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Gorsuch's first big SCOTUS vote cleared way for Arkansas execution

Arkansas Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves says Lee did not make a final statement before his execution began at 11:44 p.m. New Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch cast his first vote on the court with the majority. And the coroner pronounced Ledell Lee dead at 11:56 p.m. this 20th day of April. In this Monday evening, April 17, 2017 photo, the sun sets behind clouds over an Arkansas State Police command post outside the Varner Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction ... Read More »

Arkansas Executes Inmate After 5-4 Supreme Court Vote

Lee, 51, was put on death row for the 1993 killing of his neighbor Debra Reese, who prosecutors said Lee struck 36 times with a tire tool her husband had given her for protection. However, at a court hearing on the McKesson lawsuit, department deputy director Rory Griffin said he did tell a McKesson salesman about the intended objective of the drug. Read More »

Trump Calls First 100 Days Measure A 'Ridiculous Standard'

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Full of energy and fresh off the campaign trail, a newly inaugurated president will generally try to implement as numerous policies that helped them get elected as possible. "Whether it is our government, organizations, associations or businesses we need to aggressively combat and stop cyberattacks", Trump said. On his first full day in office, Trump sent Spicer to lecture the press on the size of the crowd that attended his inauguration. Read More »

French presidential candidates trade barbs over Paris bloodshed

In a statement today, Le Pen blamed "radical Islam" - which she called "a monstrous, totalitarian ideology that has declared war on our nation, on reason, on civilisation" - for the attack. In the Elabe poll, which was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday, both Fillon and Melenchon were seen narrowing Macron and Le Pen's lead over them. Read More »

Justice Dept. tells 9 sanctuary cities grant money at risk

The Justice Department told the local government officials to share immigration information by June 30 on people who have been arrested - or lose federal money. Since 1993, murder has decreased 82 percent, shootings have decreased 81 percent, and overall crime has decreased 76 percent. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has increasingly warned communities that the Trump administration will punish those that refuse to cooperate with efforts to detain immigrants who are in the United States ... Read More »

Chaffetz may not finish final term in Congress

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The five-term Republican, who rose from a relatively unknown figure to the chairmanship of one of Congress' most powerful committees, said he would return to the private sector after his term ends in January 2019 and that his decision is based exclusively on his promise to serve a short time and his yearning to spend more time with his family. Read More »

Neil Gorsuch First Day Cases Originalism Neal Katyal

Gorsuch asked lawyer Christopher Landau four questions in a row, saying he was "sorry for taking up so much time ". The session started with Chief Justice John Roberts welcoming Gorsuch and wishing him 'a long and happy career in our common calling '. Read More »

Will Smith's widow 'extremely disappointed' in Cardell Hayes' 25-year sentence

Buras could have sentenced Hayes to serve anywhere from 20 to 60 years for his December 11 convictions for manslaughter and attempted manslaughter. Hayes and his attorneys had argued in the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court trial that he fired his gun in self-defense, claiming that Smith, 34, was reaching for a gun he kept in his vehicle. Read More »

Pennsylvania survivalist convicted of murdering state trooper

If jurors convict Frein of first-degree murder, they'll consider either death or life in prison without parole. Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin is seeking the death penalty against Frein, 33, who allegedly opened fire from a wooded area across the street from the Blooming Grove barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania on September 12, 2014. Read More »

Reviewing H-1B program too little too late say lawmakers

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U.S. lawmakers have already tabled more than half a dozen legislations in the Congress with specific proposals to reform and improve the H-1B visas systems. A leaked draft executive order read stated the motives for instituting the ban. Matt Cordio, founder of Startup Milwaukee and Skills Pipeline, said foreign worker visas aren't the only way to overcome that shortage. Read More »

Hillary Clinton: Progress in LGBT rights may not be secure

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Clinton heavily criticized the nomination of Mark Green , whom she described as an "outspoken opponent" of the LGBTI community, as Secretary of the Army. State Department issued a stern statement on the matter on April 5, saying in part, "We condemn violence against any individuals based on their sexual orientation or any other basis". Read More »

KEVIN FOLEY: Ossoff win will rock GOP establishment

Said Mr. Estes: "The pundits were talking about... this wasn't a seat we were going to win, that we were going to lose a Republican seat... that it was a chance for the Democrats". The district, located in the suburbs of urban Atlanta, has been traditionally a Republican stronghold. The Kansas race had unexpectedly tightened in its final days, worrying the Republican establishment. Read More »

Korean historians protest Trump-Xi talk of 'Korea as part of China'

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The United Nation's most powerful body demanded an immediate end to the North's nuclear and missile tests and threatened to take "further significant measures" - U.N. Satellite imagery analyzed by 38 North, a Washington-based North Korea monitoring project, found some activity under way at North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site, but the group said it was unclear whether the site was in a "tactical pause" before another test or was carrying out normal operations. Read More »

New women complain about harassment from Bill O'Reilly

In his own statement , issued a few hours before The O'Reilly-less Factor began, the ousted show host - on holiday in Italy where he met the Pope - said: "It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims". Read More »

Le Pen demands closure of all Islamist mosques in France

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In an interview with The Associated Press , Trump said that while he is not explicitly endorsing Le Pen, the attack played to her strengths. In an attack claimed by so-called Islamic State, a gunman shot dead a policeman on the French capital's famous Champs Elysees Avenue, wounding two other officers before being killed by security forces. Read More »

Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley after event called off

And the area saw 20 arrests last weekend as extremists of left and right battled in the streets. The decision to cancel Coulter's speech drew sharp criticism from some on the campus, such as Robert Reich, a Berkeley professor who served as labor secretary under President Bill Clinton. Read More »

Arkansas executes inmate after US Supreme Court gives go-ahead

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Petitions were sent to the U.S. Supreme Court. The AP past year used redacted drug labels to identify Hospira, which was purchased by Pfizer, as the likely manufacturer of Arkansas' vecuronium bromide. In the course of his 25 years on death row, he had never been given an independent mental exam, and IQ tests from his childhood indicated that he falls in the range of being mentally impaired. Read More »

Patriots respond to comparison photo showing team with Obama versus Trump

The tweet quickly went viral with tens of thousands of retweets and "likes". The Patriots disputed the claim, saying the photos "lack context". The same personnel stood on the steps behind team players and Obama in 2015. Trump says "no team has been good this long". Trump has particularly close ties to the Patriots, counting owner Bob Kraft and coach Bill Belichick as friends. Read More »

Chuck Grassley Drops a Hint About Potential Supreme Court Shakeup

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Grassley predicted any new Supreme Court nominee would come from the list of potential justices put forward by Trump before he won the election. The newest Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch , has had an early taste of the weighty power that sometimes comes to a member of the nation's highest court. Read More »

On-Again, Off-Again Speech by Ann Coulter Is On Again

The university said an "expanded search" has uncovered a venue on campus that meets their security criteria. University of California, Berkeley officials say they have a "grave concern" of violence on campus if Ann Coulter follows through on her threat to speak next week on campus. Read More »

Battle for Berkeley: Will Ann Coulter spark another clash?

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In cancelling Coulter's speech on Wednesday, UC Berkeley cited violence that broke out at the campus in February, hours before right-wing media personality Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak there. Friday deadline to decide, and have hired San Francisco attorney Harmeet Dhillon to help them. Clearly the university had plenty of time to come up with a security plan - and its initial unwillingness to do so suggests the problem was with what Coulter was expected to say, and not the ... Read More »

General Motors plant seized, protesters killed in Venezuela

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The military had been strategically deployed around Venezuela at the weekend to carry out an unprecedented military exercise. "We were on a motorbike and they were following us, shooting", her boyfriend said. The court partly backtracked after an global outcry, but the tension only increased when authorities slapped a political ban on opposition leader Henrique Capriles on April 7, 2017. Read More »

Win or lose, Marine Le Pen is a nightmare for the EU

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Polls put Macron in the lead, followed by Le Pen... but history shows polls could go horribly wrong. IS had swiftly claimed the attack was carried out by one of its "fighters". "The government is fully mobilised". It was unclear whether the Thursday night attack would tip the balance of the vote in favour of Le Pen, who has vowed to take a tough line on "Islamic terrorism", CNN reported . Read More »

Suspect in Fresno killings shouts out in first court hearing

The vigil is at 215 N. Fulton St., at 7 p.m. Thursday. FRESNO, Calif . - An evening vigil will be held Thursday for one of the three victims killed during a racially-motivated shooting rampage in Fresno earlier this week. The SPLC has noted that recruitment among Black Separatist groups has increased since the election of Donald Trump. On Monday he wrote: "MY KILL RATE INCRESASES TREMENDOUSLY ON THE OTHER SIDE ASÈ ALLAH U AKBAR". Read More »

Fox sacks star O'Reilly after sexual harassment allegations, finally

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Saying goodbye was painful for him, but he got his chance. "You are giving America a raise." Fox News' panel show " The Five " will move to prime time in the 9 p.m. Roger Ailes, the founder and former chairman of Fox News, was also fired last summer following allegations he harassed former colleagues. The topic of the message was an "advertiser education campaign" aimed at getting advertisers to drop O'Reilly's weeknight broadcast. Read More »

Democrat closes in on Congress seat in Georgia

Republican Karen Handel is a former Georgia secretary of state who has allied herself with President Trump and is viewed as an establishment-friendly Republican. Ossoff, a former congressional staffer, entered the race as a long shot - a Democrat hasn't represented the district since former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won his first congressional race in 1978. Read More »

Trump plays hardball with Dems on ObamaCare payments

The new administration has continued to make cost-sharing payments to insurers as it weighs options. Curbs on "special enrollment periods" that let consumers sign up outside the normal open-enrollment window. Because Obamacare has allowed a three-month grace period before people who haven't paid premiums are kicked out of coverage, a consumer's overdue premiums could tally hundreds of dollars - even more than $1,000. Read More »

Sanders, Perez try to jumpstart Kentucky Democrats

The Democrats' dysfunction has only grown during this train wreck of a tour, and to make matters worse Perez and Sanders are disturbingly quiet on whether or not they stand behind their buddies at the Arizona Democrat Party for accepting money from shady donors. Read More »

6th District race heats up with rally, endorsements

Top Republican vote-getter Karen Handel , former Georgia secretary of state, got just 20 percent. Ossoff will now head towards a runoff with Republican candidate Karen Handel , who finished second in the race with 19.8 percent of the vote out of a field with at least three other Republican candidates. Read More »

Arkansas executes death row inmate Ledell Lee

Although, U.S. Supreme Court issued Thursday night a temporary stay to Lee, who maintained his innocence , the court voted 5-4 to deny appeals meant to stop Lee's execution, while the Arkansas State Supreme Court threw out a lower court ruling prohibiting the state's use of one of the three lethal injection drugs, midazolam. Read More »

At least three dead in Venezuela anti-government protests

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Some disturbances continued into the night, with reports of looted bakeries, supermarkets and food centers in western Caracas. The military presence did little to ease the upheaval, however - or to dissuade protesters like Diaz. The Opposition called for renewed nationwide protests to pressure the government of to hold elections and improve a collapsing economy. Mr. "People are sick of this. Read More »

Missing Tenn. student Elizabeth Thomas reunited with family

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Thanks go to all who have kept the message of finding Elizabeth Thomas and working on her safe return as top-of-mind throughout the nation. The girl's family says she is being evaluated and treated for emotional trauma. Two days after the alleged kidnapping, surveillance video showed Cummins and the teenager at a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma City. Court documents filed in U.S. Read More »

UC Berkeley reverses cancellation of Ann Coulter talk

University chiefs had sent a letter to the Berkeley College Republicans, one of the student groups responsible for the event, saying they were rescheduling the Coulter's appearance after consulting with campus police over safety. The university had announced Wednesday that it was canceling Coulter's appearance following several political protests in Berkeley that turned violent. Read More »

Sanders, Perez kick off tour in Portland

It takes more than being a younger Democrat for a candidate to gain Sanders' support . Their visit comes as Democrats are trying to rebound from a series of election losses in Kentucky. And even some conservative columnists have suggested Trump's inability to win approval of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will lead inevitably to a single payer plan similar to Sanders' proposal to expand Medicare for all Americans, regardless of age. Read More »