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Merkley and DeFazio rally in Eugene to defend the Affordable Care Act

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Nationally, approximately 30 million Americans have gained health insurance coverage through the marketplace, Medicaid expansion and young adults being able to stay on their parents' insurance plans. Health reform is a journey not a destination. "I'm looking forward to candidly discussing with constituents how to effectively engage in our democracy and joining Senator Jeff Merkley to rally to save the Affordable Care Act", DeFazio said. Read More »

Former House Speaker John Boehner Says 'Obamacare' Will Not Be Repealed

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Republicans in the survey overwhelmingly opposed Obamacare (89 percent to 10 percent), while 85 percent of Democrats voiced approval. The meeting, open to the public, will also consider ways to protect more than 3.2 million Californians - including 35,000 Sonoma County residents - from the loss of health insurance gained under the law commonly referred to as Obamacare. Read More »

New poll shows Donald Trump's popularity 'sinking like a rock'

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But in a poll conducted in late February 2009, 53 percent of respondents said they approved of the job Obama was doing. That's up for debate. At last week's presidential news conference, Trump and reporters jousted as he lashed out at their outlets, saying at one point that " the public doesn't believe you people anymore ". Read More »

Buttigieg withdraws from race for Democratic National Committee chair

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Former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned in disgrace last July when party emails, published on WikiLeaks, appeared to expose collusion that favored candidate Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries. "Keith's long history as an organizer who can energize the grassroots makes him the best choice to lead our party during this critical time", he said. Read More »

Breitbart News May Boot Milo Yiannopoulos Over Sex Comments

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What seems to be missing from Maher's analysis of the fallout is the widespread damage done by Yiannopoulos' interview on his program ― especially when it comes to public perceptions of trans people. Shortly after it was announced he would speak at CPAC, a viral online video was released, showing Yiannopoulos making comments that many felt were supportive of pedophilia. Read More »

Heavy snow, blizzard conditions late today through Friday

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Snow will develop later this morning into this afternoon and continue through the day. In Madison on Friday, there's a 100 percent chance for precipitation in the form of rain, possibly mixed with freezing rain before noon, rain between noon and 5 p.m., and rain, possibly mixed with freezing rain after 5 p.m., with some thunder possible. Read More »

Conan Tries to Convince Mexicans to Pay for Trump's Border Wall

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On the eve of a high-level meeting between the two countries, Mexican officials said Mexico will never accept the return of Guatemalans, Salvadorans, Hondurans and others who traveled through the country on their way to the United States, most often to ask for asylum here. Read More »

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for parts of Hampton Roads

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Wind gusts of 60 miles per hour are possible, the weather service said. According to the weather service, western Pennsylvania is listed under a "marginal" risk for severe weather, with increasing levels of risk west, into OH and MI. Hail covers a deck in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday afternoon. Additionally, a thunderstorm watch will remain in effect until 8 p.m., according to the NWS . Read More »

The New Democratic Party Chair Has A Tall Task Ahead

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But while Dershowitz noted that Ellison has claimed he was unaware of Farrakhan anti-Semitism, he said this was "not a credible statement " as Farrakhan "proclaimed it on every occasion". The move stirred rival Ellison's supporters, the first and perhaps most prominent of whom is Vermont Senator Sanders. Perez and Ellison are among eight candidates for the party's top job, including South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jamie Harrison. Read More »

Chemical weapon VX Nerve Agent used to kill Kim Jong-un's half-brother

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South Korean and USA officials say he was assassinated by North Korean agents. North Korea could have up to 5,000 tonnes of chemical weapons stockpiled, South Korean experts claim . It can be manufactured as a liquid, cream or aerosol. "Normally, there are two chemical elements that are only mixed together when you want to use this stuff", Duelfer says, likening the poison to epoxy that doesn't begin to harden until separate compounds are mixed. Read More »

DHS Disputes Santa Cruz Police Claims Of Deception On Gang Raids

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Police Chief Kevin Vogel and Assistant Chief Dan Flippo said at a news conference that the federal officials lied when they assured them a February 13 joint operation in the region would not include immigration-related arrests during the raid on the gang known by the names MS-13 and Mara Salvatrucha. Read More »

Donald Trump Tweets About Chicago Having 7 Homicides in One Day

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Once again, it seems that Trump is making a knee-jerk response to media reporting and capitalizing on violence that has plagued Chicago in recent years. Wilteeah Jones, her unborn baby and her boyfriend were killed late Wednesday night on Chicago's South Side, police said. But he noted that the city's suggestions for ways the federal government could help stem the violence have gone unanswered. Read More »

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns USA aid under review by Trump

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A memo published by the Department of Homeland Security earlier this week suggested that U.S. immigration officials could deport immigrants in the country illegally to the contiguous country they had entered from, which in the vast majority of cases would be Mexico . Read More »

JC Penney to Shut 130-140 Stores; Sales Drop

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The company said it will release the locations closing next month after 6,000 affected employees are informed. With more than 1,000 stores, J.C. Penney operates 22 in Arizona, including nine in metro Phoenix, according to the company's website. Read More »

Transgender CPS Students Can Still Use Bathrooms Of Their Gender Identity

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That's because Baker in July signed into law a transgender public accommodations law that allows people in MA to use bathroom facilities based on their gender identity. The move followed a decision by North Carolina to prohibit transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice, a move that prompted dozens of companies to withdraw investment from the state. Read More »

White House bars news organizations from briefing

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The New York Times , Los Angeles Times and Politico were also blocked from the gathering. Reporters allowed in included those from Breitbart News , the One America News Network and The Washington Times , all with conservative leanings. Read More »

GOP lawmaker: 'Obamacare' may be saved by progressive activism

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Some of the provisions in the draft bill would be politically hard, even within the Republican Party. That's much more than the $25 billion House Republican leaders proposed previous year in their Better Way white paper. "They are anxious about what is coming", Krauthammer said. A differential of 2-1 in credits for older and younger people seems inconsistent with the push by insurers to increase the permitted premium differential based on age to 5-1, up from the 3-1 differential allowed by the ... Read More »

Today, Keith Ellison may become DNC leader

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Ellison said he's "heard loud and clear from DNC members that this is a moment to use all our talents to rebuild the party from the grassroots up" and thinks Buckley's methods in New Hampshire will be key for the Democratic Party nationwide. Read More »

LCS, FSU keep transgender protections after Trump administration reversal

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Officials in a number of states spoke out after the letter was sent to say they would continue to allow transgender children to use the toilets and changing rooms of their choice. "Transgender students are now facing bullying from the highest level, from their government", she said . In the letter, the Trump administration will reportedly tell US schools that they are going to withdraw President Barack Obama's 2016 ruling , according an alleged draft seen by the Washington Post . Read More »

Girl Scouts sell cookies in honor of Marine

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The GS goodie empire has expanded recently with the addition of Girl Scout cookie cereal, and now, one donut shop in Oakhurst, New Jersey has just given us another reason to give a shout-out to the troops: Girl Scout cookie DONUTS. "Then I said, 'let me support all these troops around here" - so I started placing a Girl Scout cookie on top, and I thought it was a cute way to spread the love with the little kids and interact with the customers". Read More »

JC Penney plans closings, unclear if local stores affected

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Penney's chairman and chief executive officer, Marvin Ellison, said in statement. It said the stores identified for closure are below-average performers or require significant capital to achieve the company's new brand standard focusing on personalized beauty offerings, special sizes, private brands and quality home goods and services. Read More »

JCPenney To Close 130 to 140 Stores Over Next Few Months

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A list of the stores to be closed won't be released until March, the company said. Nearly all of the impacted locations are expected to shutter in the second quarter of 2017. Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer of JCPenney . The retail company will offer early retirement packages for some of its employees. Same-store sales were down 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter and were flat for the full year. Read More »

Department store giant closing up to 140 stores nationwide

J.C. Penney has stores at the Eastwood Mall in Niles, the Southern Park Mall in Boardman, the Shenango Valley Mall in Hermitage, the Austintown Plaza, and the Summit Square Shopping Center in East Liverpool. Last year, 75 percent of Penney's online orders "touched a physical store", he said. The retailer expects to save roughly $200 million a year by closing these stores. Read More »

Leaked DHS Doc Says Trump's Seven Countries Aren't Very Dangerous

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The ban, which also halted the US refugee program, has been on hold since early this month by order of a federal judge in Washington state. President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday. terror came primarily from Pakistan, Somalia, Bangladesh, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Uzbekistan - only two of which are listed in Trump's executive order. Read More »

Hillary Clinton to Dems: 'Keep Fighting,' 'Protesting,' Speaking Out at Town Halls

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Hillary Clinton Friday urged fellow Democrats to "move forward with courage, confidence and optimism" and to "let resistance plus persistence equal progress for our party and our country". "The challenges we face as a party and a country are real", a smiling Clinton said. President Trump emerged victorious in the Electoral College, while Clinton took the popular vote by almost 3 million ballots. Read More »

US Customs and Border Protection to open bids for border wall

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Customs and Border Protection gave notice Friday that it will soon collect proposals to design and build "prototype wall structures" near the US-Mexico border, setting a mid-April timeline for awarding contracts. So we think that CBP really needs to look at that program very closely because we think it is flawed and is excluding qualified candidates from being Border Patrol agents. Read More »

Fire at Florida mosque being investigated as arson

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The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says that around 2:15 a.m., a board member of the mosque was notified by a security alarm company that the building's sprinkler system had gone off, likely in response to the fire. Read More »

Democratic Sen. Gillibrand: Gorsuch Will Be Confirmed

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Pro Life Activists were lined up outside of Senator Bill Nelson's Downtown Orlando office on Friday afternoon, calling on the longtime Senator to support Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. She explained why she opposed the 10th Circuit Court appellate judge but said she had little faith that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wouldn't do what was necessary to see that he is confirmed. Read More »