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Tennessee lawmakers give final approval to Haslam's roads bill

They contended that veterans were used as political pawns. The plan, formally known as the IMPROVE Act, calls for increasing the tax on regular gasoline in Tennessee by 6 cents and diesel fuel by 10 cents incrementally over the next three years.

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N Carolina gov asks court to block elections law

The measure would prevent Cooper from filling the next three vacancies on the appellate court after the current judges' terms expire. GOP leaders say the measure is created to promote bipartisan cooperation in administering elections. But legislative leaders moved quickly in search of judicial support for the new measure, filing a 44-page motion with the North Carolina Court of Appeals later Tuesday asking for a declaration that the new version satisfied issues raised by a three-judge panel ...

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UC Berkeley reverses cancellation of Ann Coulter talk

Early Wednesday, UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen Sutton emailed a message to organizers that "given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully".

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The Democrats are falling apart on the "come together" tour

What I'm trying to do, and I've been doing this for a number of years in a variety of ways, is to revitalize American democracy, to create a political system that is not dominated by billionaires and large corporations, but bring working people into the political process.

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Seattle Officers Shot After Robbery

One of the old federal buildings in the area is blocked and people in the building are still sheltering in place until police "render it safe", according to Deputy Chief Carmen Best. The incident unfolded Thursday afternoon with a reported armed robbery at the convenience store. Best said the officer was shot in the face and subsequently the ribcage.

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Sanders Defends Campaigning For Anti-Abortion Rights Democrat

Hillary Clinton won the Texas Democratic primary with 65 percent of the vote, and Trump won the state with 52 percent, but Sanders remains a popular figure here with progressives, many who maintain that "Bernie would've won" over two of the most unpopular presidential candidates in US history .

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No United Airlines Firings Over Passenger Dragging At O'Hare: CEO

The airline is reviewing policies around handling oversold flights to prevent similar incidents, including talking to some passengers and employees about how the airline can take a more "commonsense approach", Munoz said. The mishandled-baggage rate was down year-over-year in the first quarter and United flew 25 days in the first quarter without a cancellation. Mr Munoz, who initially backed claims that Dr Dao was "belligerent" and "disruptive", said: "I'm sure there was lots of conjecture ...

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Cleveland officer in Tamir Rice shooting 'did not know was kid'

In his own interview with investigators, Garmback said that he instructed the younger Loehman on the "gun run" and talked about how he would drive the police cruiser from behind to surround the suspect without a chance to escape. At the time, disciplinary charges were recommended against the two officers to the city's safety director, but the police union ultimately found that the officers did nothing wrong.

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What Trump's H-1B Order Means For Indian IT Companies: 10 Points

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order , targeting foreign workers in high-skilled positions by restricting visa rules. It also pushes for stricter enforcement laws by the federal governmentregarding the purchase of American-made goods and the use of American-made iron and steel in all projects supported by federal funds.

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Astros place OF Jake Marisnick on 7-day concussion DL

Hernandez, who was carted off the field with a bruised left leg, was placed on the 10-day disabled. The Astros had quality efforts all around and especially on the mound where Dallas Keuchel tossed a complete game with a pair of solo homers accounted for both runs.

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UC Berkeley offers Ann Coulter a different date

UC-Berkeley this week canceled an April 27 Ann Coulter speech, fearing riots. In it, university officials said Wednesday that they made the decision to cancel Coulter's appearance after assessing the violence that flared on campus in February, when the same college Republican group invited right-wing provocateur and now-former Breitbart News senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos to speak.

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Sonny Perdue confirmed to lead Department of Agriculture

Perdue and consulting his department for its technical expertise as a new Farm Bill is crafted later this year". "With his wide range of experience as a farmer, businessman, and governor, Sec". Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said he looks "forward to working with Secretary Perdue to give our farmers and producers a greater voice in government".

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Trump denies changing position on border wall: 'It will get built'

Trump told a group of conservative media Monday night that he wouldn't push for funding for the border wall in this short term bill but wait until the fall when negotiations take place for spending in 2018. Congress is scrambling to pass the bill to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year September 30. Congressional Republicans have privately proposed a funding bill that does not include money for the border wall, a Congressional source told CNN on Tuesday.

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Spicer expected to address ousted national security adviser Flynn at news briefing

They're also reviewing Flynn's lobbying work on behalf of an organisation with alleged ties to the Turkish government. "He was supposed to seek permission and receive permission from both the secretary of state and the secretary of the Army prior to traveling to Russian Federation, not only to accept that payment but to engage in that activity".

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Ann Coulter Vows to Move Forward with Speech Despite UC Berkeley Cancellation

A U.S. university which saw violent protests when Milo Yiannopoulos was invited to speak has cancelled an immigration lecture by controversial Donald Trump supporter Ann Coulter over safety concerns. The only requests the university has made were safety-related, he added. The school then cancelled her speech, and suggested rescheduling it for September.

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Trump insists Mexico border wall will get funded

President Donald Trump is pulling back from his threat to hold Obamacare hostage in order to get a down payment on his US-Mexico border wall. Republicans in the House and Senate have reportedly offered to pass a funding bill that includes no money for President Trump's big attractive border wall, congressional aides told multiple outlets Tuesday.

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USA police officer drags suicidal man to safety

Martin's department-issued bodycam video shows him climbing up several flights of stairs until he reaches the sixth floor, where he spots the man walking through a doorway, which leads to a terrace on the roof. The man continued to fight with the officer during the rescue but was eventually taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for evaluation. Whitney Center CEO Michael Rambarose praised Officer Martin's life-saving hustle.

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Active Shooter At Middle School In Mason County

A student was taken into custody at a high school on the same campus after reports that he had brought a gun to school, according to King 5. Reports began streaming in around 11:30 a.m. The Mason County Sheriff's office confirmed officers from multiple agencies were on scene at Hawkins Middle School in Washington and were clearing the school.

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Trump push for border walls could cause government shutdown

President Donald Trump has indicated that he's willing to push back his demand that a government funding bill includes money to build a border wall. Asked if Congress would opt instead to pass a stopgap measure to buy more time to negotiate, McConnell said he was optimistic that lawmakers would reach an agreement on legislation that would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, on 30 September.

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How fight over Obamacare could shut down the government

Although the Republicans' health care plan to repeal and replace Obamacare failed miserably, the new amendment introduced recently vastly favors Republican legislators. Passage of a new stop-gap measure would keep the government funded through September. The fix would cost $1.3 billion over 10 years. In the days leading up to the planned vote in March, Trump courted members of Congress to support the AHCA.

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Trump's concession on wall funding removes obstacle from spending talks

Bipartisan bargainers are making progress toward a budget deal to prevent a partial federal shutdown this weekend, a major hurdle overcome when President Donald Trump signaled he would put off his demand that the measure include money to build his border wall with Mexico.

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NY Times Editor Apologizes to Trump Over Misleading Tweet: 'I'm an Idiot'

The first was taken during the Patriots' visit with President Barack Obama in 2015, with the second being the Patriots' visit with President Trump on Wednesday. The visit came just hours after the death of former Patriots' receiver Aaron Hernandez, who hanged himself in his cell in a MA prison. It was meant to show that President Trump isn't as popular as President Obama , at least with people who win Super Bowls; in this case the New England Patriots , who were feted for their ...

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Trump seeks to slash tax for businesses

Separately cutting the top tax rate for pass-through businesses, which account for most US companies, could benefit Trump himself, said Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, a Democratic activist group. Democrats said they smell hypocrisy over the growing national debt, which stands at almost $20 trillion. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Tuesday that the combination of changes on taxes, trade and regulations being pushed by the administration would ...

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White House Invites Entire Senate For Briefing On North Korea Situation

On Tuesday, a missile-armed U.S. submarine arrived in South Korea, on its way to join the other warships. She warned that while the USA was not seeking a confrontation with Kim Jong-Un's regime, it would be forced to strike if he "gives us reason to do something".

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Conservative Freedom Caucus backs revised ObamaCare overhaul plan

In a statement , the Freedom Caucus said its members would support the plan if it includes the MacArthur amendment, which would allow states to waive some key Obamacare provisions. But it is unclear whether MacArthur's proposal will sway other moderates. "It's not changing my vote, it's not changing Leonard Lance's vote", Dent told reporters Tuesday night.

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Berkeley reverses decision to nix speech by right-wing commentator

We realize that this is disappointing news, but the good news is that UCPD and Student Affairs remain firmly committed to working with you to find an alternative time and date for Ms. In recent months, several conservative speakers have been met with disruptive, sometimes violent protests when invited to speak at US universities with liberal-leaning student bodies.

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Judge won't block Arkansas executions

The Arkansas Supreme Court also refused to vacate the stay of execution that was ordered for inmate Stacey Johnson. The execution was scheduled for 7 p.m. But the plan was criticized from a number of different quarters, including by anti-death penalty advocates and even former executioners . Lee, 51, was put on death row for the 1993 death of his neighbor Debra Reese, whom Lee struck 36 times with a tire tool her husband had given her for protection.

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Another round of storms possible in Alabama starting tonight

The line of storms will first move into NW Arkansas with the potential for a few storms to be severe with damaging wind. These storms will feature periodic heavy rain and frequent lightning that will likely create some headaches on roadways for your morning commute, so please plan accordingly.

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Trump tax plan billed as 'largest tax reform' in US history

Administration officials also said the president, as he did during the campaign, will call for a one-time low tax on USA multinationals' trillions of dollars in foreign profits that have never been brought back to the United States. -Trump himself stands to gain tens of millions: This plan would be a windfall for Trump. Analysts agreed that the White House seems to be taking more of a leadership role on policy in the wake of the crash of health-care reform in late March.

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Michigan chooses rural highways for 75 mph speed limit

In the Upper Peninsula, I-75 from St. Ignace to Sault Ste. Allow a county road commission in a county with more than 1 million people to request that gravel road speed limits be reduced from 55 m.p.h.to 45 m.p.h. Congress scrapped a national limit law in 1995. The Michigan Department of Transportation and state police announced the changes on Wednesday. The legislation required safety and engineering studies before speed limits are raised.

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New Orleans Removes Polarizing Confederate Monuments

According to a lawyer for the latter contractor, the staff received death threats after submitting the proposal, and according to city officials, the auto of one staff member was allegedly set on fire. Eastern, after a small group of protesters departed from the monument and a wave of officers with the New Orleans Police Department barricaded points of entry to the monument, The Times-Picayune reported .

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Ann Coulter rejects Berkeley's May speaking date

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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Pyongyang marks 85th Army Day with large-scale military exercise

South Korean and U.S. officials have feared for some time that a sixth North Korean nuclear test or the latest in a string of missile launches could be imminent. South Korea says a US nuclear-powered submarine has docked in the southern port of Busan, but it isn't expected to participate in joint naval exercises with South Korea.

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Chris Soules detained after deadly vehicle accident

Bachelor alum Chris Soules wiped his Instagram account after he was involved in a fatal accident on Tuesday (Apr. 25, 2017). Investigators spoke to multiple witnesses and determined that Soules caused the crash and fled, according to a complaint, which doesn't name the witnesses.

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Arkansas prepares for 1st double execution in USA since 2000

Arkansas is trying to use a sedative that expires at the end of the month, and if the men don't receive lethal injections as scheduled their executions will be off indefinitely. Although, U.S. Supreme Court issued Thursday night a temporary stay to Lee, who maintained his innocence , the court voted 5-4 to deny appeals meant to stop Lee's execution, while the Arkansas State Supreme Court threw out a lower court ruling prohibiting the state's use of one of the three lethal injection drugs, ...


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