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Trump administration backtrack: Obama's Dreamers will stay

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) says Trump's leaving DACA in place "undermines" other directives the president issued in an effort to crack down on illegal immigration. Chris Chmielenski, director of content and activism for anti-immigration group Numbers USA, told CNN while he was happy with the DAPA decision, he wants Trump to also end DACA. Read More »

Heat wave boosts burns in Phoenix as pavement, cars scald

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People shield themselves from the sun while walking along the Las Vegas Strip, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Las Vegas. Coleman was taking a break from posing for photographs with tourists. It noted the state's electrical grid is "under stress" and recommended that residents use fans and closed drapes to cool rooms instead of air conditioners. Read More »

Former Homeland boss outlines Russian Federation threat

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Johnson served as DHS secretary from December 2013 to January 2017. In that case, the hackers were not identified as Russian agents. DHS acting director of cyber intelligence Samuel Liles assured the committee that the "level of effort and scale required to change the outcome of a national election would make it almost impossible to avoid detection". Read More »

Alabama warns of floating fire ants in floods

Flooding and road closures stretched from east Texas into northwestern Florida after Cindy made landfall early on Thursday near the Louisiana-Texas border and weakened to a tropical depression , the National Weather Service said. A turn toward the northeast is expected. It is forecast to merge with a front over Kentucky and Tennessee Friday . Heavy rainfall will expand across the Tennessee and OH valleys today and across the central Appalachians Friday into Saturday . Read More »

Sharp questions for Sessions in coming testimony

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Comey stop investigating anyone". President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis in the Rose Garden at the White House, Friday, June 9, 2017 , in Washington . Comey said he took Trump's words not as just a "hope" but as a "direction" from the highest official in the land - an order he was not about to obey. Read More »

Senate releases health care bill proposing Medicaid cuts, end to ACA penalties

It's not even a health care bill! "It is a disgrace that Senate Republicans are trying to force an extremely unpopular bill on the country, in one week", Sen. Senator Roger Wicker of MS expressed some disappointment that the new bill bears too many similarities to Obamacare . "What I'm telling [fellow Senators] is if they get to an impasse, come talk to me, because I'm more than willing to vote for a partial repeal if I can't get complete repeal, but I'm not willing to vote for ... Read More »

Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall

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The storm's maximum sustained winds had decreased to near 40 miles per hour (64 kph) Thursday morning with additional weakening expected, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for coastal Louisiana and southeastern Texas . The Tropical Storm Warning has ended for Orleans Parish, but remains for lower Jefferson Parish. Read More »

Gunman who shot U.S. politician Steve Scalise acted alone, says Federal Bureau of Investigation

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On his body, police found a piece of paper that contained the names of six members of Congress . Investigators said they have not found any evidence indicating Hodgkinson planned the attack. In addition to the note the Federal Bureau of Investigation also seized a cell phone, computer, and a camera all housed in Hodgkinson's vehicle. The FBI also analyzed Hodgkinson's devices and social-media accounts and said that while his posts included numerous "anti-Republican" sentiments, ... Read More »

Trump says health care bill needs 'a little negotiation'

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So no matter the new name and a few tweaks, the bottom line of the Senate bill is the same: Millions of poorer people will lose their health insurance so that the richest Americans can get a huge tax cut they don't need . "This bill does not represent our values", she said. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found the House bill would kick 23 million Americans off their health plans, and the legislation is unpopular with the public. Read More »

Pelosi tries to reassure Dems after Georgia loss

For GOP consultants, tie-every-Democrat-to-Pelosi is a tried-and-true strategy that's been working for more than six years. He added that 6th District Republicans united against a Democratic candidate many saw as a tool of his national party leaders. Read More »

Trump to promote skilled-trade apprenticeships in Wisconsin Tues

A senior Administration official noted during the briefing that the government is channeling billions of dollars into job training programs - in fiscal year 2017 spending on these programs totaled $16.7 billion before Pell grants - that he says have not effectively helped the American worker. Read More »

California signs low-carbon pact with China in defiance of Trump

The gap between the United States and other large industrialized economies on climate change continued to grow at the Group of Seven (G7) ministerial talks on environment , in which most members agreed to strongly back the Paris agreement , with USA objections noted in a stand-alone footnote. Read More »

Tribute to Slain Muslim Teen is Set Afire in Washington

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Virginia's hate-crime statute includes penalty enhancements for crimes motivated by race, religion and ethnicity. However, the attacks on Hassanen and her memorial have caused some to suspect bigotry was a factor. Police say they haven't ruled out hate crime charges, but do not yet have any evidence to believe Hassanen was targeted due to her religion. "All she wanted was some to get some sahoor with her friends, not too far from the mosque", Nubian Youth wrote on the page . Read More »

Grizzly bear protections in Yellowstone National park are ending

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The Interior Department today said it will lift Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park region. This decision by the U.S. The process of delisting the grizzly bear began long before President Trump took office: The service chose to lift the species' threatened status in 2007, but a federal judge reinstated the protections in response to a lawsuit in 2009. Read More »

McMaster promises 'whatever it takes' on Myrtle Beach crime

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Gov. McMaster, who was planning to be in the Grand Strand Thursday for other scheduled events, is adding the meeting to his schedule, says Brian Symmes, a spokesman for the governor. The barricades have proven effective during Memorial Day weekends and music festivals, Crosby said. He also brushed off the suggestion that heavy police presence might be alarming to visitors. Read More »

Sylville Smith shooting: Milwaukee officer acquitted

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PITROF: Well, the district attorney charged Heaggan-Brown with first-degree reckless homicide not for the first shot he fired at Smith but for the second one. "The guy get out of the driver side and he got a gun and started running". Heaggan-Brown's first shot hit Smith in his arm. Patrick Smith said of police officers. Read More »

Senate Republicans unveil U.S. health bill - but lack votes to pass it

The Senate bill would take all federal funding from Planned Parenthood for a year, which provides 2.4 million men, women, and children annually with birth control, sexually-transmitted disease treatment, and preventative checkups. It would also end the tax penalties under Mr Obama's law on people who do not buy insurance - the so-called individual mandate - and on larger firms that do not offer coverage to their employees. Read More »

What's next on health care draft in Congress

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Democrats gathered on the Senate floor and defended Mr Obama's 2010 overhaul. Democrats say GOP characterizations of Obama's law as failing are wrong and say the Republican plan would boot millions off coverage and leave others facing higher out-of-pocket costs. Read More »

Partly Cloudy With A Chance Of A Shower Friday

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Winds will still be gusting up to 25 miles per hour at times out of the south. Especially during the afternoon with the daytime heating. Winds will also pick up today , with gusts to near 25 miles per hour this afternoon. Highs may top out in the 70s with the chance for a few showers and thunderstorms. When it's not raining, we will have partly cloudy skies. It will be muggy with highs in the upper-70s. Read More »

The Senate Health Bill Is a Disaster for the Opioid Crisis

More than 170,000 West Virginians gained health care coverage under Medicaid expansion . Senate GOP leaders face the hard task of crafting a bill that is acceptable to party members who have competing ideologies and priorities. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, "The president said the Senate bill needed heart". Obama's health law enacted an additional 3.8 percent tax on investment income for married couples making more than $250,000 a year and individuals making more ... Read More »

Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses

A majority of African Americans nationally thinks the party takes them for granted, he concluded. But some rank-and-file House Democrats scoffed at such explanations and raised questions about Pelosi's continued leadership. "Being leader is a tough responsibility, and there's no one who works smarter and around the clock than Leader Pelosi", the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ( DCCC ) told reporters on a conference call when asked about the criticism. Read More »

Senate GOP Bill Reveals Plans To Defund Planned Parenthood For A Year

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So what does it do? Like the House bill, the Senate measure would block federal payments to Planned Parenthood , two sources said . One study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project two years ago found that as many as 240,000 women between 18 and 49 in Texas had tried to end a pregnancy on their own. Read More »

Gunman made no threats to Congress before Virginia shooting

Hodgkinson maintained a social media presence that was pro-Bernie Sanders and anti-Republican. There's no reason to beat around the bush here: what the Federal Bureau of Investigation is claiming is mind-boggling when they claim the shooter had no target in mind . Read More »

Pelicans get Jackson from Charlotte in draft deal

The Phoenix Suns made Josh Jackson the fourth pick in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft. "It's a blessing", Jackson told ESPN . Starting point guard Jrue Holiday is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and New Orleans traded his backup, Tim Frazier, to Washington on Wednesday for the 52nd pick in the draft. Read More »

"Humpty Dance" rapper Shock G arrested in Wisconsin

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According to WEAU, the hip-hop star was accused of drug paraphernalia possession. A auto ride in Wisconsin ended in handcuffs for Shock G of Digital Underground when he was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia on June 13. The original reason for pulling the auto over in Rice Lake, Wisc. around 2 a.m.is unclear. Digital Underground are known for their track " The Humpty Dance ", which catapulted them to stardom in the early 1990's. Read More »

Senate GOP health bill: Tax cuts for rich

House of Representatives that tied them exclusively to age, Republican Senator Susan Collins said . Senate Republicans unveiled a 142-page bill to partially repeal and replace Obamacare on Thursday. Any new Senate bill would have to be reconciled with the House version. After weeks of cloak and dagger discussions, Senate Republicans on Thursday released the text of their health care overhaul plan. Read More »

Otto Warmbier's Family Objects to Autopsy of Former North Korean Prisoner

This handout photo obtained courtesy of the Warmbier family shows mourners at Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio, on June 22, 2017 , as they attend the funeral for Otto Warmbier . Warmbier's family objected to an autopsy, so the Hamilton County coroner's office conducted only an external examination of his body. College counsellor, Cynthia Meis said: "He was able to connect with grownups and children, and he was one of those people that made you feel like you were his best friend, even ... Read More »

As ethnic diversity trends up, whites trend down

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The starkest example of that trend is Sumter, Florida, which saw its median age rise from 49.2 years in 2000 to 67.1 years in 2016. Monica Gomez Isaac, executive director of the Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University, said the increase in the Hispanic and Asian populations can be attributed to higher birth rates - and "that's projected to grow". Read More »

Heavy Rains And Flooding As Tropical Storm Cindy Makes Landfall

It could mean as much as 3 inches of rain for the area, upping the risk for flash floods and putting local emergency officials on high alert. Over 200 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana , is a the low-pressure center of That stormy weather which is mainly located to the north and east of that center. Read More »

Senate GOP health care bill fails America

Warren insisted that Senate Republicans , in drafting the bill, had been "dreaming up even meaner ways to kick dirt in the face of the American people". Such is their majority in the Senate, Republicans can afford to lose two Senators and still see the bill approved when it is voted on next week. "We have to act ", McConnell said on the Senate floor. Read More »

White House: Trump Suspects Russia Behind 2016 Election Meddling

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Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies to the House Intelligence Committee task force on on June 21 as part of the Russian Federation investigation. Nor is he much interested in upholding the oath he took on Inauguration Day, promising to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States". Read More »

Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

But it's unclear whether that complies with the Senate's arcane budget rules that are necessary to pass the bill without Democratic support. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , who has been criticized for drafting the bill in secret with just a dozen Republican Senate colleagues, says the proposal - which he calls a discussion draft - will stabilize insurance markets, strengthen Medicaid and cut costs to consumers. Read More »