DHS Chief: Travel, Immigration Ban Should Have Been Delayed

Kelly also acknowledged before the GOP-led committee Tuesday that some of the order's core tenants are problematic but said "it's still my belief we will prevail". "It is somewhat unfair that Secretary Kelly is being called upon to defend an Executive Order that, by most accounts, he was required to implement with nearly no notice", Representative Bennie Thompson of MS said. [Full Article...]

Gov. Tom Wolf to release state budget today

Gov. Tom Wolf to release state budget today The Marcellus Shale drilling tax has been blocked by Republican lawmakers for almost a decade, in favor of a lower per-well fee that largely benefits drilling communities. However, that does mean cuts in spending to balance the budget. - SALES: Keeps rate at 6 percent, but eliminates exemptions on custom programming, design and data processing; commercial storage; and aircraft sales, use and fix... [Full Article...]

Stephen Colbert Mocks Kellyanne Conway Over 'Bowling Green Massacre'

Stephen Colbert Mocks Kellyanne Conway Over 'Bowling Green Massacre' So, too, is the now-common habit of Conway and others on the Trump team of citing President Obama-a man Trump himself said during the campaign was the worst president in the history of the United States of America-in defense of the Definitely Not a Muslim Ban. [Full Article...]

Sen. Gillibrand: Education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos lacks experience

Sen. Gillibrand: Education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos lacks experience Two Republican senators - Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski - said they would vote against a DeVos nomination. As it stands, the vote will be 50-50, and Mike Pence will break the tie in favor of DeVos . Bob Casey, D-Penn., said Friday he had received more than 80,000 letters and emails urging him to vote no on DeVos' confirmation. The Democrats' quest is complicated, as dozens of Republi... [Full Article...]

Alpine Police Find Remains Near Location College Student Went Missing

Friday, police revealed that a body was found in a shallow grave near the West Texas town of Alpine in the neighboring Sunny Glen area. Alpine police are assisting the Brewster County Sheriff's Office with the remains, which will be sent off for identification. [Full Article...]

Cold temps on Saturday with possibility of snow

Cold temps on Saturday with possibility of snow Tuesday night , the low will be around 25 with partly cloudy skies, and it will be blustery, the weather service said. Of course, it will increase during the day and the wind will shift and come from the south, southeast at 20 miles per hour. [Full Article...]

Where UC System schools get their funding

You know, again, I saw these people. They "provided the ultra-nationalist far right exactly the images they want to use to discredit the vast majority of peaceful protesters in Berkeley and across America who are deeply concerned about where the country is heading", said Jesse Arreguin, the mayor. [Full Article...]

Trump Admin: Iran in Breach of Nuke Deal

President Trump tweeted on Thursday: "Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile". Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan had earlier told the Tasnim news agency the test, on Sunday, was "successful", adding: "The test was not a violation of a nuclear deal with world powers or any United Nations resolution". [Full Article...]

Joe McKnight Shooter Charged With 2nd Degree Murder

Gasser was originally arrested December 5, 2016 for manslaughter in the apparent 'road rage shooting death. When McKnight finally stopped, he got out of his auto and approached Gasser's vehicle when Gasser allegedly shot him. "Collectively we felt that manslaughter was the charge that most appropriately fit the evidence we have", Sheriff Newell Normand said, but added as more evidence is gathered ... [Full Article...]

Groups Denounce GOP's Move to Force Through Trump's EPA Pick

The seats reserved for the 10 Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee were empty as Wednesday's meeting to discuss to nomination of Scott Pruitt was called to order. Senate Democrats have promised a fight, after Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's choice Judge Merrick Garland past year. "Failure on his part to do so is not only an affront; it also denies Democr... [Full Article...]

Toomey pops left's bubble - will back Trump education nominee Betsy DeVos

Toomey pops left's bubble - will back Trump education nominee Betsy DeVos Devos's lack of experience with public schools will make it hard for her to fully understand, identify and assist with those challenges, particularly for our rural schools in states like Maine", Collins said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office told Fox News that they aren't anxious about her confirmation. "Though, I will say-upon initial review, numerous responses look copied and past... [Full Article...]

ME senator hits White House Holocaust statement

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer responded to criticism Monday by saying that Trump is aware of "what people have been saying, but I think by and large he has been praised for it". The Trump administration's statement mentioned the "victims, survivors, heroes" of the Holocaust and "the innocent", but did not specifically mention the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, in a break from bi... [Full Article...]

FedEx driver stops flag burning, company supports him

FedEx driver stops flag burning, company supports him Many people on Twitter pleaded with FedEx not to fire Uhrin, although some were less sympathetic. The passerby told them to get a college education. Two of the protesters were arrested and charged with violating the city's public burn ordinance. Uhrin said he doesn't want to be called a hero . [Full Article...]

Florida airport shooting suspect pleads not guilty

While Santiago told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents he was motivated by ISIS, law enforcement have found no evidence to support his claims and the indictment includes no terrorism charges. The indictment contains no terrorism-related charges despite those claims. The FBI says he told agents he did the shooting because of some form of government mind control, later saying he was inspired by ... [Full Article...]

Sen. Reed: Betsy DeVos 'Flunked Her Confirmation Hiring'

Sen. Reed: Betsy DeVos 'Flunked Her Confirmation Hiring' She received nearly 1,400 responses from North Dakotans about DeVos, and 95 percent of those messages said they don't want the MI billionaire to head the Department of Education. Casey earlier this month grilled DeVos after she admitted she would not follow Obama administration Title IX guidelines, which among its provisions, direct how schools, colleges and universities treat sexual assault a... [Full Article...]

Protests Erupt At US Airports Over Trump's Immigration Ban

The same lawyers also filed a request to represent all refugees were were stuck at US airports and unable to enter the country. The American Civil Liberties Union, one of the groups challenging the president's executive order , said it had reportedly received about $24 million in online donations since Saturday. [Full Article...]

Activists Protest Dade Mayor's Sanctuary City Policy Change

Activists Protest Dade Mayor's Sanctuary City Policy Change Miami-Dade has refused to detain undocumented immigrants indefinitely since 2013 because the federal government does not reimburse the costs. According to NBC Miami , protesters accused Gimenez, himself an immigrant, of turning his back on his community, calling his caving to Trump's executive order "disgusting". [Full Article...]

Attorney general files motion to block state worker pay without budget

Attorney general files motion to block state worker pay without budget The filing notes that the stopgap spending plan that funded state operations from July through December didn't include pay for state workers because of the earlier court order. We reached out to AFSCME for a statement. "It is time for Governor Rauner to stop holding Illinoisans hostage, and work with lawmakers to pass a responsible, balanced, full-year budget". [Full Article...]

Senate votes to approve Donald Trump's secretary of state pick Rex Tillerson

There was concern that if the trio of Republican senators opposed Tillerson's nomination, they could likely garner the support of a few others, effectively blocking Tillerson's nomination. The most risible part of his statement was its last sentence: "However, upcoming appointments to critical posts in the Department of State are not entitled to and will not receive from me the same level of def... [Full Article...]

Madeleine Albright: I will 'register as Muslim'

Albright is not alone in her public proclamation that she would register as Muslim in protest. Sign up to our daily newsletter for your chance to win. "We truly are stronger together". Politician Madeleine Albright and Mayim Bialik said they "stand ready" to register, in defiance of the new President. [Full Article...]

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