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Federal judge blocks the Trump administration from withholding funds for sanctuary cities

And while he said it was "heartening" that the government opted not to assert constitutionally infirm executive branch powers, the judge said DOJ's reading of Trump's order did not match its depiction by the president and AG Sessions. The administration has said the executive order protects public safety by keeping unsafe criminals out of the streets. Federal law explicitly states that "a Federal, State or Local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any ... Read More »

Socialists plan Berkeley rally against Ann Coulter supporters

Some at the rally in downtown Berkeley are wearing combat gear, including military grade ballistic helmets and body armor. University police erected barricades and refused to let any protesters enter the campus. Police began preparing for potential violence between far-right and leftist groups Thursday after the talk was called off. UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks took to the New York Times today with an op-ed concerning both the Ann Coulter speech kerfuffle and the ongoing use ... Read More »

Body of missing Joliet toddler found in mother's home

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The Will County Sheriff's Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant late Wednesday at the home in Joliet Township and found Semaj Crosby dead. Semaj has braids in her hair with white beads, her family said. "She just learned to walk, so she can't get that far", said Semaj's aunt Lakershia Crosby. Read More »

Senate confirms Acosta as Trump's man at labor

Acosta completes President Donald Trump's cabinet just two days ahead of his 100 days in office. The vote makes Acosta the final Cabinet secretary to be approved. "Acosta's leadership at the Labor Department will serve as a much-needed change from what we saw under the previous administration", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Read More »

US admiral says North Korea crisis 'at worst point'

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As of late Thursday, North Korea had not requested to speak. She said the U.S. wants "to test that hypothesis to the maximum extent we can" for a peaceful resolution. And the Trump administration seems to not want to risk the lives of American soldiers by assuming that North Korea doesn't already have this nuclear capability. Read More »

Russia's payment not listed by Flynn

With Flynn's failure to obtain permission from military authorities for the payments and failure to disclose them, the retired general could have violated a constitutional ban on foreign payments to retired military officers. He said the White House did not release a detailed list of Flynn's contacts with foreign officials, a request he dismissed as "outlandish". Whether Flynn properly disclosed payments from foreign governments on his security clearance application was the subject of the ... Read More »

Wily Klitschko cranks up heat on Joshua

Joshua began his career on a tear and won the IBF heavyweight title in his 16th professional fight, which ranks as the fifth-fastest heavyweight title win all time . Joshua's main weapon is his power and in particular the power of his right hand. Klitschko has said repeatedly that he's "obsessed" with winning, and getting his belts back in his corner. Read More »

Mattis: 'No doubt' Syria has chemical weapons

Russian Federation has protested the U.S.' refusal to allow its inspectors to participate in a formal investigation into a chemical weapons attack that struck the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhan in northern Idlib, Syria, earlier this month. Read More »

'The Simpsons' Takes on Trump's First 100 Days

Yet the focus group respondents frequently expressed concern about how things in the country are going, using words like "terrible", "upheaval", "polarization", "chaotic", and "volatile" to describe the state of the country. His loyal backers think the popularity numbers could be much worse given how much the Washington "swamp" has stymied a president they see as a radical champion for their cause. Read More »

Senate Dems block quick vote on short-term spending bill

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President Trump lashed out at Democrats in a rapid-fire tweetstorm Thursday morning, accusing them of wanting to shut down the federal government - and ruining Americans' summer vacations. And the insurance companies use the payments to mitigate deductibles and co-pays. The group has set up websites dedicated to tracking ties between Russian Federation and former Trump officials, including onetime Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and it has compiled 100-page-long research documents ... Read More »

White House: Trump says U.S. will not withdraw from NAFTA

Without it, Trump would lose "fast-track" negotiating authority that mandates Trump get only a simple majority in Congress to approve of the new deal - a politically untenable position given the controversial nature of some of his trade positions. Read More »

On Earth Day, thousands speak up for science

Nye, who served as an honorary co-chair for the March for Science , chided lawmakers who ignore scientific research in areas like climate change and railed against the Trump administration's proposed budget cuts . Marchers around the world brandished placards saying "There is no Planet B", "Science not Silence" and "Make Science Great Again". "From combating climate change and reducing carbon emissions to safeguarding our coastal communities and strengthening resiliency in the face of ... Read More »

Suspect in killing of state trooper is shot dead

He graduated from the police academy in 2009. Police say that's when Sealy fired at Ballard with a handgun he had in his waistband. Stephen Ballard's wife and 5-year-old daughter. Ballard was investigating a suspicious vehicle in the Wawa parking lot. "This situation is a heartbreaking reminder of the risks our police and first responders face when they take an oath to keep our communities safe", said Sen. Read More »

Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley

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Far Right brawls have also broke near campus this year. After Coulter announced her intention to visit on April 27 despite UCPD's security concerns - "without regard", Dirks said, "for the fact that we don't have a protectable venue available on that date" - the chancellor asked his staff to expand the search for safe, available locations. Read More »

Trump slams US' Ninth Circuit court over travel ban, sanctuary cities order

Similar to these rulings, it was the rhetoric that has surrounded the Trump administration that served as something of a "smoking gun" in Judge Orrick's decision. In a statement releaseed Wednesday, the White House said: "Sanctuary cities, like San Francisco , block their jails from turning over criminal aliens to Federal authorities for deportation". Read More »

Wells Fargo adds $32 million to fake-account settlement

Only three directors received more than 90 percent support from voting shareholders, a benchmark cited by Sanger as what would be the outcome of a normal vote. The biggest question was whether Wells Fargo shareholders would oust the board, as two major proxy advisory firms advised them to vote out at least some of the directors. Read More »

Syria accuses Israel of strike near Damascus airport

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In line with its usual practice, Israel's military declined to comment on the latest blast. But Israel's transport and intelligence minister Yisrael Katz told Israel's Army Radio that the incident in Damascus was "entirely consistent with our policy of preventing smuggling of weapons to Hezbollah". Read More »

Fund established for family of fallen DE trooper

Police have identified the man who fatally shot a DE state trooper and was later killed by police as 26-year-old Burgon Sealy Jr. "The suspect then fired multiple rounds at close range". Michaels Drive in the Brick Mill Farm development. This is a tragic time for Delaware State Police and for the state of Delaware. Reached by telephone Thursday, Louise Cummings' grandmother, also named Louise Cummings, said that "everybody is just devastated". Read More »

What could be next for Trump's sanctuary cities order

In his ruling, Orrick said Trump's January 25 order targeted broad categories of federal funding for the sanctuary cities and that plaintiffs challenging it were likely to succeed in proving it unconstitutional. And the California legislature has a private law firm headed by former USA attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. on hold should the legal battle stretch to the state. Read More »

Chaffetz: Flynn may violated federal law

Payments to Flynn that were supposed to be disclosed included about $34,000 for speaking at a December 2015 gala hosted by a Kremlin-backed Russian TV network, where he dined with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Flynn is a retired general, and as such, he's prohibited from accepting foreign payments under Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution, which prohibits USA officials from accepting a "present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind" from a foreign government "without the ... Read More »

Michael Flynn Is Looking Guiltier With Each Passing Day

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The Department of Defense is now investigating whether Flynn broke the law by accepting a payment from a foreign government without receiving prior approval. A lawyer for Mr Flynn said the Pentagon was aware of one of his paid speeches. "There's an issue...that the Department of Defense Inspector General is looking into", Spicer said. Read More »

Investors keep Wells Fargo board at contentious meeting

Wells Fargo's guidelines require that directors offer to resign if they fail to receive a majority of votes cast. "The board has heard that message". "When I say I'm sorry. I think that speaks for all of the board", he said at one point. Wells Fargo expects the expanded settlement account to resolve claims in 11 other pending class-action suits over the scandal. Read More »

Canada's Trudeau tells Trump a NAFTA pullout would be too painful

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In phone calls to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump "agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time", the White House said in a statement . "If you check my campaign, any of my speeches, I said I'll either renegotiate or I'll terminate", Trump said. The administration appeared to be divided on Wednesday over how and when to proceed, as they balanced a newfound cautiousness with the desire to rack up accomplishments before Trump's 100th day ... Read More »

Physician who was dragged off flight settles with United

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Initial reports said security officers beat him, but that was later modified to suggest his injuries were inflicted as he was dragged off the aircraft. Delta Airlines also increased its maximum payout to $9,950 and Southwest Airlines said it will no longer overbook flights "as part of our selling process". Read More »

'NAFTA's been a disgusting deal for the United States,' says Trump

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Earlier, the White House said Mr. Trump "agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time and the leaders would proceed swiftly to enable the renegotiation to the benefit of all three countries". Some were gunning for Mr. Trump to sign a draft order this week, while others were weighing the complications surrounding withdrawing from or renegotiating the deal without Congress fully onboard. Read More »

Pentagon joins intensifying probe into Trump's ousted national security adviser

The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee knocked former national security adviser Mike Flynn and the Trump administration over his failure to disclose foreign payments he had received. Flynn filled out the government's Standard Form 86 (SF-86) to renew his security clearance in January 2016, a month after he gave a speech in Moscow at an global conference hosted by RT, even though he was no longer a government employee. Read More »

Mnuchin can't promise new tax plan will really help middle class

US stocks pared gains on Wednesday after the plan was unveiled. CRFB estimates the overall cost could go as high as $7 trillion if limits on tax breaks that the plan suggests apply only to high earners. US President Donald Trump's proposed tax cuts for individuals and businesses could add trillions of dollars to the country's budget deficit and would significantly benefit the wealthy, according to fiscal experts and lawmakers. Read More »

National monuments a 'massive federal land grab', says Trump

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It should have never happened. Trump signed the executive order in a ceremony at the headquarters of the Department of the Interior. Last year, Obama designated 1.3 million acres of federal land as Bears Ears National monument, and in 1996, Bill Clinton protected the 1.9 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument . Read More »

66 percent of Americans under 30 disapprove of President Trump, poll finds

Indeed, the two biggest successes of Trump's first 100 days are on the front page of the Contract: the Gorsuch nomination and Trump's immigration executive order tightening controls at the Mexico border. The survey, which included more than 2,500 responses from 18- to 29-year-olds, found that millennials scored Trump's performance lower than the general public does. Read More »

Pentagon joins intensifying probe of former Trump aide Flynn

The Department of Defense has begun investigating whether President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn accepted money from foreign governments without obtaining the necessary approval, according to a letter made public on Thursday by the top Congressional democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Read More »

US Senate arrives for extraordinary North Korea briefing

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China has been angered, however, by USA deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile defense system in South Korea, complaining that its radar can see deep into China and undermines its security. North Korea would "surely win a victory in the death-defying struggle against the USA imperialists", it added, according to AP. Senators who were briefed at the White House on Wednesday about the situation with North Korea said they learned "very little" during the ... Read More »