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Memorial Day remembers men, women who died serving our country

By the end of the 19th century, Decoration Day had given way to Memorial Day, but the South didn't acknowledge the national holiday until after World War I, when Memorial Day became a day to honor Americans who died in any USA war. 108 Post of the G.A.R was organized in Rifle by 16 former Union soldiers and in March of 1917 the Ladies Auxiliary of the G.A.R raised money from the Rifle community to purchase the memorial to be installed in Heinze Park for $450.

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Rouhani: Iran's ballistic missile programme will continue

The Assembly of Experts is directly elected and its primary role is to appoint the Supreme Leader, critical during Mr. Rouhani's second term. Mr Qassemi added that the United States and its allies "should know that Iran is a democratic, stable and powerful country" and that it promotes "peace, good neighbourliness, and the creation of a world opposed to violence and extremism".

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Analysts say GOP bill leaves 23m more uninsured

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan holds up a copy of the American Health Care Act during a news conference with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., (left) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) outside Ryan's office in the U.S.

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Congressional candidate accused of attacking reporter a day before election

Gianforte would face a maximum $500 fine or 6 months in jail if convicted. Turnout in special elections is typically low, and with this vote on the Thursday before Memorial Day, many have predicted low numbers at the polls. Acuna wrote that when Jacobs persisted with his questions, "Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him".

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Millions to lose coverage under Republican health bill, CBO says

But someone earning $68,200 would fare better under the GOP bill in almost all circumstances, though younger consumers would see much greater reductions than older ones. As a result of the narrower scope of covered benefits and the difficulty less healthy people would face purchasing insurance , average premiums for people who did purchase insurance would generally be lower than in other states-but the variation around that average would be very large.

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Montana GOP candidate allegedly body slams Guardian reporter

The maximum penalty if convicted of the assault charge is a $500 fine and 6 months in jail. The statement added that the reporter's injuries did not meet the legal definition of felony assault. A Republican running for Congress in Montana was cited for misdemeanor assault after he allegedly "bodyslammed" a reporter for The Guardian newspaper Wednesday on the eve of the state's hotly contested vote.

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Reporter claims Greg Gianforte assaulted him

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Voters will head to the polls Thursday to decide who will fill Montana's only U.S. House seat amid uncertainty in Washington over President Donald Trump's agenda and his handling of the country's affairs. No charges were filed, the Sheriff's Office said , since it did not have all the information. Quist has reprised the attack. Mason said he finds Gianforte to be trustworthy and he's advocated for him as much as possible.

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Texas' New 'Transgender Bathroom Bill' Keeps Biological Sexes Separate in School Facilities

By focusing on schools, Texas is hoping to avoid boycotts that hurt North Carolina . Marty Rouse, national field director for the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement the measure "is a risky, discriminatory bill" that represents anti-LGBT animus "coloring so much of the Texas Legislature this session".

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Booed During Commencement at HBCU

DeVos finished her remarks in 20 minutes, as opposed to the one hour of allotted time . Bethune-Cookman President Edison Jackson tried to quiet the crowd by threatening that the students protesting would have their diplomas mailed to them, but that did nothing to stop the booing and jeering.

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Texas Aims to Pass Transgender Bathroom Law for Public Schools

The fight over Texas' bathroom bill isn't over. The measure now heads back to the Senate , where lawmakers there have called for a stricter "bathroom bill". Rep. Frank (photo above) in this video explaining his bill claims there is a "capacity crisis", saying, "we don't have enough people involved" in the foster care system.

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Journalist claims GOP congressional candidate 'body slammed' him on eve of election

Libertarian Mark L. Wicks , a rancher, could pull votes from either. The congressional seat, left open by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke , is regarded as a referendum on Trump that could send the first public message to Washington. Gianforte told him to talk to his press guy, Shane Scanlon . Scott Sales, the Republican president of Montana's state senate, unsuccessfully vied against Gianforte for his party's congressional nomination.

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Reporter alleges GOP hopeful Greg Gianforte body-slammed him

Montana's one and only seat in the House of Representatives is up for grabs, and in the final weekend before Thursday's special election, the underdog Democrat was hammering the Republican health care bill in TV ads . Republicans Greg Gianforte remains the favorite over Democrat Rob Quist , but it's been a odd, nationalized campaign. President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., and Vice President Mike Pence both have campaigned for Gianforte.

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GOP health care bill leaves 23 million more uninsured, analysts say

The report reveals that it would reduce deficits by $119 billion, but it would be a tax break for the rich and hurt the poor and elderly. The CBO score raises the stakes for Republican senators now working on their own version of the legislation.

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Pope Francis asks Melania Trump if she feeds Trump cake

This was the first time such a direct flight had been allowed. "I think he does to every world leader". The White House did not respond to questions Wednesday about whether he might squeeze in a news conference on the final legs of the trip, his meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and European leaders in Brussels and the Group of 7 summit in Sicily.

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Cosby arrives for Day 3 of jury selection

AWAITING TRIAL-Bill Cosby is escorted out of the Allegheny County Courthouse, May 22. On the first day of jury selection, May 22, three White men and two White women were successfully selected. Cosby, once known as America's Dad for his role in his long-running sitcom, is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.

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Courtney Elementary gym severely damaged by tornado

FOX8 crews are now gathering more information about storm damage in the Piedmont Triad. In Yadkinville, about 30 minutes west of Winston-Salem, students and teachers were inside Courtney Elementary when a tornado struck the school's gym, knocking down two walls and tearing off its roof, authorities said.

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Trump's trip to Israel may set new tone in Middle East

But Palestine refused the offer, and countered with a significantly smaller land swap, which was in turn rejected by the Israelis. Trump acknowledged the difficulty in sealing what he has called "the ultimate deal", but said in his keynote speech at the Israel Museum on Tuesday morning, "The Palestinians are ready for peace".

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CBO score to be released Wednesday could make or break AHCA

SOURCES: Sara Collins, Ph.D., vice president for coverage and access, The Commonwealth Fund, New York City; May 24, 2017, news release, Institute for Policy Innovation, Dallas; May 24, 2017, news releases, Consumers Union, American Medical Association, and American Public Health Association, all in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2017, cost estimates, Congressional Budget Office , Washington, D.C.

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Budget office: 23 million more uninsured under GOP health care bill

That's what the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported Wednesday in its latest score of the American Health Care Act . According to the analysis , millions of Americans would lose their insurance in the coming years if the bill passes.

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Senate leaders await analysis of GOP health bill

When Republicans in the House of Representatives voted narrowly to repeal and replace Obamacare earlier this month, they weren't entirely sure of the bill's impact on the deficit or on the millions of Americans who gained coverage through the health reform law.

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Trumpcare Would Cause 23 Million People To Lose Health Insurance

It comes three weeks after the House passed the legislation with only Republican votes, and as Senate Republicans try crafting their own version, which they say will be different. The nonpartisan CBO report found that that the House GOP bill would leave 23 million fewer Americans with health insurance by 2026 than under the Obamacare.

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To Erdogan and His Thugs: You Can't Beat Up Protesters Here

The State Department summoned Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kilic following violence between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's guards and protesters in Washington, D.C., this week. "The U.S. Department of State is working closely with local authorities concerning this incident", the spokesperson said. "The United States recognizes this inviolability, which provides reciprocal protection for the United States overseas".

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Read the full text of Trump's budget proposal to Congress

Rep. Barbara Lee , D-Calif., added that "rarely have I seen such a cruel and morally bankrupt budget". The state Education Department put out analysis late Tuesday that said $433 million in school funding in NY would be cut under President Trump's budget , including $284 million that goes directly to the Education Department and school districts.

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CBO: Republicans' AHCA Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured

The House bill would reduce taxes by around $1 trillion over the coming decade, the budget office said, largely on higher income people and health care industry firms. That could lead more consumers to buy policies, many of whom would be eligible for federal government tax credits available under the AHCA. Both Obamacare and the GOP bill provide refundable tax credits to help people cover the cost of coverage, but Obamacare's credits are much more generous for lower-income consumers.

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DeVos asked to address Lighthouse Christian Academy, federal funding in congressional hearing

Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) told DeVos about Lighthouse Christian Academy, a private school in IN that receives state voucher money but denies admission to students from families where there is "homosexual or bisexual activity" or someone "practicing alternate gender identity".

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Melania Trump's Wardrobe Followed Vatican Protocol to Meet Pope Francis

During papal audiences with heads of state, the exchange of gifts comes after the private encounter and at the end of the event. The pope also gave Trump a personally signed copy of his most recent World Day of Peace message . The meeting with Pope Francis was warm and inspiring. "I hope you do". Donald Trump brought wife Melania , daughter Ivanka , and son-in-law Jared Kushner with him to meet with The Pope at the Vatican on Wednesday, and to say things looked tense would ...

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Duterte says he may impose martial law across Philippines

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in Moscow that martial law would be in effect on the entire island of Mindanao for 60 days. The United States lists it as a terrorist organisation. "Remember that this is not intended for the law-abiding citizens". Thousands of people have fled the city, said Myrna Jo Henry, an emergency response official.

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Alabama fires baseball coach Greg Goff after 1 season

NCAA schools voted in January 2015 to approve legislation requiring Power 5 conference schools, including Alabama, to renew scholarships annually. The Tuscaloosa News then received a statement from athletic director Greg Byrne stating that they would not be openly breaking NCAA rules.

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Senate Makes Correction, Not Contacted By Flynn Lawyers

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination on Monday as he notifies the Senate Intelligence committee that he will not comply with a subpoena seeking documents. The committee is one of several on Capitol Hill investigating possible collusion between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

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Why Melania Trump covers her head one day and not the next

Under clear blue skies, Mr Trump, who exchanged sharp words with the Pope during the United States election campaign previous year, received a tribute from the Swiss Guard in a Vatican courtyard when he arrived. Climate change activists projected the words "Planet Earth First" on the massive dome of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Tuesday night, and protests are expected when he attends a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels and a G-7 gathering in Sicily.

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Iranian president calls U.S. relations 'a curvy road'

But in a clear warning to Iran's "enemies" and in a nod to the conservatives, he added that the people of Iran "are not willing to accept any humiliation or threat". After signing a gargantuan US$110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia , and a smaller one of US$2 billion with the UAE, the U.S. president has moved on to Israel where he hopes to kick-start the stalled Palestine-Israel peace talks.

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New Jersey mistakenly sends out nuclear power plant warning

At 9:20 p.m. the Cumberland County Office of Emergency Management initiated its SwiftReach reverse 911 system to alert residents of the error, officials said. "The coding error has since been identified and corrected". The Salem County 911 center received 142 calls from people concerned about the alert, according to county spokeswoman Brenda Banks.

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Spokesman Hits Back at Trump for Anti-Iran Comments

The tweet also included a screen shot of text from President Trump's speech in Riyadh on Sunday to leaders of the Muslim world. His first stop was a meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking to reporters onboard Air Force One, said the U.S. could provide clarifications to Israel about the disclosure but said, "I don't know that there's anything to apologize for".

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Dem wants to know if Trump pressed intel chiefs

That comes after Flynn claimed his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination to try to fend off subpoenas from the Senate Intelligence Committee, leading that committee to issue a new pair of subpoenas this time aimed at Flynn's companies, which as corporations can't plead the Fifth , and warned they may move to hold him in contempt of Congress.

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Comey agrees to testify before Senate Intelligence Committee in open hearing

Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, told senators on Thursday that he knew President Trump planned to fire James B. Comey as director of the F.B.I. Trump himself had already contradicted that explanation, telling interviewers earlier that he had already made a decision to dismiss Comey. "I don't think (Rosenstein) did a lot to bolster our confidence in him today".


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