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Barack Obama Went to Italy for Vacay, Staying for the Green

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What have Michelle and Barack Obama been up to? The two were spotted out and about in Italy exploring Tuscany on Monday. Earlier in the day, the former president had gone on a bike ride in the scenic countryside, racing his Secret Service agents to the top of a hill and riding down with them in formation, according to the Mail. Read More »

Cascade County seen as "battleground" in US House election

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In California yesterday, state Democrats apparently elected state party vice chairman Eric Bauman to serve as the new chairman, edging out Kimberly Ellis, a Bernie Sanders supporter from the Bay Area, Ellis, however, has not conceded the race, and has "been in touch with attorneys". Read More »

Special Counsel Mueller Briefed On Comey Memos

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Michael Rogers to push back on the FBI's probe into whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Coats and Rogers were sufficiently concerned about the requests that one of them wrote a memo about it, the former official told NBC News . Read More »

Severe Weather Alert Day in effect Wednesday

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There is a risk of a few storms producing damaging winds and/or isolated tornadoes anywhere in the FOX 5 viewing area, but the risk is highest around metro Atlanta and eastward during the earliest part of the afternoon. Since the strongest storms will be moving through overnight Wednesday, make sure you have a way to receive warnings such as the CBSMiami Weather App . Read More »

Comey, Mueller to Speak Before Senate Intel Testimony

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President Donald Trump reportedly urged two top intelligence officials to publicly deny that his campaign colluded with Russian Federation after ex-FBI Director James Comey's confirmed the existence of a probe into that matter. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who had been Comey's deputy until Comey was sacked, testified under oath to the Senate Intelligence Committee on May 11, "There has been no effort to impede our investigation". Read More »

Intel director won't detail Trump conversation

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He was one of the two intelligence directors who Trump reportedly asked to publicly deny collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, according to The Washington Post . In particular, respondents to the survey-which questioned 2006 registered voters rather than the general population-disapproved of Trump's decision to fire Comey , as well as how he went about ousting the former bureau chief. Read More »

Sun Belt announces divisions for 2018 football season

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The winners of each division will meet in the championship game, which will be played at the home stadium of the team with the best College Football Playoff ranking. The East division will feature Appalachian State , Georgia Southern , Coastal Carolina , Georgia State and Troy . "Empirical evidence exists that clearly shows the Sun Belt's upward trends", Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson said in a statement. Read More »

Virginia school buses missing required safety feature

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Unlike most passenger vehicles with automatic transmissions, school bus transmissions do not have a setting for parking. Bus drivers are trained never to disengage the parking brake valve unless the brake pedal is depressed. WSLS asked around, and four separate school systems say they have work to do. Clarke County Public Schools Director of Operations Randy Trenary said he thinks a few of his buses will be affected. Read More »

Trump's Mid East envoy to return to Israel for follow-up visit

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Further, the US leader did not bring up the issue of sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem , which both Israel and the Palestinians claim as their capital. In Israel the overall tenor of Trump's trip - which included a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial on Tuesday - and the warmth exhibited between the president and Netanyahu contrasted sharply with the Israeli prime minister's tense relationship with Obama. Read More »

3 of the most painful cuts in Donald Trump's new budget

In many cases, a higher burden of paying for anti-poverty programs would be shifted away from the federal government and onto the states. He went on to say he was concerned about billions being cut from medical research, and elimination of a Great Lakes cleanup fund supported by lawmakers of both parties. Read More »

Trump Silent on Two State Solution, Palestinian Self-Determination at Abbas Meeting

Speaking by phone from Ramallah, the Palestinians' de facto administration capital, Ashrawi said of Trump: "He's still on a learning curve, and peacemaking is not a business deal". "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded". The president was in Rome on Tuesday for a meeting with Pope Francis . Read More »

Trump's Budget Relies On $2 Trillion In Wishful Thinking

However, that goal depends on growth projections that most economists view as overly optimistic and a variety of accounting gimmicks, including an nearly $600 billion peace dividend from winding down overseas military operations. Social Security's trust funds are projected to run dry in 2034 and Medicare's is projected to run out of money in 2028. The cuts include repealing and replacing former president Barack Obama's health law, slashing the government insurance program for the poor ... Read More »

Trump's budget will hit these states the hardest

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Congress, and the federal purse strings, will decide whether to make politically sensitive cuts, and the proposal is unlikely to be approved in its current form. Almost $3 billion would be invested in border security in fiscal year 2018 - $1.6 billion of which would be allocated to brick and mortar to build Mr. Read More »

Flood fears spread to Carolinas as rain pounds the South

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Updates can be see here. A tornado warning was issued for Galveston Island around midday as radar imagery indicated rotation, and reports of funnel clouds were received by the National Weather Service. In addition, creeks, streams and rivers may overflow their banks. Street flooding and flooding in low lying areas is expected. Montgomery, Alabama got over 8.0 inches of rain on Saturday and neighboring counties were hit with up to six inches of rainfall. Read More »

Ex-CIA chief says he warned Russians about election meddling

Dan Coats , the current USA director of national intelligence, declined to comment Tuesday on a Washington Post report that said the president had asked him to publicly deny any collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign. He said he was "very concerned" about the disclosure of information. MARGARET WARNER: Late past year, the Obama administration ordered sanctions on Russian spy agencies over the election meddling. Read More »

Lawmaker: Budget likely to increase little cigar tax

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Nygren said he was frustrated that the GOP couldn't agree and that the impasse could delay the final budget. "It's whether or not we allow a few people to railroad the process", Nygren said. John Nygren, R-Marinette, said Assembly Republicans oppose it. Nygren and Darling, the budget committee co-chairs, downplayed Walker's tweets. The budget creates a lengthy list of performance standards for UW institutions, including affordability, student work readiness, student success in the ... Read More »

Trump's $4 trillion budget arrives on Capitol Hill

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On Monday, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney stood by the forecast and argued that economists are underestimating the benefits of Trump's proposal. In agriculture, it would limit subsidies to farmers, including for purchasing crop insurance, an idea already attacked by farm state lawmakers. (Fat chance, we know.) Democrats were quick to blast it with their typical and exhausted refrain of it being a plan that favored the rich, because in Democrats' minds the ... Read More »

Many Children Listed As Victims Of Manchester Terror Attack

Abedi is believed to have died in the powerful blast, though he has not yet been formally identified by the coroner, Manchester police said. The British man believed to have killed 22 people in a suicide-bomb attack here, had ties to Al Qaeda and had received terror training overseas, a USA intelligence official said. Read More »

Mueller Appointment on Russia Probe 'Appropriate,' DOJ Says

Breaking news can come and go but Washington Post , New York Times , CNN and MSNBC are not letting up in their pushback against the Trump administration; they too are teaming up, often calling each other "our colleagues" on air in a new show of strength as one unified armoury born from months of humiliation at the hands of the new White House minders. Read More »