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US Supreme Court Cancels Arguments on Travel Ban After New Policy

The U.S. Supreme Court has canceled arguments on President Donald Trump’s travel ban in light of a new order that was signed Sunday. The announcement comes a day after Trump signed a revised travel ban order, implementing new restrictions for travelers to the United States from eight countries. In an unsigned order, the court has asked both sides to weigh in by October 5th to decide what to do with the case. The court has been prepared to hear arguments about the legality of Trump’s executive order, but the new…

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After Equifax, public shaming but GOP wary of new rules

AP Photo/Mike Stewart WASHINGTON (AP) — Prospects are good for a public shaming in the Equifax data breach, but it’s unlikely Congress will institute sweeping new regulations after hackers accessed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans. Since early this year, President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress have strived to curb government’s influence on businesses, arguing that regulations stifle economic growth. Lawmakers have repealed more than a dozen Obama-era rules and the House voted in June to roll back much of … Read the referenced┬ástory here: After…

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Trump’s Poll Numbers Improving After Outreach to Democrats

President Donald Trump has improved his poll ratings in recent weeks. His public approval rating has reached 40 percent in several surveys after hovering in the mid-30s following his controversial comments in the wake of violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. Has Trump turned a corner, or is he enjoying a temporary respite from the low poll ratings that have plagued him since the beginning of his presidency? VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington. … Read the referenced story here: Trump’s Poll Numbers Improving After Outreach to Democrats

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Spirit Airlines Being Investigated After Spewing Metal Parts During Engine Failure

Spirit Airlines is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after a recent flight reportedly spewed plane parts into the yards of Detroit homes. Flight 569 from Michigan to Atlanta was forced to return to Detroit Metropolitan Airport after it experienced engine failure, according to reports. The incident reportedly occurred within 10 minutes of takeoff. An unidentified passenger aboard the flight told the Detroit Free Press over email that they heard “a large bang and the plane started to shake and shudder [sic]” during ascent at approximately 5,000 feet…

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Polls: Trump Approval Rises After Disaster Response

U.S. President Donald Trump saw a boost in his approval rating this week following his decision to provide money for hurricane relief and work with Democrats to prevent a government shutdown. According to the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday, Trump’s approval rating stood at 43 percent, marking a three-point rise since August. Still, 52 percent of respondents said they disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president. A poll released Wednesday by Politico/Morning Consult showed a similar increase for Trump, up to 43 percent from 39 percent in…

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Hurricane Maria aims at Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

AP Photo/Carlos Giusti SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico faced Wednesday what officials said could be the strongest hurricane to ever hit the U.S. territory as they warned it would decimate the power company’s crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities. Maria barreled toward the island with 175 mph winds and was expected to make landfall Wednesday midmorning along Puerto Rico’s southeast coast as a Category 5 storm, punishing the island with life-threatening winds for 12 to 24 … Read the referenced┬ástory here: Hurricane…

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After Protests, St. Louis Mayor Says Address Racism

The legacies of racism, not only the violent protests that gripped St. Louis after a white former police officer was acquitted of murdering a black man, must be addressed, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday. Mayor Lyda Krewson said she had listened and read the reaction of residents since the controversial verdict on Friday and was ready to find ways to move the city forward. “What we are seeing and feeling is not only about this case,” Krewson told reporters. “What we have is a legacy of policies that have…

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US Attorney General Sessions Steps Up ‘Sanctuary’ Critique After Setbacks

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped up the Trump administration’s critique of so-called sanctuary cities on Tuesday, saying local and state policies to limit cooperation with immigration enforcement are a criminal’s “best friend.” Sessions’ remarks, at a gathering of law enforcement authorities in Portland, Oregon, came days after repudiation of his stance against the sanctuary movement in separate actions by a federal judge in Chicago and the California legislature. The judge in Chicago on Friday barred the Justice Department from withholding public safety grants to cities unless they allowed U.S….

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Flight Diverted After Drunk Passenger Attacks Crew And Goes On Racist Tirade

A flight from Manchester, England, to Marrakech, Morocco, was forced to divert to Lisbon on Monday after a passenger allegedly assaulted cabin crew members and launched a racist tirade on fellow passengers. Two hundred passengers aboard the easyJet flight were shuttled to nearby hotels before boarding flights the following day. According to witnesses, the individual appeared to be drunk. It was unclear what sparked the incident, though fellow passengers claimed the unnamed individual was intoxicated prior to boarding the flight with the British budget carrier. “I have never seen anything like…

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After My Husband’s Death, Stewarding the Light He Left Us

Mary Ham, The FederalistIn the weeks after Jake died, letters and cards flooded in from friends and strangers alike. With each card’s arrival, I’d edge open the envelope in a stunned sort of sadness. I sat over the rough-hewn, wooden dining room table we’d picked out together just months before he died, cross-legged and pregnant, poring over sometimes dozens of notes a day. … Read the referenced┬ástory here: After My Husband’s Death, Stewarding the Light He Left Us

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