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Temporary government funding bill heads to the Senate

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The deal eliminates the civilian and military sequester for two years, increasing the Pentagon funding by $80 billion and domestic spending by $63 billion for the fiscal year 2018, NPR reported citing congressional sources. However, not much has been mentioned about what the proposed agreement includes to protect "DREAMer" immigrants - a sticking point that might affect the potential for the bill to pass the House. Read More »

Britain's May says committed to deepening relationship with China

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It was helpful, then that China's television has told the prime minister that her nickname there is "Auntie May". The main opposition Labour Party is trying to force the government into handing over the report , entitled " EU Exit Analysis - Cross Whitehall Briefing" and dated January 2018, by using an ancient parliamentary procedure. Read More »

Winter Olympics | 60 Russian athletes appeal to CAS for ban reduction

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All the while Russian Federation and the International Olympic Committee have been up against each other over competitors the IOC banned for life after the Sochi doping scandal. Keep in mind that some events will take place before the Opening Ceremony because the schedule just gets too packed. Gionta chose not to sign with an National Hockey League team this season in order to compete in Pyeongchang . Read More »

North Korea Sending Kim Jong Un's Sister to 2018 Olympics

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister , an increasingly prominent figure in the country's leadership, will be part of the North's delegation to the South Korean Winter Olympics , officials said yesterday. "We hope that the Winter Olympics may go some way in encouraging North Korea into dialogue, to get them back to the negotiating table", Ms Bishop said. Read More »

Winter Weather Advisory Issued from 4 pm to Midnight Monday

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Winds will still be out of the west at 10-15 miles per hour. More snow will filter into the region around that time. Early projections call for the Saturday snow to be around the same levels we're due to see this week, but Onton said those predictions remain fluid. Read More »

Senate leaders announce 2-year budget deal to avoid government shutdown

If Senate leaders can't reach a deal by the deadline, McConnell could amend the House resolution with a fallback option to keep federal agencies open temporarily. Second-ranking Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas said the disaster relief package will be between $80 billion and $90 billion. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., called the spending bill "a debt junkie's dream", adding, "I'm not only a no". Read More »

Turkey says to host Syria summit with Russia, Iran

CNN could not independently verify these claims or videos. Senior US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the AFP news service that a US military attack against the Syrian government was "on the table" and "always feasible". Read More »

White House Advances Idea of Military Parade

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For the last two and a half years since the start of his campaign for president, Trump has promoted himself as a man who cares deeply about the United States military and veterans. Trump was awestruck by the tableau of uniformed French troops marching down Avenue des Champs-Elysees with military tanks, armored vehicles, gun trucks and carriers-complete with fighter jets flying over the Arc de Triomphe and painting the sky with streaks of blue, white and red smoke for the colors of the ... Read More »

Opposition phases walkout of Lok Sabha after PM Modi's handle

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Rahul Gandhi's reactions came after PM Modi attacked the Congress during his reply in Lok Sabha, accusing the party of breaking the country into parts. "The Indian community has acted as a bridge between the two countries and I hope my visit will further strengthen these ties", he said. He also lauded AB Vajpayee "foresightedness" while creating Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh. Read More »

Maldives Crisis: China Warns India Against Any Interference in Maldives

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A statement issued by them said President Yameen is encroaching on all checks and balances, separation of powers which is tantamount to a breakdown of the entire democratic system. "On behalf of Maldivian people we humbly request: India to send envoy, backed by its military, to release judges & pol. detainees". Present crisis was triggered immediately after Supreme Court quashed the convictions against Mohamed Nasheed and eight other opposition leaders. Read More »

US House panel votes to release Democrats' rebuttal memo

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And if cleared, it would over-ride the president. "They have the transcript, I don't understand why they wouldn't quote from the transcript". "The president decided the public deserved to see the Nunes memo before he'd even read it, so he ought to be similarly eager for the American people to see this memo ". Read More »

Zuma's speech postponed amid South Africa power struggle

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By taking this stance, the ANC is avoiding Zuma's implications in corruption scandals . Another erroneous media alert claiming Russian President Vladimir Putin was en route to South Africa for an official state visit with Zuma was quickly dismissed as false. Read More »

Donald Trump: 'I would love to see a shutdown'

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Cornyn has long worked to court their support, and sought to craft immigration plans in the past that wouldn't isolate Latinos from his party. After that, it would go to President Trump who would likely sign whatever spending bill Congress sends to him. Read More »

Slippery roads today, snow advisory Monday

The NWS issued a Winter Storm Warning for the eastern Catskills, the Capital Region, and the northern Taconics into the northern Berkshires for Wednesday . Sunday night's low of around 5 degrees will be followed by highs through Thursday no better than 29 degrees. Once the snow ends, northwest winds around 10 to 15 miles per hour are expected for tonight , with gusts around 20 to 25 miles per hour. Read More »

Indian colts on top of the world

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Earlier Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. The young Aussies managed to get 216 in 47.2 overs. Captain Jason Sangha failed but Param Uppal played well for 34 off 59 balls before he meekly submitted caught and bowled by left arm spinner Anukul Roy with Australia 134-4 in the 29th over. Read More »

Donald Trump Rejects New Bipartisan Immigration Bill

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After McCain's announcement CNN reported a White House official told them "it takes "a lot of effort" to write up a bill worse than the Graham-Durbin immigration bill, but somehow 'this one is worse'". Negotiations over the fate of 700,000 young immigrants whose protections Trump revoked previous year have stalled out-with moderates attempting to craft a narrower deal and the White House threatening to veto anything that doesn't include provisions to slash legal immigration. Read More »

Winter Weather Advisory in effect Sunday morning, could affect mid-morning drive

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Periods of moderate to heavy snow will be possible through the early evening hours, before coming to an end from west to east Monday night . Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Wind: S 10-20 miles per hour. Temperatures on Wednesday won't top 35 degrees in the Hartford area and will drop into the 20s overnight , making slick conditions possible. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn joins calls for suffragettes to be pardoned

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There was a shift for the better in 1918 with the implementation of the Representation of the People Act , yet this still did not put women on an equal footing as men. It was left to Viscountess Nancy Astor to be the first woman to take her seat in parliament in December 1919 following a by-election victory. Addressing MPs, Corbyn revealed that " Labour in government will both pardon the suffragettes and give an official apology for the miscarriages of justice and wider persecution they ... Read More »

The EU single market and the customs union

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European Union leaders last week agreed that any transition should be strictly limited to 21 months, with Britain signed up to all existing European Union rules and regulations, but with no voting rights over them. Mr Draghi discussed the idea of a "cliff-edge" Brexit and said the outcome of the transition period will be "exposed to political uncertainty". The latest European Union draft of the transition agreement says the bloc should be able to cut Britain's access to the EU's single ... Read More »

SCOTUS denies Pa. GOP lawmakers' try and delay drawing new congressional map

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Supreme Court said they still don't believe there was a violation of the state constitution. Alito acted on Monday without referring the case to the full U.S. The fan dance going on between the Supreme Court and the various groups in the several states that are trying to push back against the assault on the franchise is growing more fascinating by the day. Read More »

Budget 2018 misses imp amendments in Real Estate Sector: Realty Players

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Finance minister said he was committed to the consolidation of banks and privatisation of IDBI Bank by reducing government's stake to below 50 per cent as promised in the past Budget. He said the budget has devoted attention to all sectors, ranging from agriculture to infrastructure and is "farmer- friendly, common citizen-friendly, business environment- friendly and development-friendly". Read More »

SC: Amtrak Blames CSX for Deadly Collision

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Kempf and conductor Michael Cella, 36, of Orange Park, Florida, were killed in the train crash early Sunday near Cayce, South Carolina . Sunday's collision marks the second Amtrak train crash in a week. Congress mandated technology known as positive train control a decade ago. Speed-control equipment should prevent accidents from engineers going too fast. Read More »