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With the announcement by U.S. Senators Ron Paul , John McCain , Susan Collins , and Ted Cruz declaring their refusal to support the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill, the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has met with failure yet again. Lest we repeat the procedure in an endless loop, there is a lesson to be learned from this debacle about the insidious cunning of modern liberalism.

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President Donald Trump on Saturday lashed out at the mayor of San Juan and other officials in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, contemptuous of their claims of a laggard U.S. response to the natural disaster that has imperiled the island's future. "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help," Trump said in a series of tweets a day after the capital city's mayor appealed for help "to save us from dying."

Republicans have come up with a tax plan that will work

One, can America return to her historic annual growth rate of 3 percent plus and leave behind the anemic 2 percent growth rate of the Obama "recovery"? Or not? The Washington-based pundits have begun proclaiming that 2 percent growth is the "new normal." China can grow at 7 or 8 percent, but Americans, we are told, must get used to 2 percent growth, the European growth rate befitting a sclerotic welfare state past its prime.

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29, 2017. Trump is spending the weekend in Bedminster, N.J., at his golf club. . President Donald Trump walks down the steps of Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Friday, Sept.

$95 Million Employer Sanction Fine — Largest Ever

A tree trimming company has been handed the largest penalty imposed in a United States immigration case, totaling $95 million, after pleading guilty to employing illegal immigrants, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Asplundh Tree Experts, Co., which trims trees and clears brush for power and gas lines across the country, hired employees who provided fake identification documents from 2010 to 2014, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia said.

Plan to double-bunk at new Kansas prison worries lawmakers

Kansas legislators are debating how much the decision to house more inmates two-to-a-cell has fueled unrest at state prisons in recent months, and some worry about Department of Corrections plans to open a new prison with a majority of its cells double-bunked. Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood told a legislative committee this week that the cells at the planned new prison in Lansing in the Kansas City area would be large enough to hold two inmates, including maximum-security prisoners.

Trump lashes out at San Juan mayor who begged for more help

President Donald Trump on Saturday lashed out at the mayor of San Juan and other officials in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, contemptuous of their claims of a laggard U.S. response to the natural disaster that has imperiled the island's future. "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help," Trump said in a series of tweets a day after the capital city's mayor appealed for help "to save us from dying."

Price’s exit further complicates GOP health care push

The ouster of Tom Price as President Donald Trump's health secretary is yet another self-inflicted blow for Republicans wishing to put their own stamp on health care - and the latest distraction for a White House struggling to advance its agenda after months of turmoil. Price resigned Friday amid investigations into his use of costly charter flights for official travel at taxpayer expense.

U.S. Navy conducts drills amid North Korea tensions, as China keeps watch

As the commanders of the largest U.S. warship in Asia seek to maintain operational readiness amid protracted tensions over North Korea , they find themselves keeping one eye on China , too. On Saturday, as F-18 Super Hornet jet fighters roared from the decks of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier during routine drills deep in the South China Sea , two Chinese frigates maintained a constant line-of-sight vigil.

Japan-based U.S. carrier navigates crowded waters as North Korea tensions mount


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As the commanders of the largest U.S. warship in Asia seek to maintain operational readiness amid protracted tensions over North Korea, they find themselves keeping one eye on China, too. On Saturday, as F-18 Super Hornet jet fighters roared from the decks of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier during routine drills deep in the South China Sea, two Chinese frigates maintained a constant line-of-sight vigil.

Puerto Rico governor: More needed, but feds have answered our calls

Much more work must be done to meet Puerto Rico's critical humanitarian needs after Hurricane Maria, the US territory's top official said Saturday, while also emphasizing that the federal government is fulfilling his every request - striking a conciliatory tone minutes after President Donald Trump lambasted a mayor who criticized the US response. "We need to do a lot more in order for us to get out of the emergency," Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo RossellA3 said in San Juan.

Michael Hayden: Standing Up for Free Speech

Donald Trump's attacks on the NFL players who protest racism and police brutality has backfired tremendously. Now even Michael Hayden, a four-star general who served in the military for 39 years and went on to serve as national security adviser and head the CIA, has taken a side -- and it's not with Trump.

Welcome to the Romance Resistance

During the 2016 election, "Love Trumps Hate" became a popular, catchy rallying cry, a slogan seen on signs held by Hillary Clinton supporters, as the of performances for the candidate held by Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Lopez, and spoken during Clinton's . While it may seem quaint in the wake of Donald Trump's election and his administration's destructive policies that seem determined to tear apart immigrant families and wreak havoc on our health care system, for romance novelists and readers, it's more than an empty slogan - it's a truth they're seeing as readers flock to the genre.

Time running out for Saginaw to earn SAFER Grant

As the end of September approaches it appears more likely that Saginaw will have to close one fire station and lay off more than a dozen firefighters. The city had applied for a third Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

As DOJ rolls back monitoring of police conduct, more prosecutors…

As DOJ rolls back monitoring of police conduct, more prosecutors should be like Baltimore's Mosby Attorneys can and must do more to curb questionable behavior from bad cops Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2kcLloJ On Tuesday, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced her office's decision to dismiss a large number of drug cases in response to troubling police body-camera footage - bringing the total to 213 cases that have been or will be dropped since this issue first emerged over the summer. Mosby's decision should be neither surprising nor controversial.

Trump lashes out at San Juan mayor who begged for more help

President Donald Trump on Saturday lashed out at the mayor of San Juan and other officials in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, contemptuous of their claims of a laggard U.S. response to the natural disaster that has imperiled the island's future. "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help," Trump said in a series of tweets a day after the capital city's mayor appealed for help "to save us from dying."

‘Such poor leadership’; Trump attacks San Juan mayor who begged for storm aid

President Donald Trump on Saturday lashed out at the mayor of San Juan and other officials in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, contemptuous of their claims of a laggard U.S. response to the natural disaster that has imperiled the island's future. "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help," Trump said in a series of tweets a day after the capital city's mayor appealed for help "to save us from dying."

I Am Still Mad Online


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Bush was very very bad and Trump only dreams of leaping over the high bar to be as bad as he was. Why do we forget this?

Puerto Rico’s In America


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When I was a kid we made racist Puerto Rican jokes. We made lots of racist jokes because there were a lot of racist jokes around and we were kids so we just echoed them.

From Donald Trump, a New Low

From Donald Trump, a New Low - The purpose of my 152-installment Trump Time Capsule series during the 2016 campaign was to record, in real time, things Donald Trump said or did that were wholly outside the range for previous serious contenders for the White House.

Democrats in Iowa looking for ways to win back Trump voters

In this Nov. 30, 2016 file photo, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, pauses while speaking to members of the media following the House Democratic Caucus elections on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ryan is among three rising House Democrats, including Illinois' Cheri Bustos and Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, in Des Moines, Saturday, Sept.

Colorado’s governor bets legislators can fix spending law

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is betting state lawmakers can fix a mistake in an intricate spending law without jeopardizing hard-won compromises that spared rural hospitals drastic budget cuts and provided $1.9 billion for transportation. Hickenlooper called a special session to restore the ability of Denver's Regional Transportation District and other so-called special districts to collect standard state sales taxes on recreational marijuana.

The White House counsel reportedly almost resigned amid concerns over …


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Trump and Kushner are subjects in Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, and McGahn was reportedly worried their meetings could be seen as an effort to coordinate stories West Wing staffers were concerned that White House counsel Don McGahn would quit earlier this summer because of his frustration over meetings between President Donald Trump and his senior and adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is focusing on both Trump and Kushner , and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the election in his favor.

Trump blames Puerto Ricans for slow hurricane response


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U.S. President Donald Trump blamed Puerto Ricans on Saturday for failing to do enough to dig out from damage caused by Hurricane Maria, saying criticism leveled at his government for the slow response was driven by politics. Ten days after the devastating storm wiped out power and communications systems, more than half of the 3.4 million people who live on the island do not have access to drinking water, and 95 percent remain without power, the Pentagon said.

Race to decide if West Coast keeps its only GOP-led chamber

The Washington state Senate is the only Republican-led legislative chamber on the West Coast, and a special election in Seattle's wealthy eastern suburbs has drawn millions of dollars and national attention to two political newcomers vying for the seat in November. Democrat Manka Dhingra and Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund are seeking to serve the last year of a four-year term left vacant by the death of Republican Sen. Andy Hill.

Head to Head Comparison: ManTech International Corporation (MANT) vs. Its Competitors

ManTech International Corporation is one of 196 public companies in the "IT Services & Consulting" industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare ManTech International Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends. ManTech International Corporation has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

ACLU dances on the grave of Henry Hyde – thanks to Republican Gov. Rauner


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Despite his campaign rhetoric, Bruce Rauner may go down in history as one of Illinois' most socially and culturally transformative governors. He'll certainly be listed among the most effective for the Democrat, progressive left.

Google investigating Russian influence during 2016 election

Google has begun to investigate internally to determine if its ads or services were used by Russian entities to influence U.S. voters in the 2016 election. Google, an Alphabet Inc. company, has launched a broad internal investigation and is talking with congressional officials currently probing Russian efforts to influence the election, a person familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal .

Hurricane Stresses Puerto Rico’s Already Weak Health System

The U.S. military visited the city of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, as the area is dealing with massive damage to buildings and homes, as well as electrical and water infrastructure, from Hurricane Maria. Other US agencies like the Coast Guard, FEMA, Red Cross, the Puerto Rican Emergency Management Agency and Puerto Rican police are also making their way through Humacao, Puerto Rico, bringing aid, meals and water with them.

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is betting state lawmakers can fix a mistake in an intricate spending law without jeopardizing hard-won compromises that spared rural hospitals drastic budget cuts and provided $1.9 billion for transportation. Hickenlooper called a special session to restore the ability of Denver's Regional Transportation District and other so-called special districts to collect standard state sales taxes on recreational marijuana.

Why Graham-Cassidy Failed – And the Hard Slog Ahead

With the announcement by U.S. Senators Ron Paul , John McCain , Susan Collins , and Ted Cruz declaring their refusal to support the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill, the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has met with failure yet again. Lest we repeat the procedure in an endless loop, there is a lesson to be learned from this debacle about the insidious cunning of modern liberalism.

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Lance Armstrong. Remember him? The once-everywhere cyclist, who famously won the Tour de France seven consecutive times, is now starting up a different hill.

Trump blasts Puerto Rican mayor for ‘poora

Trump blasts Puerto Rican mayor for 'poor leadership' in hurricane relief crisis The president also accuses CNN and NBC for trying to disparage U.S. Check out this story on dailyworld.com: https://usat.ly/2kbhEEg On Twitter, President Trump blasted San Juan, Puerto Rico's mayor Carmen YulA n Cruz after she made a dire plea for help to the U.S. government. Trump said Cruz has 'been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.'

President Trump Compliments Kim Jong Un, Makes Case for North Korean Nukes

Presumably, President Donald Trump believed he was sticking a rhetorical dagger in North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's heart by calling the latter "Rocket Man." But what greater compliment could there be for the leader of a small, impoverished, and isolated nation than being recognized the U.S. president as joining the global superpower in possessing intercontinental missiles and nuclear weapons? By the president's own words, Kim is now one of the "Big Boys."

Fuel Trucks Helping Hurricane Relief Efforts Head Home

BOSTON: Two weeks after Hurricane Irma hit Southern Florida, ten fuel trucks from New England are on their way home after working with FEMA in both the Texas and Florida restoration efforts. When the trucks were requested to head to Florida, Massachusetts-based fuel distributor Dennis K. Burke, Inc. already had trucks working with FEMA in Texas.

‘SNL’ gears up for new season launch with Gosling, Jay-Z

"Saturday Night Live" kicks off its new season with Ryan Gosling as host, Jay-Z as the musical guest - and pretty likely some jokes at the expense of the White House. The sketch comedy show starts up again Saturday and is hoping to build off one of its most-watched seasons in more than two decades thanks to Alec Baldwin's turn as President Donald Trump and Melissa McCarthy's appearances as former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Ripley receives $849,000 for wastewater system

On Friday, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $849,000 in federal assistance for the town of Ripley. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

AP sources: Note in Tennessee church shooting refers to Roof shooting

In this Monday, April 10, 2017, file photo, Dylann Roof enters the court room at the Charleston County Judicial Center to enter his guilty plea on murder charges in Charleston, S.C. Roof, a white supremacist who was sentenced to death in the 2015 massacre of nine black worshippers, has told a federal appeals court he wants to fire his appellate attorneys because one of them is Jewish and the other is Indian. In a handwritten request filed Monday, Sept.

Majority of Democratic voters are all-in on single-payer

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for all" bill has the support of a third of the Senate Democratic caucus, including potential 2020 presidential hopefuls like New York's Kirstin Gillibrand and Kamala Harris of California. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for all" bill has the support of a third of the Senate Democratic caucus, including potential 2020 presidential hopefuls like New York's Kirstin Gillibrand and Kamala Harris of California.

Cubans heartbroken as U.S. not to issue visas in Havana

The United States said it was cutting its diplomatic presence in Cuba by more than a half because of mysterious "attacks" against its embassy personnel and was therefore halting regular visa operations. Photo - Reuters The United States said it was cutting its diplomatic presence in Cuba by more than a half because of mysterious "attacks" against its embassy personnel and was therefore halting regular visa operations.

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President Donald Trump is seeking a new health secretary, after an outcry over flying on costly private charters for official travel forced the resignation of Tom Price. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar.

Renewables opportunity in Puerto Rico

Politicians and investors say they have a golden opportunity in the wake of Hurricane Maria to re-invent Puerto Rico's power grid as a storm-resistant network. Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's antiquated and bankrupt electrical system, leaving millions in the dark and utility crews scrambling to help.

Oregon Democrats’ $1.4 billion carbon pricing plan looms over 2018 session

Four months before Oregon lawmakers return to Salem, it's already clear one Democratic priority will likely dominate the session: passing a bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions and charge some of the state's largest companies for their carbon output. This summer, at a screening of Al Gore's latest climate change documentary, Gov. Kate Brown announced her support for passing the so-called "cap and invest" bill.

Joe’s Take: Trump crowd shows its ugly side

Who are you? I've got to say that I really don't know anymore. It's kind of a strange turn of events since we went to the same public schools across the Deep South, then attended the same state colleges, cheering wildly on Saturdays for our favorite SEC teams and spent Sunday mornings together in the same Southern Baptist pews.

FBI crime report shows McHenry County trends

In 2016, the Woodstock Police Department encountered a strange uptick in arsons: A 300 percent increase from the previous year. "Arson is a fire set by a human," said Woodstock Police Chief John Lieb, commenting on the figures detailed in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual crime report, a rundown of statistics compiled from 2016.

Mattel baby monitor listens, raises child-privacy concerns

Toymaker Mattel has announced plans to sell a nursery gadget that will listen to infants and watch over them, record their sleep patterns, and even play a lullaby should they awaken. Skeptics are asking if the device, similar to Amazon.com's Echo with its Alexa voice assistant, will violate children's privacy and deepen a trend of surrendering intimate human connections to technology that talks and listens.

Revealed: The truth behind Shane Ross garda station stroke

Crime rates in Stepaside dropped "significantly" in the period leading up to a Cabinet decision to reopen the local Garda station, the Irish Independent can reveal. Crime rates in Stepaside dropped "significantly" in the period leading up to a Cabinet decision to reopen the local Garda station, the Irish Independent can reveal.

Judge Jeanine Calls Out Michelle Obama for ‘Condescending’ Remarks…

Judge Jeanine Pirro had some strong words for Michelle Obama after the former first lady said women who voted for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election went against their "own voice." "What does it mean for us as women that we look at those two candidates, as women, and many of us said, 'That guy, he's better for me, his voice is more true to me,'" Obama said at the Inbound conference in Boston on Wednesday.

3,800 gang members charged in U.S., Central America in joint operationLocal 10 Miami


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More than 3,800 people in the U.S. and Central America who are members of the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs have been charged in connection with a coordinated law enforcement operation called Operation Regional Shield, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Friday. The defendants reside in the U.S., El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Trump to Puerto Rico: ‘They have to give us more help’

The justices are hearing arguments Tuesday in a dispute between Democratic voters and Wisconsin Republicans who drew maps that have entrenched their control of the legislature in a state that is otherwise closely divided between the parties. The justices are hearing arguments Tuesday in a dispute between Democratic voters and Wisconsin Republicans who drew maps that have entrenched their control of the legislature in a state that is otherwise closely divided between the parties.

Saturday, September 30

This section includes: Health News, Entertainment News, This Day in History, Tourism, Out & About, Movies & Videos, Restaurant Menus, Recipes, & Pets O n Friday morning, a large crowd gathered on the campus of Lincoln College for the official opening of the Lynx Village.

Business owner meets president

Amy Gannon heard around the office the White House was looking for local small businessmen to interview ahead of President Donald Trump's Indiana speech. John Gannon, owner of Custom Wood Fencing of Greenfield, shared his thoughts on tax reform about a week before Trump stepped off Air Force One at the Indianapolis International Airport.

Military Prep Superintendent Tells Students to Treat Others with Respect or Get Out


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Summary : The superintendent of an Air Force Academy made it clear to those at the academy that racial slurs would not be tolerated. When racial slurs were found scrawled across the doors of the black students at the U.S. Air Force Academy's preparatory school, Superintendent Lt.

Tillerson in China as US presses North Korean economic squeeze

The United States sees China as critical to averting a military confrontation with Pyongyang, which is fast advancing toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States. U.S. officials say Beijing appears increasingly willing to cut ties to North Korea's economy by adopting U.N. sanctions, after long accounting for some 90 percent of its neighbor's foreign trade.

First Financial Bankshares (FFIN) & Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK) Head-To-Head Review


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First Financial Bankshares and Hudson City Bancorp are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations. This table compares First Financial Bankshares and Hudson City Bancorp's net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Aid flows to Puerto Rico but many still lack water and food

Thousands of Puerto Ricans were finally getting water and food rations Friday as an aid bottleneck began to ease, but many remained cut off from the basic necessities of life and were desperate for power, communications and other trappings of normality in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. There were many people across the island, especially outside the capital, unable to get water, gas or generator fuel.

Cubans are heartbroken, angry can’t seek U.S. visas in Havana


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Cubans said they were both heartbroken and enraged by the United States' decision yesterday to stop processing visas at its embassy in Havana that would further tear at the seams of families already divided by the Florida Straits. The United States said it was cutting its diplomatic presence in Cuba by more than a half because of mysterious "attacks" against its embassy personnel and was therefore halting regular visa operations.

Poll: 41 Percent Believe It’s Appropriate for Athletes to Protest

The number of people who think it's appropriate for professional athletes to protest racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem is rising, a Fox News poll shows. In a poll released this week, 41 percent of respondents thought it was appropriate for athletes to take the knee during the Star Spangled Banner rather than stand; 55 percent thought it was inappropriate.

Costs and Climate Be Damned, Rick Perry Seeks to Prop Up Coal, Nuclear Plants

The administration is "shamelessly trying to force electricity customers to pay billions of dollars to prop up old, dangerous, and uneconomic coal and nuclear plants," says Sierra Club's Mary Ann Hitt. U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry's proposal to ensure "a reliable, resilient electric grid" by propping up nuclear and coal power plants is being met with condemnation by environmental advocacy groups who says it's based on an erroneous argument and spells bad news for customers and the climate alike.

Air Force Academy Racial Slurs Decried

Racial slurs were written on dormitory message boards outside the rooms of black cadet candidates at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, earlier this week, Newsweek reported . One of the cadet's mother exposed this when she posted a photo to Facebook depicting a derogatory slur written on the whiteboard outside her son's room.

Jim Jordan: ‘Any Tax Cut Should Actually Cut Taxes’

Rep. Jim Jordan praised President Donald Trump's tax plan Friday, telling Newsmax TV that "any tax cut should first actually cut taxes." "This is what we said at the Freedom Caucus," the Ohio Republican and a founder of the group of conservative party members, told Miranda Khan on "America Talks Live" in an interview.

Ship in San Diego Bay continues to burn

Flames spread through a docked commercial fishing and research ship near Seaport Village Friday, posing a challenging daylong firefight for emergency personnel unable to safely brave the furnace-like interior of the burning vessel. The blaze erupted for unknown reasons inside the 120-foot Norton Sound about 9:30 a.m., sending thick plumes of dark-gray smoke billowing over San Diego Bay, according to the city Fire-Rescue Department.

Trump’s breaking point with Price

Price's future in serious jeopardy - The president tells reporters he'll make a decision 'tonight' on Price amid private jet furor. - Tom Price's future in the Trump administration was in serious jeopardy on Friday, despite the Health and Human Services secretary's last-ditch efforts to save his job

Military

Modern-day sailors and soldiers said they were honored to play baseball Friday to recreate the U.S. Army versus Navy games from World War I. The U.S. Naval War College recognized the centennial of America's involvement in the war by planning the game in Newport, Rhode Island. "We're celebrating a game we love and we're celebrating history," said Navy Lt.

Appeals court panel overturns verdict against guardrail firm

Three appeals court judges have overturned a $663 million fraud verdict against a company that makes guardrails found along many U.S. roads and highways. The panel of judges on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Friday threw out a 2014 jury verdict against Trinity Industries Trinity was accused of fraud for failing to tell regulators about changes it made to guardrails, which critics said made them more dangerous when hit by cars at certain angles.

Puerto Rico under a flash flood watch as the wait for supplies drags on

Ten days after Hurricane Maria began to crash into Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, the island is dealing with a humanitarian crisis as millions remain without electricity and water, and limited access to gas and cash. The majority of the US commonwealth is without power, with the exception of people and facilities using generators, the US Energy Department says.

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US migrant social media crackdown: I have nothing to hide, oh, wait

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Maria dims Puerto Rico’s bleak economic outlook

For now, the focus has shifted from Puerto Rico's financial woes to meeting the basic needs of its 3.5 million people, many of whom still lack adequate food, water and power more than a week since the Category 4 hurricane laid waste to the U.S. territory. But as Puerto Rico emerges from the worst of the disaster, it will still face a $74 billion public debt load and a decade-old economic recession that has sent hundreds of thousands of islanders fleeing to the U.S. mainland.

GOP candidate for Ohio governor pulls ad over NFL protests

A Republican congressman running for Ohio governor has pulled a $20,000 television ad from an upcoming NFL broadcast over protests by players kneeling during the national anthem. U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci announced Friday he was cancelling an ad scheduled to run Sunday during the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Justice: No endorsement yet in West Virginia’s Senate race

Gov. Jim Justice says he hasn't yet endorsed anyone for next year's race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Joe Manchin. Elected last year as a Democrat with Manchin's support, Justice recently switched to the Republican Party - an announcement he made with President Donald Trump at a Charleston rally in August.

Top Republican, Democratic Senators Warn Trump On Enforcing Russia Sanctions

Two leading U.S. senators are warning President Donald Trump to enforce the Russia sanctions that Congress recently passed into law over Trump's objections. A letter released on September 29 by Republican John McCain and Democrat Ben Cardin said Congress would conduct "vigorous oversight" of the law, which cements in place existing sanctions, adds new ones, and makes it harder for Trump to lift them unilaterally.

Big decisions’ needed on rebuilding Puerto Rico, Donald Trump says

Donald Trump tweeted that "big decisions" were pending on how to rebuild hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as the mayor of the island's biggest city, San Juan, said the response to the disaster was "not a good news story". Acting Homeland Secretary Elaine Duke had suggested as much a day earlier in the White House driveway, saying the federal response to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria is "a good news story" and adding "the relief effort is under control".

Health secretary Tom Price resigns amid travel flap

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UConn, Storrs campus

At least a dozen Republican House and Senate members - and one Democratic senator - who graduated or earned advanced degrees at UConn voted for a GOP state budget the university says slashed $300 million from the school. Click through to see who.

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The office of the press secretary released a statement Friday afternoon saying Price has offered his resignation and President Donald Trump had accepted. The announcement came less than an hour after Trump said he would "make a decision" on Price later Friday, echoing previous incidents when White House staffers were dismissed.

HHS Secretary Tom Price resigns amid private jet scandal

HHS Secretary Tom Price's high-priced flights on charter and military aircraft have led him to resign, leaving President Trump with another job opening. President Trump has accepted HHS Secretary Tom Price's resignation, White House says HHS Secretary Tom Price's high-priced flights on charter and military aircraft have led him to resign, leaving President Trump with another job opening.

Fall o’ the Leader? House Urges McConnell’s Ouster

If anyone's ready to turn the page on September, it's Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell . The last few weeks haven't exactly been kind to the Kentucky senator, who watched his own party set fire to the latest GOP health care repeal, blew millions of dollars on a losing effort in Alabama's Senate runoff, and got blamed for all of it by Donald Trump.

The US Economy is Failing

The frontpage headline story for the Labor Day weekend was "Low Wage Growth Challenges Fed." Despite an alleged 4.4% unemployment rate, which is full employment, there is no real growth in wages.

Feds demand Facebook handover private info of ‘anti-administrationa

The Department of Justice is demanding that Facebook provide the government with the private information of three users, including the identities of an estimated 6,000 people who "liked" a page set up in protest of President Donald Trump. In search warrants filed in court , government officials sought the disclosure of a wide swath of personal information from the Facebook accounts of two political activists and a page set up to coordinate protests of Trump on Inauguration Day.

MO Senate candidate says Facebook pushed back on AR-15 raffle

A Missouri Republican running for Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat is challenging Facebook's response to his campaign's raffle of an AR-15 rifle. Former Libertarian presidential candidate Austin Petersen posted a letter Thursday to the Facebook page promoting his campaign, complaining about the removal of a video and status update about the raffle.

New Senate GOP budget would pave way for tax rewrite

Senate Republicans unveiled a budget plan Friday that lays the groundwork for overhauling the nation's tax system, the top legislative priority for President Donald Trump and the GOP. House and Senate passage of the budget blueprint is required in order to allow Republicans to pass follow-on tax legislation later this year.

Immigrants line up to renew work permits as program ends

The line stretches down the block before the sun rises in Los Angeles for immigrants seeking help to renew their work permits under a 5-year-old program that has shielded them from deportation but is now nearing its end. Ivan Vizueta, a 25-year-old from Long Beach, California, brought a folding chair and music to pass the time while waiting to renew the papers that enable him to work for a plumbing company and earn nearly twice the wages he once did loading and unloading cargo containers.

Immigration agents arrest 498 in sweep of sanctuary cities

Federal agents arrested 498 people from 42 countries in a four-day nationwide operation targeting cities that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said give sanctuary to unauthorized immigrants who have committed crimes. ICE officials said that the sweep, Operation Safe City, which concluded Wednesday, focused on “sanctuary jurisdictions” where the agency is denied access to jails to interview suspects and where its requests to take those arrested into custody are not honored.

Pushing on Puerto Rico

Officials are preparing for tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans to arrive in Florida as the island faces humanitarian crisis. Officials are preparing for tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans to arrive in Florida as the island faces humanitarian crisis.

‘Big decisions will have to be made’: Trump shares ominous message on future of Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to defend his administration's handling of the crisis in Puerto Rico, but left questions as to how the recovery efforts will be financed. "Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello just stated: 'The Administration and the President, every time we've spoken, they've delivered......'" he wrote, adding "...The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes.

Puerto Rico’s recovery: Here’s what lies ahead

Puerto Rico is under a flash flood watch as the agonizing wait for food and supplies continues in the US island after Hurricane Maria hit more than a week ago. Heavy rain is expected through the weekend, which "will aggravate the ongoing recovery and relief efforts," the National Weather Service said.

Sen. Bob Menendez’s trial by the numbers

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, of New Jersey, is accused of accepting lavish travel and hotel stays from his friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen. Through various "official acts" as a senator, prosecutors say Menendez violated federal bribery laws by advocating for the doctor in a number of ongoing disputes Melgen had with the federal government.

Sessions Gets One Right

Or just CLICK THIS LINK to start shopping for anything. Don't worry - anything you buy through it will pay Daily Pundit a commission! Thanks! "In the spirit of President Trump's Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American, the Department of Justice will not tolerate employers who discriminate against U.S. workers because of a desire to hire temporary foreign visa holders," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

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One of President Trump's judicial nominees became something of a hero to religious conservatives after she was grilled at a Senate hearing this month over whether her Roman Catholic faith would influence her decisions on the bench. The nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor up for an appeals court seat, had raised the issue herself in articles and speeches over the years.

Robert Muellera s Russia investigation team loses second FBI veteran

Special counsel Robert Mueller has now lost a second official that he brought in from the FBI to help investigate Russia's alleged meddling in last year's presidential election, ABC News has learned. The latest FBI veteran to leave, Lisa Page, was described by media accounts in June as a trial attorney with "deep experience [in] money laundering and organized crime cases."

White House probing officials’ use of private email accounts


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The White House is scrutinizing former and current officials' use of private email accounts for official government business, CBS News' Major Garrett confirmed Friday. The revelations of the use of private email by several officials gave White House Counsel Don McGahn no choice but to review the matter since it conflicts with White House policy.

These are GOP sticking points on tax reform

Fresh off a blistering loss over health care, many lawmakers are cautiously optimistic their party can be more successful in overhauling the U.S. tax code, a system they say is seriously lacking in popularity and in dire need of change. Fewer than 24 hours after Republicans were forced to pull the plug on their second effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, the party released a framework, held a bicameral news conference and discussed details about how they plan to revamp the tax code.

Media efforts to expand “private jetgate” to EPA come up dry

The press has their teeth into an actual story with questions about Trump administration officials taking private or military jets for business travel when commercial, public flights would be cheaper. Particularly in a White House which made cutting costs and government waste a mantra on the campaign trail, making good on those promises is crucial, even if the amounts of money we're talking about aren't massive.

Trump’s policy for Africa encouraging – Akufo-Addo

During the 72nd United Nations General Assemby meeting, recently held in New York, the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, held a meeting with eight African leaders, including President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, where he acknowledged the tremendous potential of the continent for the development of their economies, and added that his policy for Africa was to promote trade and investment. President Nana Akufo-Addo, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Statesman and a section of the media, yesterday, said he was enthused about the new policy direction announced by Mr Trump, explaining that it would go a long way to erase the culture of aid and dependency which had not served African countries well over the years.

FAA bans drones flights near Arch, other national landmarks


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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is restricting drone flights within 400 feet of 10 national landmarks, including the Gateway Arch.

Federal Circuit Holds that the “Required and Established Place…

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that to find a "required and established place of business" for venue in a civil action for patent infringement, the court must identify "a physical place, of business, of the defendant." Namely, the place of business must be a physical location that the defendant exercises control over and from which it conducts steady, uniform, and methodical business activities.

Puerto Ricans say US relief efforts failing them

The Trump administration has declared that its relief efforts in Puerto Rico are succeeding, but people on the island said help was scarce eight days after Hurricane Maria devastated the US territory. President Donald Trump cleared the way for more supplies to head to Puerto Rico by issuing a 10-day waiver of federal restrictions on foreign ships delivering cargo to the island.

Trump admin defends new refugee cap of 45,000 in coming yearAssociated Press

The Trump administration defended its decision Wednesday to sharply curtail the number of refugees allowed into the United States to 45,000 next year, even as global humanitarian groups decried the move and called the number far too low. The 45,000 cap, to be formally announced by President Donald Trump in the coming days, reflects the maximum the U.S. will admit during the fiscal year that starts Sunday, although the actual number allowed could be far lower.

Cheers, tears and hugs as wounded Scalise returns to Capitol

Greeted by hugs, tears and a roaring standing ovation, a hobbling Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to the House on Thursday, more than three months after a gunman sprayed fire at a baseball practice and left the lawmaker clinging to life. "You have no idea how great this feels to be back here at work in the people's house," the 51-year-old Louisiana Republican said to a chamber packed with lawmakers, including senators who had crossed the Capitol to welcome him back.

Review: Sasha Abramsky’s “Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of…

Sasha Abramsky's previous book, The American Way of Poverty - how the truly poor in our country struggle to survive in our thankless nation, ruled by greed-ought to have been a wakeup call to our common humanity. Four years later, with inhumanity entrenched within the Trump presidency, his ignorant base, and the Republican sycophants in Congress, it's easy to scream out in frustration at how we've become such any uncaring nation.

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In the Sunday Vision of September 17, an article written by Moses Walubiri showed who said what in the Constituent Assembly , when the issue of the presidential age limit was being debated. In reference to the Hansard, Dr. Kizza Besigye disagreed with the amendment moved by Noble Mayombo proposing that a presidential contender had to be between the age limit of 35-75 years.

Kansas governor race: 3rd teen seeking to succeed Brownback

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, seen April 2, 2015, is expecting to step down if the U.S. Senate confirms him for an ambassadorship in the Trump administration. On Thursday, a 17-year-old threw his hat in the ring, becoming the third teenager looking to succeed Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who is required by law to step down after two consecutive terms.

Helping Puerto Rico

The 2017 hurricane season has wreaked humanitarian disasters on Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Not to diminish the suffering on the Gulf Coast, the 3.4 million Americans in Puerto Rico are the most isolated, the poorest, the least politically powerful, and the most in need of help.

Trinity Wins Reversal of $663 Million Guardrail Judgment

Investigators survey the damage on a compact coupe after a crash test at Karco Engineering LLC safety testing facility in Adelanto, California. Trinity Industries Inc. won't have to pay a $663 million judgment that was awarded in a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging the company defrauded the U.S. government with a faulty highway guardrail safety system.

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Trump Fog Machine

Do you remember what monstrous, contemptible or demonstrably false thing Donald Trump said one year ago? Six months ago? O.K., last week? Probably not. The effect of this presidency-by-horrors is to induce amnesia in the public, as if we'd all been given a memory-loss drug.

Tom Bossert Defends WH Response to Puerto Rico

Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert on Thursday defended the Trump administration's response to the devastation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, saying "it is my sincere belief that that food and water will get" to suffering residents. "I have no doubt," Bossert told reporters at the White House press briefing.

Puerto Ricans say US relief efforts failing them

The Trump administration declared Thursday that its relief efforts in Puerto Rico are succeeding, but people on the island said help was scarce and disorganized while food supplies dwindled in some remote towns eight days after Hurricane Maria devastated the US territory of 3.4 million people. President Donald Trump cleared the way for more supplies to head to Puerto Rico by issuing a 10-day waiver of federal restrictions on foreign ships delivering cargo to the island.

Puerto Ricans says US relief efforts failing them

The Trump administration declared Thursday that its relief efforts in Puerto Rico are succeeding, but people on the island said help was scarce and disorganized while food supplies dwindled in some remote towns eight days after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory of 3.4 million people.

that’s Nice: Officer Escorting Him Crashes – Trump Refuses…

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump was being escorted through Indiana on the way back to Air Force One when one of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers, Robert Turner, crashed his motorcycle on I-70, Blue Lives Matter reported. The cause of the crash is unknown, but it appears people stopped to take pictures instead of helping the officer.

Judicial Watch: Court Will Review Clinton Emails over Objections of…

Judicial Watch announced today that a federal judge will personally review, in camera , redacted material from emails discussing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of iPads and iPhones during her tenure at the State Department. Judge Kollar-Kotelly also ordered the State Department to file an affidavit addressing why it should not have to search new Clinton emails recovered.

Senator: Twitter’s actions on Russia-linked accounts lacking

Twitter's Carlos Monje, the director of public policy and philanthropy, right, knocks on the door with Colin Crowell, head of global public policy, to enter the closed door meeting Thursday with the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill as part of the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Alex Brandon/The Associated Press Twitter's Carlos Monje, the director of public policy and philanthropy, right, knocks on the door with Colin Crowell, head of global public policy, to enter the closed door meeting Thursday with the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill as part of the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Scalise makes emotional return to Capitol Hill months after shooting

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was at "imminent risk of death" when he was rushed to the hospital with a gunshot wound 15 weeks ago, made a dramatic return to the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. Scalise entered the House chamber on crutches to a roar of bipartisan applause, embraced several of his colleagues and delivered his first floor remarks since the June 14 shooting.

Sasse calls out Richard Spencer in tweetstorm

Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse slammed white supremacist Richard Spencer in a tweetstorm Thursday night, calling Spencer's ideas "un-American poison." The series of tweets started after Sasse posted a Reuters article Wednesday on remarks by Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford, who alleged Wednesday that Russian internet trolls, in an effort to polarize Americans, helped fuel debate over President Donald Trump's comments criticizing NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem.

Reporter’s Notebook: For the hurricane-battered island of Vieques, help seems far off

We've just returned from Vieques, a 134-square-mile island off Puerto Rico's eastern coast which suffered harrowing devastation from Hurricane Maria. This once-picturesque island of approximately 9,300 -- known for its secluded beaches, snorkeling and wild horses that roam the countryside -- is now a dream-turned-nightmare: There's no power, no running water, and the hospital was so severely damaged that it has been forced to set up a temporary triage tent outside to treat patients.

PHOTO: U.S. Ambassador in Russia John F.Tefft meets journalists on March 10, 2015, in Moscow.

The United States' outgoing ambassador to Moscow left Russia on Thursday after completing his posting, using the occasion to underline the Trump administration's desire to halt the deterioration in the two countries' relations. John F. Tefft, who became ambassador in 2014, has served during an extended period of crisis between Moscow and Washington, arriving at the height of the confrontation with Russia over its invasion of Ukraine and representing the U.S. throughout the tumult following Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 election.

Cheers, tears and hugs as wounded Scalise returns to Capitol

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Chicago sues Equifax over massive data breach

The city of Chicago filed a lawsuit Thursday against the credit reporting company Equifax over a data breach that exposed personal information of about 143 million people, including more than 5 million in Illinois. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the company should be held accountable for the breach and a delay in notifying consumers.

Why President Trump’s tax cuts won’t fire up the US economy

When the Tweeter of the Free World, Donald Trump, recently announced his administration would be proceeding with large corporate tax cuts, he accompanied it with a 140-character announcement that suggested it was the 'right tax cut at the the right time'. President Trump and Republicans are proposing a $5 trillion plan that would cut taxes for corporations and individuals, though questions into the cost remain.

Puerto Ricans say Trump’s disaster response was too slow, too clumsy

Residents of Puerto Rico accused President Donald Trump of being slow to dispatch aid after Hurricane Maria and clumsy in his public remarks once it was clear the U.S. territory had been devastated by the storm. After days of urging, Trump on Thursday temporarily lifted restrictions on foreign shipping from the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico to move aid more quickly and the Pentagon appointed a senior general to oversee military relief operations.

NAACP Releases Statement on Racist Photo

The Evansville branch of the NAACP has released a statement concerning a disturbing picture that shows middle school aged boys gathered around an African-American baby doll with a noose around its neck. Apparently taken using the social media platform Snapchat, the photo has been seen and shared by thousands of people on social media.

Job in Jeopardy, HHS Chief Promises to Repay Charter Costs

Fighting to keep his job, health secretary Tom Price said Thursday he'd write a personal check to reimburse taxpayers for the cost of his travel on charter flights taken on government business and pledged to fly commercial going forward - "no exceptions." "I regret the concerns this has raised regarding the use of taxpayer dollars," Price said in a statement.

Trump administration targets ‘sanctuary’ cities in latest wave of immigration arrests

The Trump administration has arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in cities that are hostile to the federal government's deportation crackdown, the latest salvo in a growing battle over sanctuary jurisdictions. Federal officials said Thursday that "Operation Safe City" specifically targeted some of the fiercest opponents of President Trump's immigration policies , including New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Washington.

Menendez prosecutors seek to tie gifts, donations to actions

Prosecutors in the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez are seeking to show jurors that the New Jersey Democrat took actions on behalf of a wealthy donor after the donor gave him gifts and campaign donations. On Thursday, they showed that a few days after the donor gave $60,000 to funds supporting Menendez, Menendez met with a State Department official regarding the donor's port security business.

Democrats are rejecting a report warning about N.J. property taxes

TRENTON -- Top Democrats in New Jersey -- including Phil Murphy , the party's nominee for governor -- quickly rejected a report released Thursday saying a law limiting the raises that police and fire unions can win in arbitration should be renewed in an effort to keep property taxes in check. A spokesman for Murphy called the study a "political stunt" by appointees of Republican Gov. Chris Christie and said it would not sway the candidate to take a stance on the cap until a more thorough review is conducted.

Illinois governor agrees to allow Medicaid for abortions

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner ended months of speculation Thursday and signed legislation allowing state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions, as the first-term Republican reversed his stance on the proposal from last spring. The General Assembly controlled by Democrats approved the measure in May but delayed sending it to Rauner until Monday, in part because he has changed his mind about support of the plan.

Democrats and the GOP both have a millennial problem

Protesters rally against an appearance by former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Although more than 4 in 10 millennials identify as independents, according to the Pew Research Center, history has shown that most young adults vote for the Democratic Party.

Twitter to talk to House, Senate in Russia probe

The Twitter app on a mobile phone in Philadelphia, as seen on April 26. Social media giant Twitter will visit Capitol Hill, today, as part of the House and Senate investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. WASHINGTON>> Social media giant Twitter is visiting Capitol Hill today as part of the House and Senate investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Democrat Alan Dershowitz Threatens to Sue Berkeley Over Discrimmination Against Pro-Israel Speakers

Longtime Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz has been invited to speak at UC Berkeley by a pro-Israel student group and in typical fashion, he's getting push back. During an interview with Fox and Friends Thursday morning, Dershowitz revealed the university allows pro-Palestinian speakers to come on campus essentially whenever they like, but require an eight week waiting period before pro-Israel speakers are allowed to participate in events.

HydrantID Selected by the State of California Department of Justice…

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Bombardier got subsidies? Boeing received $64B from the U.S. government

When the Quebec government and Ottawa stepped in to shore up a struggling Bombardier with cash for its prized CSeries aircraft, danger was lurking, according to William Mitchell, professor of strategic management at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. Sure enough, not too long afterwards, Boeing filed a complaint with the U.S. government alleging that Canada's airplane manufacturer was encroaching on its home turf by selling CSeries aircraft on the cheap thanks to government subsidies.

Give U.S. military authority to oversee Puerto Rico relief efforts: Rubio


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Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Thursday called on the U.S. government to name a single authority to oversee relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Rough Cut .

Michigan looks to reclaim world record for largest Rosie the Riveter gathering

When more than 2,000 women and girls of all ages descended upon the former Willow Run bomber plant near Ypsilanti two years ago, wearing red bandanas and blue work clothes with sleeves rolled up, they set a world record for the largest gathering of "Rosie the Riveters" since World War II. Among those in costume were 43 of the "original Rosies," women who went to work in American factories producing munitions and war supplies critical to the Allied victory in the 1940s.

Democrats push CFPB’s Cordray to move on overdraft rules

House Democrats are pushing a bill to reform the way banks charge overdraft fees, but recognizing that Republicans are unlikely to take up the legislation, they are hoping Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray could address the issue without Congress. "Overdraft fees hit the consumers who can afford them the least - cash-strapped hardworking Americans who are struggling to pay their bills," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said in a press release Wednesday.

Three Months After Shooting, Republican Congressman Steve Scalise Returns To Congress

Walking gingerly and on two canes, Representative Steve Scalise, the Republican whip , made an emotional return to the Capitol on Thursday, more than three months after a gunman nearly took his life during practice for a charity baseball game. "It shows you if you fight and persevere, you can overcome anything," Mr. Scalise told reporters as he entered the House chamber to thundering applause from his colleagues, who were awaiting his return.

Bipartisan fix close on Obamacare, but can it pass?

Republicans and Democrats could be on the verge of a bipartisan fix to stabilize Obamacare markets, but it may not matter if enough GOP lawmakers cannot get behind it. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R- Tennessee, pulled the plug on bipartisan talks to fix Obamacare last week to focus on the latest GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

White House Has Yet To Name A New DHS Secretary

Nearly two months after John Kelly, who was serving as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security before becoming White House Chief of Staff, departed as head of DHS to take his new position, the White House still hasn't named a nominee to replace him: The Trump administration is hitting reset on its search for a permanent Department of Homeland Security secretary due to White House aides' dissatisfaction with the slate of candidates, according to two people familiar with the process. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul had been considered the front-runner for the job, but he no longer is in contention, these people said.

NLRB Rounding Into Shape

Seyfarth Synopsis: After this week's Senate confirmation, William J. Emanuel becomes the fifth member on the National Labor Relations Board and creates a 3-2 Republican majority. But employers must still play the waiting game to see a change in course from the Obama-era rulings.

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FILE - This Monday, April 28, 2014 file photo shows the Phoenix VA Health Care Center. Weeks after receiving emergency aid in August 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs is cautioning that the Veterans Choice private-se... WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain is demanding a full accounting from the Department of Veterans Affairs on the financial status of its private-sector health care program after the agency said it could face another budget shortfall as soon as December.

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FILE - This Monday, April 28, 2014 file photo shows the Phoenix VA Health Care Center. Weeks after receiving emergency aid in August 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs is cautioning that the Veterans Choice private-se... WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain is demanding a full accounting from the Department of Veterans Affairs on the financial status of its private-sector health care program after the agency said it could face another budget shortfall as soon as December.

Trump waives cargo restrictions to speed help to Puerto Rico

Under pressure to do more for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump is waiving federal restrictions on foreign ships' transportation of cargo to the island. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter Thursday that Trump has authorized a waiver for the U.S. territory for a little-known federal law that prohibits foreign-flagged ships from shuttling goods between U.S. ports.

Trump waives cargo restrictions to speed help to Puerto Rico

Under pressure to do more for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump is waiving federal restrictions on foreign ships' transportation of cargo to the island. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter Thursday that Trump has authorized a waiver for the U.S. territory for a little-known federal law that prohibits foreign-flagged ships from shuttling goods between U.S. ports.

Omri Ceren: Decertification approaches

Omri Ceren writes to comment on the Reuters story by Francois Murphy reporting that "IAEA chief calls for clarity on disputed section of Iran nuclear deal." Omri's commentary on the story - please check it out - should serve as a preview of coming attractions.

Omri Ceren: Decertification approaches

Omri Ceren writes to comment on the Reuters story by Francois Murphy reporting that "IAEA chief calls for clarity on disputed section of Iran nuclear deal." Omri's commentary on the story - please check it out - should serve as a preview of coming attractions.

Giving the gift of green in the ‘District of Cannabis’

It's hard to justify $45 for an ordinary black cotton T-shirt, but the customer at a store in Washington D.C.'s Adams Morgan does so without question. The clerk grabs a clear plastic box containing about one gram of marijuana and drops it into the bag, reciting a practiced line: "Thank you and here's a gift for you to have as a souvenir."

Giving the gift of green in the ‘District of Cannabis’

It's hard to justify $45 for an ordinary black cotton T-shirt, but the customer at a store in Washington D.C.'s Adams Morgan does so without question. The clerk grabs a clear plastic box containing about one gram of marijuana and drops it into the bag, reciting a practiced line: "Thank you and here's a gift for you to have as a souvenir."

Supreme Court to hear new challenge to labor unions

U.S Navy veteran fears the Trump administration's new travel ban on Iranians will keep him from bringing his fiancA e to America. Sen. John McCain is demanding a full accounting from the Department of Veterans Affairs on the financial status of its private-sector health care program.

Facebook, Google, Twitter asked to testify on Russian meddling

Executives from Facebook, Alphabet Inc's Google and Twitter have been asked to testify to the U.S. Congress in coming weeks as lawmakers probe Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election, committee sources said on Wednesday. A Senate aide said executives from the three firms had been asked by the Senate Intelligence Committee to appear at a public hearing on Nov. 1. The leaders of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said the panel would hold an open hearing next month with representatives from unnamed technology companies in an effort to "better understand how Russia used online tools and platforms to sow discord in and influence our election."

Key Committee Senators Reach Deal on Autonomous Vehicle Bill

Two U.S. senators said late on Wednesday that they had reached a bipartisan deal on legislation aimed at easing hurdles to getting self-driving cars to drivers. U.S. Senator John Thune, a Republican who chairs the Commerce Committee, and Senator Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat, said they had reached a deal on the legislation that would be voted on by the committee on Oct. 4. General Motors Co., Alphabet Inc., Ford Motor Co.

Key Committee Senators Reach Deal on Autonomous Vehicle Bill

Two U.S. senators said late on Wednesday that they had reached a bipartisan deal on legislation aimed at easing hurdles to getting self-driving cars to drivers. U.S. Senator John Thune, a Republican who chairs the Commerce Committee, and Senator Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat, said they had reached a deal on the legislation that would be voted on by the committee on Oct. 4. General Motors Co., Alphabet Inc., Ford Motor Co.

‘All the goodies but none of the pain’ – here’s what Wall Street is saying about Trump’s tax plan


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President Donald Trump's long-awaited tax plan was released to much fanfare on Wednesday, and reactions from Wall Street are already rolling in. The general consensus is that the plan had some good elements, but was a little light on details, which will have to be addressed as tax-writing committees craft actual legislation.

‘All the goodies but none of the pain’ – here’s what Wall Street is saying about Trump’s tax plan


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President Donald Trump's long-awaited tax plan was released to much fanfare on Wednesday, and reactions from Wall Street are already rolling in. The general consensus is that the plan had some good elements, but was a little light on details, which will have to be addressed as tax-writing committees craft actual legislation.

Democrats to Trump: Send an aircraft carrier to help Puerto Rico with Hurricane Maria


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A group of 145 House Democrats said Wednesday the Defense Department response to the disaster in Puerto Rico has been inadequate and they urged President Trump to send an aircraft carrier to help relieve the territory's suffering residents. A carrier's additional military aircraft and engineers are needed to help clear roads, rescue stranded residents and deliver emergency supplies to isolated parts of the island after it was slammed by Hurricane Maria last week, the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Trump.

Democrats to Trump: Send an aircraft carrier to help Puerto Rico with Hurricane Maria


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A group of 145 House Democrats said Wednesday the Defense Department response to the disaster in Puerto Rico has been inadequate and they urged President Trump to send an aircraft carrier to help relieve the territory's suffering residents. A carrier's additional military aircraft and engineers are needed to help clear roads, rescue stranded residents and deliver emergency supplies to isolated parts of the island after it was slammed by Hurricane Maria last week, the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Trump.

There’s growing concern that Russia-linked Twitter bots influenced the 2016 election


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Executives from Facebook, Google, and Twitter will appear before the US Congress in the coming weeks as lawmakers probe Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US election, committee sources said on Wednesday. A Senate aide said executives from the three firms had been asked by the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify at a public hearing on Nov. 1. News of the hearings comes among growing concern over the influence of Russian-operated fake accounts on social networks.

There’s growing concern that Russia-linked Twitter bots influenced the 2016 election


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Executives from Facebook, Google, and Twitter will appear before the US Congress in the coming weeks as lawmakers probe Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US election, committee sources said on Wednesday. A Senate aide said executives from the three firms had been asked by the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify at a public hearing on Nov. 1. News of the hearings comes among growing concern over the influence of Russian-operated fake accounts on social networks.

Steve Scalise speaks out for first time since shooting: It was like ‘rebuilding Humpty Dumpty’


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Rep. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip who was critically wounded when a gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball team practice on June 14, said in his first interview since the shooting that his doctors "put me back together again." When the Louisiana Republican arrived at the hospital after being hit with a single bullet in the hip, he was at " imminent risk of death ."

How USPTO Patent Reviews Became Imperiled


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Occidental College announces new Obama Scholars program


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Long before he became president, Barack Obama attended Occidental College. Above, a young Obama is shown in an undated photo at the college's Clapp Library.

Occidental College announces new Obama Scholars program


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Long before he became president, Barack Obama attended Occidental College. Above, a young Obama is shown in an undated photo at the college's Clapp Library.

Twitter to talk to House, Senate in Russia probe

Social media giant Twitter will visit Capitol Hill Thursday as part of the House and Senate investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Twitter's closed-door meetings with staff follow similar briefings from Facebook earlier this month, and the House and Senate panels have invited both tech giants, along with Google, to appear at public hearings this fall.

Key figure in Utah political scandal appeals conviction

This Feb. 17, 2017 file photo shows Jeremy Johnson arrives for court during the trial for former Utah Attorney General John Swallow at the Matheson Courthouse, in Salt Lake City. Johnson a onetime helicopter-flying millionaire businessman who played a key role in touching off a high-profile pay-to-pay scandal in Utah is asking a federal appeals court to reverse his conviction for lying to banks to keep his online business afloat.

Senate Leader McConnell faces doubts after losses

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and other GOP members as they talk about the Republicans' proposed rewrite of the tax code for individuals and corporations, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.

Top health official’s travel angers Trump

In this March 24, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price are seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Congress is launching a wide-ranging examination of air travel by high-ranking Trump administration officials.

Trump slashes refugee intake to 45,000

IMAGE: A protester holds a placard during a rally supporting refugees worldwide and in reaction to Trump's travel ban. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters The United States has decided to curtail the number of refugees it would accept next year to 45,000, half of the cap in 2016, as the humanitarian groups decried the move terming it as cruel.

Trump, unpredictable ally for GOP, tests influence on taxes

When President Donald Trump announced plans to go to Indiana Wednesday to sell the GOP tax overhaul plan, party leaders cheered his engagement on the high-stakes issue. When the White House said one of Trump's traveling companions would be Indiana's Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly - a top target in next year's midterm elections - the hopes turned to head-smacking disbelief.

Request in abortion case denied

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis on Wednesday denied Planned Parenthood's request that the entire court hear arguments that earlier led a three-judge panel to overturn an order blocking a law aimed at abortion clinics.

Trump vows another healthcare vote next year, eyes executive order

President Donald Trump, faced with the latest Republican failure to undo Obamacare, pledged on Wednesday to tackle it again next year, suggesting without evidence that he had the votes to pass reform and promising to work with Democrats in the meantime. Trump told reporters at the White House that he also was working on an executive order, possibly to be signed next week, that would allow individuals to buy health insurance across state lines.

Trump Offers ‘Biggest Tax Cuts in History’


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US President Donald Trump presented a tax reform in Indianapolis on Thursday, which he says includes "the biggest tax cut in the history of the country," the news agencies reported. He proposes a reduction in corporate tax from 35 to 20 percent in an attempt to make US companies more competitive, DPA said.

After Moore’s Alabama win, Dems see sliver of hope in Jones

Shaking hands and greeting diners at a popular lunch stop, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones is hoping to persuade Alabamians to break a two-decade habit of voting Republican. A day after Republicans picked firebrand jurist Roy Moore as their nominee, Democrats see an opening, even if it's a narrow one, for a rare Southern victory in a statewide election.

Does the GOP Deserve to Pass Tax Reform?

Yesterday, a joint effort to promote the GOP's new tax reform proposal was spearheaded by Donald Trump and Paul Ryan, who have made tax reform their main priority for this fiscal year. Reading the proposal offers insight into what the GOP wants.

Let Freedom Ring

The American Legion held a national convention in Reno in August. President Trump flew into town to address the group of patriotic American veterans.

Lackawanna County Court Notes

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AOPA Announces 2018 Fly-Ins

The Vintage Air Rally's next event will run for six weeks from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Lakeland, Florida. Setting off from the... I heard the aircraft part of this conversation to Grand Forks FSS at 21:05 local time recently.

Trump vows to help Puerto Rico with recovery after Maria

Trump delivers remarks on proposed changes to the U.S. tax code at the state fairgrounds in Indianapolis on Wednesday. ALBANY - President Trump, whose been criticized for his administration's response to the emergency in Puerto Rico, vowed Wednesday "we will be there every step of the way until this job is done."

Half of likely voters don’t think Feinstein should run for

A majority of likely California voters supports protecting immigrants who arrived in the country as children from deportation and about half don't think Sen. Dianne Feinstein should run for re-election next year, according to a Public Policy Institute of California survey released Wednesday. The poll also found that only about 27 percent of Californians approve of the job President Trump is doing.

Today in History

On September 28, 1892, the first nighttime football game took place in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, as teams from Mansfield State Normal and Wyoming Seminary played under electric lights to a scoreless tie. In 1787, the Congress of the Confederation voted to send the just-completed Constitution of the United States to state legislatures for their approval.

After Moore’s Alabama win, Dems see sliver of hope in Jones

Shaking hands and greeting diners at a popular lunch stop, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones is hoping to persuade Alabamians to break a two-decade habit of voting Republican. A day after Republicans picked firebrand jurist Roy Moore as their nominee, Democrats see an opening, even if it's a narrow one, for a rare Southern victory in a statewide election.

Cuomo: Health funding worries continue

The latest version of a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is now dead in Congress, but New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo remains worried about another potential cut in federal funds to hospitals that he said would blow a hole in the state budget. The money is known as the Disproportionate Share Hospital fund, or DSH, and the money goes to public hospitals and safety net hospitals that often serve the poorest patients.

Sen. Lankford says Russian trolls trying to sow discord in NFL kneeling debate

Russian Internet trolls are trying to gin up even more controversy over NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, a senator said Wednesday - warning that the United States should expect such divisive efforts to escalate in the next election. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., made the assertion in a hearing with the heads of the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center.

US House, Senate inviting social media giants to testify

The House and Senate intelligence committees are inviting tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet - the parent company of Google - to appear for public hearings as part of their investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, The Associated Press has learned. The House intelligence committee is planning to hold a hearing in October and the Senate intelligence committee has invited witnesses to appear Nov. 1. The announcements of public hearings come the day before Twitter is scheduled to hold closed-door staff briefings with both panels.

“a a bill of goods”

In their effort to pin a star on their chests, Republicans are offering concessions to Alaska that other States will not have access to in an effort to win Sen. Lisa Murkowski's vote. They want to add exemptions for Alaska in order to get her to support their last-ditch bill to overhaul the American health-care system.

Hino announces new facility, 250 news jobs in Wood County

Hino Motors Manufacturing announced Wednesday it plans on expanding operations in Wood County, with plans centered around the purchase of the former Cold Water Creek distribution center in Mineral Wells and reconfiguration into a truck production facility. Hino, which is owned by Toyota Motor Corp., will make a $100 million investment to the 962,000-square foot facility in hopes of making it operational by early 2019.

Larry Elder

Where was the angry left when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the national anthem protests "dumb and disrespectful"? NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who started the protests, did so over the supposed widespread instances of police brutality against blacks. Kaepernick said, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.

GOP, Can You Hear Us Normals Now?

Are we finally getting through to the GOP Establishment; has the pain we militant normals have dealt it performed the vital task of being the teacher of last resort? It's too bad that's how the Establishment has to learn that we're serious about nuking business as usual. We tried being nice; that was the Tea Party, and the Establishment trashed it.

Judge Andrew Napolitano

The weird odyssey of President Donald Trump's travel bans continues. The original ban, signed as an executive order Jan. 27, barred absolutely all immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

The combination of constant news, social media and a filterless firehose of opinion has created a deluge of political news, comment, and updates that can be overwhelming -- especially to Americans who are attempting to work, raise children, care for parents and take a little time every day simply to breathe. The places and spaces that used to provide community or respite from the drudgery of the daily grind -- sports teams, entertainers, and simple neighborly conversation -- are instead becoming part of the ongoing and seemingly never-ending political conversation.

Peyton Manning spikes speculation about a run for office

Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning said on Wednesday that he has no intention of running for political office after speculation erupted a day earlier that he might campaign for retiring Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker's seat in the 2018 elections. "I certainly have an interest in politics and in our country.

White House is restricting lawmakers from visiting Puerto Rico, U.S….

The Trump administration is restricting lawmakers in both parties from visiting storm-ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands aboard military aircraft this weekend in order to keep focused on recovery missions there, according to multiple congressional aides. The decision comes as the Pentagon is intensifying its relief efforts on the islands as the U.S. government struggles to respond to devastation caused last week by Hurricane Maria and earlier by Hurricane Irma.

Steve Bannon taunts Trump over Roy Moore victory: The people are ‘6-0 in these elections’

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon mocked President Trump on Wednesday for backing the so-called Republican establishment favorite Luther Strange over Roy Moore in the GOP's Alabama U.S. Senate seat runoff. "We're 6-0 in these elections," Bannon told Sirius XM's "Breitbart News Daily," referring to "we, the people" and the slew of special elections held under the Trump administration.

Titus to forego Senate bid, will run for re-election

Rep. Dina Titus has decided to forego a bid for Senate in 2018, opting instead to run for re-election in Nevada's first congressional district. Reporter Steve Sebelius detailed the news on Twitter with a statement from Titus, in which the congresswoman said she could better represent her state as the dean of the House delegation.

Black Caucus chair: ‘Utter disgust’ with Trump’s handling of race

The head of the Congressional Black Caucus lashed out at President Trump Wednesday, accusing the president of both insensitivity and ignorance when it comes to issues of race. In a letter to Trump, Rep. Cedric Richmond said the president's verbal attacks on NFL players protesting police brutality marked a "disgraceful response" to demonstrators -- most of them African American -- fighting for social justice.

Price’s job seen at risk after Trump slams private jet use

President Trump on Wednesday raised the pressure on his own Health and Human Services secretary, refusing to rule out his firing. Thomas Edmunds Price Work requirements exactly what Ohio needs to roll back the ObamaCare disaster Price says working toward declaring opioid crisis national emergency Declare a true state of emergency MORE is intensifying following a series of Politico reports on Price's repeated use of private jets, at taxpayer expense, for official travel.

Navy accepts delivery of future USS Little Rock

The future littoral combat ship USS Little Rock is underway during a high-speed run in Lake Michigan during acceptance trials. The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Little Rock during a ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., Sept.

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One month after retiring from the U.S. Senate , Barbara Boxer has a new focus not far removed from her old one: electing like-minded Democrats. One month after retiring from the U.S. Senate , Barbara Boxer has a new focus not far removed from her old one: electing like-minded Democrats.

California moves presidential primary for bigger say in candidate choice


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California will move its presidential primary from June to March under a bill signed on Wednesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, a change aimed at giving the liberal-leaning state more influence in choosing candidates from either national party. The most populous U.S. state, which voted heavily for Democrat Hillary Clinton in November's presidential election, has traditionally held its primary so late that Democratic and Republican voters in other states had essentially already chosen their parties' candidates.

Turnaround queen Lynn Tilton beats SEC in fraud case

Turnaround queen Lynn Tilton beats SEC in fraud case A Securities and Exchange Commission administrative judge issues initial decision that the charges against Tilton were "unproven." Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2yu3Xmq Jay Clayton is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City and has represented some big Wall Street names.

Apparent FBI informant in college basketball scandal had previous ties to UNC athletes

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon H. Kim announces charges stemming from an FBI investigation into top NCAA basketball programs that also involved a corrupt scheme with a major sportswear company. Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon H. Kim announces charges stemming from an FBI investigation into top NCAA basketball programs that also involved a corrupt scheme with a major sportswear company.

Trump hails tax plan as – revolutionary change’ for middle class

President Trump on Wednesday began a full-throttle push to slash taxes and salvage what is left of his foundering legislative agenda in Congress, proposing a politically challenging array of tax cuts for individuals and businesses that would constitute the most sweeping changes to the federal tax code in decades. Trump, smarting from the latest defeat this week of his efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, cast his tax plan as an economic imperative and the fulfillment of a promise to his coalition of working-class supporters to deliver benefits in the form of lower taxes, better jobs, and higher wages.

Police drag woman off Southwest Airlines flight

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has closely followed his boss' playbook, encouraging mining and drilling on public lands and reducing the size of national monuments _ except in Montana. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has closely followed his boss' playbook, encouraging mining and drilling on public lands and reducing the size of national monuments _ except in Montana.

Trump warns Senator Donnelly to support tax plan

President Trump pointed to Senator Donnelly during his Indiana tax reform speech saying that if he doesn't approve his $5 trillion plan to cut taxes for corporations, simplify the tax system and nearly double the standard deduction he will come to Indiana and "campaign against him."

Developer takes wraps off of Old Chicago Main Post Office concept

Developer 601W Companies and Mayor Emanuel are taking the wraps off of the Old Main Post Office renovation this afternoon by revealing new renderings and more details on the $600 million project. While the renovation of the hulking 2.8 million square foot building has been underway for about a year , today signals the beginning of a major marketing push to attract interest and leases for future office tenants.

Trump set to unveil tax reform plan

President Donald Trump on Wednesday will unveil a Republican framework for tax reform that calls for sweeping tax cuts and a simplification of the tax code, framing the effort in a speech Wednesday as a boon for the economy, American workers and the middle class. Trump in recent weeks has sought to crank up public pressure on the need for sweeping tax reform, but his speech in Indianapolis is expected to be the first time he offers specific numbers to back up his calls for the biggest changes to the tax code in decades.

Violent crime falls in Mass. for sixth straight year

The FBI this week released its annual report on crime in the United States, finding the number of violent crimes in the country on the rise for the second year in a row. The estimated rate of violent crime in the U.S. was 386.3 offenses per 100,000 residents - for a total of more than 1.2 million incidents - in 2016, an increase of 3.4 percent over the 2015 rate.

Interpol admits Palestinian membership, angering Israel

International police agency Interpol voted Wednesday to include Palestine as a member state, in a new boost to Palestinian efforts for international recognition and influence amid long-stalled negotiations with Israel for full statehood. The decision drew an angry Israeli reaction and threat of retaliation.

Previous Article:Key Labor Case at the US Supreme Court Could Affect Millions of Workers

A report released Wednesday shows that more than 60 million workers in the United States are subject to mandatory arbitration in employment contracts, highlighting the potential scope of a key U.S. Supreme Court case that confronts the legality of those agreements. 5 Secrets to Extracting ROI from Experts Expert witnesses can be crucially valuable to your case or they can do more harm than good.

Puerto Rico Is Our Future

A flooded street is seen as people deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on September 25, 2017 in San Juan Puerto Rico. Maria left widespread damage across Puerto Rico, with virtually the whole island without power or cell service.

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A day after Congress' last-ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare failed, Trump said he may soon sign an executive order on health care that would affect millions of people. "I'll probably be signing a very major executive order where people can go out, cross state lines, do lots of things and buy their own health care, and that will be probably signed next week," he told reporters Wednesday.

Trump proposal slashes taxes on businesses, the rich amid deficit worries


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President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed the biggest U.S. tax overhaul in three decades, offering to cut taxes for most Americans but prompting criticism that the plan favors the rich and companies and could add trillions of dollars to the deficit. The proposal, which the Republican president said was aimed at helping working people and creating jobs, faces an uphill battle in Congress with Trump's own party divided and Democrats hostile.

Bennington airport work expected to begin in spring

Officials say improvement work at a Vermont airport is scheduled to start in March, with the airport hopefully reopening by June 1. The work at the William H. Morse State Airport comes after the Federal Aviation Administration approved a $3.5 million grant last week through their airport improvement program. John Likakis, representative of the nonprofit group that is overseeing the airport, tells the Bennington Banner they will do anything to make sure things go smoothly for the contractor.

Ex-president’s Alma Mater Launches Obama Scholars Program

A woman takes a picture of a plaque in front of the residence where Barack Obama lived during his sophomore year at Occidental College, in Pasadena, California, Dec. 17, 2016. Southern California's Occidental College, where Barack Obama studied from 1979 to 1981, is offering scholarships in honor of the former president.

‘We’re very busy’: FBI investigating 1,000 white supremacist, domestic terrorism cases

The FBI is conducting about 1,000 investigations of suspected white supremacists or other types of domestic terrorists who might be planning violence, top federal officials told Senate lawmakers Wednesday. Christopher A. Wray, in his first congressional testimony as FBI director, confirmed that his office has about 1,000 inquiries that people generally categorize as "domestic terrorism" - a catchall term often used to describe those motivated to commit violence in furtherance of racist causes.

Trump opens door to possibly firing HHS Secretary Tom Price over private jet flights

With a U.S. House committee now asking for details about private charter jet travel at taxpayer expense by HHS Secretary Tom Price and other top administration officials, President Donald Trump on Wednesday left open the possibility that he might fire the former Georgia Congressman, bluntly telling reporters he is 'not happy' with news reports about Price's flights. "I will tell you personally, I'm not happy about it," the President told reporters as he left the White House on Wednesday afternoon for a speech on tax reform.

Should Anybody Even Care If College Athletes Take Money Under The Table?

MARCH 19: Mississippi Rebels and Xavier Musketeers players run by the logo at mid-court during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 19, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. JACKSONVILLE, FL - MARCH 19: Mississippi Rebels and Xavier Musketeers players run by the logo at mid-court during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 19, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Why Puerto Rico is being denied shipping deliveries of fuel

Trump administration refused to suspend a shipping restriction against fuel deliveries to Puerto Rico, which suffers shortages after Hurricane Maria. Why Puerto Rico is being denied shipping deliveries of fuel Trump administration refused to suspend a shipping restriction against fuel deliveries to Puerto Rico, which suffers shortages after Hurricane Maria.

Clown murder

Just after breakfast on a warm May day in 1990, a Chrysler LeBaron pulled into Marlene Warren's driveway in Wellington, Fla., and a clown emerged from the white convertible. The clown - dressed in an orange wig, with a red bulb nose and a painted-on smile - carried a bouquet of flowers and two balloons.

Saturday Night Live Prepares for Its Future


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Last season was Saturday Night Live 's most important in years. After a shaky start, the casting of Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump helped the sketch show tap back into the political zeitgeist, boosting ratings and netting a haul of Emmys .

Roy Moore’s Victory Should Be A Wake-Up Call To Every Republican In Washington

The conservative grassroots won a massive victory yesterday in Alabama when Judge Roy Moore crushed the candidate of the establishment, Luther Strange, in the GOP runoff election for US Senate. Moore was endorsed by many grassroots conservative leaders and groups, including my own - the National Organization for Marriage - and was opposed by the entirety of the Republican establishment, led by Senator Mitch McConnell, who amassed tens of millions for appointed incumbent Luther Strange.

EasyJet wants to use electric planes within a decade

An Ohio prison inmate is expected to plead guilty to using a restraint chain to strangle a fellow inmate on a corrections transport van. The U.S. federal government has dispatched large numbers of personnel to Puerto Rico to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and local officials have praised the response.

Iraq’s Kurds say 92% voted in favor of independence

Republican Sen. Susan Collins' decision to oppose the GOP push to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul leaves the effort all but dead. Republican Sen. Susan Collins' decision to oppose the GOP push to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul leaves the effort all but dead.

US Interior chief wants smaller monuments, but not at home

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has closely followed his boss' playbook, encouraging mining and drilling on public lands and reducing the size of national monuments that President Donald Trump called a "massive land grab" by his Democratic predecessors. higher political ambitions is recommending Trump create a new national monument out of the forests bordering Glacier National Park, to the disappointment of a company that wants to drill for natural gas there.

Women Get Paid Less, No Matter What

You know that stubborn pay gap between the sexes? Well, the gap might be so entrenched that measures aimed at eradicating it aren't helping, and, in some cases, make it worse. That's the cheerful finding described in an article in Harvard Business Review by Lydia Frank, a vice president for PayScale, a compensation data company.

Congress asks for details on charter jet flights taken by top Trump officials

With more details emerging about private charter flights taken at government expense by top officials of the Trump Administration, leading lawmakers on a key oversight committee in Congress asked the White House on Wednesday for details on those flights, raising questions about the proper stewardship of taxpayer dollars. "The Committee is examining the extent to which non-career officials at federal departments and agencies either use government-owned aircraft for personal travel or private non-commercial aircraft for official travel," read a bipartisan letter sent to White House Chief of Staff.

How President Trump’s tax plan affects you

How President Trump's tax plan affects you, and what we still don't know about it Plan makes dramatic changes to individual and corporate tax codes, but key details are still to be determined. Check out this story on northjersey.com: https://usat.ly/2yt4mFw The White House and congressional Republicans are finalizing a tax plan that would slash the corporate rate while likely reducing the levy for the wealthiest Americans, with President Donald Trump ready to roll out the policy proposal at midweek.

Trump’s tax plan set to propose deep US rate cuts

Donald Trump's tax plan is expected to propose a 20% corporate income tax rate and a 35% top income tax rate for Americans US President Donald Trump will call today for cutting tax rates on businesses and the wealthy as part of a new tax plan that is likely to offer few details about how to pay for the cuts without expanding the federal deficit. It is expected to propose a 20% corporate income tax rate, a new 25% tax rate for pass-through businesses such as partnerships, and a reduced 35% top income tax rate for individual Americans.

Justices grant execution stay to consider juror racial bias

The U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of execution for a Georgia inmate whose attorneys argue that the 59-year-old black man's death sentence was tainted by a juror's racial bias. Keith Leroy Tharpe, known as "Bo," was set to be put to death at 7 p.m. EDT Tuesday at the state prison by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital.

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Congress is at a crossroads after Republicans' stinging failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law. But what's next - more partisan conflict, or a pragmatic shift toward cooperation? Unless Republicans and Democrats in Congress can work together - and bring along an often unpredictable President Donald Trump - political conflict over health care may spread.

Luther Strange’s defeat is bad for Trump. It’s worse for McConnell

A firebrand Alabama jurist wrested a U.S. Senate nomination from an appointed incumbent backed by millions of dollars from national Republicans, adding a new chapter Tuesday to an era of outsider politics that ushered Donald Trump into the White House yet leaves his presidency and his party in disarray. Roy Moore's 9-point victory over Sen. Luther Strange, backed by the White House and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, ranks as a miscalculation and temporary embarrassment for the president; it's a more consequential rebuke for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whom Moore said should step aside as GOP floor chief.

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ABC's late-night host Jimmy Kimmel isn't likely to stop talking about health care anytime soon - especially after the harrowing surgery experience with his infant son, Billy, and the massive response he's received from viewers. But he did reach some closure on Tuesday night.

How Meghan Markle’s half-sister pitched book to publishers

Killer-clown cold case where woman answered front door and was shot in the face by costumed jester leads to arrest of husband's new wife after 27 years - and she finds the mugshot funny EXPOSED: Child killer Susan Smith's secret life of sex and drugs behind bars while she serves life for drowning her two sons Four are charged in murder of transgender teen who had her eyes gouged out, genitals stabbed and bones dumped in a chicken coup Trump-backed Republican Luther Strange is defeated in US Senate runoff by gun-toting rebel Roy Moore supported by Steve Bannon 'NFL, you have lost me here': Widow of American Sniper Chris Kyle pens letter to football league slamming the 'take a knee' protest because it 'focuses on division and anger' Bill O'Reilly's Fox comeback: Disgraced host appears on Hannity to say he should have 'fought back' when advertisers began pulling out of his show but gloats ... (more)

Trumpa s tax plan to propose deep U.S. rate cuts, lacks revenue details

U.S. President Donald Trump will call on Wednesday for slashing tax rates on businesses and the wealthy as part of a new tax plan that is likely to offer few details about how to pay for the cuts without expanding the federal deficit. Hammered out over months of talks among Trump aides and top Republicans in Congress, the plan to be unveiled at an event in Indianapolis was expected to propose a 20 percent corporate income tax rate, a new 25 percent tax rate for pass-through businesses such as partnerships, and a reduced 35 percent top income tax rate for individual Americans.

Republicans fail again to kill off Obamacare in Senate

U.S. Republicans on Tuesday fell short yet again in their seven-year drive to repeal Obamacare, in a bitter defeat that raises more questions about their ability to enact President Donald Trump's agenda. The party was unable to win enough support from its own senators for a bill to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act and decided not to put it to a vote, several Republicans said.

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HURRICANE MARIA: Evan Mandino, right, sits with neighbors on a couch outside their destroyed homes as sun sets in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Sept. 26. Governor Ricardo Rossello and Resident Commissioner Jennifer Gonzalez, the island's representative in Congress, have said they intend to seek more than a billion in federal assistance and they have praised the response to the disaster by President Donald Trump, who plans to visit Puerto Rico next week, as well as FEMA Administrator Brock Long.

DA Still Plans to Refile Dismissed Charges in Piazza Case

District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller speaks to reporters outside of the Centre County Courthouse on Friday, Sept. 1. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com Former Beta Theta Pi fraternity members still facing charges in connection with the February death of Timothy Piazza have waived their rights to appear at formal arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Bellefonte, on the charges that were bound over earlier this month.

Trump Is Banning Trans Soldiers at the Worst Possible Time

President Trump's tweet that the U.S. military will not "accept or allow" transgender service members triggered a host of vehement and impassioned replies, many calling the decision morally wrong, ethically bereft, and a legally flawed way to treat fellow Americans. As the president prepares to send "guidance" to the services on how to rid the military of transgender service members, it is imperative for those of us who are able to speak out against such prejudice and intolerance.

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A firebrand Alabama jurist wrested a U.S. Senate nomination from an appointed incumbent backed by millions of dollars from national Republicans, adding a new chapter Tuesday to an era of outsider politics that ushered Donald Trump into the White House yet leaves his presidency and his party in disarray. Roy Moore's 9-point victory over Sen. Luther Strange, backed by the White House and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, ranks as a miscalculation and temporary embarrassment for the president; it's a more consequential rebuke for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whom Moore said should step aside as GOP floor chief.

Swiss-American mountaineer Norman Dyhrenfurth dead at 99

The U.S. federal government has dispatched large numbers of personnel to Puerto Rico to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and local officials have praised the response. The U.S. federal government has dispatched large numbers of personnel to Puerto Rico to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and local officials have praised the response.

Trump tweets supporting losing candidate deleted

President Donald Trump's most recent tweets urging Alabamians to vote for Sen. Luther Strange disappeared from his verified Twitter account Tuesday night, after the candidate was projected to lose the Republican primary runoff for a Senate seat. On Tuesday morning, Trump had tweeted: "ALABAMA, get out and vote for Luther Strange - he has proven to me that he will never let you down! #MAGA" Earlier in the morning, Trump had tweeted: "Luther Strange has been shooting up in the Alabama polls since my endorsement.

Will Trump allow release of secret JFK assassination papers?

In this April 30, 1963 file photo, President John F. Kennedy listens while Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg speaks outside the White House in Washington. The National Archives has until Oct. 26, 2017, to disclose the remaining files related to Kennedy's Nov. 22, 1963 assassination, unless President Donald Trump intervenes.

Judge walks tightrope in Chicago police shooting case

In this April, 20, 2017 file, photo, Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke who is charged in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald appears at a hearing in his case at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago. Van Dyke is scheduled to return to court in September, once for a hearing involving the attorneys prosecuting him and the other involving attorneys helping to determine which evidence the prosecutors can use at trial.

Trump’s recent tweets supporting Luther Strange deleted after projected loss

President Donald Trump's most recent tweets urging Alabamans to vote for Sen. Luther Strange disappeared from his verified Twitter account Tuesday night, after the candidate was projected to lose the Republican primary runoff for a Senate seat. On Tuesday morning, Trump had tweeted: "ALABAMA, get out and vote for Luther Strange - he has proven to me that he will never let you down! #MAGA" Earlier in the morning, Trump had tweeted: "Luther Strange has been shooting up in the Alabama polls since my endorsement.

How Roy Moore won the first battle of the anti-McConnell war

All the Republican establishment's money and muscle couldn't stop culture warrior Roy Moore from ousting Sen. Luther Strange here Tuesday night. Now, suddenly, other outsider candidates see a much bigger opening to make Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a villain and turn the party on its head in the 2018 midterms.

At a potential reckoning point, Trump fumbles for success

But stung by a worsening post hurricane crisis in Puerto Rico, an escalating North Korea nuclear showdown, the humiliating failure to repeal Obamacare and the stunning defeat of his favored candidate in Alabama's Republican primary, that moment has arrived for Donald Trump. The President is being forced to deny that his Twitter blasts and culture war shots at NFL players protesting racial grievances show that he's too distracted to lead amid creating political storms.

Construction of border wall prototypes begins

In this May 1, 2016, file picture, Eva Lara, second from let, reacts as she reaches for her grandmother Juana Lara through the border wall during a brief visitation near where Mexico and the United States meet at the Pacific Ocean in San Diego. The federal government said Tuesday, Sept.

The Block will NOT return to Sydney

Killer-clown cold case where woman answered front door and was shot in the face by costumed jester leads to arrest of husband's new wife after 27 years - and she finds the mugshot funny! EXPOSED: Child killer Susan Smith's secret life of sex and drugs behind bars while she serves life for drowning her two sons Could Peyton Manning run for Senate? Republican congressman claims NFL hero could run by 2020 - but past sex-assault lawsuit may come back to haunt him Four are charged in murder of transgender teen who had her eyes gouged out, genitals stabbed and bones dumped in a chicken coup America agrees with Trump: New poll reveals 58% think 'professional athletes should be required to stand during the anthem at sporting events' 'I met veterans who lost limbs fighting for the flag.

Bachelor: Georgia Love looks like Laura Byrne in Sydney

Killer-clown cold case where woman answered front door and was shot in the face by costumed jester leads to arrest of husband's new wife after 27 years - and she finds the mugshot funny! EXPOSED: Child killer Susan Smith's secret life of sex and drugs behind bars while she serves life for drowning her two sons Could Peyton Manning run for Senate? Republican congressman claims NFL hero could run by 2020 - but past sex-assault lawsuit may come back to haunt him Four are charged in murder of transgender teen who had her eyes gouged out, genitals stabbed and bones dumped in a chicken coup America agrees with Trump: New poll reveals 58% think 'professional athletes should be required to stand during the anthem at sporting events' 'I met veterans who lost limbs fighting for the flag.

Solar panel submits report; Chandy claims innocence

Thiruvananthapuram, : A judicial commission, which probed the Kerala solar scam that had rocked the previous Congress-led government headed by Oommen Chandy, submitted its report. It was handed over to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan by Justice G Sivarajan this afternoon, about four years after the commission was constituted.

Firebrand jurist Moore wins GOP primary runoff in Alabama

Firebrand jurist Roy Moore won the Alabama Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, defeating an appointed incumbent backed by both President Donald Trump and deep-pocketed allies of Sen. Mitch McConnell. In an upset certain to rock the GOP establishment, Moore clinched a nine-point victory over Sen. Luther Strange to take the GOP nomination for the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

‘Obamacare’ survives; GOP concedes on last-gasp repeal try

Senate Republicans, short of votes, abandoned their latest and possibly final attempt to kill the health care law Tuesday, just ahead of a critical end-of-the-week deadline. The repeal-and-replace bill's authors promised to try again at a later date, while President Donald Trump railed against "certain so-called Republicans" who opposed the GOP effort.

Schuette, grasping for duty

You might think the mere idea that we might elect pandering career politician and current Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette governor next year is hard to believe. He's one of the most shopworn items in Lansing.

Trump suddenly focuses on Puerto Rico

After not mentioning hurricane-devastated island for days, Trump on Tuesday pushed back aggressively and repeatedly against criticism that he had failed to quickly grasp the magnitude of Maria's destruction or give the U.S. commonwealth the top-priority treatment he had bestowed on Texas, Louisiana and Florida after previous storms.

Trump, GOP weigh a surtax on the wealthy

President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are considering an income tax surcharge on the wealthy and doubling the standard deduction given to most Americans, with the GOP under pressure to overhaul the tax code after the collapse of the health care repeal.

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Rush Limbaugh argues that the NFL's response to President Trump's demand that it fire players who kneel during the national anthem will doom it to irrelevance. The effect Limbaugh identifies has not yet shown up in the television ratings or game attendance, and there is little sign that fans followed Trump's request to walk out of the stadium if players protested the national anthem.

Fox News’ MacCallum to Conway: Why Wasn’t White House…

Martha MacCallum ended her interview with Kellyanne Conway today by bringing up the news of Jared Kushner and others in the White House using private email accounts. The New York Times reported that "at least six of President Trump's closest advisers occasionally used private email addresses to discuss White House matters."

Republican Congressman Refers to Women Colleagues as ‘Eye Candy’

Republican lawmaker Mark Walker's comments today were no exception to this law of conversation, as he committed a similar party foul while at a press conference in front of the Capitol Building today. In his remarks, Walker told reporters that he'd call his women colleagues eye candy if "it wasn't sexist" - however, these stated reservations were apparently not enough to hold him back from making the joke.

Education chief speaks to St. Paul students

What do I want to do? What do I love and how can I make that a profession? Those are some of the questions Kansas Commissioner of Education Randy Watkins encouraged students at St. Paul School to seek the answers to before they reach their senior year of high school.

Time for Republicans to accept reality

WITH ONE more repeal-and-replace effort in flames, Republicans face a choice. They can continue to live in a fantasy world in which it is possible simultaneously to uproot Obamacare, slash federal spending on health care and widen health-care coverage.

GOP Dives Into Tax Reform With Key Questions Unresolved

House Speaker Paul Ryan, joined by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, speaks following a closed-door Republican strategy session at Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Having spent years setting the stage for an ambitious bill, Republican tax writers are finally ready to go public with a plan-even as they face a minefield of competing interest groups and unresolved differences within their own party.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

From left, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speak to reporters as they faced assured defeat on the Graham-Cassidy bill, the GOP's latest attempt to repeal the Obama health care law, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

Republicans Left With Few Good Options on Health Care

GOP leaders could revive repeal legislation again-but potentially imperil tax reform-or move toward bipartisan talks to stabilize Obamacare. Sen. Lindsey Graham , joined by Sens. John Barrasso and Bill Cassidy, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, talked to reporters Tuesday as they faced assured defeat on the Graham-Cassidy bill, the GOP's latest attempt to repeal the Obama health care law.

Obamacare’ survives; GOP concedes on last-gasp repeal try

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., flanked by Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, speaks to reporters as they faced assured defeat on the Graham-Cassidy bill, the GOP's latest attempt to repeal the Obama health care law, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

Dunford: North Korea’s Ability to Target US With Nuclear-Tipped ICBM ‘A Very Short Time’ Away

Images released by the North Korean regime early this month show new postage stamps issued to celebrate its intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July. Whether it's three, six or eighteen months, North Korea's capability to reach the United States with a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile is only "a matter of a very short time" away, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen.

Mitt Romney: Success of Los Angeles Olympics has to take priority over a S.L. bid

Mitt Romney, second from right, greets Maureen Andrus, Mary Lou Kohout and Owen Andrus, left to right, at the 2002 Winter Olympics 15th Anniversary Community Festival at Soldier Hollow in Midway on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. SALT LAKE CITY - Mitt Romney said Tuesday that while he wants to see the Olympics return to Utah, another bid may have to take a back seat for now to the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles.

Is It War Yet?

Is it war yet? "Little Rocket Man" seems to think so, and Trump's repeated poking the panda is inching us ever closer to nuclear war. Of course, Trump is at war with everyone now, so why be surprised? He's a psychopath, remember.

Palestinian kills 3 Israelis outside West Bank settlement

2 young boys whose parents died in a fall off a cliff during a family hiking trip with them are out of the hospital and recovering at their New York home. North Carolina's Outer Banks are bracing for the effects of Hurricane Maria, even though the storm is expected to pass the state at least 150 miles offshore.

Republican leaders: Senate wona t vote on Obamacare repeal

Facing assured defeat, Republican leaders decided Tuesday not to even hold a vote on the GOP's latest attempt to repeal the Obama health care law, surrendering on their last-gasp effort to deliver on the party's banner campaign promise. Leaving a lunch of Republican senators who'd gathered to discuss their next steps on the issue, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other leaders decided that "the votes are not there, not to have the vote."

Otto Warmbier was ‘staring blankly into space, jerking violently’ after return from North Korea

Otto Warmbier died three months ago, shortly after he returned to the United States from North Korea in a coma. Today, his parents appeared on Fox News to describe the condition their son was in when he arrived : "We walked over to the plane, the engines are still humming, they had just landed...when we got halfway up the steps we heard this howling, involuntary, inhuman sound," Fred said.

FBI releases shocking new data on murder rates hidden by Obama administration


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The Federal Bureau of Investigation released the 2016 edition of its Crime in the United States report, which is a part of the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports . Covering January-December 2016, the FBI report "reaffirms that the worrying violent crime increase that began in 2015 after many years of decline was not an isolated incident."

US won’t cut Florida Ponzi schemer’s prison sentence

The former Florida lawyer convicted of orchestrating a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme likely won't be getting out of prison early after prosecutors sought to withdraw an offer to cut his sentence. Court documents filed Tuesday show that prosecutors have concluded that Scott Rothstein failed to comply with terms of his plea agreement by providing false information to the government.

‘We don’t have the votes’: GOPa

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks as Sen. Roy Blunt. Sen. John Barrasso, Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. Bill Cassidy, and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell listen during a news briefing at the Capitol September 19, 2017 Senate leaders have given up on the latest Republican push to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law.

Republican to unveil broad tax cuts, put off tough decisions

President Trump and top Republicans will promise a package of sweeping tax cuts for companies and individuals, people briefed on the planning said, but the GOP leaders will stop short of labeling many of the tax breaks they hope to strip away, putting off controversial decisions that threaten to sink the party's tax effort. Republicans' "unified" framework, which they will release and promote Wednesday during speeches and meetings, aims to cut taxes by more than $5 trillion over 10 years and recoup more than half of that lost revenue by eliminating numerous tax breaks.

Senate GOP leaders decide not to hold vote on last-ditch Obamacare repeal


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Senate Republican leaders have decided not to bring their last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill, known as Graham-Cassidy, to the floor this week, for now killing their seven-year effort to dismantle the 2010 health care law. "We don't have the votes," said Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, one of the co-authors of the bill, at a press conference following a closed-door Senate GOP Conference lunch.

African Americans deeply pessimistic about where country is heading, poll finds

A large majority of African-Americans feel negatively about the direction the country is heading and most are pessimistic about their own prospects under the Trump administration, a poll released this week shows. In a nationwide survey of 1,003 African-Americans, taken in July and August of this year, 84 percent said they feel the country is on the wrong track and around two thirds said they feel worried about President Donald Trump and fear his policies will negatively affect black people.

Full federal court to hear ‘Making a Murderer’ appeal

A federal appeals court will consider arguments Tuesday over whether detectives tricked a Wisconsin inmate featured in the "Making a Murderer" series into confessing and whether he should go free in a case that puts police practices in the spotlight. Oral arguments in Brendan Dassey's case are before all 12 judges of the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago.

Data Show Media Hype Over Irma Generated Enormous Public Attention

Media reports prior to Irma's arrival painted the massive storm as perhaps one of the most powerful and destructive hurricanes to ever make landfall in the U.S. Data from Google show that interest from the U.S. about Hurricane Maria was substantially less than during both Harvey and Irma. The data, which calculated the number of times people searched for specific terms related to the storms, excludes interest generated from people living in Puerto Rico.

EU Freaks Out After Climate Chief Suggests US Can Water Down Paris Pledge

Members of the European Union believe the "spirit" of the Paris agreement could be compromised if President Donald Trump dramatically reduces the U.S.'s obligations under the deal. Some of the poorest nations involved in the Paris agreement are howling about EU climate chief Miguel Arias CaA ete's suggestion that the U.S. might stay in the accord if the country ratchets down its obligations.

Donald Trump Twitter Trashes NFL, Revels In Games’ TV Ratings

With Puerto Ricans still suffering dire hurricane repercussions, the latest kill-Obamacare bid on death watch in the Senate, and batty Roger Stone about to do who knows what at a congressional Russia-probe hearing behind closed doors, President Donald Trump spent Tuesday morning gloating over NFL ratings. At his latest campaign rally, Trump had told fans he' love to see NFL owners say "get that son of a bitch off the field right now.He's fired!" next time an NFL player kneels in protest during the national anthem performance.

Four NCAA basketball coaches among 10 charged in corruption case

Four NCAA Division I basketball coaches are among 10 being federally charged in a fraud and corruption case, according to a U.S. Department of Justice release. According to media reports, the four coaches involved are Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person, Southern California assistant Tony Bland, Arizona assistant Emanuel Richardson and Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans.

Colorado’s Election Systems Were in Russian Crosshairs Last November

The extent to which hackers and other shadowy operatives from Russia meddled in the U.S. election last November seems to be expanding as additional evidence comes to light. Facebook has come under scrutiny after it was revealed that the social-media company sold and displayed over 3,000 political advertisements related to the U.S. election that were created in Russia.

Health care bill appears doomed after Collins says no

A last ditch Republican effort to repeal Obamacare appeared doomed late on Monday after Senator Susan Collins became the third Republican senator to announce opposition to the bill. Collins, who joined Senators John McCain and Rand Paul in opposing the legislation, told reporters that sweeping cuts in the Medicaid program was the main reason for opposing the bill to end Obamacare, a top priority for President Donald Trump.

GOP, White House prepare to roll out tax cuts

The White House and congressional Republicans are finalizing a tax plan that would slash the corporate rate while likely reducing the levy for the wealthiest Americans, with President Donald Trump ready to roll out the policy proposal at midweek. The grand plan to rewrite the nation's tax code would be the first major overhaul in three decades, delivering on a Trump campaign pledge and providing a sorely needed legislative achievement.

DoD Estimated N. Korea Could Kill 20,000 S. Koreans A Day In A War,…

North Korea only recently developed the ability to threaten the U.S., but the rogue regime's dark shadow has lingered over its southern neighbor for many years. Before the North acquired nuclear weapons, the Pentagon estimated that North Korea could kill as many as 20,000 South Koreans a day in a renewed conflict on the Korean Peninsula, the Los Angeles Times reported , citing information provided by retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Rob Givens.

Jimmy Kimmel Rebuffs Fox News’ Conspiracy Theories About Health Care Bill

Jimmy Kimmel mixed personal anecdotes and public opinion polls in his latest segment about the dangers of the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill. Jimmy Kimmel continued to denounce the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill on Monday, arguing that it does not provide adequate protections for patients with preexisting conditions.  "The audacity of a group of Republican senators saying they know more than everyone in the health care community is outrageous," says congressman Over the weekend, Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth said Kimmel was a "puppet for the democrats" who only spoke to "one side of the aisle," referencing Kimmel speaking with Senator Chuck Schumer about Graham-Cassidy.

LePage to sheriffs: Cooperate with ICE detention requests or face removal

Gov. Paul LePage sent a letter to Maine's 16 county sheriffs on Tuesday ordering them to cooperate with detainer requests from federal immigration authorities or face removal from office. The Republican governor told a conservative talk radio host on Monday that he may remove two Maine sheriffs from office for what he called their lack of cooperation with federal immigration officials.

Analyzing John Bean Technologies Corporation

John Bean Technologies Corporation and MSC Industrial Direct are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability. 99.3% of John Bean Technologies Corporation shares are held by institutional investors.

Legislature has special session; no deal reached –

The Oklahoma Legislature returned to the Capitol Monday for the start of a special legislative session to address a $215 million shortfall in the state budget, but have not yet reached a deal on exactly how to plug the revenue gap. Members of the House and Senate met briefly to formally hear bills, and the House seated two new Democratic members elected in special elections over the summer.

House investigators demand details on private emails

A top House Republican has demanded details on the use of private emails by some of President Donald Trump's closest advisers. Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina conservative who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and the top Democrat on that panel, Rep. Elijah Cummings, cite a recent Politico report that Jared Kushner set up a private email account after the election to conduct work-related business.

Trump tweets about Puerto Rico problems, as feds rush aid

The U.S. ramped up its response Monday to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, even as President Donald Trump brought up the island's struggles before Hurricane Maria struck - including "billions of dollars" in debt to "Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with." The Trump administration has tried to blunt criticism that its response to Hurricane Maria has fallen short of its efforts in Texas and Florida after the recent hurricanes there.

Trump associate says no evidence of Russia collusion

In this March 30, 2017, file photo, Roger Stone talks to reporters outside a courtroom in New York. The House intelligence panel will interview two of President Donald Trump's associates behind closed doors this week as congressional committees step up their investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Benghazi trial could undercut Sessions’ push for tribunals

The trial of the suspected mastermind of the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attacks will be one of the biggest terrorism cases yet for the U.S. Justice Department under a leader who has said it shouldn't be handling such cases. Since his time as a U.S. senator, Jeff Sessions has argued that terrorism suspects should be sent to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, rather than prosecuted in U.S. courts by the Justice Department he now oversees.

Trump DoJ nominee Jon Adler loves Scientology’s bogus, occasionally lethal “detox” program

Jon Adler is Trump's nominee for the Department of Justice's director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the former criminal investigator is also president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, and is proud to serve on the advisory board of Heroes Health Fund, which is the latest incarnation of Narcanon, the Church of Scientology's baseless "detox" program that involves taking huge doses of niacin and sitting for hours in a sauna, a practice with no health benefits that has killed some of its practitioners. Adler has been an advocate of the method, which L Ron Hubbard simply pulled out of his ass, since at least 2010.

Trump’s Brand Is On The Line In Alabama Senate Race

His preferred candidate is Luther Strange, the incumbent senator who has consistently trailed in the polls to firebrand conservative Roy Moore, a former state Supreme Court justice. Trump was just in Alabama stumping for Strange on Friday, where he landed himself in controversy, calling for the firing of NFL players who don't stand for the national anthem.