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China to raise defense budget by 8.1% in 2018

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China has no desire to overturn the existing global order and its increasingly powerful military does not constitute a threat to others, the spokesman for the country's ceremonial legislature said on Sunday. "This shows China insists on peaceful development and a defensive defence strategy". Last year's growth target was "6.5 percent or higher". The Chinese media is justifying the need for a strong leadership to ensure sustainable growth and China's ascension as an ever more potent ... Read More »

California's Sanctuary Policies Face Federal Legal Challenge

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California became known as a "sanctuary state" after Senate Bill 54 was signed into law by Brown . The federal lawsuit seeks to undo a series of "sanctuary state" bills the state is trying to pass. He said the Justice Department isn't asking the state to enforce federal immigration law, but rather is asking California and local jurisdictions to "stop actively obstructing federal law enforcement". Read More »

Florida Senate rejects ban on assault weapons, votes to arm teachers

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Democratic lawmakers attempted to put the gun restriction into a bill, SB 7026 , that would invest money in mental health and school safety programs. Mr. The Senate bill also provides almost $400m to pay for school safety and mental health initiatives, along with new powers for police to take guns from those involuntarily committed or deemed a danger to themselves. Read More »

Trump and May blame Russia, Syria for E Ghouta suffering

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Earlier Tuesday, Russia's defense ministry said that Syrian rebels, in addition to civilians, are free to use evacuation corridors to leave eastern Ghouta . Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. At least 1,000 children have been killed across Syria so far this year, said Christophe Boulierac of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Read More »

Trump uses levies as leverage in Nafta talks

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Count veterans of NAFTA 1.0 among the skeptics. As a candidate, President Trump promised to stop American job outsourcing and bring jobs back with a fast renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and day-one action to reverse our huge China trade deficit. Read More »

Another Trump Shakeup As Econ Aide Gary Cohn Quits White House

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In a sharply worded letter sent to Trump on Tuesday, Hatch said the proposed tariffs would be paid by American manufacturers and consumers, not foreign firms, and would undercut "the overwhelming and immediate success" of the tax cuts. His resignation could dash hopes that Trump might be steered away from protectionist policies - and raises the chances of a full-blown trade war with retaliatory action from Europe, Canada and China. Read More »

College basketball: Big Ten plays the waiting game

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Friday, March 2 No. 2 Ohio State vs. It will await its draw for the NIT after winning the conference's regular season championship. The Fighting Irish had a stretch at No. Move aside, Big Ten . The nice thing for MI basketball is it can just sit back and enjoy its second consecutive Big Ten tournament championship this week. Read More »

Trump trade tariffs: Paul Ryan prefers 'more surgical approach'

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Repeating his concern about the USA trade deficit of $800 billion past year, he said "the biggest problem is China ". The Trade Partnership, a consulting firm, said the tariffs would increase US employment in the steel and aluminum sector by about 33,000 jobs but would cost 179,000 jobs in the rest of the economy. Read More »

Texans Hit The Polls On Primary Election Day

Her group is hoping that engagement filters to governor and legislative races, particularly in the state Senate where Democrats need five seats to take control of the chamber in the statehouse. Pretty much every district is either solidly red or blue so the general elections might not be all that interesting in comparison to the primaries. Read More »

Texas Primary Election Results: Twenty-Ninth House District

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It's not uncommon for the Democrats' House campaign arm to have favorites in a primary, but they stepped beyond that recently, openly criticizing a Democratic hopeful in a Houston-area seat held by Republican John Culberson. Turnout is up over 100 percent in the Democratic primaries so far during early voting and it's down in early Republican voting. Congressional candidates across the state pledge fealty to the president and blast his critics. Read More »

Rain Late This Afternoon, Periods of Rain Tonight

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Rain and wind will also return this week, beginning with a good chance of rain this afternoon . We'll continue to monitor the situation, but expect changes with this tricky forecast. Temps rebound Friday with highs closer to 60. We should get a break from snow and rain during the afternoon, but more snow is expected this evening after 5 or 6 p.m. Read More »

China willing to 'take necessary measures' if US harms trade

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That allowed the World Trade Organization to ultimately rule the US broke trade deals and could face sanctions. Massive relocation of companies and jobs. Brazil, Mexico and Japan, that have said they will consider retaliatory steps if the president presses ahead with his plan next week. USA manufacturers would also have enhanced pricing powers as the cost of foreign imports would become prohibitive for those buying steel. Read More »

Sen. Manchin urges WV Senate to end teacher work stoppage

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Handout photo from Rivesville Elementary School teachers of food collection/prep at Horace Mann Middle School in Charleston, W. Va . before the strike on February 26, 2018. Rachel Stringer, as a stay-at-home mom from Cross Lanes, hasn't had to struggle to find care for her five children, but numerous friends are in a bind. Read More »

Australia rounds off 118-run win over South Africa

His third Test 100 came off 171 balls. Markram finally brought up his third Test ton in the 62nd over with a single and then it was De Kock's turn to hit his 12th fifty in white ball cricket. Despite the enormous mountain the South Africans faced, with Markram sticking around at the crease it made for some tense times for the Australians. Read More »

Two Minnesota legislators urge Trump to act on DACA

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Their work permits have already begun expiring and are expected to expire at an accelerated pace this year and next. Between June 2014 and March 2017, 884,661 DACA renewal applications were accepted, and 799,077 were approved. Hacking said the Supreme Court did this without any analysis or digging into the merits of the appeal. Remember the Trump administration's travel ban? "There are going to be thousands of DACA recipients who may be submitting their renewal who are going to fall ... Read More »

Ex-Trump Aide Sam Nunberg Was Unhinged Long Before Today's Meltdown

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Nunberg also noted that he would have to spend "80 hours" looking for all the documents Mueller requested: "I shouldn't have to spend that much time , I shouldn't have to go back down to a grand jury". Though Nunberg's comments have already raised eyebrows, he has been known to plant false stories in the media. It's routine. Simply ripping up the subpoena is not routine. Read More »

How much snow will you get when the next storm hits?

Stormtracker 19 Meteorologists expect a light rain/snow mix late Sunday night and early Monday morning to transition to snow Monday afternoon. Of course, exact path of the surface low will dictate where that narrow band of very heavy snow sets up. Read More »

Italy's populists storm to centre stage in general elections

The 5-Star Movement, founded by an Italian comedian just nine years ago as an online-driven grassroots revolt against Italy's political establishment, was the biggest victor in Sunday's election, capturing about one-third of the vote. Zangana said a government led by the League - which has transformed from a separatist regional party to a far-right, anti-immigration, eurosceptic party - would "concern many" as its coalition would also include hard-right nationalist party Brothers of Italy . Read More »

Penn State surprises Ohio State, earns Big Ten tourney semifinal

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Coming into the postseason as the No. 14 seed in the tournament, the Scarlet Knights pushed past Minnesota and in in consecutive games only to take a strong-shooting Boilermakers side to the final seconds. "I think if I'm in there for a longer period of time, it might be a different game". The team is one round better than it was past year, and Pikiell sees that promise building. Read More »

Congress turned down proposal of alliance in Tripura: Mamata Banerjee

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The BJP had earlier received invitation from NPF leader and Chief Minister T R Zeliang to join the new government. A delegation of three Congress leaders -Kamal Nath, Ahmed Patel and C.P. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, however, rubbished the "anti-Christian allegations" and said his party was clear that interest of the majority Christian people have to be protected at all cost. Read More »