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KENTUCKY: Dem Trolls Abortion Bill With Amendment Requiring Women To Report Their Pregnancies To State

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: Should pregnant women be monitored by the state? That’s what a Louisville lawmaker is proposing out of frustration with a flurry of bills in the current legislative session meant to restrict or eliminate abortion in Kentucky. “It’s so arrogant of a bunch of legislators,” said Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Louisville Democrat and supporter of abortion …

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Senate Votes To Confirm Bill Barr As Attorney General

The Hill reports: The Senate voted Thursday to approve William Barr as attorney general, giving the Justice Department its first confirmed chief since President Trump ousted Jeff Sessions last fall. More than 50 senators voted for Barr’s nomination, giving him enough support to be confirmed. The vote caps off a relatively low drama fight over Trump’s second nominee for the …

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Amazon Cancels Plan For Second HQ In New York City

CNBC reports: Amazon says it will not build a headquarters in New York following mounting opposition, the company said in a statement Thursday. Last week, The Washington Post first reported that Amazon executives were considering backing out of its planned move to New York City. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had warned at a news conference last week following the …

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Investigation Commissioned By Catholic High School Finds Catholic High School Students Did Nothing Wrong

Axios reports: An investigation commissioned by the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School found no evidence of “racist or offensive statements” by Covington Catholic students during their encounter with Native American activists at the Lincoln Memorial in January. Investigators were not able to interview either Native American elder Nathan Phillips or Nicholas Sandmann, the student at the center …

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Schumer Invites USMC Pilot To Challenge McConnell

Politico reports: Chuck Schumer is actively recruiting a high-profile fighter pilot to take on Mitch McConnell in 2020 — a calculated act of aggression against a leading Republican foe. Schumer met with Amy McGrath, a Marine veteran-turned 2018 congressional candidate, at Democratic Party headquarters last month to pitch her on running against McConnell. McGrath listened and didn’t rule it out. …

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NASA Declares Mars Rover Dead After 15 Years

The Independent reports: NASA’s Opportunity rover is officially dead, the space agency has said, after it disappeared in a dust storm on Mars. Clearly emotional NASA staff, standing in front of a life-sized replica of the rover, said they had not heard back from the rover and that the mission would come to an end. “I am standing here with …

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Levi Strauss Files Plan To Take Company Public

CNBC reports: Levi Strauss filed the paperwork for an initial public offering Wednesday. The iconic denim company plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange with the ticker “LEVI.” According to its SEC filing, the San Francisco-based company plans to raise $100 million through the IPO, a placeholder amount used to calculate fees, but CNBC’s Leslie Picker previously reported …

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Dem Rep. Ilhan Omar Hits Back At Trump: You Have Trafficked In Hate Against People For Your Whole Life

Roll Call reports: Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., knocked the president in a tweet Wednesday, highlighting his record of racial and religious discrimination and bucking his calls for her to resign. “You have trafficked in hate your whole life — against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more,” Omar tweeted. “I learned from people impacted by my words. When will …

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REPORT: Trump Intends To Sign Border Security Deal

CNN reports: President Donald Trump intends to sign the border security deal to avoid another partial government shutdown, according to two sources who have spoke directly with the President. Trump said Tuesday that he was “not happy” with the tentative deal reached by congressional negotiators late Monday night that falls far short of his original demands. Congress faces a deadline …

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Wire Fox Terrier Wins Westminster Dog Show [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: When King, a wire fox terrier, won best in show honors at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night, it was not a crowd-pleasing announcement. Boos and grumbles filled Madison Square Garden when the judge handed King the coveted pewter cup. The victory for King, the No. 1-ranked terrier last year, was …

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CALIFORNIA: Governor Pulls Plug On LA-SF Bullet Train

Sacramento’s CBS affiliate reports: California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday he’s abandoning a plan to build a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, a project with an estimated cost that has ballooned to $77 billion. “Let’s be real,” Newsom said in his first State of the State address. “The current project, as planned, would cost too much …

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US Nuclear Power Developers Lobby To Build Worldwide

Bloomberg reports: Nuclear power developers are scheduled to meet with Donald Trump on Tuesday as they seek to build more atomic power plants worldwide, according to people familiar with the planned discussion. The White House meeting is set to include representatives from a range of nuclear developers, including NuScale Power LLC, TerraPower LLC, Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC and General Electric …

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House Judiciary Committee Hires Outside Lawyers To Consult On Mueller Investigation And Impeachment

NBC News reports: The House Judiciary Committee is building out its legal team with an eye toward an aggressive oversight agenda, tasking new outside attorneys with a review of issues that could be at the heart of an impeachment case against President Trump. The Democratic-led panel on Tuesday received approval to hire two “special oversight counsels” — Norm Eisen [photo], …

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Drug Kingpin El Chapo Found Guilty On All Charges

NBC News reports: Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán was found guilty on Tuesday of crimes spanning more than a quarter of a century, during which prosecutors said he smuggled more than 200 tons of cocaine into the U.S. After a nearly three-monthlong trial and six days of deliberations, a New York jury found the alleged Sinaloa cartel leader …

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Hillary Mocks Trump For Stealing Her Campaign Slogan

The Hill reports: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused the GOP and President Trump of copying her 2016 campaign slogan on Tuesday. Clinton quoted a Monday night post from the GOP’s official Twitter account that featured the words “we’re only getting stronger together” with Trump superimposed on the image. Trump said the line during his rally Monday night in …

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WH Plots To Divert Unspent Funds To Border Wall

The Washington Post reports: The White House is firming up plans to redirect unspent federal dollars as a way of funding President Donald Trump’s border wall without taking the dramatic step of invoking a national emergency. Done by executive order, this plan would allow the White House to shift money from different budgetary accounts without congressional approval, circumventing Democrats who …

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SPAIN: Sedition Trial Begins For Catalonia Separatists

The Associated Press reports: In what is being billed as Spain’s “trial of the century,” a dozen politicians and activists face charges in the Supreme Court over their involvement in Catalonia’s push for independence in 2017. The trial, which started Tuesday, sees those in the dock facing charges including rebellion and sedition. The trial is expected to last at least …

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John Oliver: Don’t Expect Trump To Lose In 2020

Newsweek reports: British comedian John Oliver thinks President Donald Trump could be in for a second term, calling those who think America is halfway through his presidency optimistic. The comedian made the comments on Monday night’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “We just passed the midterm point in Trump’s hopefully first and only term.” Colbert told Oliver. …

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Fairfax Accuser Also Accuses Former NBA Star Of Rape

CNN reports: Meredith Watson, who has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of rape, also says she was raped by former Duke University basketball player Corey Maggette, according to her attorney. Maggette, who went on to play 14 seasons in the NBA and is now a freelance basketball analyst on Fox Sports West, denied the allegation in a statement to …

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Flight Attendants Union To Strike If Shutdown Resumes

“Many Americans breathed a sigh of relief when the shutdown ended, assuming that the crisis had passed. But as your flight attendant, I need to tell you the truth: Everyone is less safe flying today than we were before the shutdown. There is bipartisan support to keep the government open with stable, long-term funding. Americans overwhelmingly support this solution. “But …

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