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Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

The process of changing precedent on vote thresholds to limit debate on Supreme Court nominees - expanding on changes pushed through by Senate Democrats in 2013 - appears very much on the table if Democrats seek to block confirmation of 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch .

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Of The Best Signs From New York's LGBTQ Solidarity Rally

Tweets and video from the march showed a diverse crowd of protesters waving signs and banners and chanting "Dump Trump!" The rally is taking place at the Stonewall Inn, the country's first national monument dedicated to LGBT history. The LGBT Solidarity Rally, organized just days ago, was co-sponsored by more than 65 queer advocacy organizations, including PFLAG NYC, Lambda Legal and the Black Lesbian Conference 2018, and politicians like Gov.

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Business on the Brexit White Paper

In a historic ruling, the Supreme Court declared that Parliament must give its approval to trigger Brexit under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. UK's High Court has blocked a Brexit legal challenge that asserts parliament must approve the country's departure from the European Economic Area (EEA).

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Union Budget 2017: PM Modi hails Arun Jaitley for presenting 'uttam' Budget

There has been a resurgent and strong dollar globally, and higher interest rates in the U.S. caused by the Trump presidency. There has also been a global turn towards protectionism causing a doubt about export and jobs growth. At least a start has been made. "For Joint Development Agreement signed for development of property, the liability to pay capital gain tax will arise in the year the project is completed", said Solomon.

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Donald Trump boasts about January jobs growth...and gets the number wrong

And the unemployed rate ticked up a tenth of a percent to 4.8 percent, which is just more people are looking for work. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast payrolls rising 175,000 last month and the unemployment rate unchanged at 4.7 percent.

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McCain to Trump: Send weapons to Ukraine

Russian president Vladimir Putin said this week that Ukraine's government had provoked the escalation in fighting to bolster western support and put pressure on new United States president Donald Trump to take a tough line with Moscow. Appearing before a House Armed Services panel Wednesday, former Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus testified that Putin understands very well "that while conventional aggression may occasionally enable Russian Federation to grab a bit of land ...

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Fillon Projected to Lose 1st Round of French Presidential Election

Amid controversy on the right wing, polls alternate between a victory for him and far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen. Denouncing EU officials for "profoundly anti-democratic" behavior and for coercing EU members such as Greece and Portugal into toeing the common economic policy line, she said she would seek immediate negotiations with the EU on the issue of national sovereignty if elected.

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Donald Trump's travel ban temporarily blocked across nation by Seattle federal judge

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a state lawsuit challenging key sections of President Trump's immigration Executive Order. The ruling by U.S. District Judge James Robart added a fresh round of confusion to a series of legal challenges to the president's order.

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US President Donald Trump's immigration order decoded

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week making major changes to America's policies on refugees and immigration. And while there is legitimate reason to scrutinize refugee applications more carefully, there is no justification for treating green-card holders the same way.

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Seoul says North Korea has fired its security chief

The sudden dismissal of a top official may add to instability by increasing anxiety among elites, he added. The South Korean news agency said the state security ministry wielded considerable power in its role screening "anti-reactionary" elements in North Korean society, running political prison camps and preventing potential defectors from fleeing the country.

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Iran's First VP Dismisses Hostile Posturing by US

On Jan. 27, Iran test fired a ballistic missile capable of traveling 2,500 miles and of carrying a nuclear warhead. 'As far as Iran goes, this is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world, ' Mattis said in a categorical remark during press talk in Tokyo , trumpeting the arrival of tough days for Iran under Trump administration.

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DHS watchdog to investigate rollout of Trump's refugee order

Lawsuits brought against Trump by attorney generals Bob Ferguson (Washington state) and Lori Swanson (Minnesota) about Trump's order helped influence Robart's ruling. Trump took to Twitter early Saturday to state his displeasure at the ruling , calling it "ridiculous" and insulting Judge Robart, a George W. Bush appointee.

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Americans United Files Brief In Washington State Lawsuit Challenging Trump Muslim Ban

And the order would even require the person who sponsored an immigrant into the U.S. to reimburse the federal government for any benefits the immigrant used. Edward Alden, an immigration expert with the Council on Foreign Relations, said it will be unlikely to get a final count of the number of people affected by the order.

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Muslim-Mexican scapegoats in Trump's America

People shouldn't have been surprised by President Trump's executive order to ban the citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries - Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen - from entering the US on any visa category for 120 days.

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Australian foreign minister says USA refugee swap proceeding

He claimed the move would prevent "bad dudes" coming to the U.S., despite the fact countries linked to previous terror attacks were not on the list, and warnings the "Muslim ban" would fuel propaganda efforts by Isis and other jihadi groups.

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Backed Syrian forces launch new offensive on Raqqa

The Syrian Democratic Forces launched their campaign to capture the city last November and have taken some ground further up the Euphrates Valley but are still some distance away. Speaking in the village of Aaliyah, north of the city, Ahmed said 750 more Arab fighters had joined the SDF after being trained by the US-led coalition.

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EPS Predictions Review: Starbucks Corporation (SBUX)

Wedbush restated an "outperform" rating and set a $65.00 target price on shares of Starbucks Corporation in a research note on Thursday, December 8th. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 7th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.78%.

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More snow in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows

Things didn't improve overnight with reports of freezing rain in Fraser Valley that led to slick and icy roads. A heavier snowfall is expected to begin tonight . However, many drivers and public transit riders said the city was once again caught off guard by an onslaught of winter weather. HandyDART is now operating essential services only for renal and cancer patients in Maple Ridge.

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McDonald's introducing four new Shamrock Shake drinks including chocolate version

Plus, all five drinks-the original Shamrock Shake included-are receiving a sprinkle of green sugar crystals on top as the new finishing touch (because why not?). Shamrock Hot Chocolate - A hot chocolate with Shamrock Shake syrup. The only downside? Aol reported that these drinks, while possibly very tasty, are in no way diet-friendly .

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Hideki Matsuyama in contention at Phoenix Open after Round 2

Matsuyama grabbed a share of the lead with one hole to play, but he bogeyed the 18th to drop back to nine under. Marc Leishman's short game has held together well enough to leave the Australian thankful for a three-under par 68 in the first round of the PGA Tour's Phoenix Open.

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Soldier shoots machete-wielding attacker near Louvre museum in Paris

Tourists were locked down. France on edge again. Trump's comments came a week after he signed an executive order temporarily barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US and halted the country's refugee resettlement program.

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Federal Judge Halts Enforcement of Trump's Immigration Order

The decision came on a day that attorneys from four states were in courts challenging Trump's January 27 executive order. The judge ruled there were grounds to challenge the ban. Bush, issued a temporary block on enforcement of Trump's ban, a move that has been applauded by civil liberties groups but earned the ire of the commander-in-chief.

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Trump's Travel Ban Temporarily Blocked Nationwide By US Judge

He tweeted that the decision "essentially takes law enforcement away from our country". Federal judges in several other states have also acted against the ban since it came into effect last Friday but Robart's ruling is the furthest reaching order so far.

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Group calls for cease-fire amid upsurge in Ukraine fighting

More than 10,000 have now died in the ensuing strife as separatists on the county's eastern region have battled with Ukrainian government forces. "We are seriously concerned about the dire humanitarian and human rights situation of civilians in eastern Ukraine where there has been an escalation in fighting along the contact line", United Nations said in a statement .

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Police questioned over restraint in Berkeley riot that cancelled Breitbart editor's speech

Yiannopoulos had been invited to speak by the Berkeley College Republicans. "It should also be noted that Berkeley has a center of protest dated back to the Vietnam war, so its not surprising that he won't be a welcomed figure", he said .

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Alpine Police Find Remains Near Location College Student Went Missing

The remains will be sent off for identification. A press release from the Brewster County Sheriff's Office says a US Border Patrol Agent called to report the grave around 10:00 a.m. The missing woman's mother on Friday told CBS 7 News that she believes the remains are those of her daughter. Today, the Alpine Police Department, Department of Public Transportation, Border Patrol and Homeland Security are assisting in the ongoing investigation.

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White House Reported To Be Readying New Sanctions Against Iran

Days after President Trump's national security adviser stepped into the White House press room to warn Iran over its ballistic missile tests, the administration brought the hammer down. The Security Council resolution was adopted to buttress the deal under which Iran curbed its nuclear activities to allay concerns they could be used to develop atomic bombs, in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

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UK High Court blocks so-called 'soft Brexit' challenge

British Influence, a Pro-EU British think tank, in November launched the legal case which sought a court-ordered clarification on the extent to which Theresa May's government could interpret the UK's June referendum vote. The favourable voting in Parliament would be a source of satisfaction for May Government as after a court battle, the UK's Supreme Court has ruled that Parliament must be consulted before Article 50 is invoked.

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Fillon fighting to remain in French presidential race

Falling poll ratings since then will benefit far right leader Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, a former investment banker running as an independent. Both the scenarios would eliminate Fillon from the May 7 second round, a contest between the two top scorers in the April 23 first round. Elabe predicted Macron would beat Le Pen in the second round with 65 percent of the vote.

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Jammu Kashmir: Security forces kill 2 militants, including Hizbul district commander

The slain militants have been identified as Parvaiz Ahmad, a Hizbul district commander and Umar Ghazi, which is a code name. A search operation was launched in Amargarh area of Baramulla district on Saturday morning after security forces received inputs about the presence of militants in the area.

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Meerut murder gives Amit Shah a poll plank

Taking a dig at the SP-Congress alliance in UP, Shah said that, "UP mein do shahzade saath aaye hain, jisme ek ne desh ko loota aur dusre ne pradesh, ab dono mil kar UP ko lootna chaah rahe hain". He also promised that the BJP government would form "anti-Romeo squads to save our daughters and sisters". Businessmen are considered to be the traditional voters of the Bharatiya Janata Party but were unhappy because of the Centre's demonetisation that affected their trade.

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White House Press Secretary Says Trump Position on Glass-Steagall Is Consistent

Ahead of the expected executive order , lawmakers have introduced legislation mandating an increase in the minimum salary for H1B visa guest workers to $1,30,000 (from the current $ 60,000) in an effort to shutdown low-priced arbitrage that both United States and Indian companies have used to improve their bottom line, but which critics say has depressed wages and come at the expense of American workers.

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United States judge blocks part of Trump's deportation order

Darweesh was eventually released Saturday afternoon. Trump claimed it had been "almost impossible" for Syrian Christians to enter the United States and that these Christians have been treated unfairly in the refugee process, reports ABC News .

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Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump's Entry Ban Nationwide

The ACLU, representing seven Iranian nationals and the global aid organization Oxfam, argued that while campaigning, Trump repeatedly vowed to impose a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. A federal judge in Detroit says US green-card holders shouldn't be affected by the order. State Solicitor Bessie Dewar, from the Massachusetts Attorney General's office, called it "a prematurely sweeping order that was not based on actual fact".

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Thousands join march through London against Donald Trump travel ban

The march is in response to an executive order by Trump, which had halted the United States refugee programme and banned anyone from seven Muslim majority countries (Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Syria and Libya), from travelling to the country, even if they have already been approved for a visa, have an existing visa or a green card.


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