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Dems, GOP Agree on Bill That Weakens Trump on Sanctions

July 23, 2017 |

It turns out Democrats and Republicans can work together to get legislation done. Reuters reports representatives on both sides of the aisle have agreed on legislation that allows for new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The legislation also makes it harder for President Trump to single-handedly relax or…
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Trump Org Applies for Foreign Workers on ‘Made in America Week’

July 22, 2017 |

The White House celebrated “Made in America Week” this week. So CBS News reports it “seem[s] to clash” that at the same time the Trump administration was touting American products and American jobs, President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club requested permission to hire 70 foreign workers under the H-2B visa program. Meanwhile,…
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Dad of Teen Lost at Sea Doesn’t Think He Should Be Sued

July 22, 2017 |

The father of a teenager who disappeared with his friend while boating in the Atlantic Ocean says he should not be held negligent for their presumed deaths, the AP reports. Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos were both 14 when they disappeared during a fishing trip in 2015. There was a…
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3rd US State Just Raised Smoking Age to 21

July 22, 2017 |

Gov. Chris Christie signed a law Friday that made New Jersey the third state to raise its smoking age to 21, the AP reports. Hawaii and California are the only other states where the smoking age is 21. On Friday, Christie cited the strain on the health care system caused…
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You Had One Job, Pokemon Go Fest

July 22, 2017 |

The first-ever Pokemon Go Fest—held Saturday at Grant Park in Chicago—was forced to refund its approximately 15,000 to 20,000 attendees after it proved near-impossible for them to actually play Pokemon Go at the event, the Chicago Tribune reports. According to TechCrunch , every cell network was down…
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US Army Sgt. Indicted for Allegedly Trying to Help ISIS

July 22, 2017 |

A US Army sergeant arrested July 8 for allegedly attempting to give classified military documents, a drone, and more to the Islamic State has been indicted and will appear in court Monday to faces charges of trying to provide material support to a “foreign terrorist organization,” Reuters reports. The FBI…
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Professor Nears 70 Marathons Heeding Wife’s Dying Wish

July 22, 2017 |

In 2003, as Christine Guetzloff was dying of ovarian cancer at the age of 34, she sat her husband down for an important conversation. “Tom, you need to do something—you’re just way out of shape,” she told the West Virginia State college chemistry professor. “Look at you, Tom. You’re…
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Actor Known for The Sopranos , Home Alone Dies

July 22, 2017 |

Actor John Heard, best known for playing the father in the Home Alone movie series, has died, the AP reports. He was 72. His death was confirmed by the Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office in California on Saturday. TMZ reported that Heard was found at a Palo Alto hotel where…
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Granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors Lifts Auschwitz Items

July 22, 2017 |

People shouldn’t need signage telling them not to take what they want out of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, but the Polish museum has them up anyway, the Guardian notes. Yet even those signs didn’t stop an Israeli college student, whose own grandparents were Holocaust survivors, from lifting what she…
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Trump: ‘President Has Complete Power to Pardon’

July 22, 2017 |

“The US President has the complete power to pardon,” President Trump claimed early Saturday during what USA Today characterizes as a “tweetstorm and “tweet-o-rama.” Trump sent 10 tweets in a span of two hours, starting at 6:30am. Out of those 10 tweets, perhaps none got more attention than this…
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