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Graham supports Trump firing of FBI director Comey


The White House and the Justice Department cited Comey's ineffective leadership , but the general gist of Democratic reaction: Trump's decision should be viewed not in light of Comey's past missteps but instead in the context of the FBI's ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the US election and the Trump transition team's possible ties to Russia. Read More »

Trump administration delays Paris climate agreement decision


The White House said the search for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director was beginning immediately. "I have no doubt about climate change and how committed we have to be regarding this issue", said Macron in the video. But Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has said the Paris pact "is a bad deal for America" that will cost jobs. "The president wants to make sure he has an opportunity to continue to meet with his team to create the best strategy for this ... Read More »

House Speaker Paul Ryan: GOP health care bill a 'rescue mission'


Gutiérrez, Democrat of IL. The process will not be quick, or simple, or easy. "Progressives are going to hang this around the necks of every one of those Republicans", said Angel Padilla, co-founder of the liberal group Indivisible. "What was particularly wrong was General Flynn not being truthful about the substance of what he said", Sen. Take for example the fact that under TrumpCare, pregnancy can be labeled as a "pre-existing condition" that allows insurance companies to spike your ... Read More »

Capitals force a Game 7

But just to be safe, Washington continued to pile on. The team's trainers should be stepping in to take Crosby from the game after a play like that. Andre Burakovsky stripped the puck from Ron Hainsey along the boards and walked in on Marc-Andre Fleury, beating him with a patient shot from in close that squeaked through the netminder's arm and into the net for a 2-0 Washington lead - the only goal of the night that didn't beat Fleury high-glove. Read More »

Flynn Was Warned Not to Accept Foreign Payments in 2014

Army (Retired) failed to obtain required approval prior to receiving any emolument from a foreign government", an April 11 letter states. The letter explained such "advance approval" would need to come "from the relevant service secretary". Read More »

Pre-existing conditions and the health plan: Who's covered?


Officials in CT have set up a similar task force, and NY lawmakers say they are prepared to hold a special session later this year to deal with any fallout from the health care changes. According to the Wall Street Journal , this could impact not just those buying in the individual market but large employers as well. That means that states could have the ability to consider sexual assault a " pre-existing condition ", thereby raising the prices of sexual assault survivors' insurance ... Read More »

City of Montreal declares state of emergency from flooding


The provincial government confirmed yesterday it is contributing $500,000 to the Canadian Red Cross flood relief fund and the City of Montreal is also intending to donate $250,000. Nearly 2,000 people have fled their homes in recent days amid floods caused by heavy rains in the province, according to government emergency informatiom bureau Urgence Quebec. Read More »

Female senators will be included in health group


Town hall meetings got loud for some Republican members of Congress this week, as they defended the passage of the American Health Care Act by the House of Representatives. "I'm done", Blum said. The president said, "This is a great plan". Robert Morris, a pastor at a Dallas-area megachurch said Abbott contacted him and nine other churches to encourage them to tell their congregants to support the legislation . Read More »

Samsung Electronics Q1 net up 46.29 pct on chip business

The company's Galaxy 8, already lauded in some parts, goes on full sale from tomorrow (28 April), meaning its next quarterly results could continue this trend. Samsung is trying to work its way back into the smart phone game, betting on its new Galaxy S8. Samsung is still facing some acute headaches. That's helped the company recover from last year's Note7 debacle and the ongoing trial of Vice Chairman Jay Y Lee, who has been detained since February over his alleged role in a corruption ... Read More »

A new executive order could put some national monuments at risk


The industry also is responsible for 7.6 million jobs nationwide and more than $59 million in tax revenue for local and state governments. Although Trump's order will not immediately strip any lands of their designation (no decision will be made for at least 120 days), opponents of the order say that a review is just the first step to giving the land back to Utah. Read More »

Trump blasts press for making healthcare vote look bad

The fact that they're kicking the ball to the Senate, fully expecting their flawed bill will be changed anyways, doesn't make the move any less reckless. In "waiver states", employers' insurance policies might no longer be subject to Obamacare regulations around so-called essential health benefits - the minimal benefits that must be included in a policy. Read More »

UK's Theresa May Maintains Strong Lead in Weekend Opinion Polls


Labour faces an uphill struggle going into the election after its poor local election performance this week but in Derby he was keen to position his party as providing "opportunities for all". Coming off the back of a strong performance in the local elections, the Conservatives are 16 points ahead of Labour, according to the latest opinion poll from Opinium. Read More »

Duterte may or may not accept Trump's invite to White House

But they also appeared to be a way of thanking the Philippines for not provoking China over disputed South China Sea islands claimed by both countries. Kine said Trump may damage human rights by making overly friendly overtures to Duterte, who is facing a complaint for alleged mass murder before the International Criminal Court . Read More »

Hamas elects Ismail Haniyeh to lead political office

Indeed, while the Hamas addendum does claim to recognize the 1967 border, it also states that it does not recognize "the legitimacy of the Zionist entity". They added that on top of using aid money to fund military causes against Israel, Murtaja was also seeking "information that would improve the accuracy of Hamas rockets being launched at Israel". Read More »

Maduro fights riot with 60% pay rises

More than 400 people have been injured and hundreds more arrested since the unrest began in early April. The embattled socialist administration called its own march in downtown to celebrate May Day. Observers fear May 1 could bring a spike in unrest, with opposition and pro-government supporters planning rival marches. "When the national constituent assembly is in place and its members are chosen, that assembly, as an original constituent power, will have powers that are above the ... Read More »

Leader of ISIS in Afghanistan killed in April raid, Pentagon say

Afghanistan, said Logari was the second leader of IS in Afghanistan to be killed in the last nine months. "Nevertheless, our forces successfully closed on the enemy". military calls it Islamic State-Khorasan, or ISIS-K. The amount of opposition caused them to call in support from drones, Apache helicopters, and fighter jets. Read More »

Jakarta governor given 2-year prison sentence for blasphemy


The arrest and now the verdict have sparked concern over Indonesia becoming less tolerant. Hard-line Islamic groups opposed to having a non-Muslim leader for the city capitalized on the trial to draw hundreds of thousands to anti-Ahok protests in Jakarta that shook the centrist government of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Read More »

Setback for Kejriwal as AAP leader Sanjay Singh issues resignation


BJP VP Vinay Sahasrabudhe said, "It was an accident that catapulted them into power". He also stressed that AAP councillors are likely to face unwarranted duress as and when they will uncover corruption, but he advised them to stay strong and pursue the party's anti-corruption agenda relentlessly. Read More »

Read: Donald Trump's full letter firing James Comey

I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Schumer called it "troubling" that Attorney General Jeff Sessions "played a role in the firing of the man leading" the Russian probe. Read More »

Trump's travel ban faces legal action in Virginia


According to Fox News , Richmond's 4th Circuit US Court of Appeals would hear the case in a public oral argument along with San Francisco's 9th Circuit. Amid tough questioning by the judges, Jadwat pointed out that a statement outlining Trumps intention to enact a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the U.S.” was still on his campaign website . Read More »

ASEAN wants stronger ties with China

Ahead of the one-day ASEAN summit, the Philippine leader said the Southeast Asian nations were helpless to stop Beijing from building artificial islands in disputed waters, hence there was no point protesting against it at diplomatic events. Read More »

Praising Macron, Merkel says Germany's hands tied on trade surplus

On Friday, hackers dumped a trove of emails from Macron's campaign on the internet in an apparent attempt to damage his candidacy just ahead of today's vote. Macron will face a host of difficulties trying to gain a majority of seats in the parliamentary elections with such a newly created party. Monday was a French national holiday marking decades of peace in Western Europe, something Mr Macron made a cornerstone of his campaign against Ms Le Pen's brand of nationalist populism. Read More »

Student stabs four at UT Austin campus


The fatal stabbing Monday was the second murder on campus since 1966, when Charles Whitman gunned down 14 people and wounded dozens more before he too was shot to death atop the UT tower. "My roommate's friend just had a knife put to their throats and the person checked to see if she had Greek letters underneath her hoodie." "I just want to say thank you to everybody for all the thoughts and prayers", he said. Read More »

Senate Majority Whip Cornyn: AHCA Will Pass This Year

He says "nobody is being excluded based on gender". Other Senate Republican leaders were vague. The Texas Pastors Council told its supports to put pressure on Abbott to call a special session if a bill limiting transgender bathroom rights isn't passed during the regular legislative session. Read More »

Will vote for Emmanual Macron: Hollande

While Macron represents change, a fresh new face, with new ideas, throwing off the mantle of the establishment, Clinton was fundamentally incapable of escaping a characterization of embodying the establishment: representing the status quo, a face all too familiar to the American public for more than three decades, who championed old ideas. Read More »

Unions, immigrant groups to march in California cities


At the march in D.C., marchers were a little more confrontational, carrying signs that said "Deport Ignorance, Not Immigrants" and "Immigrants Pay More Taxes Than Trump". May 1 is International Workers Day, an annual holiday to push for the well-being of workers around the world. Here are some scenes from the nationwide protests. Read More »

Court Judges Focus On Whether Trump Travel Order Targets Muslims

However, the new ban has also been blocked, and two cases are being argued before federal appeals courts this week. The judges often interrupted one another and engaged in back-and-forth exchanges with the lawyers and among themselves. "I think we're well on pace with where previous administrations have been - some ahead, some a little behind - but we're doing a great job of filling those key positions and making sure that we get the right person for the right job", the press secretary ... Read More »

Travelers Warned to Stay Away From Texas After Sanctuary Cities Ban

The Mexican government joined a sampling of local Texas officials in slamming the state's new ban on sanctuary cities signed by Gov. Greg Abbott (R). The alert is also intended for USA travelers to Texas from other states and covers encounters with all law enforcement, from state to federal level. Read More »

Merkel: Macron 'Carries Hopes' of Millions in Europe

Macron ended up winning by about 66 percent to roughly 33 percent. "The EU can't keep feeling its way from one election to the next". With this, France followed the footsteps of Dutch and discarded populism. President-elect Emmanuel Macron is seen on a giant screen near the Louvre museum. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also congratulated Macron. They briefly discussed Brexit, according to a statement by the British prime minister's office. Read More »

Attorney: Travel ban is religiously motivated

Judge James Wynn Jr. questioned if Trump's comments could be looked at to determine the ban's intent. I also thought that it was inconsistent with the principles of the Department of Justice, and I said 'no.' And that's what I promised you I would do, and that's what I did. Read More »

Always Dreaming wins 143rd Kentucky Derby

However, Always Dreaming was pushed by a pair of longshots at the end of America's Greatest Race, Lookin At Lee and Battle At Midway, who went off at 33-1 and 40-1 respectively. He's the first horse in 20 years to run in the top three from the one hole. He broke his maiden late past year, ironically over Sonneteer, before coming back to easily score in the Grade 3 Robert B. Read More »