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Donald Trump and Barack Obama's Approval Ratings Are Directly Inverted Right Now

President-elect Donald Trump takes office this week with dismal approval and popularity numbers, according to polls out Tuesday, underscoring the deep divisions among Americans as the NY businessman prepares for his inauguration. As with his favorable rating, 40 percent say they approve and 54 percent disapprove. Many people are saying the polls are fake. A string of recent popularity polls confirm these findings.

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Donald Trump Promises Change, Unity on Eve of Inauguration

His family traveled with him and exited the plane ahead of him. Trump offered a kind of speech preview in a brief appearance at a Lincoln Memorial concert on Thursday. Some blocked checkpoints and forced their temporary closure earlier Friday morning, while elsewhere demonstrators resorted to violence. Mr Obama's schedule was clear beyond his daily briefing and his final weekly lunch with Vice President Joe Biden.

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Marijuana Activists Plan to Light Up Trump's Inauguration With Over 8000 Joints

Eidinger and other activists were marching this morning from Dupont Circle to the Mall, along the way handing out marijuana joints to anyone who is interested. "We don't want to be rude to Trump supporters", Eidinger said, hoping to bring together liberals and conservatives to address the issue of legalization.

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US President Donald Trump is about to get a MAJOR smartphone upgrade

This will mark an important change for Trump, who was previously easily accessible, even in the days following his election. Shortly after the president in the waiting room called back. He did eventually upgrade, telling Jimmy Fallon over the summer that his new device was a smartphone, but without the ability to call anyone, install apps, take pictures or play music.

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Trump's voters got their news primarily from Fox

Hillary Clinton may have lost the 2016 US Presidential election to Donald Trump, but that doesn't mean she's giving up quite yet. Next for Clinton fans was MSNBC (9%), followed by Facebook and local TV (tied at 8%). With all the entertainment values that have come to drive cable news coverage in a search for ratings, that's a major issue. "The digital news publishers that played prominent roles in the campaign did not appear to serve as main news sources for either Trump or Clinton ...

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Father Of Young Cancer Patient Fears Effects Of Obamacare Repeal And Replace

There's plenty wrong with the Affordable Care Act, but it was a Herculean effort to expand coverage. The Iowa Fiscal Partnership report addresses a scenario where the law has been repealed without a replacement. More choices and lower costs. "Where I am in Milbridge, it's 40 minutes in either direction to get to a hospital". He said he doesn't want affordable insurance premiums to go away.

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Obama says in United States interest to have 'constructive' ties with Russian Federation

Medvedev noted that Russian-American efforts in these areas led to outcomes that are "important for the entire world". Obama worked on a nuclear arms control pact with Moscow early in his presidency, leading to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty signed in 2010.

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Donald Trump Reportedly Forced to Give Up Beloved Tweeting Machine

No Senate Democrat has announced any plans to sit out Friday's inauguration as of Wednesday night , but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY has suggested the possibility, according to The Washington Post . Now that the mogul-turned-president no longer has his civilian phone - which was a Samsung Galaxy , per a New York Times report - he may be unable to use Twitter as frequently as he has to date.

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Here's how to watch Donald Trump's inauguration in the UK

Various religious leaders, including a Hindu priest, will offer prayer for Trump at the National Prayer Service. According to reports , CNN is also to broadcast the ceremony in India. Trump will be sworn in at noon by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on the steps of the Capitol, marking the peaceful transition of power from the Obama administration.

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As Trump Takes Office, Tens of Thousands Have Taken #ThePeoplesOath. Have You?

America's third president , Thomas Jefferson, lowered expectations in his first inaugural address by declaring the presidency a "task.above my talents"; the "constitutional vigour" of the government, he declared, is "the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad".

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Trump Tells Donors 'Next Time We're Going to Win the Old-Fashioned Way'

Donald Trump promised to bring change and unify the USA as he addressed his supporters at an inaugural concert from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. "I am not surprised by the interest in the march". Similar events are being held in cities including Calgary, Fredericton, Nanaimo, Yellowknife, Saskatoon, across the US and in more than 50 other countries, organizers say .

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Obama modifies convictions of two women sentenced in Peoria's federal court

In December his term was shortened to 20 years. In his last major act as president, Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of 11 former Pennsylvania residents imprisoned for drug and weapons offenses . Also among President Obama's commutations and pardons was Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of a 2010 leak to WikiLeaks that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world.

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White House defends Manning clemency

Manning, who twice tried to kill herself previous year and has struggled to cope as a transgender woman in the Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, men's military prison, accepted responsibility for leaking the material - a factor that fed into Obama's decision, a White House official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Protesters Block 'Deploraball' Entrance, Scream Obscenities At Attendees

On Inauguration Eve in Washington, D.C., President-elect Donald Trump and his family enjoyed a attractive evening in front of the Lincoln memorial as several artists serenaded them during the "Make America Great Again" concert. While over in NY, a rally was held outside the Trump International Hotel, attracting a starry line-up to rival the inauguration concert. "This is not an event sponsored or endorsed by the National Press Club".

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Activists are hosting a 'Queer Dance Party' outside Mike Pence's DC home

The dinner was held for the vice president's inauguration. The dancers shimmied their way from a nearby metro station to the neighborhood, where they rocked out to songs from Whitney Houston , Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Britney Spears. Vote in our poll and let us know in comments below! "But I'm not being pushed down, I'm here". A handful of local Trump supporters also made an appearance at the protest, but the LGBTQ demonstraters did not engage with them.

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Rock Band The Slants Takes Trademark Case to the Supreme Court

In December 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of The Slants, declaring that the government can not refuse to register trademark applications merely because it disapproves of the expressive messages conveyed by the marks.

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President-Elect's Plan For Health Insurance Light On Details

For most people, this is thankfully not a huge problem, but we also rarely know when we're about to acquire a chronic disease, or find ourselves requiring years of expensive surgery and treatment after being in a auto wreck. The Jan. 31 deadline does not apply to Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program, and eligible people can up for those year-round. Among those who are anxious are some college students who do not agree with the plans to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.

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Networks Unveil Plans For Donald Trump Inauguration Day

Trump and Pence were spending the evening at a candlelight dinner with major donors at D.C.'s Union Station and were set to stay overnight at the Blair House, across the street from the White House . And our phrase, you all know it - half of you are wearing the hat, 'Make America great again.' But we're going to make America great for all our people , everybody.

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Senator's Valium joke causes confirmation hearing to explode

Sen. Ron Wyden, the committee's ranking minority member and a Democrat from OR, went on a no-holds-barred diatribe against Mnuchin, slamming him endlessly for his work with the controversial OneWest Bank. " Mr. Mnuchin has claimed these omissions were due to a misunderstanding of the questionnaire ". "Mr. Mnuchin, from the distinguished ranking member's remarks, I understand you were in charge of the Great Recession", Roberts pressed on, continuing to needle Wyden.

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Missouri lawmakers urged to relax Real ID prohibition

To do either, they'd need a passport. "Pennsylvania has done much to make our licenses secure, the federal REAL ID law mandates more", said speaker of the House Mike Turzai and House majority leader Dave Reed. Does a driver's license have to be a REAL ID? In their letter approving the extension, federal homeland security officials said the department will monitor the state's attempt to comply and could refuse future extensions if it is not making progress.

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Mom shows off toddler taped to wall on Facebook Live

Rudolph was charged with third-degree felony abduction. Just days after that post, this woman was live back again, this time telling her telling her audience how she was contacted by family services and is no longer taping the boy to the wall.

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Police search for missing University of New Haven student

Allie McGrory, an 18-year-old freshman, was reported missing from the University of New Haven on Wednesday, the first day of the school's spring semester, according to university police. Sergeant Tammaro of the West Haven PD said the investigation was being conducted around the general New Haven area and family was notified to watch for her at her home in New Jersey.

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3 strong storms to hit San Diego from Thursday to Tuesday

A break between storms is expected Saturday , but the next and possibly strongest in the series of storms will arrive Sunday morning. Recent storms have created deep piles of snow in the Sierra Nevada and sent hundreds of billions of gallons of water coursing into lakes and reservoirs.

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In final act as president, Obama commutes 330 drug sentences

Cartell Alexander McLemore, 31, got 20 years in 2006 for possessing 50 grams or more of cocaine base, and being a felon with a gun and ammunition. President-elect Donald Trump has suggested that commutations create a risk by freeing prisoners who might reoffend.

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Planned Parenthood of Texas will continue to get Medicaid funds

Texas is seeking to remove Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid program over those videos , which were taken in 2015. The cut was to take effect January 21. Since Ryan announced his intention to block Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid reimbursements on January 5, there have been more than 26,000 calls to Ryan's office and almost 180,000 signatures for a petition supporting the essential health care provided by Planned Parenthood.

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Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE:SNV):Brokerage Firm Rating Analysis

This evaluation process is unfortunate because if a portfolio manager is having a down quarter, he or she will drop underperforming stocks and buy into shares with trending momentum in hopes of achieving stability with the top indexes in the subsequent quarter.

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I-90 Closed Until Thursday

There are at least 20 to 30 fallen trees blocking the westbound lanes, according to a WSDOT tweet. WSDOT says I-90 is closed from milepost 34 in North Bend to Ellensburg until Thursday morning, when crews will reevaluate the road conditions.

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Mike Pence's Big Queer Dance Party

WERK for Peace and DisruptJ20 are teaming up to bring you the best dance party in the nation, so you betta' show up and weerrrrkkk! Founder of gay rights group WERK For Peace and protest organizer Firas Nasr told CNN that the group was there to turn the streets into their dance floor.

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Trump Team Considering Cuts to Federal Violence Against Women Program

As The Hill points out, the proposed plan hews closely to a blueprint prepared by conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation, which has had an outsize influence on the staffing and direction of the new administration. A number of the proposals were included in the 2017 budget for the Republican Study Committee , a caucus representing the majority of Republicans in the House.

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Activists hold 'Queer Dance Party' in front of Mike Pence's home

WERK For Peace , which was founded in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting previous year, are saying that they will "use all forms of dance to promote peace" as their agenda. From there, we expect a festive carpool and then a raucous and righteous dance party that will be a sight to behold. The crowd was reportedly diverse and included men, women, and gender non-conforming people of all ages.

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Central Texas 2-month-old girl dies after mauled by pet dog

Animal control says the dog was submissive when they approached it. Police say the father told investigators that he fell asleep when the child was napping in an infant bouncer. That's until Tuesday when the victim's father says he found her mauled by the family dog. The police investigation is ongoing, and police are awaiting autopsy results.

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George H.W. Bush hospitalized over weekend

In July 2015 he broke a bone in his neck in a fall at the family home in Maine. Former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonBill Clinton sends get well wishes to Bush family U.S. Although George H.W. Bush will not attend , his letter implies it is strictly for health and not for political reasons. In July 2015, Bush was treated in a ME hospital after falling and breaking a bone in his neck.

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Medical Examiner: Loncar's Death Due To Cocaine

We're told secondary causes were related to hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Loncar was found unresponsive in a auto outside his office, in the 400 block of South Cesar Chavez in Dallas, on December 4. Loncar's wife, Sue, started the Grace and Brian Loncar Foundation in the days after Brian's death, to help families battling similar issues of depression and grief.

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Hundreds of thousands of Skittles spill onto Wisconsin highway

Highway crews were deployed to clean up the candy. "Oh, for crying out loud". Officials say the candy-coated highway might not be such a bad thing, because the candy could help make the roads less slippery. "In the end, these Skittles are actually for the birds!" the sheriff's office posted on Facebook . "They are given out to farmers because apparently they are good nutrients for cattle", says Sheriff Dale Schmidt.

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Senators grill Trump's Treasury pick

Nonetheless, Mnuchin is still likely to be confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate, as Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, claimed his colleagues can not reasonably argue that the Wall Street banker is unqualified for the position.


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