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National Gorsuch's ascension to high court vindicates McConnell plan
Author: 0 Gorsuch's ascension to high court vindicates McConnell plan

Trump praised Gorsuch , 49, a former appeals court judge from Colorado, as a jurist who will rule "not on his personal preferences but based on a fair and objective reading of the law". This time his wife held the Bible as Trump, who nominated Gorsuch Jan. 31, looked on. Clarence Thomas was confirmed by a narrow 52-48 margin in 1991, without any attempt by any senator to block the final vote.

Author: 0 Supreme Court, with Gorsuch onboard, hears church-state case

Gorsuch asked lawyer Christopher Landau four questions in a row, saying he was "sorry for taking up so much time ". Justice Clarence Thomas, in keeping with his customary practice, was the only justice not to speak or to ask questions during the oral argument.

National Dairy Experts: Trump's Promised Trade Changes May Not Come Soon Enough
Author: 0 Dairy Experts: Trump's Promised Trade Changes May Not Come Soon Enough

And in a statement released Thursday, Chrystia Freeland, Canada's minister of foreign affairs, said there's actually a trade imbalance on dairy products that benefits the United States. President Donald Trump , left, has agreed to work with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., center, and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on a trade dispute with Canada over dairy taxes.

Author: 0 Trump tax plan to rely on future U.S. growth to fund cuts

Donald Trump will sign an executive order and two presidential memorandums ordering the Treasury Department to review several tax regulations that were put in place by the Obama administration. "Ironically, if those regulations were eliminated, which we all expect that they will be.that would encourage inversions, which is arguably contrary to President Trump's America first stuff", Willens said.

National Chaffetz Says He May Not Finish His Current Term In Congress
Author: 0 Chaffetz Says He May Not Finish His Current Term In Congress

I preach that you want to get in, serve and get out. "I think if I wanted to run, I would be very competitive", Chaffetz said Wednesday afternoon in an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News . "I'm reluctant to answer on speculation because I believe it's speculation", Utah Gov. Gary Herbert told reporters at his monthly news conference on KUED.

Author: 0 Federal Judge Halts Executions in Arkansas

The inmates wanted stays of execution while the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a separate case concerning access to independent mental health experts by defendants. Arkansas had scheduled the series of executions in order to beat the expiration date on its batch of one of the three drugs used in its lethal injection cocktail.

Author: 0 Trump Wants Health Care Bill Passed Next Week

Trump may declare victory no matter what happens in Congress next week. House of Representatives Republicans are exploring compromises aimed at satisfying the party's most conservative members without antagonizing its moderates, but it remained unclear on Friday whether a viable bill would emerge.

National Donald Trump hits out at 'ridiculous' 100-day benchmark
Author: 0 Donald Trump hits out at 'ridiculous' 100-day benchmark

There are at least two dozen times Donald Trump has said , on record, that he would release his taxes - but it seems like this is yet another broken promise. On the 92nd day of his presidency, Donald Trump has decided the idea of his first 100 days in office as a critical yard marker is bunk. The only one of those 10 legislative items introduced to this point is the US House healthcare bill, which Trump embraced only to see collapse in dramatic fashion last month.

National Justice Department Threatens New York, Other Sanctuary Cities, Over Immigration Enforcement
Author: 0 Justice Department Threatens New York, Other Sanctuary Cities, Over Immigration Enforcement

The letters were addressed to officials in New Orleans; Philadelphia; Chicago; New York City' Clark County, Las Vegas; Miami Dade County; Milwaukee County; Cook County, Ill. Sanctuary Cities are those jurisdictions that thwart the efforts of Federal Deportation Officers to remove illegal immigrants. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a meeting with the Organized Crime Council and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Executive Committee in Washington , D.C., on April 18.

National Arkansas executes prisoner after battle over lethal drug
Author: 0 Arkansas executes prisoner after battle over lethal drug

CST. This was the first execution in the state since 2005. For his last meal, Lee declined to order anything, instead asking to receive communion. Arkansas originally planned to carry out a series of eight executions over the span of just 11 days - an unprecedented number in such a short amount of time - before one of the drugs it uses in lethal injections expires at the end of the month.

Author: 0 Chicago officials dismiss Justice Dept

In general, "sanctuary cities" offer safe harbor to undocumented immigrants and often advance the enforcement of federal immigration laws without municipal funds or resources. The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, for example, has a policy to decline all requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to keep a suspected deportable immigrant in its custody long enough for immigration authorities to arrest the person unless that person is charged with certain violent crimes, according to the ...

Author: 0 Despite massive spending, Dems fail to take US House seat in Georgia

Ossoff earned 48 percent of the vote in Georgia's Sixth Congressional District , followed by Handel just shy of 20 percent. Ossoff's campaign was boosted by the support of numerous celebrities, including from Star Trek actor George Takei and anti-Trump talk show host Chelsea Handler, the latter of whom donated to the young Democrat and used her almost 7 million-strong Twitter following to urge Georgia voters to turn out.

Author: 0 Pence says US will honor refugee deal

Mr Turnbull opened the talks with Mr Pence with a reference to Australia and America's long history of military alliance, one the PM noted stretched back more than a century to World War I before formal alliances were brokered 60 years ago.

Author: 0 Sanctuary cities threatened with loss of federal grant money

The US Justice Department (DOJ) is forcing the State of California and 8 major cities to prove they are complying with an immigration law to continue receiving coveted law enforcement grant money. "Unfortunately, the Mayor's policies are hamstringing the courageous NYPD officers that protect the city, and only serve to endanger the lives of the hard working men and women of the NYPD who care more about keeping their city and country safe than they do about city hall politics".

National What do the Kansas and Georgia elections tell us about 2018?
Author: 0 What do the Kansas and Georgia elections tell us about 2018?

But not everyone is declaring it a victory for the GOP. In a sign of concern for Republicans, Thompson edged Estes in the district's most populous county surrounding Wichita , a county Trump won by 18 points last November. With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Estes won 52 percent of the vote to 46 percent for Thompson. The president also recorded a robocall and tweeted his support for Estes on Tuesday.

Author: 0 Chaffetz leaves door open to not finish term in House

In a statement on Facebook , Chaffetz noted that he has long advocated that public service should be for a limited time. "I have the full support of Speaker Ryan to continue as chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee", he wrote.

Author: 0 Donald Trump administration intensifies threat to crack down on sanctuary cities

The letters up the ante on statements made late last month by Attorney General Jeff Sessions-which itself echoed Trump's previous executive order that called for sanctuary cities to have their Justice Department grants withheld. NY received about $ 53 million from the Justice Department in fiscal 2017, according to city officials. She says, "The Mayors need to decide are they willing to jeopardize those dollars or try to protect illegal immigrants who've been committing crimes in our ...

National Bandwagon Cubs fans will need a balm after the Reds' sick burns
Author: 0 Bandwagon Cubs fans will need a balm after the Reds' sick burns

Any time a team wins a title for the first time in decades, its fan base is accused of growth via bandwagon, with previously indifferent supporters allegedly hopping aboard now that the team found success. The Cubs enter Friday's game with a streak of 12 straight games with at least one homer at Great American Ball Park, four games shy of the record for consecutive games with a homer by an opponent.

National NASCAR at Bristol: Vegas odds, key stats, sleepers, fantasy drivers to watch
Author: 0 NASCAR at Bristol: Vegas odds, key stats, sleepers, fantasy drivers to watch

Kennedy has one previous Xfinity Series start, finishing 10th at Iowa Speedway last season. Busch's brother Kyle is the only other multiple spring race victor in the field, winning three times in the spring (and twice in the fall). Earnhardt was the runner-up in the spring race at Bristol last season so a top-10 finish is a reasonable expectation for this weekend. Larson, the points leader, loves his chances.

National Church hosting Easter events
Author: 0 Church hosting Easter events

Smith pointed to her backpack, which she had made a decision to use for egg collection. There will be games, food, prizes, age-appropriate egg hunts and a showing of the movie, "Risen". Though there are still holiday events to be found at churches this time of year - including April 15's upcoming egg hunt at New Creation Church - her opinion is the more the merrier.

National Louis gunman kills 2 utility workers, then himself
Author: 0 Louis gunman kills 2 utility workers, then himself

Police have not released a motive and declined to speculate on whether that could have been one. LOUIS- Two utility workers are dead, after being shot to death late Thursday morning while working in a residential neighborhood. "The shooting occurred in north St. Louis" Hamilton Heights neighborhood, in the 5900 block of Minerva Avenue, just east of Wellston. Missouri American Water had employees working in the area near the shooting, though thankfully none were injured.

Author: 0 Sniper found guilty of killing Pa. state police trooper

Outside the courthouse after the verdict had been announced, Eric Frein's defense attorney William Ruzzo said the defense's attention is shifting to convince the jury that his client does not deserve the death penalty. Tom Wolf says "justice was served" Wednesday when a jury convicted Eric Frein (freen) of first-degree murder and other counts in the 2014 attack. An honor guard carries the casket of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl.

Author: 0 Arkansas executes prisoner Ledell Lee

Arkansas executed death row inmate Ledell Lee late Thursday night shortly after the US Supreme Court denied emergency motions in his case. The state originally scheduled an unprecedented eight executions between April 17 and 27, but several cases are now tied up in the courts.

National Ready or Not, Gorsuch Takes Top Court Seat a Week After Oath
Author: 0 Ready or Not, Gorsuch Takes Top Court Seat a Week After Oath

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit? "Justice Gorsuch took no part in the consideration or decision of this petition", noted the court's unceremoniously brief order , issued at around 9:30 a.m. Reuters deemed Gorsuch "a frequent and energetic questioner" and said he "exhibited composure and confidence" during the arguments. With Justice Stephen Breyer leading the charge, the court seemed to back the government's solution to the standing problem.

National Justice Dept. warns sanctuary cities in immigration fight
Author: 0 Justice Dept. warns sanctuary cities in immigration fight

The Trump administration has intensified threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities. I say to the voters in those cities, ask your leadership why it is that they don't want to remove unsafe criminals from your community and cooperate with federal law enforcement and why federal law enforcement should cooperate with cities that don't cooperate with them.

Author: 0 Arkansas carries out first of eight planned executions

That's according to an Associated Press reporter who witnessed the execution of Ledell Lee at the Cummins Unit in southeast Arkansas. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said the spate of executions needed to happen before April 30, the expiration date of the supply of one of the state's lethal injection drugs, midazolam.

Author: 0 Arkansas prepared to carry out execution

The southeastern U.S. state executed Ledell Lee on Thursday at its Cummins Unit in Grady, which houses the state's death chamber. Lee, his eyes open while strapped to a gurney with IV lines inserted into both of his arms, did not make a final statement from the execution chamber even though he was asked twice to do so.

National Trump calls 100-day benchmark 'ridiculous'
Author: 0 Trump calls 100-day benchmark 'ridiculous'

Trump will make his first global trip as president in late May, attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels and the annual summit of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations, hosted this year in Sicily. And the White House, naturally, is making any compromise even harder. "Don't you agree?" Trump said , spreading his arms wide in the East Room. Now that 90 days has officially come and gone, Politico reports that no plan seems to be forthcoming; in fact, no ...

National Dade says it's following immigration law
Author: 0 Dade says it's following immigration law

Mayor Mitch Landrieu was one of nine recipients of letters from the Justice Department asking to prove that they are cooperating with federal immigration authorities or risk losing law-enforcement grant money. The Justice Department awarded the city $ 26 million in fiscal 2015, says mayoral spokeswoman Ajeenah Amir. The Department of Justice on Friday reprimanded eight "sanctuary cities" for failing to adhere to federal requests to detain illegal immigrants.

Author: 0 Jewish Le Pen Voter Blames Government For Paris Attack

Three of the four presidential frontrunners - Le Pen, centrist Emmanuel Macron and conservative Francois Fillon - called off campaign events planned for Friday in the wake of the attack. He sees only Fillon with a chance to defeat Le Pen in the run-off. But another attack, which took place earlier this month in Germany, ought to play at least an equal role.

National Hillary Clinton slams Trump on LGBT rights
Author: 0 Hillary Clinton slams Trump on LGBT rights

It was fitting that Clinton's speech immediately followed Jacobs's; the designer had been putting Clinton's face on t-shirts for years and was integral in mobilizing the fashion community in her support. Publisher Arianna Huffington , right, introduces former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the LGBT Community Center Dinner as she accepts the Center's Trailblazer Award at Cipriani Wall Street on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in NY.

National Gorsuch faced early test in court's life-and-death power
Author: 0 Gorsuch faced early test in court's life-and-death power

The Supreme Court says Colorado's practice of not automatically refunding court fees and other costs to people who are convicted of crimes but later exonerated violates the Constitution. Gross that inmates have to provide a potentially less painful way to accomplish their own execution. Arkansas also plans a single execution for Thursday.

National Jason Chaffetz shocks Washington by saying he will NOT run
Author: 0 Jason Chaffetz shocks Washington by saying he will NOT run

Chairman of the powerful House oversight committee Jason Chaffetz may not finish out his term in Congress, he said Thursday, a departure that would invite jockeying for his high-profile position. But Chaffetz said these factors played no role in his decision. A long-shot Democratic challenger, Kathryn Allen - a physician and political newcomer - has reportedly been out-fundraising Chaffetz, according to the Associated Press .

Author: 0 Gorsuch is Chatty Cathy in Supreme Court debut

Gorsuch, whose confirmation to the lifetime job restored the court's conservative majority, exhibited composure and confidence, sitting on the far right of the bench in the ornate courtroom, alongside liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor. By one empiricist's count , he spoke more words than six other justices. Preparing for arguments is likely to be the easy part for Gorsuch, given his decade on a federal appeals court in Denver, says Alexander "Sasha" Volokh, a professor at Emory University ...

Author: 0 Road-rage confrontation: Killer of ex-Saint faces sentencing

Hayes, a 29-year-old truck driver and dog breeder from the Ninth Ward in New Orleans, was sentenced by Judge Buras after being convicted on December 11. Perhaps the most gripping testimony came from Hayes' mother, Dawn Mumphrey. According to the police report , Hayes' vehicle hit Smith's SUV from behind and an argument ensued.

National Eric Frein guilty of murder in ambush of state troopers
Author: 0 Eric Frein guilty of murder in ambush of state troopers

Jurors will be able to consider victim impact statements in the next phase. Pennsylvania has a moratorium on executions under Gov. Tom Wolf. His lawyers offered no evidence or testimony and chose to focus on whether or not Frein will receive the death penalty.

Author: 0 Ann Coulter vows to speak at UC Berkeley despite cancellation

A lockdown is lifted on the University of California, Berkeley campus after a night of violent protests. Coulter reiterated that she still plans to speak on her original date. UC Berkeley has been synonymous with protest from the earliest days of the 1960s Free Speech Movement, when students fought for the right to speak out and set off a wave of campus activism around the country.

National Trump voices support for Democrat Baldwin's 'American' bill
Author: 0 Trump voices support for Democrat Baldwin's 'American' bill

Trump is expected to sign the order during a visit to the Snap-on tool company in Kenosha, Wis. But the White House said the programme is undercutting American workers by bringing in cheaper labour and that some tech companies are using it to hire large numbers of workers and drive down wages.

National Republican Wins Special Congressional Election in Kansas
Author: 0 Republican Wins Special Congressional Election in Kansas

Ron Estes, the Republican candidate for an empty House seat in Kansas, survived a surprisingly competitive race in a heavily conservative district on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. A defeat for Estes, however, would have meant that the people who lived in the district - and perhaps in other parts of the Midwest, too - were unhappy with the president and with Republicans in the state.

National Convicted Murderer Put to Death in Arkansas; First Execution Since 2005
Author: 0 Convicted Murderer Put to Death in Arkansas; First Execution Since 2005

Arkansas Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves says Lee did not make a final statement before his execution began at 11:44 p.m. CT Thursday. But the plan was criticized from a number of different quarters, including by anti-death penalty advocates and even former executioners . Midazolam, which Arkansas hadn't used in an execution, is the first of the three drugs administered to sedate the inmate.

Author: 0 Ann Coulter Vows to Speak at UC Berkeley Despite Ban

It said that it was not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully. In the communication about Ann's April 27 event, university authorities cited the violence that erupted in February in response to the appearance of now-former Breitbart News senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos.

National Venezuelans march against dictator Maduro, protests leave three dead
Author: 0 Venezuelans march against dictator Maduro, protests leave three dead

Socialist Party officials dismiss the opposition marches as efforts to destabilize the government, pointing to protester barricades and vandalism, and have called on supporters to rally around Maduro. Pressure on the leftist president has been mounting since 2014, as falling prices for Venezuela's crucial oil exports have aggravated an economic crisis.

Author: 0 Perez-Sanders tour kicks off amid progressive skepticism

Other stops on the " Come Together and Fight Back " tour include Texas, Nebraska, Utah, Arizona and Nevada. "Donald Trump did not win the election - the Democrats lost the election!" he said (again) during an event in Miami on Wednesday night.

National Lawyer tells rape trial jury women are 'good' at lying
Author: 0 Lawyer tells rape trial jury women are 'good' at lying

Referencing the "weaker sex" comment, he elaborated, "That's what the book says"-a reference to the Bible". Deborah Clubb , executive director of the Memphis Area Women's Council, was appalled by Farese's statement. "That just doesn't even make the first bit of sense and it's despicable. Doesn't even sound like professional strategy for an attorney". To a jury of mostly women, Banti described the victim's ordeal with graphic and violent details before she laid into Giannini's character ...

National Sexual harassment has cost Fox News over $85 million
Author: 0 Sexual harassment has cost Fox News over $85 million

Men place boards over a poster of former cable news host Bill O'Reilly outside of the Fox News offices in NY on April 20, 2017 (Photo: nbcnews). "When Ailes is under assault and then fired, when Bill O'Reilly is under assault and then fired...they are making changes, they are making statements of some kind", she said .

Author: 0 Trump takes credit for blocking Democratic win in Georgia race

Should he secure an upset, it would mark a stunning embarrassment for the president and signal that next year's mid-term elections are essentially up for grabs. President Donald Trump is likely to loom large in the 6 district congressional runoff as candidates Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel look toward the June 20 showdown.

Author: 0 Sanders promoting new blood in Democrats but impact unclear

Sanders campaigned heavily in Florida previous year to nab the Democratic nomination but ultimately lost out to Hillary Clinton, who received 64 percent of the primary vote. They view Sanders as a uniquely powerful bulwark against the party's embrace of policies (free trade, austerity, privatization, etc.) they despise.

Author: 0 Trump brags about GOP barely avoiding disaster in Georgia race

Democrat Jon Ossoff , a little-known 30-year-old former congressional staffer, fell a few percentage points shy of an outright victory Tuesday amid an 18-candidate scramble in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. "Glad to be of help!" he tweeted. He took credit for the results shortly after midnight on Wednesday - even though his unpopularity nationally and in the district is why the race is competitive in the first place.

Author: 0 Arkansas executes death row inmate Ledell Lee

That's according to an Associated Press reporter who witnessed the execution of Ledell Lee at the Cummins Unit in southeast Arkansas. Hikma, the British manufacturers of the drug, have opposed its use in executions, and the makers of other drugs have tried to halt the executions in the courts, arguing that the prison authorities were unauthorised to use their products.