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2nd of 4 Confederate monuments removed

The dates and times of removal of the other two monuments-General Robert E. Lee and P.T. Beauregard-will be kept secret, according to a press release from Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office. Second, even if there was one, it is unlikely it would be powerful enough for policymakers to consider, because it would cause major political backlash, and it would be a significant departure from American tradition. Read More »

Despite protests, DeVos delivering Bethune-Cookman address

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Omarosa Manigault , an advisor to President Trump, also attended the commencement. "Black students did not "choose" HBCUs over the all-white colleges", Rep John Conyers said , after the statement . Bethune-Cookman is a historically black university, and DeVos faced criticism in February for calling the institutions "real pioneers" of school choice. Read More »

Obama to deliver keynote speech in Italy on food security

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So far Carbon dioxide has risen from about 280 parts per million - a level that had remained fairly constant from the end of the last Ice Age to the 1800s - to more than 400ppm today. Meanwhile, Trump aides are openly airing their differences on the issue and a final decision on the U.S. stance is expected soon. The president was supposed to host a meeting Tuesday with top advisers to discuss the merits of the climate agreement. Read More »

Senate blocks move to overturn Obama drilling rule

The BLM's rationale for the rule is that by wasting a valuable resource producers are denying taxpayers royalties that would otherwise be collected and that released methane is a potent climate warming greenhouse gas. The EPA estimates that oil and gas companies release approximately 9.8 million metric tons of methane into the air annually. "Republicans and Democrats agree that overturning this rule would have been unfair to taxpayers and hurt our cities and counties who are ... Read More »

Trump seeks closer ties with Russia in meeting

However, U.S. media wasn't allowed in; the photos of the meeting were published by the Russian foreign ministry and by the Russian news agency TASS . Congress is already carrying out probes over reports that Trump campaign associates were in contact with the Kremlin prior to the U.S election. As far as the day's discussions are concerned, the White House and the State Department put out terse statements, and gave no briefing, leaving it once again to the Russians to frame the ... Read More »

Lavrov acknowledges Comey fracas by quipping 'Was he fired?'

The official also pushed back on critics who have questioned whether Trump should have met in the Oval Office with Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak , whose interactions with Trump campaign officials have come under scrutiny by federal and congressional investigators. Read More »

US Media Barred from Trump Meeting with Russian Officials

Lavrov cracked a joke about Comey's firing , answering shouted questions from reporters by saying: "Was he fired?". The White House said Mr. Trump is seeking "to build a better relationship" with Moscow, less than a month after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said relations between the two countries were at a low point. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation chief in Chicago among four interviewed for interim director of agency

Schumer wondered out loud about the timing of the firing and asked whether investigations into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation were "getting too close for the president". Comey also flatly rejected Trump's explosive claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor Barack Obama. The White House says Rosenstein wrote his letter of his own accord, and that it triggered Trump's decision. Read More »

DeVos heckled at graduation for historically black college

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Graduating seniors at Bethune-Cookman University in Florida will protest U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' commencement speech on Wednesday because of her remarks about historically black schools like theirs, organizers said. Reporters on scene provided live updates from DeVos' speech, which was met with cries of "Go home!" and included an admonishment from the school's president, according to Business Insider . Read More »

Protest to take on Trump's climate policies

Temperatures hit 91 degrees in Washington , matching the record for the day set in 1974 and amplifying the movement's message about global warming. For Kem Morawski, a retiree living in Maryland, the objective of the march was to show "Congress that there's a lot of people out here - their constituents - that are concerned about climate change". Read More »

FX traders find Trump's first 100 days are good for business

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A post on the White House website also touts the president's "bold action" in the first 100 days. "I see all of those attractive red-and-white hats, but we will never forget our favorite slogan of them all, "Make America Great Again". "Our companies are doing better -- they just announced fantastic profits -- all because of what's happened in this rather short period of time", Trump says. Read More »

Student Stabs 4, Kills 1 Near Texas University

Earlier, officials had said only two people were hurt but UT-Austin police said later that three were wounded. UT-Austin President Gregory Fenves said in a statement Monday night, "I ask that our entire community come together to support the victims and their families". Read More »

Cinco De Mayo Hits Home with Trump in Office

Saturation patrols have additional officers blanketing streets known for drunken driving stops, arrests, crashes and deaths. But Cinco de Mayo , which translates to May 5, is probably one of the most misunderstood Mexican holidays. Civil War. Some of the largest celebrations in the US are held in Los Angeles and in towns throughout the west. Trump spent the holiday at a golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Read More »

After Back-And-Forth, Ann Coulter Speech Is Off At UC Berkeley

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Submit your Newswire tips here. "Berkeley's status as a symbol of free speech and protest makes it a tempting site for the staging of physical confrontations between both sides". When questioned, BCR representatives and Harmeet Dhillon refused to tell Conatus News who was funding the lawsuit, or if it was being undertaken pro bono, but said they are ready to take it past the appeals court level, presumably meaning to the Supreme Court. Read More »

ANN COULTER BERKELEY PROTEST: Peaceful demonstrations at UC Berkeley after Coulter cancellation

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Yesterday Ann Coulter cancelled her speech at Berkeley, citing a lack of support by the speech organizers and the university administration who claimed they could not find a safe venue. DeVos' staff is creating a task force aimed at curtailing and repealing regulations they deem to be overstepping local control of schools. "Our commitment to the First Amendment, to free speech, is non negotiable", he said. Read More »

Penn State frat members appear in court in pledge's death

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Piazza was pronounced dead at 1:20 a.m. February 4 in the surgical Intensive Care Unit of Hershey Medical Center. Ten of the 18 brothers belonging to Beta Theta Pi were arraigned Friday afternoon following a months-long investigation into the death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, a sophomore engineering major from Lebanon, New Jersey. Read More »

Frat member told 911: 'We have a friend who's unconscious'

He fell down a flight of stairs, the report says, and went in and out of consciousness for more than 12 hours before his fraternity brothers called 911. The grand jury report said conduct in a "permissive atmosphere fostered by the Pennsylvania State University Interfraternity Council" led to Piazza's death. Read More »

Spending bill win claimed by both sides

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Republicans hold 52 of the Senate's 100 seats. Trump abruptly halted an interview with CBS News after being pressed on his wiretapping allegations against Barack Obama. But by Tuesday morning, the president sounded off on Twitter. - Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51 %. Read More »

Time for President Trump to really put America first

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said it was false that Mr Comey had asked Rosenstein for money for the Russian Federation investigation. "Today we'll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation", the majority leader said. Burr said his committee had the jurisdiction and responsibility to continue its investigation - and "we are going to do that". Read More »

Two dead in shooting at Texas college

Police announced an active shooter a little before noon and told everyone to avoid the area. Irving PD said just before 1 p.m. that there was "no continuing threat" at the school, but officers will keep searching to make sure the campus is safe. Read More »

Senate blocks moves to overturn Obama-era rule on drilling

MCain said he voted against the resolution because it would have prevented the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from writing an improved regulation in the future. Colorado's environmental groups, celebrating the outcome of the vote, are criticizing Gardner's decision. Jamie Williams, president of the Wilderness Society, an environmental group that had pushed to defend the Obama rule, said the Senate vote was the result of grassroots efforts by voters across the country. Read More »

Anderson Cooper Eyerolling Kellyanne Conway Is All of Us

Richman, a Comey adviser, told the Times . On May 9, the White House fired Comey for disclosing the bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. Cuomo's "tough guy" stance not only highlighted the extreme media bias against the Trump administration, but it illuminated how uneducated he is compared to Conway on policy and procedure. Read More »

Taylor hits grand slam in 1st, Dodgers pound Pirates 12-1

OUR PREDICTION: The Pirates are just 15-38 in their last 53 trips to Los Angeles and 1-6 in Kuhl's last seven starts versus a team with a winning record. "The most important part was that we got the win, and I'm just happy we were able to work that way", said Urias, who is 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his past 11 games (nine starts). Read More »

Officer who fatally shot boy, 15, in Texas is fired

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Police Chief Jonathan Haber confirmed the firing of Oliver on Tuesday evening, according to the Associated Press . The Dallas County Sheriff's Department and the Dallas County District Attorney's Public Integrity Unit are still investigating the shooting. Read More »

8 members of Penn State frat due in court in pledge's death

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Centre Country, PA District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller alleged on Today that Beta Theta Pi members had a long history of similar alcohol-fueled behavior at Penn State . One Beta pledge, who participated in the bid acceptance ritual the night of February 2, testified to attending three recruitment events in which the fraternity provided alcohol to potential new members. Read More »

DeVos booed speaking at historically black university

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At the time , DeVos took to Twitter to clarify her previous remarks . "Let's choose to hear one another out", she said over the chaotic din of students in the audience booing repeatedly, mixed with university officials' futile attempts to counteract their protests with adamant clapping. Read More »

Protests to greet DeVos at historically black college commencement address

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This isn't the first time DeVos has used a controversial comparison to make her case. " Choose which way you want to go ", he said , Business Insider reports . The NAACP Florida State Conference is urging the university president and board chairman of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, to step down following the announcement of DeVos' speech last week. Read More »

Former Bachelor Chris Soules Arrested

Police told the outlet that Soules fled the scene, leaving behind his truck. The victim in a deadly accident in which Chris allegedly rammed the back of his tractor was The Bachelor star's longtime neighbor in rural Iowa. when responding to a 911 call. They told KWWL the investigation should be wrapped up in a few days. It turns out Bachelor star Chris Soules' arrest on Tuesday after getting involved in a fatal vehicle crash on Monday night isn't his first brush with the law. Read More »

Groups plan protest in Va. Beach over Trump offshore drilling order

The majority of sanctuary supporters, including Hill and Gibson, said they believed the sanctuary designation was needed to protect the county from offshore oil drilling. The Santa Barbara Democrat said her bill will prevent new drilling in federal waters by curtailing companies' ability to transport new oil and gas through coastal waters controlled by the state. Read More »

Macron presides over quickening collapse of French politics

Some 44 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds backed the Front National leader, compared with 56 per cent who voted for centrist Emmanuel Macron , according to projections. Ms Marechal-Le Pen, one of only two FN MPs in the outgoing parliament, said she would be quitting for personal and political reasons, and it was time for "reflection". Read More »

DeVos booed at graduation speech to historically black university

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Be sure to ch-ch-check out footage from the graduation for yourself (below). " Choose which way you want to go ". Tsk, tsk. Be sure to ch-ch-check out Betsy's awkward AF speech in its entirety (below). Anyhow, when BCU president Edison Jackson introduced Omarosa, students, parents, and distinguished guests broke out in boos. DeVos, a billionaire GOP donor who did her best to destroy Michigan's education system before imposing her extreme ideologies on the rest of the country, hasn't ... Read More »

United States expected to announce no charges in Louisiana black man's shooting

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Department of Justice explained that, according to federal law, it is not enough to show that officers made a mistake or acted negligently in Sterling's death. "Certainly, we didn't know when it was going to come, we didn't know what the decision was going to be, but from a public safety perspective, we worked together to try to figure out how we would want that to happen", he said. Read More »