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  • Trump campaign ad on murder raises heat in shutdown fight

    U.S. President Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Saturday issued a new video ad calling Democrats "complicit" in murders committed by illegal immigrants, during a government shutdown partly triggered by an impasse over immigration. The Trump campaign released the ad, titled "Complicit," on the anniversary of the Republican president's inauguration. It focuses on an undocumented immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, charged in the 2014 killings of two police officers in Sacramento, California.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:32:29 -0500
  • Republican congressman removed from ethics committee

    (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan removed Representative Patrick Meehan from the House Ethics Committee on Saturday following sexual misconduct allegations, Ryan's office said. Earlier Saturday, the New York Times published an article saying Meehan, 62, used thousands of dollars of taxpayer money to settle a sexual misconduct claim from a former female aide who accused of making unwanted romantic overtures. Ryan told Meehan to repay whatever taxpayer funds were used to settle the case, the speaker's spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said in a statement.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:42:19 -0500
  • As Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women's March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office. The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other cities featured speakers who blasted Trump for policies that many said hurt women and urged voters to turn out for congressional elections in November. “Your vote is the most powerful tool at your individual disposal,” actress Eva Longoria told the Los Angeles rally.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:40:20 -0500
  • First day of government shutdown ends in standoff

    By Richard Cowan and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers were locked in a standoff with Democrats on Saturday over the U.S. government shutdown, with Republicans saying they would not negotiate on immigration until the government is reopened. Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight with no agreement in Congress, meaning the second year of Trump's presidency began without a fully functioning government.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:55:49 -0500
  • Trump campaign ad on murder raises heat in shutdown fight

    U.S. President Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Saturday issued a new video ad calling Democrats "complicit" in murders committed by illegal immigrants, during a government shutdown partly triggered by an impasse over immigration. The Trump campaign released the ad, titled "Complicit," on the anniversary of the Republican president's inauguration. It focuses on an undocumented immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, charged in the 2014 killings of two police officers in Sacramento, California.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:56:18 -0500
  • As parties battle over shutdown, Trump collects blame on Twitter

    By the time the deadline had passed without a deal and exhausted senators returned home to bed, #TrumpShutdown was fast becoming the top trending item on Twitter worldwide. In an early indication of who was being held responsible for the impasse in Washington, at least among users of the social networking site early on Saturday, that hashtag beat competitors including #DemocratShutdown and #GOPShutdown. "This will be called the #TrumpShutdown," Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer tweeted after government funding expired.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:33:14 -0500
  • As Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Many thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women's March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office. The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other cities featured speakers who blasted Trump for policies that many said hurt women and urging voters to turn out for congressional elections in November. “Your vote is the most powerful tool at your individual disposal,” actress Eva Longoria told the Los Angeles rally.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:13:20 -0500
  • In New York, tourists left high and dry as Statue of Liberty shuts down

    By Chris Francescani and Ian Simpson NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tourists who came to Battery Park in lower Manhattan hoping to catch a ferry to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor got an unpleasant surprise on Saturday, learning the must-see destination was closed because of the U.S. government shutdown. The National Park Service announced on Friday afternoon that it would close the historic statue and nearby Ellis Island to visitors if Congress failed to reach a funding deal by midnight. “If they knew it was being shut down, they should have told us,” said Amparo Mendez, 17.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:57:18 -0500
  • Trump to Democrats: no immigration talk until U.S. government reopened

    By Richard Cowan and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers took a tough stance on Saturday after the U.S. Congress failed to fund federal agencies, saying they would not negotiate on immigration until Democrats help end the government shutdown. Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight with no agreement in Congress, meaning the second year of Trump's presidency began without a fully functioning government.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:57:18 -0500
  • Factbox: What happens in a U.S. government shutdown?

    In shutdowns, non-essential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. After previous government shutdowns, Congress passed measures to ensure that all unpaid workers received retroactive pay. The Trump administration would support a similar measure, a senior administration official said on Friday.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:42:58 -0500
  • Trump's Davos trip now in flux: White House budget director

    U.S. President Donald Trump's trip to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week is now in flux because of the federal government shutdown, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Saturday. Trump already canceled a weekend trip to his Florida resort after a funding impasse in Congress shut down the federal government on Saturday. "The president will not be going to Florida now and we're taking Davos, both from the president's perspective and the Cabinet perspective, on a day by day basis," Mulvaney said.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:42:53 -0500
  • Trump will not negotiate on immigration until government reopened

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will not open negotiations on immigration until Democrats agree to reopen the government, his spokeswoman said on Saturday in a statement.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:21:18 -0500
  • Two Americans, two Canadians freed after kidnapping in Nigeria: police

    By Garba Muhammad KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Two Americans and two Canadians have been freed after being kidnapped in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, a police spokesman said on Saturday, as it emerged that five oil workers had been abducted in the southern Niger Delta region. The Americans and Canadians were ambushed by unknown gunmen on Wednesday while traveling from the town of Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital, Abuja.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:25:49 -0500
  • Trump blames Democrats for government shutdown: Twitter

    (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump blamed Democrat lawmakers for a shutdown of the federal government that went into effect on Saturday. "Democrats are far more concerned with illegal immigrants than they are with our great military or safety at our dangerous southern border," he said in a Twitter post early on Saturday. "They could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead." The Senate is expected to resume talks on funding the government at noon. (Reporting by Rich McKay; editing by John Stonestreet)

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:51:54 -0500
  • In Pennsylvania, women who voted for Trump voice support after first year

    "My 401(k) and my 403 have soared, and if anybody doesn't realize that, they've been asleep for a year," said Miller, a 50-year-old emergency room nurse from Audubon, Pennsylvania, referring to her retirement accounts' growth in a booming stock market. The Philadelphia suburb where Miller lives in Montgomery County was key to Trump's surprising 2016 triumph. Many of them were unfazed by Trump's combative style and provocative language.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:13:27 -0500
  • As government shutdown begins, White House slams Senate Democrats

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As U.S. government funding ran out at midnight, the White House issued a statement blaming Senate Democrats for blocking a bill to avert a shutdown and said it would not negotiate on immigration, a key demand of Democrats. "We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands," the statement said after the funding legislation failed to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a procedural hurdle. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Leslie Adler)

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:19:24 -0500
  • Factbox: Key senators to watch as U.S. government shutdown looms

    (Reuters) - A partial U.S. government shutdown is just hours away as President Donald Trump and the Republican-run Congress struggle to find a solution. The House of Representatives approved a measure Thursday to extend funding through Feb. 16, but with several Republicans wavering and numerous Democrats opposed, the bill appeared on the verge of collapse in the Senate. The measure would be the fourth stopgap funding bill, known as a continuing resolution, in the current fiscal year.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:19:24 -0500
  • Factbox: A look at past U.S. government shutdowns

    (Reuters) - Republicans who control the U.S. Congress are up against a Friday midnight deadline to pass a government spending bill or federal agencies will begin to shut down. Past government shutdowns have done little lasting economic damage but these events can hurt federal workers, rattle markets and shake confidence in the United States abroad. Since Congress implemented the modern budget process in the mid-1970s, there have been 18 gaps in government funding, according to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), but not all resulted in government shutdowns.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:19:24 -0500
  • Factbox: What happens in a U.S. government shutdown?

    (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress are racing to meet a midnight Friday deadline to pass a short-term bill to keep the U.S. government open and prevent agencies from shutting down. In shutdowns, nonessential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. After previous government shutdowns, Congress passed measures to ensure that all unpaid workers received retroactive pay.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:19:24 -0500
  • Mattis says a U.S. government shutdown would affect military operations

    U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that a government shutdown would impact military operations including some training, maintenance, and intelligence operations. "Our maintenance activities will probably pretty much shut down ... Over 50 percent, altogether of my civilian workforce will be furloughed ... We do a lot of intelligence operations around the world and they cost money, those obviously would stop," Mattis said in response to a question about the impact of a potential shutdown. Separately, the Defense Department said a shutdown would not impact the U.S. military's war in Afghanistan or its operations against Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:19:24 -0500
  • U.S. government shutdown begins as spending bill fails in Senate

    The U.S. government shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans, locked in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security, failed to agree on a last-minute deal to fund its operations. In a late-night session, senators blocked a bill to extend government funding through Feb. 16. The bill needed 60 votes in the 100-member Senate but only 50 supported it.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:18:49 -0500
  • McDonald's 'joint employment' trial delayed amid settlement talks

    Administrative Law Judge Lauren Esposito in Manhattan said that even though the trial is expected to wrap up as soon as next week, McDonald's, its franchisees, and the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel should have a chance to pursue a settlement. The office of General Counsel Peter Robb, appointed by President Donald Trump and took office in November, requested the stay on Wednesday.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:38:54 -0500
  • Kentucky man will plead guilty to attacking Senator Rand Paul

    A Kentucky man accused of attacking U.S. Senator Rand Paul outside his home has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of assaulting a member of Congress, but has told investigators his action was not politically motivated, officials said on Friday. The Republican Paul's neighbor, Rene Boucher, 58, was charged with assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury, which is a felony under federal law. Federal prosecutors will ask a judge to impose a sentence of 21 months in prison in connection with the Nov. 3 attack at a gated community in Bowling Green, Kentucky, court documents showed.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:31:02 -0500
  • Trump can still make Davos trip even if government shuts down: officials

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump could still travel to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week as planned even if the federal government shuts down at midnight, senior U.S. administration officials said on Friday. "He could do that pursuant to his constitutional authority to conduct diplomacy," an official told reporters on a conference call to explain what sort of government activities are allowed to continue in the event of a shutdown. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton and James Oliphant; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:31:05 -0500
  • Baltimore fires police commissioner who failed to curb murder rate

    Mayor Catherine Pugh named Darryl DeSousa, 53, as the new commissioner, replacing Kevin Davis. "We need the numbers to go down faster," Mayor Catherine Pugh said of the city's violent crimes at a news conference.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:28:35 -0500
  • Kentucky man charged with attacking Senator Rand Paul last year

    Paul, a Republican, was wearing headphones while mowing his lawn in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Nov. 3 when his neighbor Rene Boucher, 58, became angered by seeing the 55-year-old senator stack brush near Boucher's property, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. Boucher had "had enough" and he ran onto Paul's yard and tackled him, the Justice Department statement said, causing Paul to suffer multiple fractured ribs as well as complications that meant he subsequently contracted pneumonia.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:53:14 -0500
  • Factbox: Key senators to watch as U.S. government shutdown looms

    The House of Representatives approved a measure Thursday to extend funding through Feb. 16, but with several Republicans wavering and numerous Democrats opposed, the bill appeared on the verge of collapse in the Senate. The measure would be the fourth stopgap funding bill, known as a continuing resolution, in the current fiscal year. Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, leaving little room for defections.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:44:54 -0500
  • Democratic Senator Heitkamp says she will vote for funding bill

    Democratic U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp said on Friday she would vote for a stopgap government funding bill, joining two other senators who have bucked their party and said they would support a Republican-backed bill to keep the government open. "My vote to keep the government open is not an endorsement for a bill that just kicks the can down the road another few weeks," said Heitkamp, a senator from North Dakota, in a statement.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:36:57 -0500
  • With no deal in sight, Congress faces looming government shutdown

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    By Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress raced the clock to avoid a federal government shutdown before a midnight deadline on Friday after a meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer failed to produce a deal. Trump invited Schumer to the White House for talks as a stopgap bill to fund the federal government through Feb. 16 appeared headed to defeat in the Senate, where Democratic votes are needed to pass it.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:28:07 -0500
  • Mattis says a U.S. government shutdown would affect military operations

    U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that a government shutdown would impact military operations including some training, maintenance, and intelligence operations. "Our maintenance activities will probably pretty much shut down ... Over 50 percent, altogether of my civilian workforce will be furloughed ... We do a lot of intelligence operations around the world and they cost money, those obviously would stop," Mattis said in response to a question about the impact of a potential shutdown. Separately, the Defense Department said a shutdown would not impact the U.S. military's war in Afghanistan or its operations against Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:54:14 -0500
  • McDonald's 'joint employment' trial delayed amid settlement talks

    Administrative Law Judge Lauren Esposito in Manhattan said that even though the trial is expected to wrap up as soon as next week, McDonald's, its franchisees, and the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel should have a chance to pursue a settlement. The office of General Counsel Peter Robb, appointed by President Donald Trump and took office in November, requested the stay on Wednesday.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:52:05 -0500
  • U.S. to seek death penalty in kidnapping of Chinese scholar

    The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it intends to seek the death penalty for an Illinois man who was charged last year with kidnapping a visiting Chinese scholar. Brendt Christensen was indicted in June in connection with the kidnapping of Yingying Zhang, a scholar in photosynthesis and crop productivity who came to the University of Illinois from China last year. Attorneys for Christensen could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:44:12 -0500
  • Trump calls for four-week extension to avoid government shutdown

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said in a post on Twitter on Friday that he was making progress with lawmakers to avoid a shutdown and advocated a four-week funding extension.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:38:05 -0500
  • Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend won't face charges: sheriff

    The shooters live-in girlfriend, Marilou Danley, had told the FBI she had no idea Paddock was "planning violence against anyone" before he rained bullets from a Las Vegas hotel room on a country music concert below, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Las Vegas police would not identify the person being investigated and FBI officials could not be reached for comment. Danley became a focus of the investigation for having shared his retirement community condo in Mesquite, Nevada, northeast of Las Vegas, before leaving the United States for the Philippines in mid-September.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:54:17 -0500
  • Olympian abused by team doctor sees USA Gymnastics as 'rotten'

    By Steve Friess LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman blasted U.S. gymnastics officials on Friday for failing to protect her and other women from years of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar, calling the sport's governing body "rotten from the inside." Raisman, co-captain of the U.S. women’s gymnastics squad at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games, called for an independent investigation into U.S. gymnastics and Olympic officials who she said had the power to stop Nassar. Nassar pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree sexual assault in November. "It’s clear now that if we leave it up to these organizations, history is likely to repeat itself," she said, referring to USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:26:27 -0500
  • Delaware sues opioid manufacturers, distributors over epidemic

    The lawsuit, filed by Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn in a state court, targeted drugmakers Purdue Pharma LP and Endo International Plc along with several wholesale drug distributors and the retailers CVS Health Corp and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc . The lawsuit accused Purdue and Endo of engaging in a massive marketing campaign aimed at concealing the risks of using opioids to treat chronic pain in order to overcome a medical consensus that using the drugs for that purpose was unsafe.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:54:38 -0500
  • Paramedics called to treat Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a life-long diabetic, was treated by paramedics for low blood sugar at her home in Washington on Friday morning but was able to go to work afterward, a court spokeswoman said. The 63-year-old Sotomayor, one of the nine-member court's four liberal justices, was diagnosed as a child with type 1 diabetes and has openly discussed her experience with the chronic illness in the past. "Justice Sotomayor experienced symptoms of low blood sugar at her home this morning.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:47:47 -0500
  • Factbox: A look at past U.S. government shutdowns

    Past government shutdowns have done little lasting economic damage but these events can hurt federal workers, rattle markets and shake confidence in the United States abroad. Since Congress implemented the modern budget process in the mid-1970s, there have been 18 gaps in government funding, according to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), but not all resulted in government shutdowns. Here are the three occasions when funding lapsed and significant government shutdowns occurred.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:35:19 -0500
  • Factbox: What happens in a U.S. government shutdown?

    (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress are racing to meet a midnight Friday deadline to pass a short-term bill to keep the U.S. government open and prevent agencies from shutting down. In shutdowns, nonessential government employees are often furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. After previous government shutdowns, Congress passed measures to ensure that essential and nonessential employees received retroactive pay.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:35:00 -0500
  • U.S. health agency revokes Obama-era Planned Parenthood protection

    By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Caroline Humer WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health officials said on Friday they were revoking legal guidance issued by the Obama administration that had sought to discourage states from trying to defund organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials also said the department was issuing a new regulation aimed at protecting healthcare workers' civil rights based on religious and conscience objections. The regulation protects the rights of healthcare workers from providing abortion, euthanasia, and sterilization, the officials said during a media call with reporters.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:12:54 -0500
  • Vegetarian's lawsuit over beef tallow at Buffalo Wild Wings is dismissed

    A federal judge on Friday dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit by a New York vegetarian who accused Buffalo Wild Wings Inc of failing to disclose that it cooked french fries and other "non-meat" items in beef fat. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said the plaintiff Alexa Borenkoff did not show how the chain's use of beef tallow affected the "economic value" of the fries and mozzarella sticks she bought at two restaurants. Michael Braunstein, a lawyer for Borenkoff, declined immediate comment, saying he was reviewing the decision.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:19:33 -0500
  • Arkansas restricts controversial Monsanto, BASF farm chemical

    By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a blow to manufacturers Monsanto Co and BASF SE, Arkansas state lawmakers voted on Friday to bar sprayings of a controversial weed killer after mid-April to protect farmers from potential crop damage. Arkansas will prohibit the use of herbicides based on a chemical known as dicamba from April 16 to Oct. 31, the strictest state limits imposed on the product after it was linked to millions of acres of U.S. crop damage last year.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:43:22 -0500
  • Trump decries 'permissive' U.S. abortion laws at rally

    The Republican president's speech, relayed via video link from the White House Rose Garden to thousands gathered on Washington's National Mall, highlighted his shift in recent years from a supporter of women's access to abortion to a powerful opponent. "As you all know, Roe v. Wade has resulted in some of the most permissive abortion laws anywhere in the world," he said, criticizing the 1973 Supreme Court decision that affirmed a woman's right to an abortion at most stages of a pregnancy. Trump said the United States "is one of only seven countries to allow elective late-term abortions," mentioning China and North Korea.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:28:55 -0500
  • California couple may have used food to control starving children

    The California couple accused of beating, shackling and abusing their 13 children may have used starvation as a weapon to control them, experts say, and the malnourishment would likely cause lifelong physical and mental issues for the siblings. The parents, who were charged with multiple counts of torture, child abuse and false imprisonment, gave little food to their children, ranging in age from two to 29 years old, according to prosecutors, who said the abuse may have gone on for years.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:53:09 -0500
  • Trump reaching out to Democrats on spending bill: aides

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House officials on Friday said Republican President Donald Trump has been talking to Democratic senators as well as lawmakers from his own party about the urgency of passing a spending bill to avert a government shutdown at midnight. "He's calling bipartisan members. He will continue to do that. He will lead on this issue," Marc Short, the White House Legislative affairs director, said at a briefing on the potential for the government to close operations. (Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Writing by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Bill Trott)

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:42:07 -0500
  • Supreme Court blocks redrawing of North Carolina congressional maps

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower court's order for North Carolina to rework its congressional map because Republicans violated the Constitution by drawing electoral districts intended to maximize their party's chances of winning. The conservative-majority court granted a bid by Republican legislators in North Carolina to suspend the Jan. 9 order by a federal court panel in Greensboro that gave the Republican-controlled General Assembly until Jan. 24 to come up with a new map for U.S. House of Representatives districts.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:15:18 -0500
  • Trump administration appeals against 'Dreamer' immigrant ruling to top court

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to quickly overturn a lower court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump's move to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. Solicitor General Noel Francisco said in a court filing "time is of the essence" and asked the high court to rule on the case before its current term ends in June. The Republican president in September rescinded, effective in March, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program put in place in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:15:05 -0500
  • Trump move on healthcare religious freedom prompts discrimination fears

    The Trump administration's move on Thursday to protect healthcare workers who refuse to perform abortions and other medical procedures on religious or moral grounds is raising fears among some civil rights and medical groups that it will provide legal cover for otherwise unlawful discrimination. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within its Office of Civil Rights to enforce the rights of doctors, nurses and others who invoke such objections. James Blumstein, a professor at Vanderbilt Law School in Tennessee, said the administration's plan could remedy what he described as years of overreach by the federal government fighting discrimination against patients at the expense of the religious freedom of healthcare professionals.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:03:16 -0500
  • Trump appointee quits after CNN unearths anti-Muslim rants

    Carl Higbie resigned from his post as external affairs chief at the Corporation for National and Community Service, according to a statement from CNCS spokeswoman Samantha Jo Warfield, CNN said. Higbie, the CNCS - an agency that runs volunteer groups including AmeriCops, Senior Corps and the Social Innovation Fund - and the White House were not immediately available for comment. CNN KFile, the network's investigative reporting team, posted recordings of Higbie's internet talk radio show "Sound of Freedom" from 2013 and 2014 in which he expresses his dislike of Muslims, black people and homosexuality.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:41:44 -0500
  • House passes short-term spending bill, Senate fight erupts

    By Richard Cowan and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to stave off an imminent federal government shutdown encountered obstacles in the U.S. Senate late on Thursday, despite the passage of a month-long funding bill by the House of Representatives hours earlier. The Republican-controlled House approved funding through Feb. 16 on a mostly partisan vote of 230-197, sending the stopgap bill to the Senate for consideration as President Donald Trump pushed hard for a measure to sign before Friday's deadline.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:02:39 -0500
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