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Senate Obamacare Repeal Vote Possible Next Week

The move coincides with a new #AmericaSpeaksOut campaign Senate Democrats launched Monday urging Americans to "speak out against Trumpcare and share their stories". From left, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., and Sen. "Democrats for MONTHS have stated they have no interest in working with Republicans on fixing Obamacare", Michael Reed, the Republican National Committee's research director and deputy communications director, wrote in a statement. Read More

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California wildfire: Voluntary evacuations ordered in Big Bear

People in the tiny communities of Holcomb and Baldwin Lake have been told they may want to evacuate, but no mandatory orders were issued. It was 89 degrees in Big Bear on Monday, breaking a 1985 record for the date. The Pacific Crest hiking trail (PCT) at Hwy 18 to Van Dusen Road is also closed. Campground closures include Doble Trail and Tanglewood Group Campgrounds. Read More

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Supreme Court to hear major Wisconsin case on electoral maps

Supreme Court to hear major Wisconsin case on electoral maps

The court will examine a case from Wisconsin , in which a group of voters from across the state contend Republican state legislatures acted unconstitutionally in drawing the map to benefit their party. A lower court struck down the districts as unconstitutional past year. The Supreme Court has sought a way to establish a standard for determining when partisan gerrymandering occurred, and it is unclear whether this Wisconsin formula will satisfy the justices. Read More

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Protests after police officer acquitted over fatal shooting of Philando Castile

Protests after police officer acquitted over fatal shooting of Philando Castile

Protesters were arrested for failing to leave St. Paul , Minnesota's Interstate 94, according to the agency's tweets Saturday. The vigil was held after St. Earl Gray, who was representing officer Yanez, said "justice was done". In the aftermath of the verdict that saw the police officer who shot and killed her son go unpunished, Philando Castile's mother is speaking out. Read More

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Dems' motions, speeches knock GOP health bill for secrecy

GOP leaders in the Senate had not planned to hold public hearings on the bill, a move which has been highly criticized by Democrats and other supporters of Obamacare . The AHCA also would allow states under certain circumstances to apply for waivers that exempt insurance companies from having to cover numerous essential health benefits that are guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act. Read More

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Gingrich: A president "cannot obstruct justice"

What he meant to say, of course, is that the Republican president of the United States can not obstruct justice. 'The president of the United States is the chief executive officer of the United States. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, dismissed Gingrich's concerns about Mueller and the lawyers he has been appointing to the probe who have donated to Democratic candidates over the years. Read More

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Record campaign spending in Georgia as Democrat seeks anti-Trump upset

The babbling president whined about Democrats, lied about Obamacare, then had no room to endorse Handel in the Georgia special House election. "There's a lot of anticipation that Democrats could do better than Hillary [Clinton] did, but it remains to be seen if Democrats can turn these so-called red districts into something purple", former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile told Politico . Read More

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Sean Spicer Is 'Useless — CNN Reporter

Sean Spicer Is 'Useless — CNN Reporter

David Martosko , US political editor of DailyMail.com, has not interviewed for the communications director position, one person said. The people spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal deliberations, and they caution that no final decision has been made. Read More

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Redskins owner says he's thrilled with ruling

The Slants case is pertinent to the Washington Redskins , who battled the Trademark Office over accusations that the team's name was hurtful toward Native Americans . The United States Patent and Trademark Office voided six federal trademark actions Redskins took in June 2014, specifying that the nickname is "disparaging to Native Americans". Read More

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Supreme Court holds up on redrawing WI districts

Supreme Court holds up on redrawing WI districts

House of Representatives, governors' mansions, and state houses across America. In an attempt to show why the Wisconsin maps were unconstitutional, the plaintiffs relied on the "efficiency gap" to make their case. Republicans are the most frequent beneficiaries, largely because their success around the country in the 2010 elections let them draw numerous current maps. Read More

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Rep. Steve Scalise's condition improves to

Rep. Steve Scalise's condition improves to "serious"

Alleged shooter James Hodgkinson shot Rep. Steve Scalise and members of the Capitol police force in Alexandria, Virginia , during Republicans' early-morning practice ahead of a charity baseball game on June 14, 2017. "Well, you know Democrats like regulations, and so what I've been proposing is a new regulation for the baseball game is that their best pitcher (U.S. Read More

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Syria brings new urgency to easing US-Russia tensions

The truce that went into effect Saturday came after some of the worst fighting in months between rebels and pro-government forces. The U.S. military confirmed a U.S. In April, Russia briefly suspended cooperation after the USA military fired 59 missiles at a Syrian air base following a chemical weapons attack that Washington blamed on the Assad government. Read More

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Sessions to testify publicly before Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday

Sessions to testify publicly before Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday

He asked to testify instead before the Senate Intelligence Committee, but it had been unclear whether that hearing would be open to the public. Sessions said in a letter to the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees that he has accepted an invitation to appear on Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is probing allegations of Russian attempts to interfere with the presidential election. Read More

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Portugal forest fire: 19 dead, government says

Portugal forest fire: 19 dead, government says

Many people have burned to death in their cars and on the road after becoming trapped by the flames on the road between Figueiro dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pera. All available means of assistance have been mobilized towards Leiria, including four fire fighting aircraft sent from Spain. He said 17 others died right outside their cars or by the road, 11 people died in the forest and two people died in a auto accident related to the fire. Read More

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Russian Federation stops cooperation after USA downs Syrian jet

Russian Federation stops cooperation after USA downs Syrian jet

Russian Federation says it will treat US-led coalition planes as potential targets in government-controlled areas of Syria west of the Euphrates River. The US uses airstrikes to clear the way for the SDF in Syria amid a huge onslaught to re-capture the IS's self-proclaimed regional capital Raqqa. It appeared to be Iran's first missile attack overseas in over 15 years and its first in the Syrian conflict, in which it has provided crucial support to Assad. Read More

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Coroner: Cocaine among drugs found in Carrie Fisher's system

Ahead of the release of the toxicology report findings, Carrie's daughter Billie Lourd said her mother "ultimately died of" drug addiction and mental illness. "She ultimately died of it", she said. "Drugs of abuse such as cocaine, heroin and amphetamine derivatives are very hard to interpret based on quantitative levels in tissues or blood postmortem", the report reads . Read More

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Avocado thieves steal $300K worth of fruit from California ripening facility

Avocado thieves steal $300K worth of fruit from California ripening facility

The men are accused of stealing the popular and now-pricey fruit from their workplace and selling them out of the backdoor at a lesser price for more cash in their pockets. "Everybody loves avocados ", Sgt John Franchi of the sheriff's office told the LA Times . According to Steve Barnard , the president of Mission Produce , the company usually sells a box of the fruit for $50, but the three men were selling them for $25. Read More

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US Supreme Court strikes down sex offender social media ban

He appealed the conviction on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment all the way up to the Supreme Court. "No fine. No court cost, no nothing spent". Alito said he agreed the law violated the free speech clause because of its "extraordinary breadth". Alito was joined in his opinion concurring in the court's judgment by Roberts and Thomas. Read More

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Trump campaign data firms leak info on 200m U.S. voters

Those categories span almost every major political debate, including a voter's likely stance on abortion , gun control, stem cell research and environmental issues. The company was hired by the Republican National Committee (RNC) in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election to provide insights on American voters and their feelings towards important campaign issues. Read More

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Justices say government can't refuse disparaging trademarks

In his opinion , Alito acknowledges that even without registration, a trademark - a word or phrase that serves to identify the source of one's goods or services - may still be used in commerce and enforced under state common law . However, that would mean the team would have to challenge each potential violation in each individual state court . Tam sought to register " The Slants " as a federally protected trademark shortly after puting the band together. Read More

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Yanez found not guilty

Yanez found not guilty

Paul police say a woman practicing driving in a school parking lot struck and killed her 3-year-old son. The officer testified that Castile was pulling his gun out of his pocket despite his commands not to do so. The decision to dismiss Yanez came after he was found not guilty on all counts related to the incident. "The system continues to fail black people", she said. Read More

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Forecasters warn Florida Panhandle to keep watch for tropical storm

While forecasts do call for it reaching tropical storm strength over the next few days, when it reaches the Caribbean, high wind shear and generally unfavorable conditions are expected to dissipate the storm rather quickly. Computer models tasked to tropical systems vary widely until an actual area of low pressure has formed. It is producing tropical storm effects, though, and a tropical storm warning remains in effect for the islands of Barbados, St. Read More

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US congressman Scalise still in critical condition: hospital

US congressman Scalise still in critical condition: hospital

Both Duncan and Brooks were initially at the field in Alexandria where the shooting took place, but Duncan cut out of practice early so he wasn't there at the time of the shooting. They released photos of guns similar to the handgun and rifle that were used in the attack, which officials have said were purchased legally. Franks also confirmed that he had been contacted by the police about the list but declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation. Read More

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Trump considering 'terminating' Russia probe leader

Chris Ruddy, a Trump friend and the CEO of the conservative website Newsmax , raised the possibility of the president considering terminating Mueller, a potentially explosive option. quickly retweeted to his 1.7 million followers. "I assume Rosenstein won't be party to such a farce", Lederman wrote, suggesting that the deputy attorney general might very well defy such an order to fire Mueller and resign. Read More

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Trump Interviewed Mueller for FBI Director Job

Could Rosenstein's job also be in jeopardy? "No, senator, it is not a disqualification", Rosenstein said . BRENNAN: President Trump ignored questions about Mueller's fate. Rosenstein was asked about it and answered this way, "You have my assurance that Director Muller will have the full degree of independence that he needs to conduct the investigation". Read More

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