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College 'safe spaces' decried by liberals, conservatives, celebrities

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:55:08 -0400

There seems to be one thing a divided Congress can agree on: College campuses pose a dangerous threat to free speech.

First Amendment advocates such as former ACLU chief Nadine Strossen and libertarian media personality Adam Carolla testified as part of a panel Thursday before House Oversight subcommittees on the ...

Trump honors officers who stopped gunman attack on GOP lawmakers

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:18:00 -0400

President Trump on Thursday presented the Medal of Valor to five first responders who took on the gunman that opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice last month.

The president called the two U.S. Capitol Police officers and three Alexandria, Virginia, officers "real heroes who's courageous actions under ...

Trump administration targets MS-13 gang, sanctuary cities

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:45:00 -0400

The Trump administration Thursday put sanctuary cities front and center in its battle to take down the ruthless MS-13 street gang, saying the efforts to shield illegal immigrants was providing safe haven for violent criminals.

"Cooperation is critical. It is often state and local law enforcement not ICE that first ...

Top general says no change to transgender policy without formal Trump order

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:36:00 -0400

The nation's top general said current policy allowing transgender soldiers and sailors to serve in the ranks will remain in place for the foreseeable future, despite President Trump's tweets on Wednesday declaring that transgender men and women would be banned from the military.

"There will be no modifications to the ...

New video shows Planned Parenthood skirting partial-birth abortion law

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:05:16 -0400

A new undercover video shows an abortionist at Planned Parenthood admitting to feigning compliance with the federal ban on partial-birth abortion.

At a Planned Parenthood conference evening reception, Dr. Suzie Prabhakaran, vice president of medical affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, says she routinely documents ...

IRS hires suspected tax cheats, fraudsters: Audit

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:53:00 -0400

The IRS rehired hundreds of employees who had previously left the agency under clouds of suspicion — including four who were being investigated for cheating on their own taxes — according to a new audit Thursday that found the agency still struggling to correct the longstanding problem.

The Treasury Inspector ...

New Orleans bilks federal taxpayers of $2 billion in Hurricane Katrina repairs: Audit

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:37:00 -0400

New Orleans is taking federal taxpayers for a $2 billion ride in Hurricane Katrina spending, the inspector general who oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday, concluding that the city is charging the government for repairs that had nothing to do with the 2005 hurricane and flooding that devastated ...

Inmates' escape video shows everything is caught on tape

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 03:42:55 -0400

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — In an age when everything else is captured for public consumption on a smartphone, why not your own jailbreak?

Inmates who broke out of the maximum-security wing of a Southern California jail last year did just that with a smuggled cellphone and through an attorney ...

Ohio State Fair opens, but rides closed after deadly accident

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 02:12:39 -0400

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Fair opened Thursday but its amusement rides remained closed one day after a man was killed and seven other people were injured when a thrill ride broke apart and flung people into the air.

Video captured by a bystander at the fair Wednesday ...

Drug-runners use catapult to fire massive load of marijuana across border

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:20:37 -0400

Authorities announced Wednesday that they recovered massive drug bundles fired across the U.S.-Mexico border fence by what officials described as "some sort of catapult."

Local residents on Monday phoned 911 to say they saw bundles being launched over the fence near Douglas, Arizona. A police officer responding to the scene ...

Thomas Homan, ICE chief, says immigrant 'sanctuaries' break smuggling laws

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:59:10 -0400

The country's top immigration enforcement officer says he is looking into charging sanctuary city leaders with violating federal anti-smuggling laws because he is fed up with local officials putting their communities and his officers at risk by releasing illegal immigrants from jail.

Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration ...

Sam Brownback, Kansas governor, nominated by Trump for religious freedom post

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:49:47 -0400

President Trump will nominate Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to serve as the State Department's ambassador at large for international religious freedom, the White House announced Wednesday.

Mr. Brownback, a Republican who has served as governor since 2011, was a proponent of religious freedom during his nearly two decades in Congress, ...

Donald Trump bans transgender troops in military

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:04:06 -0400

President Trump on Wednesday banned transgender troops from serving in the U.S. military "in any capacity," moving to scrap yet another of President Obama's major legacy policies.

The dramatic reversal will bar transgender inductees and force transgender people in uniform out of the armed services, according to Pentagon sources.

Gay ...

Donald Trump brings Foxconn to Wisconsin

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:54:10 -0400

President Trump announced Wednesday that Foxconn, a Taiwanese manufacturing giant that makes iPhone components, will build a major factory in Wisconsin and create thousands of new jobs.

The $10 billion deal will open an LDC electronics factory, a rarity in the U.S., and mark the advent of domestic production of ...

Clarence Thomas still not in African American museum, which adds Jim Vance to exhibits

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:03:09 -0400

The National Museum of African American History and Culture has plans to include the beloved D.C. newsman Jim Vance in its exhibitions — but there's still no room for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

The Smithsonian Institution previously said the absence of Justice Thomas, the second black man to ...

Prosecutors weigh charges for teens who mocked drowning man

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:48:42 -0400

COCOA, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors will decide whether to file charges against five teenagers who laughed and recorded video as a disabled man drowned.

Cocoa Police officials said Wednesday they had turned over the case to prosecutors. Police have recommended filing a misdemeanor charge of failure to report a ...

EPA moves to submerge Obama-era 'Waters of the U.S.' rule by filing repeal

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:03:25 -0400

The Trump administration formally moved Wednesday to repeal the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule, dealing another blow to the Obama-era environmental regulatory regime.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army announced that the proposed water rule withdrawal would be published Thursday in the Federal Register, launching ...

J. Russell George, Treasury's IG, says taxpayer authentication a 'major concern' for IRS

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:37:45 -0400

The IRS has made big strides in cracking down on taxpayer identity theft, but the agency's auditor told Congress on Wednesday that hackers and fraudsters remain the greatest risk to the agency's operations.

"There is still a major concern about the ability of the IRS to authenticate who it is ...

Steve Scalise released from hospital

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:07:28 -0400

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was released from the hospital Tuesday in "good spirits," according to a press release from MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

"Congressman Steve Scalise has made excellent progress in his recovery from a life-threatening gunshot wound six weeks ago. Yesterday, he was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital ...

Police: One-armed, machete-wielding clown arrested

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:52:49 -0400

HOLLIS, Maine (AP) — A man accused of drunkenly strolling down a road in Maine wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and a clown mask and brandishing a machete taped to his amputated arm has been arrested.

Maine State Police told WCSH-TV that 31-year-old Corey Berry, of Hollis, was arrested ...