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Manchin, Heitkamp Announce Support For Gorsuch Nomination

Democrats fear that if Republicans do remove the filibuster, Trump could have the opportunity to appoint a second nominee to the Supreme Court during his presidency, regardless of Democratic opposition. Manchin also suggested Gorsuch would be a balanced and non-partisan Supreme Court justice: "Throughout Judge Gorsuch's career, he has come to his legal rulings objectively, through the letter of the law rather than through his own opinion".

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NCAA Tournament: UNC locker room celebration after win over Oregon

OR guard Dylan Ennis reacts at the end of a semifinal against North Carolina in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Tar Heels' focus, for almost a year, has been to return that stage - the bright lights of the final Monday night of the season. "I just didn't want to lose another game off a winning shot", said Joel Berry II, whose second missed FT got scooped up by Meeks.

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As schism grows, Trump attacks fellow Republicans

Comparing 2016 election results for 10 known members with data for how Trump fared in those same districts compiled from electiondata by Daily Kos found a pattern of Trump underperforming against the House members he's targeting. House Speaker Paul Ryan insists Republicans will make another effort on repealing and replacing Obamacare at some point. "I think there continues to be some promising signs in that".

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ACC votes to reconsider North Carolina for hosting future championships

North Carolina lawmakers yesterday flushed a controversial "bathroom bill," eliciting cheers from some, and jeers from others. "But they have passed a bill now, and it'll be a great opportunity for our (board of directors) to sit and debate and discuss it".

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Obama admin official after Spicer comments

The president has uncovered such "insidious" things during the first part of his administration that there are "people, incredibly bad, intentioned people who are left over from the Obama administration who are trying to do damage to him for political purposes, incredibly irresponsible things to be done".

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Proposal to repeal North Carolina's 'bathroom bill' fails

Pro-HB2 forces have had a champion in Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who this week wrote Republican legislators urging them not to succumb to a "new form of economic and corporate extortion" by the NCAA that others could use in the future against them on different legislative issues.

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Storms Likely Tonight; Gone Friday

Current weather radar mosaic... There's a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms late in the afternoon. Rain will start in areas east of I-55 by 8 p.m. Winds could gust as high as 30 miles per hour Thursday. Forecasters originally said the state saw a moderate risk for hail, damaging winds and the possibility of tornadoes.

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Man Charged With Arson in Atlanta Highway Fire

Witnesses say troopers were telling cars to turn around on the bridge because they were concerned about its integrity. A major question hovered in the hours after a fire caused Thursday's collapse of a section of Interstate 85 in Atlanta: What caused the flames? Atlanta has the 12th worst congestion among USA cities and is 104th internationally, according to the annual traffic index released by Global Positioning System maker TomTom.

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Head of U.S. intelligence inquiry refuses to step aside

When - or whether - Yates actually does appear is another matter. Another key person is Paul Manafort, who spent years working for Moscow-backed Ukraine leader Viktor Yanukovych before becoming Trump's campaign chief. Schiff and a few key Republicans, including Arizona Sen. "His actions look like those of someone who is interested in protecting the president and his party", Schumer said.

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The 12 active National Basketball Association players who are Hall of Fame locks

Lobo is joined in the class by seven-time National Basketball Association all-star Tracy McGrady , Kansas men's head coach Bill Self , Notre Dame women's head caoch Muffet McGraw , Texas high school coach Robert Hughes , former Chicago Bulls executive Jerry Krause, two-time ABA champion George McGinnis , five-time Greek league MVP Nikos Galis , Harlem Globetrotter members Zack Clayton and Mannie Jackson and former NCAA Vice President Tom Jernstedt .

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Ivanka Trump Is Moving...Into Her Very Own West Wing Office

This is bananas. Although Donald Trump's daughter isn't a government employee, the 35-year-old will be given top security clearance and a government-issued communications device. Friday, she participated in a meeting on vocational training with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel . Trump's attorney told Politico that she will not have an official title and will not receive a salary.

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UConn women's 111-game win streak busted, MSU to NCAA title game

The UCLA men's team, led by coach John Wooden, won 88 straight games from 1970-74. My teammates are just so happy and proud of me. "For never even once letting me complain about my height (I'm 5′ 5") or telling me I needed to be taller to play Division I basketball, even though it was something I kept hearing from college recruiters.

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ACC to consider North Carolina for title events after HB2 repeal

The move came two days after the National College Association of Athletes (NCAA)'s announced it would pull all championship events from North Carolina over issues surrounding the bill. "I believe with all my heart that this is the right thing to do", the governor said after signing the bill. The NCAA was willing to shut the state out for the next five years if there was a lack of action.

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Michael Bloomberg Says Climate Progress Will Happen 'With or Without Trump'

The intent is clear: to reduce federal environmental regulations that are hastening the demise of coal-burning power plants across the U.S. The impact is cloudier: the rule's review by the U.S. The response to Trump's order was swift and scathing from climate scientists and conservationists and jubilant from Trump supporters. Bruce Stevens, president of the Indiana Coal Council, released this statement today following President Trump's executive action regarding the Clean Power Plan.

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Meanwhile, Jared and Ivanka Continue to Line Their Pockets

The financial disclosure forms, which are required by law of certain White House aides and list income and assets in broad categories only, come as the White House released the holdings of about 180 administration employees Friday night. Instead, they divested from some assets but will continue to benefit from real estate investments. Kellyanne Conway disclosed in her filings that she made over $800,000 previous year from her consulting firm.

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Missouri Sen. McCaskill says she will oppose Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall urged swift confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court in a letter to the full Senate. McCaskill acknowledged that it was "a really hard decision for me". "Regardless of which party is in the White House, the U.S. Supreme Court should be above politics ", wrote Senator Heitkamp in a statement.

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To Some, North Carolina's 'Bathroom Bill' Repeal Isn't A Repeal At All

Or tell lawmakers the repeal bill isn't good enough? House Bill 2 is a law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. And the National Basketball Association relocated its All-Star game from Charlotte. The ACC moved its championship games out of state, and Duke and SC were forced to play an NCAA tournament game in Greenville, S.C., instead of Greensboro, N.C., this year.

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Abbas says Trump 'serious' about Israeli-Palestinian peace

DEAD SEA, Jordan Lebanese President Michel Aoun tripped and fell face down as Arab heads of state gathered at the start of their summit at the Dead Sea in Jordan on Wednesday, television footage showed. They also expressed their support of a two-state solution and condemned "unilateral steps" allegedly taken by Israel. At the summit, Jordanian Foreign Minister Safadi said the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a root cause of many Middle East conflicts.

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Trump aide urges defeat of MI member of Freedom Caucus

A top aide to President Donald Trump is urging the primary defeat of a conservative House member from MI. Before this tweet, the four-term congressman originally replied: 'Trump admin & Establishment have merged into #Trumpstablishment .

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Supreme Court showdown looms with far-reaching consequences

When Trump won the election, Garland's nomination was dead. Most are up for re-election, but a majority of that group is considered fairly safe in their respective states. With the battle over Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination set to take center stage in Washington D.C., rallies have been held across the country that urged democrats to take action.

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Trump's White House staff are worth how much?!

Ivanka Trump and Kushner - both of whom serve as senior advisers to the president - held onto real estate and business investments valued at between $240 million and $741 million (225 million euros and 695 million euros). Richard Painter, who was an ethics czar in President George W. Bush's administration, tweeted late Friday that in light of the financial disclosures, the couple will have to "recuse [themselves] from matters affecting real estate and their lenders".

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There's no reason to deny Neil Gorsuch

His comments came after Gorsuch completed about 20 hours of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill this week. The senator asked about an email Gorsuch sent while working at the Justice Department in which he criticized lawyers at big firms who were representing Guantanamo detainees.

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Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka gets White House office

Donald Trump's daughter has set up an office in the West Wing, will be given government communication devices and be handed classified security clearance, according to her attorney. Gorelick noted the office also made clear that the President could consult family members as private citizens, arguing this is what Ivanka Trump will be doing.

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Tester Undecided On Supreme Court Nomination Vote

So the Republicans have no choice but to proceed with the Harry Reid option and confirm Gorsuch, and any future Trump nominees, on a majority vote. While even Democrat stalwarts like Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) have praised Gorsuch , Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has vowed to filibuster his nomination.

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The Freedom Caucus blew its chance to govern

The intraparty dispute came in the wake of last Friday's collapse of health care legislation in the House, a GOP humiliation at the climactic moment of seven years of promises to get rid of former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

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Rain chances continue into Sunday

Temperatures drop to the lower 60s afterwards and by Friday , rain chances are gone. A cold front may spark a line of showers and storms during the evening hours. Conditions dry out Tuesday night into Wednesday . Sunny skies continue for Sunday afternoon as well. There's also the chance for some strong storms, but the greatest severe threat looks to stay just to our south.

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College league ends North Carolina boycott after bathroom law revoked

NCAA officials, who moved several championships out of North Carolina a year ago and threatened to blackball the state as an event host as long as House Bill 2 remained on the books, said they would decide next week whether the state had returned to its good graces .

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Ivanka Trump and husband 'still benefiting' from $314 million business empire

Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, disclosed assets between $13 million and $56 million, including his influential political consultancy, Bannon Strategic Advisors Inc., worth as much as $25 million. Richard Painter, who was an ethics czar in President George W. Bush's administration, tweeted late Friday that in light of the financial disclosures, the couple will have to "recuse [themselves] from matters affecting real estate and their lenders".

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Names of 13 Church Members Killed in Texas Bus Crash Released

Jody Kuchler told The Associated Press he was behind the truck and had seen it moving erratically prior to the Wednesday collision on a two-lane road about 75 miles west of San Antonio, near the town of Concan. NTSB investigators are looking to interview both Harris and Young when they are well enough to speak with authorities, Morrison said. Turtle Top's website features shuttle buses with capacities ranging from 17 to 51 passengers, which they bill as "a great alternative to the standard ...

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UNC downs Oregon, to meet Gonzaga in NCAA men's basketball championship

North Carolina missed four straight free throws at the end of the game but got offensive rebounds in both cases to emerge victorious. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey). For 362 days now, North Carolina has been driven by the memory of the end of last season, of walking off of a confetti-covered court while another team boisterously celebrated one of the most dramatic national championship victories in college basketball history.

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President Trump Calls Out Freedom Caucus Ahead Of Dramatic Health Care Vote

White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee said she predicted further discussion regarding the bill on Thursday and a vote on Friday. But opposition to the legislation runs deep on the right and the modest changes agreed to might not be enough to swing a majority of Republicans in the bill's favor.

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Bill detailing how N Carolina must save for emergencies OK'd

In September, the ACC pulled 10 neutral-site championships for the 2016-17 season due to the law, including moving the football championship game from Charlotte to Orlando. "And the question the board will be debating (is) if you remove two or three of them, is that enough relative to other states?" The state earlier this week voted to repeal the HB2 bathroom law - but has also banned local authorities from outlawing LGBT discrimination.

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Minority Whip Dick Durbin Says Gorsuch Lacks Democratic Votes for SCOTUS Confirmation

Nevertheless, Politico reports that a small group of Democrats want to strike a deal to confirm Gorsuch "in exchange for a commitment from Republicans not to kill the filibuster for a subsequent vacancy during President Donald Trump's term".

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Dem Sen. McCaskill: I Will Oppose Gorsuch, Support Filibuster

McCaskill's statement on Friday stressed Gorsuch's opinions show he "always puts the little guy under the boot of corporations". McCaskill is up for reelection in 2018 and Donald Trump carried her home state by 19 points last fall, so she is one of the Democrats who appeared most likely to defect to his side, on cloture at least.

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Undercover Videos of Fetal Tissue Talks Spur Felony Charges

Two anti-abortion rights activists who covertly recorded themselves discussing fetal tissue with Planned Parenthood staff are facing felony charges in California, for allegedly violating state law by filming people without their permission.


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