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Judge moves, pushes Texas attorney general's criminal trial

Paxton has said the charges are politically motivated. "We may have an ethical problem here", Gallagher said Wednesday. Thursday's rulings provided the latest twists in a legal battle that began in the summer of 2015, when a Collin County grand jury indicted Paxton on two counts of securities fraud for soliciting investors in Servergy Inc.in 2011 without disclosing that he was being paid by the McKinney tech company.

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Governor of ME pardons a dog on death row

Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday he has pardoned Dakota the Alaskan husky from a death sentence levied at a court hearing last week. Last year, the Augusta District Court ordered that the 4-year-old dog be euthanized because she broke her previous confinement order, which was put in place after she fatally attacked another dog.

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Arab leaders ready to work with Trump on Mideast peace deal

According to the U.S. Embassy in Jordan, Greenblatt conveyed the president's belief that a peace deal "is not only possible, but would reverberate positively throughout the region and the world". They also expressed their support of a two-state solution and condemned "unilateral steps" allegedly taken by Israel. On March 30, 1976, thousands of Palestinians in the northern Galilee region demonstrated against the seizure by Israel of large tracts of Arab land, prompting Israeli troops to enter ...

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Freedom Caucus member defends against Trump

Conservatives said the proposal backed by Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., did not eliminate enough Obamacare regulations. Dave Brat, R-Va., outside the White House on March 23, the day before GOP leaders pulled a health care bill from the House floor.

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Lawyer: ICE agent shot unarmed Chicago man as he opened door

Felix Torres Jr. arrived at the Cook County courthouse around 10 a.m. Wednesday and entered a not guilty plea to a charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in front of Judge Timothy Joyce. When she returned home from the grocery store the agents were still outside her home. "It really caused huge anxiety, families were torn apart, children were left in the custody of the state", she said.

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The Florida House won't give them that

Scott with modifications that ensure we honor the will of our fellow citizens in the eight counties that have approved referenda to expand the availability of gaming options". The Senate's gambling version differs from the House's version, which would reenact the current gaming compact that gives the tribe the exclusive right to slot machines outside of Miami-Dade and Broward and blackjack at their casinos in exchange for $3 billion in payments to the state over seven years.

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Pence Breaks Senate Deadlock in Attack on Planned Parenthood

Res 43, a measure aimed at rolling back an Obama-era provision that prohibits states from withholding Title X family planning funds from Planned Parenthood past a procedural vote Thursday due to opposition from GOP Sens. "This regulation is an unnecessary restriction on states that know their residents' own needs best", said Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Supreme Court Rules Unanimously to Fortify the Rights of Students with Disabilities

Democrats called the Supreme Court ruling a rebuke of the Republican president's nominee and suggested Gorsuch was not a mainstream judge. "It can not be right that the IDEA generally contemplates grade-level advancement for children with disabilities who are fully integrated in the regular classroom", argued Chief Justice John Roberts in the opinion, "but is satisfied with barely more than de minimis progress for children who are not".

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Lesson Learned: Can Trump Build Consensus on Tax Cuts?

Twila Brase is president and co-founder ofCitizens' Council for Health Freedom ( CCHF , www.cchfreedom.org), a Minnesota-based national organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered health care and protecting patient and privacy rights.

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Critics Lash Out at Felony Charges for Pro-Life Activists

Harris vowed to defend Planned Parenthood as a senator and urged supporters to sign a petition in defense of the group on her campaign website . "The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California's Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society", California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Tuesday.

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Trump to seek tariff 'snap-back' provision in NAFTA revamp

More than half of Senate Democrats say they will vote against Neil Gorsuch . The draft also contains some provisions that were part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-country Asia-Pacific trade agreement negotiated by the Obama administration but rejected by Trump for possibly hurting USA workers.

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USA judge in Hawaii extends halt on Trump travel ban

Watson turned an earlier temporary restraining order into a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by the state of Hawaii challenging Trump's travel directive as unconstitutional religious discrimination. Trump has vowed to take the case to the US Supreme Court, which is now split 4-4 between liberals and conservatives with the president's pick - appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch - still awaiting confirmation.

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9 high-schoolers accused of raping other boys

One assault involving Norman, Olivarez and Ibarra happened in November at a private residence and was part of an initiation process of the 16-year-old victim who was promoted from junior varsity to varsity football, reports KENS5. "Some kids, mostly athletes, are calling the victims 'rats and snitches, '" said a student who wished to remain anonymous. However, he told MySanAntonio that more arrested were expected, and that complaints from other alleged victims had continued to roll in.

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Gorsuch: 'I accept' Roe v. Wade as the 'law of the land'

Douglas County School District, which pitted the parents of a Colorado boy with autism against their school district. His parents grew dissatisfied with the IEPs offered by their district and the student's progress under those IEPs, and ultimately placed the student in a private school for children with autism.

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Sen. Merkley: Nunes' Actions Leave House Russian Probe 'in Shreds'

But Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., a member of the committee, said Tuesday that Nunes should step down "in the interest of our integrity". After Trump made unfounded claims that President Barack Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped, Nunes said that intelligence agencies had incidentally collected information about the Trump team's communications as part of their surveillance of foreign agents.

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'Angel of Death' serial killer badly beaten in Ohio prison

According to a patrol report cited by the AP, Harvey was in his cell when an unidentified person attacked him Tuesday afternoon. A relative of one of Harvey's victims expressed some regret but also suggested his death might be comeuppance.

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Agency Follows a Uniquely American Way of Funding Arts

The college has no current grant with the NEA , but in the past has received many, including a four-year grant ending in 2015 that totaled just over $200,000. "The museum believes strongly that national-level support for the arts and humanities, as well as scientific research, is vitally important to strengthening the fabric of our local, regional and national communities".

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Vote on whether to impeach Alabama governor may come quickly

After nearly a year of talk about a possible impeachment of Gov. Robert Bentley, the House Judiciary Committee announced a tentative impeachment schedule on Tuesday afternoon, which would set any vote by the full House in early May. "The citizens of Alabama went to the polls", Garber said. Last summer, the committee hired Sharman to lead an investigation on possible wrongdoing by Bentley.

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Trump Asks for $18B Social Programs Cuts to Fund Racist Wall

Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), tweeted . A 1970 treaty negotiated between the United States and Mexico established the middle of the Rio Grande as the border in some places. The editorial titled "Treason Against the Homeland" was published March 26th and stems from bids recently placed by Mexican companies to construct President Trump's wall.

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Power lines kill boys playing in Fort Worth park

A witness on scene says the two children were brothers. The power lines were still live when fire fighters found the boys, whose identities haven't been released. Fort Worth Fire and MedStar personnel determined that the boys had died from their injuries. Oncor is now working with authorities to determine the cause.

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Cities vow they'll resist the Trump administration over 'sanctuary' policies

Sanctuary jurisdictions - cities, counties and states - all have laws, regulations, policies or practices that restrict immigrant enforcement. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said today local jurisdictions seeking U.S. And second, the executive order's meaning is unclear and it is unconstitutional, as it violates the 10th amendment. City Attorney Pete Holmes said that the executive order has decreased safety in Seattle , because people are less willing to report crimes.

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US Government Watchdog to Review Mar-a-Lago Trips, Trump Hotel Profits

In a letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Government Accountability Office said Monday it would begin the inquiry into Trump's Mar-a-Lago visits "shortly", after Cummings and Democratic Sens.

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NYC Mayor: 'Fearless Girl' statue can stay through February 2018

Further pushing the point is the plaque at her feet: "Know the power of women in leadership/She makes a difference". "Fearless Girl stands as a symbol to women young and old, and I'm pleased that the Mayor is extending her permit". The girl? She's a girl, facing down a symbol. "Then we thought, this is a really big bull and we should increase the height to 50 inches", she said. Visbal was quoted by the Associated Press as saying, "She's not defiant, she's courageous, proud and strong, not ...

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Lonzo Ball declares for NBA Draft, could stay in LA

The Wildcats, and particularly De'Aaron Fox, started to assert their dominance at that point. Fox not only turned in the best NCAA scoring performance for Kentucky since Tayshaun Prince had 41 against Tulsa in 2002, it was the best by a freshman in tournament history.

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Judge extends block on Trump's travel ban

In a lawsuit, the U.S. state of Hawaii also says the ban would harm tourism and the ability to recruit foreign students and workers. A federal judge in the USA is maintaining the broad ban imposed on President Donald Trump's revised immigration ban.

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Lawsuit seeks more freedom for wineries in frosty Minnesota

Two Minnesota wineries are suing the state to try to overturn a law that requires them to make their products with a majority of grapes grown in Minnesota. The Minnesota Grape Growers Association hasn't taken an official position on the lawsuit yet, but the group's president, David Mohn, owner of Flower Valley Vineyards and Winery near Red Wing, said he and other members he has spoken with don't support it.

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White House officials were Devin Nunes' 'wiretap' sources after all

Ellis is a former Nunes staffer , while Politico reported earlier this month that Trump's political advisers intervened to overrule national security adviser H.R. Cohen-Watnick, brought in by former national security adviser Michael Flynn, began reviewing highly classified reports of diplomats whose communications were being monitored by the intelligence community, the Times reported.

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North Carolina Reaches Compromise Over Bathroom Bill

Mr Cooper, who ran for office on a platform of repealing the measure, known as House Bill 2, said: "It's not a flawless deal, but it repeals HB2 and begins to fix our reputation". HB2 has prompted businesses to halt expansions and entertainers and sports organizations to cancel or move events, including the NBA All-Star game in Charlotte.

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Bill O'Reilly Apologizes For Offensive Comment About Congresswoman Maxine Waters' Hair

Whether by design or as a "victim of circumstance", Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) can't seem to stay out of the headlines these days. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File). "I feel like we win every day", Lassiter said. One of her most popular moments online is her reaction to a top-secret congressional briefing by FBI Director James Comey on accusations of Russian hacking during Trump's campaign.

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Manafort volunteers to testify before House Intelligence Committee in its Russian Federation probe

Devin Nunes , Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee, told reporters that Mr Manafort's counsel had contacted the panel on Thursday to offer the opportunity to interview him. " That was not in our view in the public interest and we resisted that ", Schiff told reporters. "What really is involved here is a cancellation of the open hearing", Schiff said.

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Two White House Officials Gave Devin Nunes "Incidental" Surveillance Info

Spicer previously refused to rule out that Nunes' source, who has remained anonymous, was a White House official. They are Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who works on national security issues, the Times said, citing "several current American officials".

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'Dreamer' who arrived at age 7 expected to be released on bond

R. In a statement, the 24-year-old Ramirez said he was "happy" and "thankful for the support that I've gotten from everyone who helped me and for the opportunity to live in such an wonderful country". He was smiling as he hugged his brother as he was freed. "We are relieved that he will be released and look forward to arguing the merits of this case in federal court".

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Ivanka Trump Will Officially Become a Federal Employee

In her statement , Ivanka Trump said that "throughout this process I have been working closely and in good faith with the White House Counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role". Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, has agreed to be interviewed by a Senate Intelligence Committee panel as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Supreme Court ruling boosts protections for students with disabilities

The Supreme Court's decision comes as Gorsuch is facing confirmation hearings in the U.S. Senate. John Cornyn, he said "I was wrong, Senator, because I was bound by circuit precedent , and I'm sorry". Noah's observation about Cruz came after he mocked all of the Republicans participating in the Supreme Court nomination committee in Washington , D.C., on Wednesday.

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Democratic opposition to Gorsuch grows

Schumer has said he will filibuster the Gorsuch nomination, forcing the Republicans to get 60 votes in the Senate to break a cloture motion and move the confirmation to the full floor for 30 hours of debate - most likely by April 4. "Judge Gorsuch's selective activism in restricting women's rights and his framing of women making their own health decisions as "the wrongdoing of others" are jarring and do not demonstrate a philosophy that belongs on the Supreme Court".


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