Trump administration grants approval for Keystone XL pipeline

The decision marks a revival for the controversial pipeline, which the Obama administration halted.

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Senate votes to lift limits on hunting Alaska grizzlies and wolves on federal land

The White House calls climate change research a ‘waste.’ Actually, it’s required by law

The Arctic just set a grim new record for low levels of sea ice

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Mexico’s Top Diplomat Says Nation Can Survive End of Nafta

Mexico is prepared for the end of the North American Free Trade Agreement if it can’t reach a deal with the U.S. and Canada that benefits all three nations, the country’s top diplomat said.

Source: Mexico’s Top Diplomat Says Nation Can Survive End of Nafta

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Overwhelming, Bipartisan Support for Supreme Court Nominee Judge Gorsuch

This week, the confirmation hearing began for Judge Neil Gorsuch to become our next Supreme Court Justice.

Since Judge Gorsuch was announced by President Donald J. Trump, there has been overwhelming, bipartisan support and praise for Judge Gorsuch’s experience, knowledge, and deep respect for the rule of law.

The American Bar Association unanimously rated Judge Gorsuch “well-qualified” to serve on the Supreme Court. According to the ABA, the “committee confines its evaluation to the qualities of integrity, professional competence and judicial demeanor,” and even Senator Chuck Schumer has described the assessment as the “gold standard” in evaluating judicial nominations.

In addition to the ABA’s rating, dozens of Judge Gorsuch’s former Harvard Law classmates came together to express their endorsement, stating, “we know that Judge Gorsuch is the real deal.” Having known Judge Gorsuch for a quarter-century and watching him in action, their unique perspective is a testament to the incredible kind of judge the Supreme Court would be gaining. Read about their experiences with Judge Gorsuch, here.

Source: Overwhelming, Bipartisan Support for Supreme Court Nominee Judge Gorsuch

Rockville High rape case draws attention at White House briefing

Trump spokesman Sean Spicer, asked about the case, said local officials need to reexamine their policies.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer landed Maryland in the middle of the nation’s emotionally charged debate over immigration policy Tuesday, decrying the rape of a Rockville High School student, allegedly by two undocumented immigrants, and urging state and local officials to reexamine laws and procedures to reduce the likelihood of such an incident happening again.

“The president recognizes that education is a state-run and a ­local-run issue, but I think it is cause for concern what happened there,” Spicer said in response to a reporter’s question about the case. “And I think the city should look at its policies, and I think that this is something authorities are going to have to look at.”

Source: Rockville High rape case draws attention at White House briefing

Hempfield SD officials investigating racist video involving young students | WPXI

Hempfield SD officials investigating racist video involving young students

GREENSBURG, Pa. – Officials are investigating after several middle and elementary school students in Westmoreland County appeared in a racist video that was posted on social media.

The video includes several boys who danced and made obscene gestures while a homemade rap song played, calling the song’s target “the whitest black man I know.” One boy wore what appears to be a Klansman’s hood made of paper, while another waved a toy gun.

Hempfield Area School District Superintendent Barbara Marin said in a statement that a school police officer and the district’s administration worked to identify all of the children involved.

“We will not tolerate this type of racial intimidation and harassment,” Marin said in her statement.

In a letter sent to parents (CLICK HERE to read), Marin confirmed that the video was created at home by Hempfield middle and elementary school students. A student who does not attend school in the district posted the video on Twitter.


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Trump signs NASA bill aimed at sending people to Mars

Former astronauts will get health care. Pence will run the National Space Council. Trump doesn’t want to be an astronaut.

The bill more or less aligns with the budget blueprint Trump laid out last week. NASA won’t face the same cuts as other science and medical agencies, which stand to lose huge portions of their budget under the president’s proposal. Sending humans to Mars by the 2030s remains NASA’s long-term goal, and Congress will continue to fund the construction of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew capsule for that mission.

Source: Trump signs NASA bill aimed at sending people to Mars

Analysis | Trump inherits the Iraq War. But what will he do?

The Iraqi prime minister’s visit to Washington raises more questions than answers.His visit was drowned out in the American news cycle by feverish coverage of hearings on Capitol Hill regarding Russian meddling in last year’s election. Sensing the moment, Abadi gestured to the national conversation, joking while sitting alongside Trump that he had nothing to do with wiretapping the then-candidate’s phones. (Earlier in the day, FBI director James B. Comey had confirmed that his agency had found no evidence to support Trump’s allegations about wiretapping.)

Source: Analysis | Trump inherits the Iraq War. But what will he do?

Senate Hearings Get Underway on Trump Supreme Court Pick

Thirteen months after Antonin Scalia’s death created a vacancy on the Supreme Court, hearings get underway on Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace him.

Judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, is a respected, highly credentialed and conservative member of the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. His nomination has been cheered by Republicans and praised by some left-leaning legal scholars, and Democrats head into the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Monday divided over how hard to fight him.

Source: Senate Hearings Get Underway on Trump Supreme Court Pick