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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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Meet America’s first all-LGBTQ city council

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Palm Springs, California, is now being represented by the nation’s first entirely LGBTQ city council. Yes, all five members of the city council identify within the LGBTQ community, and they represent every letter in the acronym. With last month’s election, the pentad arrives in a conflicting political landscape, where LGBTQ politicians have picked up historic wins while the Trump administration and a number of states are rolling back some of the gains the…

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‘UNACCEPTABLE’ Ex-CIA analyst warns Russian money behind North Korean missile tests

The US has attacked Russia for continuing to strike deals with the North Korean regime, which in turn are used to bolster Kim Jong-Un’s hostile weapons programme. President Donald Trump and his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have both called on Russia to do more to resolve the North Korean missile crisis. Fred Fleitz, an ex-CIA analyst, has claimed that Russia’s involvement in North Korea is “absolutely unacceptable” and American will respond appropriately.  North Korea has conducted more than 20 ballistic-missile tests during 2017, including its most powerful nuclear explosion…

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EPA delays post-Flint rule changes for lead in drinking water

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving forward to update regulations to reduce lead in drinking water, but says the effort will take months longer than planned. The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday that it would delay its publication ofproposed changes to federal regulation of lead and copper in drinking water until August 2018, having previously set out to have them released by January 2018. It similarly pushed back the timeline for finalizing the changes to February 2020, seven months after its previous deadline. It is the second time…

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Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control

PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women’s access to free birth control. Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued the injunction, temporarily stopping the government from enforcing the policy change to former President Barack Obama’s health care law. People in support of birth control participate in a rally outside of a local Health and Human Services office on November 15, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Erik S. Lesser / EPA file The law required most companies to cover…

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World War 3: How China could be key to solving North Korea crisis

As tensions between the rogue state, its neighbours and the US approach boiling point, China’s instincts on North Korea could resolve the crisis, according to one expert. Joshua Pollack, editor of The Nonproliferation Review and a leading expert on nuclear proliferation, says showing “willingness to negotiate” with Kim Jong-un would be the first step to cooling the heated conflict. China’s attitude to North Korea has tended to come closest to this. However he says US pressure on China could make matters worse – as it is forcing president Xi Jinping…

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World War 3: China begins naval drills as North Korea warns of NUCLEAR WAR

The live-fire drills will last for four days, and are being conducted just off the coast of North Korea in a show of strength amid world war 3 fears. An area spanning 276 square kilometres has been declared off-limits to all but military vessels during the intense drills. The scale of the drills, including how many ships are participating, is not clear. Chinese warships also took part in a major drill in the East China Sea last week, while its air force has also conducted high-level drills. The US, South…

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Donald Trump brands FBI’s Russia investigation a ‘DEMOCRAT HOAX’ in furious outburst

President Donald Trump said the FBI probe into whether the Trump Administration colluded with Russia in meddling in the 2016 Presidential election as “an excuse” by Democrats for “losing the election”.  Speaking to journalists on the White House’s South Lawn Friday morning, President Trump said: “Let’s put it this way, there is absolutely no collusion that has been proven. “When you look at the committees whether its the Senate or the House, everybody walks by, my worst enemies walk out, they say there is no collusion but we’ll continue to…

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Immigration Groups Push Congress to Protect Dreamers Before the End of the Year

Immigration advocacy groups are pressuring Congress to protect immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children before the year ends. More Immigration advocacy groups are pressuring Congress to protect immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children before the year ends. As legislative days slowly run out before the winter break, immigrant rights and progressive groups are demanding that lawmakers pass legislation to protect the so-called Dreamers, who had been shielded by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program until President Trump began winding it down in September….

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‘We’ll SEE!’ Trump plays coy about whether he will PARDON Michael Flynn over Russia probe

President Trump gave a cryptic answer to reporters when asked about whether he would consider pardoning former national security adviser Michael Flynn.  He said he would “see what happens” before deciding whether to pardon Mr Flynn, who is the first person inside the Trump Administration to be charged in the Russia investigation.  President Trump was speaking to journalists on the White House South Lawn Friday morning when he was asked whether he would consider a pardon for Michael Flynn.  Trump replied: “I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael…

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