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In business dealings, Donald Trump has ignored 'Buy American' ethos

Indian nationals are now the highest number of applicants. Many go to technology companies, which argue that the United States has a shortage of skilled technology workers. There are dissenting voices from Democrats and Republicans in Congress, who claim Trump was too late in his decision to sign off an executive order with this year's batch of visas handed out.

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Gas-tax increase to pay for road fix clears California Legislature

The state Senate voted 27-11 and the state Assembly voted 54-26 - the bare minimum two-thirds margins required for a tax increase. "This tax is aimed at the poor, the poor that don't have lobbyists to come up here and try to sway your votes".

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New 'Buy American, Hire American' Order May Do Little for Small Businesses

The executive order does not have the power to change existing legislation, but instead directs government agencies and departments to review their policies and suggest ways to use more American products and hire more American workers. "Right now, H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery and that's wrong", he added . With the order, Trump is formally calling for the secretary of commerce and the US trade representative to assess "the impacts of all USA free trade agreements" as ...

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Supreme Court denies Arkansas request to carry out execution

The ruling was the latest in a series of legal hurdles that the state has faced since it announced in February its plans to execute eight men in a 10-day span. The state's attorneys are fighting to persuade judges to allow the executions - and to make the decision quickly. The state scheduled such a compressed schedule because of the expiration of its supply of midazolam.

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Fearing attack, Christians avoid the outdoors on Easter

Whilst there are many people who think that the Christian faith and the message of Easter is increasingly irrelevant in the modern world, there are many who testify that this is not the case. Continue to share the love of family and friends, neighbours and community. enjoy the chocolate eggs which are a symbol of the empty tomb. It is celebrated on Sunday (this year Easter Sunday is today, April 16), and marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, the last day of the Easter Triduum (Holy ...

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Melania Trump reminds Donald to put hand on heart during anthem

Standing next to Melania and his eleven-year-old son Barron , President Trump forgot to lift his hand to his heart during the national anthem and only remembered when his wife nudged him to do so. With Ms Trump permanently residing in NY, the White House did not announce the event would even take place until March. Thousands of children are expected at the White House for its biggest social event of the year.

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AR Supreme Court Grants Stay of Execution for Inmate Stacey Johnson

In a statement late Wednesday, Hutchinson did not say whether the state would appeal the 4-3 decision. The company sued to stop Arkansas from using the drug in the planned lethal injections, and a hearing over that issue was underway in Little Rock on Wednesday afternoon.

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Supreme Court, with Gorsuch onboard, hears church-state case

Gorsuch, 49, succeeds one his heroes, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who famously insisted the court should decide cases based on the literal words of the law, not its goal or how it has been interpreted by lower courts. Gorsuch thanked Roberts and the other justices for their warm welcome. Members of the audience saw him sitting on the far right, next to his ideological opposite, the liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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Republican Wins Special Congressional Election in Kansas

The race to replace former Rep. Mike Pompeo, who resigned to become the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was the first big test of Democratic anger of Trump. After private polling showed Estes ahead by only a slim margin for such a reliably Republican district, the NRCC launched a late TV ad bashing Thompson and backing Estes, followed by a flurry of big-name rescue efforts: House Speaker Paul Ryan sent out a fundraising pitch for Estes, Sen.

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VERIFY: Buy American, Hire American - what does executive order actually do?

In the upcoming executive order, Trump is expected to have the Department of Homeland Security, the agency that issues the H-1B visa, to further review their conditions for awarding. The order will direct federal agencies to recommend changes to the controversial H-1B temporary visa program , which has previously attracted criticism for disadvantaging American workers by replacing them with cheaper foreign workers.

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Stephen Colbert Says Farewell to Bill O'Reilly With 'Colbert Report' Character

More than 50 advertisers pulled their ads from The O'Reilly Factor and women's rights groups called for the news anchor to be fired. For the remainder of this week, "The O'Reilly Factor" will continue with guest hosts Dana Perino on Wednesday and Thursday night and Greg Gutfeld on Friday night.

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How will the overhaul of H-1B visas affect businesses?

In case the employee is no longer employed with the employer who sponsored the visa, he/she must either change the visa type or find another employer or leave the country. "It's not going to create a single job". But Indian IT majors have contested many of these numbers and assumptions, while acknowledging that there may be a few dodgy body-shopping outfits that may have sullied the market, pointing out that more than 50 per cent of graduating STEM students in the USA are from the ...

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Donald Trump sees uptick in approval rating after Syrian airstrikes

Trump first fell to 42% eight days after taking office. Voters approve of President Donald Trump's missile strike in Syria by a factor of 2 to 1, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday. A total of 72 percent of voters are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" that US involvement in Syria could lead to armed conflict with Russian Federation.

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NFL Patriots meet Trump without Tom Brady, some teammates

Soon after that game, several prominent Patriots players - including Martellus Bennett, LeGarrette Blount, Devin McCourty, and Alan Branch - specifically said that they would not go because of President Donald Trump. Mitchell spoke about the experience of getting mentioned by the president after the Patriots' visit concluded. One of those faces included the Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady.

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Boston Marathon 2017: How Did Runners From Severna Park Do?

Army Staff Sergeant Earl Granville is receiving a ton of attention , and rightfully so, for what he did during the Boston Marathon on Monday. "We have the podium for both men and women, so the future is great". The warm temperatures that hit 79 degrees at the 20-kilometer mark in slowed the runners but the strong tailwind was a boost - especially for the wheelchair races.

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Happy Easter! Know why it is called the Resurrection Sunday

More than 50 people, young and old, celebrated Easter by crossing the tidal causeway during the annual Christian pilgrimage. Christians have been urged to emulate the example of Jesus Christ by cultivating the habit of forgiving without keeping records of the wrongs forgiven and occasionally refer to them each time a similar offence is committed.

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What to watch for next in the Georgia special election

Top Republican vote-getter Karen Handel , former Georgia secretary of state, got just 20 percent. Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate, won about 48% of the vote, while Karen Handel , his closest Republican challenger, secured roughly 20% in a more crowded GOP field.

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Arkansas suffers 2 setbacks to multiple execution plan

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Alice Gray in Little Rock has granted a temporary injunction in favor of the drug supplier McKesson Corp. All executions are now stayed while the state appeals. A judge in Pulaski County on Tuesday rejected the request for DNA testing from inmate Ledell Lee. The inmates claim in their request Wednesday that such a compressed schedule "is contrary to the evolving standards of decency".

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US soy futures post slight gains; corn, wheat flat

Wheat, corn and soybean futures closed lower on Monday amid rising estimates for US and global stockpiles. Subsoil moisture levels rated 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus. Forty-two percent of the oat crop has been planted, four days behind average, with 10 percent emerged. The June report tends to capture the soybean upside well when corn planting is slow.

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Another death row inmate's life spared in Arkansas

Arkansas officials vowed to carry out a double execution later this week after the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a setback to the state's plan to resume capital punishment for the first time in almost 12 years by refusing to lift an order sparing an inmate just minutes before his death warrant expired.

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Stafford doesn't sound as if he will give Detroit discount

The Lions returned to Allen Park this week to begin their offseason training program, and Stafford says his finger is healed and ready to go for the 2017 season. I know salary caps, all that kind of stuff, is malleable as you want it to be. "I think you just go and try and make a good decision for not only the player, but the team".

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The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS)

The firm owned 153,162 shares of the investment management company's stock after selling 1,462 shares during the period. The firm maintained strong capital ratios and liquidity. Compensation and benefits fell by a full percentage point of net revenue from the first quarter of 2016 , from 42% to 41%. The company cited a significant increase in net gains from investments in private and public equities.

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Gas tax bill heads for Wednesday showdown in Tennessee House

That plan failed to pass the House by a vote of 38-58. At the same time, there will be a drop in the tax on food. Good roads and solid infrastructure lead to economic expansion and job growth. The bill reduces the tax on groceries by one-cent. The bill cuts the sales tax on groceries, corporate taxes on manufacturers and the tax on earnings from stocks and bonds.

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Police, protesters clash ahead of Le Pen rally

With French voters in a rebellious mood and many hesitant to the end about their choices, the identities of the two candidates who will progress to a winner-takes-all May 7 runoff remains anyone's guess heading into Sunday's first-round ballot.

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Melania Trump nudges President to put hand over heart during national anthem

His wife Melania, their son Barron , 11, and the Easter Bunny joined him on a balcony overlooking the expansive lawn before they went downstairs to join some of the 21,000 people at the biggest social event of the year at the White House. Bush administration, happily took on the role of storyteller at this year's event. The gaffe came shortly after the President gave a speech beside a person dressed as the Easter Bunny, telling a crowd of children that "we will be stronger and bigger as a ...

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Arkansas Supreme Court stays one execution, state court delays another

Arkansas' store of midazolam is set to expire at the end of April, one of the reasons for the rushed schedule of executions. He was found guilty of killing a 25-year-old mother of two in 1993. McKesson Corp says it sold the drug vecuronium bromide to the Arkansas department of correction for inmate medical care, not executions. Judge Alice Gray ruled in favor of the drug distributor, McKesson Medical-Surgical Incorporated's claim that the state misled the company when the Arkansas Department ...

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Arkansas governor disappointed by court ruling

Stacey Johnson is the fourth prisoner in Arkansas to receive a reprieve from execution this month, frustrating state authorities' efforts to run a batch through capital punishment before a key drug in the lethal injections expires. Inmate Ledell Lee was also set for execution Thursday night but he also has legal challenges pending before several courts, including a similar request for more DNA tests.

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Mexican's immigration status is in dispute over deportation

Court documents note that the status of DACA recipients is terminated if the individual leaves the USA without receiving official permission, a rule known as "advance parole". But he softened his tone shortly after taking office, saying in January that Dreamers "shouldn't be too anxious". "I do have a big heart.Where you have great people that are here that have done a good job, they should be far less anxious".

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz will not run for reelection in 2018

I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins. When he was asked about the 2020 governor's race in an interview with The Atlantic last month, Chaffetz joked he would "definitely maybe" run. That's not something Chaffetz, who first declined to endorse the current president during the 2016 election, can allow to happen. The Utahn-who easily won re-election in November-has been the subject of recent controversy in his role as the head of the House Oversight Committee ...

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House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz will not run for reelection

Jon Huntsman, Jr.'s campaign manager and chief of staff for two years, and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008, where he's remained ever since. He told a local radio station later Wednesday that he hasn't ruled out a future run for political office. I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins, ' Chaffetz wrote.

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Bill O'Reilly loses job at Fox News over sexual harassment claims

FILE - In this October 1, 2015 file photo, host Bill O'Reilly of "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel, poses for photos in the set in NY. As Fox News scrambles to retain an image of "respect" and "truth", it is clear that O'Reilly's replacement in the form of Carlson will have to be much more than just a simple rescheduling of time slots and on-air content.

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Arkansas executions temporarily on hold

Anti-death penalty supporters Abraham Bonowitz, left, and Randy Gardner wait near their taped off "protest corral" outside the Varner Unit late Monday, April 17, 2017 near Varner, Ark. Asa Hutchinson frustrated and critical of the high court. Three of those inmates have since received stays. Griffin said he used phone calls and text messages previous year to order one of Arkansas' three execution drugs.

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Georgia run-off sets test for Trump, and Democrats

Republican Karen Handel , a former Georgia secretary of state, lagged in a distant second, qualifying her for the runoff. In the battle to fill the 6th Congressional District seat, formally occupied by Labor Secretary Tom Price, Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff brought in 48 percent of the vote.

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911 caller IDd San Bernardino shooter as teacher's husband

The Associated Press reported that Cedric Anderson, 53, had been estranged from his wife, 53-year-old special education teacher Karen Elaine Smith, for about a month. North Park Elementary is scheduled to reopen Monday . A San Bernardino school spokeswoman says he will continue recovering at home. It's baffling to me that when a husband comes into his wife's workplace to kill her and then himself, the media hesitates to characterize it as domestic violence .

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Trump Signs Anti-Planned Parenthood Bill As Anti-Choice Activists Look On

Obama issued the order in December of previous year, barring states from withholding federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood affiliates and other health clinics that provide abortions. Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily's List, which supports Democratic female candidates for public office who support abortion, said the bill is another example of politicians chipping away at women's rights and making it harder for the less fortunate to get health care.


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