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Dems hit secrecy of GOP health care bill, threaten delays

But stark disagreements among Republicans over the direction the proposed legislation should go - and how it should differ from a bill that passed the GOP-controlled House in May - threaten to derail those plans. Republicans griped about the Democrats' sprint to shove the bill into law. Five Democratic senators introduced legislation last week that would penalize pharmaceutical manufacturers that "engage in unjustified price increases". Read More »

Severe weather expected to affect 60 million Americans Monday

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It's then going to move east toward New York City and into CT between 6 and 8 p.m. The threat of severe weather Monday had some people anxious. Storms also will have the potential of producing locally heavy rain. Flash floods can cause fast-moving water to rush down streets. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible with localized totals of 3 to 5 inches possible. Read More »

Bodies of MI man, adult son found in van

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The superintendent confirms Pewamo Elementary school principal George Heckman has died. Cooper said authorities told him they found the two around 7:45 p.m. Tonight, June 19, 2017, the Pewamo-Westphalia School district and entire community experienced an unforeseen tragedy. A faithful supporter of the community he loved, George was a dedicated husband, loving father and passionate educator. Read More »

Man Charged In Killing Of Muslim Teenager In Virginia

Social media have been flooded with shock and resentment, with Muslims calling on authorities to investigate the murder as a hate crime . Upon their arrival at the mosque, the rest of her group reported that Hassanen had fallen behind. A spokesperson for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told the outlet on Monday that it had lodged a detainer request against him following his arrest. Read More »

National Football League moves deadline to sign franchise-tagged players

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Players will have until 4 p.m. ET on July 17 to sign a multiyear deal, or as the memo reads. Four other teams also used their franchise tag - the Cardinals (Chandler Jones), Giants (Jason Pierre-Paul), Panthers (Kawann Short) and Chargers (Melvin Ingram) - but each of those teams has already reached a long-term deal with their tagged player so the new deadline won't have any impact on them. Read More »

Gunman went to congressional baseball practice with list of names

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Scalise and three other people were shot early Wednesday at a park in suburban Washington as they practiced for a congressional charity baseball game. The person did not disclose the names, but said those listed had been briefed. "By playing tonight we are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracy", said US President Donald Trump , appearing on the park's giant screen but not attending. Read More »

Jay Sekulow, President Trump's unlikely lawyer

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Such accusations do not appear to have diminished Sekulow's standing among the Christian right. Over the course of three decades, he built a legal and media empire by representing religious groups, antiabortion advocates and other conservative organizations in high-profile court battles. Read More »

U.S. top court finds law banning offensive trademarks unconstitutional

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Justice Anthony Kennedy , in a concurring opinion, said the government can regulate speech only in narrow, already established areas such as fraud, defamation and incitement. "But if I ever did, I'd be happy to send them some legal bills". "Hopefully winning", Snyder told ESPN in 2014. "It can't be a win for free speech if some people benefit and others don't". Read More »

Georgia race finally heads to voters; DC watching closely

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I get that there's extremists on both sides, but we are not seeing them. Campaign mailers for 6th District candidates Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel. "Democrats have never given this president a chance". Some observers were also eying the race for clues into how voters perceive the Republican health care bill now making its way through Congress. Read More »

MI man shot in chest improves after congressional shooting

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He has required surgery several times since the shooting. The list included Representatives Mo Brooks and Jeff Duncan, who were at the practice, and Representative Trent Franks, who was not, CBS said. Scalise will be in the hospital "for some time" and will need "a period of healing and rehabilitation" after being discharged. "I think that his risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in ... Read More »

United Kingdom police: Mosque attack suspect held on terror charges

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President Donald Trump has yet to condemn an attack on Muslim worshippers in London , the latest instance in which he has appeared slower to speak out about violence when Muslims are the victims. "This is being treated as a terrorist incident and is being investigated by the Counter Terrorism Command". "There are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene", London police said, describing it as a major incident . Read More »

The Supreme Court To Hear Evidence In Case Of Partisan Redistricting

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Schimel appealed a November 2016 ruling by a federal three-judge panel in the USA 7th Circuit District Court that found Wisconsin's current State Assembly map to be unconstitutional on a 2-1 decision. The Supreme Court announced Monday it will consider if politically gerrymandered electoral maps in Wisconsin are unconstitutional, which could have a major impact on USA elections. Read More »

Seattle police kill woman that family says was pregnant

Charleena Lyles , 30, called police shortly after 10 a.m. on Sunday morning to report a burglary at her apartment. Both officers will be placed on paid administrative leave as the department investigates the shooting , police said. Family members said Lyles had been suffering with a mental illness for the past year, and feared during the two recent police responses that officers would take her children away. Read More »

Donald Trump Lawyers Say President Is Not Under Investigation Despite Tweet

Comey was among those critics who cited Lynch's June 2016 tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton as a sign the Justice Department was not capable of an independent investigation into Hillary Clinton . Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said failure to respond could result in subpoenas being issued. Another is, indeed, the possibility that Trump may have obstructed justice in his repeated efforts to quash the investigation. Read More »

Police declare killing of Muslim teen as 'road rage' incident

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Then the vehicle hopped the curb, they perceived hostile intent and they began to run. He was able to catch Hassanen. The Reston teenager's father said he believes Nabra was killed because she was wearing Muslim clothing. Torres became so enraged after arguing with one teen he drove up on a curb, police said. Then, the driver jumped the sidewalk, forcing teens to run into the woods to hide. Read More »

Top court to hear case that could reshape US political map

After adoption of the map, Republicans secured a 60-39 seat advantage in the Wisconsin State Assembly, while getting just 48.6 percent of the statewide vote. "I have long advocated for an independent commission to draw legislative districts, which is the only way to take partisanship out of the process", Kind also said. Read More »

Seattle police shoot, kill woman who reported burglary

The Seattle Times is reporting that Charleena was holding scissors when she threatened the officers. Through the afternoon detectives with the force investigations team and crime scene investigators were both at the site. Then the recording cuts to the officers saying "get back", followed by gunshots. Before the shooting , the officers can be heard discussing previous calls, including for domestic violence, to Lyles' apartment. Read More »

Major crash closes section of I-10 in Arizona, New Mexico

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Officials say their preliminary investigation indicates that 18 commercial vehicles and 7 passenger vehicles were involved. I-10 eastbound was closed near Willcox while I-10 westbound was closed at Lordsburg, New Mexico. Arizona Department of Transportation officials said traffic in both directions would need to take a 105-mile detour to avoid the significant highway closure. Read More »

Democrats say they'll slow Senate work over secretive care bill

Let's take a look. They forced the chamber's top Republican to swat aside reasonable sounding requests, like holding committee hearings. U.S. Democrats took to the Senate floor on Monday to throw a spotlight on behind-the-scenes efforts by the Republican majority to repeal former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, known as Obamacare . Read More »

TODAY'S FORECAST: Showers and thunderstorms, high near 81

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THURSDAY - WEEKEND: We will look for more widespread showers and thunderstorms late this week into the weekend. Wednesday - Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 73. South, southeast wind 5 to 7 miles per hour. A band of showers and thunderstorms near the Red River will move southeast through daybreak. Read More »

INSIDE WASHINGTON: Writing a bill in private not unusual

McConnell said all Republican senators have been involved to some degree in healthcare meetings and that Democrats would have a chance to amend the legislation they produce, once it is brought to the Senate floor. Perhaps in anticipation of the maneuvering led by the New York Democrat, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky had already lined up procedural votes by moving to limit debate on a pair of President Donald Trump's nominees for key positions at the Treasury Department. Read More »

Supreme Court takes on new case from Wisconsin on partisan redistricting

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Scott Walker remains confident that GOP-drawn legislative district maps will survive a Supreme Court review. Yet Democrats are more supportive of having courts rein in extreme districting plans, mainly because Republicans control more legislatures and drew districts after the 2010 census that enhanced their advantage in those states and in the House of Representatives. Read More »

Trump offers condolences to Warmbier family

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She says Warmbier's death "touches the American heart like no other". Warmbier , 22, who was arrested in North Korea while visiting as a tourist, had been described by doctors who examined him last week as having suffered extensive brain damage that left him in a state of " unresponsive wakefulness ". Read More »