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Republican Handel wins Georgia race, thanks Donald Trump

That margin allows Republicans a sigh of relief after what's being recognized as the most expensive House race in U.S history, with a price tag that may exceed $50 million. Ossoff and Handel were the top two finishers in an April 19 primary, advancing to the one-on-one runoff election. This dynamic didn't quite flip Georgia's 6th into Hillary Clinton's column during the presidential election; Clinton lost to Trump in Georgia's 6th by a slim 1.5 percentage points. Read More

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Top court to hear case that could reshape US political map

The justices regularly are called to invalidate state electoral maps that have been illegally drawn to reduce the influence of racial minorities by depressing the impact of their votes. The action was announced in a list of orders that the court issued Monday. The decision to stay or not stay a lower court order often provides a peek as to which side the Justices expect to prevail. Read More

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McCain: Americans 'stupid' to still want to travel to North Korea

McCain: Americans 'stupid' to still want to travel to North Korea

He said that while "we can not know for sure that North Korea killed Mr Warmbier". More than 15 months after he gave a staged confession in North Korea , he is with his OH family again. Otto Warmbier was held for over a year for trying to take a propaganda sign, but died shortly after returning to USA soil. "The North Koreans should release them unconditionally", he said. Read More

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Georgia voters streaming to polls in expensive Congress race

Georgia voters streaming to polls in expensive Congress race

Republicans are facing a sobering reminder of their president's poor approval ratings, as 30-year-old centrist Democrat Jon Ossoff , a filmmaker and onetime political assistant, clings to the narrowest of leads. Lever, who worked on Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid, was optimistic going into the evening, but later said the Georgia 6th would always be "a very hard race " for Democrats. Read More

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CNN reporter: White House spokesman 'just kind of useless'

When asked Tuesday if Trump believed Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 presidential election , as the USA intelligence community determined in January, Spicer said he wasn't sure. "I'm not sure if the press secretary thing is something I'm dying to do", Ingraham said. Trump himself has said he would do away with the daily briefings, which have turned into a sort of media circus on the Trump administration's watch. Read More

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer may step aside

However, Ingraham is not expected to take the press secretary position. "If he can't come out and answer the questions and they're not going to do this on camera or audio, why are we even having these briefings or these gaggles in the first place?" We are always looking for ways to seek a better job of articulating the president's message and his agenda. Read More

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Spicer expected to take less public role

On Monday, during his off camera press briefing, Spicer seemed to inadvertently channel some of the uncertainty that comes from working under Trump. The downings have been consistent with United States policy, but have led to increased tensions in the region as Russian Federation cut off a key military-diplomatic channel with the USA and threatened to shoot down American planes over Syria. Read More

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Japan, other nations face difficulties changing US Paris accord decision

Japan, other nations face difficulties changing US Paris accord decision

The Associated Press notes Pruitt was told by his counterparts they were disappointed by President Donald Trump's controversial decision last month to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord . When G7 leaders met in Sicily last month, they publicly recognised that the USA was isolated on the climate issue, with the other six member countries vowing to continue their efforts to address global warming by curbing emissions while promoting green technology and renewable energy ... Read More

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Senate close to vote on dismantle health law

That's a pretty clear shot at GOP leaders in the Senate and allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections - the latter of which President Donald Trump has struggled through a rapidly expanding scandal over. "If Republicans are not going to allow debate on their bill on the floor or in committee, Democrats will make opportunities to debate". As for the Senate Republican bill , which is being drafted behind closed doors without any hearings in violation of traditional ... Read More

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A look at Illinois' budget mess as lawmakers head to Capitol

A look at Illinois' budget mess as lawmakers head to Capitol

Rauner even compared IL to a "banana republic" earlier this month because it can not manage its finances. "Last week, we reviewed a compromise budget plan that I can sign - that we can all support", Rauner said. Rauner now has no budget to sign into law or to veto: Though the Senate, with only Democratic votes, approved a spending plan and tax hikes to pay for it, that hasn't happened in the House. Read More

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4 more LAPD cadets arrested in connection with squad auto theft

4 more LAPD cadets arrested in connection with squad auto theft

The thefts and chases sparked an investigation that revealed some of the cadets may have also stolen a bulletproof vest, two stun guns and two police radios, Beck told reporters last week. The department is unsure whether the cadets stole the cars once or multiple times without detection. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday that the four additional members of the department's cadet program have been arrested for their alleged involvement in stealing three squad cars. Read More

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LAPD cadets arrested after stealing patrol cars, police say

An investigation later led police to the third missing patrol vehicle, parked near the department's 77th Street station, Beck said . The suspects were not named, but officials said they were two males and one female, all juveniles. One of the cruisers was stolen from the parking garage at Central Division downtown several days ago, according to two law enforcement sources. When asked if one of the vehicles had been missing since late May, Beck said it may be possible that one was but it was ... Read More

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US Senate votes to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation and Iran

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has already indicated his mixed feelings for the measure, saying publicly that while he agreed "with the sentiment" that Russian Federation be held accountable for its election meddling, he also wanted Congress "to ensure any legislation allows the president to have the flexibility to adjust sanctions to meet the needs of what is always an evolving diplomatic situation". Read More

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Sessions says travel ban needed for security

Sessions says travel ban needed for security

A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court ruled Monday against reinstalling U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban . Trump also called out the media in a tweet , but it's unclear exactly what stories he was addressing. The State of Hawaii is part of the complaint because they said the executive order would hurt recruiting efforts for the state-run University of Hawaii. Read More

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Pence hires outside legal counsel

Pence hires outside legal counsel

He was also the USA attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia during former President George W. Bush's administration. Cullen also served as special counsel to U.S. He represents former FIFA President Sepp Blatter in the corruption probe into world soccer's governing body. Reuters reports : "Another well-known white-collar Washington lawyer will likely join the team shortly". Read More

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Uber will allow tips for drivers

Uber will allow tips for drivers

Tipping on Uber is now live in Seattle, Houston and Minneapolis - and it's expected to be available in every US city by the end of July . Uber has launched the " 180 Days of Change " campaign that includes allowing customers to tip drivers, something its top competitor Lyft has been doing all along. Read More

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Tropical storm warning issued for Louisiana's Gulf coast

Tropical storm warning issued for Louisiana's Gulf coast

Now located about 300 miles (485 km) south of Morgan City , Louisiana , it is expected to be near the Louisiana coast late on Wednesday, the Miami-based weather forecaster said. Weather threats associated with this storm include storm surge of one to three feet, rainfall of four to eight inches in portions of Louisiana , Mississippi, Alabama and Florida with some heavier downpours possible in isolated areas and the possibilityof tornadoes. Read More

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Despite Tweets That Say Otherwise, Lawyers Insist Trump Is Not Under Investigation

Despite Tweets That Say Otherwise, Lawyers Insist Trump Is Not Under Investigation

Last week, the Washington Post reported Mueller is investigating the president for obstruction of justice in light of his firing of former FBI Director James Comey , something the president's legal team is denying . This backs up what we noted in this space on Thursday , that just because Mueller is talking to administration officials who might be involved in a possible investigation doesn't mean there is one. Read More

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Wildfire threatens Utah ski resort town of Brian Head

Wildfire threatens Utah ski resort town of Brian Head

Firefighters say the blaze is not as unsafe as it once was thanks in large part to the pilots of about two-dozen planes and helicopters who have been up fighting the flames since Saturday when it grew to about 1,000 acres. At the time, 75 homes and 25 businesses were immediately threatened. FEMA has authorized federal funds to help with to costs of fighting the fire. Read More

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Public funeral planned for US student freed from North Korea

Mr Warmbier, 22, died on Monday after being medically evacuated to the United States last week after suffering from severe brain damage, with US President Donald Trump blaming Pyongyang's "brutal regime" for his plight. "When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13th he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands". They did not cite a specific cause of death. Read More

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McCain: Only 'Stupid' Americans Would Still Have Interest In Visiting North Korea

The travel company that took University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier to North Korea said Monday that it is wrangling with the 22-year-old's death and will no longer take Americans to North Korea. But some have been seized and given draconian sentences for seemingly minor offenses. It now begins: "Despite what you may hear, for most nationalities, North Korea is probably one of the safest places on Earth to visit provided you follow the laws as provided by our documentation and pre-tour ... Read More

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Settlement reached in lawsuit over Michael Brown's death

Settlement reached in lawsuit over Michael Brown's death

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III and attorneys for Browns' parents declined to comment on the settlement, according to the Associated Press . Wilson, who later left the police force, was not indicted by local or federal prosecutors. Brown's death sparked massive protests throughout Ferguson and across the country, with demonstrators arguing that the shooting was representative of police officers's ability to kill black people without punishment or accountability. Read More

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Allegiant planning Phoenix, Las Vegas flights from Omaha

Allegiant planning Phoenix, Las Vegas flights from Omaha

The Las Vegas service will be year round while the Phoenix flights will be seasonable. The airline said that seats are limited and not available on all flights under the introductory fare offer. The Allegiant flight there gives Boise a third option for quick access to the Phoenix area, one of the most populated metro areas in the country. "We welcome Allegiant and value their partnership in providing nonstop service from Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport to the Orlando market", ... Read More

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Muslims question whether girl's killing was road rage

Please sign and share this Care2 petition demanding that the Fairfax County police investigate Nabra's murder as a hate crime and that Attorney Jeff Sessions open a federal investigation. "Witnesses say [Martinez] Torres caught up with them a short time later in a nearby parking lot and got out of his vehicle armed with a baseball bat and began chasing the group". Read More

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