Wednesday , 25 April 2018

Politics

Republican projected winner of Arizona special election in GOP stronghold

Republican Debbie Lesko is the projected winner of Arizona’s special election Tuesday in a contest both parties were watching as a barometer of political strength before the November midterm elections. But Democrat Hiral Tipirneni performed strongly, which bolsters the party’s argument that enthusiasm remains high for its candidates and helps reinforce the argument that a so-called blue wave is coming …

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US Supreme Court to hear challenge to Trump travel ban

In its final oral argument of the term, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear one of the most highly-anticipated cases of the Trump presidency: Travel Ban 3.0. After two failed attempts by the administration to bar immigration to the United States from certain foreign countries, Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation on Sept. 24, 2017, that indefinitely restricted most …

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US Embassy move in Israel emblematic of broader policy shift

When the Stars and Stripes is hoisted over the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem next month it will be a physical milestone in a broader, striking shift by the Trump administration away from a half-century of traditional U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinians. For decades, even amid close U.S.-Israeli ties, Washington has tried to position itself as a neutral …

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Arizona special election: Polls are open

Democrats and Republicans are watching the Arizona special election for signs of their political standing leading into the November midterms. A Democratic loss by a single digit will be seen by that party as a “symbolic victory” and as evidence that enthusiasm remains strong. However, Republicans seeking to guard their deep-red stronghold worry that a loss could signal that their …

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President Trump, first lady host 1st state dinner

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hosted their first state dinner Tuesday evening in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron. The first couple greeted Macron and his wife on the steps of the White House North Portico, with the couples exchanging a round of cheek kisses before posing for photos. While President Trump wore a tuxedo, first lady …

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White House says Trump will defend VA nominee hours after he suggested he step aside

Hours after President Donald Trump suggested his embattled nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, should step aside, the White House is now saying the president will fight for him. “The president will be defending him,” White House Director for Legislative Affairs Marc Short told ABC News just moments after Jackson emerged from a late …

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Pruitt wants EPA to stop basing rules on what he calls 'secret science'

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a new rule Tuesday that would limit what kind of science the EPA can consider in writing new environmental rules. Pruitt said the rule would ban the EPA from relying on what he called “secret science,” research that didn’t make the raw data behind it available to the general public, saying the new …

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