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Pence downplays town hall backlash, rallies conservatives at CPAC

Vice President Mike Pence attempted to assure conservative activists on Thursday that Obamacare is on its way out. Pledging an "orderly transition", he added, "America's Obamacare nightmare is about to end". Tom Perez, former labor secretary in the Obama administration, and U.S. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota are the front-runners to lead the party, which is trying to pick up the pieces after November's election losses.

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VP Mike Pence Makes His Position On Israel Unequivocally Clear

Discussing replacing Obamacare, Pence was dismissive of "all the fearmongering from the left", and said there would be "an orderly transition to a better health care system that finally puts the American people first". Instead, the 20-minute address was a sort of victory lap for Trump's campaign, touching on shunning the media and the political establishment and vows to "make America great again" - themes that have dominated Trump's rhetoric since his early days as a presidential candidate.

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Arizona bill punishes even peaceful protesters when events turn violent

Senate Bill 1142 is making it's way to the Arizona House of Representatives after being approved in the Senate by a 17-13 vote. Republican senators in Arizona voted for SB1142 this week, which proposes expanding the state's racketeering laws to also include rioting.

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Witnesses say Kansas shooting may have racial overtones

An Olathe man the same age as the suspect was booked into the Henry County Jail in Missouri on Thursday on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder. "We are devastated to inform you that Srinivas passed away and Alok is now recovering in the hospital", Garmin said in the email. The family of Ian Grillot says he was shot trying to stop the gunman.

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Teen Subway employee shot, killed during robbery in southeast Houston

At the time both mother and son were the only individuals in the store. "(The victim) tried to intervene and when he confronted the guy with the gun, he was shot." said Detective David Crowder. "Active, he liked to participate in theater class, he always backed up his family and friends", Vasquez said. Following the shooting, fellow 11th grader at Chavez High School and classmate told reporters that Flores had only been working at the Subway outlet for five months.

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Settlement Reached In Wis. Police Shooting Case

City attorney Mike May was out of the office and did not immediately return messages seeking comment. The deadly shooting of a biracial man in Madison has resulted in the largest civil suit settlement in state history. "And my son deserves some sort of peace", Irwin said. He said Kenny's story was "demonstrably false" during the city's investigative process, showing a broken investigative process.

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Sacramento CHP officer dies after hitting pole during pursuit

Authorities say the crash happened at about 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday on Fruitridge Road, east of State Route 99. No other details were provided. Chellew's family, including his wife, and two children - a son and a daughter - stood at the front of the ceremony.

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France's Le Pen cancels meeting with Lebanon's Grand Mufti over headscarf

When I met with Grand Imam of al-Azhar [Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb], I didn't wear a hijab and I will not wear it now. "I do not know how Le Pen would concede these remarks, but I hope that France has a better choice for presidency than the fascist right", referring to Le Pen .

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Undocumented Immigrants in Santa Barbara County Taken Into Custody by ICE

The decision is not political, but rather financial, according to the sheriff. Many people avoid court because they know they could be ordered deported, he said. "It's another layer of punishment". Agents would then collect the suspects before they were released from jail. "We are all concerned and actively seeking more answers about reports of increased enforcement activity by ICE in our communities", Dingell said in a statement.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation rejects White House request to debunk Russian Federation stories

According to CNN , Priebus and McCabe discussed the news reports following a White House meeting the day after they were published. "The White House official said that Priebus later reached out again to McCabe and to FBI Director James Comey asking for the FBI to at least talk to reporters on background to dispute the stories".

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Betsy DeVos calls Obama's transgender bathroom rules an 'overreach'

She said the "real threat is silencing people with whom you disagree". Texas State Teachers Association President Ariel Deen, an EC-6 education student, declined to comment on the issue, but TSTA Vice President Ashley Reynolds believes that anyone in a high position in education, including school administrators, should have had public teaching experience, and is concerned with DeVos' lack thereof.

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Arkansas Supreme Court Doesn't Approve LGBT Protection Ordinance

Removing these protections leaves LGBTQ people without local, municipal or state protections, putting them at heightened risk of discrimination as they simply go about their daily lives. Other local ordinances targeting the 2015 state law were not addressed in the case. Act 137 was established to prevent counties and cities from creating their own laws and rules.

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Transgender teen moves forward with Supreme Court challenge after Trump action

We've got no problem with that - at least the local part. Gavin Grimm is a 17 year-old transgender boy in rural Virginia who sued his local school district over a policy requiring him to use the girls' bathroom. Hong, a professor at Boston College Law School. If they ruled in favor of Grimm, however, they could change the landscape of transgender law. "Usually, students and their parents meet with school administrators to discuss the student's transgender status and plan a smooth social ...

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Jeff Sessions cancels Obama's plan to reduce private prisons

The Obama administration's decision to end the use of private prisons at the federal level, issued last summer by former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, came on the heels of a report from the DOJ's inspector general. Yates' memo indicated that the policy was a part of a plan to scale back the federal prison population. The Trump government has promised a crackdown on crime and illegal immigration, suggesting the prisons bureau could require greater holding capacity in a short time.

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Trump illegal immigration ban puts Indo-Americans on tough spot

Those guidelines codify and detail executive orders as well as longstanding promises from President Trump to rapidly escalate the number deportations of undocumented immigrants, a push that has already reportedly started with sweeps in major USA cities in recent weeks.

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Ole Miss self-imposes one-year postseason ban following NCAA investigation

The school is hoping that, by taking the initiative to punish itself, it can avoid a possibly harsher penalty the NCAA could impose after it holds a hearing on the allegations. The staff member previously mentioned committed a Level I violation by knowingly misleading the institution and enforcement staff in 2016 . This episode was all set to be a joyous celebration of baseball, with former Rebel slugger Sikes Orvis joining to discuss this year's club and their opening weekend sweep of a ...

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Mexican Official Says Deporting Non-Mexicans to Mexico Is a 'Non-Starter'

The Department of Homeland Security guidance to immigration agents is part of a broader border security and immigration enforcement plan in executive orders signed by President Trump. They have also been at odds over US President Donald Trump's vow to build a wall on the border and his attempts to gain concessions on trade. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump's administration took its harshest stance yet on illegal immigration as the Department of Homeland Security released a memo detailing ...

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Protesters Leave Dakota Access Pipeline Area; Some Stay And Are Arrested

ABC News also observed lines of military-style Humvees entering the Oceti Sakowin protest camp, which is located at the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation. The irony, of course, is that ETP and the US government are invading Lakota treaty territory to build the pipeline-and their private security goons, along with police, have been the ones prepared to use violence to get their way.

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'Flip or Flop's' Tarek and Christina El Moussa Are Both Single Again

She was caught drinking later that day. The Flip or Flop exes announced their split in December, which was followed by divorce filing in January. We pay for juicy info! "It got to the point where we weren't even driving to set together", she added.

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SCOTUS reverses Federal Circuit in Life Technologies v Promega

The US Supreme Court today ruled that supplying a single component of a multi-component invention for manufacture overseas does not constitute patent infringement. "The same is true even for a single component under §271 (f )(2) if it is especially made or especially adapted for use in the invention and not a staple article or commodity", Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote for the court.

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Beyonce cancels Coachella performance; will headline festival in 2018

The post went on to say that the Grammy victor will instead headline the following year, at the 2018 festival. Beyoncé was set to be one of three massive headliners for Coachella's 2017 edition. Beyonce performed this month at the 2017 Grammys , but she will no longer be performing at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April.

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Obamacare repeal and replace won't happen: Boehner

Any change to the existing ACA would likely be limited, Boehner said, since " Republicans never ever agree on health care". The notion that a replacement could breeze through Congress, he said , was "happy talk". In 2014, he told a group of constituents, "The answer is repeal and replace ". Republicans lose their window to act on the inaccurate fears they incited.

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Initial jobless claims rise more than expected

Data for the prior week was modified to display 1,000 less applications received than previously reported. That's the longest stretch in more than four decades. Claims for the week ended February 11 were revised down to 238,000 from 239,000. A Labor Department analyst said there were no key factors manipulating last week's claims data.

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Vanessa Marcotte murder suspect believed to be Hispanic man

Early also said the suspect would have visible scratches on his head or his upper body. Authorities now believe they are closer to finding the person who killed Vanessa Marcotte. Meanwhile, her family spoke out days before Christmas, thanking the public for supporting them and announcing they had started a foundation in Marcotte's name that encourages her values of "giving back and volunteerism".

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Low-cost Spirit airlines brings flights to Pittsburgh

The flights will begin May 25 and operate on a daily basis. Additionally, the Miramar-based airline plans to launch nonstop service to Pittsburgh from five other key US markets between May 25 and July 13. And service to Houston and Los Angeles begins July 13. The Los Angeles service will fill a void left by American Airlines, which discontinued its flight to that city last week.

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Where to watch the Trump administration's heavy hitters speak at CPAC

This year's CPAC caps the remarkable process whereby this heretic not only became acceptable to conservatives during the course of the 2016 campaign, but is rapidly placing his stamp on conservatism as we know it -in the past a durable ideology that transcended constant arguments over strategy and tactics.

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NYC Taxpayers Spend $24 Million To Protect Trump Tower

In December, Congress set aside $7 million to reimburse the NYPD for the cost of protecting Trump - a fraction of the $35 million originally requested. " The NYPD now serves a dual role in protecting the First Family and securing Trump Tower while simultaneously acting as a municipal police department charged with serving and protecting the millions of residents, visitors, and workers in the city ", O'Neill wrote in a latter addressed to the New York City area members of Congress, which was ...

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$435M Powerball winning ticket sold in Lafayette

The 10th largest jackpot in Powerball history is up for grabs, and it grew to $403 million before tonight's drawing. The next Powerball drawing is Saturday for a jackpot of $40 million. The annual installments option will net the victor payments every year for 29 years that will ultimately add up to $403 million. In Connecticut, 8,698 chose the Power Play option when they matched only the Powerball number.

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Confederate Flags Flown in Charleston to Protest Activist Speaker

The incident was captured on video that shows Moye running and taking a flying leap across yellow police tape in his bid to grab the flag. When it was announced that Newsome was invited as a guest, the South Carolina Secessionist Party called for it to be canceled.

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Fourth House Republican backs bill to limit Trump on Russian sanctions

But the measure was blocked by a Seattle court, in a decision that was later upheld by 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the government had not proved the terror threat justified reviving the ban. By Tuesday, there were initial signs that the administration had started to conduct the widespread consultation among its allies in the House and the Senate that was missing with the initial travel ban.

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Authorities: Double-murder suspect may be in stolen Honda

A man was still in the vehicle when the carjacker, possibly Wes Doughty , 39, hijacked the gray 2006 Honda Accord outside of Hailey's on Main Street with a knife. He faces two counts of murder in the killings of O'Connor and Greenlaw. The first suspect, Michael Hebb, 45, of Peabody, was taken into custody in connection to the killings on Monday.

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Chicago schools won't help feds in undocumented immigrant push

Immigration and Customs Enforcement" when it comes to civil immigration law. More than 50,000 CPS students were not in attendance on Thursday, during the nationwide "A Day Without Immigrants" action, according to the Sun-Times . The guidelines also call for the construction of more detention centers and strip privacy protections for undocumented immigrants. Under no circumstances are the federal representatives to be given student records, unless a parent has obtained a court order or ...

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McMaster needs Senate confirmation because he's a three-star general

Gen Flynn stepped down after misleading Vice-President Mike Pence over his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the US. "And I look forward to joining the national security team and doing everything I can to advance and protect the interests of the American people".

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Police say murdered IN teen recorded video of suspect

Indiana State Police confirmed the man in the photo being circulated by news outlets is their primary suspect. "Some of the facts we don't release are only known to the person who committed the crime", he said. "During the course of the investigation, preliminary evidence has led investigators to believe the person, in the distributed photo, is suspected of having participated in the murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German".

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Water rescues carried out around San Jose

He says anyone who is near the creek should be prepared to leave. Although the persistant downpours began to taper off, flood warnings were in place through Saturday because waterways were overwhelmed. Further north, farmers used tractors to shore up an endangered levee in California's agricultural heartland, officials opened a spillway at the Don Pedro reservoir for the first time in 20 years, and a Sierra Nevada highway threatened to collapse after the latest downpours swelled waterways, ...


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