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House vote set to avoid shutdown and fund Pentagon for full year

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Under budget caps set in 2011, defense spending would have been capped at $549 billion this year. Republicans have pushed for defense hikes of $80 billion a year and have offered Democrats $60 billion a year for nondefense programs. That part of the overall package was a bipartisan attempt by Senate leaders to end for many months, at least beyond November's mid-term congressional elections, the fiscal policy quarrels that increasingly consume Congress. Read More »

Protest in Vancouver over Colten Boushie verdict

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Littlewood said Stanley's actions were born out of the thefts and other incidents his neighbours in the region had experienced, as well as the animosity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. "A defining moment for our city, our province, our country, where we decide what kind of country we're going to be", said Clark, who spoke while standing alongside members of Boushie's family and nearly a dozen First Nations chiefs and leaders from across the province. Read More »

Winter Weather Advisory: Freezing Rain Possible

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Friday: Chance of rain/snow. To the south, temperatures should stay warm enough that anything that falls should stay as rain . If you add January and February together, they say we're looking at more than twenty inches of snowfall in our region. Read More »

Syria Blasts US 'Act of Aggression' in Deir Ez-Zor

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US-backed Kurdish-led forces have been fighting for control of Deir el-Zour with rival Russian-backed Syrian troops that are reinforced by Iranian-supported militias. "Why they chose to initiate this attack, you'll have to ask them". The Euphrates has become a de facto border between regime-held areas and the 23% of Syrian territory held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - a mix of Kurdish and Arab militia. Read More »

Syria Warns Israel of 'Grave Ramifications' of Alleged Airstrike

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He said that those responsible would pay for their actions. Authorities have confirmed the death of scores of Turkish soldiers over the past weeks. Turkey could have supplied the MANPAD which downed the Russian SU-25 warplane over Idlib last weekend, some observers think. It later reported that 10 strikes by the coalition had caused "massive destruction". Read More »

Watch the amazing North Korean cheerleaders at work

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In an effort to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea has sent a 500-person delegation of athletes , musicians and performers to the Olympics . Asked about Seoul , Kim said: "It doesn't feel unfamiliar", Yonhap reported . Why are people in the replies treating Kim's sister like she's some icon throwing shade and not the member of a family that has terrorized its people for 60 years. Read More »

Pelosi tries to force House vote on Nunes memo

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For example, Nunes does not state that the government surveilled Page only after he'd left the Trump campaign. Adam Schiff , meet Adam Schiff , indeed. What was exposed were the dubious actions of law enforcement executives trying to use their government positions and powers to defeat Trump. The Nunes memo , a four-page report written by Congressional Republicans detailing the FBI's alleged abuses of power while investigating President Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation, ... Read More »

US House passes stopgap spending package

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer celebrated the new budget agreement but made little mention about what isn't coming with the new two-year agreement - a plan to protect the "Dreamer" immigrants. If House conservatives do muster enough votes to block a bill with demands that cannot be sustained in the Senate, then we could be looking at another shutdown, or at a minimum, a show of force that the House Freedom Caucus will then holster for future use. Read More »

Isaiah Thomas' agent softens stance on role with Lakers

After being doubted by many, coming into the league with the 60th overall pick in the 2011 National Basketball Association draft, Isaiah didn't find himself and was traded around a few teams. Travis: [Jae] Crowder played better in a motion system similar to the Celtics so him leaving will actually benefit him instead of being primarily a spot-up shooter. Read More »

Pelosi gives longest US House speech in more than a century

There was Carlos Gonzalez, who once worked as an aide to former Representative Michael M. Honda, Democrat of California. Arizona Democrat Raul Grijalva called the episode "disheartening". We have to make it happen. "Working out this deal and then saying she's not going to vote for it?" "But when you look at how the border wall will impact America, no, because I think 25 billion dollars is a waste of money". Read More »

Senate & House Vote To End Government Shutdown

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The Senate passed the measure 71-28. US President Donald Trump signed a crucial spending bill Friday, reopening the US government after a brief shutdown , the second in three weeks, and a night of high drama in Congress . Just last month the government was shutdown for three days while the Senate disputed over the fate of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children and grew up as Americans. Read More »

Trump signs off budget deal as USA government reopens

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Trump tweeted Friday that he signed the legislation for the government to officially reopen, just as the workday started for millions of federal workers. It incorporates a major budget deal reached last week between Senate leaders on both sides of the political aisle. The budget deal's passage faced real threats on Wednesday and Thursday. Read More »

Another White House staffer resigns amid domestic abuse allegations

Asked about Porter on Friday, the president told reporters that the former staff secretary " says he's innocent and I think you have to remember that". Technically, the two men are in PyeongChang, South Korea, where Pence is leading the US delegation at the Winter Olympics. Trump was elected promising to bring "the best people" with him to "drain the swamp" in Washington. Read More »

Congress goes into recess, government will go into another shutdown

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Then, Kelly told the New York Democrat that his proposals were too liberal for Republicans. But he also wasn't interested in keeping the government open for a "reckless" spending deal that busts the budget caps. But since many conservatives will oppose the budget deal, Ryan will need significant Democratic support to win passage in that chamber. The bill includes $300 billion additional spending on the military and domestic agencies. Read More »

Budget deal faces stiff opposition

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Trump has said he is open to a deal for the Dreamers but only if he is able to build a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border - a main promise of his presidential campaign - and tighten up immigration policy. Liberals, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, were outraged that the proposal did not include any protection for "dreamers", undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children who face potential deportation on 5 March. Read More »

Tesla aims to calm fears over Model 3 production

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Musk's own Tesla Roadster is now on a path that will take it past Mars and brush an asteroid belt before curving back around towards the sun. Observations of the Roadster, which has a spacesuit-clad mannequin named Starman riding in the driver's seat, indicate that it's in an elliptical orbit around the sun that will take it just outside the orbit of Mars and then back to slightly within Earth's orbital distance. Read More »

Metro Detroit Weather: WINTER STORM WARNING

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Helena public schools canceled all Friday classes due to the unsafe weather conditions. Check the list here . Slick conditions will impact travel through the night. It may not snow much at all in Newaygo, Mecosta and Isabella Counties. By 6 a.m., the accumulation at both airports was 4.8 at Midway and 4.6 at O'Hare. Read More »

Special Austin prom crowns every guest a king and queen

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While it is the fourth year for the Night To Shine event nationally, it is the second year it has appeared in the Quad-Cities. He had the ideal outfit picked out. Lead Minister Derek Levins said the event is all about serving the community. "I came here to have a glorious time at the dance ", said Sammi Huffman of Fruitport. Read More »

House Passes Spending Bill Ending Overnight Government Shutdown

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The White House's current proposal-one that would put 1.8 million immigrants on a path to citizenship, but also boost border security, and dramatically curtail legal immigration-has been panned by Democrats. A series of avoidable mishaps led to one Democratic senator calling it "the dumbest shutdown ever". The first was a result of Senate Democrats' strategy on immigration . Read More »

US Gov't Shuts Down Again as Congress Misses Deadline

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The Senate is expected to hold a vote sometime between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Friday and then send the bill to the House. "I don't understand why the Senator from Kentucky wants to insist on shutting down the federal government ", said Sen. Read More »

Koreas share historic handshake at Olympic opening ceremony

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Yet obstacles were evident even amid the outreach. The two wannabe leaders posed for pictures together as a symbol of thawing relations between the two nations amid tension over nuclear weapons and North Korea's missile program. The North Koreans were in the room at the same time as Pence, an official said. Providing fuel to the ferry would have been a hard decision for Seoul because of concerns that North Korea is trying to use the Olympics to poke holes in global sanctions against ... Read More »

US Senate reaches two-year budget deal to avert govt shutdown

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said it was pleasing that Congress has been able to meet the Trump administration's defence spending requirement and come together on a two-year spending bill . Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) also didn't hold back his criticism of Paul's tactics. That step alone would help reduce uncertainty in USA financial markets at a turbulent time. Read More »

USA Gymnastics creates counseling services fund for abused gymnasts

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Victims and their advocates have criticized the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and USAG for not acting on the complaints against Nassar, including a 2015 investigation . Michigan Attorney General's office is investigating MSU 's handling of allegations against Nassar, which allegedly go back to 1997 and went unheeded until a newspaper exposed him in the fall of 2016. Read More »