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Trump throws his weight behind a awful immigration bill Trump throws his weight behind a awful immigration bill
- August 05, 2017

President Donald Trump was joined by U.S. Sen. "And it would put those seeking green cards on the basis of employment - 140,000 of which would be available annually, the same number as today - through a new point system similar to those used in other developed countries". (more...)
"El Chapo" disputes before the courts his extradition to the United States
- August 05, 2017

His defense team wants Brooklyn Federal Court Justice Brian Cogan to toss the massive indictment, against Guzman - claiming it violates the extradition treaty between the US and Mexico. They also allege that had Mexico known of "the extraordinarily harsh conditions" of his USA confinement, it would never have signed off on his extradition. (more...)
McConnell: We Will Need To Use Reconciliation For Tax Reform
- August 05, 2017

Trump has taken a strident line on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) after legislative efforts in the Senate failed to fructify. John McCain of Arizona, the senior figure who would later help end the whole exercise by voting against his party leadership's bill. (more...)
Syrian army kills 4 ISIL leaders in Salamiyeh countryside Syrian army kills 4 ISIL leaders in Salamiyeh countryside
- August 05, 2017

It is unclear how many fighters were wounded or killed in the attack, but suicide bombings of the type seen in the video are a staple of the Islamic State's tactics and one of the leading cause of casualties in Iraq and Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the IS militants will likely use such weapons should the SDF advance more into Raqqa. Its call comes not only after key leadership losses as a result of USA -led coalition airstrikes in eastern Syria, but an ongoing ... (more...)
How Trump's Sabotage Threatens the Middle Class How Trump's Sabotage Threatens the Middle Class
- August 05, 2017

Democrats "aren't about to agree to dismantle the Affordable Care Act just because Trump makes a reckless bet". "They don't come out and say that because it sounds terrible in a democracy". Some Oregon insurance executives have concerns about the bill, but are waiting to see what actually passes before focusing too much on details. Since such spending was not formally appropriated through Congress, the House of Representatives asserted that it was unconstitutional. (more...)
New shark abuse video shows man shooting hammerhead with handgun New shark abuse video shows man shooting hammerhead with handgun
- August 05, 2017

Although investigators have identified the people in the video, they are not releasing their names while the investigation is ongoing, as is protocol, Klepper said. Rector believes the same men are responsible for both videos. "That makes it monstrous", said Eric Hovland. FWC says it is illegal to shoot a shark in Florida waters but it's not against the law in federal waters. (more...)
Chief of Staff Kelly Has 'Closed the Door to the Oval Office'
- August 05, 2017

The day after appointing Kelly, Trump ranted on Twitter against Senate Republicans for failure to pass their horrific health-care bill, which would have denied care to millions of Americans and raised costs for millions more. Kelly starts his new job as tensions escalate with North Korea. The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force against North Korea, following the country's latest intercontinental ballistic missile test. (more...)
Some US Lawmakers Looking to Repair Health Law, Not Repeal It
- August 05, 2017

The Obama administration appealed that ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, but it's unclear whether the Trump administration will continue the appeal or drop it and discontinue the month to month payments of the subsidies to insurers. (more...)
Caitlyn Jenner Spotted Wearing 'Make America Great Again' Hat
- August 05, 2017

Jenner wrote in a post on her website , "I believe every American should be outraged by the disrespect shown to those people wearing our country's uniform". In early July, Jenner also revealed she had been working behind the scenes with members of the Trump administration on LGBTQ rights. With the top down, Jenner, 67, can be seen wearing a white sports shirt with the Trump hat planted squarely over her long brunette tresses. (more...)
Everett's Smoke Level Going Up, Air Quality Going Down Everett's Smoke Level Going Up, Air Quality Going Down
- August 05, 2017

The smoke is mainly a by-product of fires burning in British Columbia, where at last count there was more than 100 active wildfires. The Clean Air Agency will continue to closely monitor the situation for purposes of air quality burn bans. Fyfe says he expects air quality to be poor for the next few days and ratings have already gone from low to high during the course of this week. The state Department of Ecology has deemed the air in East Pierce County to be "very unhealthy " Thursday ... (more...)
Matchbox 20 concert delayed by swarm of aggressive bees
- August 05, 2017

Bee keepers were called the scene to clear the insects out. "Once the situation was handled, guests were able to safely enter AVA and Matchbox Twenty took the stage and gave Tucson a great show!" Luckily, the bees were removed and the crowd was granted entrance to the venue around 9:15 p.m. (more...)
Missing Modesto woman found alive in Merced County weeks later Missing Modesto woman found alive in Merced County weeks later
- August 05, 2017

Authorities were piecing together Tull's movements while she was missing, but said it appeared she remained in the area with no shelter except for a water tank that provided her with shade. She told rescuers that she did not want to be found. Tull's husband, Apollo Tull, had said his wife called him in tears, saying "I'm not going to see you again". (more...)
Disadvantaged schoolchildren 'two years behind wealthier classmates by GCSEs' Disadvantaged schoolchildren 'two years behind wealthier classmates by GCSEs'
- August 05, 2017

The findings show that across all state secondary schools, including special schools, "persistently disadvantaged" children - those eligible for free meals for 80% of their time at school - were 24.3 months behind their wealthier classmates. (more...)
The FBI Was Reportedly Tracking Potential Russian 'Fake News' on Election Day
- August 05, 2017

That included analysts monitoring cyber threats, after months of mounting Russian intrusions targeting every part of the USA political system, from political parties to policy think-tanks to state election systems. The FBI knew it was walking a fine legal line by monitoring the media for "fake news", according to sources. The effort was part of a larger push to monitor cyber threats on Election Day, according to the report, with the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and Office of the ... (more...)
Senators just unveiled a new bipartisan solution to fix Obamacare
- August 05, 2017

But even while holding majorities smaller than the Democrats had in 2009, and with less-than-unanimous support in its own fold, the GOP has been unable to pass health care reform . That means Democrats could cast deciding votes. This is where Kelly comes in: a military man tasked with getting a chaotic White House back on track. (more...)
Bipartisan drive to pay health insurers faces Senate hurdles Bipartisan drive to pay health insurers faces Senate hurdles
- August 05, 2017

Ted Cruz of Texas said Republicans in the 115th Congress have the potential to make history if they manage to accomplish health care reform, tax reform , regulatory reform, and confirming conservative federal and Supreme Court judges. But that effort crashed most recently in the Senate Friday, and that's when McConnell said it was time to focus on other policy matters. The Senate faces a backlog of executive and judicial nominations. (more...)
China hits back at Trump criticism over North Korea China hits back at Trump criticism over North Korea
- August 05, 2017

In its editorial, Xinhua said it was "definitely irrational" to blame China for North Korea's missile launch. China's ambassador to the United Nations, Liu Jieyi, said on Monday the USA and North Korea hold the primary responsibility to reduce tensions and resume talks over denuclearisation. (more...)
Wasserman Schultz Defends Keeping Staffer on Payroll While Under Federal Investigation Wasserman Schultz Defends Keeping Staffer on Payroll While Under Federal Investigation
- August 05, 2017

Rep . Wassermann Schultz did not address if Imran Awan's help with "software" included the voice changing software potentially used to call the law offices of an attorney representing a lawsuit against the DNC for alleged fraud against Sen. (more...)
Woman uses 'assault rifle' to rob North Carolina Sprint store Woman uses 'assault rifle' to rob North Carolina Sprint store
- August 05, 2017

Police say the woman came in carrying a large military-style long gun and demanded cell phones from a clerk. The store employee complied with the requests before the suspect fled the store in a dark blue Mazda. In a Facebook post , police said they're looking for a white woman, with dark hair, wearing a green tank top with black horizontal stripes, black trousers, a tattoo on her right shoulder blade and carrying an assault rifle. (more...)
Murkowski, Zinke reconcile over beers Murkowski, Zinke reconcile over beers
- August 05, 2017

Earlier, a "preliminary investigation" had been launched after two senior House Democrats filed a petition with the Interior Department's Office of the Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office a week ago over the calls he made to two Republican senators from Alaska. (more...)
Congressional recess just started and Republicans have done nothing Congressional recess just started and Republicans have done nothing
- August 05, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to describe Trump's August travel schedule into red states. They'll face voters back home who have cause for frustration about an unproductive Congress led by a party given over to infighting. (more...)
Trump administration officially tells United Nations it wants out of Paris climate deal Trump administration officially tells United Nations it wants out of Paris climate deal
- August 05, 2017

It will be the first written notice that the administration plans to withdraw from the deal. This will be a reiteration of Trump's intent to leave the agreement, although the USA will technically remain in the non-binding deal until 2020. (more...)
China Calls Trump On 'Emotional Venting' Via Twitter
- August 05, 2017

Gorka: "We have the president's Twitter feed". In June he tweeted China's efforts to restrain North Korea had "not worked out" but said he "greatly appreciated their efforts". US President Donald Trump should stop conducting his global diplomacy on Twitter, Chinese state media said in a widely-published editorial, syndicated across the country. (more...)
Philippines' Duterte calls North Korea's Kim a 'maniac' Philippines' Duterte calls North Korea's Kim a 'maniac'
- August 05, 2017

He swiftly moved to rekindle ties with Beijing in the hope of boosting trade and securing infrastructure funding while indefinitely sidelining efforts to secure Chinese compliance with the ruling. Washington's top diplomat-Kim's superior-is set to arrive in Manila next week to attend the East Asia Summit and the ASEAN Regional Forum. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said he would consult fellow ASEAN ministers after dinner Friday about the call for North Korea's removal and ... (more...)
Suit claims Harvard admissions policy discriminates against Asian-Americans; is DOJ investigating? Suit claims Harvard admissions policy discriminates against Asian-Americans; is DOJ investigating?
- August 04, 2017

On Wednesday, the Trump administration said it had no broad plans to investigate whether college and university admissions programs discriminate against students based on race and that it was looking into a single complaint from a coalition of Asian-American groups filed in 2015. (more...)
BC's provincial state of emergency extended due to ongoing wildfires BC's provincial state of emergency extended due to ongoing wildfires
- August 04, 2017

The state of emergency was first declared July 7 before being extended on July 19, and again extended Friday through to the end of August 18. It was extended on July 19 by Premier John Horgan. In addition, the public is reminded that nearly all provincial parks and all recreation sites and trails within the Cariboo Fire Centre are closed due to wildfire risk. (more...)
Trump budget chief: Senate shouldn't give up on healthcare Trump budget chief: Senate shouldn't give up on healthcare
- August 04, 2017

Three Republican senators provided the decisive votes that finally sank the Obamacare repeal effort; a half-dozen Republican governors also broke ranks and opposed measure. "I would encourage our Democratic colleagues to come to the table", Lance said. Instead of gloating after the Republican loss, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate had both reached out to House Speaker Paul Ryan by Friday morning. (more...)
Praise for the RAISE Act — WTAS Praise for the RAISE Act — WTAS
- August 04, 2017

On that point, several economists flatly disagree. "He said , as president, my responsibility is to pass laws that make sure we have an immigration system that prioritizes American workers ". Both have been extremely successful in attracting highly skilled workers to those countries. It is true that demand for H-1B visas has far exceeded the number granted by the government each year. (more...)
RT America: Half of Detroit's mayoral candidates are convicted felons RT America: Half of Detroit's mayoral candidates are convicted felons
- August 04, 2017

Her felony record dates back to 1977. The candidates with prior felony convictions include Donna Marie Pitts , 58, who has multiple felony convictions, according to court records obtained by the News . According to the News , Simpson made threatening phone calls to the woman who was married to the father of her two children. She pleaded no contest during her 1998 trial. (more...)
Manus Island refugee breaks down in tears reading Trump-Turnbull transcript
- August 04, 2017

Imran Mohammad, who has been on Manus Island for nearly four years, broke down in tears after viewing a leaked transcript of the two leaders discussing a people-swap deal in January. Mr Turnbull assured the president he wasn't obliged to accept a single refugee under the deal, needing only to process them to hold up his end of the bargain. (more...)