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Trump tweetstorms wash away White House press briefings

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However, as time went on, Spicer came under fire for how he handled the daily press briefings at the White House . "We've been meeting with potential people". "I've said it since the beginning, the President spoke today, he was on camera". He has been filling both the press secretary role, but also the communications director role since Mike Dubke resigned from that role last month. Read More »

Israeli PM says work begun on new West Bank settlement

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Mr Netanyahu had vowed to build the settlement to replace Amona , a settlement outpost built on private Palestinian land that was dismantled in February following an Israeli Supreme Court ruling. That has caused friction between the prime minister and right-wing elements in the governing coalition and amongst Netanyahu's support base - an issue that could become acute if the president's representatives push for more building limits. Read More »

GOP preparing for Senate health care vote, amid differences

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., pauses as he speaks following a closed-door strategy session at the Capitol in Washington , Tuesday, June 20, 2017. More moderate senators like Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are also seen as potential "no" votes on the other end of the spectrum. Read More »

Recording: Woman brandished shears in past police encounter

Bible says the two officers knew Lyles was vulnerable when they responded after she reported a burglary Sunday at her apartment. Lyles was shot and killed by police on Sunday after police say she came at them armed with a knife. Video footage recorded by onlookers captured one of the officers telling her "you're not going to get shot" - right before shooting her. Within 10 seconds, there are sounds of a possible scuffle or rapid movement, and the officers shout "Get back!" Why didn't ... Read More »

Black bears kill 2 in Alaska, including teen in extreme race

Alaska State Troopers stated that Patrick Cooper's remains were airlifted from the scene on the mountain on Sunday. The 250-pound bear was shot in the face by a Chugate State Park ranger. A day later , Alaska State Troopers were called out to investigate a fatal mauling at a mine 300 miles northeast of Anchorage . The last fatal mauling happened in 1995, when two local runners were killed by a brown bear guarding a moose carcass. Read More »

US State Department presses North Korea to release detained Americans

Justin Weber said that a press conference is expected later to provide details. The college student died Monday , shortly after his return to OH after being held for more than 17 months. He traveled to China during a break in his studies, and then onto North Korea with a tourist group. While almost all Americans who have been there have left without incident, visitors can be suddenly seized and face lengthy incarceration for what might seem like minor infractions. Read More »

Tropical Storm Cindy churns closer to Gulf coast

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A tropical storm warning is in effect for San Luis Pass to the mouth of the Pearl River. Locally, the "Harris County Flood Control District with the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management and the National Weather Service are monitoring a tropical system that could potentially affect our area late Wednesday into Thursday morning", according to a news release. Read More »

Escaped Georgia Inmates Captured In Middle Tennessee

A Tennessee homeowner held a pair of escaped Georgia inmates wanted for killing two correctional officers at gunpoint until authorities arrived and took them into custody. The bravery of a homeowner put an end to the three-day long manhunt, Fitzhugh said. The Putnam County Sheriff says he is elated these men are off the street, but is still grieving the loss of his two corrections officers. Read More »

Southwest celebrates first day of summer with heat wave

This increased to nearly 50, however, according to a statement from the airline sent to AZ Central . While airlines limit the weight inside the aircraft to ensure successful departures, the only option when a heat wave reaches over 118 degrees is to cancel flights . Read More »

The Slants Win Supreme Court Battle Over Band's Name In Trademark Dispute

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The Redskins are now appealing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th circuit in Richmond and believe the Supreme Court decision Monday will allow them to prevail, too. But the Supreme Court has now decided that provision is unconstitutional. Simon Tam , one of the band's founders, said in a Facebook post , "When I started this band, it was about creating a bold portrayal of Asian American culture". Read More »

Brussels central station evacuated after small explosion

Train services were suspended, and the police have evacuated the site and cleared the tourist-filled streets as bomb disposal teams worked, according to Al Jazeera . Belgian soldiers have shot a suspected suicide bomber in the heart of Brussels following a small explosion at Central Station. On May 22, a man set off a homemade bomb at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England after an Ariana Grande concert. Read More »

Where things stand with Special Counsel Mueller's Russia probe

On Fox News Sunday , Sekulow said that he was certain the president was not under investigation because he had received no notification or other indication that he was. "Political interference with an ongoing investigation, regardless of what the President's lawyer may say, could make the President a target, a subject, a person of interest", Blumenthal said. Read More »

Senate jabs Trump in unanimous vote on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

The plan calls for strengthening current sanctions and imposing new ones on corrupt Russian actors , those involved in human rights abuses and those supplying weapons to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Rand Paul of Kentucky were the only votes against the bill. In order to prevent Trump from opposing the measure, lawmakers have attached it to a bill meant to impose pressure on Iran, a move favorable to Trump. Read More »

Trump likely to reveal this week whether secret Comey tapes exist

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is reportedly leaving the White House . Spicer smiled during a question about the validity of the reports , saying, "I'm right here", as if to say clearly no immediate change had been made. The daily White House press briefings - usually, but not always, led by Sean Spicer - have been lately occurring with less frequency and, when they do occur, are much shorter than usual. Read More »

Republican Handel wins Georgia race, thanks Donald Trump

Donald Trump has heaped praise on Republican Karen Handel after she won a special election runoff in Georgia , while celebrating other recent GOP wins. Sabato said the lesson to learn from the race for Democrats should be the "euphoria they felt" over Trump's struggles in the polls have been replaced by reality. Read More »

Spicer Addresses Rumors of New White House Role: 'I'm Right Here'

Spicer is still around, he had four briefings or gaggles last weeks, but mandated that they be off-camera. "That's the White House behind me, the White House ". On Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer - who is, reportedly , leaving his role for a different position in the White House , which would leave his job open - held a press briefing and prohibited video and audio coverage. Read More »

Good Riddance to DAPA-but DACA Should Be Next

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The program permits undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children to remain and work without fear of deportation, barring criminal offenses. The reasons for reversing DAPA are also reasons for reversing DACA, but the administration apparently has no plans to end that program, or even to curtail it. Read More »

Mother charged after trying to smother child

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Dixon agreed to be voluntarily taken to police headquarters to speak with detectives, where she was charged. Hospital staff were alerted to abnormalities in the victim's vital signs and fluctuations in the boy's breathing patterns, according to police. Read More »

Winning Powerball Ticket Worth $447.8 Million Sold In Riverside County

The Associated Press said the jackpot was the 10th largest lottery prize in USA history, but that no one had yet to come forward to claim the prize. The numbers drawn were 20,26,32,38,58 and the Powerball number was 3. Before the drawing Saturday night the jackpot was estimated at $435 million. With fewer winners, the jackpot has the chance to grow bigger week after week. Read More »

Clamping down, White House puts the 'brief' in its briefing

Spicer could not say, however, whether the president has had a chance to review the proposal yet. White House officials believed the trip garnered good coverage even though the president eschewed a longtime presidential tradition of holding a news conference overseas and provided only limited public press briefings. Read More »

Senate close to vote on dismantle health law

Democrats and some moderate Republicans object to the bill because of a Congressional Budget Office score that estimates 23 more Americans would lose health insurance coverage under the AHCA than under the current ACA. "The Senate is not a place where you can just cook up something behind closed doors and rush it for a vote on the floor", the Rubio said Sunday on "Face the Nation". Read More »

Governor Rauner addresses the State of IL from Springfield

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During the regular session, Senate Democrats passed a plan to generate $5.4 billion through an income tax hike and other taxes to fund a $37.3 billion budget plan. As a result, the state has amassed an unpaid bill pile topping $15 billion, while payments mandated by state law for expenses such as debt service on bonds and pensions were made in full. Read More »

4 more Los Angeles youth police cadets arrested in scandal

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Beck says he doesn't care how much money the federal government threatens to withhold from Los Angeles. "One-on-one interviews, where they will stress not only ethics but responsibilities of being a cadet", Beck said. "Every day Los Angeles' police officer staffing crisis puts resident's safety at-risk and this extends to each patrol divisions' inadequate Kit Room security", according to a statement from the LAPPL. Read More »

3 teen police volunteers steal LAPD cars, stun guns

As we'd reported on Thursday , two stolen LAPD cruisers crashed separately during a pursuit with officers on Wednesday night. Three teenagers on a Los Angeles police cadet programme stole patrol cars and led authorities on wild pursuits that ended with crashes, the city's police chief has said. Read More »

Crapo-backed Russian Federation sanctions bill passes Senate

The Republican-led Senate voted decisively to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 election by approving a wide-ranging sanctions package that targets key sectors of Russia's economy and individuals who carried out cyber attacks. Should Trump reject the new sanctions, the measures backers say that there will be enough congressional support to override the veto, AP reported . Read More »

Uber to allow tips for drivers in reversal of longstanding policy

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Drivers will also earn a cancellation fee if their rider cancels after two minutes, down from a previous window of five minutes. In Seattle, drivers' pay and working conditions have been in the public spotlight with the passage of the city's first-of-its-kind law allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize. Read More »

Spicer expected to take less public role

Look it's no secret we've had vacancies, including our communications director, he's been gone for a while. Now, shortly after news of Sean Spicer's removal from daily press briefings broke , both The Week and The Atlantic are reporting that Stephen Bannon blames Sean Spicer's weight gain for the administrative shake-up. Read More »

Voters to decide 5th District Congressional seat

Tonight is Election Night in Georgia as well, but the numbers are still rolling in. But if Republican Karen Handel keeps the seat under party control after Tuesday's special election, it will be by a much smaller margin. But the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has only plunked $275,000 into the SC race, compared to a $5 million investment in the special election in Georgia's 6th District. Read More »