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  • Government watchdog to review Trump travel costs to Mar-a-Lago

    At the request of four Democrats in the Congress, the Government Accountability Office has agreed to formally review how much money the feds spend, and what security precautions are taken, when President Donald Trump takes a weekend away at his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida.

    The request for a GAO review came from three Democratic Senators and one House member – the GAO says it will “review security and site-related travel expenses related to the President’s stays outside the White House at Mar-a-Lago.

    The lawmakers who made the request were Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), Sen. [More]

  • House Republicans struggle to revive health care overhaul plan

    Still smarting from last week’s meltdown on a bill to overhaul the Obama health law, House Republicans used a closed door “family meeting” in the U.S. Capitol to both clear the air, and see if there was a way to push forward again on a plan to make major changes to Obamacare.

    “We had a very constructive meeting with our members,” said Speaker Paul Ryan about the focus on a GOP measure on health care reform. “I’m not going to put a timeline on it.”

    “I think there’s a good healthy discussion going on in there,” said Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), [More]

  • White House: Trump not giving up on overhaul of Obama health law

    Three days after a GOP health care bill melted down in the U.S. House before a vote, the White House said President Trump is not giving up on his desire to overhaul the Obama health law, as Republicans in the Congress also urged the President to keep pushing ahead on major health insurance changes.

    “I don’t think it’s dead,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said of the failed GOP health bill, which foundered even after repeated efforts by the President to twist the arms of reluctant Republican lawmakers.

    “We’re at the beginning of a process. I don’t think [More]

  • Democrats force delay in Senate committee vote on Gorsuch nomination

    Democrats used rules in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday to force a one week delay in a vote on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, as Democratic opponents sent mixed signals on whether or not they would lead an all-out filibuster against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

    The delay by Democrats – which they can do only once before the Judiciary Committee – also included two other top nominations by President Trump to the Justice Department.

    All three of those nominees are expected to gain committee approval next week – from there, it is on to [More]

  • After health care bill failure, Trump has few legislative victories on the horizon in Congress

    After a Republican push in Congress on a GOP health care overhaul bill melted down last Friday, there are not many opportunities for President Donald Trump to turn things around on Capitol Hill right now, as with little of his agenda in the pipeline, it is possible that the President may have to waits months for a significant legislative achievement to make it through the Congress.

    Here is where things stand on Capitol Hill for the Trump Administration.

    1. Lots of campaign promises, but little ready for action. With the GOP health care bill seemingly now off the agenda in the Congress, [More]

  • Infowars’ Alex Jones apologizes for pushing “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory

    In a surprise legal turnabout, Alex Jones, the chief of the website Infowars has publicly backpedaled on the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory, issuing a written and videotaped apology to the owner of a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor that became a target for many election critics of Hillary Clinton.

    The Pizzagate theory developed from emails hacked from top Clinton aide John Podesta – many seemingly taken out of context – which somehow convinced people that a child sex ring was operating out of the Comet Ping Post restaurant in D.C., a popular neighborhood pizza joint owned by Clinton supporter, James Alefantis.

    “We raised questions [More]

  • What’s next for Trump, GOP agenda after health care debacle

    After the collapse of health care reform legislation in the House on Friday, Republicans in the Congress and President Donald Trump now must decide what’s next on their respective agendas, as the GOP tries to pick up the pieces from a very public legislative failure over an issue that had been their central political focus for the last seven years.

    Here’s the look from Capitol Hill.

    1. The first big setback for the Trump agenda. You can try to downplay what happened, but there was little positive to take from this health care debacle in the House. “I will not sugarcoat [More]

  • Trump, Republicans give up on GOP health care bill

    Unable to convince GOP lawmakers to get on board with a plan to overhaul the Obama health law, Republicans in the House decided not to even force a vote on the measure, a major setback for both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

    “This is a setback – no two ways about it,” said Speaker Paul Ryan, after he told GOP lawmakers that there were not enough votes.

    “I will not sugarcoat this; this is a disappointing day for us,” Ryan added. “We came really close today, but we came up short.”

    Down at the White House, President Trump took [More]

  • Trump, Republicans to roll the dice with Friday health care vote

    Determined to push a health overhaul bill through the House, President Donald Trump is basically daring GOP lawmakers to vote against the plan, as Republican leaders in Congress unveiled several new changes to the bill on Thursday night, hoping they would bring conservatives and moderates on board to avoid what would be an embarrassing political defeat on the politically explosive issue of health care.

    Here is the latest from Capitol Hill:

    1. White House decides it is simply time to vote. Looking to avoid a never-ending parade of negotiations that might not bear fruit, President Trump had his lieutenants go to Capitol [More]

  • Short on votes, Republicans delay House vote on GOP health care bill

    After hours of negotiations that featured personal intervention by President Donald Trump, Republican leaders in the Congress were forced to back off a planned vote on a GOP health care bill, unable to find enough votes approve it and send it on to the Senate for further work.

    While House leaders said votes were possible on Friday, there was no final agreement to vote on, as more conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus refused to get on board with a deal offered by the White House.

    “We have not gotten enough of our members to get to yes,” said Rep. Mark [More]

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  • Seven children and a school bus driver have been taken to the hospital after they reported feeling sick. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue says 20-025 children said they didn’t feel well. Seven were transported to the hospital as a precaution, but all are said to be in good condition.  The children and driver were on a school bus in the Hogan’s Creek area. JFRD suspected carbon monoxide, but when they tested there was nothing abnormal at the scene.  This is a developing story that will be updated in to the evening.
  • Days after a child was kidnapped from Elite Academy Inc., the Memphis, Tennessee, day care has closed its doors for good. >> Read more trending news A Department of Human Services spokesperson said an investigation into the day care is ongoing, but the owner voluntarily shut down the business. The closure is permanent. Related: Mother speaks out after 7-month-old is kidnapped from day care On Thursday, 7-month-old A’Laleh Fentress was checked out from her day care by 18-year-old Mya Lakes. Lakes is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and child abuse/neglect. Her bail is $100,000. A’Laleh’s mother said Lakes saw her name on a document at the day care and used it to check out the child. The 7-month-old’s mother called police from the day care when she came to pick her baby up that evening. A’Laleh was later found safe at Annie’s Place in Frayser. Related: Memphis day care at center of kidnapping had no previous violations Elite Academy Inc. has been inspected by the DHS at least eight times since it opened in August 2016. According to the government database, the day care was never cited for violations.
  • Nearly 9 months after a shooting in Northwest Jacksonville claimed the lives of Demetrius Robinson, 31, and Jennie Hawley, 34, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has made an arrest.   Gerrod Wilson, 23, is now in police custody after the Criminal Apprehension Unit located him Monday.   Wilson is charged with murder and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon in connection to the July 1st, 2016 shooting on Dekle Avenue.  Wilson's girlfriend, Charity Coleman, 24, was also arrested and she's charged for being an accessory after the fact, which is a first degree felony charge.   JSO says Coleman was arrested for that same offense back in February, when detectives say they discovered she was harboring Wilson in her apartment.   We’re told the arrests were a collaborative effort involving everyone from patrol and enforcement to the Department of Investigations and Homeland Security.
  • At the request of four Democrats in the Congress, the Government Accountability Office has agreed to formally review how much money the feds spend, and what security precautions are taken, when President Donald Trump takes a weekend away at his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida. The request for a GAO review came from three Democratic Senators and one House member – the GAO says it will “review security and site-related travel expenses related to the President’s stays outside the White House at Mar-a-Lago. The lawmakers who made the request were Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). On 2/16, @RepCummings @SenWarren @SenWhitehouse & I wrote @USGAO & asked they review Mar-a-Lago security procedures & taxpayer funded travel — Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) March 28, 2017 This is not new territory for the GAO, which from time to time is asked by one party or the other to review the costs of travel. When the White House was under the control of Democrats, Republicans a few years ago were the ones asking about costs – as they had the GAO look at a February 15-18, 2013 trip made by President Barack Obama. In that review, the GAO estimated that an official speech in Illinois, followed by a golf weekend in Florida, cost about $3.6 million. This GAO report will look at more than just the cost of the weekend trips to Trump’s resort in Mar-a-Lago, as it will also review security matters there. (CBSMiami/AP) — A government watchdog will investigate the taxpayer-funded travel costs of President Donald Trump’s trips to Mar-a-lago. — Liz Quirantes (@lizquirantes) March 28, 2017 Democrats raised those concerns during a trip that Mr. Trump took with the Japanese Prime Minister, when the two men were seen with aides in a public dining area, speaking about a developing national security issue with regards to North Korea. One question from the four Democrats centers on whether those who are at the Trump club have gone through normal security and clearance procedures, including any foreign nationals who might be there. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has downplayed the costs of the Mar-a-Lago visits, saying that’s ‘part of being President.’ “That is a vast reach,” Spicer told one reporter, who cast the question of the cost of the Mar-a-Lago visits, versus proposed cuts in the federal budget. Before he became President, Mr. Trump often criticized his predecessor for taking weekend golf trips to Florida and other parts of the country. While our wonderful president was out playing golf all day, the TSA is falling apart, just like our government! Airports a total disaster! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2016 The GAO will now be in charge of determining how much Mr. Trump’s own weekend getaways are costing taxpayers.
  • No injuries have been reported, but the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating in Oceanway, after officers found what appears to be meth, as well as meth materials.  We're told officers were are a home off Starratt Road serving a narcotics warrant when the discovery was made.   5 people are being questioned, but so far no word of any arrests.   WOKV will continue to update this story, as details come in.

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