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Justice Dept threatens sanctuary cities in immigration fight

They were highlighted in a May 2016 report by the Justice Department's inspector general that found they have policies or rules that interfere with information-sharing among local law enforcement and immigration agents. According to the New York Times , an estimated 1,300 people died of opioid overdoses in New York City in 2016. Oakland, San Francisco and Pasadena have identified the sanctuary city funding cutoff as a lobbying priority in Washington, federal records show.

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Arkansas carries out first execution in 12 years

After a flurry of legal maneuvers and court rulings , the state carried out its first execution in more than 11 years just before midnight on Thursday; Lee was pronounced dead at 11:56pm, four minutes before his death warrant was set to expire.

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Arkansas Executes First Prisoner in 12 Years

Ledell Lee was pronounced dead at 11.56pm local time on Thursday, four minutes before his death warrant was due to expire. Lee's execution ended a week of court motions and movements to keep him and the others that Gov. Lethal injection drugs have been hard to come by in recent years as pharmaceutical companies become increasingly reluctant to be associated with executions.

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Trump calls 100-day assessment "ridiculous"

While Trump's support in his core constituencies - white voters, men and Republicans - had remained resilient throughout his lowest points on the campaign trail and into the first months of his presidency, Wednesday's edition of the Quinnipiac poll registered significant drops in all three groups since the beginning of the month.

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Trump Jr.'s prairie dog hunt in Montana prompts backlash

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, is releasing its second spot in a planned $800,000 buy - a rundown of Democrat Rob Quist's progressive positions. 'Shooting a prairie dog colony is not a good conservation message'. Prairie dogs also breed in March through June, meaning some of the critters Trump Jr.

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French election: Accusations of Paris attack 'exploitation'

An attack in central Paris , claimed by militant group Islamic State, could bolster Marine Le Pen's odds in the first round of France's presidential election. At a televised news conference Friday, Le Pen called for the closure of all "Islamist" mosques in France , the expulsion of hate preachers and the reinstatement of French borders.

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Hillary Says Trump Is Going Against LGBT Rights

Clinton questioned the decision to roll back protections for transgender youth, saying the move "broke her heart" for parents and young people alike. Clinton also mentioned "clouds gathering in the horizon" overseas, specifically reports out of Chechnya regarding the torture and killing of gay and bisexual men by the Chechen government.

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Justice Dept. warns sanctuary cities in immigration fight

Police Commissioner James O'Neill, who appeared with de Blasio at police headquarters, said the "soft on crime" statement made his blood boil. In a statement accompanying the letters to sanctuary cities, the Justice Department said "many of these jurisdictions are also crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime".

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Is Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy getting ready to resign?

The Supreme Court says Colorado's practice of not automatically refunding court fees and other costs to people who are convicted of crimes but later exonerated violates the Constitution. The executions would be the most by any state in the shortest period since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in the United States in 1976.

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House Oversight chair Jason Chaffetz just announced he isn't running for re-election

KSL Newsradio posted on its Facebook page Thursday that Chaffetz had told host Doug Wright, via text message, "I will continue to weigh the options, but I might depart early". Chaffetz said the decision was made so he could spend more time his family and return to the private sector after 15 years in politics. As for potential opponents, well, Utah Democrats are already planning a dance party to send Chaffetz off , so there's that.

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Supreme court hears arguments on jurisdiction, joinder, standing

US President Donald Trump nominated Gorsuch to take up the Supreme Court position in January this year. In his first day on the bench Monday, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts welcomed Gorsuch to "our common calling". Gorsuch responded briefly to thank Roberts for the "warm welcome". Justice Sonia Sotomayor seemed to agree.

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Defense to plead for leniency in death ex-New Orleans Saint

Hayes had faced up to 60 consecutive years on both manslaughter and attempted manslaughter, though the prosecution had originally sought a second-degree murder conviction and a mandatory life sentence. Saints head coach Sean Payton, seen here with Will Smith's widow Racquel in Decemeber, was among key members of the organization to show support during the trial.

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Prosecution rests case in fatal Pa. trooper ambush

Alex Douglass was a CrossFit and running enthusiast who ran a 50-mile ultra-marathon when he wasn't working his day job as a state police trooper. A prosecutor says he will be seeking "full justice" for a Pennsylvania survivalist convicted of capital murder in the ambush slaying of a state trooper.

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Trump Signs Executive Order Seeking To Put The American Worker First

United States authorities will also conduct site visits to check on employers who hire H-1B visa holders over Americans. During a visit to Wisconsin on Tuesday, President Donald Trump ordered the review of the H-1B program . White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that the executive order "will make significant progress towards Buy American and Hire American, the cornerstone of Trump's vision for a government that answers to the American workers who built this ...

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UN Security Council condemns North Korean missile launch

The official said the United States also has seen an extraordinary number of Chinese military aircraft being brought up to full readiness through intensified maintenance. Since President Donald Trump became the commander in chief, North Korea has ratcheted up its missile tests, along with its antagonistic rhetoric. In an interview with "Fox & Friends", Trump said he would not rule out a military strike if North Korea continues to conduct missile tests.

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Conservative group threatens UC Berkeley over Ann Coulter appearance

Later Wednesday she appeared on Fox News and told Tucker Carlson, "I'm definitely giving the speech", adding on Twitter that she would speak next Thursday. Ann Coulter's far-right political leanings are a subject of frequent and heated debates. On Saturday, protests again turned violent - though in the city of Berkeley , not the university campus - as pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters clashed in the streets.

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Drugmaker asked Arkansas not to use drug in executions

That execution drug is midazolam, a controversial sedative that led to botched executions in states like Oklahoma, Ohio, Arizona, and Alabama, where prisoners regained some form of consciousness during the lethal injection procedure. Arkansas executed convicted murderer Ledell Lee shortly after the US Supreme Court denied emergency motions in his case. Stacey Johnson, 47, won a state Supreme Court ruling in favor of further DNA testing.

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Berkeley reverses course on Ann Coulter speech

The University of California, Berkeley has reinvited Ann Coulter to give a speech on campus after uninviting her Wednesday over "security threats". Harmeet Dhillon , an attorney representing two groups organizing Coulter's speech, also sent a letter to the university on Thursday demanding she be allowed to speak on the original date.

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At least 3 dead in Venezuelan protests

A compact crowd paraded through the streets of this capital to show the muscle of those who follow the legacy of the historic leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez, and the continuity of his work by President Nicolás Maduro, whose government is the target of an aggression on all fronts, especially the economic front.

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Russian expert points to Fillon as best French presidential candidate for Moscow

She quickly responded to Thursday's shooting in Paris' Champs Elysee which was claimed by the Islamic State group, by attacking the government, accusing it of weakness. According to Channel 2 News' Europe correspondent, the terror attack will impact the upcoming French presidential election . Le Pen was one of the first to offer Trump her congratulations.

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Sanders urges Democrats to reach out to Trump supporters

Tanya Torp had enough of the Kentucky Democratic Party when she saw one of the state's politicians, Alison Lundergan Grimes, holding a gun. The most awkward sign of the party's disunity occurred Tuesday night. Sanders called on the crowd to help him in "rebuilding the Democratic Party, making it a grassroots party - a party from the bottom on up!" When Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez's (left) name was brought up at a ME rally it got booed, while Sen.

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Who Will Replace Bill O'Reilly on Fox News?

Fox released a statement saying the decision was made "after a thorough and careful review of the allegations". In the wake of his removal, Fox has confirmed that Tucker Carlson will move from his 9 p.m. For 21st Century Fox, the network's parent company, payouts related to sexual harassment allegations at Fox News now total more than 85 million United States dollars.

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6th District race heats up with rally, endorsements

The nearest Republican - former state secretary of state Karen Handel - came in at just 19.8 percent. A young Democrat, Jon Ossoff, in the U.S. state of Georgia has come very close to winning congressional seat held by Republicans for decades.

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Sanders urges party to go beyond comfort zone

Sanders is an independent US senator from Vermont who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for president. Kentucky's reputation as an emerging Republican stronghold didn't stop U.S. But Sanders' answer on Democratic unity suggests his campaign was less than truthful about the senator's long-term plans in party politics. "The issue in front of us is whether or not we have the guts to take on a billionaire class and all of their power", he said.

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Handel Celebrates 6th District Results, Gets Ready For Runoff

He will now face Karen Handel , the top GOP vote-getter, in a runoff election on June 20. While Ossoff declared "a victory for the ages", President Trump claimed a win for Republicans, who combined to win 50.5 percent of the votes.

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Convicted Arkansas killer chooses a surprising last meal before his execution

In the ruling on the state's lethal injection drug, the Arkansas Supreme Court agreed with the state that it did nothing illegal in acquiring the muscle relaxant vecuronium bromide and lifted an order by a state circuit judge on Wednesday that blocked its use.

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Fleeing with student, teacher took guns, cash and wife's car

To prove kidnapping, prosecutors will need to show the 15-year-old was unlawfully removed or had her freedom restricted. Cummins was expected to be in court in Siskiyou to discuss his extradition back to Tennessee. Also that morning, Thomas was dropped off by a friend at a Shoney's restaurant in Columbia. "He was clearly, like, keeping her separate". "He said he would be back and urged his wife not to call police", the documents state.

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Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley despite cancellation

Violent protests by liberal students are impacting free speech on college campuses across the country. Both favor hoods to hide their identities and a variety of weapons, including Molotov cocktails, brass knuckles and soda cans filled with concrete.

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Senator Bernie Sanders, DNC Chairman Tom Perez speak to hundreds in Louisville

Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat from eastern OH, said the party needs to be more aggressive in organizing target voters, whom he described as working and middle class voters who turned to Trump, and recruiting from within them. Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders talks with Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe owner Mary Nishimuta on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Frankfort, Ky.

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Paris attack: Gunman was known for radical Islamist activities

The next question is whether this was controlled by IS but it will take 24 hours before we will know this. Three months later, he committed a violent robbery which culminated in another vehicle chase with police. Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said the man had been identified, but investigators were still assessing if he had accomplices. He said officers were "deliberately" targeted.

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Sanders headlining event aimed at boosting Democrats

In the same interview, Sanders said that they had to "have the guts to point the finger at the ruling class of this country - the billionaire class and Wall Street - and say 'You know what, your greed is destroying this country'". "Our job is to bring millions of people into the political process who, today, do not vote or do not participate in any way", Sanders began. I supported Tom Perez for chair of the DNC and was pleased when immediately after he won he asked dynamic Democratic ...

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Taking a Stand for Free Speech at UC-Berkeley

In the statement , Dirks also confirmed that he instructed university officials to look for a new venue for Coulter after she vowed to come to the school as planned on April 27 and deliver her speech. "You can not impose arbitrary and harassing restrictions on the exercise of a constitutional right", Coulter told "Hannity" on Thursday night. A conservative national group that was helping organize the event, Young America's Foundation, said Coulter also made demands of her own, including ...

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Cardinals open 2017 as underdogs to Lions on road

Happy with the way games are balanced during the season and the number of primtetime games? Detroit had to wait until Week 16 previous year to make their first appearance on prime-time television (in Dallas). This year marks the first time since 1979-80 (Chicago) that the Lions have hosted the same team on Thanksgiving in back-to-back seasons. Though technically not a Thursday night game, this is an NFL Network televised game, so could we see the Lions' new Color Rush uniforms this week? ...

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Russian hacker faces decades in prison

Prosecutors said that from October 2009 to October 2013 Seleznev stole credit card numbers from more than 500 USA businesses, transferred the data to servers in Virginia, Russia and the Ukraine and eventually sold the information on criminal "carding" websites.

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Trump pushes revamped health care bill; future uncertain

Asked about the possibility of a government shutdown on April 21, the president said, "I think we're in good shape". But, I mean, if he is hoping to get that grade up, you would think that the White House and Republican leaders think that there would be something different in this new bill that would bring some of those conservatives in the party to their side to support it.


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