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Anti-Daesh coalition leaders gather to hear Trump's plan

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the Trump administration views defeating Islamic State as its "number one goal in the region". Trump has talked about possible safe zones in Syria. "It is only a matter of time before Baghdadi himself meets this same fate", he vowed. But he added: "We must keep making the investment in liberated areas in Iraq and Syria to help innocent people rebuild and stabilize their communities".

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Lawmakers introduce bills calling for marijuana legalization, taxation

The Senate version, SB316, is sponsored by Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Legal weed could have huge revenue implications for IL given it's "a bigger state" than Colorado, says Chicago Democratic state senator Heather Steans, the sponsor of SB 316 , as the senate bill is known.

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Coons questions Gorsuch on day 2 of confirmation hearings

Upon his nomination to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Bush in 2006, the American Bar Association lauded Judge Gorsuch as "universally well qualified" for the position. Gorsuch answered that the case has precedent as it is "50 years old". He then addressed the numerous blows dealt by high-ranking Democrats of late - attacks geared to smear Trump's Supreme Court pick.

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New Hampshire Day Care Employee Allegedly Abused Three Infants, Charged with Assault

Chelsea Blais , of Hooksett, worked for the Alpha Bits Learning Center in nearby Manchester . Blais hung up on a reporter's phone call Wednesday. In a statement, the day care center said they took "immediate corrective action" and are working with affected families and staff.

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The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student

Gorsuch voted in favor of the ability of the Hobby Lobby craft stores to assert religious objections to paying for contraception for women covered under their health plans in the contentious case. Of Lawrence v. Texas, which held the government can't criminalize gay and lesbian relationships, Gorsuch said, "I'm going to give you the same answer every time".

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Mutton busting briefly takes center stage at Neil Gorsuch confirmation hearing

It's also the same law that protects the rights of a Native American prisoner who was denied access to his prison sweat lodge it appeared exclusively in retribution for a crime that he committed and it was a heinous crime. "It's the same statute that applies not just to Hobby Lobby , it also applies to Little Sisters of the Poor and protects their religious exercise", Gorsuch said, referring to the Catholic group that was exempted from the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate.

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Pence "Very Confident" GOP Healthcare Bill Will Pass

Major stock indexes wobbled on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ending slightly down and the S&P 500 slightly higher. Republican leadership introduced a slate of revisions this week meant to placate wary factions of the Republican party.

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Spicer Shamelessly Lies About Paul Manafort's Role In Trump Campaign

Last week, CNN reported that Ukrainian prosecutors have repeatedly appealed to the us government, including letters to the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, for help in questioning Manafort in regards to an ongoing corruption case.

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The White House Just Denounced 'Ramspecking.' What's That?

After Spicer tried to downplay Manafort's role in the campaign and then deflect to the Clintons' supposed ties to Russian Federation, the press secretary was asked by NBC News' Peter Alexander if he could ensure that there are no other foreign agents lurking in the cabinet given Trump's considerable failure in vetting associates.

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Leahy continues probing Supreme Court Justice nominee

The justices unanimously ruled in favor of an autistic student, Endrew F, and his family who said his local school district in Colorado's Douglas County had failed him. The case drew a dozen friend of the court briefs from advocates for students with disabilities who argued that it is time to increase rigor, expectations and accommodations for all.

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Thousands rally for Trump at Freedom Hall

Trump's rally to support the plan comes ahead of a key House vote on the legislation on Thursday. Aides on Capitol Hill, many of whom have worked tirelessly on the legislation, have wondered if Trump - who made his name as a deal maker - can close the health care deal.

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DTE: Power back on for 793000 customers

Tuesday. About 73 customers in an area of Clay Township have been without power since 5:43 a.m. Saturday. DTE says this is the "most significant weather event" in its more than 100-year history. It is the only financial reimbursement now offered. Monday marked Day 6 without heat or lights at Ilene Franks' house on Detroit's west side. Regretfully, the snow and icy road conditions coupled with complicated and time-consuming repairs impeded restoration efforts on Monday.

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Lawsuit says girl in boys' locker room violated student privacy

Even more disturbing, parents were not told of the school district's decision to let students of one sex use the locker rooms and bathrooms of students of the opposite sex. But LGBT groups state that the lawsuit was avoidable, if the student who felt uncomfortable was given the option of a different locker room. Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, a staff attorney with Lambda Legal, says that the very arguments now being used by the plaintiffs in the Boyertown case were used, unsuccessfully, by the ...

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How To Figure Out What Neil Gorsuch Actually Thinks About Abortion

However, over the past few months, he has been gradually warming up to the idea of jettisoning it for the Supreme Court nominees. Coons wants clarity on how Gorsuch was nominated, how he will stand up for an independent judiciary and his views on the separation of powers.

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How Neil Gorsuch Could Help Donald Trump Transform the US

Gorsuch made the statement while he was being question by Sen. Republican Lindsey Graham of SC asked Gorsuch whether Trump had asked him to overturn Roe v. Hardwick . Gorsuch similarly wouldn't commit to a view on cameras in the Supreme Court, despite widespread support from senators on the Judiciary Committee.

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Sen. Whitehouse Questions Gorsuch On Dark Money

Justice Scalia also wrote that, 'Weapons that are more useful in military service, M-16 rifles and the like, may be banned without infringing on the Second Amendment.' Do you agree with that statement that under the Second Amendment weapons that are most useful in military service ...

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Neil Gorsuch confirmation hearings for Supreme Court, Day 2

On the larger issue of rights for women, gays and lesbians, Gorsuch said he believes the Constitution's equal protection guarantee applies to all even if the original drafters were "racist" and "sexist". Gorsuch told Graham, "Senator, I spoke of when "anyone, anyone" criticizes the honesty, integrity, the decency of federal judges and what they do, or attacks their motives and how they come about arriving at their decisions".

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Comey revelation changes everything, Senate should postpone Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination hearing

It is not surprising that Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings repeatedly have brought up what most Senate Republicans (including Utah's two senators) did a year ago - disrespect a Supreme Court nominee in a manner that had not occurred since the 19th century.

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Neil Gorsuch on Email Slamming Guantanamo Bay Lawyers: 'Not My Finest Moment'

Many Democrats say they fear Gorsuch, 49, will reinstate a conservative Supreme Court majority that over the past decade has voted 5-4 to roll back protections for consumers, workers and racial minorities, while giving corporations new rights .

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AR Governor signs hide carry bill

Arkansas' governor said he has signed legislation expanding the locations where concealed handguns are allowed in the state to include colleges, some bars, government buildings and even the state Capitol. "I think the idea of introducing loaded weapons into those situations is just ridiculous". The University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University systems said they would prepare for their campuses to comply with the law when it takes effect.

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Ryan's legacy as speaker on line with health care vote

GOP aides said there was no strategy in place for what would happen if the bill fails on the House floor Thursday. Spicer said those changes could not be the last made on the bill. Chris Collins, R-N.Y. According to the reporting of NPR and its member stations, at least 20 House Republicans oppose the bill while more than 50 have offered equivocal support for it.

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Shootings reported at 3 nearby Wisconsin locations

Baeten did not comment on if that suspect acted alone. The suspect is in custody and is alive. Police are responding to a shooting that injured two people in Rothschild. He says the shootings involved "multiple scenes" and many law officers. He also said residents were evacuated from one of the crime scenes, and they are being assisted by the Red Cross.

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5-Star Recruit Michael Porter Jr. Confirms Release Request from Washington

But, with the firing of Coach Romar and his father, Porter has made a decision to re-open his recruitment. Romar is the younger Porter's godfather. There are actually two Porters in play. A week ago, Washington fired head men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar following a disappointing 9-22 season with the Huskies.

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Body of infant found inside bag in CT reservoir

Members of Troop L-Litchfield were initially notified of the discovery. The state medical examiner will determine the baby's cause of death. The age, gender or other information about the baby was not disclosed, pending the autopsy, according to the Hartford Courant .

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Kentucky becomes 44th state to allow charter schools

With Kentucky's entry into charter schools, just six states remain without laws allowing the schools, all of them sparsely populated: Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Montana. But charters won't receive funds for buildings or transportation. Last week, the state Senate voted 23-15 in favor of the bill. Republican supporters say charter schools provide more schooling options for parents, especially for low-income and black students who are in ...

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Teenager's 'Cheesy' Promposal Will Definitely Melt Your Heart

The teen also explained that Carlie "loves [Doritos] with all her heart", so it was a no-brainer for the creative popping of the question. Shaedon said that he didn't ask her to his prom for publicity but to "make her happy". Anyone who's ever around her, she makes them laugh. "She was sad about it because Carson was going and she wasn't", she said. "Will you go to prom with me?" Wedel posted a video to Facebook where he went to Carlie's doorstep with flowers, a bag of Doritos and ...

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Conservative House Republicans say they have votes to block health law

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that there was no plan B to the House version of the Obamacare repeal and replace plan - the American Health Care Act . The president just raised more than $30 million for the National Republican Congressional Committee and could threaten members' money. It's time to learn how to govern with all the levers and that means compromise.

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President Trump Warns House GOP Over Health Care Bill

Collins is talking about the internal ideological rift within the House's Republican caucus: The party's far-right contingent, the Freedom Caucus, is panning the bill for not being conservative enough, while party moderates concerned with loss of health care coverage (Vox's Andrew Prokop calls them the Coverage Caucus) decry any rightward shifts.

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Woman Dangling From Shoelaces Discovered After Failing To Breach White House

According to the Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz, he was informed by the Secretary of Homeland Security that the person had gone into the White House undetected for over 17 minutes, which was a serious matter as the president was inside the palace.

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CSU Board of Trustees votes to increase tuition by 5 percent

University of California regents approved a similar tuition hike in January. The increase is projected to generate $77.5 million in the 2017-18 school year. "The university faces a critical juncture where additional revenue is needed if we are to continue the trajectory that has seen campuses reach all-time highs in graduation rates", said Steve Relyea, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer.

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Supreme Court Upholds Labor Case Filed By Scottsdale Company

Justices issued a 6-2 opinion finding that the president can not select a person who has been nominated to serve in the position on a permanent basis to also serve as an acting official. In its suit, the company said Solomon's appointment was not appropriate and he lacked authority to rule as acting general counsel while awaiting Senate confirmation.

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Former CIA chief: Trump should 'apologise' to Obama

FBI Director James Comey also confirmed during his hearing that the agency was investigating possible Russian government efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. Mr Nunes said he hopes the committee's hearings will result in a "definitive report " on Russia's involvement in the presidential election. "What the president said was just patently false", Schiff said of the Trump Tower allegations.

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Rex Tillerson's wife convinced him to be U.S. secretary of State

When he was invited for a conversation with the then president-elect, he thought they would talk "about the world" given his experiences at the oil company, he added. I personally don't need it'. The Korea Herald news site said he had "shortened diplomatic consultations and public events in Seoul" and chosen not to have a meal with Hwang Kyo-ahn, the South Korean acting president, and Yun Byung-se, the country's foreign minister.

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The disturbing reason Los Angeles Latinos are reporting 25% fewer sexual assaults

Since 1979, the LAPD has barred officers from inquiring about a person's immigration status or acting on it under Special Order 40. "The LAPD has never participated in programs that deputize officers to act as immigration agents, and under my watch, they never will", Garcetti said.

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Joe Biden Just Made Everyone's Day With Surprise Return To Politics

A majority of Americans oppose the bill in almost every public poll, with even a majority of Republicans expressing displeasure with how President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are proceeding with the long-promised plan to "repeal and replace" President Obama's signature legislative achievement.


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