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Senate approves sanctions bill to punish Russian Federation for election meddling

The Senate on Thursday voted 98-2 for new sanctions on Iran and Russian Federation, including new powers for Congress to block President Donald Trump from rolling back any penalties against Vladimir Putin's government. voting against it. "However, we can't accept the threat of illegal and extraterritorial sanctions against European companies", they said. "It's time to respond to Russia's attack on American democracy with strength, with resolve, with common goal, and with action", ... Read More »

'Nobody has been able to show any proof' on Russian Federation

Trump's reference of blame is affixed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein , who along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions , crafted a memorandum recommending Comey's removal. Comey said it should be special counsel Robert Mueller's task to determine whether Trump had obstructed justice , and therefore, had opened himself up to possible impeachment proceedings, keeping the allegations on Russian Federation in mind. Read More »

Body of elementary school principal and his son found in van

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Heckman was set to take over the superintendent position in the Pewamo-Westphalia district at the end of this month after serving as the elementary school principal for about 20 years, Mlive reported . Autopsies have been scheduled for Tuesday morning at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Along with canceling school activities, the central and superintendent's offices will be closed. Read More »

FLDS leader Lyle Jeffs arrested

Wednesday. The Minnehaha County, South Dakota jail has a new occupant, and he hails from Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah; it's Lyle Jeffs! The sect, which is based in Utah, emerged when Mormon leaders suspended the practice of polygamy in the late 1800s, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center , which calls the group "a white supremacist, homophobic, anti-government, totalitarian cult". Read More »

Special prosecutor to meet Senate committee leaders

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The New York Times first reported that Kushner was weighing other legal options. A day later posted the following tweet . Mr Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and has powers to probe any matters that develop from his initial investigation. Read More »

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for all of NH until 8 pm Monday

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The Storm Prediction Center has us under a "Slight" risk of severe weather Monday . Warnings are issued for individual storms if they have the potential to produce damaging wind gusts, large hail, or a tornado. This is shown in the graphic below, with a almost two-inch bull's eye over the greater D.C. -Baltimore region. The atmosphere will be quite unstable and "energized" as a strong cold front heads through during the afternoon. Read More »

'Road rage' cited in killing of Muslim girl in Virginia

Police said the driver got out of his vehicle with a baseball bat, chased Hassanen on foot and hit her with the bat. According to cops, the attack on Hassanen was carried out after she and Torres got into some sort of altercation. Authorities said Monday that the death of a Virginia Muslim teen, whom they say was assaulted and then disappeared after leaving a mosque in Sterling, Va., is not being investigated as a hate crime . Read More »

Trump Lawyer Sends Mixed Messages About Russia Probe, Mueller, Tweets

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I can not read the mind of the special prosecutor", Sekulow shot back. And not unlike others who advise Trump on personal matters, Sekulow regularly appears on Fox News, as well as hosts a syndicated daily radio talk show. "He's not a defense attorney". "There is literally nothing in Sekulow's professional background (other than perhaps simply having a law degree) which would suit him to the very specific legal task of defending a sitting president from legal jeopardy". Read More »

SCOTUS ruling could be a win for Redskins

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A recent Washington Post poll found that 90 percent of 504 Native Americans surveyed nationwide did not think the Redskins name was offensive, and that likely had more sway on the opinions of undecided people than the Supreme Court ruling. Read More »

Georgia's special election becomes the most expensive House race in history

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Ossoff, a 30-year-old political newcomer, aims to win a district that has launched the careers of nationally known Republicans like Newt Gingrich and Tom Price , who vacated the seat to serve as Trump's health secretary. The district has historically leaned heavily Republican. Ossoff won because the Democratic Party was united behind him, while the Republican Party fractured. Read More »

Finsbury Park: Was attack on Muslim community treated differently?

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Witnesses said the driver shouted: I want to kill all Muslims , before onlookers pinned him to the ground. A local imam , Mohammed Mahmoud, said he organized a group of people and shielded the man until police could take him away. She said her thoughts were with the injured, their loved ones and emergency officials who responded to the incident. With the burnt-out shell of Grenfell Tower hanging still in the sky above west London , Cardiff father-of-four Darren Osborne took it ... Read More »

Wisconsin gerrymandering case heads to U.S. supreme court

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While the high court has suggested states can unconstitutionally draw legislative districts primarily to benefit one political party, King said , the point at which states cross the constitutional line has never been specified. "Partisan gerrymandering of this kind is worse now than at any time in recent memory", said Paul Smith , who is representing the challengers to the GOP plan in Wisconsin. Read More »

Mother of 4 killed by officers was wielding knife

Detective Mark Jamieson said that police were familiar with Ms Lyles and said her home had a " hazard information " warning for any officers responding to calls there. Family members told the Seattle Times that Lyles was several months pregnant, and suffering from mental health issues, at the time of the incident. Read More »

Trump lawyer says president not under investigation, despite tweets

So technically, Trump is correct: The man who wrote the memo endorsing Comey's removal has authorized an investigation that is reportedly probing whether that removal somehow constituted a felony. He has no idea whether Trump is or isn't under investigation by special prosecutor Robert Mueller . Jay Sekulow , Chief Counsel American Center for Law and Justice, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington , Thursday, Feb. Read More »

Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee probing Russia

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Sessions said Saturday that he was accepting an invitation from the Senate intelligence committee, although that was not immediately confirmed. Questions about Sessions resurfaced last week following Comey's testimony about his conversations and meetings with President Trump before Comey was abruptly dismissed as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a stunning development that reverberated through political circles in the nation's capital. Read More »

US Supreme Court holds on case of Wisconsin electoral districts

We are hopeful that the decision to hear this case will be the first step in addressing the partisan gerrymandering that is now shaping the House of Representatives as well as state legislatures across the country. In Illinois, Democrats have that control. In 2014 and 2016, Republicans extended their statehouse advantage to 63 and then 64 seats even though the statewide vote remained almost tied. Read More »

Seattle police kill woman that family says was pregnant

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Police Detective Mark Jamieson said on Sunday that Lyles had been arrested earlier this month by officers responding to another call after she had armed herself as protection against her boyfriend. Police in the western USA state of Washington were under scrutiny yesterday after a pregnant woman was fatally shot by officers responding to a burglary call. Read More »

Dems Say They'll Slow Senate Work Over Secretive GOP Health Care Bill

Democrats also noted that before the ACA was passed, the bill's text had been public for weeks, and it had seen at least 100 Senate deliberations, while the current bill hasn't seen any. Republicans are working to implement better ideas. But the specifics in their bill have been closely guarded. Any Senator can file as many amendments as they want and then call them up for a vote on the Senate floor during a period called "vote-a-rama". Read More »

Congressman injured in shooting upgraded from 'critical' to 'serious' condition

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Scalise, 51, spoke while lying injured on the ball field but went into shock when he was transported by helicopter to the hospital in the District of Columbia. Take the time to be close with the ones you love. "Thank you for the continued prayers, support, and outpouring of love". They released photos of guns similar to the handgun and rifle that were used in the attack, which officials have said were purchased legally. Read More »

Cloudy - and potentially rainy - conditions forecast for the Charleston area this week

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Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds and heavy rain. Tuesday: Sunny with a high near 93. High: 94. Wind: E 5-10 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Wind: SE 10-15 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. The afternoon might be wet in spots, but it should be mainly showers with limited thunder. Read More »

US Democrats fume over secret Republican health plan

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The Republican effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare , has led to a standoff in the Senate. A small group of Republican senators has been working in private for weeks, shielding from public view the bill and the negotiations surrounding it. Read More »

Otto Warmbier, Student Released Released From North Korean Prison, Has Died

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In January 2016, he was detained at the airport of Pyongyang, when the student tried to take the poster of political content. Court of Korea found the student guilty of "crime against the state" and sentenced to 15 years hard labor. "This did not have to happen and should never happen again". Find us on Facebook too! Otto Frederick Warmbier (L), who was detained in North Korea for more than a year on a subversion conviction, died on Monday about a week after he was returned to ... Read More »

Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

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In an email to customers, the company said it planned to maintain the same standards under Amazon , including bans on artificial flavors and colors. Several hundred grocery chains, convenience stores, dollars stores as well as mom and pop stores account for the rest. The retailer is also going after Amazon's higher-income shoppers with a recent string of acquisitions of online brands such as Moosejaw and Modcloth and on Friday, menswear e-tailer Bonobos . Read More »