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No positive shift yet on Russia-US ties

Last week, the US responded to a chemical attack on civilians by Assad forces by launching missiles against a regime air base thought to have been used in the attack, which killed at least 100 civilians. "We've met over the horror, hoping Assad has reached his depths, and yet every time, he's plunged to new lows", he said. Russian Federation also accused the United States of firing 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the base to divert attention from Iraq, where a March airstrike by the USA -led ...

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Paul Manafort registering with USA as foreign agent

Manafort's maneuvers came on the same day he resigned as Trump's campaign manager due to reports about his connections to the Russian-connected former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Manafort's spokesperson, in a statement to the AP, claims that Manafort was going to register before the 2016 election, but is now "taking appropriate steps" as a result of "formal guidance" from the US government regarding the matter.

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Lawmakers try to keep town halls from getting out of control

Coffman represents a suburban Denver district that changed during the latest round of redistricting to become more Democratic. "I don't see you leading". Coffman held two town halls via telephone before Wednesday's in-person event. Coffman had pledged to stand up to Trump during his re-election campaign a year ago in a district won by Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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Tammy Duckworth joins effort to block Neil Gorsuch confirmation vote

Two Senate Democrats facing tough re-elections next year say they will vote for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Manchin was the last among the four senators representing West Virginia and OH to take a public stance on Gorsuch's nomination.

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Divisions remain when it comes to repealing Obamacare

It is the first time that Gallup found majority support for the law since it started asking about it in 2012. On average, almost half of the public now favors Obamacare, according to HuffPost Pollster's aggregate, with only about 42 percent opposed.

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Steve Bannon's ouster would be a blow to conservatives

Bannon took over as "CEO" of the Trump campaign in March of 2016 after Paul Manafort resigned over questions of his involvement in Russian Federation and other nations. This was President Trump's response to whether he still had confidence in Chief Bannon. Hell, the idea of President Bannon became such an overwhelmingly accepted one that we have a whole column that ranks who is really running the government, and though the top spot changes, the answer is decidedly never Donald "Useful ...

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Trump scraps tax plan

Consequently, some think Republicans should attempt a more limited tax overhaul, in hopes that it could attract some Democrat supporters. Coupling Trump's rebuilding plan with tax reform will only result in watered-down versions of each priority, conservative groups say.

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Bill O'Reilly Announces He's Going on Vacation Amid Sexual Harassment Controversy

The network's parent company, 21st Century Fox, said earlier this week that it has enlisted an outside law firm to investigate sexual harassment claims against O'Reilly, after one of the host's accusers called the corporate hotline to repeat her allegations.

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United passenger David Dao takes legal action over forceful removal

A series of videos - which have gone viral - shows several law enforcement officers gathered around Dao's seat before one officer lunges at him, and Dao lets out a loud wail. The incident that followed - in which Dr Dao is dragged from his seat by police officers obtaining injuries to his face - has made worldwide headlines.

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#roastbannon: Twitter gives Steve Bannon some rather unfortunate dopplegangers

Ground zero of the White House's hate problem is Trump. A closer look at the Trump administration and you'll see that he is keeping his children including Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner close. Bannon "is a marked man - diminished by weeks of battles with the bloc of centrists led by Trump's daughter and son-in-law and cut down by the president himself", The Washington Post said , basing its assessment on "interviews Wednesday with 21 of Trump's aides, confidants, and allies".

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AG Vows to Confront Cartels, Gangs on US-Mexico Border Visit

This is the Trump era. Sessions urged federal prosecutors to intensify their focus on immigration crimes such as illegal crossing or smuggling others into the US, even though such prosecutions are already happening on a large scale. In his Nogales speech, Sessions stressed the dangers of criminal gangs, whose members he said "turn cities and suburbs into war zones", "rape and kill innocent citizens" and profit from trafficking people across the border.

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Is Bannon in peril? Trump comments worry his populist base

And last week, Mr Trump ordered his son-in-law Jared Kushner, another top White House aide, and Mr Bannon to meet and patch up their differences. "I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors and I didn't know Steve". It's Bannon's rift with Kushner that seems to have troubled the president the most. To the extent that the internecine wars are about the direction and future of the Trump presidency, the timing could not be worse for Bannon - in the aftermath of Trump's missile ...

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Cop accused of kicking suspect involved in death last year

According to police reports, the man on the ground in the video is 26-year-old Demarko Anderson. City Council released its own statement regarding the incident, stating "these actions are contrary to how we expect Columbus Division of Police officers to conduct themselves with the community especially during intense situations".

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Trump travel ban: Hawaii judge places indefinite hold

The judge said he would deny any request by the government to put his order on hold during an appeal , so if the government wants such a postponement it must ask the Ninth Circuit Court. Watson issued a 43-page ruling about the TRO, declaring that the ban, much like the first one, is unconstitutional. Watson's written order says he won't suspend the ruling for an appeal.

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Steve Bannon Removed From the National Security Council

A senior White House official said Mr Trump withdrew his chief strategist after it was decided he was no longer needed on the key foreign policy group. A White House official also told The Atlantic much of the same story, saying Bannon's departure from the NSC had been planned from the beginning.

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Tad Cummins attempts to mislead the search for Elizabeth Thomas

The last confirmed sighting of the pair was two days later at a Walmart in Oklahoma, but investigators have been unable to catch up with them after receiving more than 1,300 tips from around the country. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has said that Tad Cummins "may have been abusing his role as a teacher to groom [the teen].in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her".

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Trump to return to Palm Beach for Easter weekend

Since taking office on January 20, 2017, Mr. Trump has reportedly been on the grounds of his golf courses 16 times since becoming President, and that's as of April 9. The President's trips to Florida have already cost taxpayers at least $24 million dollars - roughly as much as what Obama spent in eight years, the Independent reported .

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Free public college education in NY, with some strings

In 2018, the threshold increases to $110,000 annually, and $125,000 annually in 2019. It does not cover the cost of incidentals like textbooks or room and board. The scholarship will cost an estimated $163 million in the first year, according to Cuomo's office. Almost 80 percent of NY families will qualify for the program, called the Excelsior Scholarship, the governor said.

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GOP owns health care dilemma now, and voter skepticism

Also, the CBO's analysts said the overall savings for the federal government wouldn't be as large as hoped for, partly because of the medical costs of the millions of people who would lose coverage. "I know it's not directly on point, but I think it has an effect". Conservative groups are frustrated to see Republicans offering the defense. In the same interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump claimed his administration was "very, very close" on coming to an agreement with members of ...

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Kansas Democrat plans another run for Congress

The National Republican Committee invested close to $100,000 into television ads dinging Mr. Thompson, the Democrat, over his record on abortion. Trump's selections for top administration jobs and a California Democratic appointment have created five openings in the U.S.

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Russian relations 'may be at an all-time low'

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he and Trump had agreed in their talk that "NATO is a bedrock of security, both for Europe and for the United States... Allegations of collusion between Russian officials and Trump campaign associates also have weakened Trump's ability to make concessions to Russia on any issue, lest he be accused of rewarding bad behavior.

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Tight security in Egypt after deadly twin church bombings

Egyptian authorities say that the Muslim Brotherhood was also involved. (He might note that Trump said as much of Syria's Bashar al-Assad until last week). "If the Coptic Pope [Tawadros II, head of the Egyptian Christian Community] has been targeted, how can Christians feel safe?" Trump condemned the attacks via Twitter and said he has "great confidence Sisi will handle the situation properly".

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Gunfire narrowly misses 4-year-old

When she sits down in a chair, gunfire explodes, shattering the window right next to her. "Two shots pierced the glass at the head level of the girl, passing by either side of her head", a booking sheet states. Santos was arrested Tuesday. "This was subsequent to an apparent argument between at least one male suspect and the employees at the tattoo parlor".

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U.S. gets back in the Syria game

On Monday, Trump reached out to traditional North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, discussing Syria by telephone with British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Moscow has sought to deflect blame from its long-time ally Assad over the alleged chemical attack and says Syrian jets struck a rebel arms depot where "toxic substances" were being put inside bombs.

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John Geils Jr. (1946 - 2017)

Groton police found him dead at his MA home on Tuesday night. Police are investigating Geils' death, but said that their "investigation indicates that Geils died of natural causes". "Being part of the J. Geils Band was a lot of fun". They quickly followed with Freeze-Frame (1982 / #4) giving them the two biggest hits of their career.

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Ala. Gov. Bentley Agrees To Plea Deal And Resigns Amid Scandal

In a plea deal, Bentley pleaded guilty Monday to two charges - failing to file a major campaign contribution report and knowingly converting campaign contributions for personal use. Ivey is taking the reins of a state in political turmoil, and not just because of the circumstances that catapulted her into office. In the spring of 2014, Bentley sent a text message meant for Mason to his wife Dianne that said , " I love you, Rebekah ".

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Allies Rally Behind US After Syria Strikes, Kremlin Continues Condemnation

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. and China "agreed to increase cooperation and work with the worldwide community to convince the [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] to peacefully resolve the issue and abandon its illicit weapons programs".

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All passengers on United Flight 3411 to receive compensation

On Wednesday, he said United did not give its managers "the proper tools, policies, procedures" they needed to use "common sense". "We can't do that". Dao was undergoing treatment for his injuries at a Chicago hospital, according to lawyers for his family. Those documents are often the first steps toward a lawsuit.

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Streamlining the Federal Government

U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney (R) listens as U.S. President Donald Trump (L) meets with members of the Republican Study Committee at the White House in Washington, U.S. The administration met with CEO's Tuesday (April 11) to get their ideas, said Mulvaney , and the takeaway was the government should restructure according to functions, rather than according to two centuries worth of guidelines, or according to the dozen congressional appropriations committees.

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'It's been very much misreported that we failed with healthcare'

GOP leaders said Mr. Trump has got it right. In an interview in the Oval Office, Trump said the White House may lack authority to make the payments established under his predecessor to reduce copayments and deductibles for some of the poorest customers who buy insurance under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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Leveling The Equal Pay Field: Negotiating While Black

It's not just progressive states like California taking the wage gap seriously, either - North Dakota passed a bill in 2015 strengthening employer salary reporting requirements. "3 years ago, Obama introduced more protections for women in the workplace". But in some fields, including engineering and information technology, women make substantially less than men, on average, one year after graduating college.

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Cain ends drought in Giants' 6-2 win over Diamondbacks

Backup catcher Nick Hundley is expected to get most of the action while Posey is on the disabled list. Jarrett Parker added a two-run triple for San Francisco. Hitting coach Hensley Meulens, who managed the Netherlands, was also honoured during the pregame ceremony. As KRON 4 reports , coach Bruce Bochy sounded positive after the game, despite the drama of the moment and the potential for a concussion that could put the Giants' undisputed team leader out of commission for weeks, or ...

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Boston Globe Actually Finds Romney's Binders Full Of Women

The binders, weighing a combined more than 15 pounds, contain close to 200 cover letters and resumes. Romney owns a home in Park City, Utah. The failed 2012 presidential candidate famously referenced the binders during a 2012 presidential debate, only to be mocked by his rival, President Obama, and various commentators for the awkward statement.

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USA missile strike on Syria violated worldwide laws: Putin

Asked whether there are any circumstances under which Moscow could distance itself from Assad, Peskov said there are two main goals: to fight Dash and to seek the resolution of the current situation not by military but by political and diplomatic means.

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President Trump 'Carries High-Powered Rifles with His Clubs' when Playing Golf

Bradshaw and local officials, as well as members of Congress from the area, are hoping to get the federal government to reimburse local taxpayers for those expenses. Those outings lead to Pres. Trump rallying against Pres. Obama for years, criticizing him for spending his time in office on the golf course. The Coast Guard's budget is only a fraction of the government money spent toward protecting the president's estate.


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