Handel wins Georgia special election – POLITICO

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Republican Karen Handel has won Georgia’s special election, holding off the most well-funded House candidate in history and deflating Democrats who yearned for a special election rebuke to President Donald Trump.

Handel, who previously served as Georgia’s secretary of state, had 52 percent of the vote to Democrat Jon Ossoff’s 48 percent when the Associated Press called the race late Tuesday night after a six-month campaign in which Republicans hammered Ossoff as an ill fit for a traditionally conservative district.

Source: Handel wins Georgia special election – POLITICO

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North Korea JFK ‘Mugging’ Actually a Homeland Security ‘Bust’

North Korea’s JFK “mugging” claim – that its delegation was roughed up there by U.S. agents who grabbed a legal “diplomatic package” – has been countered by the Department of Homeland Security saying three North Koreans were confronted at the airport but they had no diplomatic status.

According to the North Korea state-run KCNA, the North Koreans at John F. Kennedy International Airport were part of its United Nations delegation and they were attacked by U.S. authorities who “made a violent assault like gangsters,” per the New York Daily News.

Source: North Korea JFK ‘Mugging’ Actually a Homeland Security ‘Bust’

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Bill To Prohibit Bans & Taxes On Plastic Bags Goes To Governor « CBS Pittsburgh

HARRISBURG (NewsRadio 1020/KDKA) – A bill that would prevent cities like Pittsburgh and other municipalities from banning or taxing plastic bags is on its way to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.

A spokesman says Gov. Wolf opposes the bill, but will make a final decision about whether to sign or veto it once he reviews the measure.

Source: Bill To Prohibit Bans & Taxes On Plastic Bags Goes To Governor « CBS Pittsburgh

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Vice President Mike Pence to Travel to Central and South America

During his travel, the Vice President will meet with leaders from government and the business community to reaffirm the President’s commitment to deepening bilateral trade and investment ties with the region and continue the Administration’s support of security cooperation, business engagement, agriculture, and infrastructure development.

“At President Trump’s direction, and in a sign of the high importance he places on this region, in August I will travel to Central and South America,” said Vice President Pence. “I will build on the good work that has been done throughout President Trump’s Administration to bolster our shared economic and security goals.”

Source: Vice President Mike Pence to Travel to Central and South America

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Otto Warmbier has ‘severe neurological injury’ | Daily Mail Online

Doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center say that Otto Warmbier has suffered an ‘extensive loss of brain tissue’.

  • University of Cincinnati Medical Center doctors said Thursday afternoon  that Otto Warmbier has suffered an ‘extensive loss of brain tissue’
  • They also said there’s no evidence that he has botulism, as the North Korean regime has claimed  
  • The 22-year-old was released by North Korea this week, after 17 months of detainment 
  • At an earlier press conference held at Otto’s old high school in Wyoming, Ohio, on Thursday his dad Fred condemned the North Koreans for what they did
  • He also called out the Obama Administration for not doing enough to secure his son’s release 
  • Mr Warmbier wore the same jacket to the press conference that his son wore to court in North Korea last year, when he was sentenced to 15 years hard labor 

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Source: Otto Warmbier has ‘severe neurological injury’ | Daily Mail Online

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Jeff Sessions testifies: Refuses to say whether he spoke to Trump about Comey’s handling of Russia investigation

The attorney general said he could not answer because his conversations with Trump are private.

The attorney general confirmed elements of Comey’s dramatic testimony before the same panel last week while disputing others.

Source: Jeff Sessions testifies: Refuses to say whether he spoke to Trump about Comey’s handling of Russia investigation

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Gov. Wolf signs Pennsylvania pension reform into law | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The measure replaces the current generous retirement benefit with three new options that rely partially or entirely on a 401(k)-style plan.

The measure, passed by the Republican-controlled legislature, reconstructs the state’s current pension system for future state employees and public school teachers, replacing the current generous retirement benefit with three new options that rely partially or entirely on a 401(k)-style plan.

Source: Gov. Wolf signs Pennsylvania pension reform into law | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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6/9/17: Weekly Address – YouTube

 

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‘Dead Woman Walking’: Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground : The Two-Way : NPR

The British prime minister hopes to form a government with a small party in Northern Ireland. But members of her own party are questioning her leadership, and Labour leaders aren’t ready to give up.The fallout from Thursday’s snap general election, which left her Conservative Party bereft of their majority, also prompted her to seek out a relatively tiny ally that could have vast sway over what happens next in the U.K.

Reports surfaced Saturday that May was nearing a final deal to form a government with the help Democratic Unionist Party, a socially conservative, primarily Protestant bloc based in Northern Ireland. With just 10 members of Parliament, the DUP doesn’t wield much power on its own — but those seats, if they vote with May’s party, have the power to push the Conservatives over the threshold to a functioning government.

Source: ‘Dead Woman Walking’: Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground : The Two-Way : NPR

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Indiana voter registration group, employees charged with falsifying applications

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said officials did not find any evidence that fraudulent ballots were cast in last November’s election or that the group and its employees committed voter fraud. “These allegations pertain to voter registration applications provided to county officials before the November election,” he said in a news release. “Let me be clear that these are not allegations of voter fraud nor is there any evidence to suggest that voter fraud was the alleged motivation.”

Source: Indiana voter registration group, employees charged with falsifying applications

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Election results 2017: 20 things you may have missed – BBC News

It’s hard to catch everything in the flurry of facts, stats and spin. Here are some choice nuggets.

The SNP has suffered some of the night’s biggest losses. Former leader Alex Salmond, who was Scotland’s first minister between 2007 and 2014, lost his Gordon seat to the Scottish Conservatives. The SNP leader in Westminster, Angus Robertson, also lost his Moray seat to the Tories.

Former Lib Dem Leader and deputy PM Nick Clegg also suffered a fall from grace. He looked visibly upset when he lost his Sheffield Hallam seat – which he had held for 12 years – to Labour. But his departure didn’t seem to shock everyone. “Who is Nick Clegg?” was one of the top trending questions on Google overnight.

Source: Election results 2017: 20 things you may have missed – BBC News

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California voters choose Becerra replacement – POLITICO

Jimmy Gomez was campaigning furiously over the weekend to fend off a challenge from Robert Lee Ahn.

Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez led Robert Lee Ahn by 4 percentage points in early returns. But the count appeared to bode well for Gomez, who was widely expected to start behind Ahn in early voting before making up ground in later returns.

Source: California voters choose Becerra replacement – POLITICO

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Will Privatized Air Traffic Control Put You in Danger?

Trump reignites a long-simmering debate. We take a look at how other countries have done it.

That model is used in other countries, including Canada. U.S. carriers frequently cite Nav Canada, the Ottawa-based nonprofit that’s overseen air traffic there since 1996, as something America should emulate. Under such a model, the FAA would retain oversight of safety much as Transport Canada, its counterpart north of the border, does. The new U.S. air traffic group would be funded by user fees.

Source: Will Privatized Air Traffic Control Put You in Danger?

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Megyn Kelly gets outmaneuvered by Vladimir Putin on her NBC premiere ‘Sunday Night’ – LA Times

The hour-long news show promised to be a “a tough conversation” between Kelly and the Russian leader. But for Putin, it was child’s play as he displayed an elusive and ultimately dismissive demeanor toward Kelly.

The interview, which was teased for weeks on NBC as a must-see exclusive, lasted less than 10 minutes. But that was just about enough time to confirm that she’s still not a great interviewer, and he’s still one of the most deceptive interview subjects around.

Source: Megyn Kelly gets outmaneuvered by Vladimir Putin on her NBC premiere ‘Sunday Night’ – LA Times

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Comey to testify publicly about Trump confrontations – CNNPolitics.com

Fired FBI director James Comey plans to testify publicly in the Senate as early as next week to confirm bombshell accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into a top Trump aide’s ties to Russia, a source close to the issue said Wednesday.

Story highlights
  • Mueller and Comey have discussed parameters to avoid conflicts with criminal probe.
  • Comey is likely to confirm for the first time accounts of pressure from Trump over Russia investigations

Source: Comey to testify publicly about Trump confrontations – CNNPolitics.com

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Global Collaboration More Crucial Than Ever As U.S. Abandons Climate Change Pact

The world waited with bated breath for U.S. President Donald Trump to announce whether he would move to take the country out of the Paris Accord — a decision that has global ramifications for climate change. It’s unlikely to alter the actions already taken to reduce emissions by many of the 190 countries that signed the agreement.

Source: Global Collaboration More Crucial Than Ever As U.S. Abandons Climate Change Pact

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McConnell faces a challenge passing health care in Senate – NY Daily News

FILE – In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during a news conference in Juneau, Alaska. For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan? (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell faces a challenge in resolving the clashing demands of GOP senators on a health care replacement bill.

Source: McConnell faces a challenge passing health care in Senate – NY Daily News

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Half of New Jersey 8th grade class refuses to pose with Speaker Paul Ryan.

During a field trip to Washington, D.C. on Thursday, half of an eighth grade class from New Jersey refused to take part in a photo-op with House Speaker Paul Ryan. Around 100 students from South Orange Middle School sat in a parking lot across the street as Ryan took photos with the rest of the class. Ryan posted one of those photos to his Instagram account with the caption, “Got that Friday Feeling.”

 

Source: Half of New Jersey 8th grade class refuses to pose with Speaker Paul Ryan.

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Republican Gianforte wins Montana election one night after being charged with assault – Chicago Tribune

Republican Greg Gianforte has won the special election for Montana’s sole U.S. House seat, according to the Associated Press, defeating Democrat Rob Quist on Thursday to replace Ryan Zinke, who is now President Donald Trump‘s interior secretary.

Source: Republican Gianforte wins Montana election one night after being charged with assault – Chicago Tribune

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A Guide to the G7 Summit: Trump Meets World Leaders in Taormina to Discuss Global Challenges and More

A practical guide to the annual two-day meeting of leaders from the U.S., Italy, Germany, France, the U.K., Japan, and Canada.

The annual gathering is attended by the heads of government of the so-called Group of Seven, the seven most developed nations in the world, who meet to discuss a common agenda to tackling global challenges.

Source: A Guide to the G7 Summit: Trump Meets World Leaders in Taormina to Discuss Global Challenges and More

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Statement from President Donald J. Trump

The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling. These leaks have been going on for a long time and my Administration will get to the bottom of this. The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security.

I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

There is no relationship we cherish more than the Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

Source: Statement from President Donald J. Trump

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President Trump’s Trip Abroad

The President will make five stops in four countries during the eight-day trip. The President will seek to reaffirm America’s global leadership, continue building key relationships with world leaders, and deliver a message of unity to America’s friends and allies. He will be making stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, and Belgium, and will be attending both the NATO and G7 summits. First Lady Melania Trump is traveling with the President on the trip abroad.

Source: President Trump’s Trip Abroad

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President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address | whitehouse.gov

For Immediate Release

May 19, 2017 President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address

My fellow Americans,   This weekend I begin my first trip overseas as president – a trip with historic significance for the American people.   I will be visiting with the leaders in many different countries to strengthen our old friendships, build new partnerships, and unite the civilized world in a fight against terrorism.   In that spirit of unity…..

Source: President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address | whitehouse.gov

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