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Mike Pence casts deciding vote to advance controversial judicial appointment Mike Pence casts deciding vote to advance controversial judicial appointment
WASHINGTON - Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote on Wednesday to advance Thomas Farr’s nomination to a district judge post in North Carolina. The vote - mostly cast along party lines - sparked controversy due to some of Farr’s previous decisions, which has added a racially charged component in an already tough nomination. A final Senate vote on Farr’s nomination is schedu...
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Senate again blocks Senate bill that would protect special counsel Senate again blocks Senate bill that would protect special counsel
WASHINGTON – The Senate again blocked an expedited vote on legislation that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired. Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; Chris Coons, D-Del., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., urged brisk debate on the legislation in an effort to prevent President Donald Trump from firing Mueller. Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah objected to the request, blocking immedia...
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Donald Trump threatens to cut GM subsidies over job cuts Donald Trump threatens to cut GM subsidies over job cuts
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to cut U.S. subsidies to General Motors, describing its plans to close plants and cut workers as ingratitude to taxpayers. "Nothing being closed in Mexico & China," Trump tweeted. "The U.S. saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get!" The automaker received a federal bailout in 2009 under President Barack Obama's administration ...
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US border agents fire tear gas as some migrants protesting slow asylum process try to breach fence US border agents fire tear gas as some migrants protesting slow asylum process try to breach fence
As thousands of migrants from Central America wait in makeshift Tijuana shelters for a chance to apply for asylum in the U.S., a process that could take months, some have organized protests to pressure U.S. officials to devote more resources to speed up the process. On Sunday, one of those protests, peaceful at first, turned chaotic when several hundred migrants broke away, overwhelming Mexican...
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Trump demands an end to 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals thwarting his border policies Trump demands an end to 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals thwarting his border policies
President Donald Trump warned Thursday that someone – a group of judges or Congress – must step in to stop what he called "horrible decisions" by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that blocked several of his border and immigration orders. "We get a lot of bad court decisions from the 9th Circuit, which has become a big thorn in our side," Trump said during a televised teleconference with me...
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President Trump thanks Saudis for lower oil prices, a day after he defended kingdom over Khashoggi murder President Trump thanks Saudis for lower oil prices, a day after he defended kingdom over Khashoggi murder
A day after indicating he would do nothing to Saudi Arabia after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Donald Trump on Wednesday thanked the Saudis for lowering oil prices through more production. "Oil prices getting lower. Great! Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World," Trump tweeted. "Enjoy! $54, was just $82. Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower!" The thank-yo...
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Chicago food bank gets hand from Barack Obama with Thanksgiving prep Chicago food bank gets hand from Barack Obama with Thanksgiving prep
Former President Barack Obama popped in to visit volunteers at a Chicago food bank on Tuesday, helping out as the charity prepares to feed people in need on Thanksgiving. In a video posted Tuesday, Obama strode into the facility, prompting some exclamations from surprised volunteers who were huddled together around a long table of potatoes. The former president, clad in purple latex gloves and...
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Meet this year's presidential pardon turkeys: Peas and Carrots Meet this year's presidential pardon turkeys: Peas and Carrots
WASHINGTON – Thanksgiving is for family, friends and food, but on Tuesday at the White House, it was for the birds. Two birds, specifically: Peas and Carrots, who received a kind of "presidential pardon" from President Donald Trump Tuesday in the Rose Garden. “That turkey is so lucky. I’ve never seen such a beautiful turkey," Trump said. Joined by first lady Melania, Trump said although ...
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San Ysidro border crossing briefly shut to beef up security San Ysidro border crossing briefly shut to beef up security
The US temporarily closed its busiest border crossing with Mexico to boost security after a migrant caravan arrived in northern Mexico. Northbound traffic and half the pedestrian crossings at the San Ysidro border point were shut to install new movable wire-topped barriers. Around 110,000 people enter the US daily through the crossing. In the Mexican border city of Tijuana residents held ...
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Supreme Court to hear case on Trump administration plan to add citizenship question to 2020 Census Supreme Court to hear case on Trump administration plan to add citizenship question to 2020 Census
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court agreed Friday to weigh in on the dispute over the Trump administration's plan to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census. The issue that will come before the justices in February is what evidence can be considered in a challenge mounted by state and local governments and immigrant rights groups. They want to expose the decision-making process, while th...
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