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Supreme Court Will Hear Landmark Wisconsin Partisan Gerrymandering Case

The court also put on hold any redrawing of maps while the case is pending. Democrats hope a favorable decision will help them cut into Republican electoral majorities. "I am pleased that the Court granted our request on this important issue". The Supreme Court may devise a better test. The Supreme Court is wading into the thicket of partisan redistricting in a case from Wisconsin. Read More

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Special election losses leave Democrats divided, searching

Special election losses leave Democrats divided, searching

Progressive Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., a freshman who has expressed frustration with Pelosi and party's platforms in the past, argued Tuesday night that the party has to rally behind a "concrete" and "bold" economic agenda. "Pelosi is the human embodiment of that". But his Republican opponent, Karen Handel , as well as a GOP-aligned super PAC and the House Republicans' campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee, spent millions on television ads and mailers latching Ossoff to ... Read More

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Trump calls House healthcare bill 'mean' during closed-door meeting with senators ‒ report

Still, no matter what the Republican-controlled Congress writes up to replace it - even if it's "the greatest health bill or tax cut ever in our country's history" - Trump lamented that not one Democratic legislator would vote for it. As Republican leaders look to build support for the health care overhaul they are writing behind closed doors, they are trying to reassure senators who fear vulnerable constituents would lose access to care. Read More

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Pelosi Points Finger at Fox News, GOP for Rise in Political Vitriol

Pelosi Points Finger at Fox News, GOP for Rise in Political Vitriol

She went on to use President Donald Trump's past statements as examples. As House Majority Whip, Scalise generally travels in an armored SUV with two plainclothes Capitol Police officers with him. Votes were canceled in the House of Representatives as members waited anxiously to get more news on Scalise's condition. U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore tweeted: "Today's senseless shooting wasn't just an assault on our Republican colleagues, but an attack on our country & the United States ... Read More

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Trump's tweets are 'official statements': Spicer

Trump's tweets are 'official statements': Spicer

The legal challenge was likely written before Spicer's statement , but his classification of the tweets as "official statements" can only make it more hard for the Trump administration to argue that his account is not a public forum . Sessions was the first and, for many months, the only US senator to back Trump's campaign. "The pt can not be stressed enough that tweets on legal matters seriously undermine Admin agenda and POTUS-and those who support him, as I do, need to reinforce that ... Read More

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Memorial Day services planned

The memorial service will start at 1 p.m. Glen Gindler, commander of Troy American Legion Post 708, will give the opening welcome. Following the Mass, all are welcome at the Catholic War Veterans Post Hall at 18 West 23rd St. The Sparta Township Historical Commission will hold their Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 29, at 10:30 a.m.at Lamoreaux Memorial Park, 150 Park St, in Sparta. Read More

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GOP focus on lowering health premiums may undermine benefits

The new estimates could give talking points to House Republicans , or to Democrats, who voted unanimously against that bill . The topline number of the Congressional Budget Office's score of the GOP's American Health Care Act is just brutal: 23 million more Americans would lose health coverage by 2026 under the GOP plan , compared to if America just kept ObamaCare. Read More

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Mulvaney defends Trump budget's social safety net cuts

Mulvaney defends Trump budget's social safety net cuts

Pruitt even made a decision to say Trump's "budget respects the American taxpayer". "The time for small thinking is over". In addition, Paletta reports that the Trump budget documents may claim that tax cuts drive so much additional growth that they - plus the safety-net cuts - will restore federal budget balance a decade hence. Read More

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Donald Trump's budget, spending cuts are 'moral,' Mulvaney says

Donald Trump's budget, spending cuts are 'moral,' Mulvaney says

That's an honest assessment that takes into account the weakest decade of growth in USA history from 2007 to 2016, even weaker than 1930 to 1939 in the Great Depression. Lowey said she anxious that Kelly didn't fully understand how important that money is to local jurisdictions, including New York City. Democrats immediately attacked the budget plan and vowed to prevent any part of it from becoming law. Read More

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Deputy AG Rosenstein 'frustratingly cautious' in House briefing

Deputy AG Rosenstein 'frustratingly cautious' in House briefing

Some Republicans in US Congress are beginning to distance themselves from President Donald Trump amid allegations that he shared intel with Russian Federation, sparking speculation that more Republican lawmakers may follow. During Thursday's news conference, Mr Trump contradicted both his own account and that of Mr Rosenstein. "He was insane, a real nut job", Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. Read More

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Trump hopeful as interviews continue for new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Trump hopeful as interviews continue for new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

The veiled threat added to the storm over Trump's abrupt firing of Comey on Tuesday. The career prosecutor was appointed by Trump in January and only confirmed by the Senate in late April. Graham spoke Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press". They are among more than a dozen candidates Trump is considering, a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials. Read More

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Postal Workers Hold Annual Food Drive Saturday

Postal Workers Hold Annual Food Drive Saturday

If you're looking for a way to give back this Saturday, the National Letter Carrier's Stamp Out Hunger food drive is probably one of the easiest solutions. In Coldwater, the letter carriers this week placed plastic bags in mailboxes to be used in the drive and should be put out by the mailbox. Last year, 115,000 pounds were donated. Read More

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Russian Federation inquiry needs a special prosecutor - but probably won't get one

Trump's sudden firing of Comey shocked Washington and plunged Trump deeper into a controversy over his campaign's alleged ties with Russian Federation that has dogged the early days of his presidency. "I'm going to try to figure out why the timing and why it happened at this point", said Sen. It didn't take long for critics of President Trump to call his sudden dismissal of Federal Bureau of Investigation director Jim Comey "Nixonian". Read More

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Heitkamp: Appoint special prosecutor after Comey firing

It's acknowledging that Comey's time had run out. "I think there will be a concerted effort to respond over time in kind". The worry now, by some Republicans in Congress as well as Democrats, is whether a Justice Department headed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who concurred in Comey's firing despite saying he would recuse himself from the both the Russian Federation meddling and Clinton email matters, can be trusted to continue this investigation. Read More

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Despite Protest, DeVos To Deliver Commencement Speech

Despite Protest, DeVos To Deliver Commencement Speech

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks to the crowd at the ASU + GSV Summit at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City , Tuesday, May 9, 2017 . Both students and alumni had expressed discontent with the invitation extended to DeVos for a variety of reasons, mainly including her mischaracterization of HBCUs as " pioneers of school choice ", for she later apologized. Read More

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Texas poised to ban 'sanctuary cities' amid nationwide debate

Texas poised to ban 'sanctuary cities' amid nationwide debate

Gathered in front of the Bexar County Courthouse on Friday, a group of state and local government leaders and heads of law enforcement agencies rallied in hopes that Gov. Since then, half of the Republicans in the House have signed on as co-authors. "We can not have multiple jurisdictions around this country or this state that pick and choose which laws they are looking at", Perry said, according to the Dallas Morning News. Read More

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GOP health bill spurs fears for people with pre-existing conditions

GOP health bill spurs fears for people with pre-existing conditions

If the Senate parliamentarian rules any of the bill's provisions out of order, it may allow Democrats to require a 60-vote threshold for passage. "Failure is not an option", No. Rob Portman are among those who've said they can not support the House bill in its current form. "Trump and Republicans will own every preventable death, every untreated illness, and every bankruptcy that American families will be forced to bear if this bill becomes law and millions lose access to affordable health ... Read More

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Sanders promoting new blood in Democrats but impact unclear

Sanders promoting new blood in Democrats but impact unclear

Sanders wants to push the Democratic Party to the Left, and unify it behind the progressive movement, but that didn't get off to an auspicious start. The tour had already made stops in Maine, Florida and Kentucky. But now, a year after that bitter primary, Sanders and his team are now working closely with the newly-elected party chair, allowing him and other local Democrats to appear before crowds that only he can draw - and deciding on the look and feel of events around the country. Read More

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United Airlines boss: no one will be fired for plane 'dragging' incident

Dao reportedly yelled that he was being discriminated against for being of Asian descent, a searing allegation given that United controls nearly 20 percent of U.S. Munoz declined to comment on any other policy changes coming to United Airlines , according to The Tribune. Oscar Munoz, United's CEO has repeatedly apologized for the incident and assured customers that law enforcement removing passengers from United planes for reasons other than safety or security would "never happen ... Read More

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Trump inaugural attracts record $107 million in donations

Trump's inaugural committee raised more than twice as much as Barack Obama's in 2009. The largest donor was GOP mega donor and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who gave $5 million. Boeing , which gave $1 million, was a strong supporter of the Export-Import Bank, which Trump attacked on the campaign trail but recently praised and nominated former Rep. Read More

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Arkansas vows to keep pushing for executions despite setback

Bruce Ward was also scheduled to be executed Monday night and had been granted a stay by the state Supreme Court. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson released a statement saying he was disappointed in the delay. Supreme Court over a procedural matter. Arkansas is making preparations for a series of executions that, as of late morning Monday, it is legally barred from carrying out. Read More

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No Significant Chemical Discharge From US Steel Spill

No Significant Chemical Discharge From US Steel Spill

That facility has been taken temporarily off line. The US Steel plant in Portage, Indiana, reported a spill of an unknown amount of wastewater on Tuesday; the EPA confirmed the water contained the carcinogen hexavalent chromium. Park officials Wednesday closed the beach at Cowles Bog, though the trails there remain open. That wastewater eventually flowed into Burns Waterway at a point about 100 yards from Lake Michigan. Read More

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As North Korea brews, Trump again in Mar-a-Lago

Yesterday, in Washington, New York and dozens of other cities, protesters loudly said that's not the case. It is not Camp David, the White House, the Pentagon, or NORAD. TravelPulse's Rich Thomaselli reports on Palm Beach area Lantana Airport, which has to shut down whenever the president is in town. The White House is playing defense, with Press Secretary Sean Spicer explaining, "Presidents always travel". Read More

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