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National Senate heads for Supreme Court showdown
Author: 0 Senate heads for Supreme Court showdown

Only on April Fool's Day do politics in our country seem to make sense, including Donald Trump's choice to sit on The United States Supreme Court for 30 or 40 years. "This is why the common complaint that Republican presidents and judicial nominees haven't made any difference when it comes to the pro-life cause is misguided", Garnett wrote in an email.

Author: 0 Obama ethics czar on Ivanka's new White House job: 'Nepotism statute' applies

The document shows he received at least $ 40 million from Goldman Sachs-related dividends, interest, salary and bonuses, about half of which was in some form of stock compensation. Former Republican party head Reince Pribus earned over $500,000 during his tenure, also bringing in a minimum of $750,000 past year in other financial dealings and a law firm salary.

Author: 0 Gorsuch to Democrats: No return to 'horse and buggy' era

Nevertheless, Politico reports that a small group of Democrats want to strike a deal to confirm Gorsuch "in exchange for a commitment from Republicans not to kill the filibuster for a subsequent vacancy during President Donald Trump's term".

Author: 0 Claire McCaskill backs filibuster of Neil Gorsuch, makes nuclear option likely

So far, 35 Democrats have announced their opposition to Gorsuch's confirmation, leaving eleven undecided. Republicans control the Senate 52-48, meaning they need to win over eight Democrats to block a filibuster. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., (right) said that while he doesn't necessarily like Neil Gorsuch's politics, he will vote to confirm Gorsuch (left) for the Supreme Court.

National Ivanka Trump Is Getting Her Own Office in the West Wing
Author: 0 Ivanka Trump Is Getting Her Own Office in the West Wing

Now that she will be a part of the team, Ivanka says that she will voluntarily adhere to the same rules that would apply if she were a government employee. The move further solidifies Trump's prominent, though unofficial , place in the new administration. US President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka walk to board Marine One at the White House on 1 February 2017.

National Very Nice Weekend; Storms Return Monday
Author: 0 Very Nice Weekend; Storms Return Monday

Good Sunday , everyone. Things are looking much, much better out there today, but some more nasty stuff is on the way for the week ahead. We start off the work week with sunshine, thanks to that area of high pressure. Temperatures will reach the upper 70s by Saturday . We do have the chance to see some strong to severe storms on Thursday , so we will be keeping an eye on this as the time gets closer.

National President Trump's top four advisers collectively worth up to $1.9 billion
Author: 0 President Trump's top four advisers collectively worth up to $1.9 billion

Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs investment banker who now serves as director of the National Economic Council, has assets worth at least $253 million, including million-dollar or more stakes in several private companies. This includes a stake in the Trump International Hotel, which is down the street from the White House. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus , who navigated the Republican Party through the victorious presidential campaign, received more than $500,000 in salary ...

National Truck driver admitted texting and driving caused deadly bus crash, witness says
Author: 0 Truck driver admitted texting and driving caused deadly bus crash, witness says

Johnny Hernandez, a spokesperson for the state's Department of Public Safety, told BuzzFeed News . "He said, 'I'm sorry I'm sorry, '" Kuchler told the Associated Press . "We are so grateful for the compassionate outpouring of support and prayers we have received since the tragic bus crash in which we lost 13 of our beloved church members", read a message posted to the church's Facebook page .

Author: 0 Tar Heels, Ducks try to get it right

Despite missing all four attempts in the closing seconds, the Tar Heels survived as junior Theo Pinson and senior Kennedy Meeks secured offensive rebounds to deny OR a chance to have the ball. "I think I'll be effective", he said. It took him 19 shots to get to those 18 points, too. "I always said if I ever was to play basketball or pursue basketball, the only way is if I had an offer from UNC to play basketball", Beckham said.

National Arab summit highlights two-state solution as cornerstone of peace
Author: 0 Arab summit highlights two-state solution as cornerstone of peace

Mr Abbas is due to meet with Mr Trump, who has said he will prioritise a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, in Washington next month. I'm very happy with the one both parties like. The declaration also highlighted the importance of Jerusalem to the Arab world. The summit's closing statement said "peace is a strategic option" for Arab states.

National Casey to vote 'no' on Gorsuch
Author: 0 Casey to vote 'no' on Gorsuch

Every time Democrats tried to draw him out on a range of serious issues, including abortion and gay rights, Gorsuch answered in the same way: "I have declined to offer any promises, hints or previews of how I'd resolve any case". The Democratic leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer of NY, was among five senators to declare their opposition to Gorsuch Thursday, even before the Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination had ended.

Author: 0 The NCAA and Others Should Stand Firm on North Carolina

The NBA also moved its All-Star Game out of Charlotte and several entertainers, including Bruce Springsteen, canceled planned concerts in the state. It also excluded gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide antidiscrimination protections. ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement released Thursday that the "recently passed legislation allows the opportunity to reopen the discussion with the ACC Council of Presidents regarding neutral site conference championships ...

Author: 0 Why everyone is waiting to hear from these Democrats on Neil Gorsuch

Finally, McCaskill said Gorsuch's nomination betrays President Trump's promise to support working people and "drain the swamp" of special interests and lobbyists. Trump used a broken selection method to pick Judge Gorsuch, a well-regarded appeals court judge. "Any Democrat who would help advance Gorsuch's nomination is helping Trump attack vulnerable communities, and especially women".

Author: 0 Trump signs executive orders ramping up trade enforcement

However, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, during his interaction with White House reporters, insisted that the executive order expected to be signed today is not just about China. President Trump spoke at length about these inequities during the campaign, promising immediate action to level the playing field if elected. In others, foreign countries may make products substantially cheaper or better than in the US.

National Sean Spicer: Trump wants Michael Flynn to testify in Russian Federation investigations
Author: 0 Sean Spicer: Trump wants Michael Flynn to testify in Russian Federation investigations

Devin Nunes of California, and Schiff said they should now be shared with the full panel membership. Minutes after the New York Times' report Thursday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced that, "in the ordinary course of business", national security staff had come across new documents relevant to the House Intelligence Committee's letter concerning the unmasking of Americans in surveillance reports.

National Republicans want details before funding Trump's wall
Author: 0 Republicans want details before funding Trump's wall

The proposals require the border wall to be at least 30 feet tall. The Trump administration wants to build a 30-foothigh border wall that looks good from the north side and is hard to climb or cut through, according to a pair of contract notices posted to a government website further detailing President Donald Trump's promise to build a "big, attractive wall" at the Mexican border.

Author: 0 Hayley Wickenheiser hopes USA women can score a better deal

Now here he is Smith speaking again on Tuesday night after the agreement was reached: "Today reflects everyone coming together and compromising in order to reach a resolution for the betterment of the sport". NHL players and coaches, as well as the NHL Players' Association, and player unions from the NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS and professional sports leagues around the world voiced their support for their stand for equality.

Author: 0 Gonzaga advances to NCAA championship

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs now have a chance to play for a title after already getting further than ever before in the NCAA Tournament . The Bulldogs beat the South Carolina Gamecocks 77-73 in Phoenix Saturday in the Final Four. Williams-Goss missed a shot with 12.7 seconds left and SC rebounded and called a timeout trailing 75-72. He told trainers he couldn't clear his vision in his right eye and headed to the locker room, his status unknown to the Zags.

Author: 0 German election: Merkel's CDU wins big in regional election

The German federal elections are scheduled for September 24, 2017. "We'll be analyzing all the pros and contras of our campaign for (the upcoming elections in) Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia". It was, however, the AfD's worst result after five state elections in which it topped 10%, in a sign that the abating refugee crisis and bitter infighting have damaged popular support for the protest party.

National Tennessee ready to make overdue impact in this year's draft
Author: 0 Tennessee ready to make overdue impact in this year's draft

He caught 178 passes and earned a Super Bowl ring. Meachem got the idea of a comeback from his two daughters wanting to see him on TV again. For now, Meachem is waiting for a call. Meachem earned millions in his National Football League career but testified in December he was bilked out of a large amount of money by an associate.

Author: 0 Texas Lawmakers Unfazed by NC Repeal

The NCAA has said it affirms the rights of LGBT people and wants to assure inclusivity. On March 23, the NCAA said it wouldn't consider scheduling any championship events in the Tar Heel State through 2022 if the bill didn't change. On Thursday, the North Carolina House of Representatives voted to repeal the controversial House Bill 2 law, which said that transgender people would have to use the bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates.

Author: 0 Schumer warns against rule change for Gorsuch

But, she said , she was also "very uncomfortable voting for a strategy that opens up a process where it only takes 51 votes" to approve a Supreme Court nominee. However, we strongly disagree with the strategy to deploy the rule change, as the filibuster it would end serves as a critically important safeguard that would be risky to lose.

Author: 0 Voters to Rise Up Across US for "People's Filibuster" of Gorsuch

If Democrats do filibuster the nomination, it seems very likely that Republicans will respond by changing Senate rules to ban filibustering of Supreme Court nominations. An audio recording of McCaskill's comments to a group of Democratic donors that surfaced Thursday revealed she was anxious blocking Gorsuch could backfire on the party.

National Army of Russian trolls reportedly spread fake news on Facebook
Author: 0 Army of Russian trolls reportedly spread fake news on Facebook

The only person on that list publicly identified so far is senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, the chairman said . A separate investigation in the House of Representatives into Russia's alleged role in the United States election has become mired in controversy over accusations that its Republican chairman, Trump ally Devin Nunes, is not impartial.

Author: 0 'We must fight' hard-line conservative Freedom Caucus in 2018 midterm elections

Trump identified the 30-plus members of the Freedom Caucus as political attack targets, together with the Democratic opposition, in the 2018 Congressional elections. "Because we've all been promising, Democrat, Republican, we've all been promising that to the American people", Trump said. Although Trump was unable to push through a Republican-backed healthcare bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, he remains optimistic that both parties will come to a consensus because he believes ...

National WH financial disclosures: Trump advisers made millions last year
Author: 0 WH financial disclosures: Trump advisers made millions last year

Mr Trump this week officially added his daughter Ivanka to his staff. For example, Kushner sold his stake in a Manhattan skyscraper to a trust his mother oversees. The Trumps have a 60-year lease on the federally owned property, just a short walk from the White House. Her husband, senior aide Jared Kushner, who is also forgoing a salary, reported hundreds of real estate holdings and other assets totaling more than $700 million.

National Federal judge approves $25M Trump University deal, over one student's objection
Author: 0 Federal judge approves $25M Trump University deal, over one student's objection

Approximately 3,370 former students alleged that the university had cheated them by use of high pressure sales techniques and outright lies about what they would get out of their time at Trump University. The case attracted a great deal of attention during the 2016 presidential campaign, with Trump's rivals for the Republican nomination as well as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton using it against the billionaire businessman, who went on to win the November 8 election.

Author: 0 Donald Trump Walks Out Of Executive Order Signing Without Signing Anything

The U.S. trade deficit totaled $502.3 billion a year ago, a slight increase from 2015, according to the Commerce Department. The goal of the order is to find areas that add to the USA trade deficit and eventually negotiate them. For example, an iPhone assembled in China is regarded as a Chinese export - but the money Apple makes from it is accounted for in the USA - contributing to the economy.

National Trump bullies Freedom Caucus after healthcare delay
Author: 0 Trump bullies Freedom Caucus after healthcare delay

With the future of House Republicans' Affordable Care Act replacement plan still unsure hours ahead of Friday's expected chamber vote, President Donald Trump lashed out at conservatives' opposition to the health care legislation. Material from The Associated Press was used in this report . The Republican bill known as the American Health Care Act would cut off funding for Planned Parenthood for one year.

National 'Heartbroken' Kentucky stars won't get over this loss soon
Author: 0 'Heartbroken' Kentucky stars won't get over this loss soon

SC guard Rakym Felder (4) puts up a shot against Florida forward Kevarrius Hayes (13) during the first half of the East Regional championship game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March. And Oregon? Well, the Ducks have been to the tournament before and won it all. "That's why they call it March Madness", Berry said. Every year, Holderness and his college buddies go to the Final Four.

National Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren share stage at Boston rally
Author: 0 Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren share stage at Boston rally

They've got the House of Representatives, and the number of tools we've got down in Washington on our side are limited, but that means exactly one thing, and that is: "We are not going to be able to go in Washington and do this on our own, it's going to take all of us in this fight".

Author: 0 3 arrested in Atlanta fire underneath interstate bridge that collapsed

Three people were arrested Friday in connection with the fire and collapse of a bridge along a section of Interstate 85 in Atlanta , WXIA and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Herrmann said concrete will undergo severe cracking at about 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit and start disintegrating at higher temperatures. "We have limited dollars for maintaining our bridges", Herrmann said.

Author: 0 Israel says will try to curb growth of settlements footprint

About 400,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank which is also home to 2.8 million Palestinians . After the High Court of Israel in 2006 ruled the Amona settlement illegal and later in 2014 ordered the complete evacuation of the settlement, Israel has now approved a new settlement close to the already existing Shiloh settlement.

National Marco Rubio Told His Campaign Was Targeted By Russian 'Active Measures'
Author: 0 Marco Rubio Told His Campaign Was Targeted By Russian 'Active Measures'

Later, Rubio said that in July 2016, shortly after announcing he would seek re-election to the Senate, "former members of my presidential campaign team, who had access to the internal information of my presidential campaign, were targeted by IP addresses with an unknown location within Russian Federation".

National Rep. Schiff has seen Devin Nunes' evidence for Obama surveillance
Author: 0 Rep. Schiff has seen Devin Nunes' evidence for Obama surveillance

Nunes briefed the president, but, shockingly, failed to share the information with his committee members. "We use two criteria: the need to know on the person requesting us in the execution of their official duties, and the second part was, is the identification necessary to truly understand the context of the intelligence value that the report is created to generate?" he said .

Author: 0 White House was wrong for withholding intelligence documents: Lawmaker

Ellis recently served as a lawyer to the House Intelligence Committee chaired by Nunes. The White House's apparent involvement in helping Nunes access the information has overshadowed what Trump officials contend are real concerns about how much information about Americans is disseminated in intelligence reports .

National Texan Ted Poe quits Freedom Caucus over health care bill
Author: 0 Texan Ted Poe quits Freedom Caucus over health care bill

In the meantime, health insurers must decide where they'll offer coverage as well as their rates for next year by June. The renewed focus on repealing Obamacare came after Ryan chose to withdraw the House GOP's health care bill Friday, a decision made after it became clear there wouldn't be enough votes to pass it.

Author: 0 Nunes Claims Democrats Are Not Serious About Russia Investigation

House Speaker Paul Ryan continued to express confidence in Nunes Tuesday, saying there is no need for the chairman to resign. "I ask him with the greatest respect - let someone else do this". Speier had already said Nunes should recuse himself from the panel's Russian Federation investigation. Adam Schiff, the HIC's ranking Democrat, said in a statement .

Author: 0 Trump admin files notice challenging blocking revised travel ban

The revised order removes references to religion, he said. The judge said the state has sufficiently established a likelihood it would succeed in challenging the ban on the grounds it violates a constitutional clause that requires government actions to have a primarily secular objective.

National Gorsuch, with allegiance to Constitution, exactly what Supreme Court needs
Author: 0 Gorsuch, with allegiance to Constitution, exactly what Supreme Court needs

Adding to Thune's confusion on the matter is Gorsuch's accreditation from the American Bar Association, which may Democrats including Chuck Schumer have highlighted as the gold standard for a Judge. There could be a major confrontation next week over Senate rules. In March, the grassroots group delivered a million petition signatures to all 100 senators calling on them to oppose Gorsuch.

Author: 0 Democratic Opposition to Trump Supreme Court Pick Mounting

Senate Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee swelled Friday as Democrats neared the numbers needed for a filibuster, setting up a showdown with Republicans who have the votes to confirm Neil Gorsuch . Gorsuch needs 60 votes to advance. Republicans hoped to persuade McCaskill and other Democratic senators to help break a filibuster to advance Gorsuch's nomination.

Author: 0 Sessions' Targeting of Sanctuary Cities Not Exactly What It Appears

Trump, who made tougher immigration enforcement a cornerstone of his campaign, directed the government in his January 25 executive order to cut off funding to sanctuary jurisdictions. "This is really important and emotional for both of us", said Seattle City Councilmember Debra Juarez, standing next to Councilmember Lorena González, at the press conference.

Author: 0 Travel Ban Put On More Permanent Hold

Watson, nominated to the bench by former President Barack Obama in 2012, agreed with Hawaii that the ban would hurt the state's tourism-dependent economy and that it discriminates based on nationality and religion. It maintained the 120-day ban on all USA admission of refugees, those fleeing violence or persecution in their homeland, but removed a provision giving future preference to refugees from minority religions, which Trump had said was meant to help Christians from Muslim nations.

Author: 0 Trump declares war on Republican conservatives: 'We must fight them'

Labrador responded to the earlier tweets on Thursday by defending the Freedom Caucus, many of whose members were early supporters of Trump. Trump's tweet comes one week after members of the Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives disrupted the president's push to pass a GOP bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.