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First months of Trump, GOP Congress produce few victories

A recent Gallup poll found that, for the first time since 2012, a majority of Americans (55 percent) support the Affordable Care Act. The health care of the American people is too important an issue to continue engaging in endless wrangling to gain partisan advantage.

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Gorsuch confirmed as Supreme Court justice after controversial 'nuclear' rule change

The Senate is expected to confirm the appellate court judge on Friday. In fact, I believe Judge Gorsuch should have been confirmed without the Republicans having to take the "nuclear option ". The conservative appellate judge from Colorado will ascend to the nation's highest court, filling the seat left vacant for more than a year since the death of Antonin Scalia.

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US Strike Designed to Deter Assad Regime's Use of Chemical Weapons

Standing firm, the Trump administration signaled new sanctions would soon follow the missile attack, and the Pentagon was even probing whether Russian Federation itself was involved in the chemical weapons assault that compelled President Donald Trump to action.

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Alabama Governor Halts Impeachment, Not Disparaging Report

Another Bentley appointee, Judge Greg Griffin, took the case and granted the request of Bentley lawyers to stop the process. The Associated Press reported early Saturday that Bentley's attorneys stopped next week's scheduled impeachment hearings from occurring.

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Boris Johnson calls off Moscow visit over Syria

Two US military officials who briefed reporters Friday about the US strike on al-Shayrat air base said that they believe the Syrian military attack happened around 6:50 am local time in Khan Shaykhun when an ordnance landed in the middle of a road, allowing sarin nerve agent to spread through the village.

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Jeff Sessions Slams Deal to Monitor Baltimore Police

The Trump administration has promised to provide police with the weapons they need to do their jobs, and Mr. Sessions has indicated that the federal government should not be in the business of providing oversight for local law enforcement. Sessions on Monday instructed DOJ officials to review the agency's consent decrees with all police forces nationwide, including Baltimore's. "With Judge Bredar's signature on the Baltimore police consent decree, the City of Baltimore will continue to move ...

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Judge approves plan to reform Baltimore police

A US district court judge finalized a proposed consent decree between the USA government and the city of Baltimore Friday morning and rejected the Justice Department's requests to delay the order so it could further review the agreement. The Department of Justice questioned whether Obama's police reforms in Baltimore would actually help the city during a public hearing Thursday. Sessions emphasized that Baltimore is facing "a violent crime crisis".

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Here's how much U.S. missile attack in Syria cost

Russia's Ministry of Defense announced that the United States missile strike against the Syrian army had been ineffective. "The U.S. took a very measured step last night", Haley said. Fifty-nine Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from USA warships in the east Mediterranean Sea late Thursday into the al-Shayrat airfield in west Syria , where American officials believe Tuesday's chemical attack originated.

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Seattle mayor: Sex abuse allegations 'untrue'

Back when former Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott retired and some wondered if Murray would run for the seat, I asked Murray if he was considering it and he laughed. Simpson came forward with the charges in 1984, but after talking to a social worker and police officer, no charges resulted. Any other police and child welfare records would have been destroyed by now, officials said.

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US, China to peacefully resolve N Korean nuclear threat

Trump advisers said the goal, at least from the US side, was to increase American exports to China. For his part, Xi was expected to seek assurances that Trump will not interfere in the territorial dispute over the South China Sea or question the "One China" policy by reaching out to Taiwan's leader again, as Trump did during the transition.

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President Trump lauds 'outstanding' relationship with Chinese leader Xi Jinping

Xi, said Mr. Trump. The missile strikes on Syria bring more weight to that statement. As the two leaders wrapped up a Florida summit overshadowed by United States missile strikes in Syria overnight, Xi joined Trump in stressing the positive mood of the meetings and at the same time papering over deep differences that have caused friction between the world's two biggest economies.

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Clinton chides Trump on Syrian refugee ban after airstrikes

Also: her favorite Trump GIF . She said: "I really believe that we should have and still should take out his air fields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them". The 69-year-old is now slowly emerging from post-election seclusion to make speeches, promote young people and to encourage more women to get involved in politics.

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Sanctuary Cities Get Another Funding Warning From the White House

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' statements Monday that local jurisdictions may have Department of Justice funds pulled if they fail to cooperate with federal authorities in enforcing immigration policy may have been the straw that broke the camel's back, though Murray has voiced Seattle's defiance since the order was issued.

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Head of Police Board Says Consent Decree Now 'Unlikely'

Department of Justice and Baltimore City, even as the Justice Department sought to delay its implementation. New mayor Catherine Pugh campaigned around the idea, as did almost every other major candidate, and new police commissioner Kevin Davis is a reform supporter as well.

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Trump objections don't stop overhaul of Baltimore police

The agreement - which followed riots in the East Coast city after the 2015 death in police custody of 25-year-old Freddie Gray - forces the police to respect the rights of citizens, end harsh patrol tactics in black neighborhoods and use body cameras.

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The Drama in the Senate Over the Filibuster Is Mostly Fake

Many Republicans bemoaned the rule change but blamed Democrats for pushing them to it. Instead McConnell kept Scalia's seat open, a calculation that is now paying off hugely for Republicans and Trump, who will be able to claim the biggest victory of his presidency to date if Gorsuch is confirmed as expected.

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16 injured, 1 killed during Cincinnati nightclub shooting

It's up to the state Ohio Liquor Commission to determine whether the violations should stand and if punishment is warranted. No club security footage of the shooting has emerged. Police believe multiple shooters were involved, and they estimate more than 20 shots were fired. Elsewhere in the United States, a gunman opened fire Saturday on a double-decker bus on the Las Vegas Strip, killing one person and wounding another.

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Pedophile Reportedly Told His Victim, 'Your Mommy Can't Save You Now'

Thompson, an HVAC maintenance worker living in Burtonsville, Maryland, according to WUSA in Washington, D.C. Kyle Thompson, 31, would befriend women so he could have sex with their children, Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant special agent in charge Scott Hinckley said.

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Bridgegate verdict: Baroni and Kelly get sentenced for 2013 scandal

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the panel's co-chairman, said he takes "no pleasure" in the sentencing. Kelly was tearful in court, but set a decidedly more resolute tone outside of court, minutes after learning she is on course to spend a year and a half in prison.

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Hoffman faltering, Garcia surging in 2nd round at Masters

Playing in his 71st consecutive major - the longest streak of any active player, one that dates to his teenage years at the 1999 Open - Garcia infamously lamented his inability to win here five years ago. "I thought (the approach on 18) was ideal", McIlroy said. "They didn't come [Thursday], which was great". His double bogey on 17 Friday pretty much did Immelman in from having any chance at getting to make the cut.

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North Carolina finds redemption, beats Gonzaga to win National Title

The tiny Jesuit school from Spokane proved all the doubters wrong over the past three weeks, advancing to its first Final Four and coming within two minutes of downing a college hoops blueblood for the national championship. "I just can't believe it right now actually ". Williams-Goss tried to lead the Zags back despite spraining his right ankle late in the game, but couldn't get the lift he needed to get off a shot with 16 second left.

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Neil Gorsuch Narrowly Confirmed To Supreme Court

There is no reasonable justification for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's failure previous year to hold a hearing on President Barack Obama's nomination of the moderate and highly qualified Judge Merrick Garland to that seat. The GOP leadership effectively changed Senate rules so that from now on supreme court nominees no longer have to win 60 votes but can be confirmed by a 51-vote simple majority.

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San Diego protesters oppose attack on Syria

The fact that Syria apparently didn't is an embarrassment for the Kremlin. Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an immediate meeting of the UN Security Council and his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, called the USA missile strikes "violations of the norms of global law, and under a far-fetched pretext".

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Trump administration backs away from Baltimore police reform

Pushing back the hearing at the last minute would be a " burden and inconvenience to the court, other parties, and most importantly, the public ", the judge said . At the time, police commissioner Kevin Davis said officers would benefit tremendously from the agreement. A binding agreement with the court, he said, would ensure that crucial reforms to the department, such as technology updates , increased resources and expanded training, can be implemented quickly and efficiently.

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ISIS leader Baghdadi close to being 'captured or killed'

Military officials announced on Monday that the USA would send more than 200 soldiers to assist in the fight. But the U.S. military has also repeatedly denounced what they call the extremists' use of civilians as human shields - and now accuses them of trying to provoke the coalition into making deadly blunders.

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Received report on Indian shot dead in US: Sushma

The Indian consulate in San Francisco is in touch with Jaryal's family and is additionally following up with the local police. He was working at the gas station of a family friend. The Minister said that their department is coordinating with the investigation agencies. Police have released the name of the man killed in the Thursday morning robbery of a downtown convenience store.

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Senate Confirms Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

McConnell said Gorsuch, who also worked in the Justice Department under Republican former President George W. Bush and is the son of the first woman to head the Environmental Protection Agency, has "sterling credentials, an excellent record and an ideal judicial temperament".

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Voices: The same old fight over health care

The failure last month to dismantle Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, was Trump's first major legislative setback. It showed that 3 in 4 Americans want the Trump administration to make the law work. But some House Freedom Caucus members, representing the most conservative Republicans in Congress, were already criticizing the revamped healthcare outline.

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USA missile strike on Syria: Donald Trump's speech in full

The United States is not at war with Syria - at least not yet. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Assad's use of chemical weapons "cannot go unanswered" and that "the Syrian regime bears the full responsibility for" the USA strikes.

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Trump regime indefinitely delays implementing the fiduciary rule protecting investors

The original proposal called for a 60-day delay of the fiduciary rule to give the department time to collect and consider information related to issues raised in President Donald Trump's memorandum . The DOL noted that of the 193,000 comments, 15,000 supported a delay and 178,000 opposed any delay. In a change from the original proposed delay, the department also will push back additional requirements until January 1, 2018.

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Fowler rides fast start to soar into Masters contention

And the player considered one of the best to have not won a major finished the day tied for the lead at 4 under after 3-under 69. He has had two runner-up finishes in six top-10s from 28 majors he's contested. Just like holding a share of the Masters lead won't dominate his night. I knew I wasn't 1-under. McIlroy, who has three consecutive top-10 finishes in Georgia, is seeking a first Masters title following victories at the US Open and the Open Championship and two US PGA Championship ...

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Citing no evidence, Trump tells newspaper Obama aide committed crime

When Nikki Haley came before my committee and I voted for her, I asked her that question. "Where is he getting these ideas?" Even so, Warner said, the Trump White House has fallen into a pattern of responding to criticism or inconvenient news with sometimes extreme countercharges.

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Made tremendous progress in ties with China

Tillerson said Trump had accepted Xi's invitation to visit China and that they also agreed to upgrade a U.S. The most powerful message for the Chinese leader may have been Trump's decision to launch US missile strikes at Syria. After the summit at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, Tillerson told reporters that Trump and Xi came to an agreement on North Korea.

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West Virginia lawmakers vote to add addiction treatment beds

With the legislative countdown clock clicking down to its final hours tonight, West Virginia House and Senate leadership was negotiating Friday evening in hopes of coming up with a compromise between the House's $4.24 billion budget bill and the Senate's no-tax $4.102 billion option that makes major cuts to higher education, public education and health programs.

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Closing arguments set in ex-NFL star's double murder trial

Defense attorney Jose Baez holds a placard while presenting closing arguments in the trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, at Suffolk Superior Court, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Boston. The wild defense theory, heard by jurors for the first time yesterday after 24 days of testimony and evidence, will likely figure in the defense's closing argument for Hernandez's acquittal this morning.


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