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Supreme Court to Consider Case on Partisan Gerrymandering

And typically, they draw districts to protect their incumbents and give their party an edge. Their pursuit of raw political power and unfair partisan advantage undermines the integrity of our elections and shakes the foundations of our democracy.

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Crews continue to fight wildfire that forced town evacuation

The Federal Aviation Administration issued flight restrictions this weekend around a fire near Brian Head, Utah. An inversion early Sunday morning trapped smoke, degrading visibility to the point where firefighting aircraft could not be used, but by noon MDT two Air Tractor 802A Single Engine Air Tankers were working the fire.

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Where is Trump? Philando Castile's Family Wants President To Intervene

Police had pulled Castile over many times before. Castile, however, had no criminal record. "District attorneys around the country, from Tulsa to Cleveland to now St. There was also video of the shooting captured from a camera mounted on the dashboard in Yanez's squad vehicle. Prosecutors questioned whether Yanez had even seen it, and witnesses testified that it was in a pocket of Castile's shorts when paramedics pulled him from the vehicle.

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Virginia Tech Experts on Gerrymandering Available to Discuss Supreme Court Case

The team working on behalf of the Democratic voters contends that it has found a way to measure unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders created to give a "large and durable" advantage in elections to pone party - a measure that the Supreme Court has said was lacking in previous cases contending a partisan gerrymander.

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Tech CEOS visit White House to talk modernizing government

It has cited an economic opportunity to save up to $1 trillion over 10 years through such measures. Cook told Apple employees that the company does not support the travel ban in January, and tried to persuade the President to remain in the Paris Agreement this month.

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Understanding Congressional Confusion on Health Care

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) said that Republicans " should be embarrassed " by the way that they have been trying to pass the bill. The GOP's majority in the Senate is razor thin - at 52 to 48. No Democrat is expected to support the repeal effort. Some members, especially in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act , want to preserve higher federal funding levels to help maintain access to healthcare for the low-income people Medicaid is created to help.

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Newt Gingrich Says 'Pugnacious' Donald Trump Has 'Compulsion' To Counterattack

Gingrich said there's "no evidence" the president ever impeded any Russian Federation investigation and Trump fired the FBI director because "Comey's public behavior was so destructive". So far the last six months everybody on the left is walking around chanting 'watch for the Russian connection. Gingrich said Mueller would likely not be able to find any collusion or obstruction so he is going to examine finances.

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American cancels 20 Tuesday flights at Sky Harbor due to heat

Weather service meteorologist Ashley Allen says the Strip's tall, close buildings and long stretches of concrete cause the area to heat quickly and cool slowly. Unhealthy to very unhealthy levels of heat-induced ozone pollution are expected in several inland communities. Dr. Kevin Foster warned people to be extra careful around concrete, vehicle interiors and playground equipment, especially young children who have sensitive skin.

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Georgia Republican calls ad tying race to congressional shooting 'disgusting'

The Record's All-North Jersey boys lacrosse teams will be unveiled Tuesday, along with the top athletes, team of the year, player of the year, coach of the year, final rankings and the All-Bergen and All-Passaic teams. An Ossoff victory could be a wake-up call to Republicans about how much the Russian Federation investigation is costing the GOP. Ossoff responded to the ad: "The man is fighting for his life", he said .

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Sean Spicer might be leaving White House podium

Some days, there has been no briefing at all. The White House Press Secretary is getting to a point that he is just kind of useless. Mr Spicer later expressed frustration that other reporters who had observed the scene didn't come to his defense and explain that he was talking with someone on a sidewalk hemmed by shrubbery, not literally hiding in bushes.

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Justices: law on offensive trademarks is unconstitutional

The band welcomed the ruling . The disparagement clause "offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend", Alito wrote . Ben Shapiro, a conservative commentator and fierce defender of free speech, still warns that the current cultural trend in the United States may threaten free speech, despite today's ruling.

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Holcomb fire north of Big Bear at 200 acres and growing

By 6 p.m., the fire had spread to 850 acres, the U.S. Forest Service said . San Bernardino County Sheriff officials have issued voluntary evacuations in the dump, Baldwin Lake and Tanglewood Campground. It's burning through heavy timber. Fire officials have called in the massive Tanker 911, a DC-10, to assist the other aircraft and ground resources battling the fire.

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Supreme Court to hear partisan gerrymandering case

The Court has agreed to no firm standard as to which political considerations are and are not allowed in creating congressional and legislative districts, and in 2004's Vieth v. Wisconsin's Republican party won 48.6 percent of the vote in the first election following the release of Wisconsin's current maps. If a candidate only needs 51% of the votes to win, any votes over and above that are essentially wasted .

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The Supreme Court Will Hear A Major Partisan Gerrymandering Case

Wisconsin Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel welcomed the justices' decision to hear the state's appeal and called the state's redistricting process "entirely lawful and constitutional". He will be a key vote in the Wisconsin case. These particular plaintiffs might not have shown a manageable constitutional standard to determine when a gerrymander went too far - but Kennedy wasn't ready to say it was impossible that one might exist.

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Hospital Upgrades Scalise Condition To 'Serious,' Says He Is 'More Responsive'

Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle, is reported to be in good condition. "ONE FAMILY", proclaimed a sign in the crowd. There was plenty of amateur-hour baseball in the event, but also some breakout play. The Democrats defeated the Republicans 11-2. That lasted until the end of the seven-inning game.

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Tensions rise in Syria as Russia, Iran send U.S. warnings

On Monday, Russia's Ministry of Defense accused the USA of "a cynical violation" of Syria's sovereignty, saying that Russian aircraft had also been carrying out combat missions in the same region - and that the coalition didn't use the deconfliction channels.

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Texas woman charged in stabbing death of 4-year-old daughter

I don't harbor any hate in my heart for her. Family members called the Harris County Sheriff's Office to report the text messages. She basically told them she hurt Fredricka. Investigators said the mother was in a vehicle accident and rushed to a hospital around 6 p.m. Officers who found the little girl described the scene as "horrific".

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84 neglected Great Danes seized, most from NH mansion

The seizure was the result of an investigation that began May 8 by law enforcement and cruelty investigators. The humane society said they should have been treated like canine kings and queens, but instead, were caged inside a mansion with no sign of available water, "just some remains of raw chicken parts strewn around the dogs".

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Missing 12-Year-Old Naomi Jones's Body Found in a Creek

But all hopes for a happy ending were dashed on Monday afternoon when two fishermen found the girl's body floating in a creek. Electronic billboards went up across the south during the search for Naomi, who disappeared May 31. "So, the time line is being further (defined) as to when Naomi left her home and then again tracking where she may or may not have been at that time".

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Russian diplomat condemns U.S. for downing Syrian fighter jet

The downing of the warplane - the first time in the conflict that the USA has shot down a Syrian jet - came as Iran fired several ballistic missiles at IS positions in eastern Syria in retaliation for two attacks by the extremists in Tehran earlier this month that killed 17 people.

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Carrie Fisher Autopsy Report Released

The release states that the " Star Wars " actress showed signs of having taken multiple drugs, but investigators could not determine whether they contributed to her death in December. Four days later on December 27, Fisher went into cardiac arrest. "At this time the significance of cocaine can not be established in this case", the full autopsy report, released Monday, states.

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Sheriff says OH man is suspect in 5 slayings

Brinkman Jr., 45, is charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping and tampering with evidence in the deaths of Suzanne Taylor, 45, and her daughters Taylor Pifer, 21, and Kylie Pifer, 18 . Daily Mail has obtained the video of the suspect , George Brinkman , after police subdued him and took him into custody . He was released in March 2000.

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Hearing scheduled on release of Cosby jury names

Judge Steven O'Neill, who Saturday declared a mistrial in the case after the jurors announced that they were unable to reach unanimous agreement on any of the charges, said he would keep the juror list sealed until the district attorney's office weighed in on the issue.

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ACLU: Michelle Carter Conviction Violates First Amendment

The mother also said in the interview that she didn't believe Carter had a conscience or a moral compass because of the role she played in Conrad Roy Jr.'s suicide. Michelle Carter was miles away when she led Conrad Roy III back into his pickup truck behind a Kmart in Fairhaven. He said that although the suicide was tragic, it was not a homicide.

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Donald Trump Confirms He's Being Investigated By Using His New Favorite Term

It was not clear whether the President was basing his tweet on direct knowledge that he is under investigation , or on reports this week that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether the President obstructed justice by firing Mr Comey last month amid the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

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Senate overwhelmingly passes measure for tougher Russian Federation sanctions

As further punishment for Russia's involvement in the election, as well as wars in Syria and Ukraine, new sanctions would be placed on Russians who supply weapons to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, violate human rights or conduct cyberactivity for the government.

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Otto Warmbier 'was brutalised by pariah N Korea', parents say

The family of Otto Warmbier said he was in a coma and was on a Medivac flight home. Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years hard labor for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel in North Korea in January 2016. When asked if he would bring up the cases of Warmbier and three other Americans detained in North Korea , Rodman told reporters, "That's not my objective right now".

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Senate Votes to Make it Harder for Trump to Lift Russia Sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that new USA sanctions on Russia will damage ties between the two countries. The Senate legislation imposes sanctions on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them.

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Spicer taking on new White House role

The White House traditionally communicates with reporters at night to tell them what time the next day's briefing or gaggle ― a format often used when the president is traveling ― will be held. Acosta said on CNN that Spicer is getting to the point "where he's just kind of useless" and called the briefings "basically pointless". He continued, "You know, if he can't come out and answer the questions and they're just not going to do this on-camera or on audio, why are we even having these ...

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Did Trump Jr. confirm Comey's account of the president's comments about Flynn?

Comey said he felt uncomfortable with the president's pressure to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn , Trump's first national security adviser. In a television interview on Saturday night though, Donald Trump Jr. appeared to directly contradict his father's denial. There's no, "Hey I'm hoping ".

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US Student Hospitalized After Return From NKorea

Denise Koesterman ties blue-and-white awareness ribbons along Springfield Pike near the family home of Otto Warmbier , a 22-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, in the Wyoming suburb of Cincinnati on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

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New ad connects Ossoff with the shooting of Republican congressmen in Virginia

Democrats have gone into overdrive in an attempt to win the special election for a House seat in Georgia seen as an early referendum on President Donald Trump , The Hill reported on Monday. And that summed up rather neatly the struggle Handel and her GOP allies face. Republican strength in this special election could embolden them to go along with the bill, while an Ossoff victory might confirm a steep electoral cost of the way health care has been handled - and the effects the ...

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Uh Oh! Trump Is Reportedly Under Investigation For Obstruction Of Justice

Several legal experts told Reuters that Comey's testimony last week that Trump expected loyalty and told Comey he hoped he could drop an investigation of a former top aide could bolster obstruction of justice allegations against Trump. When Rosenstein appeared before the House Appropriations Committee this week, he stated that Comey's firing could very well become a factor for Mueller's investigation .

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Comfortable week ahead, with chances for storms at times

This is a changing situation and the FIrst Alert team will be watching the conditions closely. On Sunday , there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, but we'll then see partly sunny skies with a high near 78 degrees, according to the forecast .

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Terror attack near London mosque, one dead (Fourth Lead)

The driver of the van was reportedly subdued by the crowd before being taken into official custody. Ten people were injured and police said a man died at the scene, though he was receiving first aid at the time and it wasn't clear if he died as a result of the attack or something else.


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