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National Merkel's sweeping victory in state election dims
Author: 0 Merkel's sweeping victory in state election dims "Schultz effect"

That means it is now represented in 11 of Germany's 16 state parliaments, but Sunday's result was far short of the party's double-digit showings elsewhere a year ago. Like federal Germany, Saarland has been governed by a "grand coalition" of Merkel's conservatives and the SPD and that situation looked likely to continue, as the result left the CDU short of sufficient support to rule alone in the state.

Author: 0 Democratic Senator Manchin says backs Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Senators Maria Cantwell of Washington state, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada and Tammy Duckworth of IL said on Thursday they would vote against Gorsuch. The court has been operating with eight justices since then. That could force Republicans to use a maneuver referred to as the "nuclear option," which will lower the vote threshold to a simple majority and make the confirmation possible without Democratic support.

National Crayola to retire a colour; but which one will it be?
Author: 0 Crayola to retire a colour; but which one will it be?

Seems like essentials yellow, blue, brown, orange, green, violet, black, gray and white are probably safe. In 1999, Dandelion was promoted to the 24-count box. If they really have retired Dandelion, will they announce a new replacement color? The Easton, Pennsylvania company now produces 120 colors, and has made previous color retirements throughout history to their larger boxes.

National Lee High School students injured in bus crash on I-10
Author: 0 Lee High School students injured in bus crash on I-10

The buses were carrying students from Lee High School in Baton Rouge on a field trip to New Orleans, according to the school's Facebook page. "Currently, 12 students reporting injuries have been transported to hospitals in the LaPlace area", Adonica Duggan said.

Author: 0 Heidi Heitkamp to vote for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee

However, the website also pointed out that 10 Democrats in states where Trump won easily are up for re-election in 2018 and could face additional pressure to back Gorsuch. Nevada's Republican Sen. Dean Heller is supporting Gorsuch's confirmation. However, she also added that she's still "disturbed" by the GOP's treatment of former President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland.

National Judge Extends Block on Trump Travel Ban
Author: 0 Judge Extends Block on Trump Travel Ban

The Justice Department will probably appeal the ruling to the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco, the same court that upheld the order stopping Trump's original travel order. "Based upon the preliminary record available, however, one can not conclude that the actions taken during the interval between [the] revoked Executive Order.

Author: 0 Suspect says he would rather have killed younger black man

Now Jackson is being charged with murder as terrorism. He also talked about how spilling the blood of Black men would make White women turn away from interracial relationships. A grand jury charged that "Caughman was killed in furtherance of an act of terrorism. meant to intimidate and coerce a civilian population, influence the policy of a unit of government by intimidation and coercion, and affect the conduct of a unit of government by murder, assassination, and kidnapping", ...

National Tearful friend of Dylann Roof apologizes at sentencing
Author: 0 Tearful friend of Dylann Roof apologizes at sentencing

Meek told reporters that Roof had vague plans about starting a race war and had drunkenly vowed to "do something insane". Meek is the only person with whom Roof is known to have shared his plans. Roof, an admitted racist, shot people inside an Emanuel AME church. They reportedly spent time together and Meek once hid his.45-caliber Glock for fear of what Roof might do.

Author: 0 Ivanka Trump To Become Official Government Employee

During the past two months and more that he has been in office, the 45th President has spent the equivalent of three full weeks outside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington , and on each such occasion he has invariably stayed in a Trump-branded property.

National Work together to make necessary changes to health care
Author: 0 Work together to make necessary changes to health care

Senate Republicans and White House officials sounded ready to abandon efforts to repeal and replace the nation's health care law, at least for now, even as House Republicans - and the president himself - insisted Tuesday they were not ready to give up.

National Emmert: NCAA to decide next week whether to return to NC
Author: 0 Emmert: NCAA to decide next week whether to return to NC

But it says local governments can not pass new nondiscrimination protections for workplaces, hotels and restaurants until December 2020. LGBT groups are also arguing that the new deal still does not ensure trans citizens access to public bathrooms that match their gender identity.

Author: 0 Man who drove suspicious car near White House is detained

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed. The man was on the presidential grounds for more than 16 minutes before Secret Service agents discovered his presence, officials said last week. It does not give access to the White House grounds, but only authorized vehicles are permitted to pass. In the first incident, the unidentified person was not able to make it over the fence into the grounds, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Twitter .

Author: 0 'Bathroom Bill' to cost North Carolina $3.7 billion by 2028

The National Collegiate Athletics Association, which also pulled a championship game from North Carolina past year as a result of HB2, recently issued a statement saying that they would not be "hosting current or future events in the state" until the law is changed.

Author: 0 Senate Russia investigators put focus on Paul Manafort

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Manafort pitched a plan to Deripaska to "greatly benefit the Putin government" and was subsequently paid millions of dollars, according to business records obtained by the AP and interviews the news outlet conducted with sources familiar with the matter.

National OR lawmakers introduce legislation to protect legal recreational marijuana
Author: 0 OR lawmakers introduce legislation to protect legal recreational marijuana

In a very important development, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, joined Rep. Earl Blumenauer as a lead sponsor of the 280E tax reform bill . But until federal law is changed, Blumenauer said, he expects continued disputes with federal agencies over marijuana policy. In addition, this third measure would disallow the government from using marijuana-based drug tests to block prospective employees from obtaining federal jobs.

National Trumps says he expects a health care deal soon
Author: 0 Trumps says he expects a health care deal soon

The outgoing Democratic president declared the elections no more than an "intramural scrimmage" involving players on the same team-perhaps the most honest statement Barack Obama made in eight years in office. Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a research note that a tax bill, "if passed at all, could be a very watered-down version of current proposals".

Author: 0 Trump to host China's Xi at Florida resort next week

Trump added, "American companies must be prepared to look at other alternatives". The relationship between the world's No. 1 and No. 2 economies has been uncertain following the election of Mr. The leaders of the world's two largest economies are scheduled to meet next Thursday and Friday for the first time since Trump assumed office on January 20.

Author: 0 Sen. Pat Toomey announces support for Trump's Supreme Court nominee

On Thursday, Casey said that he would not vote for Gorsuch, citing his "serious concerns" over the judge's "rigid and restrictive judicial philosophy". Support was strongest among Democrats, 70 percent of whom back the 60-vote threshold, but it is also shared by Republicans, 55 percent of whom support it.

Author: 0 Trump will target tax cuts after healthcare defeat — Artemis

That's why pathetic Republicans are indeed praying for Democratic votes right now-in the House, a purely majority-rule institution where the aide of the minority should never be necessary. Trump is a unique president. "I think we are going to have some very good relationships - right, Chuck?" "I think that this administration is committed to helping nominate the best-qualified jurists and certainly Judge Gorsuch is that".

Author: 0 Man detained after driving suspicious car near White House

William Bryant Rawlinson, of Silver Spring, Md., jumped a low metal barrier just outside a White House fence and rattled a security barrier at about 12:40 p.m., the Secret Service said. CNN, citing two law enforcement sources, said there was no confirmation of any device in the vehicle but that security at the White House had been upgraded.

Author: 0 N.C. Lawmakers Vote To Rollback "Bathrooom Bill" Amid Pressure From NCAA

Roy Cooper signed a bill into law that repeals the controversial transgender bathroom law, House Bill 2 . Republican Sen. Dan Bishop, a primary sponsor of HB2, denounced the new deal on the Senate floor, where it was approved 32-16, with nine of 15 Democrats among the yes votes .

Author: 0 Trump targets individual Freedom Caucus members in Obamacare tweetstorm

Around 9 a.m., he attacked the faction - along with Republican moderates - for refusing to support the House Republican legislation to partially repeal and replace the Obama administration's 2010 health care law. "I guess I'm just not sure what the expectation was", said Katrina Pierson, spokeswoman for America First Policies. The message from Capitol Hill leaders and the White House on Thursday, as rumors spread of health care reform not being quite dead yet, was crisp: The choice on ...

Author: 0 Timothy Caughman Stabbed To Death: 5 Things About The Innocent NYC Man

Aubrey said Jackson's recent actions and information from interviews led police to believe the crime was "clearly racially motivated". A 66-year-old black man was fatally stabbed at random by a white supremacist who was visiting New York City exclusively to gain maximum exposure for his hate crime.

National 5 killed in shootings on Chicago's South Side
Author: 0 5 killed in shootings on Chicago's South Side

A Chicago mother was one of the witnesses who on Thursday saw a man approaching the south side restaurant where she works and opened fire, killing her two sons and two other men. A young woman - among dozens of people gathered at the crime scene tape in the 7400 block of South Coles - said two of her brothers were among the victims.

National Stanton prom dress message draws sharp criticism, national attention
Author: 0 Stanton prom dress message draws sharp criticism, national attention

The fliers had pictures of girls in different dress styles to help explain the school's prom dress code . A flyer posted in the hallway at Stanton College Prep High School sparked outrage from the student body Monday night. There's even a hashtag that's popped up around it. After calls and emails, Laureen Ricks , a spokeswoman for the school district, directed attention to a statement put out Tuesday, which was also posted on Twitter .

Author: 0 Democrats to Filibuster Gorsuch [with comment by Paul]

Fischer dismisses comparisons of Schumer's threat to action, or inaction, taken by Senate Republicans previous year when they ignored President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. Hearings for a Supreme Court nominee usually dominate Congress, but that's not been the case over the four days of hearings. Democrats spent three days prodding Gorsuch on everything from his own record to how Republicans treated Merrick Garland past year to his political opinions on ...

Author: 0 NCAA needs to stand firm, stay out of North Carolina

The new law repeals North Carolina's House Bill 2, also known as the bathroom law, which in part mandated people use public restrooms that matched the gender on their birth certificate, not the gender they identify with. The bill is a compromise agreed to Wednesday by Cooper, and two of the state's Republican legislators, was approved by the House and Senate after contentious debate.

National White House Officials Helped Give Nunes Intelligence Reports
Author: 0 White House Officials Helped Give Nunes Intelligence Reports

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Thursday he has "profound concern" about how documents showing that President Donald Trump and his associates were incidentally included in foreign surveillance conducted by intelligence agencies ended up in the hands of the committee's chairman.

Author: 0 Once Again, Confusion Reigns in NC As Lawmakers Talk HB2 Repeal

However, Cooper then told them he denies incorporating any of this. The growing partisan divide came up again for Governor Cooper, a Democrat, when the Republican controlled state senate pushed through legislation, now halted by courts, that stripped powers held by his predecessor, Republican Pat McCrory.

Author: 0 Trump Issues Rallying Cry Against Conservative House Freedom Caucus

Again, this all seems trivial on its face, but here's why it could have some real consequences as the country approaches the expiration of the continuing resolution now allowing the federal government to keep operating. One member singled out by the president, Raul Labrador, hit back at Trump after his comments. Republican leaders have been complaining for years about the Freedom Caucus, the group of hard-right House members who live to annoy the party brass.

National Interacting With Police 101 Taught By Texas High Schools
Author: 0 Interacting With Police 101 Taught By Texas High Schools

More changes were presented to senators on Thursday, just hours before they considered the bill. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who has made expanding school choice a priority this session, said that the bill would provide relief for students stuck in failing public schools.

Author: 0 Gorsuch: I'm 'sorry' for ruling against autistic student

They then sued the school district under the IDEA for reimbursement of the tuition costs at the private school where he had been enrolled. In eight out of 10 cases Judge Neil Gorsuch, who is now going through the confirmation process to fill the ninth seat on the U.S.

Author: 0 China's Xi to meet Trump in Florida next week

Lu said, over the past 38 years after the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the United States , the two countries' economic and trade relations have grown exponentially, bringing tangible benefits to the business circles and consumers.

Author: 0 Country-Themed Party Ideas That Are Perfect For The ACM Awards

Because he'll be hosting the 2017 Emmy Awards, Colbert asked the two country stars for some advice. Earlier in the show, Bryan and Bentley visit Colbert's interview couch to talk about their ACM hosting gig and the state of country music.

Author: 0 Todd Young: Why I will vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch

Democrats barely laid a glove on Gorsuch during hours of testimony and even Senator Elizabeth Warren has written that he is "charming and intelligent" and has an "impressive legal pedigree". During the hearings, Democrats deployed a number of strategies, starting with the complaint that the Supreme Court seat should already be filled by Judge Merrick Garland.

Author: 0 Pat Toomey: GOP should change rules if needed to confirm SCOTUS nominee

Sen. Gorsuch, who spent about 20 hours testifying before a Senate panel last week, was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy created when Justice Antonin Scalia died more than a year ago. Garland was never considered for confirmation by the Senate because Republicans refused to vote on his nomination . "My hope is that somewhere down the line later this year we can perhaps consider both of them , nearly simultaneously", Carper said.

Author: 0 These Are the Democrats Voting Against Neil Gorsuch

Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota said they would vote for the Colorado jurist. "What does this mean for the Senate?" He has also provided 70 pages of written responses to questions from senators of both parties, those aides said.

Author: 0 Governor declares state of emergency in Fulton

The Atlanta Braves exhibition game at the new SunTrust Park in Cobb County is Friday, and I-85 was to be one major road for fans to get to the stadium. I-285 and I-20 are both open to traffic and are the best alternatives for motorists to utilize if possible. The interstate is a major artery for the U.S.

Author: 0 At Least 14 Dead, 3 Injured in Texas Church Bus Crash

Texas Department of Public Safety officials say the wreck, on the two-lane highway USA 83 north of Uvalde, occurred when the driver of a Dodge pickup crossed the center lane at a bend in the road. "They were part of our church family". McLean said that they are facing the "hard reality" that they will no longer see those churchgoers walk through the door and be able to greet them and hug them.

National Online tax effort revived at last minute in Arkansas
Author: 0 Online tax effort revived at last minute in Arkansas

University of Arkansas officials further believe Sankey's statement was "critical in turning the tide" Tuesday, as an amendment to the new law that would exclude athletic venues advanced out of a house committee after previously stiff resistance.

National Pastor: Families of crash victims gathered to cry, grieve
Author: 0 Pastor: Families of crash victims gathered to cry, grieve

The New Braunfels church was packed late into the night Wednesday, as several of the families of those who were on the bus gathered to wait for authorities to confirm the names of the dead. Moreno said the wreck occurred along a curve in the road where the speed limit is 65 miles per hour. Safety concerns have long surrounded the 15-passenger vans, also frequently used by churches and other groups, with advocates saying they can be hard to control in an emergency.

National SpaceX to launch used rocket into space for first time
Author: 0 SpaceX to launch used rocket into space for first time

The Falcon 9 blasted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Centre, hoisting a broadcasting satellite into a clear early evening sky. Experts cheered the launch and landing of the previously used booster as a "historic" moment for spaceflight, particularly private industry, as companies like SpaceX and its competitors scramble to make space exploration cheaper and more efficient.

Author: 0 Zuma declares special official funeral for Ahmed Kathrada

Kathrada, who frequently referred to Mandela as his "elder brother", was among three political prisoners who were sentenced to life imprisonment together with the South African anti-apartheid icon after the infamous Rivonia Trial of 1964.

National Clinton and Rubio allegedly targeted by Russian hackers
Author: 0 Clinton and Rubio allegedly targeted by Russian hackers

Wednesday. Russian operatives have even been active in U.S. politics through this week, driving a wedge between Republicans after the fallout from the health care bill failure, said Clinton Watts, a senior fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University .

Author: 0 Special Education Students Deserve Challenging Curriculum, Rules Supreme Court

There are about 6.5 million students participating in public school special education programs in the United States, and this decision will effectively set the bar higher for those kids who can handle more rigorous expectations. Rather, the Supreme Court said, students with disabilities should be measured on their ability to pass their courses and advance from grade to grade.

Author: 0 Schumer warns GOP against rules change on Supreme Court

Heitkamp said she expects Gorsuch to follow through on his promise of an independent judiciary that "acts as a proper check and balance on the other two branches of government". "I am not confident that Judge Gorsuch understands how his decisions will impact workers, immigrants, women's health and economic security, disabled Americans, and the everyday Nevadans that I am here fighting for", she said.