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Cindy expected to weaken as it moves inland


The National Hurricane Center stopped tracking Cindy as it downgraded, turning it over to the NOAA's Weather Prediction Center. Flash flood watches are posted from southeastern Louisiana into southern Georgia and the Florida Panhandle, where multiple rounds of heavy rain and saturated soil could result in significant flash flooding. Read More »

Indian PM Modi visits Portugal on trip to meet with Trump


PM Modi was accompanied with his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa. Modi and Costa announced the launching of the India-Portugal Start-Up Hub to encourage business ventures by entrepreneurs in the two countries, along with several other bilateral agreements on science, sport and taxation. Read More »

How Medicaid Works, and Who It Covers

Several Republican senators, including Ted Cruz of Texas, already oppose the bill in its current form. "There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs", reads the statement . Read More »

Trump Explains Why He Appointed 'Rich' People To His Cabinet


He later touted the wealth of Ross and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, saying: "Those particular positions, I just don't want a poor person". Trump also came under fire for telling the rally crowd in Cedar Rapids that he doesn't want a poor person to run the economy. Read More »

Rep. Steve Scalise out of intensive care

Dr. Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center , said last week that Scalise had "sustained a single rifle wound that entered in the area of the left hip". He was near death when he arrived at the hospital and remained in critical condition into this week. The round fragmented and did substantial damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels. Read More »

Maryland, DC attorneys general suing Trump for 'violating the constitution'

Democratic attorneys general have taken a lead role in challenging Trump policies, successfully blocking executive orders restricting travel from some Muslim-majority countries. It is also seeking an immediate injunction that forces the president to stop violating the clauses. Lindsay Jancek, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, on Monday described the lawsuit as "absurd". Read More »

'I just don't want a poor person' in top economic roles


Trump's tour comes during the investigation into Russian interference the election and Trump's firing of FBI director, James Comey . " Add some money to it!" Earlier on Wednesday Trump visited Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids to discuss advancements in high-tech agriculture. Read More »

Yellowstone grizzly bears to lose endangered species protection


There are now 700 of the animals in that area , up from as few as 136 bears in 1975 when they were first listed as threatened, the department said . Mead gave no guidance on when that decision might be made. Grizzly bears once numbered about 50,000 and ranged over much of North America. "I appreciate that the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is proceeding now with the delisting", Mead said. Read More »

New details on first United States jet shoot down in 15 years

The downing of the regime jet led Moscow to say it would sever a vital hotline it uses to communicate with the USA coalition to avoid mishaps in Syria's increasingly crowded and complicated battle-space. A spokesman for Iran's Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Ramazan Sharif, said all six ballistic missiles it launched on Syria hit their targets, according to "local sources and drone films". Read More »

David Ortiz demonstrates inner 50 Cent with first pitch

Big Papi's longtime teammate, Dustin Pedroia, summoned some Hall of Fame eloquence last night when he said, "You're not our teammate, you're not our friend". The Red Sox and Fenway Park provided, respectively, a tough opponent and a charged environment, and Meyer didn't respond well initially. He was thrilled to have escaped his 107-pitch high wire act, saying, "The amount of runners I had in scoring position, or second and third base, there in the first inning, first and third, with one out ... Read More »

Tornadoes spawned by Cindy's remnants cause damage in Birmingham, AL

Downgraded to a tropical depression, Cindy weakened as it crossed Louisiana toward Arkansas but a broad circulation around the system swept moist Gulf air over the South, fueling severe weather and pushing up coastal tides. Crews in Memphis, Tennessee, worked Thursday to clear storm drains to help prevent street flooding. The tropical storm warning has ended for Harris County. Read More »

Over 50 killed in three attacks across Pakistan


Officials confirmed Saturday that the attack had killed 39 people and injured more than 200. President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have strongly condemned the terror attacks in Saudi Arabia. Police officials said nine policemen were among the dead. Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps personnel reached the site - Tori Bazaar - after the blasts and cordoned off the area. Read More »

Trump Sued For Allegedly Violating Presidential Records Act

The objective of the act is to preserve records that can help explain the president's thinking and decision making. "Plaintiffs bring this action at a time when allegations of potential misconduct and questionable decision-making have been leveled against President Donald J. Read More »

Pelosi to critics: 'I think I'm worth the trouble'


All four have been won by Republicans , albeit by single-digit margins. "I thrive on competition", Pelosi said on Thursday, defying calls for her ouster from some members of her own party after Democratic candidates lost a hotly contested Congressional race in Georgia and another race in SC earlier in the week, the third and fourth such losses for Democrats in special elections to replace the appointees of President Donald Trump this year. Read More »

Capitol Hill Police Drag Disabled Protesters Out Of Wheelchairs


Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) by Capitol police on Thursday could have the same impact on the American public and change the debate over the American Health Care Act . Forty-three protesters were arrested and charged with "crowding, obstructing, or incommoding", Capitol Police said in a statement . "These are literally people outside who are taking over McConnell's office who are on ventilators and wheelchairs", she said . Read More »

Trump on his Comey tape claim: 'It wasn't very stupid'


Trump's earlier suggestion about tapes evoked the secret White House recordings that led to Richard Nixon's downfall in the Watergate scandal. "The reality is that he wanted to make sure the truth came out and by talking about something like tapes it made people have to-made Comey in particular think to himself, 'I'd better be honest, I'd better tell the truth about the circumstances regarding the situation, '" Spicer said . Read More »

Handicapped group stages sit-in outside McConnell's office


Medicaid provides health care not only to the poor, but also to elderly and disabled Americans, who account for 60 percent of the cost. - Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) June 22, 2017Blood on the floor outside of Leader Mcconnell's office as protestors are physically being removed. Read More »

Mueller meets with House intelligence leaders

The newest member of President Trump's legal team, Jay Sekulow, offered an opening argument for Trump on the Sunday morning talk shows that went viral for its comedic merits, not legal ones . Subsequently, Trump also fired FBI Director James Comey , who later told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the president had urged him to drop further charges against Flynn. Read More »

Two arrested at anti-Sharia Law protest


The group organizing the rallies, ACT for America , claims Shariah "is incompatible with Western democracy and the freedoms it affords". Sharia is incompaitble [sic] with our Constitution and with American values. "We are probably outnumbered by the security force". The event was held as the sun went down, signifying the worshipers' breaking of the Ramadan fast for the day. Read More »

Tornado watch affects counties south and east of us

Cindy is the second tropical storm to form in the Atlantic Ocean since the hurricane season officially began June 1 and the third storm of the year. The National Weather Service said Tropical Depression Cindy is continuing to produce heavy rain around the Mississippi Valley. Read More »

What is the point of Sean Spicer's briefings?


Then, surprise! The president upended the narrative by tweeting that he is, after all, being investigated: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" And he and others in the White House are basically becoming the only people left in Washington, D.C., at least, that can't seem to answer that question one way or the other. Read More »

Milwaukee jury clears ex-cop in black man's death


Smith had a gun when he ran, but the case hinged on whether he was a threat when Heaggan-Brown fired the shot that killed him. Smith's family members reacted with outrage to the verdict, and their attorney immediately announced a civil lawsuit against the former officer and the city. Read More »

'Making A Murderer': Brendan Dassey to be re-tried or released

Her charred remains were found on Avery family property in Manitowoc County. Avery was sentenced to life in a separate trial. Dassey received a favorable ruling from the federal judge in November of 2016 , with the court ordering that he be released and his conviction vacated. Read More »

To face flood threat by storm Cindy

You can see live weather updates via the National Weather Service and other Twitter sources below. Depending on the exact timing of the front, the remnant rain from tropical storm Cindy and the front may lead to some heavy downpours across southern New England from the middle of Saturday morning through the mid-afternoon. Read More »