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Michelle Obama: My passion for education will linger on

Michelle Obama: My passion for education will linger on

Wolfe, a director with a Chicago-based post production company called Optimus, was a creative digital strategist in the White House for fourteen months, reports the Chicago Business Journal. Michelle Obama and other celebrities were in New York City Friday to celebrate National College Signing Day. On Friday, Michelle Obama's Twitter account accidentally tweeted out a phone number belonging to a former White House staffer to all 7.67 million of her followers. Read More

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One charged in shooting that wounded two officers

One charged in shooting that wounded two officers

Dennis, 19, was shot and killed outside his South Side home last August 14 shortly before he was going to leave for NY to go back to college. The friend was shot in his arm. faction of the Gangster Disciples drove in two vehicles up to Dennis' family's home in the 2900 block of West 82nd in Wrightwood, assistant state's attorney John Maher said. Read More

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As rivers recede, another death from Midwest flooding

River levels are cresting in several Missouri communities as floodwaters slowly drain from the state, although forecasts for more rain could cause another round of damaging high water. Rainfall during the middle days of this week brought a second surge and crest along small streams and tributaries of the major rivers. But the mess left behind is substantial after the river reached record levels in both places. Read More

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President Trump's Nominee For Secretary Of The Army Withdraws

Green, a retired Army flight surgeon, was tapped in April as Trump's pick after billionaire Vincent Viola withdrew over issues related to divesting from his financial holdings, reports CNN. They cited his past comments about and legislative record on women and members of the LGBTQ and Muslim communities. In the House, almost three dozen Democrats sent a letter asking the Senate to reject Green's nomination, arguing he can not be trusted to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ... Read More

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'I Will Not Be Happy' if North Korea Conducts Nuke Test

But unlike previous statements in which Trump and his top officials have touted military action as a way forward, Trump stressed his relationship with China above all other levers in the North Korean conflict on Sunday. The Vinson's arrival in South Korea has always been anticipated after a messaging mix-up between the Pentagon and the White House made it appear the carrier would arrive two weeks earlier. Read More

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White House dismisses chief usher, 1st woman to hold post

White House dismisses chief usher, 1st woman to hold post

White House staff were notified Friday morning that Reid was no longer employed. She was the second African-American to serve in the position and only the ninth chief usher since 1885. Reid was said to be close to the Obamas, who hired her for the job, but three people with knowledge of the situation said there were tensions with the household staff she managed. Read More

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Donald Trump weighing huge cut to drug office, chief warns

Donald Trump weighing huge cut to drug office, chief warns

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) said on Twitter Friday that eliminating the ONDCP , which is what the budget cuts would effectively do, "would be grossly irresponsible". The White House said that nothing had been decided on funding cuts. Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal immediately fired off a letter to the White House praising ONDCP for "strides in recognizing and treating the opioid epidemic as a public health and safety crisis that will be overcome through prevention and ... Read More

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Trump's First Foreign Trip As President Is Later Than Anyone Since LBJ

Trump's First Foreign Trip As President Is Later Than Anyone Since LBJ

After Saudi Arabia, Trump will visit Israel, then Rome, where he will meet Pope Francis. He's spent most of his time away from the White House at his private estate in Florida. Senior administration officials, briefing reporters on the condition of anonymity, said Saudi Arabia was picked as the first country to counter a narrative that Trump doesn't get along with Saudi officials. Read More

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House passes $1.1 trillion spending bill

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would debate the bill this week, and that most Republicans did not favour a change in the rules to make it easier to pass legislation without Democratic support. The White House previously signaled a looming crackdown on recreational pot use. When the health bill does come to a vote Thursday it will be without an updated analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office about its cost and affect, a point Democrats ... Read More

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Comment Period Announced For Hanford Reach, Cascade-Siskiyou Monuments

The list includes 22 monuments on federal land in 11 states including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, Nevada's Basin and Range and Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine. Twenty-seven national monuments, mostly in the West, face the curtailing or elimination of protections put in place over the past two decades by presidents from both parties, the Interior Department said. Read More

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Documents: Teen abused by mom before kidnapping by teacher

Documents: Teen abused by mom before kidnapping by teacher

That charge carries a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, but Cummins could be sentenced to as much as life as prison, according to the USA attorney's office. "And very jittery", her father Anthony Thomas said on "Primetime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield " on HLN. The school's investigative files provided to The Associated Press by the attorney show that both Cummins and the girl denied kissing. Read More

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Axelrod Slams Hillary: Stop Making Excuses for Election Loss, 'Move On'

Her remarks at a NY charity luncheon on Tuesday were the most extensive and direct about her loss since the shock result past year. The phony.Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. The normal way to do it would be to the Department of Justice announce it. Comey said he welcomed the review. "I think everybody agrees that in one way or another, it impacted the election", the California Democrat said on "The Situation Room with Wolf ... Read More

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Senate sends $1.1T spending bill to Trump

Ahead of what is sure to be a divisive vote on repealing Obamacare, House members voted in a bipartisan manner on Wednesday to approve a USD1.0 trillion government spending bill. The spending bill also contains $1.5 billion for border security. Mexican officials have rejected that notion. Schumer said that if congressional leaders "work as well on the 2018 budget as we did on the 2017 budget, we will have a product we can be proud of with no worries about any kind of government shutdown". Read More

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Ann Coulter cancels speech at Berkeley amid safety dispute

On its Facebook page, the group calls itself a fraternal organization aimed at "reinstating a spirit of Western chauvinism during an age of globalism and multiculturalism". "This university is not a battlefield", he says. Berkeley's reputation as one of the country's most liberal universities, in one of America's most liberal cities, has made it a flashpoint for the nation's political divisions in the era of Donald Trump. Read More

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American Sikhs support Trump's religious freedom order

Trump's executive order specifically refers to religions and religious organizations, and Trump pointedly spoke only of "people of faith" and religions in his remarks in the Rose Garden Thursday as he signed the order. It is half the length of a leaked draft version of this order published February 1 in The Nation magazine. "No one should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors", said President Trump. Read More

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Miley Cyrus Teases the Lyrics for Her Romantic New Single

Miley Cyrus Teases the Lyrics for Her Romantic New Single

The 24-year-old songstress says that had someone asked her not to smoke or drink, she would have never listened to them, reported Billboard . I am not doing drugs, I am not drinking, I am completely clean right now . Cyrus said her perspective on the world also leads her to have negative reactions to men who too stringently obey their gender stereotype. For years, Miley Cyrus has drawn criticism for her fetishizing of hip-hop music and imagery. Read More

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Federal Bureau of Investigation boss defends pre-election Clinton emails announcement

Federal Bureau of Investigation boss defends pre-election Clinton emails announcement

Speaking at times with a raised voice, Comey said he faced two hard decisions when agents told him in October that they had found emails potentially connected to the Clinton case on a laptop belonging to former Rep. Under questioning from Democratic Sen. US Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, asked Comey whether he believes Russian Federation will continue to meddle with US elections in 2018. Read More

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Memorial service, march to honor fallen police officers

Memorial service, march to honor fallen police officers

At that service in Hershey police are expected to honor Weaver's wife, Macy Weaver. The 20-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department lived in Hughson and was assigned as a D.A.R.E. The crowd at the Capitol moved outside for a wreath laying ceremony to remember the fallen officers at the Kansas Law Enforcement Monument. Pennsylvania State Police are celebrating the birthday of the force, while also remembering those lost along the way. Read More

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Murder warrant issued for cop who killed 15-year-old

Murder warrant issued for cop who killed 15-year-old

But that only resulted in a minor suspension which amounted to peanuts in comparison with the consequences of letting officer Oliver slip through the proverbial cracks of the justice system. As this story is developing, elements may change. Police initially claimed that the vehicle had been backing up toward officers in "an aggressive manner", but later refuted that by saying officer's account was inaccurate. Read More

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Winners and losers under the House GOP health bill

As Mr Trump stood flanked by his party's congressmen in the White House Rose Garden, Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, was across town warning Republicans they would end up ruing their votes . Democrats warn the bill will strip insurance from millions of Americans and send costs rocketing. Here is a summary of major provisions of the House bill, the American Health Care Act . Read More

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Callamard: No war on drugs probe during PH visit

Callamard: No war on drugs probe during PH visit

United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard on Saturday refuted Malacañang's claim that she had not informed the government of her visit to the Philippines to take part in an academic conference. The presence of UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard at a forum on drugs issues at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City does not sit well with the Philippine government. Read More

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Teachers hurt in chaotic Cheltenham High School fight

Teachers hurt in chaotic Cheltenham High School fight

The melee, filmed by several students, started with two girls fighting, then two others joined in, one video shows. A second fight broke out in the afternoon, Cheltenham School District spokeswoman Susan O'Grady told The Inquirer . "This is sexist. They were attacking kids", she said. Athletes from the three Lincoln-Way schools have come together to make the best of the closure of Lincoln-Way North. Read More

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Philly Sets NFL Draft Record With Over 100000 Fans

Thirteen players from in-state schools were selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, with North Carolina leading the way with six selections. Every player is happy at the first round of the draft. The Browns play in a conference with Tom Brady , Ben Roethlisberger , Derek Carr and Joe Flacco, so securing a pass rusher made complete sense if they want to compete with those upper-echelon teams. Read More

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Some rivers receding, but Mississippi River remains high

Some rivers receding, but Mississippi River remains high

The Missouri Department of Transportation was hoping - but not promising - to have eastbound lanes open in time for Friday morning's commute. Northbound I-55 remained open yesterday during the flooding of the southbound lanes. According to the National Weather Service, the Black River in Arkansas hit a new record height of 29ft, while Missouri's Meramec River reached a bit over 43ft. Read More

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Texas Cop Who Shot and Killed Jordan Edwards Fired

Balch Springs police said officers responded to a report of intoxicated teenagers on a residential street in the 12300 block of Baron Drive Saturday night. The same day that Oliver was sacked, news broke of the Justice Department's decision not to charge two white police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the shooting death of a black man in 2016. Read More

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Looting, shootings leave 13 dead in one day in Venezuela

Looting, shootings leave 13 dead in one day in Venezuela

A resident of El Valle explained that the crowd moved trough the neighborhood, destroying a large supermarket, a liquor store and other businesses. The government accuses the opposition of hiring armed agitators to sow violence, while the opposition says it is the government hiring thugs and ordering the police and army to repress peaceful protests. Read More

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Thousands of people in US rally for workers, against Trump

Many U.S. protests are focusing on immigration. The park where the "Roof and Refuge" rally and march began is in the heart of the Monument Boulevard neighborhood, home to a large immigrant Latino community. Trump's efforts are opposed by many state and local leaders in heavily Democratic California, which in recent years has adopted immigrant-friendly policies such as issuing driver's licenses regardless of immigration. Read More

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Quick guide: The French presidential election

Quick guide: The French presidential election

In an interview in her Paris headquarters, Le Pen said there could still be a surprise on Sunday despite polls that show she is trailing independent centrist rival Emmanuel Macron by a large margin. Two-thirds of respondents in an Elabe survey rated Macron as the victor of the clash despite Le Pen's attempts to paint him as the candidate of the capitalist elite, and a friend to terrorists. Read More

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