‘I Don’t Get Confused.’ Nikki Haley Fires Back at White House After Russia Sanctions Comment

‘I Don’t Get Confused.’ Nikki Haley Fires Back at White House After Russia Sanctions Comment (PALM BEACH, Fla.) — The new White House economic adviser apologized Tuesday to U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley after suggesting she was suffering from “momentary confusion” when she announced over the weekend that new sanctions against Russia were imminent. Haley had fired back at Larry Kudlow, saying, “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.” A White House official said Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, called Haley to apologize Tuesday afternoon in an effort to mend fences. The…
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Angels’ Ohtani lasts only 2 innings vs Boston in 3rd start

Angels’ Ohtani lasts only 2 innings vs Boston in 3rd start ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani’s third start for the Los Angeles Angels has lasted only two innings. The Angels pulled the Japanese two-way sensation early Tuesday night after he yielded three runs and four hits while struggling with his control against the AL-leading Boston Red Sox. Ohtani gave up a leadoff homer to Boston’s […] Full Story
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VIDEO: Jovial Comey Drinks Wine from Paper Cup, Laughs Up a Storm on Colbert; Calls Trump’s Behavior “Crazy”

VIDEO: Jovial Comey Drinks Wine from Paper Cup, Laughs Up a Storm on Colbert; Calls Trump’s Behavior “Crazy” James Comey is laughing it up on the book tour circuit. While sipping cocktails with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, Comey was all smiles, reflecting on his relationship with Donald Trump. Nothing brings a smile to your face, after all, like a corrupt and politicized FBI. Ain’t retirement grand? COLBERT: Are there things that you know […] The post VIDEO: Jovial Comey Drinks Wine from Paper Cup, Laughs Up a Storm on Colbert; Calls Trump’s Behavior “Crazy” appeared…
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Due to Technical Difficulties, IRS Gives America One More Day to File Taxes

Due to Technical Difficulties, IRS Gives America One More Day to File Taxes Scrambling to get your income taxes filed before midnight tonight? Procrastinators rejoice — you get one more day! The electronic filing system used by the Internal Revenue Service suffered a temporary “computer glitch,” as the Washington Post described it, causing last-minute taxpayers to stress about whether their returns would be able to be filed on time. IRS officials have not explained the nature of this “glitch,” telling reporters that they planned a “hard reboot” of their systems after the rush Tax Day…
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ABC, CBS Ignore High-Level Talks With North Korea to End the War

ABC, CBS Ignore High-Level Talks With North Korea to End the War In a statement to the press Tuesday, President Trump revealed the United States was in high-level talks directly with the North Korean government and had given the okay for South Korea to negotiate an official end to the decades-long state of war. These were major developments on the world stage but the evening broadcasts of ABC, CBS and Spanish-language networks Univision and Telemundo flat out ignored them. Only NBC Nightly News thought it was importing enough to inform their viewers about. Full Story
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David enters the maze for some psychic heroics on a superb Legion

David enters the maze for some psychic heroics on a superb Legion The frustrating thing about illness is never knowing when you’re going to get hit with it. Sure, you don’t want to be around someone coughing and feverish, and it’s best to wash your hands before eating, but there’s only so much you can do to prevent infection. So how much worse is it to become the architect of your…Read more... Full Story
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New Girl’s three men and a little lady deliver a lot of story

New Girl's three men and a little lady deliver a lot of story “You get one story. Take it away, Nick.”There’s a lot going on under the surface in “Tuesday Meeting.” Last week, New Girl’s seventh and final season opened with a heartening sense of achievement and expansion for this ever-widening group of friends: of a broader world they’re exploring, of careers thriving, and of a…Read more... Full Story
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Nikki Haley’s Deputy Ambassador Led ‘Never Trump’ Movement, Launched Zuckerberg’s Open Borders Group

Nikki Haley’s Deputy Ambassador Led ‘Never Trump’ Movement, Launched Zuckerberg’s Open Borders Group United Nations (U.N.) Deputy Ambassador Jon Lerner has deep ties to not only his longtime colleague and boss, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, but also Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the failed "Never Trump" movement, and the pro-mass immigration billionaire GOP mega-donors the Koch brothers. Full Story
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Report: Broward County Grew Increasingly Unsafe as Obama-Era Discipline Policies Protected Minority Students

Report: Broward County Grew Increasingly Unsafe as Obama-Era Discipline Policies Protected Minority Students A new investigation reveals that while the Broward County schools superintendent and school board are touting fewer arrests of minority students, the most recent state data actually shows the district has the highest rate of weapons-related incidents in South Florida. Full Story
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Tennessee House passes $37.5 million budget

Tennessee House passes $37.5 million budget NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House passed a $37.5 billion budget, but only after arguments over whether to take money away from the city of Memphis as punishment for removing Confederate Statues last year. Gov. Bill Haslam asked for $211.8 million more for K-12 education, including $55.1 million for teacher pay raises. He added […] Full Story
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Wednesday’s TV highlights: ‘Bill Nye: Science Guy’ on ‘POV’ and more

Wednesday's TV highlights: 'Bill Nye: Science Guy' on 'POV' and more SERIES Riverdale The gang prepares to perform in a musical version of the Stephen King thriller “Carrie” on a new episode of the mystery drama. 8 p.m. KTLA Nova The new two-hour episode, “Decoding the Weather Machine,” checks in with scientists around the world who are working toward a better understanding... Full Story
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Wednesday’s TV highlights: ‘Bill Nye: Science Guy’ on ‘POV’ and more

Wednesday's TV highlights: 'Bill Nye: Science Guy' on 'POV' and more SERIES Riverdale The gang prepares to perform in a musical version of the Stephen King thriller “Carrie” on a new episode of the mystery drama. 8 p.m. KTLA Nova The new two-hour episode, “Decoding the Weather Machine,” checks in with scientists around the world who are working toward a better understanding... Full Story
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Dodgers call up utility infielder Max Muncy

Dodgers call up utility infielder Max Muncy The Dodgers continued to shuffle through options for the margins of their roster on Tuesday, calling up utility infielder Max Muncy and optioning another utility infielder, Breyvic Valera, back to the minors. The team viewed Muncy as a viable option at third base as Logan Forsythe recovers from... Full Story
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Dodgers call up utility infielder Max Muncy

Dodgers call up utility infielder Max Muncy The Dodgers continued to shuffle through options for the margins of their roster on Tuesday, calling up utility infielder Max Muncy and optioning another utility infielder, Breyvic Valera, back to the minors. The team viewed Muncy as a viable option at third base as Logan Forsythe recovers from... Full Story
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NBA playoffs: DeMar DeRozan scores 37, Raptors beat Wizards 130-111; Celtics roll over Bucks

NBA playoffs: DeMar DeRozan scores 37, Raptors beat Wizards 130-111; Celtics roll over Bucks DeMar DeRozan matched his career playoff-high with 37 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 130-119 on Tuesday night, taking a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. Kyle Lowry had 13 points and... Full Story
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NBA playoffs: DeMar DeRozan scores 37, Raptors beat Wizards 130-111; Celtics roll over Bucks

NBA playoffs: DeMar DeRozan scores 37, Raptors beat Wizards 130-111; Celtics roll over Bucks DeMar DeRozan matched his career playoff-high with 37 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 130-119 on Tuesday night, taking a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. Kyle Lowry had 13 points and... Full Story
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Canelo Alvarez bound for reckoning before Nevada commission

Canelo Alvarez bound for reckoning before Nevada commission The Nevada Athletic Commision will meet Wednesday to determine if Canelo Alvarez will have his mandated one-year suspension reduced to six months after testing positive for the banned performance-enhancing substance Clenbuterol in February. The reduction in the suspension would then open the possibility... Full Story
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Canelo Alvarez bound for reckoning before Nevada commission

Canelo Alvarez bound for reckoning before Nevada commission The Nevada Athletic Commision will meet Wednesday to determine if Canelo Alvarez will have his mandated one-year suspension reduced to six months after testing positive for the banned performance-enhancing substance Clenbuterol in February. The reduction in the suspension would then open the possibility... Full Story
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Bump stock inventor’s company shutting down its website and will cease taking orders next month

Bump stock inventor’s company shutting down its website and will cease taking orders next month Slide Fire Solutions based out of Moran, Texas has announced it is shutting down its website and will cease taking orders for the product it invented and manufactures: bump stocks. In a statement on its website, Slide Fire said, “On Sunday, May 20, 2018 at midnight CDT, Slide Fire will cease taking orders for its products and shut down its website. Orders places prior to May 20th, 2018 will all be processed and shipped. We thank you for your support.”…
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Which Has The Bigger Economy: Texas Or Russia?

Which Has The Bigger Economy: Texas Or Russia? You’ve no doubt heard that everything’s bigger in Texas. That’s more than just a trite expression, and I’m not just saying that because Texas is home to U.S. Global Investors. Want to know how big Texas really is? Let’s compare its economy with that of Russia, the world’s largest country by area. Full Story
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Thomas Jefferson and the Paradox of Slavery

Thomas Jefferson and the Paradox of Slavery The masters of slaves, it turned out, were themselves neither independent nor self-sufficient, but were bound to, and reliant upon, their slaves both for their welfare and their identity. This vague recognition in part accounts for the grim tone that Thomas Jefferson adopted in his analysis of slavery: He had to confront the prospect that Virginia, that America itself, was at least potentially as depraved as Europe… “How is it,” wondered Samuel Johnson in 1775, “that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes?”…
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The Mister Rogers-ification of Christianity

The Mister Rogers-ification of Christianity I would not dream of condemning Mister Rogers for keeping overt religious references out of his broadcasts in order to reach the widest possible audience and provide a valuable public service with his message of love. What I do condemn is the idea that Christian faith does not deserve representation unless first watered down to platitudes that replace the Cross with the Golden Rule, and the expectation that Christians, in public situations, ought to practice a similar self-censorship… As a former Pittsburgh-area kid, I love Mr. Rogers. His history as…
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C&L’s Late Nite Music Club With Lowell Fulson

C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Lowell Fulson I had to rub shoulders with the small town hoity-toity for a bit today. Many times when they weren't looking I rolled my eyes at their plastic sophistication. Most of us are from the sticks. I don't deny I am and they aren't fooling me. What are you listening to tonight? Full Story
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The Restaurant Industry Ran A Private Poll On the Minimum Wage. It Did Not Go Well For Them.

The Restaurant Industry Ran A Private Poll On the Minimum Wage. It Did Not Go Well For Them. One of the nation’s most powerful anti-minimum wage lobbying groups tapped a long-time Republican pollster to survey the public about a range of issues impacting the industry. A significant chunk of the survey focused on attitudes toward the minimum wage — and many members of the powerful lobby group aren’t going to like the results. The poll — which was presented on a slidedeck obtained by The Intercept and Documented — found that seven in 10 Americans want…
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Barbara Bush Quotes: The First Lady’s Best Zingers

Barbara Bush Quotes: The First Lady’s Best Zingers Barbara Bush, who has died at the age of 92, was a beloved First Lady who was known for her love of family, her love of literacy – and her sharp tongue. The former First Lady’s wit was legendary and as much a part of her persona as her ever-present pearls. The mother and wife of a president – and only the second woman to hold that honor after Abigail Adams – Bush passed away on April 17, 2018. Here are some of the best quotes to…
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Ex-bank executive in Kentucky sentenced to federal prison

Ex-bank executive in Kentucky sentenced to federal prison ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky bank executive accused of defrauding a bank of more than a million dollars has been sentenced to upward of four years in federal prison. The Independent reports Martin Ross was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in December. The former senior vice president at Town Square Bank was accused […] Full Story
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East Bay fault is ‘tectonic time bomb,’ more dangerous than San Andreas, new study finds

East Bay fault is 'tectonic time bomb,' more dangerous than San Andreas, new study finds The San Andreas has long been the quake fault California fears the most. But new research shows that a much less well-known fault running under the heart of the East Bay actually is more dangerous, both in terms of the deaths a big quake could produce and damage. We go to the East Bay to examine. Full Story
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Gun-Running Holder Declares: ‘Our democracy is under attack’

Gun-Running Holder Declares: ‘Our democracy is under attack’ Former Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that “our democracy is under attack,” amid growing concerns over the political turmoil that has engulfed the Trump administration. “I’ve said this, and I don’t think it’s hyperbolic, that I think our democracy is under attack,” Holder told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, when asked if he is one of […] The post Gun-Running Holder Declares: ‘Our democracy is under attack’ appeared first on True Pundit. Full Story
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MEMORIAL VIDEO: Barbara Bush, Former First Lady, Has Died

MEMORIAL VIDEO: Barbara Bush, Former First Lady, Has Died Former first lady Barbara Bush has died. Barbara Pierce was born in Flushing, Queens, New York City in June 1925. She was the third of four children born to Marvin and Pauline Pierce. In 1941, at only 16 years old, Barbara met the man she would spend the rest of her life with at a […] The post MEMORIAL VIDEO: Barbara Bush, Former First Lady, Has Died appeared first on True Pundit. Full Story
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Man charged in 2000 Chicago arson fire that killed 2 women

Man charged in 2000 Chicago arson fire that killed 2 women CHICAGO (AP) — A Wisconsin man is charged with murder in the deaths of two women during a Chicago liquor store arson fire 18 years ago. Lemanuel Jackson of Green Bay is the third person charged in the deaths of 39-year-old Annie Reed and 25-year-old Hatari Smith on Nov. 25, 2000. The 46-year-old Jackson was […] Full Story
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Little Brown Bat named Chicago’s official mammal

Little Brown Bat named Chicago’s official mammal CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago may be known for Bulls, Bears and Cubbies, but the city has decided its official mammal is a tiny critter that’s tough to see much less root for. In a news release, Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo says the city is naming the little brown bat as the city’s “Official Mammal for […] Full Story
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California denies report on border duties

California denies report on border duties California is denying a report claiming National Guard troops won’t be doing any duties on the border. John wrote about the original Associated Press report yesterday claiming the state told the feds the troops would go, but wouldn’t do maintenance on vehicles or mission support for the Border Patrol. But…Via NBC 7 in San Diego: Both a spokesperson for Governor Jerry Brown’s office and a commander with the California National Guard told NBC 7 the report is “inaccurate.” Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Ronald D. Vitiello…
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East St. Louis hires its first police officer in 5 years

East St. Louis hires its first police officer in 5 years EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — The police department in East St. Louis, Illinois has hired an officer for the first time in five years. The Belleville News-Democrat reports Jason Boyd was sworn in by Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks last week. Despite a desire to hire more police officers, the city has been hindered in its […] Full Story
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Governor Jerry Brown accuses Trump of ‘war on California’ – here’s why

Governor Jerry Brown accuses Trump of ‘war on California’ – here’s why California Governor Jerry Brown said that President Trump’s immigration policies constituted a “war on California” because he said they would have a negative effect on the state’s economy. Here’s the latest in the feud between Trump and California The state government in California has been lauded by many on the left for being at the forefront of the “resistance” movement against the president and his policies. The latest skirmish involves the call from Trump for National Guard to be sent to the border…
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Senators Offer Up Unprecedented War Powers to President

Senators Offer Up Unprecedented War Powers to President WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate Monday would give the president sweeping authority to wage endless war anywhere in the world with limited congressional intervention. Perversely billed as a plan to “reassert” Congressional power to “authorize where, when and with who we are at war,” the proposal for a new AUMF (Authorization for Use of Military Force) falls way short of that promise. In fact, it achieves quite the opposite. The bill, if passed, would not only codify all of the authority the president has…
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Barbara Bush, the No-Nonsense First Lady Who Ran the Family That Ran the Country, Dies at 92

Barbara Bush, the No-Nonsense First Lady Who Ran the Family That Ran the Country, Dies at 92 Barbara Bush was as grounded as any First Lady, a down-to-earth realist planted firmly between two high-flying stars: Nancy Reagan of the rail-thin coiffed good looks, rarely seen children, and adoring gaze; and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the two-for-the-price-of-one lawyer who let it be known she wouldn’t be staying home and baking cookies. But she proved to be a national force, worth every penny we didn’t pay her. Inside the White House of her husband George H. W. Bush,…
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Idaho GOP candidates clash in lieutenant governor debate

Idaho GOP candidates clash in lieutenant governor debate BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican hopefuls in Idaho’s crowded lieutenant governor race attempted to distinguish what made them uniquely qualified to run for the open position during a debate that saw sharp exchanges between candidates seeking the seat. Five GOP lieutenant governor candidates met Tuesday for a televised debate before the upcoming May 15 primary […] Full Story
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THE FBI NEVER RAIDED BILL CLINTON’S Attorney’s Office After He PAID Paula Jones $850,000 To Make Sexual Misconduct Case Go Away

THE FBI NEVER RAIDED BILL CLINTON’S Attorney’s Office After He PAID Paula Jones $850,000 To Make Sexual Misconduct Case Go Away Last week, the FBI raided the offices and home of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, hoping to find evidence of an alleged payout to porn star Stormy Daniels who claims she had sex with Donald Trump over a decade ago. The search warrants were sought and executed by FBI agents and federal prosecutors […] The post THE FBI NEVER RAIDED BILL CLINTON’S Attorney’s Office After He PAID Paula Jones $850,000 To Make…
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Will Trump Make a Bad Deal With North Korea?

Will Trump Make a Bad Deal With North Korea? As the Trump Administration moves closer to talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, fears are mounting from allies and U.S. national security officials on whether President Donald Trump can secure a landmark nuclear deal without giving away too much. In between meetings with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the ornate halls of Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday, Trump revealed that the U.S. is in direct talks at “extremely high levels” with North Korean officials. The Washington Post reported that Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State,…
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Come back in 9999, last-minute online tax filers told

Come back in 9999, last-minute online tax filers told The technology failure essentially brought the nation’s tax machinery to a halt on a day when millions of Americans were expected to file their tax returns, undermining the Trump administration’s plan to use Tax Day to promote its recent $1.5 trillion tax overhaul. Full Story
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Trump reveals high-level talks with North Korea (Pompeo visited over Easter weekend)

Trump reveals high-level talks with North Korea (Pompeo visited over Easter weekend) President Trump is currently at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Today, Trump revealed his administration had engaged in very high-level talks with North Korea. There was some initial confusion about just how high-level those talks might be. A reporter asked Trump if he had spoken directly with Kim. Trump replied “yes” but the pool reporter covering the president wrote, “it is not completely clear if he was responding directly to that question.” Here is my pool report on what Trump said…
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NBA playoffs: DeMar DeRozan scores 37, Raptors beat Wizards 130-111

NBA playoffs: DeMar DeRozan scores 37, Raptors beat Wizards 130-111 DeMar DeRozan matched his career playoff-high with 37 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 130-119 on Tuesday night, taking a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. Kyle Lowry had 13 points and... Full Story
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Attention women: Your choice of blood pressure medicine may affect your risk of pancreatic cancer

Attention women: Your choice of blood pressure medicine may affect your risk of pancreatic cancer In findings with potentially broad implications for the public’s health, new research has found that some women who treat their high blood pressure with a class of drugs that relaxes the blood vessels were more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who use other hypertension medications.... Full Story
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America Mourns Barbara Bush, Wife and Mother to Presidents

America Mourns Barbara Bush, Wife and Mother to Presidents Former First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush, wife of one former President and mother to another, passed away earlier today at the age of 92. Here are a selection of quotes from those mouring her loss around America tonight: First, and most heartbreakingly, an update from her beloved husband of 73 years, former President George H.W. Bush, who was by her side to the end: Jean Becker, chief of staff at the Office of George H. W. Bush, gave this update on the 41st President of the…
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The Cost of “The Resistance”: For CA, It’s $12 Billion

The Cost of “The Resistance”: For CA, It’s $12 Billion (Steven Hayward) If you’re an old-time like me, cast your mind back to the tax reform of 1986, which was passed on a bipartisan basis, because Democrats understood the logic of tax simplification and cutting rates down to a lower level with a broader base. There’s one detail everyone has forgotten that is relevant today: President Reagan’s initial tax reform proposal included elimination the state and local income tax deduction. Pro-tax reform Democrats told Reagan right away that that ideas was a total non-starter, and…
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Death and darkness accompany another colossal failure by Team Flash

Death and darkness accompany another colossal failure by Team Flash All season long, The Flash has been trying to pull off a tricky balancing act by bringing back the humor and Silver Age fun of the first season while still delivering a dark and dramatic Big Bad arc. Never have the seams shown so badly as they do in “Lose Yourself,” an episode that could be diagnosed with split…Read more... Full Story
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McConnell shuts down bill to protect Mueller

McConnell shuts down bill to protect Mueller (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday thwarted a bipartisan effort to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job, saying he will not hold a floor vote on the legislation even if it is approved next week in the Senate Judiciary Committee. McConnell said the bill is unnecessary because President Donald Trump will not fire Mueller. “We’ll not be having this on the floor of the Senate,” McConnell said on Fox News. Full Story
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UNHINGED: Professor plays the victim after cheering death of ‘witch’ Barbara Bush

UNHINGED: Professor plays the victim after cheering death of ‘witch’ Barbara Bush First off, don’t worry about Palestinian-American writer Randa Jarrar losing her teaching gig at Fresno State over her comments on the death of Barbara Bush; she wants you to know she’s tenured and makes a lot of money. sweetie i work as a tenured professor. I make 100K a year doing that. i will never be fired. i will always have people wanting to hear what i have to say. even you are one of them!
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Starbucks is turning to a type of workplace training that ‘really took off after Ferguson’

Starbucks is turning to a type of workplace training that 'really took off after Ferguson' Starbucks, battling an uproar over two black men who were arrested while waiting at one of the coffee chain's stores last week, said Tuesday it would close more than 8,000 of its company-owned stores in the United States for several hours on May 29 to provide "racial bias" training for nearly 175,000... Full Story
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‘He Held Her Hand All Day.’ George H.W. Bush ‘Broken-Hearted’ After the Death of Barbara Bush

‘He Held Her Hand All Day.’ George H.W. Bush ‘Broken-Hearted’ After the Death of Barbara Bush Former First Lady Barbara Bush died on Tuesday at the age of 92, leaving behind her husband of 73 years, President George H.W. Bush. The President was “broken-hearted to lose his beloved Barbara,” Jean Becker, the chief of staff for George H.W. Bush’s office said in a statement. “He held her hand all day today and was at her side when [she] left this good earth,” Becker said. “Obviously this is a very challenging time. But it will not…
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California plan linking new housing to public transit rejected by state lawmakers

California plan linking new housing to public transit rejected by state lawmakers A robust effort to attack California’s housing shortage was rejected Tuesday by a state legislative panel at the Capitol, felled in part by opponents who argued that it treated small cities and large ones like San Francisco the same way. The defeat for Senate Bill 827 came in its first legislative... Full Story
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Syria’s Raqqa devastated, ‘de-facto occupied & run by a gang of incompetents’ – Russia’s UN envoy

Syria’s Raqqa devastated, ‘de-facto occupied & run by a gang of incompetents’ – Russia’s UN envoy The US and its allies are doing practically nothing to help rebuild Raqqa, which is de-facto occupied, Russia’s UN Ambassador told the UNSC, after a UN representative reported on the mass-scale devastation of the Syrian city. Read Full Article at RT.com Full Story
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CIA Director Mike Pompeo Met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea, U.S. Officials Say

CIA Director Mike Pompeo Met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea, U.S. Officials Say (WASHINGTON) — Two U.S. officials say CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un. Pompeo’s trip to the isolated communist nation came in advance of a potential summit between Kim and President Donald Trump. The officials spoke anonymously about Pompeo’s trip because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. Trump said Tuesday that the U.S. and North Korea were holding direct talks at “extremely high levels” in preparation for a possible…
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GWB Issues Heartfelt Statement On Passing of His Mother, Barbara

GWB Issues Heartfelt Statement On Passing of His Mother, Barbara President George W. Bush issued a statement from Dallas on Tuesday following the passing of his mother and former First Ladt Barbara Pierce Bush at the age of 92. Statement from former President George W. Bush on the passing of his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush. pic.twitter.com/YsRdnqL0jx — RedState (@RedState) April 18, 2018 “My dear mother has passion at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna and I are sad but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First…
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Morbid: MSNBC Uses Death of Barbara Bush to Malign the State of the GOP

Morbid: MSNBC Uses Death of Barbara Bush to Malign the State of the GOP The news of Barbara Bush’s passing wasn’t even an hour old Tuesday night when MSNBC host Chris Hayes had his All In panel use the news to malign the current state of the Republican Party. The liberal brought on anti-Trump Republican David Jolly and former Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer (CA) to discuss how the GOP had fallen so far since it’s heyday with the Bush dynasty. Full Story
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BREAKING: CIA Director Mike Pompeo secretly met with Kim Jong Un, multiple reports

BREAKING: CIA Director Mike Pompeo secretly met with Kim Jong Un, multiple reports CIA Director Mike Pompeo, whom President Trump has tapped to be Secretary of State, secretly met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend, the Washington Post exclusively reported. The Post cited two people “with direct knowledge of the trip” who wished to remain anonymous. This is an unprecidented visit ahead of what is expected to be an historic meeting with Kim Jong Un and President Trump sometime before May, although the date and location of that meeting has yet…
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Black Lightning closes out a strong debut season with a perfect, stirring finale

Black Lightning closes out a strong debut season with a perfect, stirring finale It’s appropriate that Black Lightning, a show that probes how the weight of history is felt across generations, and the way it manifests itself in oppression and violence, begins with a flashback. “Shadow Of Death: The Book Of War” starts with Gambi and Alvin Pierce, Jefferson’s father, having it out on the street.…Read more... Full Story
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Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo lightens comments calling for fewer games: ‘It’s just me talking as a normal person’

Cubs' Anthony Rizzo lightens comments calling for fewer games: 'It's just me talking as a normal person' Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo tapped the brakes on comments he made Tuesday on his weekly radio appearance suggesting the regular season be trimmed from 162 games. Rizzo, who was activated from the 10-day disabled list, told ESPN 1000 host David Kaplan that “I think we play too much baseball,”... Full Story
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Steven Spielberg Will Produce World War II Action Adventure Film ‘Blackhawk’

Steven Spielberg Will Produce World War II Action Adventure Film ‘Blackhawk’ (LOS ANGELES) — Steven Spielberg is flying into the DC Universe with the World War II action adventure “Blackhawk.” Warner Bros. Chairman Toby Emmerich says Tuesday that the legendary filmmaker will produce and may direct the film for the studio. The “Blackhawk” series started in 1941 and follows a group of ace WWII-era pilots as they fight evils, including the Axis powers. “Jurassic Park” and “War of the Worlds” screenwriter David Koepp is writing the script. Spielberg recently collaborated with Warner Bros. on the…
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Shark attacks cause cancellation of World Surf League event

Shark attacks cause cancellation of World Surf League event PERTH, Australia (AP) — A professional surfing event off Western Australia has been called off two days after two shark attacks nearby. The Margaret River Pro, part of the World Surf Tour, was canceled on Wednesday after organizers decided there was a risk of further attacks. On Monday, men aged 37 and 41 were injured […] Full Story
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Net neutrality rules move past first hurdle in California

Net neutrality rules move past first hurdle in California A proposal that would restore net neutrality in California advanced in the state Senate on Tuesday with changes that scaled back some of its provisions. Under the version of the legislation that passed in committee, the state’s utilities commission would not monitor or enforce net neutrality rules,... Full Story
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‘We’ll Always Be Grateful.’ Barack and Michelle Obama Offer Condolences to Bush Family

‘We’ll Always Be Grateful.’ Barack and Michelle Obama Offer Condolences to Bush Family Barack and Michelle Obama were quick to offer condolences to the Bush family Tuesday night following the announcement that former First Lady Barbara Bush had passed away at 92. “We’ll always be grateful to Mrs. Bush for the generosity she showed to us throughout our time in the White House but we’re even more grateful for the way she lived her life — as a testament to the fact that public service is an important and noble calling; as an example of…
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4M gallons of sewage, rainwater overflow to Baltimore river

4M gallons of sewage, rainwater overflow to Baltimore river BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore officials say more than 4 million gallons (15 million liters) of sewage and rainwater overflowed into a river as rain inundated the sewer system. The city’s Public Works department tells news outlets the sewage and rainwater mix was released Monday into the Jones Falls. Overflows were designed into Baltimore’s sewage system […] Full Story
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4M gallons of sewage, rainwater overflow to Baltimore river

4M gallons of sewage, rainwater overflow to Baltimore river BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore officials say more than 4 million gallons (15 million liters) of sewage and rainwater overflowed into a river as rain inundated the sewer system. The city’s Public Works department tells news outlets the sewage and rainwater mix was released Monday into the Jones Falls. Overflows were designed into Baltimore’s sewage system […] Full Story
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US officials says Pompeo has met with NKorea’s Kim

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Another Woman Accuses R. Kelly Of Sexual Misbehavior

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CNN’s Don Lemon, NBC’s Lester Holt Fret Over Rapper Meek Mill Jailing for Parole Violations

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CPS budget bump offers cash for salary hikes, special education and shrinking schools

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Cohen raid puts Trump off talking to Mueller

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House rejects voting rights for felons on probation, parole

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George and Barbara Bush, a ‘storybook’ 73-year marriage

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Internet sales taxes divide Supreme Court justices

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Senate Budget chair: What’s the point of my committee?

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Boulder, San Miguel counties join suit against energy corps

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Barbara Bush remembered in Maine for her love of literacy

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Louisiana auditor: $5M spent on sexual harassment lawsuits

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Missouri House passes tax overhaul

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Ducks in a rush for answers while facing elimination in Game 4 against the Sharks

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L.A. shops would get voice, not veto, in sidewalk vending

L.A. shops would get voice, not veto, in sidewalk vending Brick-and-mortar businesses in Los Angeles would get a chance to oppose vendors planning to set up shop on adjacent sidewalks but would not be able to turn them down outright under a revised proposal for new regulations approved Tuesday at City Hall. As L.A. crafts rules to legalize and regulate... Full Story
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Two Sandy Hook families sue Alex Jones and Infowars for saying the school massacre never happened

Two Sandy Hook families sue Alex Jones and Infowars for saying the school massacre never happened Families of two children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School have filed lawsuits in Texas against controversial radio host Alex Jones for continually claiming the massacre never happened. Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, and Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, whose son Noah Pozner... Full Story
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Mattis Wanted Congressional Approval Before Striking Syria. He Was Overruled.

Mattis Wanted Congressional Approval Before Striking Syria. He Was Overruled. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday. He briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill about last week’s allied airstrikes in Syria. Erin Schaff for The New York Times WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged President Trump to get congressional approval before the United States launched airstrikes against Syria last week, but was overruled by Mr. Trump, who wanted a rapid and dramatic response, military and administration officials said.Mr. Trump, the officials said, wanted to be seen as backing up a series of bellicose tweets with action,…
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Return of the feckless Chick-Fil-A-phobes

Return of the feckless Chick-Fil-A-phobes Move over, Trump Derangement Syndrome. Another unhinged liberal pathology is back: Chick-fil-A-phobia. Perhaps, in the interest of public health, the CDC should launch a weekly C-F-A-P surveillance report to map the recurrence of this culturally infectious disease. Early-onset symptoms include fear of pressure-cooked poultry, allergic reaction to waffle potato fries and an irrational hatred of cow costumes. Anti-Christian prejudice and coastal elitism are common comorbidities associated with this debilitating progressive condition. Ground zero for the latest outbreak? The headquarters of The New Yorker magazine. This week’s issue online features the…
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PARTY OF SCIENCE: Pro-abortion writer seems unsure how chickens and eggs work

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In Memoriam: First Lady Barbara Bush (1925-2018)

In Memoriam: First Lady Barbara Bush (1925-2018) Former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away on Tuesday at the age of 92, two days after her family spokesman, Jim McGrath, announced that she would seek "comfort care" rather than additional medical treatment for her ailing health. Full Story
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EXCLUSIVE – Steve Hantler: Trump-Endorsed, Conservative FL Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis Battles Smear Campaign Launched by Entrenched Interests

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‘Grit & Grace, Brains & Beauty.’ Here’s What Every Living President Said About Barbara Bush

‘Grit & Grace, Brains & Beauty.’ Here’s What Every Living President Said About Barbara Bush Her commitment to her family, her literacy legacy, and of course, her vivacious attitude. Politics was put to the side Tuesday night as tributes to the extraordinary life of Barbara Bush poured in. The 93-year-old matriarch of the Bush political dynasty passed away Tuesday, just days after her family announced she was in “failing health” and was seeking comfort care. Politicians from both sides of the aisle honored Bush’s legacy including all of the living former Presidents and First Ladies.…
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After site crash, IRS gives taxpayers extension for filing online

After site crash, IRS gives taxpayers extension for filing online A high volume of traffic to the Internal Revenue Service’s payment site on Tax Day caused an outage prohibiting its usage for much of Tuesday. In response, US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that that IRS would “make sure taxpayers have extensions once the system comes up to make sure they can use it and it in no way impacts people paying their taxes. It was just a technical issue we’re working through. A high volume technical issue that impacted the system.” The site was…
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Goodbye, Barbara Bush

Goodbye, Barbara Bush Mrs. Bush has died. Read these: The only love letter Barbara Bush kept from George HW during World War II (the others were lost). It is dated December 12, 1943. “How often I have thought about the immeasurable joy that will be ours someday. How lucky our children will be to have a mother like you—“ pic.twitter.com/9n9GDx7lAM — Carlos Lozada (@CarlosLozadaWP) April 18, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js “Goodnite, my beautiful. Everytime I say beautiful you about kill me but you’ll have to accept it —“ pic.twitter.com/ZnMdiKzLHa — Carlos Lozada (@CarlosLozadaWP) April 18, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js…
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Mediocre White Guy With Highly Compensated Sinecure More Secure Than An Article III Judgeship Wants You To Stop Talking About Privilege

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Ask Ligonier with Sinclair Ferguson

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PHOTOS: Tammie Jo Shults, Southwest Pilot Hero for Flight 1380

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Missouri GOP legislative leaders call on Gov. Eric Greitens to resign, but he says he won’t quit

Missouri GOP legislative leaders call on Gov. Eric Greitens to resign, but he says he won't quit Missouri's Republican legislative leadership called on GOP Gov. Eric Greitens to resign Tuesday after the state's attorney general suggested that Greitens' use of a charity donor list for political purposes may have broken state law. Greitens quickly replied that he won't quit. The Republican governor... Full Story
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