Gun rights, voting restrictions up for overrides in Missouri

JEFFERON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature was poised to significantly relax the state’s gun laws and tighten its voting requirements as it prepared to convene Wednesday for a short session devoted to overriding vetoes made by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The sweeping guns legislation would allow most adults to carry concealed weapons without…

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Gun rights, voting restrictions up for overrides in Missouri

JEFFERON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature was poised to significantly relax the state’s gun laws and tighten its voting requirements as it prepared to convene Wednesday for a short session devoted to overriding vetoes made by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The sweeping guns legislation would allow most adults to carry concealed weapons without…

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Vermont regulators approve pipeline through park

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – Vermont state regulators have cleared away a final hurdle for a gas pipeline that’s already under construction. Some residents of Hinesburg had been trying to block the construction of the Addison Natural Gas Expansion Project through Gaprags Park in the town. But on Tuesday, the state Public Service Board granted the…

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Colin Powell blasts 'national disgrace' Donald Trump in hacked emails: reports

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump a “national disgrace” and a racist in hacked emails, according to multiple reports. The liberal Buzzfeed and the conservative Daily Caller both published articles Tuesday night based on Powell emails from DC Leaks, which publishes documents hacked from the nation’s political elite. In…

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NY GOP lawmaker wins primary days after killing himself

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Days after killing himself, a vocal advocate for gun rights and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has won a New York primary election. Assemblyman Bill Nojay was facing a fraud trial in Cambodia and reportedly under FBI scrutiny when he went to his family’s cemetery plot in Rochester and shot himself…

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Black Maryland lawmakers push for diversity in marijuana industry

Maryland’s black state lawmakers are weighing options to ensure that the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry includes its fair share of minority-owned businesses. The Legislative Black Caucus, which comprises 45 of the General Assembly’s 188 members, has criticized the lack of racial diversity in an independent commission’s licensing of 15 companies to grow and 15…

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Black Maryland lawmakers push for diversity in marijuana industry

Maryland’s black state lawmakers are weighing options to ensure that the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry includes its fair share of minority-owned businesses. The Legislative Black Caucus, which comprises 45 of the General Assembly’s 188 members, has criticized the lack of racial diversity in an independent commission’s licensing of 15 companies to grow and 15…

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Florida Republicans urge House to borrow $1 billion to fight Zika virus

Florida Republicans urged House colleagues Tuesday to wave the white flag and borrow more than $1 billion to combat the Zika virus, saying efforts to stave off birth defects tied to the disease outweigh election-year concerns about the deficit. Mosquitoes have infected more than 60 people in Miami and other pockets of the state, prompting…

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Obama administration micromanagement hamstrings air command in ISIS fight

The monthly scorecards issued by U.S. Central Command’s Air Force component illustrate how carefully — critics would say how inadequately — the White House oversees the air war against the Islamic State. About half the combat missions actually unleash ordnance. The other aircraft return to base with just as many bombs and missiles as when…

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Obama calls impeachment effort of John Koskinen, IRS commissioner, 'crazy'

President Obama told wealthy Democratic donors Tuesday night that House Republicans’ attempt to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is a “crazy” move based on an “inadvertent” failure to provide documents that lawmakers had subpoenaed. Speaking at a fundraiser at the private home of a hedge-fund manager in Manhattan’s upper East Side, Mr. Obama told donors…

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