U.S. government shuts down as Trump feuds with Democrats

The world's most powerful government shut down on Saturday after President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress failed to reach a deal on funding for federal agencies, highlighting the country's deep political divisions. For the first time since October 2013 - when a similar standoff that lasted 16 days kept only essential agency operations intact - federal workers were being told to stay at home or in some cases to work without pay until new funding is approved.

In Pennsylvania, women who voted for Trump voice support after first year

The first year of Donald Trump's unorthodox presidency may have been a dizzying ride, but Belinda Miller has never regretted voting for him in 2016. "My 401 and my 403 have soared, and if anybody doesn't realize that, they've been asleep for a year," said Miller, a 50-year-old emergency room nurse from Audubon, Pennsylvania, referring to her retirement accounts' growth in a booming stock market.

Twitter to notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during U.S. elections

Reuters - 20 January 2018: Twitter Inc, which is reviewing Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. elections, said on Friday it would notify some of its users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service. The company said it would email 677,775 people in the United States who followed, retweeted or liked content from accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency during the election.

PHOTO: Former President Barack Obama, left and President Donald Trump.

One year after exchanging pleasantries with a newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump and ascending onto Marine One for the final time, former President Barack Obama has remained a central figure across the United States and global political scene. As his successor has seemed to systematically target key components of his legacy, Obama has been strategic, according to current and former aides, in choosing when and how to speak out.

Michael Wolff’s Troubled Relationship with the Truthby Philip H….

Appearing as a guest on a mock Morning Joe to discuss his tell-all book about the early days of the Trump White House, Fire and Fury , Armisen's Wolff was pressed by the hosts about its veracity. His response? "You read it, right? And you liked it? You had fun? Then what's the problem? You got the gist, so shut up! Even the stuff that's not true, it's true."

The Ghost of Chae Chan Ping


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I haven't been able to find out when or where Chae Chan Ping died. American history records that this Chinese laborer was expelled from the United States-despite a written promise from the U.S. government that he would not be-on September 1, 1889.

Trump’s dealmaker image tarnished by U.S. government shutdown


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On the first anniversary of his presidency on Saturday, with the stock market roaring and his poll ratings finally rising, he had planned to rest at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, feted by friends and admirers. His failure to win passage by the U.S. Congress of a stopgap bill to maintain funding for the federal government further damaged his self-crafted image as a dealmaker who would repair the broken culture in Washington.

Spain’s Mueller sends a message to the Russians

Dawn's first rays were streaming through the palm trees in Spain's laid-back jet-setter paradise Marbella when the crashing of waves was drowned out by the whomp-whomp of hovering police helicopters and the wail of sirens. Roadblocks went up and streets were shut down all morning as more than 100 officers of the Guardia Civil, the Spanish military police, raced across the port city - storming villas, ritzy eateries, yachts, a golf course, the soccer stadium, a bank, even raiding a water-bottling plant deep in the dusty hills.

Pence says troops should not have to worry about shutdownabout 2 hours ago

Vice President Mike Pence is making his fourth visit to Israel, returning to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart. An evangelical Christian with strong ties to the Holy Land, Pence this time comes packing two key policy decisions in his bags that have long been top priorities for him: designating Jerusalem as Israel's capital and curtailing aid for Palestinians.

ICE has detained or deported foreigners who are also immigration activists6 minutes ago

Maru Mora Villalpando, a well-known immigrant activist, herself an undocumented person who has been put in deportation proceedings, speaks to a crowd during a press conference on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 in front of the ICE office in downtown Seattle, Wash. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has detained or deported several foreigners across the country who are also prominent immigration activists, prompting accusations from advocates that the Trump administration is improperly targeting political opponents.

Donald Trump is a racist, a bigot and a boor. But un-American? Hardly

After Donald Trump's vulgar comments about immigrants from "shithole" countries in Africa and the global south were reported last week, the president was almost universally condemned by critics as a racist. Nearly three years after Trump announced his candidacy and began his xenophobic campaign, mainstream media outlets, which until now have been reluctant to use that term to describe the president, finally acknowledged what has long been obvious.

A year of Trump: (Almost) everything that happened

It will be impossible to adequately explain in decades to come just what it was like to be alive in the exhausting first year of Donald Trump's presidency . From the moment he trampled the unifying conventions of the inaugural address by decrying "American carnage," Trump shattered political normality, tearing at racial and societal divides, the limits and decorum of his office, even raising doubts about his fidelity to the nation's founding values.

Shutdown drama shows Washington’s failure to lead

Even by Washington's standards, the sequence of busted negotiations, partisan dysfunction, and blame games that shut down the federal government at midnight on Friday was baffling. That's because on the major issues that are driving the most tense political moment yet in Donald Trump's presidency, the two parties are broadly in agreement.

Trump and Schumer came close to a deal. Then it fell apart

After his morning television shows had ended and as the deadline to fund the government loomed, President Donald Trump placed a call to the man in Washington he believed held all the cards: Sen. Chuck Schumer . The flurry of conversations that ensued between the President and the Senate's top Democrat -- beyond just their Friday lunch in the President's private dining room -- reflect the lengths Schumer was willing to go in negotiating with a President eager for a deal.

The government just shut down. What happens next?

In the final moments leading up to Friday's midnight deadline, Senate Republicans and Democrats were unable to agree on a stopgap funding measure to continue government services. Thousands of federal employees will be placed on furlough -- meaning they won't report to work Monday.

US government shuts down as Republicans and Democrats blame each other

The US government's stopgap funding expires on January 19 and negotiations on a budget have stalled. What happens next? The US federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight on Friday halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction.

US government in shutdown as midnight deadline passes

The US government officially shut down on Saturday, the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, after lawmakers failed to agree a stop-gap spending deal. Senators were still negotiating on the Senate floor as the clock turned midnight, but Trump's office issued a statement blaming opposition Democrats for the crisis.

US government shuts down as Senate blocks spending bill

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, is surrounded by reporters following a TV interviewed about a possible government shutdown at the White House, in Washington, Friday, January 19, 2018. Washington, Jan. 20 : The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction.

Analysis: Emboldened Democrats take a risk on a shutdown

Congressional Democrats are taking a page from the playbook of President Donald Trump and hard-line conservatives: Fight for your base and don't blink. In forcing a showdown over immigration - and triggering a government shutdown - Democrats have embraced a confrontational, rule-breaking strategy they once blasted as irresponsible when practiced by the other party.

The Latest: McConnell to propose shorter-term funding plan

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is accusing President Donald Trump of reneging on a deal he thought they had neared on immigration and spending. The New York Democrat said on the Senate floor that after a White House meeting Friday with Trump, he thought "in my heart" that senators could complete an agreement by evening.

Government shutdown begins

The federal government has officially shut down on the one-year anniversary that Donald Trump was sworn in as president. Add Government Shutdown as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Government Shutdown news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Analysis: Trump support carries rewards and risks for Israel

In this Tuesday, May 23, 2017 file photo, US President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. From recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital to the cutoff of aid to Palestinians, President Donald Trump has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the unprecedented gift of strong U.S. Alignment with a nationalist Israeli government.

Shutdown is first since 2013, but not exceptional

Staffers bring in boxes of barbecue as a bitterly-divided Congress hurtles toward a government shutdown this weekend, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Staffers bring in boxes of barbecue as a bitterly-divided Congress hurtles toward a government shutdown this weekend, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Oregon legislators respond to government shutdown

"The stakes are too high to put politics before people: President Trump stripped protections for Dreamers and Congressional Republicans have not prioritized Children's Health insurance. Oregon's families and Dreamers deserve certainty, not partisanship," she said.

Controlling Schools in W.Va.

Most school districts have built enough space into their calendars that they should have no trouble meeting the state's requirement for 180 days of instruction this year. But what if it continues to snow? What if some counties ask the Legislature to exempt them from the 180-day rule? They'd better be calling the West Virginia Board of Education, too.

Will Aliens Save Humanity?

It was July 1st, 1952 when Look magazine carried this story: "Flying Saucers - The Hunt Goes On" with the byline: "Fearful of danger from the skies, the United States Air Force is launching a secret search to discover once-and-for-all what is the mysterious, unbelievable thing Americans keep sighting overhead." At the time, the Air Force confirmed more than 800 sightings of flying saucers with reports from outposts all across the country, including "our vital atomic installation sites."

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Long Beach is in the early stages of considering stiffer fines for airlines that violate the city's noise ordinance at Long Beach Airport The prospect of enacting tougher fines to keep airlines from operating at Long Beach Airport during hours when they are supposed to be quiet is leading to some worries that such a move could backfire. Long Beach's airport noise control law sets a curfew that's intended to prevent flight operations from taking place between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The law hasn't been changed since 1995, and LGB's leaders have broached the prospect of enacting stiffer fines, or even reducing an airline's ability to schedule flights, as a method of deterring out-of-curfew flights.

Scarborough: Government shutdown the result of a ‘confused, chaotic White House’

Donald John Trump Dems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE and White House adviser Stephen Miller early Saturday after the federal government shut down, pinning blame for the shutdown on "a confused, chaotic White House." "This is Donald Trump and Stephen Miller's shutdown.

Government Shutdown: What’s Closed? Who is Affected?

White House blasts 'obstructionist loser' Democrats for blocking spending bill while Schumer blames 'chaotic' Trump as potential deal falters and the country is plunged into crippling shutdown Mo'nique calls for a BOYCOTT of Netflix over 'gender and color bias' after she's offered a $500,000 deal while other comedians receive millions Tom Petty's family reveal he died of an accidental overdose from a huge cocktail of pain medication - including Fentanyl and oxycodone - that he was taking for a broken hip Are you SURE you have the flu? Or is it just a common cold? Experts explain the red flags to look out for The flu shot may be MORE effective now than ever - and it won't make you sick: We break down the myths and facts about this year's vaccine 'I said, "what are we going to do about this?"': Trump's awkward Howard Stern remarks suggesting he considered ABORTING Tiffany come back to ... (more)

Huffman Blames Republicans for ‘Sh*tdown’

Shortly after Congress sent the federal government spiraling toward a shutdown by failing to pass a continuing funding resolution tonight, North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman sent out a statement blasting Republicans, laying blame for the "sh*tdown" squarely at their feet. Earlier today, Huffman voted against the continuing resolution that passed the House and would have funded the government into mid February and reauthorized the Children's Health Insurance Program, which expired in September and provides insurance for some 9 million children, for the next six years.

Congress has shut down the govt. Now what?

The U.S. government shutdown began at midnight Friday as Democrats and Republicans failed to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending. Here's a look at what the parties are fighting over and what it means to shut down the government.

Today In History, Jan. 20: Donald Trump

On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women." Protesters registered their rage against the new president in a chaotic confrontation with police just blocks from the inaugural parade.

Local lawmakers respond to government shutdown

Michigan Republicans also responded to Friday's shutdown saying in part the shutdown leaves over 82,000 Michigan children without healthcare. The group went on to say Senator Debbie Stabenow refused to support a compromise spending bill which would have kept the federal government open until February 16. Very disappointing votes cast just now by Michigan's two senators.

Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries. In this Dec. 4, 2017 photo, people stand in line to enter the Supreme Court in Washington.

Government shutdown looms as Trump meets with Sen. SchumerSan Francisco Chronicle

With hours left before a possible shutdown, President Donald Trump huddled at the White House with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., on Friday to discuss striking a deal to keep the government open. The meeting involving two New Yorkers set off alarms among congressional Republicans, who are holding firm in support of the short-term spending bill that passed the House Thursday night.

Twitter: 700K interacted with Kremlin account Twitter will inform…

Twitter will inform nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. that they either followed a Kremlin-linked troll account, or retweeted or liked a tweet sent by one of the accounts, the social media company said Friday. The company last year identified thousands of Twitter accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency, a Russian government-linked troll army in St. Petersburg that worked to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and to promote chaos and division in American society more generally.

Russian networks pushing conservative meme, researchers say

Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations are pushing a conservative meme related to the investigation of Russian election interference, researchers say. The purported Russian activity involves the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo, a reference to a secret congressional report about President Donald Trump's allegations that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration.

Twitter found more than 50,000 Russia-linked accounts that…

Twitter found more than 50,000 Russia-linked accounts that actively shared election-related material - and Trump interacted with them hundreds of times Twitter says it found more Russia-linked accounts that shared US election-related material during the 2016 race for the White House. In addition to other findings, Twitter said it discovered 13,512 accounts engaged in what it believed to be "automated, election-related activity originating out of Russia," bringing the total number of such accounts to 50,258.

Here are some of the questionable tweets that Twitter says…

Twitter's internal review of the activity on its platform during the 2016 US presidential election led to the identification and suspension of accounts that were "potentially connected to a propaganda effort by a Russian government-linked organization," according to a blog post from the company. Twitter identified an organization it said took park in propaganda efforts; the Internet Research Agency - also referred to as Russia's "troll army."

Halladay Had Drugs In System

It was one of those days where the winds were very gusty, and the pattern was just a mess at ILG . It's a training site... We flew a group of customers from North Carolina to Canada for a factory visit.

Doc looks back wistfully look at Obama-era diplomacy

Greg Barker had assembled nearly all his footage for "The Final Year," a behind-the-scenes look at President Barack Obama's globe-trotting foreign policy team, when something unexpected happened - so unexpected that it left its main characters literally speechless. The development not only shocked those onscreen, but changed the trajectory of the film rather dramatically Suddenly, a documentary that would have been interesting mainly to diplomacy wonks and foreign news junkies became one that will, to many Trump opponents - the film's likely audience - be both a painful trip down memory lane and a frightening reminder of how tenuous diplomatic deals can be, once the regime changes at home.

White House promises this shutdown – will looka

The government shutdown is fast becoming an unwelcome and costly staple of American democracy. After the last prolonged closure delivered a substantial hit to the economy and created hardship and frustration fo If Congress can't reach a deal on continuing resolution, the government will face a potential shutdown, which means "non-essential" services provided by information bureaus, national parks, as well as other employees across the federal government will close.

Midnight government shutdown nears; no accord in sight

The government careened toward shutdown Friday night in a chaotic close to Donald Trump's first year as president, as Democrats and Republicans preemptively traded blame while still struggling to find some accord before a deadline at the stroke of midnight. The lawmakers and Trump's White House mounted last-ditch negotiations to stave off what had come to appear as the inevitable, with the parties in stare-down mode over federal spending and proposals to protect some 700,000 younger immigrants from deportation.

Copy of Judges OK North Carolina legislative map changes by expert

Federal judges on Friday approved changes a court-appointed expert made to two dozen North Carolina legislative districts, agreeing that maps approved by Republican lawmakers last summer didn't fully remove previous illegal racial bias. The map changes also came as the three-judge panel agreed with voters who sued over General Assembly boundaries that GOP legislators violated the state constitution's provision against mid-decade redistricting by redrawing several House districts they weren't required to adjust.

Kentucky man will plead guilty to attacking Senator Rand Paul

A Kentucky man accused of attacking U.S. Senator Rand Paul outside his home has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of assaulting a member of Congress, but has told investigators his action was not politically motivated, officials said on Friday. The Republican Paul's neighbor, Rene Boucher, 58, was charged with assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury, which is a felony under federal law.

Neighbor to Plead Guilty to Federal Charge in Attack on Rand Paul, Lawyer Says

A neighbor of Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky intends to plead guilty to a federal felony charge after he tackled the senator in November in an assault set off by the placement of a pile of brush, the man's lawyer said on Friday. The neighbor, Rene A. Boucher, 58, of Bowling Green, Ky., was charged on Friday with assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury, the United States attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Josh J. Minkler, said in a news release .

The Latest: Menendez expects to be ‘vindicated’ in retrial

The Latest on the government's announcement that it will retry Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez on corruption charges : Sen. Bob Menendez, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November, says he expects to be "vindicated again" in a retrial. The New Jersey Democrat put out a statement Friday after the government announced it will retry Menendez and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen on fraud and bribery counts.

President Donald Trump addresses the March of Life participants

US President Donald Trump has pledged support to the anti-abortion movement he once opposed, telling thousands of activists demonstrating in the annual March for Life, "We are with you all the way". In an address broadcast from the White House Rose Garden, Mr Trump said he is committed to building "a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished".

US flu season gets worse, has ‘lot more steam’ than expected

This year's U.S. flu season got off to an early start, and it'... Investigators say they have still not determined why Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire from his high-rise hotel suite, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds. Investigators say they have still not determined why Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire from his high-rise hotel suite, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds.

Shutdown deadline nears; no accord ina

President Donald Trump and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer met Friday afternoon in an eleventh-hour effort to avert a government shutdown, with a bitterly divided Washington locked in stare-down over fed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y. walks to his vehicle following his meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer met Friday afternoon in an eleventh-hour effort to avert a government shutdown, with a bitterly divided Washington locked in stare-down over federal spending and legislation to protect some 700,000 younger immigrants from deportation.

No immediate resolution to spending impasse after Trump, Schumer met on shutdown

President Trump and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer failed to resolve the spending impasse on Friday in an extended meeting at the White House intended to see if they could avert a government shutdown. The two men promised to keep negotiating but lawmakers were lurching toward a midnight deadline with no deal in sight and no vote scheduled on a stop-gap measure to fund the government for another four weeks.

Judges OK expert changes to North Carolina legislative maps

Federal judges have approved North Carolina legislative districts redrawn by an expert they hired to address their concerns about continued racial bias with some boundaries and new constitutional violations. The three-judge panel signed off Friday on changes made by a Stanford University law professor appointed as a special master.

Virginia 2 mins ago 3:45 p.m.Groups challenge key approval for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

A coalition of community and environmental groups has filed a legal challenge to Virginia regulators' decision to grant a conditional water quality permit for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The groups filed a petition Thursday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond contesting the Virginia State Water Control Board's December approval of a water quality certification.

Discharge Upgrades Being Offered to Previously Denied Veterans

When young men and women enlist in the military, more often than not they aspire to successfully complete one or more enlistments while developing the skills and knowledge for a strong foundation and a successful future in either the military or another career. Tragically, like many things in life, these aspirations may not become reality.

French prison guards protest, 2 attacked by inmates

Protesting French prison guards have pushed back against riot police and shouted down the just... Investigators say they have still not determined why Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire from his high-rise hotel suite, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds. Investigators say they have still not determined why Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire from his high-rise hotel suite, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds.

US government proposes new rules for hog slaughter

Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve industry practices but critics say could imperil food safety. The new rules would allow hog slaughter plants to voluntarily join a new proposed inspection system that would put plant employees in charge of removing animals unfit for slaughter before they're processed.

More than a third of Mr Donald Trump’s tweets were sent before 10am.

Donald Trump's first year as President of the United States has been a story of Twitter and TV news, at least according to his social media activity. More than a third of Mr Trump's tweets were sent before 10am, when he is most likely to tweet about topics which get his supporters agitated, according to new analysis of the president's Twitter feed by the Press Association.

Here’s What Trump Said About Presidential Leadership During 2013 Government Shutdown

"I mean problems start from the top and they have to get solved from the top," Trump said of Obama during the interview with Fox News . As the White House on Friday refused to accept any responsibility for the government shutdown that will result if Democrats and Republicans cannot agree on a spending deal before midnight, remarks made by citizen Donald Trump in 2013 reveals what he thought then about the role of presidential leadership during a similar political crisis under President Barack Obama.

Blame game in full swing as government shutdown looms

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Friday as a bitterly-divided Congress hurtles toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported. WASHINGTON >> A bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.

US House, Senate in scramble as government shutdown looms

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said: "My Democratic colleagues' demands on illegal immigration, at the behest of their far-left base, have crowded out all other important business." A shutdown of the US federal government is looming with opposition in the House and Senate to a Republican bill that would keep the government open for another month.Without action by Congress, the government will shut down on Saturday, the Hill magazine reported.

Trump postpones Mar-a-Lago fundraiser until spending bill vote

The White House said Friday morning that President Trump will stick around the capital until the Senate votes on a spending bill instead of jetting off to a ritzy $100,000-a-couple fundraiser at Mar-a- Lago . The commander-in-chief had hoped to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his first year in the Oval Office Saturday with fat cat pals at his golf resort, and may still leave on Saturday morning if a bill is passed Friday.

Brinksmanship

If you're not familiar with the term "brinksmanship" it means pursuing a policy right up to the limits of safety, effectively playing "chicken". The term game into use in the 1950s, mostly in the context of our nuclear defense policy.

The Supreme Court just blocked an order for North Carolina to redraw gerrymandered congressional map

North Carolinians may vote in the 2018 midterm elections under a congressional map that has been gerrymandered by Republicans. The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked a lower court ruling ordering the U.S. House of Representatives district lines be redrawn by January 24. "The three-judge panel ruled that the Republican-drawn districts violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law by intentionally hobbling the electoral strength of non-Republican voters.

Paul Booth-Fighter, Strategist, and Visionary Labor Leader

No circle has been broken here No one who stands along The threads of life so lately broke Are woven through our own None of us who knew Paul Booth expected him to die when he did, in the early evening of Wednesday, November 17, 2018. At 74, he was young not just at heart but in body and spirit, vibrant, alive, still the fighter, the visionary he'd been for well over 50 years.

A Primer on the “Government Shutdown”


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It seems Senate Democrats are determined to have a government shutdown probably because of the default requirement of the Democratic base of "total resistance" to Trump. They are attaching the demand that DACA be "fixed" as a condition to funding the federal government , because they know that if DACA is part of larger immigration deal they lose a lot of leverage.

Whoa s affected by the government shutdown?

If Congress can't agree on a plan to fund the federal government before time runs out, a shutdown is expected to affect millions of Americans. For starters, the continuing resolution proposed by House Republicans would include a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program - but if it doesn't pass the Senate, CHIP will be funded only through March.

Trump administrationa s infrastructure plan taking shape

The Trump administration is finalizing its long-awaited infrastructure plan, which would push most of the financing of projects to private investment and state and local taxpayers, according to sources familiar with the proposal taking shape. President Donald Trump, who spoke frequently of improving U.S. infrastructure during his 2016 campaign, may preview the plan in his Jan. 30 State of the Union address, but details are not expected until afterward, the sources said.

Clock running out for Congress to avert government shutdown

Racing against a midnight deadline, the U.S. Congress will try on Friday to send President Donald Trump legislation to keep the government operating and avoid federal agency shutdowns that would otherwise begin on Saturday. The House of Representatives voted 230-197 on Thursday night for a bill to extend expiring funding through Feb. 16. But with tempers frayed and Republicans and Democrats deeply divided over immigration legislation that has found its way into the government funding fight, the bill appeared to be on the verge of collapse in the Senate.

Insane: Calif. AG threatens legal action against employers who help feds take action on illegals

Trump could have guaranteed himself re-election if he would have told Jeff Sessions to have this lawless "law enforcement" official arrested during his announcement that federal laws don't apply to his state: The state's top cop issued a warning to California employers Thursday that businesses face legal repercussions, including fines up to $10,000, if they assist federal immigration authorities with a potential widespread immigration crackdown.

Tillerson, not Trump, to visit London next week

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he hopes to visit the new U.S. embassy in London next week, shortly after President Donald Trump refused to attend its opening ceremony. Tillerson will be in Britain on Jan. 22 at the start of a sweep through Europe that will take him on to Paris, Warsaw, and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Republicans Are Preparing to Shut Down the Government Out of Anti-Immigrant Spite


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There is basically one thing the GOP needs to do to avoid a government shutdown tonight when the temporary funding bill is set to expire: Offer a clean path to permanent legalization for Dreamers-individuals who have grown up as Americans even though they were brought to this country as minors illegally-and make them off-limits to this administration's deportation designs. The House just passed a stopgap funding bill that does nothing about Dreamers but extends CHIP, a health insurance program for children that Republicans have never liked, showing that the only principle that animates their party now is saving this land of immigrants from immigrants.

Flake in the sky with diamonds

This week, retiring Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona gave a speech on the floor of the Senate. This is some of what he said : 2017 was a year which saw the truth -- objective, empirical, evidence-based truth -- more battered and abused than any other in the history of our country, at the hands of the most powerful figure in our government.

HSBC to pay 73m to settle currency rigging probe

Banking giant HSBC will pay 101.5 million US dollars to US authorities to settle a criminal investigation into currency rigging. Europe's biggest bank has entered a three-year deferred prosecution agreement with the US Department of Justice in which it will stomach a 63.1 million US dollar fine and pay 38.4 million US dollars in restitution.

ARIZONA 360

Minimum wage increase - Discussion - Most Arizonans earning minimum wage got a $.50 raise at the start of 2018. Under the voter-approved Prop 206, Arizona's minimum wage will gradually go up to $12 by 2020.

Police: 5 killed, 1 injured in New Mexico helicopter crash

A helicopter crashed in a mountainous rural area of northern New Mexico, killing five people and seriously injuring the sixth person aboard, a New Mexico State Police spokeswoman said Thursday. Lt. Elizabeth Armijo confirmed the five deaths and one injury about 14 hours after the helicopter went down about 6 p.m. Wednesday about 15 miles east of the small city of Raton near the Colorado state line.

Pence has long pushed for Trump policies on Israel

Vice President Mike Pence is making his fifth visit to Israel, returning to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart. An evangelical Christian with strong ties to the Holy Land, Pence this time comes packing two key policy decisions in his bags that have long been top priorities for him: designating Jerusalem as Israel's capital and curtailing aid for Palestinians.

Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown

A bitterly-divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported. Democrats in the Senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that passed the House Thursday evening, seeking to shape a subsequent measure but exposing themselves to charges they are responsible for a looming shutdown.

Supreme Court stays order to redraw NC maps

The Supreme Court allowed an emergency stay of a circuit court's decision in Rucho vs. North Carolina League of Women Voters , saying the ruling is "pending the timely filing and disposition of an appeal in this court." The stay is a victory for the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly, which was ordered by a three-judge circuit court panel on Jan. 9 to redraw the state's congressional districts by Wednesday, Jan. 24 - two weeks later.

Suits seek to bar 2 Democrats seeking ex-Rep. Franks’ seat

Two of three Democrats running in the special primary election to replace former U.S. Rep. Trent Franks are facing lawsuits challenging their right to appear on the ballot. The suits filed Thursday allege Brianna Westbrook and Gene Scharer are ineligible because many of their qualifying signatures are invalid.

Russia accuses US of destabilizing Syria with Kurdish-Turkish Clash

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's angry threat to invade a Syrian Kurdish canton in response to the US announcement that it would train and arm a 30,000-man Syrian Kurdish border force produced anxiety in Moscow. Russia has made a big bet, worth billions of rubles and involving a substantial military investment, on restoring stability in Syria .

GOP leaders promise to whip hard-line immigration bill

Conservative House members say they got a promise from leadership to pursue a separate hard-line Republican-only immigration bill in exchange for their votes to pass government funding Thursday night -- a measure that several Republicans doubt could pass the House, let alone the Senate. The bill is a proposal from key committee and subcommittee chairs Bob Goodlatte, Raul Labrador, Mike McCaul and Martha McSally that includes a large number of hard-line immigration provisions that Democrats and some Republicans have said are nonstarters.

The Latest: Ex-coal baron Senate bid: ‘Slap’ for miner’s dad

A West Virginia man whose son was killed in the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades says a former coal executive's candidacy for U.S. Senate has brought up some bitter memories for his family. Robert Atkins' 25-year-old son, Jason Atkins, died in the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion that killed 29 men in southern West Virginia.

Convicted ex-coal CEO launches US Senate bid with town hall


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An ex-coal company executive who went to prison for charges stemming from the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades kicked off his U.S. Senate bid Thursday evening, telling an audience he backs President Donald President Trump as a real opportunity for West Virginia. Ex-Massey Energy boss Don Blankenship received several ovations from more than 100 supporters present at his town hall-styled kickoff event in Logan.

DOJ asks Supreme Court to review DACA ruling

The Justice Department formally asked the Supreme Court Thursday night to review a federal judge's ruling from last week that blocked the Trump administration's effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued in a court filing that the lower court ruling was "unprecedented."

Nation & World Briefs

It's a stretch, at best, to think the military would bear the brunt of a partial government shutdown, as President Donald Trump asserted Thursday at the Pentagon.

FSOC gives up effort to designate MetLife as SIFI

The Financial Stability Oversight Council Thursday filed a joint motion along with insurance giant MetLife to dismiss the case challenging the council's designation of the firm as a "systemically important financial institution." The joint motion, filed Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, would bring a years-long legal fight between the firm and federal authorities to a close, although the move was widely anticipated after Donald Trump's election in 2016.

EDITORIAL: Trump being healthy is bad news for impatient Democrats

Waiting for someone to die, whether to claim an expected inheritance, outlast a rival for the affections of a wife or mistress, or to vacate the White House , requires stamina and patience. From the day Donald Trump shocked the world and appalled the elites, the Democrats and their media allies have been searching for a deux ex machina, a miracle to get him out of the way of decent folk.

Gear collapse damages plane at Brownsville airport

What appears to be a Mexican-owned plane that was at the Brownsville/South Padre Island airport Thursday suffered a gear collapse on the ramp during a maintenance run-up, the Federal Aviation Administration reports. Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we'll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More>> Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically.

Huffman letter protests Trumpa s offshore oil drilling plan

Rep. Jared Huffman and two other members of Congress have taken the lead in a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke protesting the Trump administration's offshore oil drilling plan. The Trump administration this month announced a proposal to allow drilling in most U.S. continental-shelf waters, including areas of the Atlantic and the Arctic.

The Latest: McConnell pins possible shutdown on Democrats

A small group of senators spoke on the floor Wednesday, urging their peers to pass what they say is a bipartisan DACA solution before the looming March 5th deadline. White House chief of staff John Kelly stands to leave after appearing on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

SCOTUS blocks gerrymandering ruling against N.C.

On Thursday, the high court blocked a lower court's ruling to redraw congressional district lines in North Carolina. That ruling originally held that the state's Republican-led government "enacted the plan with the intent of discriminating against voters who favored non-Republican candidates."

Dare to dream: Newsweek renews hope for Hillary fans

Well, you've got to give them points for wishful creativity - too bad those don't transfer to swing state electoral votes: Hillary Clinton could still become president if Russia probe finds conspiracy evidence https://t.co/7fH8dnVS0m pic.twitter.com/F3Wqea3bYC Given that there is "no mechanism in American law for a new election," nor "a mechanism for correcting the criminal results of the previous election," Ryan ought to nominate "the person defeated by the treason of his own party, and then step aside, and let her become President," Lessig went on to say.

Katherine Mangu-Ward Named Editor in Chief of Reason’s Print,…

HHS Announces New Conscience and Religious Freedom Division - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is pleased to announce the formation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights . The announcement will take place World's Approval of U.S. Leadership Drops to New Low - WASHINGTON, D.C. - One year into Donald Trump's presidency, the image of U.S. leadership is weaker worldwide than it was under his two predecessors.

Trump says he deserves credit for the lowest black unemployment rate…

Mortal Again: Christie Blocked at VIP Entrance to Newark Airport - Police officer sends him to Terminal B with rest of nobodies - Three days out of office and Port Authority ends prized perk - Meet Chris Christie, former New Jersey governor and current nobody at Newark Liberty International Airport. Trump's baffling tweet about CHIP and the government shutdown, explained - The president tweets a policy position - and it's the opposite of what congressional Republicans want.

Water Quality Initiative Announced For Cedar River Watershed

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Senate Democrats gather votes to block spending bill; White House…

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 18, 2018. President Donald Trump blew up Republican strategies to keep the government open past Friday when on Thursday morning he said a long-term extension of the popular Children's Health Insurance Program should not be part of a stopgap spending bill pending before the House.

Pressed by France, Britain agrees to do more to stop migrants in Calais

British Prime Minister Theresa May offered France an additional $62 million on Thursday to strengthen migrant security at the French border, a calculated move likely to earn Britain some leverage in Brexit negotiations. Although the agenda for the one-day bilateral meeting between May and French President Emmanuel Macron ranged from defense to sports - and included Macron's decision to lend Britain the renowned Bayeux Tapestry - migration was the issue of the day, with the two leaders agreeing to supplement an existing border treaty with British resources for a problem that largely occurs on French soil.

Old Photos That Current Candidates Might Not Want You to See

Nevada Republican Danny Tarkanian campaigns door to door with his daughters in Las Vegas in May 2010 in his ultimately unsuccessful race against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Since the internet has deemed Thursday the appropriate time to turn back the clock, I dug through Roll Call's extensive photo archives for some old photos of current candidates who previously ran for another office.

GOP Strategist: Republicans Need to Watch Out Thursday, January 18

Mark Graul tells WTAQ's Jerry Bader Show that there was a reason Democrat Patty Schachtner was able to defeat Republican State Representative Adam Jarchow in the 10th district, which tends to heavily lean red. "The Democratic candidate got about 40% of the Hillary Clinton vote total , whereas Jarchow only got 17% of the Trump vote."

Trump went to Pittsburgh to fire his initial salvo in the most…


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President Donald Trump fired his opening salvo on Thursday in what amounts to the biggest political race of early 2018 - a special congressional election in a heavily Republican southwestern Pennsylvania district. The race between Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb is being viewed by many as a bellwether of what's to come later this fall in the midterms.

The threat of a government shutdown is soaring – so Trump is…


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Conservative House members in the Freedom Caucus are currently against the Republican leadership's plan to avoid the shutdown, putting the plan in jeopardy. President Donald Trump is doing his best to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the week, but it may not be enough to dodge the political disaster.

Here’s what happens if the government shuts down at the end of this week


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Congress has until the end of Friday to pass a bill to avoid a partial shutdown of the federal government, and a bill's passage does not look promising. Employees for non-essential services would be out on furlough, meaning they are locked out of work and receive no pay.

Congress nears showdown votes on averting federal shutdown

Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that he's confident that the GOP-controlled House will pass a stopgap government-wide funding bill, even as growing opposition from Senate Democrats made prospects in that chamber increasingly dicey. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health says the institution is in a "scramble" to prepare for a potential government shutdown at midnight Friday.

Regulators grapple with fallout from Justice Dept. U-turn on pot

On a Thursday morning in early January, most of official Washington was contending with a road-clogging snowstorm when Attorney General Jeff Sessions triggered another form of chaos on Capitol Hill and inside the federal banking agencies. Sessions announced that the Justice Department was rescinding an Obama-era memo on marijuana enforcement, a move that carried big implications for banks and credit unions in California, Colorado, Oregon and a handful of other states that have legalized recreational pot use.

Governors to Trump, Congress: Do more to solve opioid crisis

Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency, the nation's governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs, which are killing more than 90 Americans a day. The list of more than two dozen recommendations made Thursday by the National Governors Association is the first coordinated, bipartisan response from the nation's governors since Trump's October declaration.

Chamber makes case for gas tax increase to fund infrastructure

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday made its case for increasing the gas tax as it unveiled a plan to rebuild America's roads, bridges and trains. Chamber President Tom Donohue called for a 25-cent increase to the gas tax over the course of five years, but said his group would also support a proposal that increased the tax all at once.

Dem releases first special election TV ad ahead of Trump visit

Donald John Trump Dems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE travels to the Pittsburgh-area district to boost Lamb's Republican opponent, state Rep. Rick Saccone. Trump preempted the event with a tweet Thursday morning, The 30-second TV ad plays up Lamb's career as a Marine veteran who "still loves to shoot" and his time as a federal prosecutor.

Senators float days-long funding bill

A group of senators is floating a days-long government funding bill as a longer House plan faces growing pushback in the Senate. "I just want to make sure that people ... who want to make sure we don't have a shutdown and people who want to resolve differences know that there is an option to doing something different than a month-long CR [continuing resolution]," Sen. Gerald Moran Doug Jones to become only Dem senator with black chief of staff Congress should stand for rural America by enhancing broadband connectivity Immigrant entrepreneurs are vital to American prosperity MORE Moran suggested that senators could pass stopgap bills that last only one or two days.

Progressives find little support for an Oprah campaign

Oprah Winfrey speaks during an interview at "The David Rubenstein Show: Peer to Peer Conversations" event in New York on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Oprah Winfrey speaks during an interview at "The David Rubenstein Show: Peer to Peer Conversations" event in New York on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.

Williamsville business owner announces candidacy for NY-27

Joan Elizabeth Seamans is a strong, compassionate woman who is ready to bring back decency and be a voice for the people of NY Congressional District 27. "I fiercely oppose the cycle of special interests funding campaigns and legislation that benefits the wealthy instead of the people in NY District 27. My opponent, Chris Collins, has confirmed this practice. "My donors are basically saying, 'Get it done or don't ever call me again,' "It is time for "trickle up" economics and legislation that gives the people in the district opportunity and financial security instead of the wealthy and corporations."

Brilliant! TRUMP Visits Pentagon – Explains How Democrat Shutdown will Hurt Military

Upon arriving at the Pentagon prior to his meeting with General Mattis and other military officials, President Trump addressed reporters by saying, "But again, the group that loses big would be the military, and we're never letting our military lose at any point. We're going to fund our military, we're going to have a military that we've never had before because we've just abouta just about never needed our military more than now.

Trump adds confusion to government shutdown concern

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, pauses for a reporter's question at the Capitol in Washington, as Congress moves closer to the funding deadline to avoid a government shutdown, in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. WASHINGTON - Injecting confusion into already perilous shutdown negotiations, President Donald Trump undercut his own administration's stance by tweeting Thursday that a children's health insurance program should not be part of a short-term budget agreement.

Senate panel to probe Hawaii alerts as FCC investigates

A U.S. Senate panel plans to hold a Jan. 25 hearing on the errant Hawaii ballistic missile alert that stirred panic and anger as the Federal Communications Commission investigates the matter. The Senate Commerce Committee is expected to announce later Thursday it will hold a hearing next week on the false alert and why it went uncorrected for 38 minutes, officials said.

In Advance of Trump’s March for Life Speech, NARAL Releases…

Today, the day before Donald Trump's March for Life appearance, NARAL Pro-Choice America is releasing a new, comprehensive, opposition research report , The Insidious Power of the Anti-Choice Movement . In the report, NARAL Pro-Choice America details how the anti-choice movement infiltrated the Trump administration and our government to erode access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion access, and deceive women along the way.

TLC Condemns Illegal HHS Rule Granting ‘License to Discriminate’

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services under the Trump-Pence administration announced a new rule to allow medical providers to illegally discriminate against patients based on who they are, as long as the providers cite religion. Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people, issued the following statement from executive director Kris Hayashi: "This extreme new HHS rule will quite possibly cost lives by giving medical providers cover not to treat people they disagree with, no matter how life-threatening or urgent the medical need.

Lawsuit Filed to Save North Atlantic Right Whales From Death in Fishing Gear

Conservation and animal-protection groups today sued the National Marine Fisheries Service for failing to prevent critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from becoming ensnared by lobster trap lines and other commercial fishing gear. Scientists have found that entanglement is the leading cause of death for right whales, which have suffered an alarming die-off over the past year, overwhelming recovery efforts.

Castine church provides access to Trinity Institute’s Theological Conference

Trinity Episcopal Church, Castine will partner on Values in Action, Trinity Institute's 47th National Theological Conference on Saturday February 3. Deep-rooted partnerships, grounded in core values, are essential to the success of nearly every social justice initiative. At this year's Trinity Institute theological conference, Values in Action, participants will learn how the impact of our actions-individually and organizationally-can be amplified through values-based partnerships.

Senate environment panel chief backs probe into uranium imports

The chair of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee said on Thursday he wants the Commerce Department to investigate the impacts of uranium imports from Russia and central Asia on national security, backing a request from two U.S. uranium mining firms who filed the petition. "America's ability to produce uranium is crucial to power our economy and keep our nation safe," said Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, chair of the panel.

Exercise? I get more than people think, Trump says

WORKOUT: Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, said on Tuesday that Trump was in excellent health overall but needed to lose weight, eat better, and break a sweat more often. The fast-food-loving Trump praised Jackson, who has served as a physician to previous presidents, but seemed wary of taking the not-so-subtle suggestion to use the White House's exercise facilities.

Federal responsibility in nuclear attack alerts is unclear

A timeline shows Hawaii officials botched efforts to immediately correct a false missile alert over the weekend, taking more than 20 minutes to contact federal authorities for approval they didn't need and then taking another 15 minutes to cancel the alert that was sent to mobile devices statewide. The astonishing error and dismal response has prompted both state and federal investigations and left one of the state's U.S. senators wondering aloud if top brass at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency should be replaced.

UK media: Police probe 3rd Spacey sex assault allegation

Haitian community leaders say thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the US legally will face employment and travel hurdles because President Donald Trump's administration has delayed the process of... Haitian community leaders say thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the US legally will face employment and travel hurdles because President Donald Trump's administration has delayed the process of re-registering those with temporary protected status. Missteps in Hawaii's handling of a false missile alert raises questions about whether any state should be solely responsible for notifying the public of such an event.

WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan Tells TMZ He’d Win If He Ran for US Senate

Hogan was asked about running for United States Senate by TMZ Sports , after Republican strategist Roger Stone reportedly urged him to run. Hogan said he has received calls to run for Senate, governor and mayor, but reiterated he didn't want to be part of the "chaos" involved with politics since due to excessive conflict between the Democrats and Republicans.

Republicans move ahead with vote to avoid a government shutdown

House Republican leaders are moving toward a vote Thursday to avoid a shutdown, but as a new day dawns in Washington, it's still unclear if GOP leaders have enough support to keep the government open. House Speaker Paul Ryan and his lieutenants were up against the clock and their own ranks as they scrambled to lock down votes.

Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no

Congressional Democrats aren't backing down from their threats to reject any government funding bill that isn't paired with protection for thousands of young immigrants , as hard-line liberal groups shrug off risks of a government shutdown . Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday there's "very, very strong" sentiment among his party's lawmakers to oppose GOP-drafted legislation that would only keep the government's doors open for four weeks past a looming Friday deadline.

US slips behind China in new global leadership poll

A year into Donald Trump's presidency, global confidence in U.S. leadership has fallen to a new low, according to an opinion survey conducted across 134 countries. The Gallup poll puts global approval of U.S. leadership at just 30 percent, slightly behind China on 31 percent and only three points ahead of Russia.

Trump pushes back over border wall

Trump tweets that ''The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it.' ' Some Democrats who met with Trump aide John Kelly on Wednesday say Kelly told them there are parts of the border where a wall isn't needed and that Trump didn't know that when making campaign promises.

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 191

Probably born in 1810 in Hagerstown, Maryland, Yesler was a unsettled young man. He left his home by 1830 and worked in New Orleans for awhile, spent some time in New York, and settled in Massillon, Ohio on and off through the late 1830s and 1840s.

Hawaii’s False Alarm Exposes U.S. Civil Defense Gaps


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Three days after Hawaii's false ballistic-missile alert triggered panic across the islands, causing people to run for cover and family members to issue tearful goodbyes, the Japanese public broadcaster NHK texted out a news alert instructing citizens to seek shelter from an incoming North Korean attack. It too was false.

CNN’s Van Jones on Trump’s First Year, Martin Luther King Jr. and Activism


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The TV pundit and former Obama green-jobs adviser talks the first year of Trump, civility in politics and big goals for his new CNN series Badly, if you would like the country to find common ground and solve problems together. He gave rich business interests a big tax break, and he gave his working-class, populist base NFL players to be mad at.

Republicans in Congress push for vote to avoid shutdown


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Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress stepped up their efforts to pass a temporary extension in funding and prevent the federal government from shutting down, scheduling a vote on the measure for later on Thursday. For months, the Republican-controlled Congress has been struggling to fund the government, which is now operating on its third temporary funding extension since the 2018 fiscal year began on Oct. 1. Democrats insist that a long-term spending bill include protection for "Dreamers" - adults brought to the country illegally as children, who were protected from deportation by former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

Trump Contradicts Kelly, Claims Wall Views Have Not ‘Evolved’

President Donald Trump was up early on Thursday contradicting what his chief of staff had told lawmakers about the southern border wall on Wednesday. Contradicting his chief of staff, Donald Trump on Thursday claimed his thinking about a southern border wall has not "evolved," and returned to his vow that Mexico, one way or another, will pay for it.

One year under Trump: ‘War of attrition’ on journalists

Trump's ostensible crackdown on press has been 'much more systematic, pervasive and strategic', rights groups say [Illustration by Jawahir Hassan Al-Naimi] Right-wing US President Donald Trump 's crackdown on press freedoms started on his first day in office, January 20, 2017, according to rights groups and reporters. Aaron Cantu, an independent journalist, was one of several journalists who were arrested along with protesters, bystanders, legal observers and medics during an anti-fascist bloc march against the inauguration in Washington, DC.

Trump: Dangerous because he is effective

US President Donald Trump speaks at the "Conversation with Women of America" meeting event at the White House in Washington, DC on January 16 [Carlos Barria/Reuters] The political establishment in the US has classified him as an aberration, a coincidence of unfortunate circumstances, and a political phenomenon, certainly a nuisance and maybe even a scary, unpredictable man. In fact, he campaigned on the elite's failure to understand the depth of frustration among ordinary people hit by globalisation.

Russia probes come up against claims of executive privilege

Steve Bannon's attorney relayed questions, in real time, to the White House during a House Intelligence Committee interview of the former Trump chief strategist, people familiar with the closed-door session told The Associated Press. The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is accusing President Donald Trump's White House of placing a "gag order" on former chief strategist Steve Bannon, barring him from answering many questions as part of the panel's investigation into Russian election interference.

Russia probes come up against claims of executive privilege

Steve Bannon's attorney relayed questions, in real time, to the White House during a House Intelligence Committee interview of the former Trump chief strategist, people familiar with the closed-door session told The Associated Press. WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

College president is setting the pace

President Lyle Roelofs likes to buy running shoes for his students at Berea College-as long as they get some exercise with him twice weekly before class. Starting at 7 a.m., students-along with faculty, staff and community members-can run four miles with him or walk two with his wife.

Democratic gains in state legislatures fuel Republican 2018 anxieties

Democrats are celebrating another state legislative victory, with Patty Schachtner's win Tuesday in a Wisconsin State Senate race becoming the 34th Democratic gain since President Trump was inaugurated last January. A medical examiner from St. Croix County, Wisconsin, Schachtner defeated Republican Adam Jarchow, a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, in a district that's been under Republican control for close to two decades.

Mr. Grenell goes to Germany a eventually

Over the Christmas break, my on air partner at KABC AM-790 Jillian Barberie and her two children were stuck at LAX for two full days, instead of being on their way to Toronto to visit grandma and grandpa. Between mechanical and weather delays, the three of them experienced a lifetime of Cinnabons and Sbarro pizza over the course of 48 hours.

Another key Trump campaign official is stonewalling the House…


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Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, but refused to answer questions about events that took place during the campaign and his conversations with President Donald Trump since then. Lewandowski is the latest official to stonewall the committee as it probes Russia's election interference and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

Sean Hannity Has New Nickname for CNN: The S***Hole Network

Top rated Fox News host Sean Hannity called rival cable network CNN the "S***HOLE NETWORK" in the 'Opening Monologue' on his show Wednesday night in honor of CNN saying the phrase on air almost two hundred times last Friday after President Donald Trump was accused of saying the phrase about certain countries during a recent Oval Office meeting with lawmakers about immigration reform. CNN also constantly used the phrase unedited on screen in large letters during newscasts and on its twitter feeds.

Here Are The Three Ways Disney Can Fix Star Wars

Disney's "The Last Jedi" opened with tremendous anticipation and a whopping 94 percent positive pre-release score on Rotten Tomatoes. Unfortunately, at the middle of the film's opening weekend, the audience score hovered around 57 percent and message boards and social media apps were abuzz with disappointment from many long time Star Wars fans.

Northern California police refuse to cooperate in upcoming ICE raids: report

Thomas Homan, ICE's head, has lambasted California over a state law that limits the cooperation of local law enforcement with federal immigration authorities. Law enforcement officials from Northern California said they will refuse to assist federal authorities in the upcoming sweeps that aim to capture more than 1,500 illegal immigrants, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday.

WH claiming sweeping a executive privilegea in Russia probes

President Donald Trump's White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle as current and former advisers parade to Capitol Hill for questioning about possible connections with Russia. The argument was laid bare this week during former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's interview with the House Intelligence Committee.

New Britain Debt Refinancing Triggers Republican vs. Democrat Battle

Mayor Erin Stewart's plan to refinance more than $100 million in city debt hit a wall of silent opposition Wednesday night when the council's Democratic majority boycotted a vote that she had called "very, very important." None of the council's nine Democrats showed up for the 6:45 p.m. meeting at city hall, leaving Stewart and her Republican minority with no chance to pass the measure.

EDITORIAL: Tax reform, designed to create jobs, jobs, jobs, yields its first results

The announcement on Wednesday that Apple Inc. will bring $350 billion in cash parked overseas - that's billion with a B - home to the United States, to invest here and create as many as 20,000 new jobs, is likely to be the economic story of the year. Donald Trump , who made his boast that he would "make America great again" the centerpiece of his campaign for president, couldn't have designed this play better on a blackboard.

Lawmakers see path to bringing back earmarks

Lawmakers from both parties expressed support on Wednesday for reversing the House's ban on earmarks, despite skepticism from key conservatives who originally pushed to end the practice nearly a decade ago. The overwhelming consensus at a House Rules Committee hearing on Wednesday was that allowing members of Congress to authorize pet projects back in their districts makes them more effective at their jobs.

Michelle Obama celebrates 54th birthday with flowers from Barack Obama

Last fall th... -- A longtime Jacksonville Jaguars fan with stage 4 cancer will get to see his team play this weekend when the New England Patriots host the Jaguars.Eric ... -- Former first lady Michelle Obama turned 54 Wednesday, celebrating her first birthday in Washington, D.C., since leaving the White House.She started the day with ... -- After nearly 15 years as the lead of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo will now be the highest-paid woman in TV.

How California leaders are fighting back against Sessions’ marijuana…

California legislators are fighting back against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' attempt to crack down on state cannabis programs, launching letter-writing campaigns, proposing new laws and discussing federal lawsuits to safeguard legal marijuana. "The genie is out of the bottle, so to speak," said Rep. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, who's calling for federal legislators to block Department of Justice appointments until the Trump administration changes its stance on marijuana.

Bills intend to advance I-5 Bridge replacement

Members of Clark County's legislative delegation have introduced a pair of bills meant to advance the replacement of the Interstate 5 Bridge. Last year, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill intended to restart the process for planning the replacement of the antiquated and congested I-5 Bridge.

Senate spent $269,000 on investigating, settling sexual harassment complaints


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The Michigan Senate spent $269,000 on investigating and settling sexual harassment complaints between Jan. 1, 2000 and Dec. 31, 2006, according to the Senate Business Office. In response to a request from MLive, Senate Business Office Director Jordan Hankwitz said the Michigan Senate spent $269,000 on investigating and settling sexual harassment complaints during that time frame.

Northrop Grumman (NOC) vs. AeroVironment (AVAV) Critical Analysis

Northrop Grumman and AeroVironment are both industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations. Northrop Grumman currently has a consensus target price of $302.54, suggesting a potential downside of 4.71%.

Abuse prevention a focus for disability agency

State officials whose agencies serve people with disabilities outlined for lawmakers Wednesday their efforts to prevent and respond to abuse against that population, particularly highlighting efforts to address sexual assault. Speaking at an oversight hearing held by the Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Jane Ryder, the acting commissioner of the Department of Developmental Services, described a training program she called a "national model."

Plan from county subcommittee seeks to combat violent crime

After several months of meetings, Horry County's community violence subcommittee presented a plan on combatting violent crime in the area Wednesday. The subcommittee was formed in 2016 after a rash of shootings in Longs, and has convened several times, looking at crime statistics within the county and comparing them to other counties, according to Chief Deputy Tom Fox of the Horry County's Sheriff's Office, who chairs the group, itself an offshoot of the county's public safety committee.

Lawmakers ask if states or feds should alert about missiles

Nearly 40 terrifying minutes passed between the time Hawaii officials fired off a bogus alert about an incoming missile over the weekend and the moment the notice was canceled. The state was slow to contain the situation, waiting 23 minutes to call officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get unnecessary approval to send a retraction.

Liberals press Dems to act on immigration, shutdown or no

Shrugging off the prospect of a government shutdown, liberal activists are demanding that Democrats protect thousands of young immigrants from deportation, no matter what. The conflict comes to a head this week as the Republicans who control Congress scramble to get enough votes - including some from Senate Democrats - to avoid the partial shutdown.

College student latest candidate in 43rd House District


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Isaac Deal, 20, an Indiana State University political science student, said Wednesday he plans to seek the office being vacated by longtime Rep. Clyde Kersey, D-Terre Haute. Deal, whose hometown is Greencastle, said he plans to formally announce his candidacy and file the necessary paper work to run as a Republican next week.

Senators grill social media companies over terrorist posts

This photo combo of images shows, clockwise, from upper left: a Google sign, the Twitter app, YouTube TV logo and the Facebook app. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, lawmakers grilled executives from Facebook, Google's YouTube and Twitter about what the companies are doing to prevent extremists and terrorists from using their platforms to spread propaganda and hate and recruit new followers.

Senators grill social media companies over terrorist posts

This photo combo of images shows, clockwise, from upper left: a Google sign, the Twitter app, YouTube TV logo and the Facebook app. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, lawmakers grilled executives from Facebook, Google's YouTube and Twitter about what the companies are doing to prevent extremists and terrorists from using their platforms to spread propaganda and hate and recruit new followers.

Bay Point ‘Sandbar’ property acquired by Western Reserve Land…

An iconic reminder of the Great Lakes' rich natural heritage, the 68-acre Bay Point property along the Lake Erie shore has been acquired by the nonprofit Western Reserve Land Conservancy. Known locally as the "Sandbar," the Ottawa County property consists of a narrow peninsula that extends south from the Marblehead Peninsula into Sandusky Bay.

Bay Point ‘Sandbar’ property acquired by Western Reserve Land…

An iconic reminder of the Great Lakes' rich natural heritage, the 68-acre Bay Point property along the Lake Erie shore has been acquired by the nonprofit Western Reserve Land Conservancy. Known locally as the "Sandbar," the Ottawa County property consists of a narrow peninsula that extends south from the Marblehead Peninsula into Sandusky Bay.

Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions: Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting "closer every day" to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States. "Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea," Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters.

Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions: Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting "closer every day" to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States. "Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea," Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters.

Sen. Jeff Flake condemns Trumpa s media attacks, compares rhetoric to Stalin

In a searing speech on the Senate floor Wednesday morning, Sen. Jeff Flake denounced President Donald Trump for his sustained attacks against the news media, going so far as to compare his rhetoric to that of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. In Flake's remarks Wednesday, he pointed to Stalin, the Soviet Union's 30-year dictator as a seeming inspiration for Trump's attacks against the press, singling out a phrase that each used to refer to their interpreted opposition.

Sen. Jeff Flake condemns Trumpa s media attacks, compares rhetoric to Stalin

In a searing speech on the Senate floor Wednesday morning, Sen. Jeff Flake denounced President Donald Trump for his sustained attacks against the news media, going so far as to compare his rhetoric to that of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. In Flake's remarks Wednesday, he pointed to Stalin, the Soviet Union's 30-year dictator as a seeming inspiration for Trump's attacks against the press, singling out a phrase that each used to refer to their interpreted opposition.

Cuomo: Change way NY collects taxes to counter GOP tax law

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a major change he is proposing in the way the state collects income taxes would negate some of the harm that the GOP tax law will do to New Yorkers with more than $10,000 in state and local taxes to deduct. Cuomo proposed as part of his 2018 state budget Tuesday to essentially do away with the state income tax on the wages earned by New Yorkers and replace it with an equivalent tax on employers.

Cuomo: Change way NY collects taxes to counter GOP tax law

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a major change he is proposing in the way the state collects income taxes would negate some of the harm that the GOP tax law will do to New Yorkers with more than $10,000 in state and local taxes to deduct. Cuomo proposed as part of his 2018 state budget Tuesday to essentially do away with the state income tax on the wages earned by New Yorkers and replace it with an equivalent tax on employers.

Liberals press Dems to act on immigration, shutdown or no Source: AP

Shrugging off the prospect of a government shutdown, liberal activists are demanding that Democrats protect thousands of young immigrants from deportation, no matter what. The conflict comes to a head this week as the Republicans who control Congress scramble to get enough votes -- including some from Senate Democrats -- to avoid the partial shutdown.

Liberals press Dems to act on immigration, shutdown or no Source: AP

Shrugging off the prospect of a government shutdown, liberal activists are demanding that Democrats protect thousands of young immigrants from deportation, no matter what. The conflict comes to a head this week as the Republicans who control Congress scramble to get enough votes -- including some from Senate Democrats -- to avoid the partial shutdown.

Mitch McConnell’s passive-aggressive dig at Trump

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. John Cornyn spoke about the status of DACA negotiations on Jan. 17. "I'm looking for something President Trump supports," McConnell said. On Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham let loose about his frustrations with his newfound friend President Trump.

Mitch McConnell’s passive-aggressive dig at Trump

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. John Cornyn spoke about the status of DACA negotiations on Jan. 17. "I'm looking for something President Trump supports," McConnell said. On Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham let loose about his frustrations with his newfound friend President Trump.

US withholds hurricane emergency loan sought by Puerto Rico

A billion-dollar emergency loan approved by Congress to help Puerto Rico deal with the effects of Hurricane Maria has been temporarily withheld by federal officials who say the U.S. territory is not facing a cash shortage like it has repeatedly warned about in recent months. Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Treasury Department said in a letter to the director of the island's fiscal agency that Puerto Rico has had a central cash balance exceeding $1.5 billion in the nearly four months since the Category 4 storm.

US withholds hurricane emergency loan sought by Puerto Rico

A billion-dollar emergency loan approved by Congress to help Puerto Rico deal with the effects of Hurricane Maria has been temporarily withheld by federal officials who say the U.S. territory is not facing a cash shortage like it has repeatedly warned about in recent months. Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Treasury Department said in a letter to the director of the island's fiscal agency that Puerto Rico has had a central cash balance exceeding $1.5 billion in the nearly four months since the Category 4 storm.

Daniel K. Lea Jr.

Daniel Kenneth Lea Jr., 64, of Peshtigo, passed away Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Born Aug. 30, 1953, to the late Daniel K. Sr. and Doris Lea, he served in the United States Navy and married the former Carry Davis on June 5, 1993.

Daniel K. Lea Jr.

Daniel Kenneth Lea Jr., 64, of Peshtigo, passed away Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Born Aug. 30, 1953, to the late Daniel K. Sr. and Doris Lea, he served in the United States Navy and married the former Carry Davis on June 5, 1993.

Dr. Terry J. Watermolen

Dr. Terry James Watermolen, 71, passed away Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Born Dec. 19, 1946 in Green Bay, to the late Leland and Lorraine Watermolen, he attended St. Matthew's School and graduated from Abbot Pennings High School in 1965.

Dr. Terry J. Watermolen

Dr. Terry James Watermolen, 71, passed away Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Born Dec. 19, 1946 in Green Bay, to the late Leland and Lorraine Watermolen, he attended St. Matthew's School and graduated from Abbot Pennings High School in 1965.

Legislation would make it harder for investors to sue mutual funds over high fees


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A plaintiff would have to state in their initial complaint why fiduciary duty was breached, and then prove the violation with 'clear and convincing evidence' Legislation that would make it more difficult for investors to sue mutual fund companies for excessive fees was poised to advance in the House on Wednesday. The House Financial Services Committee was set to take up a bill that would impose a higher legal burden for plaintiffs when they allege that a fund has violated its fiduciary duty by charging high fees.

Legislation would make it harder for investors to sue mutual funds over high fees


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A plaintiff would have to state in their initial complaint why fiduciary duty was breached, and then prove the violation with 'clear and convincing evidence' Legislation that would make it more difficult for investors to sue mutual fund companies for excessive fees was poised to advance in the House on Wednesday. The House Financial Services Committee was set to take up a bill that would impose a higher legal burden for plaintiffs when they allege that a fund has violated its fiduciary duty by charging high fees.

‘This Is Reprehensible.’ Read Jeff Flake’s Speech…

Jeff Flake delivered a searing rebuke of President Donald Trump's attacks on the press on the Senate floor Wednesday, urging the chamber to counteract his rhetoric by defending the media. "Not only has the past year seen an American president borrow despotic language to refer to the free press, but it seems he has in turn inspired dictators and authoritarians with his own language.

GOP still struggling with Trump’s remarks on Africa

Republicans are struggling to get their stories straight as President Donald Trump's Homeland Security secretary became the latest GOP official to offer an inconclusive version of a meeting in which Trump is said to have used vulgar remarks that have been criticized as racist. Democrats accused Republicans of selective amnesia as Cabinet member Kirstjen Nielsen testified Tuesday under oath that she "did not hear" Trump use a certain vulgarity to describe African countries.

AP Sources: WH directed Bannon silence in House interview

Steve Bannon's attorney relayed questions, in real time, to the White House during a House Intelligence Committee interview of the former Trump chief strategist, people familiar with the closed-door session told The Associated Press. As lawmakers probed Bannon's time working for President Donald Trump, Bannon's attorney Bill Burck was asking the White House counsel's office by phone during the Tuesday session whether his client could answer the questions.

The Latest: Walker says voters unhappy with Washington

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says dissatisfaction with national politics influenced a special election win by a Democrat in a state Senate district that Donald Trump won in 2016 by 17 points. Walker told reporters Wednesday in Milwaukee that the Democratic win was a "wake-up call to distinguish between the inaction of Washington versus the positive action we are taking in Wisconsin."

Securing content with an integrated approach

No company can afford the backlash associated with a data breach. It's not just the fines, it's also the monumental impact to the company's reputation and potential hit to customer loyalty that can ultimately prove difficult for even the largest organizations to overcome.

GOP senator denounces Trump attacks on free press

A Republican senator is denouncing President Donald Trump's use of the terms "fake news" and "enemy of the people" to describe the news media and stories he doesn't like. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said Trump's attacks were reminiscent of words infamously used by Russian dictator Josef Stalin to describe his enemies.

Ryan presses Dems to back bill keeping government open

House Speaker Paul Ryan tried pressuring Democrats on Wednesday to back legislation preventing a weekend federal shutdown. But he gave little ground on the partisan battle over immigration, an issue many Democrats say must be resolved before they'll vote to keep agencies functioning.

How the first Women’s March inspired me to run for office in Pennsylvania | Perspective

Almost exactly one year ago, my husband and I were standing on the banks of the Alabama River taking in the storied Pettus Bridge and reading the inscription on the plaque commemorating Representative John Lewis's heroic contributions to the civil rights movement. It was there that he and others were beaten bloody in an effort to advance equality and to extend our nation's values and promises to everyone.

Democrats Turn Red Seat Blue in Wisconsin

Democrats snagged a GOP-leaning state Senate seat in western Wisconsin on Tuesday, buoying progressive hopes that they could ride a wave of victory this fall. Patty Schachtner, the chief medical examiner for St. Croix County, will take the seat that had been held for 17 years by former Sen. Sheila Harsdorf .

Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

South Korean Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung, center, speaks to the media before leaving for the border village of Panmunjom to attend South and North Korea meeting, at the Office of the South Korea-North Korea Dialog... . South Korean Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung, center, leaves for the border village of Panmunjom to attend South and North Korea meeting, at the Office of the South Korea-North Korea Dialogue in Seoul, South Korea, We... .

Miscellaneous Congress: From Catty Whacks to Pimientos to Surfboard Camera Mounts and Hair-Slides

My father taught me a great lesson many years ago about the Congress, to always be on the lookout for bills that were labeled "technical corrections" or "miscellaneous," because there was a good chance you might find something interesting if you took the time to dig into the bill. So, when the "Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018," popped up on the House schedule for this week, and was approved Tuesday on a unanimous vote, I had to take a look.

House bill would create more oversight on efforts to disclose cyber vulnerabilities

A bill to expand congressional oversight over how the Department of Homeland Security works with the private sector to disclose cyber vulnerabilities is now before the Senate after it passed the House by voice vote last week. The bill, introduced by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, would require DHS to submit an annual report to Congress describing the process the federal government uses to disclose cybersecurity flaws it discovers to the private sector and other affected organizations.

Wolf taking steps to expand who gets OT pay in Pennsylvania

Stymied by Republicans in his effort to pass a law raising the minimum wage, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is moving to boost pay in Pennsylvania through another means - by making hundreds of thousands of additional salaried employees eligible for overtime pay, administration officials said Wednesday. The proposed regulation extending overtime to more salaried employees would need approval only from a five-member board whose members are appointed by Wolf, two top Republican lawmakers and two top Democratic lawmakers, giving it a 3-2 Democratic majority.

Uh Oh: Did Wisconsin Just Hit the Tipping Point Last Night?

Wisconsin was a key state for the Donald Trump movement, but have we just now hit the tipping point to swing that state the other way? In this undated photo provided by the Patty for Senate Campaign, Patty Schachtner, the St. Croix County medical examiner and Somerset school board member, poses for a photo. Schachtner knocked off state Rep. Adam Jarchow in the Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, special election for a Wisconsin state Senate seat.

‘Cocaine cowboys’ smuggler convicted in auto fraud case

Missouri lawmakers say Gov. Eric Greitens' admission that he had an extramarital affair is distracting from legislative efforts to change state tax laws. Missouri lawmakers say Gov. Eric Greitens' admission that he had an extramarital affair is distracting from legislative efforts to change state tax laws.

Group pinpoints riches hidden in Europe’s mountains of waste

A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain has blanketed a large swath of the South, trailed by a blast of frigid air that could approach record low temperatures. A 17-year-old girl who looked closer to 10 jumped out a window, called 911, and showed the world the secret horror she and her 12 brothers and sisters had been living in.

Democrats flip traditionally conservative Wisconsin district

A Democrat has been elected to represent a traditionally conservative Wisconsin senate district where voters overwhelmingly supported President Donald Trump in 2016, in an upset that Democrats suggest could lead to more Republican losses in the state. Patty Schachtner's victory in the 10th Senate District late Tuesday could be a sign of hope for Democrats, who have been pushed to the brink of irrelevancy after seven years of Republican control of both legislative houses and the governor's office.

Walters: Brown sees ramifications for killing the golden geese

To intertwine cliches, Gov. Jerry Brown let the cat out of the bag last week and acknowledged that he's concerned about killing the golden geese. Those geese are the few thousand Californians with the highest incomes whose taxes allow Brown and other California politicians to spend tens of billions of dollars a year and the new federal tax overhaul encourages them to take their money elsewhere.

Tom Kacich: Fired Cunningham Township workers say they’re owed money

The controversial firing of two veteran deputy assessors by Cunningham Township Assessor Wayne Williams has taken a new turn with the female former employees claiming that they are owed more money than Williams has paid them. Williams, who was elected assessor unopposed last year and took office on Jan. 1, immediately dismissed Jamie Willard, the chief deputy assessor, and Kim Hooper, a deputy assessor.

The S&P 500 Has Gained Only 3.4% Per Year Since 2000

Sunday marked my 50th wedding anniversary, so I tend to notice events that happen on January 14. It was on that date in the year 2000 that the Dow Jones Industrials peaked at 11,722.98, a number that would not be eclipsed for nearly seven years. That Friday, January 14, 2000 was a giddy time for big stocks on Wall Street, as Glaxo-Wellcome offered to acquire SmithKlineBeecham for $75.7 billion in stock.

‘Safety net’ hospitals face federal budget cuts

A double whammy of federal budget cuts might force many hospitals, particularly those that serve poor or rural communities, to scale back services or even shut their doors. The $3.6 billion in cuts this year - $2 billion from a program that sends federal dollars to hospitals that serve a high percentage of Medicaid or uninsured patients, and $1.6 billion from a drug discount program - will have the greatest effect on so-called safety net hospitals that provide medical care for all comers, no matter their ability to pay.

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Some of the tax cut's most ardent fans work on Wall Street, where the new law has helped turbocharge the stock market rally and is set to deliver a major boost to the bottom lines of the biggest banks. So, investment titan Larry Fink sounded like a wet blanket Tuesday when he called on top CEOs to spell out how they plan to use their tax windfall, while bearing in mind that his firm, BlackRock - the largest asset manager in the world, overseeing more than $6 trillion - will now insist that they contribute to the broader social good rather than just maximize profits.

Government shutdown looms as a Dreamera deal stalls

House Republicans considered on Tuesday a stopgap bill to fund the U.S. government through Feb. 16 to avert a shutdown, but the measure would not include Democrats' demands for protections for young people brought to the United States illegally as children. Partisan finger-pointing over immigration policy on Tuesday left Congress and the White House stumbling closer to a possible federal government shutdown by the end of the week.

#SC2018: Dems Spar Over Response To Henry McMaster’s Speech


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South Carolina's Democratic party is fighting amongst itself over which politician should be allowed to respond to "Republican" governor Henry McMaster 's first "State of the State" speech this evening. Does it matter? No.

MSNBC’s Mika hammers DHS chief’s ‘painful’ defense of Trump’s ‘racism’

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski said Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's "pained" defense of President Donald Trump's racist remarks overshadowed just how "depressing" the situation is in the White House. The cabinet official testified Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where lawmakers grilled her over the president's reported "sh*thole" remarks toward African nations and Haiti.

Iran says planned US-backed force inside Syria would fan war

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday a new US-backed, 30,000-strong force inside Syria constituted a breach of international law and Syrian sovereignty, joining Syria, Turkey and Russia in a vehement rebuke of the plan. On Sunday, the US-led coalition said it was working with its Syrian militia allies, the mainly Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces , to set up a force that would operate along the borders with Turkey and Iraq, as well as within Syria.

Here are details of latest bipartisan DACA deal to protect DREAMers

Senators to introduce bill providing $18 billion for border-security over the next decade in exchange for DREAMers getting permanent legal status. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, both Republicans, focused on immigration and DACA when asked about President Trump's reported comments about African countries and Haiti on Monday.

No Closer To DACA Deal, Republicans Push Plan B To Keep Government Open

Demonstrators protest at Sen. Dean Heller's, R-Nev., office in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals , and Temporary Protected Status , programs on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption Demonstrators protest at Sen. Dean Heller's, R-Nev., office in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals , and Temporary Protected Status , programs on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

This Day in History

In 1806, Thomas Jefferson's daughter, Martha, gave birth to James Madison Randolph, the first child born in the White House. In 1945, Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World War II; Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody.

Collins Wants Rural Broadband

Congressman Chris Collins introduced legislation yesterday that will attempt to address a long-standing issue for rural communities: poor or non-existent broadband coverage. For people living away from cities and towns where broadband coverage is taken for granted, Collins' legislation makes a lot of sense.

North Korea to send cheering squad in Olympics delegation

South Korean Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung, center, speaks to the media before leaving for the border village of Panmunjom to attend South and North Korea meeting, at the Office of the South Korea-North Korea Dialog... . South Korean Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung, center, leaves for the border village of Panmunjom to attend South and North Korea meeting, at the Office of the South Korea-North Korea Dialogue in Seoul, South Korea, We... .

President Trump’s 2017 performance review, from Putin with love

Sincere thanks from everyone here in Russia's leadership for your unstinting work on our behalf. We realized, when preparing this performance review, that you have done so much for us - including your verbal attacks on America's allies while singing my praises, encouraging racial and religious animosity among Americans, dismantling and degrading the U.S. State Department , undermining the FBI, NATO and NAFTA and so much more - we could only highlight your major successes.

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The nation recently discovered Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin after he made the so far unsupported claim that President Donald Trump called several third world nations "sh**hole countries." But, what most Americans don't know is that Dick Durbin has a long history of lying in service to the Democrat Party and the anti-American, left-wing cause.

Will Congress help or hurt medical marijuana?

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in his new guidance, basically said that federal prosecutors ought to exercise ordinary discretion when it comes to marijuana-related activities, prioritizing crimes that involve distribution to minors, diversion out of state and gang activity. Though federal prosecutors prioritized those things under the Cole Memo too, Sessions indicated that all things marijuana could be considered serious, opening the door to a mass crackdown on otherwise state-legal activities.

Corruption in Uganda: Minister Sam Kutesa and Company May Yet Survive Their Latest Scandal

America's Department of Justice statement of November 2017, naming Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa as a recipient of a bribe in exchange for oil concessions and other contracts may or may not constitute a change of policy among Uganda's development partners. The United States has known about and tolerated the most glaring instances of corruption for much of the thirty-year life-span of the National Resistance Movement government.

No Closer To DACA Deal, Republicans Push Plan B To Keep Government Open

Demonstrators protest at Sen. Dean Heller's, R-Nev., office in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals , and Temporary Protected Status , programs on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. President Trump and congressional Democrats appear no closer to a deal on protecting "Dreamers" from deportation, but GOP lawmakers are working on a Plan B that would - if approved - prevent an election-year shutdown of the government, extending funding at least another month.

Former Trump aide Bannon refuses to comply with US House subpoena

US President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon declined on Tuesday to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a US House intelligence panel about his time at the White House as part of its investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the US election. After Bannon initially refused to answer questions about the matter, Devin Nunes, the committee's Republican party chairman, authorised a subpoena during the meeting to press Bannon to respond.

U.S. Navy officers face possible homicide charges over ship collisions

Town councilors voted 7-0 late Tuesday night to send a non-binding referendum to voters this March asking to petition the legislature to grant authority for Derry to make the school district a... Anthony Davis torched the Celtics for 45 points and 16 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans snapped the Boston Celtics' seven-game winning streak with a ... (more)

‘Very strong’ Democratic sentiment to oppose GOP budget bill

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday there's "very, very strong" sentiment among Democrats in the chamber to oppose GOP-drafted legislation to keep the government's doors open, comments that could indicate the chances are increasing that the government could shut down at midnight Friday night. Democrats' votes are needed to advance the stopgap measure through the Senate, but they have been rebuffed in their demands to add protections against deportation for younger immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.

Frigid temperatures trail storm dropping more snow on South

A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain blanketed a large swath of the South, trailed by a blast of frigid air that could approach record low temperatures Wednesday. By Tuesday evening, steadily dropping snow about 15 miles northwest of Atlanta was forcing cars on Interstate 75 to slow considerably amid scattered fender benders.

Trump warns of immigration threat to national security

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that America's current immigration system weakens national security, as his administration sought Supreme Court backing to lift protections shielding 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation. Days after Trump sparked an international uproar by reportedly complaining about immigration from "shithole" countries, his administration sought to refocus the debate by tying a series of current immigration programs to terror threats.

Trump warns of immigration threat to national security

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that America's current immigration system weakens national security, as his administration sought Supreme Court backing to lift protections shielding 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation. Days after Trump sparked an international uproar by reportedly complaining about immigration from "shithole" countries, his administration sought to refocus the debate by tying a series of current immigration programs to terror threats.

Steve Bannon – refuses to answer questions’ about working for Donald Trump

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon refused to answer a broad array of queries from the House Intelligence Committee about his time working for President Donald Trump on Tuesday, provoking a subpoena from the panel's Republican chairman. The development brought to the forefront questions about White House efforts to control what the former adviser tells Congress about his time in Mr Trump's inner circle and whether Republicans on Capitol Hill would force the issue in light of the newly issued subpoena from the Republican-controlled panel.

Bipartisan Senate Group To Roll Out Soft DACA Bill

A bipartisan group of senators will unveil a DACA replacement bill Wednesday that combines Democrats' favorite amnesty proposal with some border security and immigration reforms, but stops far short of what the Trump administration has demanded. The bill marries the Dream Act, which would set a path to citizenship for millions of younger illegal immigrants, with some border security enhancements, including limited funding for President Donald Trump's border wall.

On Haiti and African countries*Jan. 16, 2018, 10:30 PM Ast

During the 2016 US presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump promised to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme which Barack Obama, as president, had instituted in 2012. DACA allowed some individuals who had entered the country as minors and remained illegally, to receive a two-year period of deferred action from deportation.

Tillerson warns military action on NK unless diplomacy works

One of the dozens of sexual abuse victims of a disgraced former Michigan sports doctor has warned at his sentencing hearing that "little girls don't stay little forever." . One of the dozens of sexual abuse victims of a disgraced former Michigan sports doctor has warned at his sentencing hearing that "little girls don't stay little forever."

Consumer watchdog considering repeal of payday lending rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has decided to reconsider a key set of rules enacted last year that would have protected consumers against harmful payday lenders. The bureau, which came under control of the Trump administration late last year, said in a statement Tuesday that it plans to take a second look at the payday lending rules.

Immigration deal distant as leaders try to avert shutdown

A deal between President Donald Trump and Congress to protect young immigrants from deportation remained distant Tuesday, as House Republicans leaders turned their attention to building support for a backup plan: a stopgap funding bill to stave off the threat of an election-year shutdown. The focus on a budget Plan B - another temporary measure that would buy time for more talks - was the latest sign of a breakdown in bipartisan deal-making in a Congress that has struggled to find common ground even on areas of broad agreement.

Former Trump aide Bannon refuses to comply with House subpoena

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon declined on Tuesday to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a U.S. House intelligence panel about his time at the White House as part of its investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election. After Bannon initially refused to answer questions about the matter, Devin Nunes, the committee's Republican party chairman, authorized a subpoena during the meeting to press Bannon to respond.

Dem Schachtner beats Jarchow to take Senate seat

Democrat Patty Schachtner has beaten GOP state Rep. Adam Jarchow to win the special election to represent Wisconsin's 10th Senate district. Jarchow tweeted his concession late Tuesday evening, with Schachtner leading by roughly 1,600 votes out of more than 20,000 cast and returns largely complete across five counties.

The Latest: Hawaii congresswomen want hearings on alert

The Latest on the faulty missile warning alert sent over the weekend by Hawaii's emergency management agency : U.S. Reps. Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii are asking the House Armed Services Committee to hold a hearing to investigate whether a state emergency management agency should have jurisdiction over national security warnings.

Justice Dept. moves to end DACA; County passes symbolic resolution supporting Dreamers

Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, behind left, and Commissioners Eddie Cantu and David Fuentes greet members of La Union Del Pueblo Entero following a proclamation in support of DACA recipients Tuesday, January 16, 2018, during a commissioners court meeting in Edinburg. LUPE's Martha Sanchez places a sign is support of the DREAM Act on a chair next to a proclamation read by Hidalgo County Pct.

Former Trump aide Bannon refuses to comply with US House subpoena

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon declined on Tuesday to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a House intelligence panel about his time at the White House as part of its investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election. FILE PHOTO: Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon speaks during a campaign event for Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore in Fairhope, Alabama, U.S., December 5, 2017.

Seattle-area immigrant activist says she faces deportation – Tue, 16 Jan 2018 PST

Maru Mora-Villalpando, a longtime activist for illegal immigrants, speaks at a news conference announcing she herself is now facing deportation, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Seattle. Mora-Villalpando, a native of Mexico City who has been in the U.S. for more than 25 years, said Tuesday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has given her a notice to appear before an immigration judge.

The Department of Justice has faced high profile criticism a year in Trump administration

The Justice Department has long been a lightning rod for political criticism, but this past year brought it to a new level - with a Republican president taking sharp aim at the Republican attorney general he nominated. Even as Attorney General Jeff Sessions pressed forward on some of President Donald Trump's top priorities - such as immigration enforcement - Sessions was sharp criticism from Trump, who was reportedly angered by Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Justice Department probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and alleged collusion between Trump associates and Russian operatives.

FAA probes reason storm snarled flights at Kennedy airport


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The Federal Aviation Administration says it is investigating the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's actions during a winter snowstorm that caused major disruptions at Kennedy Airport. The FAA says it will seek to determine whether the Port Authority complied with regulations requiring the timely removal of snow from all aircraft movement areas.

Model loses second leg to toxic shock syndrome

'We appreciate her courage': Girl, 17, so starved that she looked like a ten-year-old escaped California house of horrors through a window so she could save her shackled siblings by showing photos of their 'foul and horrific' living conditions to police Trump is officially overweight with BMI of 29.9, takes daily anti-baldness pills and needs to change his diet but is 'healthy overall' reveals first medical exam Bannon got a SUBPOENA from Mueller to appear before a grand jury after calling Trump Tower meeting with Russians 'treasonous' - and collects MORE subpoenas while getting grilled by the House Intelligence Committee Trump has NO dementia: White House doctor says president had a perfect score on cognitive screening test and he only did one because he ASKED Dozens evacuated as Washington state braces for landslide expected to spill four million cubic yards of rock and dirt by early ... (more)

WOW! AP Reporter Asks Trump Doctor “Do You Have a Life Expectancy Based On Your Results?”

Presidential Doctor Ronny Jackson took questions from the White House press corp after detailing President Trump's excellent health. AP reporter Jill Colvin bizarrely asked Dr. Jackson "Do you have a life expectancy based on your results?" As The Gateway Pundit 's Cristina Laila reported, Dr. Ronny Jackson conducted a physical exam on the President and declared Trump to have excellent cognitive health and attributed it to incredible genes "it's just the way God made him".

White House Press Reporter Slurs Her Words as She Asks About POTUS…

White House Press Reporter Slurs Her Words as She Asks About POTUS Trump Slurring His Words in Recent Speech Dr. Ronny Jackson conducted a physical exam on the President and declared Trump to have excellent cognitive health and attributed it to incredible genes "it's just the way God made him". Bloomberg reporter Shannon Pettypiece slurred her words as she asked Dr. Ronny Jackson about President Trump slurring his words in a recent speech.

Bipartisan DACA deal falls through, shutdown looming

WASHINGTON The government is four days away from a spending deadline and facing the increased possibility of a shutdown. Republicans cannot fund the government on their own and one of the long talked-about solutions to getting Democrats on board had been to come up with a plan to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program that protects those who entered the U.S. as undocumented minors.

In first year, Trump scores lowest averagea

President Donald Trump speaks at the Conversations with the Women of America at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. WASHINGTON - This is a record not to be coveted: Donald Trump is wrapping up a year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first year.

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The Democrats and their media allies did everything they could to defeat TrumpA s tax cuts and reforms. They continually lied to the public in a bid to make them believe that less than half of the taxpayers would actually get cuts and that the bill was meant to benefit only big, rich corporations.

WH doctor credits ‘good genes’ for Trump’s excellent health despite fast food diet

White House doctor says despite President Trump's fast food habit and lack of exercise, he's in "excellent" condition, "he has incredibly good genes, and it's just the way God made him." https://t.co/NsTmll8Dpj pic.twitter.com/0RlLogiQ3p Donald John Trump House Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for 'serious case of amnesia' after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE 's military physician on Tuesday credited the president's genes for his "excellent" health despite his reported fast food habits and lack of exercise.

Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising

Lawmakers warned Tuesday that the chances for a government shutdown are greater than at any other time since a 16-day closure in October 2013. Republicans appear poised to offer a plan forward that would fund the government for another month while extending a popular children's health program for six years.

House panel wants Steve Bannon to explain Comey firing, AP source says

A House panel questioned Steve Bannon on Tuesday, aiming to find out President Donald Trump's thinking when he fired FBI Director James Comey , according to a person familiar with what the panel was planning to ask the former White House chief strategist. The committee also planned to press Bannon on other "executive actions" taken by Trump that have drawn interest from congressional investigators prying into ties between Trump's campaign and Russian operatives, said the person, who wasn't authorized to speak on the record about the closed-door session and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Two more 3rd District candidates announce fundraising numbers

Two more of the 13 Democrats seeking to replace 3rd District Rep. Niki Tsongas in November have released their latest fundraising numbers: Lori Trahan, of Westford, and Beej Das, a former Andover resident who recently moved to Lowell. Trahan's campaign announced it has raised more than $550,000, making her the female candidate with the strongest fundraising numbers in 2017.

Steve Bannon set for appear before US House probe into Russia collusion

Former White House senior adviser Steve Bannon has arrived for his appearance before the US House Intelligence Committee in Washington as part of its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The interview follows Mr Bannon's spectacular fall from power after being quoted in a book as saying US president Donald Trump's son and others engaged in "treasonous" behaviour for taking a meeting with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Steve Bannon subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller

According to the New York Times , Bannon was subpoenaed last week to testify before a grand jury as part of Mueller's broad probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and Russia's possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Bannon was on Capitol Hill Tuesday testifying behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating Russia's meddling and possible collusion.

Kirstjen Nielsen says she does not know if Norwegians are mostly…

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she imagines most Norwegians are white, but did not know for sure, when questioned by a Democratic senator Tuesday morning. Nielsen was testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee when she was asked by Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy if most people in Norway are white.

FERC commissioners vow fuel-neutral decisions after rejecting Rick Perry’s coal lifeline

FERC, in rejecting Rick Perry's plan, directed regional transmission operators to provide more information about resilience to help the commission examine the matter "holistically." Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday vowed to uphold their mission of making fuel-neutral decisions as independent arbiters in a hyper-politicized energy environment, after being pressured by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to help subsidized coal and nuclear plants.

Steve Bannon arrives to testify on Capitol Hill

A former aide to President Donald Trump testified before congressional leaders in a closed session on Tuesday. The House Intelligence Committee questioned Bannon following his spectacular fall from power after accusing the president's son and others of "treasonous" behavior for taking a meeting with Russians during the 2016 campaign.

Gary Johnson on AG Sessions and his “his increasingly lonely crusade against pot.”

Anyone who knows former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, or who has read anything about former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson could make a good guess at his opinion of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent marijuana move. I'm talking about Sessions' decision to nullify the U.S. Justice Department's hands-off policy toward states that have legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana.

Trump Ends First Year With Lowest Average Approval Rating

This is a record not to be coveted: Donald Trump is wrapping up a year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first term. That's according to polling by Gallup, which shows that Trump has averaged just a 39 percent approval rating since his inauguration.

Sessions Cites a Study Ordered by Trump to Back Visa Limits

The Trump administration released a study Tuesday claiming that most people convicted in U.S. courts of crimes related to international terrorism are foreign-born, a move that amplifies the president's efforts to invoke national security concerns to justify tighter immigration policies. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that the report provides "sobering" evidence that "our immigration system has undermined our national security and safety."

James Thompson to City Council: ‘The blood of Andrew Finch is on your hands’

Local civil rights attorney and congressional candidate James Thompson spoke before the Wichita City Council on Tuesday and used national statistics to point out that the number of police shootings in Wichita is abnormally high and that funding for officer training and staffing is too low. Local civil rights attorney and congressional candidate James Thompson spoke before the Wichita City Council on Tuesday and used national statistics to point out that the number of police shootings in Wichita is abnormally high and that funding for officer training and staffing is too low.

Murphy Sworn In as New Jersey Governor

Philip Dunton Murphy was sworn in as New Jersey's 56th governor, vowing to make good on economic promises unfulfilled by his Republican predecessor and counteract what he called catastrophic social and fiscal policy by the Trump administration. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. senior director, pledged to help foster a "stronger and fairer" New Jersey that creates higher-wage jobs, increases public-school funding, provides free access to community college, helps small businesses and ensures the wealthiest pay "their fair share" in taxes.

The Latest: Democrat Phil Murphy becomes New Jersey governor

Democrat Phil Murphy was sworn in Tuesday as the state's 56th governor by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner at Patriots Theater inside the War Memorial in Trenton. Murphy's wife and four children joined him as he took the oath on the same Bible that John F. Kennedy used when he was sworn in as president.

New US Embassy criticized by Trump opens in London

The new U.S. Embassy in London, criticized last week by President Donald Trump as too expensive and poorly located, opened its doors to the public Tuesday for the first time. The gleaming embassy, in the formerly industrial Nine Elms neighborhood in south London, replaces the embassy in Grosvenor Square that had for decades been associated with the U.S. presence in the United Kingdom.

Senator Bernie Sanders to Join 350.org in Launch of Fossil Free U.S….

Senator Bernie Sanders to Join 350.org in Launch of Fossil Free U.S. Campaign the Day After the State of the Union WASHINGTON - Senator Bernie Sanders will join prominent climate activists to kick off a new campaign to take on the Trump Administration and the fossil fuel industry on . The event, Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance, launches Fossil Free U.S , a campaign led by 350.org , calling for an immediate halt to all fossil fuel projects and a fast and just transition to 100% renewable energy for all.

Illegal Alien Workplace Raids Are “Causing A Lot Of Panic”

The raids by federal agents on dozens of 7-Eleven convenience stores last week were the administration's first big show of force meant to convey the consequences of employing undocumented people. "We are taking work-site enforcement very hard," said Thomas D. Homan, the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in a speech in October.

Trump blames Senator Durbin for blowing immigration deal

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blamed Senator Dick Durbin for blowing up talks on a deal to help immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and said the Democratic lawmaker misrepresented his comments about Haiti and African countries. "Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting," Trump said in a post on Twitter, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that gave legal protection to the young immigrants known as "Dreamers."

Ex-Trump chief strategist Bannon meets with House panel on Russia

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday with a U.S. House of Representatives committee that is probing whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. The interview with the House Intelligence Committee comes after Bannon's public falling out with the president over comments Bannon made to author Michael Wolff for his new book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House."

Too old for DACA, man who spent 30 years of his lifea

Jorge Garcia, 39, of Lincoln Park, hugs his wife and two kids before being escorted by ICE agents to be deported to Mexico, on Jan. 15, 2018, at Detroit Metro Airport. Erik Shelley Jorge Garcia, 39, of Lincoln Park, Mich., hugs his wife, Cindy Garcia, and their two children Jan. 15, 2018, at Detroit Metro Airport moments before being forced to board a flight to Mexico to be deported.

Steve Bannon testifies for Russia probe: Five questions House Intel may ask

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is expected to testify behind closed doors to the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Bannon, who left his job at the White House in August amid frequent clashes with other staff members, had a dramatic and public split with Trump earlier this month.

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New US Embassy denigrated by Trump opens in London

The new U.S. Embassy in London, denigrated last week by President Donald Trump as too expensive and poorly located, opened its doors to the public Tuesday for the first time. The gleaming embassy, in the formerly industrial Nine Elms neighborhood in south London, replaces the embassy in Grosvenor Square that had for decades been associated with the U.S. presence in the United Kingdom.

Tsongas: Puerto Rico needs ‘robust federal partner’

Four months after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the devastation and difficulty recovering is still apparent across the island, something that U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas and other members of the congressional delegation from Massachusetts saw firsthand during a visit last week. Officials toured a community health center and a children's hospital, observed damage from a helicopter and met with leaders of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was criticized for an initially slow response, as they work to help the island rebuild.

Ex-Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon meets with House panel on Russia

FILE PHOTO: Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon speaks during a campaign event for Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore in Fairhope, Alabama, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/File Photo President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday with a U.S. House of Representatives committee that is probing whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

What’s it got,

An audit by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released this past week revealed that a Department of Defense task force to support economic development squandered hundreds of millions of American taxpayer dollars. The audit of the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations was first requested in 2016 by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and then-Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., after it was reported by SIGAR that the TFBSO had spent over $40 million to build "what is likely to be the world's most expensive gas station" in Afghanistan, as Special Inspector General John Sopko put it.

‘The president is a child’: MSNBC’s Joe and Mika rip…

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski urged Democrats to stop negotiating with President Donald Trump, and force Republicans to own their mistakes. The president headed back to Washington, D.C., from his Florida resort Mar-A-Lago with an immigration deal that's "probably dead," according to Trump, and a government shutdown looming unless Republicans can agree on funding.

‘This is like Spinal Tap’: CNN panel ridicules Trump…

A CNN panel reacted with smirks and laughter on Tuesday morning over a report that President Donald Trump loves House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy because he makes sure that Trump is supplied with favorite red and strawberry Starburst candies - which are the only ones he will eat. According to a Washington Post report, McCarthy learned about Trump's love of Starburst last fall when he was alone with the president in his suite aboard Air Force One, stating, "We're there, having a little dessert, and he offers me some.

MAFS Davina Rankin says online fame impacts relationships

REVEALED: Starving children begged police for food when they were found chained to their beds after brave sister escaped and called cops who arrested their reclusive, bankrupt parents 'It was odd at that time of night': Housewife reveals bizarre encounter with thin, pale children just weeks before police found them shackled to their beds Three-year-old girl dies after being mauled by her pitbull called Remington just five days after her father bought the dog from a friend REVEALED: Ivy League student, 19, 'killed by a former classmate' had been stabbed more than 20 times before his body was found buried in a shallow grave 'The poverty of an aspiring immigrant's nation is as irrelevant as their race': Mitt Romney's thinly-veiled MLK Day swipe at Trump over his 's***hole countries' scandal Sundance Film Festival creates a new code of conduct amid Hollywood's sexual assault scandal as ... (more)

13 Children Hospitalized, Parents Jailed on Torture Charges

U.S. Warned Jared Kushner About Wendi Deng Murdoch - Officials said the businesswoman could be trying to further Beijing's interests, people familiar with the matter say - WASHINGTON - U.S. counterintelligence officials in early 2017 warned Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son US officials warned Kushner about friendship with Wendi Deng Murdoch: report - last year that his friend, Chinese-American businesswoman Wendi Deng Murdoch, could be taking advantage of her close friendship with Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump - , to promote China's business interests, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Official shares controversial Facebook post; Mayor: comment doesn’t reflect official views

A Franklin City Council member who also is a reserve sheriff's deputy shared a post on social media this weekend that referred to s***hole countries, Democrats, votes and the United States. Joe Ault, a Republican, shared a Facebook post Friday night from a "conservative group" that said "We bring people from s***hole countries because s***hole Democrats need s***hole votes so they can turn America into a s***hole.

Trump takes on US Senator Durbin on ‘racial slur’

Washington, Jan 16 : US President Donald Trump has said he was "totally misrepresented" by those saying he used the term "s**thole" to describe African nations last week. He was responding to a claim by Democratic Senator Dick Durbin that he used "vile and racist" language during a meeting on immigration reform, BBC reported on Monday.

The real reason women crave chocolate during their period

REVEALED: Starving children begged police for food when they were found chained to their beds after brave sister escaped and called cops who arrested their reclusive, bankrupt parents 'It was odd at that time of night': Housewife reveals bizarre encounter with thin, pale children just weeks before police found them shackled to their beds Three-year-old girl dies after being mauled by her pitbull called Remington just five days after her father bought the dog from a friend REVEALED: Ivy League student, 19, 'killed by a former classmate' had been stabbed more than 20 times before his body was found buried in a shallow grave 'The poverty of an aspiring immigrant's nation is as irrelevant as their race': Mitt Romney's thinly-veiled MLK Day swipe at Trump over his 's***hole countries' scandal Sundance Film Festival creates a new code of conduct amid Hollywood's sexual assault scandal as ... (more)

Meet Sheriff Joe, the only person pardoned by Donald Trump

Newly announced Arizona Senate candidate Joe Arpaio is described as the toughest sheriff in America, and he's certainly the most controversial. During his tenure as a sheriff, Mr Arpaio set up a tent city to house prisoners in the Arizona desert, where temperatures can reach 50 degrees, and forced inmates on the chain gang to wear pink underwear.

Senator optimistic for Alaska’s outlook in 2018

Sen. Dan Sullivan speaks to constituents after addressing the members of three Kenai- and Soldotna-area Rotary Clubs at Froso's Restaurant on Monday in Soldotna. Sullivan, entering his third year as U.S. Senator for the state, said he found reasons to be optimistic about federal actions regarding the state in 2018.

Lawmakers go back to work amid sex misconduct fallout

In this Feb. 1, 2013, file photo, Alaska Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, responds to a reporter's question at the Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska Legislature opens a new session Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, amid lingering fallout from the resignation of former Rep. Dean Westlake, who resigned amid accusations of inappropriate behavior toward female aides.

The Unequal Rules of the Anti-Trump Blame Game

In a memorable scene from the 1986 blockbuster Crocodile Dundee , Paul Hogan and his reporter girlfriend are taking a nighttime "walkabout" in Manhattan when a thug suddenly steps from the shadow and demands their money. Warned that the intruder is brandishing a knife, the cool-as-a-cucumber Dundee says, in his broad Australian accent, "That's nawt a nyfe!" Then, whipping out his own larger, sharper one, he states, " That's a nyfe!" His quip got a big laugh from the audience and the movie thug got the message.

Fake News and Toxic Media Bias Are Nothing New – Just Worse

The mainstream media's coverage of President Donald Trump is unprecedented in its lack of fairness and its constant negativity. It represents the ultimate weaponization of big reporting that's in sync with efforts by the shadow government to mobilize the national security apparatus and the other entrenched Deep State bureaucracies for the purpose of weakening and ultimately taking down the 45th president of the United States.

Someone Needs to Sort Out the Tech Idiots on Censorship

If you are a conservative, it is easy to believe that the tech giants have it in for conservatives. But what if that isn't true? What if the "Googlers" and the Facebookers and the Twittites are just idiots and don't know any better? I was down in the South Bay Area visiting a young Applite, and it just seemed to me that all these tech guys and the tech H.R. and diversity enforcers are just ordinary mortals, reflexively doing what they think they are supposed to.

End Judicial Tyranny with One Single Word

Since the election of President Trump, we have witnessed a series of rulings by Clinton- and Obama-appointed federal judges to block executive orders related to immigration. In each case, the current system has allowed a single unelected judge to block the actions of a duly elected president who has attempted to exercise the authority conferred upon him by the Constitution and the voters.

Shutdown looms as Republicans seek short-term spending deal for government

Chances of a government shutdown grew Monday as Republicans concluded that they would be unable to pass a long-term spending bill by the Friday deadline. GOP leaders are now turning to a short-term funding measure in hopes of keeping agencies open while talks continue, but Democratic leaders say they are unlikely to support any deal that does not protect young illegal immigrants.

Senator to DOT: Press foreign airlines on JFK communication

Sen. Charles Schumer wants federal transportation officials to urge foreign airlines to work better with the operators of New York's Kennedy Airport after winter weather woes cascaded into days of cancellations and delays this month. The Senate Democratic leader notes that the department issues documents allowing foreign airlines to operate in the U.S. He suggests that it "utilize that leverage" to encourage foreign carriers to "develop more meaningful communication systems and contingency plans" with Kennedy's governmental and private operators.

Solidarity from Central Cellblock to Guantanamo

On Thursday, January 11, the sixteenth anniversary of the opening of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba was marked by a coalition of 15 human rights organizations gathered in Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House in Washington, DC. An interfaith prayer service was followed by a rally featuring song and poetry and addresses by activists from the sponsoring organizations, including attorneys for some of those detained at Guantanamo, few of these charged with any crime and some cleared for release years ago.

Congress faces tricky political week as shutdown fight looms Source: Cox Media Group

With a temporary funding plan for Uncle Sam set to run out Friday night, there was no clear path forward as yet for Congress and the White House, as the President and Democrats remained on a collision course over efforts to secure a deal on spending levels for the 2018 federal budget, as well as an agreement on the status of certain illegal immigrants brought here as children, raising the possibility of a government shutdown at the end of the week. After arriving back at the White House on Monday night, President Donald Trump re-tweeted four of his own Twitter posts from recent days, as he bluntly criticized Democrats in Congress over immigration and the budget.

Dayton, Smith criticize ‘savages,’ Trump during MLK Day event

Students from the David Billingsley School of Music and Arts perform on the drums during the 32nd annual State of Minnesota Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Mahmoud El-Kati, Professor Emeritus of History at Macalester College, gives Dr. Josie Johnson a kiss on the cheek after the pair were awarded 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award during the 32nd annual State of Minnesota Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.

Community urged to keep up civil rights fight

PORTSMOUTH – Speakers at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day service mixed praise for the fallen civil rights leader with pointed words for President Donald Trump and what they saw as the tone of his administration. Referring to a reported vulgar comment Trump made last week, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., said to loud applause that “the words we have heard from this president are disgraceful.” “It is language and a message that we teach our children to reject yet we hear it coming from the highest office in our nation,” Hassan said during the annual service that was held at the North Church in downtown Portsmouth.

Hope Hicks expected to talk to Hill committee

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is expected to meet with the House Intelligence Committee as soon as this week, making her one of President Donald Trump's closest confidantes to be privately interviewed in the panel's Russia investigation, multiple sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN. Hicks, a trusted Trump aide for years, was one of then-candidate Trump's first hires as he put together an improbable run for the White House.

NWS warns of possible freezing temperatures

Commuters across the Rio Grande Valley should exercise caution while heading to work and school Wednesday morning as freezing weather could make crossing bridges and overpasses hazardous because of icy roadway conditions. "Watch out for elevated surfaces because of light icing from freezing drizzle," National Weather Service Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley Warning Coordination Meteorologist Barry Goldsmith said Monday afternoon.

Chuck Hagel: Trump a an embarrassmenta

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called President Donald Trump "an embarrassment" and said he "is doing great damage to our country internationally" in a newspaper interview Saturday. Hagel's remarks come amid uproar over Trump's reported remarks during a closed-door immigration meeting with lawmakers last week, during which he is said to have called certain African countries "shitholes."

Union says former Dane County deputy to be charged with stealing funds

The Dane County District Attorney's Office is pursuing felony criminal charges against a former sheriff's deputy for stealing money from the deputies' union, according to the president of the Dane County Deputy Sheriff's Association. In a release sent by the association Monday, former Deputy Joel Wagner is expected to be charged with stealing as much as $10,000 from the association in the years he served as the organization's treasurer.

Democrats Bash President Trump at Fort Worth MLK Parade

Speaking at Fort Worth's Martin Luther King parade, two leading Democrats suggested President Trump is fueling racial tensions and making it feel like "midnight in America," Monday January 15, 2018. Speaking at Fort Worth's Martin Luther King parade, two leading Democrats suggested President Trump is fueling racial tensions and making it feel like "midnight in America."

Zion veteran who survived Pearl Harbor dies at 97

Navy veteran and Zion resident Joe Triolo, 97, one of few remaining survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor, died last week. The living history of Pearl Harbor survivors in northern Illinois has ended with the death of 97-year-old Zion resident and Navy veteran Joe Triolo.

Missile-alert error reveals uncertainty about how to react

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press HONOLULU - When Jonathan Scheuer got an alert on his phone of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii, he and his family didn't know what to do. They went to their guest bedroom, then decided it would be safer on the ground floor of their Honolulu home.

The Latest: Trump says Sen. Durbin misrepresented discussion

The Latest on President Donald Trump's comments about Haiti and African countries : President Donald Trump is accusing Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of misrepresenting the discussion on immigration during a recent meeting at the White House. And he says the Illinois senator is threatening prospects for a deal to protect certain immigrants.

At Martin Luther King Jr. Day Event, Speakers Seek Inspiration From King’s Words, Urge Action

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin gave a scalding opening remark about our country's current political state during the 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast at the Connecticut Convention Center Monday morning. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin gave a scalding opening remark about our country's current political state during the 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast at the Connecticut Convention Center Monday morning.

BLM made serious mistake with show of force at Nevada standoff, retired agency officials say

By Maxine Bernstein Cliven Bundy and his two sons have repeatedly denounced the massive buildup of armed tactical officers, surreptitious surveillance and use of stun guns and police dogs near the family's Nevada ranch in the days leading up to the 2014 federal roundup of their cattle. Now two retired high-level managers with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management are condemning their agency's militarized show of force during that operation.

Dems aim for, and GOP worries about, midterm election wave

In this Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, file photo, an icy fog cloaking the Capitol begins to give way to the morning sun in Washington. Buoyed by a string of Republican retirements and President Donald Trump's persistently low approval rating, Democrats are increasingly hopeful about their chances for a midterm election wave that would give them control of the House and deliver a blow to the president.

Maxine Waters: MLK Would Be Marching to Impeach Trump

Rep. Maxine Waters took note of Martin Luther King Day Monday by tweeting that if civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was alive today he would "be marching not only for civil rights & protecting voting rights, but to urge Members of Congress to accept their responsibility to save the U.S. from a dangerous man who has no respect for our Constitution & no concern for strengthening our democracy."

GOP leaders face most difficult shutdown deadline yet

Republican leaders are facing their toughest challenge yet in keeping the government open, as lawmakers race to secure more money before current funding runs out at the end of the week. Leadership was already going to have their work cut out for them in trying to corral frustrated defense hawks, skeptical conservatives and fired-up Democrats into supporting another continuing resolution to keep the government's lights on.

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A study shows that DACA-aged illegals are more likely to commit additional crimes and be jailed than citizens. With all the news about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program being subject to a deal, this latest bit of news points to a need to start separating good from bad DACA recipients in any amnesty deal for them.

Haley for president?

Whether leading efforts to isolate North Korea or hailing cuts to the United Nations budget, Haley's ability to channel Trump's blunt style is prompting fellow U.N. envoys and foreign policy specialists to wonder whether the 45-year-old former South Carolina governor is laying the groundwork to succeed her boss in the Oval Office. U.N. ambassadors from other nations take Haley's "obvious domestic political ambitions" in stride, said Richard Gowan, a U.N. expert with the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Citing health, Stavros Anthony ends Nevada congressional bid

Councilman Stavros Anthony leaves the clerk's office after filing his paperwork to run for Las Vegas City Council representing Ward 4 on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at Las Vegas City Hall. @bizutesfaye Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony is backing out of the race for Nevada's 4th Congressional District, clearing the way for former Rep. Cresent Hardy to take a run at the seat.

Gerrymandering case sows doubt in big year for House races

Lots of people want to run for Congress in Pennsylvania this year, but they may not yet know which district they live in. The prospect that the state Supreme Court could decide a high-profile gerrymandering case by ordering new boundaries for Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts, including one that has been described as looking like "Goofy kicking Donald Duck," is sowing uncertainty barely a month before candidates begin circulating petitions.

Raymond Leeman Curl

Raymond Leeman Curl was born August 13, 1922, in Wellman, Iowa, the son of Clifford and Effie Curl. He graduated from Wellman High School in 1939.

Rep. John Lewis on how Martin Luther King Jr. would have handled Trump

Sen. John Lewis joined "The View" to discuss how Martin Luther King Jr. would have dealt with the Trump presidency. Lewis, one of the last surviving leaders of the U.S. civil rights movement, was among the original 13 Freedom Riders and was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee , a major organization of the movement in the 1960s.