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  • Democrats hope marches can sway Congress on guns

    After watching lawmakers agree to two bills this week dealing with guns and school safety in the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Democrats say the gun violence marches around the nation on Saturday have the chance to change the political dynamic on gun control in the Congress.

    “Their hope gives me hope,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) said of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and others who have joined in calling for action on gun violence.

    “Their determination gives me determination,” Nelson said at a U.S. Capitol news conference, even as he and other Democrats again acknowledged that [More]

  • Trump backs off veto threat, signs giant federal spending bill

    Creating a bit of legislative drama, President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to veto a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill, and then after a few hours of leaving Congress in limbo and raising the specter of a government shutdown at midnight, Mr. Trump backed off and signed the bill into law, expressing his frustration over limited funding for his campaign vow to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

    “I was thinking about doing the veto, but because of the incredible gains that we’ve been able to make for the military, that overrode any of our thinking,” the President said, [More]

  • Frustrated by funding for border wall, Trump threatens veto of giant spending bill

    A day after top White House budget officials said the President supported a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by the Congress, President Donald Trump threw Capitol Hill into turmoil on Friday morning, saying he was thinking about issuing a veto against the plan, because it did not include enough money for his campaign pledge to build a wall along the border with Mexico, and no deal on what to do with hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant “Dreamers.”

    Unable to reach an agreement in the past two months on DACA, the President again blamed that on Democrats, expressing frustration with [More]

  • Congress sends giant government funding bill to President Trump

    Just over 24 hours after GOP leaders unveiled the details of massive plan to fund the federal government, the House and Senate gave easy bipartisan approval to the $1.3 trillion spending measure, even as members in both parties grumbled about the actions of their leaders, the process, the size of the bill, the amount of money involved, and the specifics.

    The final Senate vote – which took place soon after midnight – was 65 to 32 in favor of the over 2,000 page bill, which no lawmaker claimed to have read from start to finish.

    “Washington has reached a new [More]

  • McMaster out – Trump hires John Bolton as new National Security Advisor

    President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he will be replacing his National Security Advisor, General H.R. McMaster, replacing him with former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, in another big shake up on the White House staff.

    Making the announcement on Twitter, the President said McMaster had “done an outstanding job,” though there had been reports for months that Mr. Trump was unhappy with the Army General, who is expected now to retire from the military.

    As for Bolton, he has been under consideration for other posts in the Trump Administration, but has faced opposition from some Republicans in the Congress. [More]

  • Trump proposes $50 billion in new tariffs on imports from China

    Continuing to follow through on his campaign vow to get tough on countries which don’t play fair on trade, President Donald Trump on Thursday recommended slapping nearly $50 billion in new tariffs on products from China, as he accused the Chinese of stealing American technology, arguing that something must be done to address the growing U.S. trade deficit with Beijing.

    “This has been long in the making,” the President told reporters at the White House, as he said his pledge to do something about unfair trade practices was just getting started.

    “It’s probably one of the reasons I was elected, maybe one [More]

  • 10 tidbits from inside the massive Omnibus funding bill in Congress

    Ending weeks of negotiations between Congress and the White House, GOP leaders on Wednesday night released a $1.3 trillion funding plan for the federal government, an agreement that will result in over $100 billion in new spending in 2018, causing heartburn – and opposition – among more conservative Republicans in the House.

    Almost six months behind schedule on their budget work, lawmakers produced a mammoth funding bill, which weighs in at 2,232 pages, the product of extended talks that almost went awry at the last minute.

    The bill was highlighted by the inclusion of a number of non-spending provisions, [More]

  • GOP leaders unveil giant federal government spending plan

    After weeks of negotiations, Congress unveiled a $1.3 trillion funding measure for the federal government on Wednesday night, adding billions in new spending for both the Pentagon and domestic spending programs, along with a pair of bills dealing with school safety and gun violence, but including no deals on some politically difficult issues like the future of illegal immigrant “Dreamers.”

    One of the many provisions in the bill included a $174,000 payment to the estate of the late Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), who died earlier this week.

    Those type of payments are typical when a lawmaker dies while in office.

    GOP leaders hope [More]

  • 21 states targeted by Russia in 2016 election still a mystery

    Reviewing the reaction of the Obama Administration to signs that Russia was trying to interfere in the 2016 election campaign, Senators on Wednesday expressed frustration at the refusal of the Obama and Trump Administrations to publicly reveal the names of at least 21 states targeted by Russian cyber attackers in 2016, arguing there is no reason to keep that information from the American people.

    “America has to know what’s wrong,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). “And if there are states that have been attacked, America should know that.”

    In a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen [More]

  • Winter storm threat shuts down federal government, cancels White House events

    While the calendar may say it is spring, another winter storm threatened the East Coast on Wednesday, prompting the federal government to close down offices in the Washington, D.C. area, and canceling public events for President Donald Trump at the White House.

    While there was little snow on the ground as the sun came up on Wednesday, forecasters were warning of big snow totals from the nation’s capital, up the I-95 corridor through Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

    But as the morning commute continued, there was little evidence in some spots of that storm.

    “Total accumulation so far 1” of Salt,” tweeted Rep. Billy [More]

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  • Three people have been killed, including a police officer who traded places with a hostage, after a supermarket hostage-taking in the southern France town of Trebes, according to local media reports. Another person was killed when the alleged gunman stole a car before the hostage situation. >> Read more trending news
  • After watching lawmakers agree to two bills this week dealing with guns and school safety in the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Democrats say the gun violence marches around the nation on Saturday have the chance to change the political dynamic on gun control in the Congress. “Their hope gives me hope,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) said of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and others who have joined in calling for action on gun violence. “Their determination gives me determination,” Nelson said at a U.S. Capitol news conference, even as he and other Democrats again acknowledged that they are far from having the votes to press ahead with gun control plans. This Saturday, students will lead marches across our country to demand action and pass commonsense gun safety legislation. They just want our schools and communities to be safe. That is certainly not too much to ask, we owe it to them to get something done. #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/2mTVx1OMQK — Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) March 22, 2018 Among the plans that Democrats have focused on in recent weeks include: + The Manchin-Toomey ‘universal background checks’ bill, which would require checks for almost all private gun sales. + A federal law raising the minimum age to purchase a weapon to 21, mirrored on a law just passed by the state of Florida. + A ban on the sale of weapons like the AR-15. + Limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines. “We have an important role to play in insuring that no students should ever be afraid to walk down the hallway of their school,” said Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), whose district includes Parkland, Florida. Common-sense gun laws will save lives and uphold the 2nd Amendment. Our 21 to Buy Act follows the new standard set in FL & is the least we can do to keep our communities safe. Thanks to Republicans @TomRooney @RepPeterKing @RepCurbelo and Democrats @RepJayapal @RepCharlieCrist pic.twitter.com/z8atv06G8X — Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) March 22, 2018 “It is our job, and everyone working in that building behind us, to pass laws, to keep our communities safe,” Deutch said at a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol. But the last five weeks were also a reminder of the difficulty of acting on any gun-related legislation – no matter how minor it might be. The “Fix NICS” bill approved this week as part of a giant spending bill was bipartisan, yet it also had some sharp opposition from Republicans in the House. And that makes the idea of the ‘Buy 21’ bill, or any ban on assault weapons, difficult to see getting through the Congress, unless there is major change in the makeup of the U.S. House and Senate. “You know the politics, but you got to start somewhere,” said Nelson. “This is the first step at the federal level.” “There is no better example of the youth of our country becoming engaged, than in this march,” said Deutch.
  • A Creston, Iowa, family of four that was previously reported missing in Mexico has been found dead. KCCI reported that 41-year-old Kevin Sharp, his wife, 38-year-old Amy Sharp, and their children, 12-year-old Sterling and 7-year-old Adrianna were found dead on a tourist condo complex in Tulum, Mexico, a tourist area. The Associated Press reported that the developer of the complex declined to comment. >> Read more trending news  “The Sharps have been located. They were found last night in their condo deceased,” a relative named Ashli Peterson wrote on Facebook, according to The Des Moines Register. “There was no foul play! At this time that is all the information we have.  “Please respect the family at this time as they go through the grieving process. Thank you for all the posts, shares, and kind words,” the post said.  Tulum is in the Quintana Roo state of Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula. A March 16 travel advisory from the U.S. Department of State said there was a level 2 advisory in the state due to crime. There were no restrictions on U.S. government employees for travel in that state, which has other tourist areas, such as Cancun and Cozumel. On Thursday, relatives filed a missing persons report through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, KCCI reported. According to Peterson’s original post, the family had not been in contact with relatives after letting them know they made it to their condo safely. Related: U.S. issues level 4 ‘do not travel’ advisory for 5 states in Mexico Creston Police Chief Paul Ver Meer said the family had not boarded their flight from Cancun, Mexico, back to the U.S. “It’s a very sad day for the Sharp family and the city of Creston as a whole,” Ver Meer said. “We’ll work through this together.” Ver Meer said there was no sign of traumatic injury and autopsies are being conducted in Mexico. Results are pending.  
  • Clay County School Superintendent Addison Davis is hosting a series of “Listen and Learn” community meetings to address school safety issues. Davis and a leadership team will discuss, among other items, the district’s current response to the Parkland, Florida shooting and what the system’s next steps will be to ensure safety. “The goal of these sessions is to work collectively with parents, students, employees, and stakeholders to address concerns, answer questions, and identify strategies for creating a safe environment in all schools.,” says Davis. Davis plans to talk about Florida’s Senate Bill 7026, which includes funding for resource officers, and what impact that will have on Clay County schools. He says ideas for single entranceways and other physical structure design changes will also be discussed.  The 6:00 PM sessions begin Monday, March 26 at Fleming Island High School’s cafeteria. Other sessions are listed below: Tuesday, March 27 at Oakleaf High School’s cafeteria Monday, April 16 at Keystone Heights Junior/Senior High School’s cafeteria Thursday, April 19 at Orange Park High School’s cafeteria Monday, April 23 at Ridgeview High School’s cafeteria Tuesday, April 24 at Middleburg High School’s media center Monday, April 30 at Clay High School’s media center
  • A carjacking suspect is being sought by St. Augustine police. Officers responded to 1900 Mizell Road at the Gate Gas Station around 6:45 PM Thursday. The victim told officers that a man using profanity approached her car at a red light, ordered her to get out of the car, then opened the door. Police say the suspect then reached into his pocket, again ordering the victim to get out of the car. She told officers that after she drove away, she could see the suspect approach the vehicle behind her.   Police say there was a second incident.  A witness to the first attempt told investigators that the man approached her car.  She says she immediately locked her doors and sped off.  Both the victim and the witness told officers they did not see a weapon. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, and tan jacket. He has a tattoo or a birthmark under his right eye. No arrest has been made. If you believe you have seen the suspect, you are asked to call police.

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