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Sarah Palin’s son arrested on domestic violence charges

The oldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was arraigned Sunday on domestic violence charges, according to online court records. Track Palin, was arraigned Sunday morning on charges of felony burglary, assault in the fourth degree and criminal mischief for causing property damage in Wasilla, Alaska, according to court records. The criminal mischief charge was for causing between $250 and $999 in property damage. The alleged incident occurred on Saturday, according to the court records, which indicated that all charges were related to domestic violence. Track Palin in 2008….

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The hidden lesson inside the Alabama election

By most any political estimation, this past week’s Alabama special senate election was an outlier. Democrats generally don’t win statewide races in Alabama and Doug Jones likely wouldn’t have if a series of child molestation stories hadn’t surfaced about Republican candidate Roy Moore. But tallies out of Alabama’s biggest vote-producing counties suggest the election was just another example of a trend that’s shaped the most-watched races of 2017: The GOP’s retreat from the suburbs. More than 60 percent of the vote on Tuesday night came out of just five counties…

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Sex harassment cases redraw election map next year

WASHINGTON — Alabama’s stunning Senate race is over, but there are more special elections ahead — and they will all be analyzed, dissected and picked apart for what the outcomes mean for President Donald Trump and the Republicans ahead of November’s midterm elections. The political calendar in 2018 is lighter — so far — than 2017’s, which was defined by a string of high-profile contests from Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District to Alabama’s Senate race. But two congressional races and a slew of state legislative contests have already been scheduled —…

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Science 

President Trump: Economy Will 'Start to Rock' After Tax Plan

(WASHINGTON) — Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth. The legislation, which the GOP aims to muscle through Congress next week, would lower taxes on the richest Americans. Benefits for most other taxpayers would be smaller, but Trump attempted to sell the bill as a “Christmas present” for middle-class Americans in part because it would trigger job growth….

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Sen. Brian Schatz: Net neutrality isn’t dead – CNET

Democrats on Capitol Hill say they aren’t giving up on their fight to preserve Obama-era net neutrality rules, which were eliminated Thursday by Republicans in the FCC. U.S. Sens. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Brian Schatz of Hawaii are leading more than a dozen senators to introduce a Congressional Review Act resolution aimed at undoing the FCC’s actions and fully restoring net neutrality rules. Democratic Senate leader Charles Schumer of New York signed on to the effort Friday. US Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, says his party is…

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5 years after Sandy Hook, gun control groups still looking for big win

In the months after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, a number of gun violence prevention groups sprung into existence, vowing to fight for stronger gun control measures. But five years after the devastating massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the body count from mass shootings has only risen, and there has been no federal legislation passed that would tighten gun control laws and background checks. Organizations like Everytown for Gun Safety, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Giffords have seen multiple rounds of consolidation, staff turnover and a…

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Geminids 2017: Can you still see them tonight?

If you missed out on the astronomical wonder, you will be able to view individual meteors until Saturday December 16. The National Weather Service based in Raleigh in the USA said the meteor shower has reached its peak but it still should be visible over the next few nights as well, but cloud cover will mean the meteors are less visible than last night.  The peak activity of the Geminid meteor shower took place between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning with around 50 to 60 meteors seen per hour in…

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Geminids 2017 in pictures: Amazing photos of spectacular meteor shower

The shower peaked between midnight and dawn on Wednesday night into Thursday morning as between 50 to 60 meteors were seen each hour. If you missed the annual spectacle, there will be individual meteors visible in the sky until Saturday and the origin of the Geminids – asteroid 3200 Phaethon – will be orbiting close to earth on Saturday. The 2017 meteor shower was extra special as 3200 Phaethon is nearby with the meteors travelling at speeds up to 70 kilometres per second, vaporising and creating the streaks of light…

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Geminids 2017: In case you missed meteor shower – Watch it HERE again

Upwards of 60 meteors an hour burst out over Earth when the shower peaked between Wednesday December 13 and Thursday December 14. The Geminids are the most prolific meteors of the year, but the wintry shower is perhaps less known than its summer counterparts such as the Orionids. The shower reached its zenith between midnight and dawn – a daunting prospect for those who wanted to catch a glimpse of it in the wild. But the good news is that the world’s cameras captured the majestic shower, and one set…

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After Alabama, Democrats dream big: The House and Senate.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Wave elections happen when parties win where they aren’t supposed to, and there’s no place more forbidden to Democrats than Alabama. The race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones was quirky, to say the least, but Jones’ victory nonetheless falls on a well-established trendline that points to a major rebuke of President Donald Trump in next year’s midterm elections — and potentially the 2020 presidential race beyond that. “For all of Trump’s popularity with the base, the countervailing repulsion by the rest of the population…

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