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  • Roger Stone ordered to explain posted photo of federal judge

    A day after posting a photograph online of a federal judge which included a crosshairs near her head, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Roger Stone to appear at a Thursday hearing to explain what he was doing, and whether it should impact restrictions imposed on Stone about charges brought against him in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and any ties to the Trump campaign.

    In an order issued Tuesday morning, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson summoned Stone to explain “why the media contact order entered in this case and/or his conditions of release should [More]

  • Trump executive action details on border wall funding still TBD

    Four days after the announcement of a series of executive actions to fund his signature border wall, President Donald Trump’s administration still needs to fill in the details on his plans to shift over $6.6 billion from the Pentagon and Treasury Department into funding border security, as members of Congress continue to wonder if the move will dig into their local military base construction projects.

    On Capitol Hill, lawmakers and their staffs were awaiting guidance on where the Pentagon would look for money in the $3.6 billion sought by the President in his emergency declaration from military construction projects, which was [More]

  • Lawmakers, car groups, worry as clock ticks on Trump auto tariffs decision

    A day after a Commerce Department report was submitted to President Donald Trump on the possibility of a national security declaration involving tariffs on imported automobiles, lawmakers in Congress joined automobile manufacturers and free trade groups in urging the White House not to embrace new tariffs amid renewed fears of growing trade tensions involving the U.S.

    “President Trump is right to seek a level playing field for American businesses and workers, but the best way to do that is with a scalpel, not an axe,” said Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), who led almost 150 lawmakers last summer in warning against new [More]

  • Once a big fan, Trump grouses again about Saturday Night Live

    Just a few years after boasting that tickets for his appearance on Saturday Night Live were the “hardest to get in the history of this great show,” President Donald Trump on Sunday morning again expressed his unhappiness with his portrayal on the long time NBC comedy program, as he issued a familiar blast, saying the “RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE.”

    “Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC,” the President tweeted early on Sunday morning, before he left his Florida retreat at Mar-a-Lago for a round of golf, as Mr. Trump again complained [More]

  • Which projects? Congress worries as Trump grabs military construction funds for border wall

    As President Donald Trump on Friday announced a pair of executive actions and declared a national emergency to funnel more money into border security, lawmakers in both parties in Congress were left in the dark on how the Pentagon would deal with the largest part of the President’s declaration, carving $3.6 billion out of military construction projects authorized and funded by the U.S. House and Senate.

    “I strongly believe securing our border should not be done at the expense of previously funded military construction projects,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), whose district is home to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, [More]

  • White House: Trump using national emergency and executive actions for border wall

    President Donald Trump will use a combination of executive actions and one national emergency declaration to go around Congress and funnel over $6 billion in funds not directly approved by lawmakers for security efforts along the border with Mexico, planning to tap money from both the Treasury Department and the Pentagon, with a goal of building a minimum of 234 new miles of border barriers, White House officials said on Friday.

    “I didn’t need to do this,” President Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden, complaining that Congress wasn’t giving him enough money for a wall. “I just want to [More]

  • Congress passes border deal as Trump readies emergency for border wall

    The House and Senate moved swiftly on Thursday to approve a package of unfinished spending bills for 2019, as President Donald Trump signaled that he would sign the measures into law in order to avoid a second partial government shutdown on Friday night, but the White House said the President would go a step further and declare a national emergency to funnel more money into his campaign pledge for a border wall.

    “President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action – including a national emergency – to ensure [More]

  • President Trump to sign funding bill, declare national emergency on border

    After leaving lawmakers in both parties in suspense about a House-Senate deal on border security funding, the White House said Thursday afternoon that President Donald Trump had agreed to sign a group of spending bills into law to avoid a second partial government shutdown, but that the President would then immediately declare a ‘national emergency’ in order to funnel money from other projects into additional border security measures, a move which was immediately denounced by Democrats, and is certain to draw legal challenges.

    “I’ve just had an opportunity to speak with President Trump,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who assured [More]

  • Senate confirms William Barr as new U.S. Attorney General

    After a debate clouded by how the Justice Department will handle the results of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, the Senate voted mainly along party lines Thursday to confirm William Barr for the post of Attorney General, as Barr returns to the Justice Department almost 28 years after holding the same position. The Senate vote was 54-45.

    “The President made an outstanding choice with Mr. Barr,” said Sen. John Thune (R-SD). “He was unanimously confirmed as Attorney General under George H.W. Bush in a Democrat-controlled Senate.”

    “We know that he can faithfully execute the duties of the office [More]

  • Five tidbits from the border security funding deal in Congress

    Facing a Friday night deadline to avoid a second partial government shutdown, lawmakers in Congress and officials at the White House were busily digesting the details of a sweeping legislative funding package unveiled just after midnight, as House and Senate leaders prepared for swift action on the plan to finish budget work for Fiscal Year 2019.

    While the headlines are all about the specifics of the agreement on how money in this deal can be spent on border security – and rightly so – Congress is actually voting on seven government funding bills all rolled into one giant legislative package.

    Before we [More]

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  • The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially launched season ticket renewals ahead of the team's historic 25th season-- though it may come at a higher cost for some fans. The team says season ticket prices in 2019 will increase by an average of 2.4%.  However, the team says more than half of all season ticket members will experience no change or a decrease in their renewal price. Loyalty pricing also remains in effect, which the team says ensures renewing season ticket members always pay less than new buyers in the same seating category.  Ahead of their 25th season, the team is teasing all sorts of celebrations to mark their silver anniversary.  'This season represents a historic moment for not just our team, but the entire First Coast community. We'll celebrate the legends of the past, the players of the future, and the fans that have stood by our side through it all. The 2019 season will set the stage for the next 25 years of Jaguars football in Jacksonville,' says Jaguars President Mark Lamping in a statement.  STORY: JACKSONVILLE-THEMED MURALS GOING UP IN TIAA BANK FIELD The team plans to kick off their silver celebration in mid-March, with the unveiling of the team's 25th season commemorative logo, which they say is designed to embody the spirit of DUUUVAL.  The team says throughout the 25th season, legends will be honored at each home game as part of the All-25 Team. That team will be comprised of the 25 best alumni players in franchise history. The Jags further say that the game day experience for fans will feature other throwback elements.  With the season ticket roll-out underway, we're told existing season ticket members will receive a renewal notice via email to renew by March 29th. After that deadline, season tickets will be available to all fans to purchase. As for single-game tickets, those will become available after the release of the 2019 NFL schedule.
  • Two juveniles have been arrested, after the St. Augustine Police Department says they tried to rob another juvenile at gunpoint at a local park. According to the incident report, the juvenile victim told police he was at Project Swing Park at 1 South Castillo Drive this past Sunday night, when he was approached by four individuals. He told police some of these individuals began to dig through his pockets and saying things like 'what you got?' and 'give it up!'.  The victim told police when he refused to give up his belongings, one of his friends attempted to defend him, leading a fight to break out.  During that fight, someone yelled there was a gun and everyone took off running, according to the victim. The report reveals there was at least one witness who spotted one of the individuals pulling a firearm from his waistband and pointing it at someone else.  Police say they caught up to the four individuals in the area of Sevilla Street and Saragossa Street a short time later, where they were taken into custody.  The report reveals that as the investigation continued, two of the four individuals were found to have nothing to do with the robbery that occurred.  However, one of the other individuals was identified as the suspect responsible for digging through the victim's pockets. The report reveals he told police he was ‘just playing.’ As for the other individual, the report says he eventually admitted to police he was armed at that time and helped officers recover the gun. The two juveniles are now charged with attempted robbery with a firearm.  A third juvenile involved in this incident is also expected to face charges, as police say the individual had an open warrant for an unrelated case.
  • Unless there is a major earthquake, you may not pay much attention to the United States Geological Survey. >> Read more trending news  But when the earth shakes, it’s the USGS that provides important initial information on where the damage occurred and how big the quake was.  However, while that is a very important function of the agency, it's only part of the mission of the USGS, or the Survey, as it is commonly called. The agency, a part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, also provides “reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life,” according to the agency’s website. To study and catalog the country’s resources, the USGS employs a broad array of sciences, including biology, geography, geology and hydrology.  Created on March 3, 1879, the USGS’s original mission was 'classification of the public lands, and examination of the geological structure, mineral resources, and products of the national domain.” The Survey was immediately tasked with the exploration and inventory of new lands the U.S. government had acquired through the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and the Mexican–American War in 1848.  The agency also produces various publications in which its research is reported and runs the United States Geological Survey Library. The USGS employs more than 8,600 people across the United States. Related stories: 15 things you may not know about earthquakes What is the strongest earthquake to hit the US? What should you do if you are caught in an earthquake? What are the 10 deadliest earthquakes in recorded history? How likely will the ‘big one’ occur in our lifetime?  New earthquake simulations show how the 'big one' could shake the Pacific Northwest Building an emergency disaster kit can be easy and cheap, here's how
  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to her bench eight weeks after undergoing lung cancer surgery. >> Read more trending news  NPR reported that the 85-year-old underwent a pulmonary lobectomy Dec. 21 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The surgery removed two malignant growths on her left lung, according to court officials. No further evidence of cancer was found on her lungs. Related: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg released from hospital after cancer surgery The Associated Press reported Ginsberg returned to the Supreme Court building Friday for the justices’ private conference. She came back to the bench for the first time Tuesday, wearing her black robe and ornamental collar. CNBC reported that Ginsberg participated in the court’s cases while she was away, unprecedented for a justice. NPR reported she was also walking more than a mile a day and working with her trainer twice a week, according to friends.
  • A day after posting a photograph online of a federal judge which included a crosshairs near her head, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Roger Stone to appear at a Thursday hearing to explain what he was doing, and whether it should impact restrictions imposed on Stone about charges brought against him in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and any ties to the Trump campaign. In an order issued Tuesday morning, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson summoned Stone to explain “why the media contact order entered in this case and/or his conditions of release should not be modified or revoked in light of the posts on his Instagram account.” Stone posted the photo on Monday – and stood by it for much of the day – repeating his objections to having his case assigned to Judge Jackson, who is also presiding over a case brought by the Special Counsel’s office against 12 Russian intelligence agents, charged with hacking materials from Democrats during the 2016 campaign. “Any inference that this in someway threatens the judge is false,” Stone wrote on Monday about the photo – which he then pulled down. Roger Stone now directly attacking the federal judge presiding over his case and posting a pic of her head beside crosshairs pic.twitter.com/ze3lnuoSOE — Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) February 18, 2019 Monday night, Stone’s lawyers submitted an official “Notice of Apology” to the judge, trying to head off any sanctions. “Undersigned counsel, with the attached authority of Roger J. Stone, hereby apologizes to the Court for the improper photograph and comment posted on Instragram today. Mr. Stone recognizes the impropriety and had it removed,” his lawyers wrote. But that evidently was not enough for Judge Jackson, whose order raised the question of whether further limits would be placed on Stone, a political operative who worked briefly for the Trump campaign, and has been charged with coordinating actions between the campaign and Wikileaks over emails involving the Hillary Clinton campaign. Stone has charged that the Special Counsel’s office wrongly tipped off CNN to his imminent arrest in late January; last week, the judge ordered the feds to submit information about that matter.

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