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Judge blocks Trump threat to withhold 'sanctuary city' funds

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In his ruling, Judge William H. Orrick sided with Santa Clara County, the city of San Francisco and other jurisdictions, who argued that a threat to take away federal funds from cities that do not cooperate with some federal immigration enforcement could be unconstitutional. Read More »

UC Berkeley offers Ann Coulter a different date

UC Berkeley officials say they were unable to find "a safe and suitable" venue for the right-wing provocateur, whom campus Republicans had invited to speak. Yao said they included threats of violence involving weapons. Ann Coulter condemns Berkeley protestors who have committed "viewpoint discrimination" and hurt her reputation. Read More »

WH press secretary defends Trump's 'significant' work in 100 days

Trump spoke about Syria, North Korea, immigration, and infrastructure spending. During a phone conversation with President Xi Jiping, President Trump said that Kim Jong-Un's "continued belligerence" was destabilizing the region. This evening, Trump declared that the UN Security Council "needs to be willing to impose sanctions" on North Korea. Haley said on ABC, however, that the US isn't interested in a Chinese proposal that would call for an end to joint U.S. Read More »

A New Healthcare Bill is Close

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As for whether reaching that threshold is possible, "the answer isn't clear at this time", a senior Republican aide said . States also could request waivers to Obamacare's ban on insurers charging sick customers higher premiums than healthy customers. Read More »

Public invited to celebrate Arbor Day on Tuesday

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A ceremonial tree planting will follow at 10:30. "On Arbor Day, the children are making connections between lessons in the classroom, the art they created through these lovely poems, and the environment in which they live". The theme of this year's Arbor Day celebration is "Diversity in the Urban Forest". "It is clear our residents recognize the social and environmental benefits trees offer since so many communities across Wisconsin have earned Tree City USA designation". Read More »

Berkeley reverses decision to cancel Ann Coulter speech

She called claims of the university trying to set up an alternate date "FAKE NEWS!" In that context, Ms. Coulter's announcement that she intends to come to this campus on April 27 without regard for the fact that we don't have a protectable venue available on that date is of grave concern. Read More »

Documents: Teen abused by mom before kidnapping by teacher

The teacher would later be reprimanded on February 3 by school principal Penny Love after the girl was seen in Cummins' classroom for a little more than half an hour that day. throw her right back in there and tell her to go clean her room". There was not availability to food all the time, is the understanding. "And the answer he gave me was that [Elizabeth] wanted to run away and she wanted to leave, and he didn't want her to go alone, so he went with her so that he could know that she ... Read More »

DOJ Says it is Not Letting Up on Sanctuary Cities

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President Trump and Attorney General Sessions have both made repeated public statements that individuals illegally in the US are responsible for a significant increase in crimes, especially in "sanctuary cities" that harbor them from federal authorities. Read More »

Marine Le Pen Gains After Terror Attack In Last-Minute Poll Before Election

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Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told The Associated Press that the attacker targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station Thursday night at the center of the avenue popular with tourists. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that the attack "will have a big effect" on the election. His two colleagues and the German tourist are said to be out of danger and police have been praised for helping to stop Cheurfi before he could hurt anyone else. Read More »

In Florida, Trump set 100-day bar he now calls 'ridiculous'

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That comes on the heels of news that Trump is also considering a big reduction in the top rate for corporations from 35% to 15%. Right now, our tax system includes seven brackets, and Trump's tax plan would pare it down to just three : 12 percent 25 percent, and 33 percent. Read More »

UC Berkeley cancels Ann Coulter speech over security fears

Alex Yao said "very specific and credible threats of violence " had been received in connection with the announced Coulter event, and that officials canceled the speech for that reason. She called claims of the university trying to set up an alternate date "FAKE NEWS!" "I'm definitely giving the speech", she continued. A Thursday report from The Hollywood Reporter also spotlighted how lawyers for two of the groups organizing the lecture are criticizing Berkeley over the May 2 date. Read More »

Bill expanding abortion coverage passes the Illinois House

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During the debate, Democratic Majority Leader Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie of Chicago read from a statement she said Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner made during his 2014 run for governor in support of ensuring women can access abortion services regardless of income level. Read More »

Severe storms possible Wednesday afternoon & evening

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Flash flooding along with damaging winds and a few pockets of rotation will be possible. The greatest risk for an isolated tornado will be within the "enhanced" risk area. On Friday night, Saturday and Sunday , locally heavy rainfall will also be likely. If the storm emerges onto the Plains farther to the north or south than latest indications, the severe weather zone will also shift in that direction. Read More »

Tennessee teacher planned to take 15-year-old girl to Mexico

They were found more than 2,000 miles away from home in a cabin in far northern California. The wife, who works for the Maury County school system, said she had not seen her husband since March 13. He paid for essentials - including chocolate for the teenager - with cash and only took back roads to avoid roadside surveillance, the documents say. Read More »

Why All The Fascination With A New Prince Song?

Also of note: Prince's music has been played a lot more on the radio since his death, which has continued into this year, according to Billboard . From the hilarious faces the 57-year-old delivered during the BET Awards to kicking Kim Kardashian off stage to his uncanny ability to blend social justice and music during pivotal moments like the 2015 Baltimore protests, few superstars remained relevant like Prince . Read More »

Crisis talks over North Korea begin amid fears of new nuclear test

The drills coincided with military exercises held by US and South Korean navies in the Yellow Sea, off the western coast of the Korean Peninsula and as the USS Michigan, one of US's most powerful submarines, arrived in South Korea. Graham said he sees military force as a "last resort". This indicated that North Korea is developing technologies to "cold-launch" ICBMs, ejecting them from the launch tubes before they ignite in midair, which would prevent its limited number of ICBM-capable ... Read More »

Founders Brewing Joining Detroit Craft Beer Scene

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Additional equipment purchases have not been finalized, Stevens told Brewbound. "We're not trying to replicate what we have in Grand Rapids but rather try and enhance what Detroit has to offer". It will be Founders' first taproom outside of Grand Rapids. The unnamed insider "said the growing brewery has been looking for space in the city for more than a year, largely in the southern portion of Midtown", Crain's reports . Read More »

US Chamber endorses Karen Handel in special election

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Georgia election officials contend that the June runoff is simply a continuation of the special election this week, so they don't have to allow newly registered voters to participate. Ossoff finished a crowded, 18-person special election on April 18 with 48 percent of the vote, short of the 50-percent-plus margin he would have needed to win the election outright. Read More »

Browns discussed trading up with three teams in top 8

The Giants, who usually exercise patience in the draft may seek an opportunity to move out of the 23 hole to either grab a coveted prospect or accumulate more selections. Assuming they take Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the No. 1 pick, they would presumably be moving back up to get their choice of the draft's top quarterbacks. Read More »

Beyonce offering scholarship to female Berklee student

Spelman College indicates the one-time award is worth $25,000 on its website , which would cover a little more than one semester's worth of tuition, fees and room and board. Earlier this year, she joined a lengthy list of celebrities who openly supported the anti-Trump Women's March and signed an open letter in support of International Women's Day . Read More »

Government shutdown, health bill rescue at stake in Congress

Yesterday, President Trump reportedly said he is going to delay pushing the wall through. A White House official confirmed to CQ Roll Call that during an evening reception for conservative media outlets, Trump said his administration might secure some border wall funding this week in an omnibus spending bill or try again in September. Read More »

Former AG Sally Yates to testify May 8 in Russia probe

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Yates was sacked by US President Donald Trump after she refused to defend his original executive order to temporarily halt immigration from nations said to be terrorist hotbeds. Yates gave warnings to the White House counsel about Flynn's conversations before she was forced out. Four congressional committees in all launched investigations after USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered hacking of Democratic political groups to try to ... Read More »

Trump to sign executive orders on offshore drilling, veterans affairs this week

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In an Associated Press interview, President Donald Trump claimed more progress than he's actually achieved on his 100-day plan. On Wednesday, Trump is expected to sign an executive order related to the 1906 Antiquities Act, which enables the president to designate federal areas of land and water as national monuments to protect them from drilling, mining and development. Read More »

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after 2017 season

Earnhardt has 26 wins in 603 Cup Series starts, including two Daytona 500 victories, and finished a career-high third in points in 2003 while driving for Dale Earnhardt Incorporated. Earnhardt said his most hard conversation he had was with team owner Rick Hendrick, whom Earnhardt told of his planned retirement on March 29. Jr. Read More »

No water for week led to jail dehydration death

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He also claimed that surveillance videos show three corrections officers turning off the water in Thomas' cell as punishment after he flooded a previous cell, then neglecting to resume his water flow after a reasonable period of time. Thomas' family has previously laid out their version of what happened over the week he was at the jail, a case prosecutors took up this week. In the course of the five days, correctional officers are expected to testify that they had no knowledge of his water ... Read More »

Trump insists Mexico border wall will get funded

The report says Trump could wait until later in the year to request funding for the project had been greeted with praise by many Democrats including senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, who said in comments carried by The Associated Press: "It's good for the country that President Trump is taking the wall off the table in these negotiations". Read More »

Election seen as President Donald Trump test set for run-off

The victor replaces Republican Tom Price , who stepped down to serve as Mr Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Democrat reportedly amassed an astounding $8.3 million from almost 200,000 donors, with over 95 percent of those contributions coming from out of state. Read More »

Berkeley cancels Ann Coulter's visit fearing violent protests

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Associate vice chancellor Nils Gilman "grudgingly offered to allow the event from 1 p.m.to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2 - during 'dead-week, ' when students are not even in class", wrote Harmeet Dhillon of Dhillon Law Group in a letter to Berkeley interim vice chancellor of student affairs Stephen Sutton. Read More »