scouts Chief Apologizes For ‘Political Rhetoric’ In Trump’s Speech

President Trump waves to the crowd after his speech during the National Boy Scout Jamboree on Monday. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption The head of the Boy Scouts of America apologized Thursday to the organization's members, telling them the group did not intend to showcase the "political rhetoric" in President Trump's speech to the National Jamboree earlier this week.

Marine dog with cancer gets tear-filled farewell

Hundreds of people in Michigan came together to say a tear-filled final goodbye to a cancer-stricken dog who served three tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines. Cena the 10-year-old black lab received a hero's farewell Wednesday before being euthanized at the USS LST 393, a museum ship in Muskegon, and carried off in a flag-draped coffin.

Holcomb not ruling out tax increase if GOP cuts Medicaid

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is not ruling out a tax increase should congressional Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law result in cuts to Medicaid. Holcomb said Thursday that he is "willing to entertain all sorts of decisions that will be difficult."

US-led coalition cuts ties with partner force in fight against ISIS in Syria

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House GOP advancing spending boosts for Pentagon, veterans

The GOP-controlled House has given tentative approval to a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The controversial wall money is being given a ride on legislation to give the Pentagon a massive spending boost and increase funding for veterans medical care.

GOP seeks support for narrow version of “Obamacare” repeal

The Republican-run Senate has rejected a GOP proposal to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law and give Congress two years to devise a replacement. Addressing the National Federation of Independent Business, Vice President Mike Pence said the Senate has "an opportunity and an obligation" to repeal and replace Obamacare.

New TSA screening for electronics will apply to all US airports

This means people will have to remove tablets, e-readers and any other larger-format electronics from bags they plan to carry on to flights and send them through the x-ray machine in their own bins. The new procedures, already tested at 10 airports around the country, including Boston and Los Angeles, will expand nationwide in the coming weeks.

Worsening drought conditions in parts of US stressing crops

Drought conditions worsened in several states over the past week from extreme heat and weeks with little rain, raising the prospect that grocery staples such as bread and beans could cost more as the region that produces those commodities is hardest hit. Drought conditions have begun to stress corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock in some areas, according to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Boy Scout leader apologizes for Trump’s political rhetoric

The Boy Scouts' chief executive apologized Thursday to members of the scouting community who were offended by the aggressive political rhetoric in President Donald Trump's recent speech to the Scouts' national jamboree. The apology came in a statement from Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh, three days after Trump's speech to nearly 40,000 scouts and adults gathered in West Virginia.

Transgender Surgeries WouldCost Pentagon $1.3 Billion

Taxpayer-funded sex-change surgeries would cost the Pentagon $1.3 billion over 10 years. President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that transgender individuals will not be eligible to serve in the military, with the White House citing cost and military readiness concerns.

Media Shuns Jobs, Economy To Talk Trump Controversies

Taiwanese company Foxconn is bringing thousands of jobs to Wisconsin, but you wouldn't hear more than 40 seconds about it on any broadcast network Wednesday night. ABC, CBS, and NBC spent so much time covering the controversies of the Trump administration, that they had hardly any time to talk about its successes, according to a new study by the Media Research Center.