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Billionaire Adelson Reaps Benefits From Big Republican Donations

Billionaire Adelson Reaps Benefits From Big Republican Donations
Investing in politics is finally paying off for billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson. The dividends will be displayed this weekend as some of the nation's top fundraisers assemble at his Venetian hotel in Las Vegas for the annual meeting of his signature political organization, the Republican Jewish Coalition. Among those paying their respects will be Vice President Mike Pence and Ronna Romney McDaniel, the new Republican National Committee leader. While Adelson often attracts ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 24 )

Op-Ed: State Department Writes Anti-leak Memo, Which Promptly Leaks

Op-Ed: State Department Writes Anti-leak Memo, Which Promptly Leaks
The State Department legislative office prepared a four-page memo for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warning of the dangers of leaking by State Department employees. It promptly leaked, to me. That's only the latest sign that the relationship between the Trump administration political appointees and the State Department professional workforce is still very much a work in progress. The Feb. 20 memo by State Department acting legal adviser Richard Visek to Tillerson is entitled "SBU: ...
(5 opinions  |   February 24 )

White House Expects Justice Crackdown On Legalized Marijuana

White House Expects Justice Crackdown On Legalized Marijuana
The Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday, offering the Trump administration's strongest indication to date of a looming crackdown on the drug, even as a solid majority of Americans believe it should be legal. "I do believe you'll see greater enforcement of it," Spicer said in response to a question during a news conference. But he offered no details about what such enforcement would entail. ...
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Trio Of Military Men Gain Growing Influence With Trump

Trio Of Military Men Gain Growing Influence With Trump
In a White House laden with competing power centers, a trio of military men has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph Dunford have quickly formed a stabilizing alliance in an administration whose earliest days have been marked by turmoil. At working dinners and meetings with President Donald Trump, the men - all retired or current generals -have sought to guide the new leader and foreign ...
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Democrats' Dilemma: To Shake Or Not To Shake President Trump's Hand

Democrats' Dilemma: To Shake Or Not To Shake President Trump's Hand
President Barack Obama shook hands with lawmakers as he strode down the middle aisle of the House of Representatives before his final State of the Union, breaking into a wide smile when he saw a very familiar face. "Eliot, you're here," Obama said. "Would I be anyplace else?" Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., replied. For nearly three decades, Engel has been on the aisle for every presidential address to Congress. For a fleeting moment, it's just him and the president - two Republicans and two ...
(3 opinions  |   February 24 )

Malaysia: VX Nerve Agent Killed Outcast North Korean Scion

Malaysia: VX Nerve Agent Killed Outcast North Korean Scion
The poison used to kill the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader at a crowded air terminal in Malaysia was the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent, police said Friday. Eleven days after the deadly toxin was used, they said they would eliminate any possible remaining trace of it from the airport and other locations. The revelation that VX nerve agent, deadly even in minute amounts, was used in the Feb. 13 attack boosted speculation that Pyongyang dispatched a hit squad to kill Kim ...
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'No Anonymous Sources' Trump Scolds

'No Anonymous Sources' Trump Scolds
Donald Trump used his first presidential appearance before the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists on Friday to sharply escalate his criticisms of the news media and take direct aim at the use of anonymous sources. Reporters "shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name," he declared, just hours after members of his own staff held a press briefing and refused to allow their names to be used. "A source says that Donald Trump is a horrible, horrible ...
(1 opinions  |   February 24 )

Homeland Security Chief: No Use Of Military For Deportations

Homeland Security Chief: No Use Of Military For Deportations
Seeking to tamp down growing unease in Latin America, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly pledged Thursday that America won't enlist its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be "no mass deportations." Only hours earlier, President Donald Trump suggested the opposite. He told CEOs at the White House the deportation push was a "military operation." Kelly, speaking in Mexico's capital, said all deportations will honor human rights and follow the U.S. legal system. ...
(2 opinions  |   February 24 )

NYC: Dozens Of Metal Poles Fall Off Truck On BQE, Smash Cars Below

NYC: Dozens Of Metal Poles Fall Off Truck On BQE, Smash Cars Below
Dozens of metal poles got loose from a truck in New York City and rained onto cars, with one piercing a man's windshield. The Daily News says the scaffolding poles came off a flatbed truck Thursday night and fell from an elevated part of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway onto vehicles below. Munther Abu-Hamea says the crashing poles sounded like bombs and one went through his windshield, narrowly missing him. He drives for Uber and a limo firm and was on his way home to Staten Island. The ...
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Fugitive Search At JFK Airport Sparks New Travel Ban Scare

Fugitive Search At JFK Airport Sparks New Travel Ban Scare
Federal border officials say they were looking for a fugitive, not doing a random immigration check, when they met a plane at New York City's Kennedy Airport and asked passengers for their IDs. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says in a statement that two of its officers met the Delta jet Wednesday evening after its flight from San Francisco in an attempt to find a specific person who had been ordered deported by an immigration judge. At least two passengers tweeted photographs of the ...
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Sentencing Of Man In 1979 Kidnapping Of NYC Boy Is Delayed

Sentencing Of Man In 1979 Kidnapping Of NYC Boy Is Delayed
A judge in New York has delayed the sentencing of a man convicted in a second trial of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979. Judge Maxwell Wiley ruled Thursday that next week's sentencing for Pedro Hernandez will be postponed. A new date wasn't yet set. Hernandez's attorney Harvey Fishbein requested the delay to investigate whether a juror may have known during proceedings that members of the first jury were in the audience. Hernandez, of Maple Shade, New Jersey, was convicted Feb. 14 of ...
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