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Mexico will pay for the border wall - 'eventually' and 'in some form'

Obamacare funding again is a sticking point in the spending standoff with Democrats in Congress, although Republicans this time control the House, the Senate and the White House. "I would wish Democrats would put aside political correctness and realize there is nothing racist or bigoted about having a border wall." When ABC News host George Stephanopoulos noted to Sessions that legislators in border states do not necessarily support the wall, Sessions reiterated that he believes the wall ...

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Trump calls Schumer, discusses strategy for responding to Canada's dairy trade policy

Speaking in Wisconsin on Tuesday, Trump criticized some recent moves by the Canadian dairy industry. In a story April 18 about a dispute between the USA and Canada over milk, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Canada has chose to impose import taxes on ultra-filtered milk.

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Drug company refiles injuctive relief, asks Arkansas to return execution drug

The central issue in all eight cases is whether midazolam, one of the drugs used in lethal injection, sufficiently numbs an inmate to the pain of the other drugs used to kill them. The state decided not to challenge the stay for Ward, but the U.S. Supreme Court had not yet decided whether to allow Davis to be put to death. Arkansas contends it has acted legally.

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As budget deadline looms, Trump pushes border wall funding

It remained unclear Sunday whether moderates within the GOP could convince the White House to avoid a shutdown. He was referring to comments Trump recently made to the Associated Press . When asked whether Trump would sign a spending bill that does not have wall funds in it, the budget director said: "We don't know yet". In a pair of tweets Sunday, the president accused Democrats of withholding money from the federal budget to start building the wall he wants constructed along the US ...

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Food City 500 Postponed to Monday

This weekend at Bristol has been havoc due to the weather. Rain continued to plague NASCAR drivers and fans at Bristol, Tennessee, on Sunday as officials were forced to postpone the Food City 500 to Monday. With further rain forecast, there will be a competition caution at lap 60 to give teams a chance to tweak their set-ups. "I'm sure we will all pit probably because it has shown a lot of tire wear on the left side, so I'm sure everybody will pit", Larson said.

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Neil Gorsuch begins his Supreme Court career with a barrage of questions

Adding to the intrigue is the long delay between when the Supreme Court agreed to hear Trinity Lutheran's appeal, a month before Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, and the argument. Mr Gorsuch's ruling in this case will be one of his first as a Supreme Court justice, but one of many on the subject of religious liberty. The case itself isn't the problem for Justice Gorsuch.

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Iran 'not living up to the spirit' of nuclear deal

In the redesign, the heavy water reactor will be reconfigured so it can not yield fissile plutonium usable in a nuclear bomb. "We would like to hope that this analysis will confirm that this agreement is viable and useful for enhancing global peace and regional stability", he said.

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New Poll Could Impact Marijuana Legalization In PA

No group supports enforcement in states where marijuana is legal. British Columbians were also most likely to back legalization, with 75 per cent support, while support was weakest in Quebec where only 51 per cent of people agreed. Most Democrats and independents increasingly think marijuana use should be legal, while Republicans are divided. Support for legalization differs by age, but not by much.

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It's been a rough ride for Bernie Sanders' DNC unity trip

Sanders addressed numerous same platforms, rattling through a slew of topics that formed the basis of his presidential campaign: supporting climate change research, protecting the environment, reducing student debt, raising the minimum wage, eliminating tax breaks for the wealthy and championing women's reproductive rights.

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Trump sets stage for showdown over border wall funding

Members of Congress on Sunday agreed: It would be irresponsible of President Donald Trump and Republicans to precipitate a government shutdown by refusing to back down on demands for funding for Trump's proposed border wall. "The Republicans have the votes in the House and the Senate and the White House to keep government open", Pelosi said. He added that "it'll be enough in the negotiation to move forward either with construction or the planning ...

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Thomas scores 33, Celtics beat Bulls 104-95 to tie series

Isaiah Thomas led all Celtics with 33 points along with seven assists. The momentum was short-lived for the Celtics as the Bulls continued to chip away at their lead which stood at 53-58 following a 3-pointer by Isaiah Canaan with 7:41 to play in the quarter.

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Trump says U.S. relations with Russian Federation at 'all-time low'

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Moscow on April 12 appeared to do little to smooth relations between the two superpowers, with a clear rift remaining over a suspected chemical-weapon attack in Syria and confusion over the direction of U.S.

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Bernie Sanders Defends Campaigning For Anti-Abortion Rights Democrat

In a TV interview Friday, a former WH staffer under former US President Barack Hussein Obama has said that he (Hussein Obama) is "probably still the leader of the Democratic Party". It was an attempt to clean up an earlier comment Sanders made, which led to accusations that he was undermining both Ossoff , in whom many Democrats have invested their hopes, and an ongoing tour with Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez that was meant to demonstrate the party's unity.

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American Airlines flight attendant grounded after altercation with passengers captured on video

The flight attended can be seen angrily pointing his fingers at the passenger and challenging him, threatening to hit. When the attendant emerged from behind a wall near the front of the plane, the male passenger stood up again and began pointing at the airline employee.

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Georgia GOP congressional hopeful: I want Trump's help

National Right to Life has endorsed Karen Handel (R) following the special election in Georgia's sixth congressional district to replace former Rep. "No, they lost!" Spicer said . These are, after all, rather unconventional political times, as evidenced by Ossoff's rise and a re-birth of the Handel political persona.

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Support for marijuana legalization just hit an all time high

A total of 61 percent of respondents said that they think marijuana should be legal, which is an increase of five percent from last year's poll , and more than 20 points higher than 2011. But vigorous campaigns for legalization, alongside growing frustrations about the state of drug laws in America, have done much to turn the tide. The poll showed that 65 percent think that marijuana is not as risky as other drugs, and 23 percent believe that the legalization of the drug would lead to crime.

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Texas bathroom bill: Democrat asks sports leaders to speak against 'intolerant' bill

However, despite concerns, lawmakers in favor of the bill argue that it would provide a practical solution for gun owners in the state that are now able to carry just about anywhere they go. King said he has been in contact with Stickland and has made suggestions for a committee substitute but doesn't know if one will be submitted. King said HB 375 is "still alive", but remains pending.

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#EndorseThis: Your Brain On Drugs Meets Our Failed War On Drugs

The new anti-drug commercial features the actress holding a white egg that represents one of millions of Americans, who uses drugs and won't get arrested. "It fuels mass incarceration, it targets people of color in greater numbers than their white counter parts". "The goal of this PSA is to bring attention to the mission of the Drug Policy Alliance so that our legislators to take an honest look at our drug laws and how they are applied".

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Police search for missing boy in California; father arrested

The woman said she and her husband are in the final stages of getting a divorce and share custody of the child. His son, Aramazd Andressian, Jr., has not been found. Aramazd Andressian, Jr., whose parents are estranged, was last seen four days ago via a Skype video call from an unknown location, according to a South Pasadena Police Department post on Facebook .

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Ann Coulter rejects Berkeley's bid to reschedule speech

The university said her decision to defy the cancellation was "of grave concern" because of violent groups that would converge on an unprotected location. Officials did not announce a venue for Coulter's speech, but university spokesman Dan Mogulof said it would be "somewhere on campus property" and that details will be announced when they are worked out with Coulter and the Berkeley College Republicans, the group that, along with BridgeUSA, invited her.

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Lawyer: Kidnapped 15-year-old girl back home in Tennessee

Since the news of Thomas' disappearance her case has been surrounded by rumors that the 15-year-old was trying to escape a bad home life, something Thomas family friends deny. The girl was wearing trousers, a blouse and shoes when Cummins was arrested. Inside the cabin, police found two loaded guns and stolen license plates.

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Berkeley college reverses cancellation of speech by controversial right-wing provocateur Ann Coulter

Coulter's planned topic for her Berkeley speech was immigration, a topic on which BridgeUSA founder and president Pranav Jandhyala believes conversation needs to happen. In an email Thursday she accused the school of imposing an "unreasonable (and expensive!) condition on my exercise of a constitutionally protected right" and said "My speech is April 27".

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Witnesses heard booms, screams in fatal fire

Mayor de Blasio was rushing to the scene. Firefighters rushed to the scene of the fire just after 2:30 p.m. Sunday. "It's a very hard moment for people on this block, to see a family literally destroyed before their very eyes", de Blasio said, surrounded by elected officials and fire officials.

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Pa. unemployment rate declines to 4.8 percent in March

The largest over the month private sector job gains were in leisure and hospitality , financial activities , and education and health services , the state reports. Jobs in trade, transportation, and utilities rose 2,300. It dropped even further from a year ago. "Massachusetts continues to experience substantial increases to the labor force".

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Rescued teen, Elizabeth Thomas, back home in Tennessee

This is an excellent example of 'when you see something, say something'. Authorities had said last week that Cummins was on blood pressure medication that was about to run out, and told pharmacists and emergency rooms to be on the lookout for him.

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Korea on Heightened Alert as N. Korea Readies for Army Anniversary

Pence said the carrier group was now expected to be in waters off the Korean peninsula before the end of the month, "within days". The report also said Australia encouraged the U.S. On Friday, the U.S. Navy said a pilot from the USS Carl Vinson had ejected safely while conducting a routine flight south of the Philippines. China's Defence Ministry said its forces on the border with North Korea were maintaining a state of normal combat preparedness and training.

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Hayes gets 25 years for Smith's shooting death

That's far less than the maximum. The Advocate.com reports Hayes received a 25-year sentence for the manslaughter conviction, and a 15-year sentence for the attempted manslaughter charge, to be served concurrently. A day earlier, Racquel Smith said all she ever wanted was for Hayes to tell her he was sorry for what happened. Saints coach Sean Payton and Racquel Smith testified during the sentencing Wednesday, remembering the late Smith for his contributions on and off the field and ...

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No reason to believe gays abused in Chechnya

Mr Putin met late on Wednesday with the Chechen leader, who in the televised portion of the meeting suggested Putin should not believe the "provocative" claims. But activists fear that remarks from Russian officials denying or downplaying the reports mean there is little chance justice will be done. "Have people really suffered, or does somebody want to get something out of this?" the Interfax news agency quoted her as saying.

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Trump calls first 100 days of presidency benchmark a 'ridiculous standard'

US President Donald Trump , who as a candidate put forward a contract with voters on what he would accomplish in his first 100 days in office , on Friday called that a "ridiculous standard". White House correspondent Maggie Haberman highlighted Trump's unique disposition in the White House as the first incumbent president to have no prior military or political experience.

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Trump tweets for Kansas Republican in House race

Ron has been deeply involved in his community for years and I'm confident he will be a strong voice for Kansas' 4th Congressional District in Washington , D.C. That prompted Republicans to call in the big guns: US Senator Ted Cruz flew in to campaign with Estes, and both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence taped robo-calls for the district.

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NYC joins cities around the world marching to defend science

Marchers said they're anxious about political involvement in science that rejects, for instance, climate change, environmental concerns and the safety of vaccines. CNN reported that scientist at Germany's Neumayer Station, a research institute in Antarctica braved 27°F temperatures (that's...not as cold as I'd hope) to express their support for the action.

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Thousands brave rain at Washington science march

The day started with teach-ins and a rally, and the march will proceed from the Washington Monument grounds to Union Square at 2 p.m. Thousands packed Market Street from City Hall to Penn's Landing for the Philadelphia Science March. "Trump and the cronies out there are undermining facts, they're undermining science". "If we don't support our science, we're going to lose it", Zurawski said in an interview.

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Ann Coulter Still Plans to Speak at UC Berkeley Despite Safety Concerns

The University of California-Berkeley cancelled an appearance next week by conservative flame thrower Ann Coulter, after the left-leaning campus couldn't guarantee her safety. "We are dismayed that your letter suggests a disregard of the professional judgment of law enforcement regarding security concerns", Chief Counsel Christopher Patti wrote in the letter, "but we stand ready to work with BCR to find a date, time and venue where its rights and campus security can be maximized".

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Over 100 casualties in Taliban attack

A Taliban spokesman said in a statement on Saturday that the attack was retribution for the recent killing of several senior Taliban leaders in northern Afghanistan. He said there were probably more than 50 Afghan casualties, but did not say how many of those were killed and how many were wounded. The base is the headquarters of the Afghan National Army's 209th Corps, responsible for much of northern Afghanistan, including Kunduz, a province which has seen heavy fighting.

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NJ GOP Rep. Lance faces skeptical voters at town hall

Across the country on Wednesday night, Colorado's Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) faced similar constituent anger over his decision to support the GOP's health care plan. Many of those who attended said they're upset with Trump and they don't think Coffman is standing up to him like he promised he would during his campaign.


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