Texas man could be facing a life prison term in New Mexico

(link to post)LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – A Texas man has pleaded guilty to violating federal drug trafficking and firearms laws in New Mexico and could be facing a life sentence in federal prison. Prosecutors say 25-year-old Michael Dwain Samples, of Monahans, entered a plea agreement Tuesday in a Las Cruces court. Samples pleaded guilty…

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Nathan Larson, thanks to Terry McAuliffe, now felon running for office

(link to post) ANALYSIS/OPINION: Once upon a time, a governor elected by the people for the people decided that anyone who had ever committed a felony — like murder and rape and, maybe, threatening to kill the president of the United States — should be treated just like a law-abiding citizen. With the stroke of…

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The real John Kelly slowly revealing himself at White House

(link to post) WASHINGTON (AP) – In his three months on the job, John Kelly has been credited with bringing order to a chaotic West Wing, but don’t call him a moderate. President Donald Trump’s chief of staff was the enforcer of Trump’s controversial immigration policies, has frequently criticized the president’s enemies, and this week…

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American Airlines CEO meets with NAACP over bias complaints

(link to post)DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines said its CEO had a “positive” meeting Tuesday with civil-rights leaders who accuse the airline of racial bias, but an activist who was kicked off a plane is not backing away from her criticism of the carrier. The airline said CEO Doug Parker and a senior vice president…

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Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett, law prof whom Democrats questioned for her devout Catholic faith

(link to post) The Senate confirmed a Catholic woman Tuesday to sit on an appeals court seat over the opposition of Democrats, sparking complaints from Republicans who said they fear some in the chamber are imposing religious tests that would deny faithful Catholics a chance at judgeships. Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at the…

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Defector: Information, not force, can bring change in NKorea

(link to post) WASHINGTON (AP) – The highest-level North Korean defector in two decades says America should bring change peacefully by challenging the totalitarian regime’s grip on information rather than resorting to military action. As tensions soar over North Korea’s nuclear weapons development and President Donald Trump prepares for his first trip to Asia, Thae…

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Activists disrupt poverty lesson, show politician real thing

(link to post) PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Activists disrupted a poverty lesson at Philadelphia City Hall, persuading a councilman who helped organize the event to instead go on a tour of one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The surprise turn of events, in a city where more than 1 out of 4 residents lives in poverty,…

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Suit seeks release of immigrant girl detained after surgery

(link to post)HOUSTON (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. government Tuesday to demand that it release a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy detained by Border Patrol agents after surgery because she is in the U.S. without legal permission. The ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Antonio, where Rosa…

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Trump campaign gave feds the goods on Papadopoulos, says White House

(link to post) George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign adviser snared in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe for making false statements to the FBI, was hung out to dry Tuesday by the White House. The president called him “a liar” and “low level,” and the White House claimed to have helped prosecutors win a guilty…

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Illinois overhauls health insurance marketplace website

(link to post)CHICAGO (AP) – The state of Illinois has added more information to its state health insurance marketplace website ahead of the start of open enrollment Wednesday. The new information allows consumers to compare health insurance plans for sale both on and off the public Affordable Care Act exchange. The website, available at getcovered.illinois.gov,…

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