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Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to NC voter ID law ruling

But a federal appeals court reversed that ruling by finding "the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the challenged provisions of the law with discriminatory intent". on March 15, 2016. "With race data in hand, the legislature amended the bill to exclude numerous alternative photo IDs used by African Americans", the judges wrote. Read More »

Barrington man facing charges in Penn State pledge brother's death

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Beta Theta Pi corporation was also charged with involuntary manslaughter among other counts. Preliminary hearings for all 18 who were charged are scheduled for May 17. Fraternity leaders have "clearly and consistently expressed its position that it does not tolerate hazing or alcohol abuse in any form by its members", they said. Read More »

Truex Jr. living sublimely after Kansas Speedway win

But on this Saturday, Truex had the speed and the closing power. Blaney, who led 83 laps, appeared to have the fastest vehicle for good portions of the night, but Truex came on strong at the end, passing the No. They placed Almirola on a backboard and rolled him to a waiting ambulance on a gurney. Logano, watching the replay for the first time on television, was visibly shaken after seeing the impact. Read More »

Voters split on whether Comey firing was right

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If you're finding it hard to keep track of all the latest developments, here is a timeline to help. He also reiterated, as he wrote in his letter dismissing the FBI Director on Tuesday, that Comey told him three times he was not personally under investigation as part of the Russian Federation probe. Read More »

Both MO Senators critical of Trump's "shutdown" demand, but to differing degrees

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However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday most of the senators now do not want to do away with the 60-vote threshold needed to stop filibusters on most legislation. "Right now I'm not anxious about the shutdown, I'm anxious about the deal that's in front of us". Earlier on April 7, Senate Republicans voted to end the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees after a historic change to the congressional body's rules, allowing them to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch with ... Read More »

Trump lashes out at 'pathetic' critics

Trump during his address took a vague shot at detractors but strayed from his usual style of tackling the news of the day head on, only saying there's "nothing easier or more pathetic than being a critic". "You are about the begin the greatest adventure of your life", the president told graduates. Trump asked the newly-graduated students. Trump's visit to the Lynchburg, Virginia, school marks his first extended public appearance since his Tuesday firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was ... Read More »

Trump at Liberty University: "We don't worship government; we worship God"

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Coming off a tumultuous week with the firing of FBI Director James Comey, President Trump called critics "pathetic" and told the audience at Liberty University on Saturday to "treat the word impossible" as "motivation". Trump said he and his staff are looking at "very well known, highly respected, really talented people, and that's what we want for the Federal Bureau of Investigation". Read More »

Arctic Council Allies Urge US to Remain Committed to Climate Change Pact

Tillerson was speaking in Alaska, at a meeting of the Arctic Council, which is an advisory group made up of the eight arctic nations and indigenous groups. The Fairbanks Declaration does not affirm that the US will honor the Paris accord. "In the United States, we are now reviewing several important policies, including how the Trump administration will approach the issue of climate change". Read More »

Trump and Clinton both complain about 2016 election

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Hillary Clinton pauses as she addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in the Manhattan borough of NY, U.S., November 9, 2016. In one of her first major remarks since the election, Clinton said on Tuesday that Comey, misogyny, Russian interference and a Wikileaks' dump of Democratic Party communications emails were in part responsible for her defeat in the election. Read More »

Trump Warns Comey, Blasts Media, Asks 'When Does It End' on Russian Federation

I hope you won't either. On Thursday , Trump told NBC he knew he ran the risk that by firing Comey he would "confuse people" and "lengthen out the investigation" into ties to Russian Federation. "We had a very nice dinner". "I'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed". Mr Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he had with Trump. Read More »

Fox News co-president departs amid turmoil

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Now, a third Fox News heavyweight has left the building. Shine had been cited in several lawsuits as someone who enabled and concealed Ailes' behavior and dismissed concerns from women who complained about it. Done". Amid speculation, host Sean Hannity tweeted a statement in support of Shine. Shine likely read the Hollywood Reporter piece about himself , for Sherman says that he marched into Murdoch's office early Monday and demanded to talk. Read More »

Mormon church cuts ties with Boy Scout programs in US, Canada

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There are approximately 470,000 Mormon boys and young men ages 8 to 18 in the United States and Canada, according to figures provided by Hawkins. The Scouts' 2013 and 2015 decisions to allow gay members allowed individual troops to choose whether to forbid openly gay members, though we had not heard of any such cases. Read More »

Historically Black University Cancels Sen. John Cornyn's Speech After Outcry

Mike Rogers. Cornyn to instead visit with students again at a future date in order to keep the focus on graduates and their families. The decision comes two days after Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos faced jeers and boos while giving a commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black university in Florida. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents concerned about future of Russian Federation probe

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He has been especially critical of Mr. Spicer, they said, openly musing about replacing him and telling people in his circle that he kept his own press secretary out of the loop in dismissing Mr. "You have a level of hostility that's incredible, and it's very unfair", he added, referring to the media. Unless I have them every two weeks and I do them myself, we don't have them. Read More »

Jeff Davis monument comes down after 106 years

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Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard, are slated to be removed in the following several days. Quess Moore said he came out to watch the monument be taken down "to celebrate the victory in the battle against white supremacy particularly in New Orleans ". Read More »

Pamela Karlan on the legal implications of the Comey firing

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Comey's firing. "We consider it to be a highly significant investigation", McCabe told the Senate Intelligence Committee in a hearing. "As I've said for the third time , there is nothing further to add on that", Spicer responded. "It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won", Trump said. "He was leading an active counterintelligence investigation into any links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government or its ... Read More »

USA train driver faces criminal charges over deadly 2015 derailment

Pennsylvania's attorney general lodged criminal charges Friday against the engineer at the throttle of the Amtrak train that crashed and killed eight people in 2015, electing to pursue involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment counts after the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office declined to prosecute. Read More »

$10000 reward offered to find white wolf's shooter

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She had been with the same mate for more than nine years, producing at least 20 pups. Park officials haven't publicly speculated on a motive. The park will provide more information about this ongoing investigation when it is available. Some conservationists believe the wolf was shot by someone angry about the reintroduction of the animals into the park 20 years ago - otherwise they would have likely taken the "trophy". Read More »

Mormon Church Cuts Ties with Boy Scouts of America for Older Teens

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Based in Salt Lake City, the Mormon Church is the largest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the United States , with its first being created in 1913. "As a chartering organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always had the right to select Scout leaders who adhere to moral and religious principles that are consistent with our doctrines and beliefs", the statement said. Read More »

White House commission to study voter fraud, suppression

The soon-to-be assembled commission will be composed of Republican and Democrat state election officials and other experts . Although Trump has provided no evidence to support his claim that almost three million people voted illegally (and only for Hillary Clinton), he has relentlessly pushed his narrative. Read More »

5 new things we learnt from Sally Yates Testimony about Michael Flynn

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Yates also stood by her judgment that Trump's travel ban was unconstitutional and her decision for the DOJ not to defend it in court. Probes by several congressional committees into Russian election meddling have been bogged down for weeks amid accusations by Democrats that Republicans have stalled progress to protect the White House. Read More »

Victory meant more to the GOP than the health of millions — LUPICA

Critics of the bill say it will impact more than 24 million Americans via less Medicaid funding and gutting protections for pre-existing conditions. A political group with ties to House Republican leadership, American Action Network, said Sunday it was buying $500,000 in television time to promote the Republican health care bill. Read More »

What's in Trump's religious liberty order?

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Lambda Legal announced on Tuesday that it would sue Trump if an explicitly anti-LGBT order were signed. Due to the freedom this might give religiously affiliated institutions, there is already reasonable concern about how this order could embolden discrimination against women and the LGBTQ community in particular. Read More »

Man suspected of triple murder surrenders after stand-off with police

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Sadler said late Thursday that there could be three people, possibly four, in the area who have the same name as the suspect. During a five-hour standoff with state troopers and local law enforcement officers along Gum Springs Road, Bowden held one hostage who has been identified as Haley McHam, 31, of Yell County. Read More »

Comey Is Willing To Testify Before Lawmakers-But Only in Public

Trump acted entirely on Rosenstein's recommendation when firing Comey. OK, but what about the whole Russian Federation thing? Comey had come under intense scrutiny for his role in the FBI's investigation into the email practices of Trump's opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, and the reopening of the investigation just days before the election. Read More »

Hosting Palestinian leader, Trump promises Middle East peace

Abbas said he believed their partnership could bring about a historic peace deal, emphasizing that he wants to see a Palestinian state with borders that existed prior to the region's war in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital. And "for many Palestinians, after all these years, Abbas has not delivered the goods", as NPR's Daniel Estrin reported . The status of Jerusalem remains one of the core issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read More »

Pastor Jeffress: Trump Is Ending Gov't 'Assault' on Religious Liberty

The order will direct the IRS to exercise "maximum enforcement discretion" over the Johnson Amendment , which prevents churches and other religious organizations from participating in political activity based on their tax-exempt status. He is directing the IRS to not target religious leaders, he said. "There are more than 50 religious Americans and groups that sued the previous administration for violating their religious freedom", Trump said. Read More »

Spicer may address Russian Federation probe in news briefing

Rosenstein?", Stephanopoulos asked on Thursday's Good Morning America . Some have then wondered aloud if the president is instead trying to punish Comey for investigating ties between his campaign and Russian Federation. He learned of the news while speaking with Federal Bureau of Investigation employees in Los Angeles, as headlines flashed across the TV screen that Trump had let him go; Comey reportedly thought it was an elaborate prank . Read More »

Sacked Yemeni governor departs to Saudi Arabia

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While the United States never fully determined that Saudis helped fund al-Qaeda operations within Saudi Arabia itself (although the evidence is fairly strong), the USA government did find that there's "fertile fundraising ground in Saudi Arabia, where extreme religious views are common". Read More »