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Trump storms out of executive order signing ceremony

As Donald Trump is soon to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping , it is being assumed that the prime target of these orders is China. The second order aims to improve collection of anti-dumping and countervailing duties. "There is no issue here" he said. The resulting overproduction and increase in exports distorts global markets and hurts USA producers and workers in both the US and third country markets where US exports compete with Chinese exports, it said.

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Republican Health Care Fiasco, Part II

In the run-up to the vote, healthcare workers were among the most vocal in their opposition to repealing the law because they see firsthand what happens when patients delay or forgo care because they can't afford it. "We want to be urgent", said Republican Study Committee Chair Mark Walker (R-NC), who ultimately supported last week's bill after drawing some concessions.

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Schiff To Review Unspecified Intel At White House

Three White House officials insisted that Dearborn's job was safe, and Cliff Sims, a Trump communications aide, lashed out at reporters on Twitter . House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Reports also surfaced Thursday that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was negotiating with the House and Senate intelligence committees to testify about any Trump campaign dealings with Russian Federation after he would be given immunity from prosecution.

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More Democratic senators voice opposition to Trump's Supreme Court pick

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) signaled last week that he would support a filibuster against the right-wing nominee, while several Democrats remain undecided, as Common Dreams reported. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), confirmed Friday they will move to filibuster and force the constitutional option. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., announced her decision late Thursday night.

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White House launches counteroffensive amid investigations

The approach appears to be based, at least in part, on the White House's anxiety over the Russian Federation investigations, which threaten to seriously weaken his presidency. "What he did, what he saw, who he met with was 100 percent proper", Spicer said of Nunes. The White House has embraced a top Republican's assertion that information about Trump associates were improperly spread around the government in the final days of the Obama administration.

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Trump admin demands border wall look pretty on the U.S. side

To that end, the RFP stipulates that the American side be "aesthetically pleasing in color", allowing it to blend into the surrounding landscape. The wall, it adds, should be hard for getting over and offer features that prevent "sophisticated climbing aids", such as grappling hooks and building handholds.

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U.S. women agree to deal, end hockey boycott

That effort is failing spectacularly. "Really excited about what this brings for the future of women's hockey". THIS RESISTANCE to scabbing started from the existing pool of professional women's hockey players. Financial terms were not released but a statement from USA Hockey said that the deal includes the formation of a Women's High Performance Advisory Group of former and current players from the US women's national team program, along with volunteer and staff leadership, to meet ...

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Schiff asks if White House put off intel hearing

The report in The Washington Post is 100 percent false". After she was sacked, it was revealed that Yates had notified the White House that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had not properly explained his contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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Utah Man Killed in London Attack Graduated from Md. High School

The Utah man killed in a London terror attack traveled to Europe with his wife to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. "He was an awesome individual who loved everyone and tried to make the world a better place". Distraught family confirmed Kurt and Melissa Cochran's involvement in the atrocity yesterday, telling how they "ached" for the couple's children.

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Texas church bus crash: Relief fund set up for victims

Kuchler said he called the sheriff's offices for both Uvalde and Real counties while he followed the truck. Twelve bus passengers and driver Murray William Barrett, 67, died at the scene of the Texas crash Wednesday, DPS Lt. Jennifer Morrison, investigator in charge for the NTSB, said during an afternoon press conference that preliminary indications were that "most, if not all" of the elderly passengers of the church van were wearing their seat belts at the time of the wreck.

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Resilient Zags Head To Title Game In First Final Four

North Carolina beat OR and Gonzaga beat SC in Saturday's semifinals. North Carolina beat OR 77-76 in the nightcap. Gonzaga's Nigel Williams-Goss (5) chases a loose ball during the second half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against South Carolina, Saturday, April 1, 2017 , in Glendale, Ariz .

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NC's Roy Cooper Signs Deal To Repeal Anti-LGBT Law

On late Thursday afternoon, after Gov. Cooper signed the compromise bill, Emmert held his annual pre-Final Four press conference. The nation's largest gay and transgender rights organization called it "simply a new version of HB2 that abandons LGBTQ people".

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Rep. Mo Brooks: Trump Attacks Show Freedom Caucus Has Earned 'Respect'

Republicans campaigned for years on repealing Obamacare, House Republicans in fact voted many times to do so, and President Trump promised to get rid of the thing and replace it with something better (a "something" that would somehow provide better health care to more people at a lower cost).

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Sen. McCaskill Will Not Support Gorsuch

While he does not necessarily like Gorsuch's politics, Manchin said, he's highly rated, respected and accomplished as a judge. Joe Manchin have announced their intentions to back Neil Gorsuch , Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, but one thing sets them apart from the dozens of other senators who've pledged to do the same: their party.

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Trump Weighs In as Senate Slides Toward Showdown Over Neil Gorsuch

Missouri's Republican Party fired back, stating McCaskill was initially expected to support Gorsuch, but only because she feared his replacement would be someone more conservative than him. That would set a bad precedent for Democrats when a conservative president, like Trump, would be in a position to nominate a judge to replace a liberal court justice, McCaskill said.

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Russian Federation engaged in 'information warfare' in United States, senator says

Russia has repeatedly denied Washington's claims of its alleged meddling in the election.Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a direct denial earlier on Thursday of allegations that his country influenced the U.S. Two days later, Nunes made that surprising announcement about Trump and his staff being picked up over the course of routine legal surveillance. He said the collections were not related to the Russian Federation investigation.

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Tennessee ready to make overdue impact in this year's draft

Tennessee's draft drought is about to end in resounding fashion. "It just shows you how far our football program has come and where we're going". Barnett likely will be the first Tennessee player drafted. He then elaborated, explaining to Brooks that "I'm not saying he is a Day 1 guy, but I would certainly take a chance on him as a developmental player.

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Trump declares war on the conservative House Freedom Caucus

Mo Brooks , a Freedom Caucus member from Alabama. "We will never meet with the Freedom Caucus , because it's not appropriate for a group of ad hoc members". Democrats have said that they would be interested in making changes to the Affordable Care Act provided that Republicans stop trying to repeal it. Later in the day, Trump singled out three of the group's members in another tweet , saying if they got on board, "we would have both great healthcare and massive tax cuts & reform".

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North Carolina future uncertain after 'Bathroom bill' reset

Today, the North Carolina Senate voted 32-16 to pass the bill, and the House voted it through by 70 to 48. The statute, widely known as HB 2, also barred local governments in the state from enacting their own anti-discrimination protections in housing, employment and other areas on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Freedom Caucus Jeers At Trump's Howls For Vengeance

It was Trump's second Twitter attack of the day on the hard-line conservative group. Recruiting viable challengers to take on members of the Freedom Caucus will be challenging. For the ACA, the chief risk is that Trump undermines the law rather than works to improve it - or that Democrats decline to cooperate if he picks the latter path.

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Kushner, Ivanka Trump could exceed $700mn in worth

Kushner's disclosure document also listed positions in 267 separate entities including the Trump transition team and various property holdings in NY and New Jersey. Together with her husband, she disclosed assets worth between $10 million and $39.3 million. Mr Kushner, Ms Trump and their three young children have no financial interest in that trust, his lawyer said.

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Health care defeat means GOP risks blame in '18 elections

The Times reported that White House officials gave the chairman of the committee, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, confidential intelligence reports that Nunes then took to other sources in the White House. Establishment", the Michigan Republican, tweeted . "Remember who your real friends are". The Freedom Caucus opposed the American Health Care Act that House leadership and Trump pushed last week.

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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman releases statemen on Trump University settlement

Attorneys for the more than 3,700 former students in class-action suits in California and NY had urged Curiel to ratify the settlement, which refund them more than 90 cents for every dollar they spent at Trump University - arguing it's probably the best restitution they will ever get in the years-long dispute.

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Trump Held An Executive Order Signing Ceremony Without Signing Any Executive Orders

Now his administration appears to be taking a more cautious approach. President Donald Trump walked out of an executive-order signing ceremony Friday, without signing the orders. Since 2001, $2.8 billion in import taxes have gone uncollected, according to Peter Navarro, director of the National Trade Council. "That's not the case", Ross said, noting that China is the number one source of trade deficit.

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House Freedom Caucus will support Obamacare replacement if 'Essential Benefits' are gone

Nikki Wallace, his spokeswoman, said Simpson wants to see Obamacare repealed and replaced but added that "it is impossible to say "yes" or "no" because changes are now being made and we haven't seen the final bill". Asked whether Republicans would be unified on Friday's vote, freshman Rep Matt Gaetz of Florida said, "I sure hope so, or we'll have the opportunity to watch a unified Democratic caucus impeach Donald Trump in two years when we lose the majority".

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Greensboro, other host sites still waiting for NCAA decision after HB2 repeal

Many said that the new law still denies gay and transgender people certain protections from discrimination. Cooper acknowledges that it's not a flawless deal and stops short of many things the state needs to do. The Atlantic Coast Conference also said it would not hold championship events in North Carolina because of HB2 and ended up relocating its football championship from Charlotte to Orlando, Florida, last year.

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NCAA Tournament: Three Tar Heels named to All-South Region Team

We have Final Four action as the Oregon Ducks and North Carolina Tar Heels battle for the right to go to the national championship. The Heels have a national semifinal to play on Saturday in Arizona, where OR will be waiting. "We're playing a team we know", said coach Frank Martin, who has led the Gamecocks further through the NCAA bracket than they have ever been. Williams said Berry aggravated the right ankle he sprained in the opening weekend of the tournament in practice Saturday .

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Warren, Sanders Rally Supporters In Boston

The Vermont Senator and former Democratic Presidential Candidate will be in Boston tonight (Friday) for a joint rally with Senator Elizabeth Warren. Sanders discussed similar issues, calling for a "fundamental restructuring of the Democratic party" and for politicians to take on pharmaceutical companies, better healthcare and a platform that represents the working class.

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Police Make Arrests, Say Atlanta Highway Fire Was Intentional

Firefighters put out hot spots Friday in Atlanta after a fire that started Thursday afternoon caused a bridge on Interstate 85 to collapse, shutting d. "They could see concrete was flying all over the place toward firefighters". Structural engineering experts said fires on highways and bridges rarely burn long enough or hot enough to cause a complete collapse.

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Israeli Security Cabinet approves first new settlement in two decades

President Donald Trump on Friday fired a warning shot at Israel over a new West Bank settlement Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's government approved on Thursday. Israel and the Trump administration have been negotiating a joint approach to West Bank settlements over the last few weeks, with Trump's negotiations envoy, Jason Greenblatt, and Netanyahu devoting two March meetings to settlements.

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Senate hearing probes Russian election meddling; Putin rejects accusations

Clinton Watts testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing convened to determine whether Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian operatives to interfere in the November elections. "Part of the reason active measures have worked in this us election is because the commander in chief has used Russian active measures at times against his opponents".

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Trump's approach to intel agencies shows anxiety, distrust

Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat, said in a statement . Nunes said he had not seen any evidence to support Trump's claim, explaining the president's communications may have been incidentally gathered when U.S.

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Question Of The Week: Kill The House Investigation Into Russia-Trump Campaign?

Twice he said that Nunes believed the information was relevant to the House Intelligence Committee investigation, the scope of which extends from the hacking of Democratic Party members-attributed by US intelligence agencies to Russia-to possible coordination past year between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials.

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Trump Doubles Down On House Freedom Caucus For Opposing Obamacare Repeal

So far, he has tried to follow through on them with big, bold. executive orders. Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican who served in the House from 2011-2014, said his former colleagues needed to quit arguing and come to a consensus "sooner rather than later".

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Texan Ted Poe quits Freedom Caucus over health care bill

In a Sunday morning tweet , the president appeared to shift culpability to the House Freedom Caucus , a conservative group of GOP lawmakers who were key to depriving Trump and his camp of the votes needed for passage. "I'm continuing to work with Republicans to see if we can come to some agreement", said Sen. But that was nothing compared to what was coming to the Republicans in congress when Speaker Ryan had to tell them that they were moving on from healthcare.


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