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Senate aides: Comey has declined to testify before Intelligence Committee

Trump is disputing reports that he asked Comey for loyalty. "No". "Even that is possible", Trump said . Trump said he would not talk about the existence of any tapes. Trump also hit back on Friday at media reports questioning the credibility of White House accounts of why Comey was sacked, which have changed over the course of the week, and threatened an end to regular White House press briefings. Read More »

Melissa McCarthy's Sean Spicer Returns To 'Saturday Night Live,' Hides in Bushes

Screaming at reporters like a high school gym teacher, Spicey was back at the podium once again, answering tough questions about Comey while still managing to brutally berate the press corps. After a few trademark violent "Spicy" outbursts, the press secretary took up the defense of President Donald Trump against accusations that he fired FBI Director James Comey in an effort to obstruct the investigation into Trump's ties to Russian Federation. Read More »

Jacks at Stanford For NCAA Golf Regional

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Senior Trevor Tobin led the SDSU attack, shooting a four-over par 74 with three birdies to tie for 47th. As long as Wallace finishes with the lowest score out of the 10 individuals competing, he will move on to the May 26-29 NCAA Championship at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. Read More »

Won't let America down on healthcare, assures Trump

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This is seen as a significant first step toward fulfilling a seven-year promise of the republicans to repeal and replace the 2010 law that served as a landmark overhaul of the USA health care system. The measure would also water down the subsidies that help consumers afford health insurance. Major medical and other groups, including the American Medical Association, opposed the House bill. Read More »

United States appeals court hears case against Trump's travel ban

Arguments have wrapped up in a federal appeals court in Seattle over President Donald Trump's travel ban. Trump has frequently been critical of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall was repeatedly asked to explain how controversial statements made by Trump and administration officials can allow a reasonable observer to conclude the objective of the executive order was something other than prejudice against Muslims. Read More »

Israel dismisses US concern over Jerusalem embassy move

Palestinians also claim Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state and past peace proposals have proposed splitting the city between East and West Jerusalem , or creating an internationally governed city. "We are committed to doing everything we can, in cooperation with the worldwide community, to neutralise this danger, which we consider as a common threat that we all have an interest in defeating in defence of our shared human values and political security", Safadi said. Read More »

Garland happy on bench, no interest in FBI job

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Trump fired Comey last Tuesday, sparking a tide of criticism in light of the FBI's probe of alleged Russian meddling in the us election and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign. Court of Appeals for a ten-year term that he could be fired from at any time. "I think Merrick Garland would be a particularly good option, given that he would have so much support from both sides of the aisle". Read More »

Marvel cancels Ta-Nehisi Coates' police brutality comic

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In an interview with The Verge , Coates said that the comic book had been cut because it wasn't selling well but that he would get the chance to wrap up the current story. The comic book takes place in near-future NY, where Harlem is placed under martial law. Only two issues of The Crew have been released so far, but Coates says Marvel will still publish four more before officially dropping it. Read More »

Authorities seize 7000 birds in LA County cockfighting raid

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An LASD image shows birds seized at an illegal cockfighting ring in Val Verde on May 15, 2017. Authorities also found "several dead roosters with wounds consistent with cockfighting", he said. The property owner hasn't been taken into custody. "There's always a lot of crimes that happen in the same place", said Madeline Bernstein, president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles. Read More »

Despite Invite, Comey Will Not Appear Before Senate Intelligence Committee Next Week

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And since the investigation was taking place at the FBI, Clapper wouldn't know. It's not unheard of for presidents to record conversations, using different systems to do so, with and without participants' knowledge. Republican Party leaders are shrugging off the controversy over President Donald Trump's firing of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Read More »

Mormon church pulls older boys from Boy Scouts programs

About 280,000 Mormon boys ages 8 to 13 will remain in the Scouts while the church develops its program, the Mormons said. The Mormon Church claims to want a more simplified program that is tailored to Mormon teenagers. "No, this is not the global program, but an important step that addresses an immediate need", the church said on its website . In a statement emailed to NPR, the Boy Scouts expressed appreciation for its long-standing relationship with the church, which was "the first ... Read More »

Supreme Court Order Unlikely To Deter Voting Restrictions

Federal appeals courts invalidated or softened voter-ID laws in Texas, North Carolina and Wisconsin. When the law passed, North Carolina Republicans said voter ID was a sound requirement to increase the integrity of elections. The appeals court ruled the North Carolina law's provisions "target African-Americans with nearly surgical precision" and "impose cures for problems that did not exist", concluding that the Republican-led legislature enacted the measure "with discriminatory intent". Read More »

John Cornyn Withdraws From Consideration as FBI Director

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Trey Gowdy , R-South Carolina; former House Intelligence Committee chair and Trump transition team National Security Advisor Mike Rogers; New York State Court of Appeals Judge Mike Garcia (best known for investigating former Gov. "If this were any other circumstance, any other president, you might find Cornyn at the top of that list, and maybe not even a controversial listing", Rottinghaus says. Read More »

School budgets, boards, propositions up for vote Tuesday

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A mill is equal to $1 for each $1,000 of assessed property value. When school budget is defeated, the school board may decide submit a revised (or, more rarely, unrevised) budget for a second vote, or adopt an austerity budget. "It has been hard work to come up with this without threatening the core of our organization", he said. "If you'd asked me three months ago, I would have said if we get to 2.5 percent we're lucky. Read More »

Gianforte loans campaign $1 million, Quist tops in individual donors

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The Special Election will be held on May, 25th. In 2014, it was $7 million. In his failed bid for governor last fall, Gianforte spent more than $5 million of his own money. Over the last month, Quist's campaign has cited national interest and money flowing into the race, as well as large crowd sizes at campaign events in rural and typically Republican areas, as a sign momentum is turning toward the Democrat as the popularity of Republican President Donald Trump has dropped. Read More »

Trump shared secret info about ISIS with Russians

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The White House could consult with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the bipartisan intelligence "gang of eight" on what, if anything, would need to be redacted. "The president wasn't even aware where this information came from", McMaster said. But there are also potential national security consequences. "It's going to go to the Syrians, It's going to go to the Iranians - Russian allies", Baer said. Read More »

A look back at Baruch College student's hazing death

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Kenny Kwan, 28, of Astoria, N.Y., Sheldon Wong, 24, of Queens, N.Y., Raymond Lam, 23, of Kew Garden Hills, N.Y., and Charles Lai, 26, of Queens Village, N.Y. More than 30 other fraternity members, as well as the fraternity itself, are still awaiting trial. According to police, the Pi Delta Psi fraternity was conducting a ritual outdoors called the "glass ceiling" with new pledges. Read More »

'I was a little bit surprised' over backlash against Comey's firing

Your afternoon shot of politics, sent straight from the desk of Joshua Miller. Trump refused to expand on the tweet in interviews last week, at well. But even those who had been critical of Comey expressed suspicion over the timing of Comey's firing. Warner is among the most outspoken Senate Democrats on Trump, particularly regarding the Russian Federation issue. Read More »

McMaster: Trump's talk with Russian officials was 'wholly appropriate'

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As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017...to terrorism and airline flight safety. After the reports began circulating, he delivered a brief statement to reporters Monday, calling the story "false" and refuting the reporting. "The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries, including threats to ... Read More »

Texas House passes measure to reduce handgun license fee

The resolution is now the second of Governor Greg Abbott's four emergency items for the legislative session to make it across the finish line, following the Sanctuary Cities legislation. Sylvia Garcia , D-Houston. "It will happen". He has already blocked more than $1 million in state grant dollars to Travis County, home of liberal Austin , after the new Democratic sheriff announced in January her jails would no longer honor all detainer requesters made by U.S. Read More »

Young girl dies after jumping into Lake Michigan

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Her condition wasn't immediately available. Because it was a cold-water rescue, medical workers began giving the girl CPR as soon as she was removed from the water, and that continued as she was taken to the hospital. "I feel really bad about it, actually". We've pulled people out before because kids will play in here a lot and the currents will wash them around. Read More »