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EPA dismisses half of advisers on central review board

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The affected board members' terms expired April 30. If this sounds familiar, it's because in March, Republicans in Congress were calling to "reform" another EPA scientific board - the EPA Science Advisory Board. Freire called the cuts "a clean break" from the Obama administration's way of doing things. "By making these moves, the administrator and members of the House can pander to the president's base by looking like they're getting tough on all those pesky 'liberal scientists.' But, ... Read More »

AHCA would cover only 5% of Americans with pre-existing conditions

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Paul Ryan (R-KY) is] "hopeful we can make it better in the Senate". The Republican who used to be considered an impressive wonk was, in essence, imploring members not to rationally think through the legislation they were about to pass. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told reporters that it will be weeks before the chamber's Republicans can produce a new bill. "And if people can't afford their higher rates, they get thrown into something called a 'high risk pool, ' which sounds less like an ... Read More »

Trump moving to slash budget for White House 'drug czar

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Baum is the second acting drug czar in the Trump administration. "The HIDTA and Drug Free Communities grant programs, run by ONDCP , are a phenomenal waste of money that contribute to the incarceration and stigmatization of drug users, so their elimination is a welcome move". Read More »

Trump executive order allows campaigning from the pulpit

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Faith-based groups across the nation are divided in their opinions over how much of an impact that President Trump's newly-signed executive order will actually have on the protection of religious liberty in the nation . While evangelicals generally welcomed Trump's executive order, other groups raised objections. Evangelical Christian leader Russell Moore said the order is "more symbolic than substantive". Read More »

Days In, Trump Says He's Brought About 'Profound Change'

Instead, Minhaj praised the First Amendment for allowing a "first-generation Indian-American Muslim kid" to make fun of the president on live TV. The president will sign an executive order at a shovel factory in central Pennsylvania, directing his administration to review the nation's trade agreements. Read More »

Trump takes credit for blocking Democratic win in Georgia race

And according to Brian Fallon, the former spokesperson for failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Ossoff's showing in Georgia's 6th district could potentially be a roadmap for the Democratic Party's strategy going forward to win over wealthy, white voters. Read More »

Turkish military convoy moves closer to Syrian Kurds

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Moreover they acted without any approval of the USA -led coalition. Anti-ISIL coalition forces are patrolling the Turkey-Syria border in the wake of Turkey's counter-terrorism operation in Iraq and Syria, U.S. Ankara views the USA -backed Syrian Kurds as a terror organization and an extension of Kurdish militants waging a three-decade-long insurgency against the Turkish state. Read More »

Donald Trump is historically unpopular as he reaches the 100-day mark

Mr Trump has made 280 promises in speeches, or on Twitter, including his "Contract with the American voter" - a list of pledges for the first 100 days. The one move that he has been pushing with all his might is the health care revamp but despite his efforts, nothing concrete has come about yet, on this front. Read More »

Trump to spend Day 100 in office talking tough on trade

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In just the last few days, for instance, Trump has lashed out at federal judges, threatened to pull out of NAFTA, demanded payment from South Korea for a U.S. It's not unusual at all for a new president to be bewildered by the demands of the job, or to pine for the anonymity and freedom of civilian life. Trump's core supporters continue to support him. Read More »

Trump keeps mum about ousted adviser Flynn

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In this February 10 photo, then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn sits in the East Room of the White House in Washington . Representative Elijah Cummings, the House committee's top Democrat, released other Defence Department documents on Thursday showing that the DIA found no evidence that Flynn requested permission to accept foreign funds, despite a 2014 warning against taking such payments. Read More »

US Secretary of Agriculture to sign new rule during Leesburg visit

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After Trump met the leaders of Canada and Mexico Wednesday, he announced that the USA will attempt to renegotiate NAFTA rather than leave the trade agreement entirely. "Farm Bureau looks forward to working with the administration and Congress on issues like trade, farm labor and regulatory reform, with the goal of boosting American agriculture and increasing access to New York-grown food". Read More »

Astronaut Peggy Whitson Sets Record

Commander Whitson , who is now aboard the International Space Station (ISS), has been in space a total of 534 days during her career. "Well that's good, I'm glad to hear that", Trump said , laughing. She returned home in October. " Well, there you go, there's our resident space ninja doing the gravity demonstration ", Fischer continued. "And yesterday morning, I had my coffee in floaty ball form, and, sir, it was delicious". Read More »

Dale Jr.'s impact on NASCAR goes far beyond his driving career

That slipup resulted in NASCAR penalizing him 25 points, which dropped him from first in the Cup Series standings with seven races remaining in the season. Nevertheless, Earnhardt has remained one of NASCAR's most well-liked and bankable stars, winning the fan vote for NASCAR's most popular driver a record 14 straight years. Read More »

South central IN counties see widespread employment growth

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Unemployment in Mason County continues to decline, according to the latest statistics. The unemployment rate unadjusted for the season was 3.7 percent, down from 4.1 percent in February and 4.2 percent in March 2016. China's quarterly job report delivered a positive message Tuesday as 3.34 million new jobs were created in the first quarter and the unemployment rate fell to 3.97 percent. Read More »

Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway postponed to Monday

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Daniel Suarez was third to give the JGR cars two spots in the top three. With Monster Energy Series qualifying canceled, the lineup is set via owner points, meaning Kyle Larson will start first when we get underway tomorrow. Busch is a five-time victor at Bristol, but hasn't been to victory lane in his Cup vehicle since 2011. I can promise if you win the race you'll definitely win the Dash 4 Cash. Read More »

MSU football's Auston Robertson charged with criminal sexual conduct

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The Associated Press sent an email seeking comment from Robertson, who hadn't been arraigned. Dantonio said Robertson had an "extensive educational process" following the incident and on arrival at Michigan State, involving "daily supervised sessions within the football program and regular meetings with university staff addressing appropriate behavior and developmental growth". Read More »

Sanders urges Democrats to reach out to Trump supporters

The tour will take them from ME to eight other states, including Florida, Arizona, Montana and Nevada. A reminder - Sanders won the Democratic Caucuses in ME, defeating Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. Sanders drew thousands to a rally at the civic center in Portland in July 2015, showing he was more than a fringe candidate. Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will headline a Louisville event aimed at helping re-energize Kentuckys downtrodden Democratic Party. Read More »

VA tests partnership with CVS to reduce veterans' wait times

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Mr. Shulkin has called on Congress to approve a more permanent solution to veterans' health care. The program is meant to provide more timely care by allowing veterans to go outside the VA network only in cases where they had to wait more than 30 days for an appointment or drive more than 40 miles to a facility. Read More »

Prosecutors toss thousands of tainted drug cases

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The state's highest court ordered the prosecutors to produce lists by the end of day Tuesday indicating how numerous approximately 24,000 affected cases they would not or could not prosecute if new trials were ordered. Conley said he'd made a decision to pursue 117 of the 15,570 cases undermined by Dookhan's work. He said those defendants had sustained more than 1,700 convictions for violent or weapons crimes, and that his office still had sufficient evidence to retry the cases if needed. Read More »

Arkansas asks court to lift inmate's stay

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He is particularly concerned about the psychological well-being of the handful of officials who would be involved if Arkansas were to proceed with the rapid-fire executions of several condemned men, originally set for April 17 to 27. After that, officials say finding a supplier willing to allow the drug to be used to kill someone will be exceptionally hard. McAndrew, who took part in the deaths of eight convicts - three in Florida, and five in Texas as training - says that the executions in ... Read More »