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.

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.

Washington won’t release driver’s license info without court order

The Washington State Department of Licensing says it will no longer release personal information to federal immigration authorities without a court order unless required by law. The agency announced the change Monday following a report in The Seattle Times last week that showed the Department of Licensing was handing over personal information to federal authorities 20 to 30 times a month.

Mitt Romney Calls Out Donald Trump With MLK Day Tweet

With Orrin Hatch retiring, the recruitment efforts to get Mitt Romney to run for that seat started immediately. With the revelation that Romney received treatment for prostate cancer over the summer, it may not be a slam dunk he runs, but if he does, Donald Trump shouldn't expect Mitt to just get in line.

Dick Durbin Makes Ridiculous Challenge To Republicans To “Prove” They Aren’t Racists


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Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, whose latest claim to fame is being the one to leak the allegation that President Trump called Haiti and other African nations "s***hole countries," is now calling on Trump and Republicans to prove their not racists by voting for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals . Asked about Pres.

Trump Had a 24-Year-Old Campaign Staffer Serving as Deputy Drug…

What do you get when you get when the Trump administration's notorious staffing problems meet its insufficient focus on the opioid epidemic? A 24-year-old former Trump campaign staffer serving in the second most important position in the Office of National Drug Control Policy , which coordinates the federal government's multi-billion dollar anti-drug efforts and President Trump's strategy to fight rampant opioid abuse. The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Taylor Weyeneth, who graduated from St. John's University in Queens in May 2016, was until recently second-in-command at ONDCP.

Trump says a Ia m not a racist,a keeps door open for DACA deal

U.S. President Donald Trump insisted on Sunday "I'm not a racist" in response to reports that he had described immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from "shithole countries." Trump also said he was "ready, willing and able" to reach a deal to protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported but that he did not believe Democrats wanted an agreement.

Here’s first family’s first year

It's been a jam-packed year of news since President Donald Trump moved into the White House, but it's also been a transformative -- if tumultuous -- year for each member of the first family. Trump and his extended nuclear family's first year in Washington saw new homes in cities, new roles, new books and even a new baby.

Families affected by violence to have MLK Day conversation

In this June 27, 2017 photo, Ronald Smith gets on his bicycle after stopping at the Triple S Food Mart, where Alton Sterling was shot by police one year ago, in Baton Rouge, La. A year later, visitors routinely stop by the store to photograph the mural of Sterling's smiling face on its aluminum siding.

Shitholes are Gonna Shithole

Apparently the latest GOTCHA! from the increasingly hysterical ProziMedia and their Cuck enablers is that the President allegedly called shitholes shitholes. Allegedly, because the only "reliable sources" we have are the voices in the ProziMedia's heads , Dick Turban and Chuck Schumer, neither of which are known for an even passing familiarity with the concept of truth.

Great Moments in Governance

The good citizens of Hawaii got a major scare when some otherwise unemployable government drone accidentally sent out a state wide warning that a ballistic missile was inbound, with an added "THIS IS NOT A DRILL" just to make sure that anybody with a tendency to heart problems would stop being a burden on Hawaii's remaining ObamaCare plans. The said dimwit was, it would seem, not only too daft to not initiate the state wide warning, but also failed to click on "cancel/no" when the giant "ARE YOU SURE?" popup started flashing in front of his face.

Start Saving Now, Because Social Security Is Screwed


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The single largest government program in the United States will soon have an annual budget of $1 trillion a year. Yet even that amount isn't sufficient to fulfill the promises it has made.

With Midterm Victory in Sight, Democrats Must Prepare to Ride the Wave

With Democratic triumphs in this year's midterm elections looking increasingly likely, leading Democrats in Washington, D.C. need to be thinking now about what to do if and when they win a majority in at least one chamber of Congress this November. It is vital that Democrats start developing a series of bills that they can begin passing in a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Day 1. They must begin passing every piece of progressive legislation they can think of: Medicare for all, free college, equal pay for women, a $15 minimum wage, prison reform, redistributive taxation, alleviating voter suppression, and on and on, down the line.

Even Joe Arpaio Can’t Keep Arizona Republican

The entrance of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio into the open Arizona Senate race was like a bull entering a china shop. The question is whether the former law enforcement official will be a boon or a millstone around the party's neck, the way Roy Moore was for Alabama Republicans in the state's special election for the U.S. Senate.

GEDA wants financing requirement waived for GMH ward

Unsettling negotiations have forced the government take a new route in an effort to improve the facilities at the Guam Memorial Hospital. The Guam Economic Development Agency is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to waive the requirement for interim financing for the Guam Memorial Hospital Labor & Delivery.

Trump goes after the Dem who surfaced his immigration remark

President Donald Trump turned his Twitter torment Monday on the Democrat in the room where immigration talks with lawmakers took a famously coarse turn, saying Sen. Dick Durbin misrepresented what he had said about African nations and Haiti and, in the process, undermined the trust needed to make a deal. On a day of remembrance for Rev.

Hurt Jr., George E.

George Edward Hurt, Jr. Born: December 2, 1936 Died: January 13, 2018 George Edward Hurt, Jr., 81, of Huntley, died January 13, 2018 at his home. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00pm at DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home -10763 Dundee Road, Huntley, Illinois.

I am not a racist, says Donald Trump

US president Donald Trump has defended himself in the wake of recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations, declaring that "I am not a racist". Mr Trump addressed the issue briefly as he arrived for dinner at his private golf club with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

U.S. forced to renew DACA permits as furor over Trump’s immigration slur persists

The Trump administration, under court order, said it would resume taking applications to renew temporary protections from deportation for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, as the standoff between the president and Congress over the program's future intensified Sunday. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Saturday it will accept renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Missile alert in Hawaii sparks terror

It was a nice morning on the Big Island of Hawaii as Kevin and Pamela Spitze drove to an art show in Hilo when the words popped up on Kevin's cellphone screen: The Spitzes, who recently moved from Los Angeles to Hawaii's Big Island, said they were in paradise but already had been living on edge given the recent inflammatory bluster between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over nuclear annihilation. "We have such a barrage of negative stuff that has been happening that our senses have been heightened," said Pamela Spitze, 64. "We thought it was the real thing.

Democrats, GOP mull possible election wave in age of Trump


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Democrats are increasingly optimistic about their chances of an electoral wave that could flip control of the House after the November midterms and deliver a new blow to President Donald Trump. The president's approval ratings remain mired below 40 percent in most polls, and the GOP-run Congress has even worse numbers.

Trump defends himself anew against charges that he is racist

President Donald Trump, right, accompanied by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks to members of the media as they arrive for a dinner at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. less President Donald Trump, right, accompanied by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks to members of the media as they arrive for a dinner at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, ... more President Donald Trump arrives for a dinner with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018.

Families affected by violence to have MLK Day conversation

In this June 27, 2017 photo, Ronald Smith gets on his bicycle after stopping at the Triple S Food Mart, where Alton Sterling was shot by police one year ago, in Baton Rouge, La. A year later, visitors routinely stop by the store to photograph the mural of Sterling's smiling face on its aluminum siding.

Colorado honors King in face of Trump: “When the least get together, something new happens”


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Marc Davis, left, pastor of The Absolute Word Church; Jacqueline Moore, a missionary and street evangelist from The Absolute Word Church, middle; and Richard Gianzero, intern pastor at Advent Lutheran Church, sing and clap during an interfaith service at Friendship Baptist Church of Christ Jesus on Jan. 14, 2018 in Denver. Colorado leaders including veterans of civil rights struggles on Sunday launched Denver's commemoration of Martin Luther King, 50 years after his assassination, stoked by President Donald Trump's latest remarks about who should have a place in America and scrambling for traction in a fresh push for social and economic peace.

Snake eats other snake in Australian backyard

'It was consensual': Aziz Ansari DENIES sexual misconduct with a woman, 23, who claims the Master of None star left her feeling 'violated' on a date and 'repeatedly cajoled her into sex acts' 'I don't know if he's off his rocker': Michael Wolff says Trump is 'unpredictable' and borders on 'incoherent' as Fire and Fury author expresses 'guilt' for Steve Bannon's fall but says he is a 'big boy' False alarm fallout: Man who accidentally pushed Hawaii emergency button has been REASSIGNED say authorities as they announce a new 'buddy' system to ensure it never happens again 'I'm running': Mitt Romney tells a friend he WILL go for Utah's open Senate seat one week after the vocal Trump critic moved back to the Mormon state 'I'm not a racist': Trump fires back at accusations he labeled African and Caribbean countries 's***holes' and says he 'is the least racist person you will ever interview' ... (more)

United flight to Paris diverts for medical issue


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A United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Paris is diverting after the crew reported a passenger with a medical issue. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Rick Breitenfeldt said in a statement early Monday that United 990 is diverting to Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

Trump’s fiery first year is not all that unusual. Ask Bill Clinton

Niall Ferguson says getting mad is part of the job as the presidency can be inherently infuriating, noting that US President Donald Trump's tumultuous start has much in common with Clinton's dramatic first year in office. Clinton, of course, went on to be re-elected "Once Trump came into the Oval Office with a newspaper folded into quarters showing some story based on a leak from the White House.

Trust and truth under Trump: Americans are in a quandary

AP file photo Lori Viars, a longtime conservative activist in Warren County, sits in 2015 for a portrait at Village Ice Cream Parlor in Lebanon, Ohio. RALEIGH, N.C. – When truck driver Chris Gromek wants to know what's really going on in Washington, he scans the internet and satellite radio.

MLK program emphasizes need to continue moving forward

"It's been 50 years since the assassination and yet the dream is still alive," the Rev. Dr. Dennis Moore declared in opening Sunday evening's annual Stockton celebration honoring the life and legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. An inspirational - and at times raucous - program of speeches, award presentations, spoken word and music got the crowd of several hundred up on their feet inside downtown's Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium.

Trump says he is not racist

Washington, Jan 15 : US President Donald Trump has said he was not a racist after he was criticized over his "sh**hole" characterisation of African countries. "Nah, I'm not a racist.

Keith Jackson, RIP

There aren't that many great broadcasters. Most are poor to middling. Dick Enberg was one of the few great ones who define my life of watching sports.

PM dragged into Trump ‘s**thole’ debate


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African Union countries have demanded that Donald Trump "retract and apologise" for his "outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks" reportedly referring to African nations as "s***holes". AMERICA'S Homeland Security chief says anyone who brands US President Donald Trump a racist would also have to deem Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a racist.

The Latest: Trump declares ‘I am not a racist’

President Donald Trump says in the wake of his recent comments about Haiti and African countries that "I am not a racist." Trump has been accused of using a vulgar word to describe African countries during an Oval Office meeting last week with a bipartisan group of six senators.

Trump says ‘I’m not a racist,’ keeps door open for DACA deal

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.: U.S. President Donald Trump insisted on Sunday "I'm not a racist" in response to reports that he had described immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from "shithole countries." Trump also said he was "ready, willing and able" to reach a deal to protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported but that he did not believe Democrats wanted an agreement.

Lewandowski says he will testify this week in House Russia probe

WASHINGTON - Corey Lewandowski, President Trump's former campaign manager, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he will give testimony this week to a House committee probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Lewandowski said on WABC-AM radio in New York that he expects to appear before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Wednesday or Thursday to discuss the campaign.

Trump congratulates new leaders of Virginia, New Jersey

Crews are slowly digging away masses of mud, boulders and toppled trees after deadly mudslides ravaged a California community but officials say they've already cleared enough debris from creek canals to prevent a... Crews are slowly digging away masses of mud, boulders and toppled trees after deadly mudslides ravaged a California community but officials say they've already cleared enough debris from creek canals to prevent a potential disaster when it rains again. Florida authorities say a casino cruise boat catches fire near Gulf Coast in Tampa Bay area and all 50 passengers make it safely to shore amid rescue operation.

UConn to review conservative speaker appearance

The University of Connecticut is reviewing plans by a Republican student group to bring in a well-known conservative speaker, two months after a speech by another right-wing pundit led to the arrests of him and a protester. UConn's College Republicans are again sponsoring the talk, this time by Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of conservative news and commentary site The Daily Wire, whose appearance at the University of California, Berkeley in the fall sparked protests.

Immigrants gather at East Boston church to rally for TPS

In the basement of an East Boston church, hundreds of immigrants from El Salvador found solace and encouragement Sunday afternoon in the Bible's ultimate underdog story. They compared themselves to David, the Old Testament shepherd, and President Donald Trump to Goliath, the Philistine nemesis David defeated on the battlefield using only a slingshot.

Donald Trump defends self, says: ‘I am not a racist’

In this Jan. 10 photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington. United States President Donald Trump has defended himself in the wake of recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations, declaring that "I am not a racist".

Call of Duty swatting guy facing some serious charges

Back around New Years, we looked at the case of the horrifying incident where an online gamer called in a swatting attack on the wrong address, resulting in the death of a complete stranger when police fired upon him. The individual, Tyler Barriss, was quickly located and arrested but it wasn't initially clear what he might be charged with beyond some lower level felony count of making a false police report.

Chelsea Manning’s First Political Ad Is Out and Yes It Is Cringeworthy


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Traitor Chelsea Manning, whose sentence was commuted by President Obama last year, announced last week that he's running for Senate in Maryland. Sunday, his campaign released its first ad and, oh boy, is it just as awful as you might imagine.

Laid-Off Carrier Workers Feel Betrayed by Trump

It was raining in Indiana's capital city on the day Renee Elliott and millions of other blue collar Americans stunned the world by helping to elect a Manhattan real estate mogul the 45th president of the United States. But all Elliott saw that day was sunshine.

I had Missed this: Armed Federal Agents Enter Warehouse in Puerto…

I HAD MISSED THIS: ARMED FEDERAL AGENTS ENTER WAREHOUSE IN PUERTO RICO TO SEIZE HOARDED ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT. "On Saturday, a day after becoming aware of a massive store of rebuilding materials being held by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the U.S. federal government - the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with their security detail - entered a Palo Seco warehouse owned by the public utility to claim and distribute the equipment, according to a spokesperson for the Corps.

Trump says program to protect ‘Dreamers’ is ‘probably dead’

President Donald Trump said Sunday that a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children is "probably dead," casting a cloud over already tenuous negotiations just days before a deadline on a government funding deal that Democrats have tied to immigration. At issue is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created by President Barack Obama to shield hundreds of thousands of these individuals, known as "Dreamers," from deportation.

The Latest: Durbin spokesman: GOP senator has no credibility

A spokesman for Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is questioning the credibility of a Republican senator who says President Donald Trump did not refer to African countries using a vulgarity during a closed-door meeting. Ben Marter tweeted Sunday, shortly after Republican Georgia Sen. David Perdue went on ABC's "This Week" to call reports that Trump used vile language in the meeting a "gross misrepresentation."

Tick tock of terror: Timeline of Hawaii missile alert snafu

The missile threat mistakenly sent Saturday by Hawaii officials came just a few minutes after a shift change at state Emergency Operations Center in Diamond Head Crater. Here's a timeline of what happened: 8:07 a.m. -- A worker mistakenly hits the button to send the emergency warning reading: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.

Nikki Haley for US president? UN diplomats bet Trump envoy has ambitions

Whether leading efforts to isolate North Korea or hailing cuts to the United Nations budget, the US ambassador to the UN's ability to channel Trump's blunt style is prompting fellow UN 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. US ambassadors from other nations take Haley's "obvious domestic political ambitions" in stride, said Richard Gowan, a UN expert with the European Council on Foreign Relations.

But Stalin Only Appointed the Best Judges, So I Will Vote To Approve Them All


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According to excerpts obtained by NBC, Sen. Jeff Flake is planning to confront President Trump's anti-media comments in a speech to the Senate this week, comparing the president's labeling of the media as the "enemy of the American people" to comments made by Josef Stalin.

GOP senator: a Gross misrepresentationa of Trumpa s a ****holea remarks

Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue said Sunday that President Donald Trump did not use the phrase "shithole countries" during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform last week. "I'm telling you he did not use that word, George, and I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation," Perdue told moderator George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week."

Kennedy targets gun violence in Illinois governor campaign

In this Jan. 3, 2018 photo, Democratic Illinois gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy, left, gathers with community leaders to discuss gun violence in Chicago at a press conference accompanied by, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, center, and U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush in Chicago. Few people running for public office have been more personally affected by gun violence than Chris Kennedy.

U.S. federal infrastructure spending expected to rise, but expect road bumps

Volatility awaits shares of U.S. construction, engineering, building materials and other companies tied to infrastructure spending, but steel-nerved investors could be poised for gains if they weather a few bumps. The stocks are set to be in focus in the coming weeks as President Donald Trump seeks legislation geared at overhauling the country's aging roads, bridges and other infrastructure, fresh off passage of a tax reform bill by his Republican party.

Something special on the pillows for newly sworn in Virginia governor

The peaceful transfer of power in Virginia would not be complete without a prank pulled by the outgoing governor on his successor. So it was that as newly inaugurated Gov. Ralph Northam hit the sack Saturday night after his inauguration, he found something special on his pillowcase - and it was not one of those fancy hotel good-night chocolates.

Opioids, wildfires, PTSD among Florida Cabinet priorities

Attorney General Pam Bondi wants new laws to protect people who report sexual misconduct; Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam wants to make sure the state is prepared for a higher-than-normal risk for wildfires; and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis wants to expand worker compensation benefits for first responders to include post-traumatic stress disorder. While Florida's three Cabinet members can't sponsor or vote on bills, or sign them into law, they hold important leadership roles in state government and each is working with lawmakers to pass legislation and make budget recommendations.

Christie, Booker team up to oppose Trump’s offshore drilling proposal

A bipartisan group of New Jersey elected officials has teamed up to ask the Trump administration to stop talks of allowing offshore drilling off the coast of their state. Incoming Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy and outgoing Republican Gov. Chris Christie of the Garden State joined together with Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez to send a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke expressing their stance on the issue of offshore drilling.

Flake Says Trump’s Fake News Claims as Damaging as Stalin’s Were

Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake plans to compare President Donald Trump's repeated attacks on the media to those made by Joseph Stalin, the infamous dictator of the former Soviet Union, in a speech this week. "When you reflexively refer to the press as the enemy of the people or fake news, that has real damage," Flake said Sunday in an interview on ABC's "This Week."

Hawaii changes protocols for alerts after missilea

A false alarm that warned of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii sent the islands into a panic Saturday, with people abandoning cars in a highway and preparing to flee their homes until officials said the cell phone alert was a mistake. A morning view of the city of Honolulu, Hawaii is seen on January 13, 2018 when people were falsely warned of a "ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii."

Utah Rep. Mia Love, the only Haitian-American in Congress, says…

The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Mia Love arrives at Salt Lake International airport on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Love, a Utah Republican and the only Haitian-American in Congress, called on President Donald Trump to apologize Thursday after reports said he questioned why the United States was allowing immigrants from "s---hole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.

Trump says deal protecting Dreamers is ‘probably dead

Trump says deal protecting the Dreamers is 'probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it' after claim that he railed against immigrants from 's***hole countries' Said the compromise did not include enough money for his border wall and did not make aggressive enough changes to the visa system A group of six senators had pushed plan as a done deal on social media as the White House declared there was no deal After the White House meeting, the Washington Post reported that President Trump had referred to a number of countries as 's***hole' nations Says: 'DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military' President Donald Trump said Sunday that an immigration deal is 'probably dead' at this stage because Democrats 'don't really want' one.

The Latest: GOP senator insists Trump didna t use vulgar term

A Republican senator is insisting that President Donald Trump did not use a vulgar term in referring to African countries during a closed-door meeting on immigration that he and five other senators attended last week. Georgia Sen. David Perdue called reports describing Trump as using vile language in the meeting a "gross misrepresentation" and said Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham were mistaken in indicating that was the case.

Trump tweets about frustrations over DACA

President Donald Trump again blamed Democrats on Sunday for the stall in talks over a potential immigration deal as the threat of a government shutdown looms this Friday. "DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military," Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

Gun violence focus of Kennedy’s Illinois governor campaign

In this Jan. 3, 2018 photo, Democratic Illinois gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy, left, gathers with community leaders to discuss gun violence in Chicago at a press conference accompanied by, from left, Chicago Alderman Rick Munoz, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, Rev. Paul Jakes, and U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush in Chicago.

University to review conservative speaker appearance

In this Oct. 3, 2017 photo, conservative writer Ben Shapiro speaks during the first of several legislative hearings planned to discuss balancing free speech and public safety in Sacramento, Calif. A University of Connecticut Republican student group has invited Shapiro to speak on Jan. 24, 2018, on campus in Storrs, Conn.

Following federal court ruling, Trump administration resumes accepting DACA renewals

People who call themselves Dreamers, protest in front of the Senate side of the US Capitol to urge Congress in passing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, on December 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. USCIS said in a statement on its website, "Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept.

Georgia Senator claims ‘gross misrepresentation’ of Trump …

Sen. David Perdue went on the attack Sunday morning, attempting to smear Sen. Dick Durbin and defend President Donald Trump from accusations that he said during a meeting on Thursday that he does not want immigrants coming to the U.S. from "shithole countries." "What we have going on here right now is a gross misrepresentation," he repeatedly told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week .

DHS restarts Obama-era DACA amnesty after judge’s ruling


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DACA is back up and running, Homeland Security announced this weekend, saying President Trump 's attempt to phase out the Obama-era deportation amnesty is on hold while they fight a court case that ordered them to begin accepting applications again. Only those among the 800,000 or so previously approved can submit applications for renewal, under the judger's order.

he’s not Only Bragged About Obstructing…:


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If Mueller feels he has enough evidence, then he could seek permission to indict and prosecute Trump. It's not clear that charges can actually be brought against a sitting president, but Mueller's findings could nevertheless be turned over to Congress -- and serve as the centerpiece of any impeachment proceedings against Trump.

President Trump Says DACA Program is ‘Probably Dead’


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President Donald Trump says a program to protect immigrants brought into the U.S. illegally as children is "probably dead." The Republican president tweets that "Democrats don't really want it," referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Obama’s politicization of the Human Trafficking report shut the door on Cuban victims

The Obama White House politicized the Trafficking in Persons Report of the State Department, undermining the credibility of the report, and months later on January 12, 2017 shut the door on Cuban refugees and migrants in third countries, victims of trafficking, for the Administration's political agenda. This was part of an overall pattern, that began years earlier, of paying lip service to human rights but in practice marginalizing them to advance other interests.

.com | Whistleblower Chelsea Manning seeks US Senate seat

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking classified information, is seeking election to the US Senate in the state of Maryland, a document seen on Saturday says. Manning has now gone from prison to US senatorial candidate in less than a year during which she often made headlines, as the fame and infamy she gained by leaking a trove of classified documents follows her after release.

Jake Tapper: Hawaii missile alert could have led to ‘nuclear war’ …

During a State of the Union interview with Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard on Saturday's missile launch alert debacle, CNN host Jake Tapper took a shot at President Donald Trump, saying Americans were relieved he was on the golf course when it happened and not glued to Fox News. According to Gabbard, "Traumatic understates the experience that the people of Hawaii went through yesterday.

‘He is a racist’: Civil rights icon John Lewis says Trump …

U.S. Representative John Lewis , an icon of the Civil Rights Movement, revealed on Sunday that he cried after President Donald Trump reportedly referred to African nations as "shithole" countries. In an interview on ABC's This Week , host George Stephanopoulos asked Lewis to react to Trump's attempt to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after reports said that the president had made racist remarks about African countries and Haitian refugees.

Trump tweets DACA a probably deada

President Donald Trump again blamed Democrats on Sunday for the stall in talks over a potential immigration deal as the threat of a government shutdown looms this Friday. "DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military," Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

University to review conservative speaker appearance

The University of Connecticut is reviewing plans by a Republican student group to bring in a well-known conservative speaker, two months after a speech by another right-wing pundit led to the arrests of him and a protester. UConn's College Republicans are again sponsoring the talk, this time by Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of conservative news and commentary site The Daily Wire, whose appearance at the University of California, Berkeley in the fall sparked protests.

UK still awaiting Donald Trump visit a year on from inauguration

The UK still waits for Donald Trump to make an official visit, almost a year after Theresa May invited him and the prospect appears even more distant after the cancellation of a planned trip to open the US embassy. Just seven days after the US president's inauguration in January 2017 the Prime Minister flew to Washington to extend the invitation - officially on behalf of the Queen - for a state visit.

Search for California mudslide survivors goes on

The search for survivors of the deadly mudslides in parts of California's scenic Santa Barbara County continued Sunday even as hopes dwindled to find anyone else alive, officials said. "We're still in rescue mode and we still hope to find someone alive, although the chances of that are becoming slim," said Justin Cooper, a spokesperson for the multi-agency response team.

Court to review own job policies

A federal appeals court has assigned a committee to investigate workplace conditions after sexual misconduct accusations that forced a high-profile judge to retire. Chief Judge Sidney Thomas of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals named four judges and an employment lawyer to the committee, which will review policies to protect workers and recommend changes if necessary.

Should Hillary Go Free?

Shortly after winning the election, President Trump told the New York Times that he probably would not make good on his promise to pursue a new criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's many shady deals, from her email server to her campaign apparatus to her and Bill's massive and well-connected foundation. Trump declared that further investigation would be "very, very divisive for the country."

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The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee said today that they plan on introducing a censure resolution against President Trump for his reported comments about immigrants from certain countries. The Washington Post reported that Trump made the comment during a Thursday Oval Office meeting with immigration negotiators.

False alert of ballistic missile threat to Hawaii sent by human error

An emergency text alert on Saturday warning residents in the U.S. state of Hawaii of an imminent ballistic missile threat was false alarm sent out due to human error, state officials said. The U.S. military's Pacific Command and state authorities confirmed that there was no missile threat to Hawaii, which is a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean, and home to the U.S. Pacific Command.

Trump’s racist ‘S-hole’ state of mind: Darcy cartoon

Haiti, El Salvador and the nations of Africa, are not the "S-Hole" countries President Trump describe them as. But with his comment, Trump proved once again that real S-Hole nations do exist --Trumpland, Bannonnation, StephenMillerstan, Ayran Nation... What was repugnant about Trump's remark was not his use of a vulgarity in a White House meeting.

US Congressional candidate seeks help against critics ‘working for Jewish media’

Paul Nehlen, who lost the support of Steve Bannon over anti-Semitism, active in private Twitter group where he coordinates online attacks on opponents - report Paul Nehlen speaks after losing to House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin's primary, August 9, 2016. Paul Nehlen, a congressional candidate who lost the support of alt-right platform Breitbart due to his anti-Semitic comments, has reportedly been using anti-Jewish sentiment posted online to urge activists into harassing his opponents.

Trumpocracy review: David Frum’s appalled analysis lacks fire and fury

The Bush speechwriter who coined the term 'axis of evil' has become one more Never-Trump Republican overtaken by the pace of the events he decries The chaos that marked Donald Trump's presidential campaign is a hallmark of his presidency. Decorum once associated with the Oval Office has been replaced by " modern presidential ", an amalgam of tantrums, tirades , and tweetstorms, all emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or Trump-owned properties.

Chelsea Manning files for US Senate bid in Maryland

Chelsea Manning intends to run for the US Senate in Maryland, returning the transgender former soldier to the spotlight after her conviction for leaking classified documents and her early release from military prison. Manning, 30, filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, listing an apartment in North Bethesda as her address.

Trump administration resumes accepting DACA renewals

Activists rally for the passage of a 'clean' Dream Act, one without additional security or enforcement measures, outside the New York office of Sen. Chuck Schumer , January 10, 2018 in New York City. - The Trump administration has resumed receiving renewal applications for individuals eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Bipartisan deal would create 12-year citizenship pathway

A bipartisan agreement among a handful of senators to prevent deportation of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants includes a pathway to citizenship that would take up to 12 years. The Associated Press on Saturday obtained details of the deal includes $1.6 billion for structures including a wall for border security.

Democrats in California governor’s race say Trump is racist

In this Oct. 18, 2017 file photo, California Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox, right, speaks in Sacramento, Calif., about his decision to spend "significant" money on an effort to repeal California's newly passed gas and diesel tax increase. Candidates seeking to become California's next governor dueled Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, over deep partisan differences in a forum at the University of Southern California, with Democrats and Republicans breaking sharply on issues from President Donald Trump to health care.

Rep. Gowdy resigns from House Ethics Committee

Rep. Trey Gowdy stepped down from the House Ethics Committee this week after five years of serving on the panel. The South Carolina Republican tendered his resignation in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday, the details of which were published in the Congressional Record on Thursday and reported by news outlets later in the week.

WikiLeaks informer Chelsea Manning files to run for US Senate

Chelsea Manning, the former US Army soldier who was jailed for passing thousands of government documents to WikiLeaks exposing American military abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan, has filed to run for the US Senate seat in Maryland, RT reports. Manning, who had her 35-year sentence commuted by former President Barack Obama in May last year, declared her intention to run with the Federal Election Commission on January 5. She will run as a Democrat.

Richard D. Sterns

Funeral Services for Richard D. Sterns 88 of Fort Dodge will be Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Historic Bruce Funeral Home in Fort Dodge with Rev. Allen Henderson officiating.

Is our growing season changing?

Weather events have been making springs more difficult for producers because of variable weather patterns. The growing season also appears to be getting longer and more rainfall events have been occuring.

U.K. Gets Financial-Services Hope as EU27 Hone Brexit Demands

The U.K. shouldn't give up hope of getting financial services included in a final trade agreement with the European Union, with a Bloomberg survey of the EU's 27 remaining governments revealing divergences of opinion. While nearly all of the EU's capitals consider maintaining unity of the bloc their main priority, a few take a softer line on financial services than the one expressed by Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator.

Thomas A. McGovern

Thomas A. McGovern, age 87, of Janesville passed away Friday, January 12, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital, Janesville. He was born in Pennsylvania on May 26, 1930, the son of Louis and Ruth McGovern.

Q and A: David Frum on America’s ‘Trumpocracy’

In his new book Trumpocracy, the Toronto native and former George W. Bush speech writer talks about how Trump is fundamentally damaging the U.S. government: "There are a lot of stops on the train line to bad before you get to Hitler Station." Frum felt "sick" when he spent time in the building near the end of Barack Obama's presidency.

Hawaii rattled after alert of incoming missile is mistakenly sent

A screen shot take by Hawaiian citizen Alison Teal shows the screen of her mobile phone with an alert text message sent to all Hawaiian citizens on January 13, 2018. / AFP / Alison TEAL Honolulu, An alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile aimed at Hawaii was sent in error Saturday, sowing panic and confusion across the US state -- which is already on edge over the risk of attack -- before officials dubbed it a "false alarm."

Who will advocate like King for the poor?

Thousands of marchers fill the streets of San Antonio's East Side during the city's annual Martin Luther King march and rally in 2003. Today, widespread economic segregation has replaced racial segregation, with poverty issues consigned to the margins of political discourse.

White House scrambles after false missile warning in Hawaii

Hawaii Panics After Alert About Incoming Missile Is Sent in Error - An early-morning emergency alert mistakenly warning of an incoming ballistic missile attack was dispatched to cellphones across Hawaii on Saturday, setting off widespread panic in a state that was already on emotional edge Hawaii officials mistakenly warn of inbound missile - HONOLULU - A push alert that warned of a ballistic missile heading straight for Hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic Saturday was issued by mistake, state emergency officials said.

Chelsea Manning files for US Senate bid in Maryland

Chelsea Manning intends to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, returning the transgender former soldier to the spotlight after her conviction for leaking classified documents and her early release from military prison. Manning, 30, filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, listing an apartment in North Bethesda as her address.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback faces GOP opposition to major proposals

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback gives his final State of the State address Tuesday night on the floor of the Kansas House. While giving his final State of the State address Tuesday night, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says his administration, without raising taxes, is putting a proposal together to comply with the Kansas Supreme Court's decree that the state give an addition $600 million to school finance.

Leaders say Trump presidency is at odds with MLK’s legacy Source: AP

The first Martin Luther King Jr. holiday of Donald Trump's presidency is taking place amid a racial firestorm of Trump's own making. In the same week that he honored King by making a national park out of the ground where King was born and preached until his death, Trump denigrated practically the entire African diaspora, and left many Americans headed into the civil rights icon's birthday convinced that the leader of their country is a racist.

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Steve Bannon, President Donald TrumpA s former top strategist, alleged in journalist Michael WolffA s tell-all book about the Trump White House that the presidentA s longtime attorney, Marc Kasowitz, "took care" of 100 women during the presidential campaign. "Look, Kasowitz has known [Trump] for twenty-five years.

Another dispatch from Trumplandia, RSA

Sen. Chuck Grassley met with constituents in a rural district that heavily backed tRump . Anyone who has read any of the countless articles about Dump Supporters in Dump Country might have predicted that it was a non-stop MAGA-fest.

PM slaps down bungling Boris

'Sorry to butt in here, but I think you mean Yemen, not Lebanon': PM slaps down bungling Boris as the Foreign Secretary twice confuses countries in Cabinet meeting gaffe His latest gaffe came during a discussion on the Yemen civil war, which has turned into a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran Bungling Boris Johnson was rebuked by Theresa May at last week's Cabinet meeting after he repeatedly mixed up the Lebanon with war-torn Yemen Bungling Boris Johnson was rebuked by Theresa May at last week's Cabinet meeting after he repeatedly mixed up the Lebanon with war-torn Yemen. The Foreign Secretary's latest gaffe came during a discussion on the Yemen civil war, which has turned into a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran .

News 14 Mins Ago Chelsea Manning files for Us Senate bid in Maryland

Chelsea Manning intends to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, returning the transgender former soldier to the spotlight after her conviction for leaking classified documents and her early release from military prison. Manning, 30, filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, listing an apartment in North Bethesda as her address.

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I came into this world on April 4, 1956. 12 years later, to the day, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. left it.

Move over Jane Fonda! Libertarian Golden Boy Jeff Flake wants your seat

"Needless to add, while denouncing his government as liars last week, Senator Flake was on a red-carpet visit to Havana hosted by his Stalinist Cuban friends. Too bad a communist anti-aircraft gun wasn't nearby-or Flake could have donned a communist helmet, hopped atop the seat, and posed for pictures while aiming it at imaginary U.S. planes during the Bay of Pigs.

Leaders say Trump presidency is at odds with MLK’s legacy

The first Martin Luther King Jr. holiday of Donald Trump's presidency is taking place amid a racial firestorm of Trump's own making. In the same week that he honored King by making a national park out of the ground where King was born and preached until his death, Trump denigrated practically the entire African diaspora, and left many Americans headed into the civil rights icon's birthday convinced that the leader of their country is a racist.

Trump Defends Vulgar Remarks While Partly Denying Them

President Donald Trump offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his extraordinary remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries. Trump said he was only expressing what many people think but won't say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, according to a person who spoke to the president as criticism of his comments ricocheted around the globe.

Northam sworn in as governor, pledges less toxic politics

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who rode a wave of voter unhappiness with President Donald Trump to electoral victory, took the oath of office Saturday with a pledge to make politics less toxic and more productive. Speaking to a crowd gathered in dreary, cold weather on the south portico of the state Capitol, Northam took veiled shots at the president while promising to govern with a "moral compass."

Hawaii Ballistic Missile False Alarm: ‘Someone Pressed the Wrong Button’

The threat of a North Korean missile hitting hitting Hawaii is dangerously real, as President Donald Trump 's "button" tweets stoke dangerous tensions between the United States and the North Korean dictatorship. The threat felt very real on Saturday morning in Hawaii after an emergency alert was sent out to TV, radio, and cell phones about an inbound ballistic missile.