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Trump travel ban showdown headed for Supreme Court

Last week, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan in the nation's capital said she's "inclined to agree" that the travel ban is unlawful, but held off on a request to block it because of the pending appeals court cases. But either way, only the Supreme Court can clear the path to enforcement of the order. The 10-3 majority in its decision cited Trump's campaign promises extensively to counter arguments by the government that the bans were not discriminatory but based on national ...

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CBO on GOP Obamacare repeal

But while many were panicking at the thought of 23 million Americans losing their health insurance coverage in the next few years, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said that the numbers in the CBO "comforted" him. The Congressional Budget Office , Congress's official scorekeeper, found Wednesday that the Republicans' bill is no such thing. The majority of Healthcare.gov states (62 percent) saw average premium increases between 2013 and 2017 of more than 100 percent, meaning ...

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Why Ivanka, Melania Trump covered up in Rome but not Saudi Arabia

Jerry Brown, who met with Pope Francis two years ago and spent his formative years as a Jesuit seminarian, has criticized President Donald Trumps lack of environmental conviction, calling Trumps remarks about climate change being a Chinese hoax “so stupid” that it takes his breath away .

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Donald Trump Told Russians James Comey Was A 'Nut Job' & Twitter Explodes

In addition to the Times report , a Washington Post report published around the same time this afternoon revealed that the ongoing Russian Federation probe has labeled a senior White House official as a "significant person of interest".

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Republican charged in assault on reporter leads in bellwether Montana congressional contest

Libertarian candidate Mark Wicks was taking 6 percent. Gianforte asked Jacobs to lower a phone that was being used as an audio recorder, then tried to grab it, the campaign said in a statement . His Republican opponent? Greg Gianforte . And Quist had plenty of baggage too, with a history of property tax liens and unpaid debts. Gianforte, a wealthy software executive, lost to Democratic Gov.

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Texas Teachers in Trouble for 'Poor Attempt' at Humor

The principal reportedly personally apologised to the family as the school announced an investigation into the incident would be launched. "I'm like, 'What is this?!'" she told KHOU . "I do not feel comfortable with this", Lizeth added. "When she first showed me the paper, I'm like, 'What is this?'". Kramer told KSAT 12's sister station KPRC in Houston it was a "poor attempt to poke fun", and that the activity "wasn't well thought out".

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Will Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) Crush EPS Estimates Again?

If you look at the company's income statement over the past years, you will see that the company is constantly posting gross profit: In 2014, WMT earned gross profit of 120.57 Billion, in 2015 121.15 Billion gross profit, while in 2016 Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

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Announcement on Federal Bureau of Investigation director not for now: White House

Trump's meeting with Russia's foreign minister Sergey V. Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the United States , Sergey I. Kislyak in the Oval Office caused a bit of controversy after reports were published claiming Trump had disclosed intelligence from an Israeli counterterrorism operation during the meeting.

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Trump to seek Supreme Court review on travel ban

The judges made their decision this week mostly along party lines."Don't we get to consider what was actually said here and said very explicitly?" said Judge James Wynn Jr., who was appointed by Democratic President Barack Obama. And the dissenters say that this really sets a bad precedent to look at the statements of candidates on the stump. However, that removal does not appear to have assuaged concerns about the constitutionality of the order.

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Why Melania covers her head at some events and not others

Both sides had been determined that the meeting would emphasise areas of agreement between the new administration and the Vatican, after some pointed exchanges between the two leaders over the previous year. Past U.S. presidential gifts to popes have included a 19th century map - from Bill Clinton to Pope John Paul II - and a Steuben glass vase , given to the same pope by Ronald Reagan.

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Senate confirms Trump's appeals court judge pick on party lines

The issue of concentrated money in our political system is one that doesn't split down party lines. Sen. Angus S. King Jr., a ME independent who caucuses with Democrats, questioned Judge Thapar's campaign finance jurisprudence, which followed Supreme Court precedent finding that political campaign donations are protected speech under the First Amendment.

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Watch Trump strut his stuff into prime position

President Donald Trump opened meetings with European Union leaders Thursday against the backdrop of striking anger from Britain over intelligence leaks and a decision by Manchester police to withhold information from the United States about the investigation into this week's bombing.

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Voucher standoff could doom major Texas school finance fix

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a key health care negotiator, agreed it will be hard to get 50 votes out of the 52-member Republican conference, a threshold that would require Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie.

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Top US senator John McCain calls for removal of Turkey's US ambassador

Nine people ended up in the hospital Tuesday after a melee near the embassy in Washington, D.C., that reportedly involved an attack by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's own security detail on peaceful protesters. " This kind of thing cannot go unresponded to diplomatically ", and suggested lawsuits would be filed if the bodyguard responsible can't be identified.

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Gianforte wins Montana election, apologizes for assault

Criminal assault suspect Greg Gianforte is the victor of the special election to fill Montana's seat in the U.S. House, according to the Associated Press , David Wasserman of Cook Political Report (writing at FiveThirtyEight), and DecisionDeskHQ .

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Appeals court upholds block of Trump's revised travel ban

US President Donald Trump's administration will ask the Supreme Court to review an appellate decision upholding a stay blocking enforcement of an executive order barring visas to residents of six Muslim-majority countries. Supreme Court. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals said it "remained unconvinced" that the part of the measure naming the specific countries had "more to do with national security than it does with effectuating the president's promised Muslim ban".

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Congressional report shows how premiums could change under 'Trumpcare'

Senate Republicans are holding closed-door meetings in an effort to write their own legislation. 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.

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Trump to Palestinians, Israelis: Compromise for peace

I said then, and I say now, that this captures the difference between the Israelis and the Palestinians . A longtime businessman, Mr Trump has cast Middle East peace as the "ultimate deal" and has tasked his son-in-law Jared Kushner and former real estate lawyer Jason Greenblatt with charting a course forward.

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US Supreme Court issues temporary stay in Alabama execution

Arthur, who's execution has been postponed seven times, is facing an eighth date with the death chamber on Thursday, May 25, 2017. In Alabama, where 58 people have been put to death since Arthur was sentenced for the 1982 murder of Troy Wicker, the most pressing issue these days seems to be how long it takes to carry out capital sentences.

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Trump sides with French victor, at least now

Trump told Macron of his views in comments relayed by an official in the French government's office - after a bilateral meeting where the two men engaged in a vigorous handshake that lasted more than five seconds. Trump thanked Macron for France's leadership in counterterrorism efforts in Africa, according to the statement. When Trudeau first met Trump at the White House, he put his hand on his shoulder and gave him a firm handshake , preventing the normal yank .

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Caroline Kennedy says she's missed JFK every day of her life

Caroline Kennedy said in a video released by the JFK Library on May 25, 2017, that she thought about her father and "missed him every day of my life". "That we aren't bound exclusively by tradition if we understand the past with which we are breaking". "That we aren't bound exclusively by tradition if we understand the past with which we are breaking".

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Kansas lawmakers prepare to debate tax hikes, school funding

In a blow to Republicans , the nonpartisan analysts were also critical of 11th-hour provisions that GOP leaders had added to pick up votes and assure the bill's passage. They are also anxious about funding cuts to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, which the agency has said would result in nonviolent offenders being released early.

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President Trump's proposed budget would have significant effects in Shelby County

Trump's budget will not stand, of course, as even Republicans in Congress will balk at food stamp cuts and the crop insurance cuts and perhaps even the cuts on the rolls of Social Security disability - something Democrats will rightly characterize as the first GOP volley against Social Security itself.

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With Senate done, House ready to debate budget ideas

In the early morning hours Wednesday, the Senate adopted both the bathroom and property tax amendments to House Bill 4180 on votes of 21-10. The bill would allow insurers to charge those in the 50s and early 60s higher premiums compared to younger enrollees.

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USA and European Union Officials Discuss Laptop Ban on Flights

Alexandre de Juniac , IATA's director general, has said the plans could cost the industry dearly in a strongly-worded letter to John Kelly , the US Homeland Security Secretary and Violeta Bulc , the European Transport Commissioner. U.S. officials had previously said they were looking into extending to Europe a ban on electronic devices on flights originating from 10 airports in eight countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey , over alleged concerns that bombs could ...

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Federal Court Upholds Block on Trump's Revised Travel Ban

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that blocked the travel ban. The Richmond court's 10 to 3 decision said the president's immigration power is not total. The judges considered statements Trump made on the campaign trail, in which he told CNN last March, "I think Islam hates us", and that America "cannot allow people coming into the country who have this hatred".

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GOP House hopeful keeps low profile after assault charge

Polls close in Montana at 10 p.m. ET. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., was asked during an appearance on MSNBC Thursday about Gianforte by host Willie Geist, who said, "Should he be seated, given what he did?" Gianforte once enjoyed a double-digit lead in polls, but that has narrowed to single digits in recent weeks, according to The Hill .

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Texas Legislature OKs expanded prohibitions on bestiality

That itself was laughable given how much Republicans had properly criticized congressional Democrats for rushing through their health care overhaul without having a full grasp on its effects. And it highlighted how some provisions in the House bill would produce damaging consequences for many people. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a moderate Republican who has been working with Sen.

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Russian intelligence 'recorded discussing influencing Donald Trump'

Trump's associates were assisting Moscow in the effort. Under questioning from Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., Brennan said the Russians have been trying to disrupt Western elections since the 1960s, and that they've quickly adapted to the times .

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Journalist says Gianforte's account incorrect

The attack on Jacobs comes less than a week after security forces at the Federal Communications Commission allegedly pinned CQ reporter John Donnelly against a wall while he tried to ask a question of the departing commissioners at the agency's headquarters in D.C., according to press reports .

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Jewish groups praise Trump call for Muslim nations to confront Islamist extremism

USA officials said the information originated from Israel. "The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries and frankly for their families and for their children", he said .

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Jared Kushner under FBI scrutiny in Russia probe: US media reports

The meetings, which Mr Flynn also attended, were not made public at the time . After the election in late 2016, Kushner held meetings with top level Russian bankers and the Russian ambassador. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to an official summary of the meeting that a US official read to The Times . Trump has openly praised his son-in-law's prospect for bringing about peace in the Middle East .

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CBO: Health Bill Would Leave 23M More Uninsured

The Senate is unlikely to be able to adopt much of the House version because of the report's finding that it would result in massive coverage losses. The CBO released its analysis of the House-passed bill on Wednesday, giving the public an estimate of the impact the measure would have on health coverage, premiums and the nation's budget.

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GOP leaders praise Trump's balanced budget plan

Despite the criticisms, Republicans in Congress have the upper hand in the eyes of the public when it comes to handling the economy. But trust in Republicans is slightly down since voters were asked the same question a few months ago. Democratic defenders of the program warned that would deny health care and nursing home care to millions of people. DeVos defended the 13 percent cut in the U.S.

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Under US Republican bill, 23 million would lose health coverage: watchdog

Overall, 51 million people under the age of 65 would be uninsured by the end of 2026, the Congressional Budget Office report said. Some Republicans , including House Speaker Paul Ryan, said the report showed the legislation met key goals, including driving down premiums and lowering the deficit.


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