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6 big things the new Veterans Affairs chief will have to address 6 big things the new Veterans Affairs chief will have to address
On the front lines at the Department of Veterans Affairs — in the agency’s 1,240 hospitals and clinics — it doesn’t much matter these days who holds the secretary’s job in Washington. David Shulkin, who was fired Wednesday, was the third VA secretary in four years. If President Trump’s nominee to lead the agency, physician and Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, is confirmed, he will be the fourth. ...
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Donald Trump makes first public appearance in days to push infrastructure -- and Roseanne Donald Trump makes first public appearance in days to push infrastructure -- and Roseanne
RICHFIELD, Ohio —- Unusually quiet for the better part of a week, President Trump re-appeared in public Thursday to promote an infrastructure plan that seems stalled in Congress — while also commenting on news events ranging from trade to immigration to North Korea to .... Roseanne. Praising the high viewership for this week's premiere of the revived Roseanne sitcom, starring Trump supporter Ro...
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Supreme Court criticizes partisan election maps, but a fix proves elusive Supreme Court criticizes partisan election maps, but a fix proves elusive
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices signaled clearly Wednesday they don't like the way states are drawing one-sided election districts, but they did not appear ready to devise a solution. After an hour's debate over maps drawn by Maryland's state legislature to give Democrats seven of the state's eight seats in Congress, it appeared the court was no closer to fixing the problem of partisan gerr...
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Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens : Repeal the Second Amendment Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens : Repeal the Second Amendment
Former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens on Tuesday called for the repeal of the Second Amendment, the constitutional right used to defend gun ownership. In a New York Times op-ed, Stevens — a Gerald Ford appointee who emerged as a liberal voice on the court and who retired from the court in 2010 — said the March for Our Lives demonstrations and civic engagement in the wake of last month'...
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Stormy Daniels gets cease-and-desist letter after '60 Minutes' Stormy Daniels gets cease-and-desist letter after '60 Minutes'
A lawyer for President Trump's personal counsel Michael Cohen is demanding that adult film actress Stormy Daniels and her lawyer retract "false and defamatory" statements Daniels made Sunday on CBS' 60 Minutes. Brent Blakely, Cohen's lawyer, sent an email to Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti denying that Cohen was responsible for sending a "thug" who Daniels said threatened her in 2011 to remain...
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Most transgender troops to be banned under new Pentagon policy Most transgender troops to be banned under new Pentagon policy
WASHINGTON — The White House and Pentagon on Friday unveiled a new policy on transgender troops that will severely restrict their place in the military. Pentagon officials had a deadline of Friday to put in place the new policy after months of consideration and court challenges. President Trump followed through late Friday and issued orders to ban transgender troops in all but extremely limit...
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Trump blames Obama for legalizing bump stocks in a tweet. Is he right? Trump blames Obama for legalizing bump stocks in a tweet. Is he right?
In announcing the Justice Department's proposal to ban bump stocks in a tweet on Friday, President Trump blamed his predecessor for permitting the devices to be sold. "Obama Administration legalized bump stocks," the president tweeted, "BAD IDEA. As I promised, today the Department of Justice will issue the rule banning BUMP STOCKS with a mandated comment period. We will BAN all devices that t...
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Can March For Our Lives rally avoid the fate of the Millions Mom March? Can March For Our Lives rally avoid the fate of the Millions Mom March?
The #NeverAgain movement’s “March for Our Lives’’ on Saturday is both inspired and haunted by the legacy of another march on Washington 18 years ago. The Million Mom March, which brought about 750,000 people to the National Mall on Mothers’ Day 2000, was the biggest gun control rally in history. On stage, Rosie O’Donnell spoke for many when she proclaimed it “the birth of a movement.’’ In th...
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally speaks on Cambridge Analytica: We need to fix 'breach of trust' Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally speaks on Cambridge Analytica: We need to fix 'breach of trust'
SAN FRANCISCO — Facing growing criticism of his leadership, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally broke his silence on the escalating crisis over how the social media giant handles people's private information. Zuckerberg took responsibility for what he called "a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it." "We need to fix that," ...
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Trump, Saudi crown prince discuss opposition to Iran nuclear deal. Trump, Saudi crown prince discuss opposition to Iran nuclear deal.
WASHINGTON — The future of the Iran nuclear agreement loomed over talks Tuesday between President Trump and the emerging young leader of Saudi Arabia. Suggesting that he may take steps to kill the nuclear deal, Trump told reporters that "Iran has not been treating that part of the world or the world itself appropriately," and "a lot of bad things are happening in Iran." He added: "The deal i...
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