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Senators lament killing the filibuster but do it anyway

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 05:28

When it came time Thursday morning for Democratic senators to force the hand of their Republican colleagues, compelling them to employ the “nuclear option” to blow up the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, Sen. Chris Coons looked physically ill. As the senator from Delaware’s name was called during a vote to end debate on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the high court, Coons grimaced before voting “no,” along with all of his Democratic colleagues. On the other side of the aisle, 52 Republicans proceeded to vote in favor of doing away with the judicial filibuster, clearing the way for Gorsuch to be confirmed with a simple majority vote.


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Trump considers war after Syria chemical attack

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 03:00

President Trump on Thursday considered whether to unleash American military might against Syrian strongman Bashar Assad after a chemical attack this week that killed dozens of civilians.


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Los Angeles tops list of dog attacks on mail carriers

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 01:47

Dog attacks on postal workers jumped more than 200 in one year, from 6,549 in 2015 to 6,755 in 2016.


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Tillerson: ‘Steps are underway’ to remove Assad from power in Syria

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 01:30

The secretary of state said Thursday that there is “no doubt” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the suspected chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of people, including children, earlier this week.


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Say What You Will About Trump Adviser Roger Stone’s Politics. But His Style Knowledge? Unrivaled.

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 23:53

Roger Stone, a provocative political operative and on-off Trump adviser, defends his political and sartorial record.


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McCain on filibuster change: ‘It’s a bad day for democracy’

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 22:50

The Arizona Republican bemoaned the state of the Senate on Thursday as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked the so-called nuclear option in order to push through the Democratic filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.


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Republicans nuke Supreme Court filibuster to squeeze through Gorsuch

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 22:04

Senate Republicans nuked a precedent requiring 60 votes to end filibusters of Supreme Court nominees in order to push through Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.


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NYPD transit chief on Trump’s childhood antics: ‘Please don’t ride between the subway cars’

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 21:02

Joseph Fox, the chief of NYPD’s transit bureau, took President Trump’s Wednesday confession that he used to ride between subway cars during his school years as an opportunity to remind commuters to stay safe.


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Inside the North Korean military: A look at the rogue nation's armed services

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 18:44

North Korea rarely misses an opportunity to conduct banned missile tests to coincide with high-profile world events at which the impoverished yet nuclear-armed country is likely to be discussed. On Wednesday, it fired a missile a day before the first meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. North Korea is pushing hard to upgrade its weapons systems to cope with what it calls U.S. hostility.


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Jared and Ivanka ask what their country can do for them

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 14:30

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have decided they’d very much like to run the country for a spell, but they’re not willing to sacrifice a damn thing for the privilege.


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North Korea casts shadow over Trump’s Mar-a-Lago summit with Xi

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 14:30

President Trump hosts Chinese President Xi Jinping for a summit at Mar-a-Lago that will be largely defined by escalating tensions with North Korea.


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Nikki Haley booed at Women in the World summit

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 07:29

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley received an icy reception at the Women in the World summit in New York City Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Haley had delivered a harsh critique of the Russian government and its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council following this week’s deadly chemical attack on Syrian civilians.


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America is not mourning the death of the filibuster, but it should

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 05:59

A look at the Senate debate over Judge Neil Gorsuch and whether to filibuster President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court.


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Former ambassador tells Trump: Diplomacy with China isn't like a real-estate deal

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 03:30

Former ambassador to China and Senator Max Baucus told Yahoo News that President Trump had to realize his negotiations with Chinese President Xi Jinping were not real estate deals.


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Senate Republicans praise Trump for removing Bannon from NSC post

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 02:31

In January, Steve Bannon’s appointment to the National Security Council raised hackles. Now his removal from it is bringing some praise.


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Suspected Syria gas attack kills dozens, including children

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 02:15

A suspected chemical attack in a town in Syria’s rebel-held northern Idlib province killed dozens of people on Tuesday, opposition activists said, describing the attack as among the worst in the country’s six-year civil war. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group put the death toll from the gas attack at 58, saying there were 11 children among the dead. Meanwhile, the Idlib Media Center said dozens of people had been killed.


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Haley: Russia thwarts U.N. action on Syria atrocity

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 00:24

America’s U.N. ambassador made an impassioned plea for action by the Security Council in response to a gas attack in Syria, and also condemned Russia.


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Trump: Syria gas attack had ‘a big impact’ on me

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 23:35

President Trump opened a joint press conference with King Abdullah II of Jordan by condemning Tuesday’s chemical attack against civilians in Syria.


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Bannon removed from key National Security Council post

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 22:58

The White House announced on Wednesday that chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his position on the Principals Committee of the National Security Council. White House officials explained the move as part of a planned “realignment” of the NSC, which is a group of top officials that advises the president on national security and foreign policy. Bannon became the chief executive of Trump’s presidential campaign last August.


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Trump defends O’Reilly amid sexual harassment scandal

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 22:50

President Trump is defending Bill O’Reilly following a report that the Fox News host and his network reached settlements with five women who had accused him of harassment. “I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” Trump said Tuesday in an interview with the New York Times. The paper, which Trump has often described as “failing,” reported over the weekend that O’Reilly and the cable news network paid about $13 million to five women who had accused the “O’Reilly Factor” host of sexual harassment and verbal abuse.


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