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Senate Republican leader starts clock ticking to showdown on Gorsuch

Merkley was one of the first opponents of President Donald Trump's nominee, citing Republicans' 2016 blockade of former President Barack Obama's pick. Collins said Gorsuch deserves to be on the high court and that she's "committed" to making sure he gets confirmed. Lawmakers voted 55-44 on Tuesday on a motion to proceed to debate.

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Teen accepted into all 8 Ivy League schools

She also applied to Stanford, another top-tier school. "I was shaking, I was like, "Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, ' like this might be eight out of eight and I clicked it and it said 'Congratulations" and I was like, 'Oh my goodness.'" Ifeoma told WABC-TV.

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Ryan confirms talks underway on health care bill

Conversations are quite fluid. Those discussions might end in another bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, or they could fizzle out without any proposal. In the meantime, caucus chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., called Monday's session a "good meeting". Speaking to reporters Tuesday, the Wisconsin Republican said there are ongoing talks that are "at the concept stage right now".

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Britain urges Russia and China to back UN action in Syria

Syria's Foreign Ministry said Damascus is committed to its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention it joined in 2013, denying its military has used such agents in Tuesday's attack. "We have seen more than 40 strikes since 06h30", it said. The Edlib Media Centre, a pro-opposition group, posted images that were widely shared on social media, showing people being treated by medics and what appeared to be dead people, many of them children.

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Obama adviser Susan Rice denies targeting Trump team

Sciff also said the incidental collection of intelligence that sometimes includes conversations with United States citizens is "unavoidable" and "lawful". "The effort to ask for the identity of an American citizen is necessary to understand the importance of an intelligence report, in some instances", Rice told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell .

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McConnell starts clock on Neil Gorsuch nuclear showdown

During his 10 minutes on the floor, Senator Sanders outlined the many benchmarks by which he judged Gorsuch, viewing the uber conservative judge through a progressive lens. He said both sides have spiraled into attacks, and suggested the filibuster was acceptable retaliation for the GOP's treatment of Mr. Obama's nominee previous year, Judge Merrick Garland, whom Republicans denied a hearing, much less a vote.

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Susan Rice asked that names of Trump transition officials be 'unmasked'

And it's not some obscure low-level spy, but Barack Obama's chief adviser on all matters relating to national security. "This is not anything political as has been alleged", Rice said . "If I saw an intelligence report that looked potentially significant", she explained , "I can make that request", to " unmask " names of US citizens.

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McCaskill, a key vote, will oppose Gorsuch and join Democratic filibuster

Two Democratic senators announced on Thursday that they will support Gorsuch, report Politico , Raw Story and the New York Times . "I think that the justices themselves will do everything they can to let all of that end, at the interest of the court, and they will treat him the same as if he were confirmed unanimously", said John Elwood, a partner at Vinson & Elkins in Washington , who closely follows the Supreme Court.

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Rep. Devin Nunes: Paul Manafort Volunteers to Speak to House Intel Committee

Let's start with Nunes. "We thank Mr. Manafort for volunteering and encourage others with knowledge of these issues to voluntarily interview with the committee". Later in the day, Nunes was flayed by House Intelligence Committee members for not sharing the information with them, with Democrats calling for him to recuse himself for acting like a "surrogate for the White House".

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream

Vivian Branch, widow of jazz saxophonist Ben Branch, said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asked her husband to play "Precious Lord" and to play it real pretty. "He made it clear that America would never be the great nation and could not keep faith with the Constitution itself.so it was a call for radical revisioning and restructuring of the whole system in the United States of America".

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White House calls for domestic cuts to finance Mexico border wall

Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told reporters Tuesday . "I would suspect the border wall is in the supplemental", Blunt said. "The administration is asking the American taxpayer to cover the cost of a wall - unneeded, ineffective, absurdly expensive - that Mexico was supposed to pay for, and he is cutting programs vital to the middle class to get that done", said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of NY.

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Both Sides Digging In as Gorsuch Confirmation's Up in the Air

After hours of debate Monday, the Judiciary Committee voted 11-9, along party lines, to send Gorsuch's nomination to the full Senate, where McConnell, R-Ky., has vowed he will be confirmed on Friday. Let me tell you what's going to happen. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said: "What the majority leader did to Merrick Garland by denying him a hearing and a vote is even worse than a filibuster".

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Pro-Russia lawmaker to meet with Trump

Susan Rice, former President Obama's national security adviser, appeared Tuesday on MSNBC to respond to reports that she requested on several occasions the identities of "masked" US persons in intelligence reports linked to President Trump's transition and campaign.

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Embattled White House social media director Scavino crazy-tweets AP reporter

This has of course led to even more in-fighting for the GOP, and threatens to undermine what potential strength and solidarity Trump's GOP could have had. Amash, a West Michigan Republican, responded to Trump on social media, saying it didn't take long for the president to join the establishment he'd vowed to drain when he was on the campaign trail.

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Late run lifts North Carolina to NCAA title

Williams said he was hoping things would change Monday night, and they did. This marks UNC head coach Roy Williams third national title, adding to championships at UNC in 2005 and 2009. "My teammates said just keep on pushing". While some NCAA Men's Basketball title contests feature two teams in an excellent display of basketball, this one didn't.

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Montana Legal Experts Warn that Gorsuch will Back Dark Money

Schumer pointed to the treatment a year ago of Merrick Garland, Obama's Supreme Court nominee, who never got a hearing as McConnell led a Republican blockade. "I think the right approach is to understand that judges are principled people but politics is what decides which one of them gets on the Supreme Court", Johnstone said.

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Severe weather expected Wednesday in Alabama and Georgia

The risk of flash flooding is low since the storms are expected to move through the area quickly. Showers and strong/severe storms will develop Wednesday with highs in the mid-70s. The WALB First Alert Weather Team has declared a First Alert Weather Day for Wednesday. The threat of severe weather Tuesday into Wednesday comes after two twisters left behind damage in Madisonville and Covington.

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Republicans still negotiating to replace Obamacare

The White House is disputing allegations by former government lawyers that a tweet by a top Trump aide violated a federal law against government employees engaging in political activity. "The biggest change was putting the essential health benefits back in", said Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., a leading moderate and Trump loyalist. Main provisions of the shelved legislation included: eliminating the mandate that most individuals have health insurance and putting in its place a new system ...

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State Budget Talks Bog Down

But Cuomo says there's no final agreement. Negotiations bogged down over education spending and a juvenile justice reform sought by Democrats that would raise the age of criminal responsibility so 16- and 17-year-old offenders aren't prosecuted as adults.

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United States lawmakers vote to roll back internet privacy rules

And consumer advocates worry that the companies will be an enticing target for hackers. "Most notably, the rules would have required explicit consent from consumers if sensitive data - like financial or health information, or browsing history - were to be shared or sold ".

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Louisiana on 'high alert' after tornado kills 3-year-old girl, mother

The storm front could dump up to an inch (2.5 cm) of rain as far north as New England as it rumbles through the Carolinas and the Middle Atlantic states later on Monday with high winds and thunderstorms, National Weather Service meteorologist Bruce Sullivan said.

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Senate debate on Gorsuch is under way

Democrats have secured the 41 votes to block Gorsuch with a filibuster after Delaware Sen. "If Judge Gorsuch is unacceptable to our Democratic colleagues, there will never be a nominee by this president that you will find acceptable". McConnell said on the Senate floor. Gorsuch clearly is a qualified, apolitical candidate for the high court. Garland was President Obama's pick to fill the seat now set to be taken by Gorsuch but Republicans refused to give him a hearing.

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Syria chemical attack perpetrators must be held to account:UK

The Syrian Coalition, an opposition group based outside the country, said government planes carried out the airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun, south of the city of Idlib, the provincial capital. United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is calling for the perpetrators of a suspected chemical attack in a northern province to be held accountable for the "horrific" attack.

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OHIO AMBER ALERT: 'Armed and dangerous' man takes two kids, police say

The incident took place in Willoughby Hills in Lake County, Ohio. An Amber Alert was issued more than three hours after 3-year-old little girl, Ravin Briscoe, and her brother, 5-year-old Gavin Traylor were taken. He is 3 feet tall and weighs around 35 pounds. The vehicle involved is a dark blue 2013 Hyundai Sonata with OH plate number GWS5908. Police say Davis should be considered armed and risky.

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Obamacare Replacement Vote Moved Amid Lack of Support for GOP Leadership's Plan

In a huge setback for the White House and House Republicans, a vote on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare has been canceled altogether. "If the bill remains the same, I remain opposed to it and can not vote for it", Rep. He later tweeted an apology: "I deeply regret my comments on a very important topic". White House press secretary Sean Spicer said later: "Mark Meadows is a longtime, early supporter of the president".

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Stormy weather back in forecast for Southern Plains

A toddler and her mother were killed in Louisiana overnight when their mobile home was demolished by a tornado, part of a unsafe weather system that slammed the U.S. until 9 p.m. Wednesday, but the strongest chances for strong tornadoes will come in the early morning hours and then the mid-afternoon to evening hours when heating is most intense.

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Timothy Caughman Stabbed To Death: 5 Things About The Innocent NYC Man

James Jackson , 28, rode a bus from Baltimore to New York Friday with the sole objective of stalking and killing black men for a statement-making media spectacle, police said . Jackson turned himself in to the police on Wednesday. Investigators say Jackson initially was following and targeting a different black male but was scared off for an unknown reason.

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US sanctuary cities weigh response to Trump's threat to curb funding

We have a very safe community in Travis County. Despite the Trump administration's threats, the city hasn't lost federal grant money yet. Seattle is asking a federal court to declare that it's not breaking the law by refusing to join the Trump administration's effort to strictly enforce federal immigration laws.

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5-Year-Old Boy Shot in Roxbury

A 5-year-old was shot in the back Boston Sunday evening, and now officers are looking for two shooters. The boy was transferred to the ambulance and rushed to the Boston Medical Center, where police said he is being treated for a non-life threatening wound to the lower back.

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Subway stations reopen in St. Petersburg after new bomb threat

Meanwhile, Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said the death toll had risen from 11 to 14 after three people died in hospital. "First, I was really scared", said Viktoria Prishchepova, one who did take the subway. And Moscow's military involvement in Syria, which included heavy aerial bombardments of areas controlled by forces rebelling against that country's president, Bashar al-Assad, has also made Russian Federation a target of the Islamic State.

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Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice Behind Unmasking of Trump Team

According to the story, White House lawyers learned in March that Rice had requested the identities of US residents whose names were collected during investigations of others. The relevant intelligence reports pertained largely to conversations between foreign leaders regarding the Trump administration's transition, though some of those conversations involved members of Trump's team.

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Woman dies in Mississippi storm during 911 call

Martin Parish Sheriff's Office said there were two deaths in the city of Breaux Bridge at about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday after a tornado flipped over a trailer and caused damage. Officials say severe weather has killed two people in MS, including a woman who was desperately directing rescuers to her submerged auto when she died.

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Tesla Just Became America's Most Valuable Car Company

Tesla is now the second-largest vehicle company in the USA by market value, after its stock ended trading an impressive seven per cent up in NY yesterday. At its low, GM fell 4.4 per cent, but maintained a market capitalization above $50.9 billion. Musk responded with "stormy weather in Shortville", a likely dig at those who suggested short-selling the company's stock in anticipation of a decline.

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Louisiana Mother And Her 3-Year-Old Daughter Are Killed In Tornado

Earlier, in Florence, Mississippi, 52-year-old Jacqueline Williams was on the phone Monday morning with 911, trying to direct rescuers after her vehicle went off the road into a creek, Rankin County Coroner David Ruth said. "Heavy rain can also be expected, with flooding possible". A Texas state trooper reported seeing a suspected tornado touch down early Sunday morning near Center Point, Texas, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of San Antonio, Texas.

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Packers claim former Bears DT Ferguson

The team also shifted defenses from a 4-3 when Ferguson was drafted to a 3-4 under coordinator Vic Fangio and the limited time on the field couldn't have helped his chances of showing he was worth keeping around for a fourth season. This while he had already been ruled out with a knee injury. Ferguson, once a second round pick by the Bears, had been plagued by injuries in his first two seasons in the Windy City.


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