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Sanders rallies to remake the Democratic Party

Bernie Sanders put the blame on Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party for losing the election. "Has the Democratic Party been doing its job in telling working people in Iowa, and in NY, and in Wyoming, 'We're going to stand with you". " Donald Trump , we are not going back!" His aides say that since Sanders had been elected as an Independent by his constituents, he plans to finish his term out as an Independent.

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Winter weather may impact travel

For elevations above 6,000 feet, another 5 to 8 inches are likely, according to NWS. Blizzard conditions may unfold across these areas as wind gusts in excess of 40 miles per hour howl from the north and northwest. Many crashes are the result of driving too fast for conditions, and this is especially true for the first real snowfall of the year as we all must "re-learn" to drive in the snow.

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Chuck Schumer Will Replace Harry Reid as the Next Senate Minority Leader

With a new team in place, Schumer still faces an uphill battle taking on a Republican House, Senate, and White House . The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Schumer plans to announce populist economic and ethics initiatives that he believes Trump will be in favor of.

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'I Wanted to Curl Up With a Good Book'

I believe many of this year's Republican victors, such as U.S. Sen. Clinton didn't need to campaign in California , and Trump didn't need to campaign in Texas, because they were already assured those votes. But then he appeared he may have changed his mind . On Dec. 19, Electoral College electors will vote from their individual states . Trump technically does not become president until the Electoral College votes for a candidate on December 19.

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Durbin remains Senate's No. 2 Dem; won't challenge Rauner

Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sen. His counterpart, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is reportedly facing a potential challenge as she seeks re-election to her leadership post. Sen. Ted Cruz, who is rumored to be under consideration for attorney general in the Trump administration , sidestepped reporters' questions about the possibility as he arrived for the vote.

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700-acre Party Rock fire 32% contained

Forestry officials in Tennessee said 11 new fires popped up over 24 hours on Monday, even as crews were spread out battling 67 blazes totaling almost 16,000 acres across the state. People in the affected areas were urged to stay indoors or limit outside activity, officials said. North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky have declared states of emergency.

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Zoo's barrier wasn't up to compliance when child fell in gorilla enclosure

Responding to the review, the zoo issued a statement that read in part, "In its 38-year history, the barrier system at Gorilla World has always been found compliant during USDA inspections, including one conducted in April of 2016". The zoo's dangerous-animal response team concluded the boy's life was in danger in May and fatally shot an endangered gorilla named Harambe, which led to mourning and criticism around the globe.

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Bernie Sanders launches withering attack on Donald Trump and his staff appointments

While Trump may have a potential partner in Sanders by simply standing up to corporations, there's a slim chance he'll hear anything similar from the people of color, Muslims, women, veterans or disabled community members he repeatedly insulted during his campaign.

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Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon: 'Darkness is good'

Mr Bannon, 62, formerly head of the right wing news website Breitbart , said both Democrats and Republicans had betrayed the working man in favour of the the "donor class" and the "metrosexual bubble". They were talking to these people with companies with a $9 billion market cap employing nine people. "It's not reality. They lost sight of what the world is about".

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Federal investigation of Cincinnati Zoo continues after death of Harambe

Harambe was shot and killed on May 28, 2016 after a 3-year-old boy entered the zoo's "Gorilla World" exhibit after bypassing the barrier meant to separate the public from the primates. Deciding that the injured boy's life was in danger, zoo officials chose to kill Harambe, the 450-pound silverback gorilla. "The zoo replaced the barrier with a new 42" nylon mesh-covered barrier in early June.

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Mitch McConnell will lead US Senate Republicans, Chuck Schumer to lead Democrats

Murray was named assistant Democratic leader in a closed-door meeting of Senate Democrats on Wednesday, avoiding a fight with Sen. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says his party lost the presidential election because "there was no plan" to help people in his state and other rural states who are struggling to survive economically.

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Trump calls marriage equality 'settled' but somehow says abortion isn't

But he told Lesley Stahl in the interview that the issue of marriage equality is "irrelevant because it was already settled". Trump's method would be to fight Roe v. "They've been settled, and I'm fine with that". "If I'm elected, I would be very strong on putting certain judges on the bench that I think maybe could change things", Trump said at the time.

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Sessions likely to bring conservative voice to Justice Dept.

A and B do not spell justice for most Americans. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement. "Because I have since found that Sen". Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn gestures as he arrives at Trump Tower, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in NY. "In his confirmation hearings , senators, the media, and the American public should closely examine his stances on these key issues to ensure we can have confidence in his ability to uphold the Constitution and our ...

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Opec deal to speed up oil market recovery, says Saudi

However, the two other biggest OPEC producers, Iran and Iraq , revolt at this idea and say the organization should use their own self-reported figures (which, of course, are higher by a couple of hundred thousand barrels per day). The Saudis also produced slightly more crude - 10.65 million bpd in September - compared to August's 10.63 million bpd. The Azeri Energy Ministry said yesterday it would send a delegation to consultations in Vienna later this month.

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Trump to meet Romney as concerns voiced over top team

Before starting the job, Mr Pompeo will have to be confirmed by the United States senate - something that could be complicated by his past support for the CIA's "enhanced interrogation techniques". The Republicans shouldn't be down a vote in the absence of Senator Sessions, however. All five states voted Trump, with Pennsylvania turning red for the first Republican presidential candidate since 1988.

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Son of Rep. John Conyers found safe in Houston

Authorities believe he no longer has a beard. On Wednesday, messages were sent from Conyers' social media account to his girlfriend, Daisha Lewis , and several friends asking them to meet him at the university, Lewis told WWJ Newsradio in Detroit.

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Senate Republicans re-elect McConnell as leader

Sanders unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination against Hillary Clinton , who would go on to lose to President-elect Donald Trump in a shocking upset. "They felt that the government wasn't working for them". Schumer unveiled his leadership team, which will include Minority Whip Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, and Assistant Democratic Leader Patty Murray of Washington .

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Mitch McConnell, Charles Schumer elected to Senate leadership

Chuck Schumer was easily elected by his caucus to lead Senate Democrats for the next two years and Republicans unanimously re-elected Sen. Before that, McConnell was minority leader for eight years. Democrats also said Senator Amy Klobuchar , D-Minn., will be Chair of the Steering Committee, Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.V., will be Vice Chair of the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center, and Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., will be Senate Democratic Conference Secretary.

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Packers Thrilled to Add Christine Michael to Backfield

Instead, I lost all six games, including my $600 play of the week on Green Bay (minus-2). Aaron Rodgers has had enough of that, and Wednesday the veteran took some time to defend his head coach of 11 years. "They have the same weapons - including Jordan Reed and Pierre Garçon - they had a year ago when they scored TDs at a 60 percent clip in the red zone".

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The struggles of the Green Bay Packers

We're being challenged aggressively as far as coverage schemes. But Aaron Rodgers and Co. have shown no signs that they are the superior team this season, and the Redskins have a good chance to hand the Packers their sixth loss of the season.

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Washington Redskins To Watch In NFL Week 11 vs. Packers

Washington is hot again. The Green Bay Packers caught a surprise loss last week when the Tennessee Titans dominated them. Arizona-An NFC favorite in the early going (I personally had them losing the Super Bowl), the Cardinals picked up right where they left off from a year ago...right from that brutal NFC Championship Game.

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Mat Staver: Trump's 'Common Sense' Judicial Appointees Will Overturn Gay Marriage Ruling

Abortions may become harder for USA women to obtain with Donald Trump as president , who says he'll take steps to overturn Roe v. Wade . Some recordings of the meeting have leaked but we have no idea what Trump said to any of those pastors privately.

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A Possible Electoral College for the Future

Following the November 8 election, Change.org launched an online petition drive to persuade electors to cast their ballots for Mrs. Clinton - because she won the popular vote. In partial deference to the "one man one vote - total votes" argument, instead of allotting electoral votes by a victor take all requirement, allot each state's electoral votes proportionally based mathematically upon the popular votes the candidates receive in the state, while eliminating individual electors.

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Barrier to gorilla exhibit entered by boy ineffective

The report said nine minutes after visitors called 911 about the boy crawling into the cage, the zoo's Dangerous Animal Response team responded. The peculiarly worded inspection report stated that the barrier separating Gorilla World from the public was constructed in 1978 and managed to stand almost four decades without an incident prior to the May 28 encounter.

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McConnell Re-Elected as US Senate

Senate Democrats are turning to Sen. Schumer has been No 3 Democratic leader and vaulted over No 2 leader Dick Durbin of IL, who will remain in that slot. Mitch McConnell for another term as Senate Majority Leader . The announcement comes after she was pressured to delay leadership elections amid growing rancor among rank-and-file Democrats who are upset by the election results.

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North Dakota pipeline protested in Stevens Point

Across 300 cities world-wide, protestors voiced disagreement with the DAPL, a 1,172 mile-long pipeline that would carry around 470,000 barrels of crude oil each day between North Dakota and IL. Activists were also calling for demonstrations at Army Corps of Engineers offices and the offices of the banks financing the pipeline construction. Dakota Access Pipeline has been granted every permit, approval, certificate, and right-of-way needed for the pipeline's construction.

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[ November 18, 2016 ] Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection through Nov. 20 Meeker

Churches and other donors fill the boxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and clothing. The project is run by Samaritan's Purse, a Christian worldwide relief organization. They also may be dropped off at Hilo Missionary Church from 3 p.m.to 5 p.m. on Friday and Monday, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m., to 5 p.m.

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Utility worker killed in blast identified

An Ameren Illinois employee died and 12 other people were injured when the gas line exploded along 1st Avenue around 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. All area business will remain closed on Thursday and may be closed on Friday as well, reports the Chicago Tribune. Authorities have identified a man killed in a natural gas explosion in downstate IL.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Senate Republicans also elected their leadership, again backing Sen. "We're ready to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Republicans, working with soon-to-be-President Trump on issues where we agree, but we will go toe-to-toe against the president-elect whenever our values or the progress we've made is under assault", Schumer, who has been in the Senate since 1999, told reporters after the Democrats' closed-door election.

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Sanders: Trump is a 'Very Smart Person' Who 'Loves This Country'

Sanders, who sat down on the sofa to chants of "Bernie!" She began her gracious speech by saying: 'Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. "The vast majority of the American people are on our side". Sanders also pointed out where he disagrees with Trump, including the appointment of Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon.

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Pelosi's minority House leadership spot challenged

Monday I noted that a group of House Democrats had asked Nancy Pelosi for more time to consider their leadership options. "This should indicate to all of us that keeping our leadership team completely unchanged will simply lead to more disappointment in future elections", he said.

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Trump's Pick of Jeff Sessions as AG Receives Divided Response

It would certainly be controversial if Senator Sessions completely defied the president who appointed him. "I understand that that statement has been made, and I recall a conversation in which that was mentioned and I may have - I believe the statement was I had said 'maybe he is, ' and that is really disturbing to me".

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Dead, 12 Injured After Gas Explosion in IL

Canton - Recovery efforts were underway Thursday after a natural gas explosion tore through the downtown area of this central IL community killing an Ameren worker and injuring 11 other people. The cause of the explosion was not immediately known, and authorities could not confirm if there were any other fatalities or injuries. Among buildings damaged by the blast was a historic century Opera House that now houses offices; it was among three buildings condemned because they are beyond fix, ...

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Fantastic Beasts stars share what they're most thankful for

Furthermore, unless Potter's ancestors traveled from the U.K.to America and back again, they're not likely to appear in Fantastic Beasts . It's easy to sell audiences on Harry Potter, but selling them on Newt Scamander may be another story.

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Here's What Analysts Think of Trump's Pick for Attorney General

He has opposed measures to reduce sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. "Senator Sessions and I have had significant disagreements over the years, particularly on civil rights , voting rights, immigration and criminal justice issues", Leahy said.


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