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Who Will Donald Trump Pick For The Supreme Court?

The New York Times, citing unnamed sources , said the Gorsuch pick could also ease concerns Kennedy had about retiring and being replaced by a more ideologically extreme judge. Trump though maintained a sunny outlook in his remarks introducing the nominee and his wife at a White House event, pointing out that when Gorsuch was proposed to the 10th Circuit court of appeals, the Senate confirmed him unanimously.

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What Trump's Changes Mean for the National Security Council

The White House chose to shake up the National Security Council , giving right-wing strategist Stephen Bannon a seat and a vote, while demoting the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence . In an executive memorandum signed Saturday, Trump elevated Bannon, while downgrading the status of the Director of National Intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the security council's principals committee.

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Jeff Sessions has hazy memories of supporting marijuana-related death sentences

Democrats delayed a vote on Sessions in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. "The Senate can not meaningfully carry out its constitutional obligation, under Article II of the Constitution, to exercise "advice and consent" on the nomination without Senator Sessions providing the Committee with his views on the president's actions and proposals since his inauguration".

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Rasmussen: 57 percent support Trump's refugee ban

Trump's decision led to the detention of incoming refugees at USA airports, sparking protests, legal challenges and widespread condemnation from global leaders, rights groups and activists. As The Washington Post notes , there are significant differences between Trump's actions and Obama's six years ago. Those applications are processed through the U.S.

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When is Groundhog Day 2017? Can rodents predict the weather?

Here's a look at what you need to know about Groundhog Day , an American tradition that is meant to predict when spring will arrive. A sunny day that allows the groundhog to see his shadow will send him scurrying back into his burrow, a sign of six more weeks of winter.

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Rex Tillerson in charge of the United States diplomacy, confirmed by the Senate

Republicans are muscling more of President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees to the cusp of Senate confirmation. The travel ban has caused consternation not only among Muslim-majority countries, but also among nations such as Britain and Germany.

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California state senator demands to see Melania Trump's immigration documents

We know she's focusing on raising Donald Trump's 10-year-old son, Barron , but we're sure holing up in the $100 million triplex Trump Tower apartment in NYC isn't too shabby. President Donald Trump's had passed an executive order directing federal agencies to take away funding from self-proclaimed sanctuary cities. "How can we turn our backs on these individuals?" After much speculation on her whereabouts , Melania Trump has been spotted for the first time since her husband's ...

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Bus passenger who helped Kansas City bus driver honored

And boy, was that ever the case on a Kansas City bus early Saturday morning when some dick chose to attack the female driver but was thwarted by an old man wielding a cane with impeccable accuracy, thus being able to scratch "be a local hero" off his bucket list.

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Gov. Scott rolls out new spending plan, proposes $618M in tax cuts

But Scott's optimistic outlook isn't being shared by Republican legislative leaders. The budget calls for $140 million to finish the C-44 reservoir and continue work on the C-43 reservoir. Senate President Joe Negron repeated his wish to improve higher education and to finance a $2.4 billion land purchase to improve water quality, measures that conflict with Scott's aims.

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Nation reacts to President Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Gorsuch needs a simple majority in the Senate to be confirmed. If they do, Gorsuch would need at least eight Democrats to join Republicans in supporting him, unless GOP leaders take the potentially risky step of lowering the threshold for confirmation.

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Value of the Peso Plummets After Mexico's President Nixes Trump Meeting

No details were available on how the tax would work, but Mr Spicer said Mr Trump wanted it to be part of a tax reform package that the US Congress was contemplating. Former officials said Trump could slow the process down by moving resources away from processing visa requests, or cut migrant quotas and programs.

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White House cites Quebec mosque attack to justify Trump's policies

Early in the briefing, Spicer said referring to the order as a travel ban was incorrect and a falsehood about the statute that was being perpetuated by the news media. Asked why Trump himself used the term ban in a tweet , Spicer said the president was "using the words that the media is using". "[Trump] has been very clear that it is extreme vetting".

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Cooler Temperatures On The Way To Oklahoma

Wednesday will be just as warm with temps ranging from 42 in the morning to the mid-60s in the afternoon. All precipitation chances the next 8 day will be very light with nothing major expected from latest models. Lows in the 20s south, upper teens the Merrimack Valley and the Worcester Hills, to near 10 well north. The weekend will start with a great day Saturday .

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CTX universities reach out to students affected by travel ban

I want it to be abundantly clear that Saint Louis University supports our students, faculty , physicians, and staff from the affected countries and all who are immigrants, refugees, asylees or otherwise at risk; you are part of the SLU community.

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Trump blasted by Dems, GOP for putting Bannon on NSC

The council has been growing in power with each successive administration. His team was reportedly considering ways to reign in the DNI throughout the transition period, in part, sources have said, because of the history Trump's National Security Adviser, retired Lt.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown pledges opposition to Trump Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch

On Sunday afternoon, ABC's Jonathan Karl reported that the White House was considering announcing Trump's Supreme Court nominee as soon as Monday. They must win Senate confirmation with at least 60 votes from the 100 members, meaning he will need some support from Democrats. And we were reminded how important it is for these judges to uphold the law and constitution, no matter who appoints them, when Trump sacked Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she questioned the legality of his ...

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Depp's monthly spending blamed for woes

The complaint was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by the Management Firm, run by brothers Joel and Rob Mandel. According to TMG, the actor spent $75 million to buy and furnish 14 residences, including a 45-acre chateau in the south of France, a chain of islands in the Bahamas, multiple homes in Hollywood, several penthouse lofts, and a fully functioning horse farm in Kentucky.

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Diego Luna to star as Al Pacino in Scarface remake

The reboot will take cues from the immigrant rags-to-riches story, which was written by Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter. The new Scarface keeps the same basic concept of an immigrant who arrives in the USA and claws his way up to the top of the criminal underworld.

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Abbott tells sheriff to revers sanctuary policy or lose funding

The session will now hit a higher gear as hearings will soon begin on numerous governor's emergency items. While Abbott does not write the state budget - that's up to the Senate and House - he has the final authority to sign or veto the spending document, so his wishes will hold some sway in a year when state revenues are down and spending is expected to be tight.

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Trump signs exec order to limit regulations

The Trump administration is looking to introduce reforms in four key areas: US cybersecurity capabilities and vulnerabilities, incentives to improve private sector cybersecurity infrastructure, identify capabilities and vulnerabilities. The "Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing" memorandum , issued on January 24, directs executive departments and agencies to expedite reviews and approvals of the construction or expansion of manufacturing ...

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Former Congressman Anthony Weiner Could Face Federal Child Pornography Charges

The crime carries a mandatory minimum prison term of 15 years, and a maximum of 30. Mr. Weiner, a New York Democrat, is being investigated by the US attorney's office in Manhattan and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which seized his electronic devices, including a laptop and a cellphone, as part of the probe.

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Free tax-prep service starting in Lockport

Sherman - The Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) is pleased to continue the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program for tax year 2016. "With the cost of basic necessities growing faster than inflation, United Way is committed to providing area residents with opportunities to save their hard-earned money, pay basic bills and reduce debt", said United Way Senior Vice President Kiran Gaudioso.

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Blackhawk Training Incident Injures Four 101st Airborne Soliders

The post didn't immediately identify the injured or detail their injuries but said they were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell. "Our priority is to provide the best medical care available to the soldiers and support services to their families", said Maj. "Their care and well-being is of our utmost concern".

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Suspect Dead, Three Injured After Stabbing in Hollywood

The incident unfolded at around 2 p.m. local time at a Jack in the Box near Sunset and Ivar boulevards, according to KTLA . Footage of the scene also showed a number of people nursing injuries, with the floor left bloodied after the attack.

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Syrian Kurds Get Military Support from USA for IS Group Fight

The US-led global coalition against ISIS provided its allies in Syria with armored vehicles, a spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said and a US colonel confirmed. The SDF is primarily composed of elements of the YPG group, which Turkey sees as the Syrian offshoot of the PKK - a group designated by both the US and Turkey as a terrorist organization.

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Americans Closely Divided On Immigration Ban

In addition, a 59 percent majority said those who immigrated to the United States illegally should be allowed to stay in the country to seek citizenship. A protest against the Muslim immigration/travel ban on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington , D.C. on January 30. Meanwhile, Republicans were more than three times as likely to say that banning people from Muslim countries was "necessary" to prevent terrorism.

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California Lawmakers Eye Statewide Immigration Sanctuary

The state of California, whose government is controlled by a supermajority of Democrats, is looking to enact measures that Democratic lawmakers say would protect immigrants from the crackdown coming from the White House. He said that federal officials say the proposed law "radically changes" existing protocols. San Francisco receives about $1.2 billion a year in federal funding for services that include housing, health and social services, and homelessness.

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Federal Judge Issues Emergency Stay On Trump Immigrant Ban

On Saturday, Donnelly ruled that the USA could not remove individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries who had arrived in US airports after the order had been issued . "It's not a Muslim ban, but we were totally prepared". "Some of the folks who have been detained are American citizens", she said. Trump's order sought to prioritize refugees fleeing religious persecution, which the president said was aimed at helping Christians in Syria.

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Insider says Trump could pull America out of Paris deal within days

He said it was hard to predict the timing of any action because government departments are still in transition, adding that he had not met Trump in person. needed a "seat at the table" in global discussions. I don't think Trump cares about that. "The expert class, it seems to me, is full of arrogance or hubris".

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Uncertainty surrounds Affordable Care Act

However, 31 percent want to wait until a replacement law is ready, while only 16 percent want to see the law repealed immediately. The protest came a day before the annual deadline to enrol in ACA. The 2010 landmark law ordered everyone who could afford it to buy health insurance or pay a fine. But so far no one has said they are declining to sign up because of the uncertainty, Squires said.

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MSU students in limbo after Trump's executive order

The decision came after Trump signed the executive order temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, including Iraq and Iran. The clash between Trump and Sally Yates, a career prosecutor and Democratic appointee, laid bare the growing discord and dissent surrounding an executive order that halted the entire US refugee program and banned all entries from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days.

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Recreational marijuana now legal in another U.S. state

Driving while high and smoking marijuana in public remain illegal. Question 1 , which legalizes and taxes marijuana in ME, passed by only 4,073 votes, or 0.54 percent. The ballot initiative also started an internal fight between state legislators and Governor Paul LePage, with lawmakers approving legislation that delayed retail marijuana sales until February 2018.

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Dems boycott vote for Treasury pick Mnuchin

At least one Democrat must be present at the hearing for voting on a nominee to take place. Democrats say Rep. Tom Price and Steven Mnuchin lied during their confirmation hearings. Price, a Georgia Republican now in the House of Representatives, has been under question for making stock purchases and then introducing or supporting legislation that could help those companies.

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Homeland Security Officials Stress National Security Behind Immigration Order

We can not gamble with American lives. "We did know the EO was coming", Secretary John Kelly told reporters. Trump's executive order includes a 120-day suspension of the US refugee program and a 90-day ban on travel to the United States by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran , Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

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NATSO Congratulates Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao

The U.S. Senate confirmed Chao to lead the Department of Transportation by a 93-6 vote. Chao is one of Trump's least controversial picks for a Cabinet position. Automakers have been pushing the Trump administration to roll back a mandate from the Obama administration that requires them to achieve a fleetwide average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.


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