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United Airlines bar teens wearing leggings from flight

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:29:42 -0400

DENVER — Two teenage girls were barred by a gate agent from boarding a United Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday because they were wearing leggings, according to a spokesman for the airline.

The girls, whose ages were not specified, were not allowed onto the morning flight because ...

Tom Price, HHS chief, in spotlight after ditched vote on Obamacare repeal

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:51:07 -0400

With health care stalled on Capitol Hill, the pressure now shifts to President Trump and new Health and Human Services Secretary Thomas Price, who will have to manage a law Republicans say is failing on its own — without giving Democrats more ammunition to say it was the GOP that ...

Border agents' warrantless cellphone searches alarm civil liberties groups

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:39:05 -0400

Civil liberties groups and privacy advocates seeking to rein in border agents' warrantless searches of cellphones are backing the appeal of Turkish man's conviction for attempting to smuggle firearms parts out of the United States, arguing that a month-long forensic search of the man's phone was illegal.

The appeal comes ...

Paul Ryan in conservatives' sights after failure to repeal Obamacare

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:13:10 -0400

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is taking most of the heat for the failure of the GOP's Obamacare repeal bill last week, with several conservative voices calling for him to resign for the good of President Trump's agenda.

And, in a bizarre twist, Mr. Trump himself may have inadvertently fanned ...

Keystone pipeline faces bitter fight from environmental activists

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:05:08 -0400

Environmental activists vowed over the weekend to fight the Keystone XL oil pipeline to the bitter end, insisting the Trump administration's approval of the long-delayed project will not be the final word.

Powerful green groups are launching a two-pronged strategy to block the pipeline in the streets and in the ...

Neil Gorsuch grilled on possible conflicts of interest

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:57:06 -0400

Judge Neil Gorsuch is facing questions about conflict of interest from senators on both sides of the aisle about nearly 1,000 cases the Supreme Court nominee recused himself from hearing during his time on the circuit court.

As a former lawyer for a prominent Washington firm and also as a ...

Army sergeant faces discharge for email to brass about classified data

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:24:07 -0400

The Army is booting out a 13-year public affairs sergeant for including in an unclassified government email the same information about a special operations unit and Osama bin Laden found on web pages.

The irony in the narrative of Staff Sgt. Ricardo Branch is that his motive was to ...

Donald Trump moves ahead with plans for tax cuts after health care failure

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:54:07 -0400

President Trump is leaving behind the failed health care bill and forging ahead with plans for massive tax cuts, but the same forces that doomed the repeal of Obamacare — united opposition from Democrats and divided Republicans — threaten the rest of his ambitious agenda.

Doubts about Mr. Trump's ability ...

Senate Democrats' possible Supreme Court/filibuster deal draws fire

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:14:06 -0400

Both liberals and conservatives are rejecting a deal being pondered by Senate Democrats who would allow Judge Neil Gorsuch to earn a seat on the Supreme Court in exchange for a promise that the GOP won't do away with the filibuster for future nominees.

A half-dozen Democrats are weighing the ...

Trump administration's refugee order expected to become long, drawn out legal fight

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:01:05 -0400

When a federal judge in Hawaii blocked President Trump's revised travel and refugee order from taking effect, he ruled that the president's own comments about the policy proved "religious animus" was at the heart of the ban.

But in a victory for the administration, another federal judge has more recently ...

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel slams Association of American Medical College's massive doctor shortage report

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:59:05 -0400

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel is outraged over reports of a massive physician shortage expected by 2030 — because he doesn't believe it.

In a wide-ranging recent report, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that by 2030 the U.S. will suffer a shortage of 40,800 to 104,900 physicians.

The report highlights ...

Mick Mulvaney, OMB director, says 'Washington won' in failure to repeal Obamacare

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:29:33 -0400

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said Sunday that the House Republicans' bill to repeal and replace Obamacare failed because "Washington won."

He said President Trump proved himself ready to make deals and govern but the dysfunction of Washington — from the fractions ...

Trump confidant Roger Stone eager to testify in Russia probe

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:11:59 -0400

Roger Stone, a former adviser to the Trump campaign, said Sunday that he is the victim of a smear by Democratic lawmakers and that he volunteered to testify in public for the House intelligence committee probe into allegations the campaign colluded with Russian spies.

"I have had no contacts or ...

White House: President Trump didn't endorse Judge Jeanine's call for ouster of Speaker Paul Ryan

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:04:18 -0400

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus dismissed speculation Sunday that President Trump wants to oust House Speaker Paul D. Ryan over the failure to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"No, he doesn't," Mr. Priebus insisted on "Fox News Sunday."

The speculation about the president's dissatisfaction with ...

Chuck Schumer, Senate minority leader, offers Democrat help to fix Obamacare if repeal off the table

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:32:16 -0400

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Sunday that Democrats are ready to work with President Trump to fix Obamacare if Republicans abandon their drive to repeal the law.

The New York Democrat made the offer in the wake of Friday's decision by Mr. Trump and House Speaker Paul D. ...

Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican: Freedom Caucus 'did country a favor" by keeping Obamacare

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:14:23 -0400

Rep. Jim Jordan said Sunday that he and fellow House conservatives may have done America "a favor" by derailing the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Mr. Jordan, a leading member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, insisted that his group had remained true to its values in bucking ...

Executive action to kill Clean Power Plan coming this week: EPA chief

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:55:47 -0400

President Trump this week will sign an executive order to begin unraveling the Clean Power Plan, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Sunday, the first step in the lengthy process of dismantling the central piece of former President Obama's climate-change agenda.

The plan, which would limit carbon emissions from power plants ...

President Trump hits House Freedom Caucus on health care in tweet: 'Democrats are smiling in D.C.'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:43:19 -0400

President Trump jabbed at the House Freedom Caucus and conservative groups Sunday on Twitter, blaming them for derailing the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!" ...

Montana Senate kills 'porn revenge' bill but few know why

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:03:41 -0400

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A bill meant to combat "revenge porn" seemed on its way to passage earlier this week in the Montana Legislature until an unexpected and still-unclear turn of events doomed it.

Two days after the state Senate gave the measure its initial blessings on a 39-11 vote, ...

Graham Spanier, former Penn State University president, found guilty of child endangerment

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:01:03 -0400

One of Pennsylvania State University's former presidents was convicted Friday on one count of misdemeanor child endangerment in connection with the wide-ranging pedophilia scandal centered around Jerry Sandusky, the school's former assistant football coach.

A jury in Harrisburg found Spanier guilty of the single count Friday, but acquitted him on ...