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Abortion poll: Most Americans oppose 'fetal heartbeat' laws, closing of all clinics in a state Abortion poll: Most Americans oppose 'fetal heartbeat' laws, closing of all clinics in a state
WASHINGTON – Most Americans are dismayed by the intensifying efforts across the country to limit abortions, a new USA TODAY/Ipsos poll says, and the issue is energizing Democratic voters for the 2020 presidential election. By 55%-45%, those surveyed oppose the so-called fetal heartbeat laws passed in five states that bar abortions after the pulsing of an embryo can be detected, which can happen...
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Trump administration's effort to add census citizenship question faces potential Supreme Court setback Trump administration's effort to add census citizenship question faces potential Supreme Court setback
WASHINGTON – Challengers to the Trump administration's plan to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census sought to bolster their case Thursday with new documents that could affect the Supreme Court's verdict. Lawyers for the New York Immigration Coalition said the evidence, submitted to a federal judge in New York, reveals that the administration's motive in adding the question was to re...
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Trump announces tariffs on Mexico in effort to stop migrants coming to the US Trump announces tariffs on Mexico in effort to stop migrants coming to the US
President Donald Trump announced Thursday that a new 5% tariff will be imposed on Mexico in an effort to pressure the country to stop the ongoing influx of migrants from Central America making their way to the U.S.-Mexico border. "On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, a...
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Democratic calls for Donald Trump impeachment grow after Mueller's first public remarks Democratic calls for Donald Trump impeachment grow after Mueller's first public remarks
WASHINGTON – Democratic calls for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump increased Wednesday after special counsel Robert Mueller weighed in for the first time on his two-year investigation of the president and Russian interference in the 2016 election. Democrats zeroed in on Mueller's comment that charging Trump with obstruction of justice was "not an option" for the special counsel...
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Lawsuit dismissed after Florida governor, Cabinet sued over plans to meet in Israel Lawsuit dismissed after Florida governor, Cabinet sued over plans to meet in Israel
5:15 p.m. update: First Amendment Foundation direct Barbara Petersen said the complaint was dismissed because they weren't able to serve the Governor and Cabinet members. The group is filing for an emergency motion to reconsider, and if that fails they will amend the complaint to seek "declaratory relief" after the meeting takes place for a violation of the sunshine law. Original story TA...
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Oklahoma, Arkansas cities brace for 'the worst flood in our history' Oklahoma, Arkansas cities brace for 'the worst flood in our history'
Oklahoma and Arkansas were bracing for their worst-ever flooding as a new wave of storms forecast to roll through the region threatened to further bloat the Arkansas River that already has reached record crests in some areas. Forecasters reported tornadoes, high winds, hail and heavy rain across the region on Monday, triggering evacuations and high-water rescues. The storms are the latest to ri...
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Trump tweets altered video of Nancy Pelosi stumbling over words Trump tweets altered video of Nancy Pelosi stumbling over words
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump Thursday tweeted an edited video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday night designed to make it look like she was stuttering through a news conference from earlier in the day. That video came hours after a separate altered video was spreading online that slowed down Pelosi's words to make her speech appeared slurred. The president tweeted the Fox Business c...
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Trump offers $16 billion in aid for farmers hurt by trade war with China Trump offers $16 billion in aid for farmers hurt by trade war with China
WASHINGTON – The Agriculture Department said Thursday it will provide $16 billion in assistance to farmers to help offset their losses triggered by the ongoing trade conflict with China and other countries. The program will provide as much as $14 billion in direct payments to farmers and comes amid a breakdown in talks between the U.S. and China that were intended to forge a new trade deal betw...
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China is shredding the ozone layer with banned chemical emissions, study says China is shredding the ozone layer with banned chemical emissions, study says
Some alarming news from the stratosphere. Chinese foam manufacturers are releasing an ozone-destroying chemical into the air that goes against an international agreement meant to fix the ozone layer, scientists announced in a study Wednesday. The chemical is a chlorofluorocarbon known as trichlorofluoromethane (CFC-11), which the world agreed to phase out starting in 2010. But just in the pa...
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Trump to name Ken Cuccinelli to immigration job as White House seeks 'tougher direction' Trump to name Ken Cuccinelli to immigration job as White House seeks 'tougher direction'
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is set to name Ken Cuccinelli, the former Virginia attorney general, to a top position at the Department of Homeland Security, bringing aboard a conservative who has been one of the nation’s most outspoken voices on illegal immigration. Cuccinelli’s appointment was confirmed by a White House official speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an appointmen...
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