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Garland happy on bench, no interest in FBI job

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McConnell he prevented Garland from receiving a hearing on the nomination. The GOP chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee accused the White House on Monday night of being in a " downward spiral ", with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) acknowledging this morning that lawmakers want a "little less drama" out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Read More »

Mormon Church Drops Boy Scout Programs Over LGBT Inclusivity

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The course of more than 100 years of history is changing, as up to 185,000 Boy Scouts are suddenly being pulled from the program. The church, which automatically enrolls every boy who attends a Mormon congregation as a Boy Scout, will stop participating in Varsity and Venturing, which are teen programs for high-school-age Scouts. Read More »

John Cornyn Withdraws Name From FBI Director Search

Rogers was a former FBI special agent and chairman of the House intelligence committee before becoming a CNN national security commentator and has the endorsement of the FBI Agents Association. "Sen. Cornyn was honored to be invited to address TSU's graduates, but he respects the administration's decision and looks forward to continuing to engage with the university in the future". Read More »

School budget votes set for today

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Tanni Bromley, a psychiatric physician assistant who has two children in the City Schools, said she is pleased with the direction the district is headed and would support a well-rounded education including arts, music and athletics. That will reduce the pension reserve to $3.5 million, Adams reported. The proposed tax rate per $1,000 is now estimated to be $24.22. Even so, local property owners will not be hit with an increase in school-related property taxes. Read More »

Clapper: US Gov't 'Under Assault' by Trump After Comey Firing

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Only a handful of Republican lawmakers have come out in support of a special prosecutor, but many have expressed reservations over the timing and manner of Mr. Kelly was commissioner of the New York City Police Department for more than a decade, serving two mayors. Aides later said the president had been considering firing Comey for months, and Trump said he would have made the decision regardless of the Justice Department recommendation. Read More »

Protesters decrying Texas 'sanctuary city' bill stage sit

The chiefs, as have we, question the constitutionality of local jurisdictions being compelled to enforce federal immigration law. Plaintive cries could be heard from both chambers as deadlines for passing bills began approaching, as literally hundreds of House and Senate bills - some important, some not - began dying because they had not been assigned to a committee, or they had not received a public hearing or they had not been approved by a committee. Read More »

Girl Dies After Being Pulled From Lake Michigan

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She was found about 45 minutes later. The girl was taken to a hospital in extremely critical condition and died less than 3 hours later. She was later pronounced dead there, fire officials said. "Due to the winds, the current, and the limited visibility it was a hard search for the divers", said Dorneker. Authorities say even though temperatures in Chicago were expected to reach the mid-80s, the water temperature was around 50 degrees. Read More »

Just 29% of Americans approve of Trump's decision to fire Comey

As leaks from White House staffers have expanded in the wake of the ouster, the unnamed Trump administration source affirmed that "the White House's explanation changed dramatically over a 48-hour period". An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday morning found that 78% of Americans want a special prosecutor or independent commission to take over the Russian Federation investigation, while just 15% said Congress could handle it. Read More »

Man carrying mom's severed head stabbed store clerk

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Joshua Lee Webb, is charged with murder and attempted murder after Sunday's events near Estacada, Ore., about 30 miles south of Portland, according to the Associated Press . The woman was later identified at Webb's mother. The father explained that the suspect had vision problems and received Social Security payments despite his young age. Read More »

High Hopes at Boeing in St. Louis: Pair of Trainer Jets Unveiled

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Air Force that could lead to an additional 2,000 jobs at its north St. Louis County plant. Industry analysts had mostly expected St. Louis was the logical place to get a large chunk of the T-X work should Boeing win the contract. And the number of jobs it would effect is a major factor: it's expected to support approximately 1,800 jobs in the region. Sierra Nevada and Turkish Aerospace Industries have not publicly confirmed whether it bid for the T-X program - although industry sources ... Read More »

Another crisis hits the White House after intelligence story

The Mercury-News asked Guilfoyle if she'd talked to Gavin since these job rumors started flying, and she said, "He was cracking up... he's like, 'Oh my goodness, you're a rockstar, you'd be fantastic, but oh man.' He was teasing me". His subsequent absence from the podium, to fulfill pre-scheduled Navy reserve duty, only further fueled speculation that he had fallen out of favor with Trump. Read More »

White House refuses to say if Comey tapes exist

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked Clapper how it could be that the FBI was investigating whether there was collusion, but, at the same time, signed off on an assessment that said there was no evidence of it. The White House had no immediate comment. The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president. The first candidate to arrive was Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W Bush administration. Read More »

Merrick Garland To Remain A Judge; Won't Be FBI Director

Garland's name began to surface as a possible replacement last week when GOP Sen. "I recommended Merrick Garland", the Kentucky Republican said at a Bloomberg event. His appointment there is a lifetime one, and if he took on a 10-year term at the Federal Bureau of Investigation it would open up a top judicial seat for the Republican president to fill. Read More »

DNC bonuses, whose money is it anyway?

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Tom Wolf, D-Pa., said in a statement, according to The Hill . Tom Wolf (D) says he is disappointed that the host committee tasked with putting on the 2016 Democratic National Convention paid out nearly $1 million in staff bonuses rather than returning money from a state grant to taxpayers. Read More »

Police chief shot in upstate NY, suspect barricaded in home

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Police have not gone into the house and would not elaborate further on the standoff. Fortunately, he is expected to make a full recovery. MAYBROOK , N.Y. He told officers he wouldn't leave until there was a warrant. The shooting occurred on Abbey Avenue around 9:30 a.m., and authorities say the suspect continued to be barricaded inside a house Tuesday afternoon. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation row: Trump warns Comey over leaks to media

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In this case, the report said, West Wing staff were able to intervene and figure out the truth before Trump made any public statements about the topic, as he has frequently done in the past after becoming frustrated with media coverage. He said it's too early to say if a special prosecutor should be appointed. The decision is subject to confirmation by the US Senate, where Republicans have a majority. Read More »

ICE Agent Looking for 4th Grader Turned Away at NYC School

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A federal immigration agent's presence at a Queens school was discussed yesterday by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. According to USCIS, the official was there on an "administrative inquiry pertaining to an immigration benefit request", and USCIS claims that they did not ask to speak directly with the child . Read More »

Donald Trump, in tweets, defends his sharing of information with Russians

Trump sent out the tweets after a Washington Post story accused him of revealing highly classified information to Russian officials during last week's Oval Office meeting. There is nothing illegal about Donald Trump reportedly telling the Russian foreign minister about a planned Isis operation. The story that came out tonight as reported is false. Read More »

Trump tapes? If they exist, they could spell trouble

Friends of Mr. Comey's say that that was actually not the case from his point of view. "I'd had several conversations with him, but I didn't ask that question directly", she said. That led Trump to tweet Friday morning, "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy". Read More »

Trump shared sensitive info with Russian Federation

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A USA official, which Flynn as a retired military officer would be considered, must, by law, both seek permission and report income derived from any activity with a foreign government. "The president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation", National Security Adviser H.R. Read More »

Trump Gave Classified Information To Russians During White House Visit

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Last week, Trump hosted the Russian foreign minister and the ambassador at the Oval Office. And if he (Trump) thinks classified intelligence information is something you're supposed to brag about to Russian Federation. SHAPIRO: You've spoken to current and former USA officials with knowledge of what happened during this White House meeting. "I was in the room, it didn't happen", H.R. Read More »

Trump signs executive order on religious liberty

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President Trump's " promoting free speech and religious liberty " order is supposed to protect individuals from negative action for political activity or expression in a religious environment. Both praise and criticism following the President's new executive order that could allow religious groups to become more politically active. "No one should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors", he said. Read More »

Federal investigators head to deadly jet crash site

In the US state of new Jersey passenger Learjet 35 while landing at the airport crashed into a warehouse, killing at least two crew members. No one else was on the Learjet, which was coming from Philadelphia. A small plane LearJet 35 on Monday crashed on its approach to the Teterboro Airport in New Jersey just before it was to land. Video from the crash showed smoke billowing in the air. Read More »

Trump to dive into Mideast conflict on first presidential trip

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Adelson disagrees with the notion the embassy move should be tied to progress in the Mideast peace process, sources informed Axios . The U.S. Embassy is located in Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial center but not its capital. Israelis and Palestinians have been at odds since Israel was established in 1948. The former US administration of Barack Obama was deeply opposed to Israel's expansion of the settlements and in December withheld its veto from a U.N. Read More »

Trump says Comey 'better hope there are no tapes' of their conversations

Clapper, who left the White House at the end of President Barack Obama's term, said nothing had changed from his prior statement. He said minorities in poor neighborhoods often inherit a "legacy of crime and prison" while officers in those same neighborhoods may take "lazy mental shortcuts" in dealing with suspicious situations. Read More »

Ex-congresswoman found guilty on 18 charges

Ms. Brown testified in her own defense, saying she was left in the dark about the goings-on with One Door's money and blamed the theft on Mr. Simmons. Brown and her defense team now await her sentencing hearing. The judgment marks the end of a long political career for Brown who served in congress for 24 years. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation director search 'moving rapidly,' Trump says

No White House aide appeared on the Sunday news shows, leaving Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, to defend Trump. If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over. The Trump administration is looking to fill the job, which requires Senate confirmation, after Trump abruptly fired Director James Comey on Tuesday. Read More »

Sessions ends Obama-era leniency on sentencing

He suggests filing "the most serious, readily provable" charges with include substantial punishment and mandatory minimum sentences . Once the new administration took office, Sessions rescinded that memo in February. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , prescription opioids sales in the US almost quadrupled from 1999 to 2014, despite there being no change in the amount of pain Americans say they're having. Read More »

EU, NATO condemn North Korea missile test as 'threat to peace'

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, blasted North Korea's latest missile test Sunday, saying it "is not the way to sit down" with President Donald Trump. South Korea's military said it could not yet verify the North's claims. While North Korea has threatened the U.S. with a pre-emptive strike in case of any military action, the USA has pressured the North economically and diplomatically. Read More »