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Trump Signs The Johnson Amendment Religious-Liberty Executive Order

04/05/2017

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that loosens the restrictions on political activity for religious groups. “We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied, or silenced anymore, and we will never ever stand for religious discrimination,” Trump said in the White House Rose Garden. “No American should be...
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Michael Slager To Plead Guilty To Feds On Walter Scott Killing

02/05/2017

Michael Slager, the former South Carolina policeman who shot and killed a fleeing black motorist, will plead guilty in a federal civil-rights case, sources told The Post and Courier on Tuesday. The newspaper notes it is unclear to what charges Slager will plead regarding his fatal shooting of Walter Scott last year in North...
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Report: Jared Kushner Didn’t Disclose Startup Stake

02/05/2017

Senior adviser and son-in-law to the president, Jared Kusher, allegedly failed to note on a government financial-disclosure form $1 billion in loans and the fact that he is part-owner of real-estate finance startup called Cadre, The Wall Street Journal reports. Due to his stake in Cadre, Kushner is a business partner of Goldman Sachs,...
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Judge Blocks Sanctuary City Order – SEE YOU IN COURT TWEETS TRUMP

26/04/2017

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Trump’s executive order that threatens to cut off federal funding for sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration orders by protecting undocumented immigrants. U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco ruled that the plaintiffs, San Francisco and Santa Clara County, would likely be...
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Trump To Propose Cutting Corporate Tax Rate To 15 Percent

25/04/2017

On Wednesday, President Trump will announce his plan to overhaul the tax code, including his proposal to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, White House officials told The Washington Post on Monday. Independent analysts have estimated a cut this severe could cost the federal government $2.4 trillion over 10...
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March For Science Protests Assemble In Washington, Worldwide

22/04/2017

Thousands of people are expected to protest Saturday in Washington, D.C., and in cities around the world in March for Science events timed for Earth Day. The rallies are intended to promote popular interest in science, recognize scientific achievements, and protest the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to research funding as well as policy-making around...
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Trump Undercuts Top Adviser Bannon

12/04/2017

Trump On Bannon: ‘I’m My Own Strategist’ In an interview with the New York Post on Tuesday, President Trump appeared hesitant to fully back White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, as the latter has apparently been bad-mouthing Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner. Trump was asked if he still has confidence in Bannon and...
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Judge Neil Gorsuch Sworn In As Supreme Court Justice

10/04/2017

Neil M. Gorsuch was sworn in Monday as the newest Supreme Court justice, taking the constitutional oath administered by Chief Justice John Roberts before taking part in a ceremonial swearing-in at the White House. The other eight justices were in attendance at the Supreme Court building in Washington, in addition to the widow and...
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Senate Confirms Neil Gorsuch To Supreme Court

07/04/2017

The U.S. Senate confirmed Neil M. Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, capping more than a year of bitter partisan bickering over the ideological balance of the nation’s highest court. Senators voted to confirm Gorsuch, 49, a Denver-based judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, who will become...
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U.S. Told Russia About Syria Strikes in Advance

07/04/2017

Russia confirmed Friday that it received advanced warning from the U.S. about its strike on Syria, in which the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles in the first American assault on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Moscow condemned the strike and gave notice that Russia is pulling out of all agreements to minimize risk...
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Democrats Successfully Filibuster Gorsuch Nomination

06/04/2017

Senate Democrats successfully filibustered the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court, garnering the 41 votes to vote against cloture, or the ending of debate on the nomination. The vote ended with 55 votes in favor of ending debate, and 45 against. The move almost certainly means Senate Majority Leader Mitch...
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Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch Faces Plagiarism Charges

05/04/2017

On Tuesday night, as the Senate began debate on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Politico reported that in a 2006 book and earlier academic articles, Gorsuch had “copied the structure and language used by several authors and failed to cite source material,” throwing a last-minute charge of plagiarism into the bitter...
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Susan Rice Denies ‘Unmasking’ Trump Officials

04/04/2017

Former national security adviser Susan Rice denied on Tuesday that she was responsible for “unmasking” the names of top Trump officials, as was claimed in reports on Monday. “I leaked nothing to nobody, and never have and never would,” Rice said on MSNBC. Rice denied that she or any Obama administration official “used intelligence...
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Senate Judiciary Committee To Vote On Gorsuch Nomination

03/04/2017

The Republican push to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, heads into a final showdown this week, with the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled to vote on the nomination on Monday. The committee’s GOP majority is expected to send Gorsuch’s nomination to the full Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has promised...
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Judge Approves $25-Million Agreement To Settle Trump University Lawsuit

31/03/2017

A judge on Friday approved an agreement reached with President Trump to pay $25 million to settle three lawsuits filed against him over Trump University real estate seminars, US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego had been expected to sign off on the agreement, which was reached last year, ending nearly seven years...
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2 Dems Announce Support For Trump’s SCOTUS Pick

31/03/2017

Two Democratic senators — Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota — said Thursday that they would vote to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Manchin, who frequently crosses the aisle to side with the GOP, said he found Gorsuch to be “an honest and thoughtful man,” and...
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Judge In Hawaii Extends Order Blocking Trump’s Travel Ban

30/03/2017

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson on Wednesday evening extended his previous order that halts President Trump’s revised travel ban. He made his decision after hearing arguments from the government and from Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, who argued that Trump’s order was like a “neon sign flashing ‘Muslim ban, Muslim ban'” and that Watson’s...
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Senate To Explore Trump/Russia Ties In Open Hearing

30/03/2017

The Senate Intelligence Committee is holding open hearings Thursday on Russian interference in the U.S. election through technology and disinformation, with a slate of academic and cybersecurity experts scheduled to testify, including former NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander. The hearing will explore the various ways Russia tried to influence the U.S. presidential election and...
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Russian Bank: We Met With Kushner

28/03/2017

A controversial Russian bank disclosed Monday that its executives met with Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, in December. The meeting, just weeks before the inauguration, holds significance because the Russian state development bank Vnesheconombank has been under Western economic sanctions after Russia’s invasion of Crimea and forays into Ukraine. Kushner, 36, is now a...
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Nunes Calls Off All House Intel Meetings This Week

28/03/2017

During escalating tensions for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) to recuse himself from investigations of Trump team contacts with Russian officials on Tuesday morning, Nunes reportedly canceled all upcoming full committee meetings. Multiple outlets reported the move, based on sources, the morning of a public hearing set for Tuesday, which Nunes had...
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Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Gets 15 Days In Jail

27/03/2017

A defiant Alexei Navalny was sentenced Monday to 15 days in jail for resisting arrest and fined 20,000 rubles (about $350) for organizing Russia’s nationwide anti-government protests over the weekend. With a selfie posted to Twitter from a Moscow court, the Russian opposition leader sent a tweet reading, “The time will come when we...
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Schiff: Nunes Trying To ‘Choke Off’ Public Access To Information

24/03/2017

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Friday accused House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) of running a “dead-of-night excursion” for documents on alleged NSA surveillance of Trump associates, keeping the rest of his committee members “in the dark.” Schiff, the ranking member of the intelligence committee, held a press conference an hour after Nunes,...
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GOP Struggles To Secure Votes On Health Bill

23/03/2017

Republicans say they still plan to put the American Health Care Act up for a vote on Thursday, even as the White House and House Republican leaders continue to work to whip up enough votes to ensure passage. Late Wednesday, the White House and the conservative House Freedom Caucus reportedly reached a deal to...
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Senate Hearings Set For Supreme Court Pick Neil Gorsuch

20/03/2017

On Monday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee begins four days of hearings on Judge Neil Gorsuch, nominated by President Trump to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat. Gorsuch is expected to make his first comments on Monday afternoon, after opening statements from members of the Judiciary Committee. On Tuesday and Wednesday, each senator gets...
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Trump’s First Budget Seeks Deep Cuts To Everything But Military, Border

16/03/2017

President Trump unveiled his 2018 budget proposal Thursday, providing the clearest view yet of the policies he wants to use to deliver on his campaign promises. The plan includes a $54 billion increase in defense spending and a substantial bump for border security, while calling for deep cuts to most federal agencies, including roughly...
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South Korean Court Removes President From Office

10/03/2017

South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Friday permanently removed President Park Geun-hye from office, upholding a vote by lawmakers to impeach her over a corruption scandal. The unanimous ruling came after months of protests and capped a stunning fall for the country’s first woman president. Two people died and about 30 were injured in clashes...
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Chaffetz: Americans May Need To Choose Healthcare Over New iPhones

07/03/2017

GOPer Rep. Jason Chaffetz said to CNN on Tuesday that some Americans regarding to their healthcare choice may come down to buying a new iPhone or paying for medical coverage. “You know what, Americans have choices. And they’ve got to make a choice,” said Chaffet. “And so maybe, rather than getting that new iPhone...
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Sessions Used Campaign Funds For Trip To Meet With Russian Envoy

03/03/2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said he was acting in his capacity as a U.S. senator when he met with the Russian ambassador at the Republican National Convention, but The Wall Street Journal reports that he paid for related expenses with his political funds and that he spoke about President Trump’s campaign at the...
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Kushner And Flynn Met With Russian Envoy In December

03/03/2017

Michael T. Flynn, then Donald J. Trump’s incoming national security adviser, had a previously undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador in December to “establish a line of communication” between the new administration and the Russian government, the White House said on Thursday. Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and now a senior adviser, also participated...
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Trump: Sessions Is Victim Of ‘A Total Witch Hunt’

03/03/2017

President Trump admitted in a statement Thursday night that Attorney General Jeff Sessions could have responded to a question posed during his confirmation hearing “more accurately,” but blamed Democrats for bringing attention to the fact that Sessions said he never interacted with Russian officials during the campaign when he actually met the Russian ambassador...
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