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Weekly Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

One of the most obvious major switches in the live action Beauty and the Beast is the look of the enchanted castle. I was so wrong. Gay characters can be shown in films, but only if they are portrayed negatively or repent. An edited version of the movie could possibly return to local theaters. Director Bill Condon and screenwriters Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos have elected, as tribute to Ashman, to feature Disney's first gay character in the remake. Read More

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Al Franken Gets Fiery With Gorsuch at Supreme Court Hearing

Franken, not too pleased that Gorsuch had dodged the question, then asked if the legalization of same-sex marriage was settled law. Graham recalled the less bitter days of bipartisanship in the Supreme Court justice selection process, when Antonin Scalia, a staunch conservative, was confirmed in a 98-0 vote, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal, earned her seat by a vote of 96-3. Read More

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Facebook introduces new 'fake news' fact checker

Facebook introduces new 'fake news' fact checker

It was accused of helping U.S. president Donald Trump win the elections by allowing misinformation and fake stories on its platform. The fact-checking tool was first spotted by Facebook users in the USA who were attempting to share a story which falsely claimed that thousands of Irish people were brought to the United States as slaves. Read More

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See how your MI county's population has changed

See how your MI county's population has changed

Wood County and Hancock County saw population jumps of 613 and 138 people, respectively. Of those who left Morgan County between 2010 and 2014, 363 people stayed close to home, moving to Sangamon County. The Census Bureau figures, released publicly today, estimate the county's population at 432,488 as of July 1, 2016. Seven of Arkansas' eight metropolitan areas grew in population from 2015 to 2016, but not as much as Northwest Arkansas. Read More

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Hawaii lawmaker resigns from Republican Party to join Democrats

Hawaii lawmaker resigns from Republican Party to join Democrats

The 33-year-old was elected to the Hawaii state legislature in 2012 and became the leader of the House Republican caucus in 2014. Rep. Beth Fukumoto holds press conference in her office to announce she's leaving the Republican Party. And how could my party have not said anything?" Fukumoto says that when she joined the Republican Party eight years ago, she saw an opportunity to "take a political party that was broken, in a political system that seemed rigged, and even the playing field". Read More

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Supreme Court ruling on IDEA standards directly debunks Gorsuch's view

Supreme Court ruling on IDEA standards directly debunks Gorsuch's view

The justice's unanimous decision resolves a split among federal appeals courts over the standards schools must meet under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act . Roberts rejected that standard, saying it was "entirely unworkable". It is not enough that progress is simply more than a bare minimum, the court said in an opinion written by Chief Justice John G. Read More

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Four killed in Wisconsin shootings

Four killed in Wisconsin shootings

The area is about 90 miles west of Green Bay. The violence in the small town of Rothschild began shortly after noon on Wednesday, after police were summoned to what they called a "domestic situation" at Marathon Savings Bank. Authorities would not confirm if the suspect was injured during the arrest. At least three officers in the county previously had been shot to death while on duty, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page , a website that memorializes the thousands of American ... Read More

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Defeating ISIS is US' top goal in Mid-East: Tillerson

As has been the case in the past, Tillerson's comments did not offer much in the way of details on how the USA intends to make this happen, though he did offer the idea that the U.S. Mr Tillerson also said the U.S. will increase pressure on ISIS and Al-Qaeda, and work to set up " interim zones of stability " to help refugees return home in the next phase of the battle to defeat the groups. Read More

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Reddit's most controversial question was just asked at Neil Gorsuch's Senate hearing

We'd watched several hours of the Senate confirmation hearings before realizing that Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court is not, in fact, the same guy who hosts of " Dancing with the Stars ". And Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake showed that he's taking the confirmation process very seriously. At the behest of an obnoxious son and brother, Flake hit Neil Gorsuch with two incredibly pointless questions. Read More

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Florida Senate's medical marijuana bill at least 2 weeks way

Florida Senate's medical marijuana bill at least 2 weeks way

St. Rep. Kelly Cassidy and St. Sen. "Several states have adopted sensible alternatives to prohibition, and it is time for IL to develop its own exit strategy", said Rep. It took effect on January 3 and allows higher-strength marijuana to be used for a wider list of medical ailments. Legalizing marijuana would bring in millions in tax revenue and keep people out of prison. Read More

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Gorsuch Defends His 'Unkind' Opinion In So-Called Frozen Trucker Case

Gorsuch has been careful to avoid answering any questions that could be seen as previewing how he would rule on any case if he's confirmed, saying it would be "grossly improper" for a judge to do so. Franken asked incredulously. "I think everybody here would have done exactly what he did". The trucker chose none of the above, deciding instead to unhook the trailer and drive his truck to a gas station. Read More

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Divided House Republicans face painful choice on health vote

Divided House Republicans face painful choice on health vote

In an effort to "woo" reluctant Conservatives, The White House is adding last minute meetings. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) another Freedom Caucus member, said he wasn't moved by Trump, either. The vote count for the bill is "tight", CNN reported. But I think we'll get the votes. The updated bill reveals, once again, that the House GOP priority is providing tax cuts for millionaires and drug companies, not helping working-class people get the health care they need. Read More

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Pa. school district sued for allowing transgender student to use locker room

Pa. school district sued for allowing transgender student to use locker room

The parents, who are not identified, supported their son's complaint after him sharing locker room with a transgender and after he was told by a school faculty member to "tolerate" the situation. The case inverts arguments made by several transgender students in other lawsuits. It's now up to individual states to determine how to interpret and enact anti-discrimination laws affecting transgender students. Read More

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The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student

The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says "it's a little rich" that Democrats are criticizing President Donald Trump's comments attacking the federal judiciary while also criticizing Neil Gorsuch . Roberts said the current rules are fine for disabled children who are integrated in regular classrooms, but not for those who are not. The court on Wednesday said that it is not enough for school districts to get by with minimal instruction for special needs children. Read More

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Trump rallying supporters in Kentucky ahead of health bill vote

Trump rallying supporters in Kentucky ahead of health bill vote

With their showpiece bill revamping the 2010 health care law at stake, House GOP leaders released 43 pages of revisions to the legislation in hopes of rounding up votes. "We're going to do it". "We are going to put our miners back to work", he said. If the measure makes it through the House, it's expected to face a tough road in the Senate, where Paul and several other Republicans have already spoken out against various provisions. Read More

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High winds cause 600K to lose power in Metro Detroit

High winds cause 600K to lose power in Metro Detroit

Regretfully, the snow and icy road conditions coupled with complicated and time-consuming repairs impeded restoration efforts on Monday. For the 45,000 customers still without power, DTE says they know this has been a trying period. Linzie Robinson of Wayne said his family hasn't had power since Wednesday and each time he goes home to pick up clean clothes, there is no sign of DTE Energy. Read More

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Kentucky becomes 44th state to allow charter schools

Kentucky becomes 44th state to allow charter schools

Lawmakers spent much of the legislative session this year negotiating the policy behind closed doors, with questions over whether to allow the institutions to open up statewide and how to fund them. Charter schools are to be funded in a similar manner to the state's traditional public schools-on a per-pupil basis. They would be governed by an independent board and exempt from most state regulations. Read More

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Trump judge is reluctant to toughen abortion law

Trump judge is reluctant to toughen abortion law

Which would be fine, if Schumer held all Supreme Court nominees to the same standard. Coons wants clarity on how Gorsuch was nominated, how he will stand up for an independent judiciary and his views on the separation of powers. Gorsuch explained his silence by arguing that giving his personal view on a settled case would indicate that he has already made up his mind - a perception he wishes to avoid. Read More

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Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing

The decision reversed Wednesday was by a different three-judge panel (that didn't include Gorsuch) of the same court on which he sits - but it relies largely on an earlier decision by the same court that Gorsuch wrote. The nominee would only say it was a court precedent that had been reaffirmed many times. Sen. Richard Durbin of IL pressed Gorsuch on claims by a former student at the University of Colorado Law School who said Gorsuch implied in a legal ethics class in April that he believes ... Read More

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Arkansas governor expands where concealed guns allowed

Arkansas governor expands where concealed guns allowed

The proposal would establish education savings accounts worth about $6,700 per year for students, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2mQpi30 ) reported. According to the Associated Press report, more than 220,000 people in Arkansas have concealed carry licenses. "People like to have a good time before the game, during the game, people get emotional and angry during the game", Democratic Rep. Read More

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SCOTUS nomine Neil Gorsuch questioned about role in Bush administration torture policy

But Democrats made clear on the first day that they were in no mood to "rubber stamp a nominee selected by extreme interest groups and nominated by a president who lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes", as Democratic Sen. "Our court declined to grant that relief, saying substantial truth is protected, even if it is not strictly true", Gorsuch said . Senate Democrats on Wednesday seized on what, for nominee Neil Gorsuch, was an ill-timed ruling from the Supreme Court - a ... Read More

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Senate Democrats' Incoherence on Gorsuch and Executive Power

He added, however, that Trump's questioning of a federal judge's impartiality back in 2016 "was really out of bounds" and compared Trump's comments to ones made by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) about Gorsuch. "I've gotten to know these guys pretty well over the last few weeks", Gorsuch said Wednesday, sounding relaxed and pointing to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Democrats. Read More

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Ryan's legacy as speaker on line with health care vote

Ryan's legacy as speaker on line with health care vote

Failure by the Trump administration and House Speaker Paul Ryan , R-Wisc., to win passage of the bill, would be a stinging political loss. House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mo BrooksMo BrooksGOP faces risky decision on ObamaCare vote Defying Trump, Freedom Caucus insists it'll oppose GOP ObamaCare replacement Key conservative: GOP doesn't have votes on healthcare repeal MORE (R-Ala.). Read More

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NEW INFORMATION: Four people dead after shooting in Rothschild

NEW INFORMATION: Four people dead after shooting in Rothschild

WSAU reporter Logan Wenger will be attending a 3 p.m. press conference in Weston. The station reported an ambulance went by after police said they were trying to engage the suspect. He also said residents were evacuated from one of the crime scenes, and they are being assisted by the Red Cross. Schools and a town hospital were on lockdown in Rothschild on Wednesday, but the lockdowns have already been lifted, according to Fox 6. Read More

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Woman tried to cross border, pot hidden inside her body

Woman tried to cross border, pot hidden inside her body

In a Monday blog post , the older sister, Clarita , recalled being detained in a holding cell with one other CBP agent after being interrogated with her sister. The sisters have undergone counseling for the alleged assaults. The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General launched an investigation, and the sister's were interviewed twice, but federal authorities have not pursued criminal charges against the officer, and it is not clear if the officer has faced any ... Read More

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President Trump meets with House Republicans in latest health care bill push

President Trump meets with House Republicans in latest health care bill push

Conservative House Republicans said Monday that they have enough votes to block the passage of the GOP's legislation to dismantle ObamaCare if there is a vote on Thursday and all Democrats vote down party line. Meadows said the legislation still needs substantial changes, as votes on individual amendments the group puts forward have the potential to be shot down on the floor. Read More

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Trump Hits New Low In Quinnipiac Poll

Trump Hits New Low In Quinnipiac Poll

Among white voters, 50 percent disapprove of the job the president is doing compared to 44 percent who approve. The poll shows that he has a 37 percent approval rating, and his support has been dropping among key groups that helped get him elected: Republicans, men, and white voters. Read More

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