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Key US Senator Nears Vote Against Health Care Overhaul

A key Republican U.S. senator said Sunday she finds it “very difficult” to imagine herself voting for the party’s latest plan to dismantle nationwide health care policies championed by former Democratic President Barack Obama, a crucial vote that likely would doom the repeal effort this week. Senator Susan Collins of Maine told CNN she was not ready to declare with certainty that she would vote against the overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, and wanted to wait for an assessment of the Republican proposal that the…

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Trump Rails Against Athletes Refusing to Stand for US National Anthem

U.S. President Donald Trump is waging a war of words this weekend over U.S. professional athletes who refuse to stand before games for the playing of the country’s national anthem, saying they should be fired and suggesting that fans should boycott the games in protest of the players. For several days in a row, Trump has railed against the athletes, most of them black players in the National Football League, who have refused to stand for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, a tradition at most U.S. sporting events…

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Trump Issues More Threats Against N. Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump has responded to insults from North Korea’s foreign minister with more threats. “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!” Trump said on Twitter. North Korea’s foreign minister brought a dictionary full of insults for Trump when he addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday. Ri Yong Ho said he needed to respond to Trump, who on Tuesday called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man” and said he…

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North Korean Crowd Rallies Against US, Trump

North Korea held a large anti-U.S. rally in its capital city, backing its leader Kim Jong Un as he exchanges insult-laden threats with President Donald Trump. A huge crowd gathered Saturday in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square, named for the current leader’s grandfather and founder of North Korea. They listened to speeches from senior officials excoriating the United States and its president. A parade of marchers carried signs with slogans such as “decisive revenge” and “death to the American imperialists.” They shouted phrases such as “total destruction,” according to the…

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Apple wins two patent rulings against Qualcomm

Apple and Qualcomm’s ongoing patent wars have netted two victories for Apple. Qualcomm’s processors — at the very least, its modems — are key for any LTE-connected device in today’s world. Beyond the high quality of the radios, Qualcomm is also the only company that licenses the CDMA technology that Sprint and Verizon use for their 2G and 3G networks. Earlier this year, Apple and Qualcomm began a legal battle over Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) patents that stated Qualcomm was charging unreasonable sums for patents essential to cellular technology….

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Police Violence Against Black Men Is Rare

Philippe Lemoine, National ReviewA few days ago, former police officer Jason Stockley, who is white, was acquitted of first-degree murder; he had fatally shot Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in 2011. Protests started in St. Louis, where the shooting took place and Stockley was judged, immediately after the verdict was announced. Although they were initially peaceful, they soon turned violent, and dozens of protesters were arrested while several police officers were injured. Since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, just outside St. Louis, in 2014, this has become…

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US Vice President Condemns ‘Terrible Savagery’ Against Rohingya Muslims

Vice President Mike Pence spoke out, in the strongest terms to date, of any senior U.S. official on the Rohingya crisis, condemning what he termed a “historic exodus” of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh in the face of violent attacks. Speaking at a United Nations peacekeeping meeting Wednesday, Pence said the world is witnessing a “great tragedy unfolding” in the Southeast Asian nation, also known as Burma. “Recently, Burmese security forces responded to militant attacks on government outposts with terrible savagery, burning villages, driving the Rohingyas from their…

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Trump Calls for World Action Against North Korea, Iran, Venezuela

U.S. President Donald Trump called Tuesday for a “great reawakening” of independent sovereign nations, but told world leaders at the United Nations they must collectively confront the rogue leaders of North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. He told the opening session of the U.N. General Assembly that the U.S. “will have no choice but to totally destroy” North Korea if it is forced to defend itself and American allies from a Pyongyang nuclear or ballistic missile attack. The U.S. leader mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying, “Rocket man is…

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The Hapless Smear Campaign Against Jim Comey

Bradley Moss, PoliticoFrom the moment Steve Bannon stated in his 60 Minutes interview that President Donald Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey was the biggest political mistake in modern presidential history, there simply was no chance that this week would proceed without a fair amount of political insanity. The fact that the president’s former chief strategist would publicly and brazenly disparage that decision was bound to result in a fierce White House pushback. And so it has. But over the past three days, the White House has…

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Momentum Builds Against Gerrymandering

Juan Williams, The HillIn the past month some Republicans have broken ranks — from Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — to speak out about the breakdown in national politics mostly caused by GOP gerrymandering of congressional districts … Read the referenced┬ástory here: Momentum Builds Against Gerrymandering

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