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Fiscal discipline? Not now, as GOP pushes tax cuts

Fiscal discipline? Not now, as GOP pushes tax cuts The changes contained in a bill that passed the U.S. House last week are welcome in some states that want more autonomy but are causing alarm in others that embraced former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. I would be surprised if they're impacting them at all. The House took the first big step of 2017 last week, narrowly approving health care overhaul by a skin-tight 217 to 213 ma... [Full Article...]

Lawyer asks judge to toss Hernandez conviction

April 19, 2015: Hernandez was found hanged in his prison cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in MA in the early morning and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. May 4, 2017: An investigative report released by Massachusetts State Police revealed that Hernandez had jammed his door with cardboard to prevent it from opening and had spilled shampoo across the floor to make it slippery... [Full Article...]

Padres add newly acquired Matt Szczur to active roster

Padres add newly acquired Matt Szczur to active roster The veteran outfielder was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on Monday evening after the defending World Series Champions initially designated him for assignment. Szczur, 27, was the Cubs fifth-round pick in 2010 and appeared in 202 big league games for Chicago, slashing.243/.295/.370 over parts of four seasons. [Full Article...]

New Executive Order Could Lead To Increased Offshore Drilling

Environmental activists, meanwhile, railed against the signing, which comes seven years after the devastating 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act gives the president power to withdraw offshore areas from commercial use. Zinke, who is also tasked with reviewing other drilling restrictions, acknowledged environmental concerns as "valid", but he argued t... [Full Article...]

Yates Explains Refusal To Defend Trump Immigration Executive Order

Yates Explains Refusal To Defend Trump Immigration Executive Order There were no major revelations during over three hours of testimony. They have also pointed the finger at Susan Rice, who was Obama's national security adviser. The testimony comes amid news Former US President Barack Obama warned then-President-elect Trump not to give the post of national security adviser in his administration to Flynn. [Full Article...]

Probe into deadly fall at Penn State frat to be released

The members belonging to Beta Theta Pi were set to be arraigned Friday afternoon following an investigation into the death of Timothy Piazza. Piazza died on February 4 after suffering injuries at a pledging event at the fraternity, which has since been banned from the university, as previously reported by the Daily Collegian. [Full Article...]

Crowd chants 'shame' as Ryan enters Harlem charter school

Crowd chants 'shame' as Ryan enters Harlem charter school He wants to take money from the public to benefit private corporations. Well, we won't stand for that. Signs greeted Ryan saying, "Healthcare is a human right!", "Our lives are not your keg party!" and "Too cruel for school, NYC families won't let your empty heart cost our students what they need to learn" as protesters chanted, "Shame!" at the Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI).... [Full Article...]

Did Trump just delete the Muslim ban from his website?

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the high-profile case, in which the American Civil Liberties Union has challenged the order as unconstitutional on the basis of religious freedom. Should it consider the disparate impact the so-called "travel ban" has on Muslims? Several judges took it differently. He urged the thirteen-member panel of judges to not give Trump's p... [Full Article...]

Judge Vacates Aaron Hernandez's Murder Conviction

Judge Vacates Aaron Hernandez's Murder Conviction Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder in 2015 in the death two years prior of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player who had dated the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Hernandez's lead attorney in the double murder trial, Jose Baez, has pledged to independently investigate the death. On April 19, Hernandez was found naked hanging from a bed sheet in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correc... [Full Article...]

One Montana national monument affected by Trump's executive order

One Montana national monument affected by Trump's executive order The American people, including the millions of members we represent, overwhelmingly oppose efforts to roll back protections for the parks, monuments , marine sanctuaries and other public lands and waters they love. Somewhere along the way, however, the act became a " tool of political advocacy rather than public interest ", he added. The order requires review, for possible diminishment, of up t... [Full Article...]

Administration Fights to Save Travel Ban Before Fourth Circuit

The future of US President Trump's travel ban could rest on his previous comments about Muslims. In his cleverest moment of an otherwise half-hearted performance, Mr Jadwat drove home the importance of that line: If Mr Trump was referring to terrorists (rather than Muslims) when he read the title of the order concerning "foreign terrorists" and then said "we all know what that means", "there would... [Full Article...]

Judge to hear arguments on bid to erase Aaron Hernandez conviction

Judge to hear arguments on bid to erase Aaron Hernandez conviction MA courts have generally recognized a legal rule called "abatement ab initio ", or abatement, in which convictions are thrown out if a defendant dies before his or her appeal is heard. Hernandez was serving a life sentence without parole after being convicted of the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd . Well, Ward would have to independently retry the murder charge against Hernandez in front of a new ju... [Full Article...]

Republican healthcare bill passed, Obamacare 'dead'

Neither Blunt nor Collins is purportedly part of the 13-member, Republican-only Senate team working on the bill. Collins said one issue no one is talking about is the actual cost of health care: She said that's a critical point: "And that is, if we're going reduce the cost of health insurance, we have to take steps to reduce the costs of health care". [Full Article...]

Abedin Didn't Send as Many Emails as Comey Said

In his testimony, Comey claimed that Hillary Clinton's top aide, Abedin, forwarded " hundreds and thousands " of emails to her husband so that he could print them for her. Democrats, including Clinton, have decried Comey's decision to offer details of an incomplete investigation so late in the election as pointless, extraordinary and even the difference between Clinton and Donald Trump winning... [Full Article...]

ISIS radio station destroyed, 34 militants killed in Nangarhar

ISIS radio station destroyed, 34 militants killed in Nangarhar At the time of the raid officials said they thought Logari had been killed , but were not certain. Seeking to capitalize on the death of a top Islamic State commander, Afghan forces surged through districts in eastern Afghanistan long held by the radical Islamist group as warplanes pounded militant hideouts, officials said Monday. [Full Article...]

Carter warns against US relaxing emphasis on human rights

Carter warns against US relaxing emphasis on human rights Jeff Merkley - along with just a handful of House members and governors. We recently asked you to support our journalism. Sanders said he's anxious about Democracy in the USA and overseas under the Trump administration. "But I don't have any doubt that one of the candidates is better qualified than the other". "I'm relieved to know that Sen". He emphasized on making the Democratic Part... [Full Article...]

Senate Dems ask GOP to drop their plan to repeal 'Obamacare'

Senate Dems ask GOP to drop their plan to repeal 'Obamacare' The Affordable Care Act isn't ideal. Experts, along with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, warn that the bill would drastically underfund state high-risk pool programs for vulnerable people - even if states tried to set them up according to strong standards. [Full Article...]

Iowa Rep. Rod Blum quits interview over town hall questions

Iowa Rep. Rod Blum quits interview over town hall questions Some of the people who attended the town hall were not impressed by his decision to leave the interview , and asked why he should be trusted to deal with "tough problems" if he couldn't answer a reporter's question. As Blum left the room, children who accompanied him seemed to punctuate his departure with amusing moves as the reporter tried to continue the interview. [Full Article...]

The White House Is Trying to Make Trump's Muslim Ban Disappear

The White House Is Trying to Make Trump's Muslim Ban Disappear Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which is reviewing a district-court ruling declaring the ban unconstitutional, questioned administration lawyers about " statements of the president on the campaign trail", specifically the one someone tried to erase Monday, only to be told that they shouldn't be looking at those. [Full Article...]

'Serial Street Shooter' Accused of 9 Murders

On Monday, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said Saucedo has been rebooked into jail and now faces 26 felony counts of homicide for the nine deaths, and others for aggravated assault and drive-by-shooting for a total of 12 shootings. [Full Article...]


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