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Trump uses racial slur at Native American ceremony

November 28, 2017 - U.S. President Donald Trump (R) speaks during an event honoring members of the Native American code talkers in the Oval Office of the White House, on November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump stated, 'You were here long before any of us were here. Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.' in reference to his ... Read more

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Attorney To Discuss Embattled Conyers’ Health & Plans

December 2, 2017 - 
The lawyer for U.S. Rep. John Conyers says he’ll discuss the congressman’s health and future plans at a news conference later Friday. Attorney Arnold Reed’s announcement comes as the 88-year-old Democratic lawmaker faces sexual harassment allegations from former staff members and a day after Conyers was admitted to a hospital because he was... Read more

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Black voters in Alabama could be deciding factor in defeating Roy Moore

December 11, 2017 - 
Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones, who is running against Republican Roy Moore, is courting the Black vote, and that could make all the different in the Senate race. On Sunday, Jones spent the day with top Black lawmakers like New Jersey Senator Cory Booker as they stumped for the Democratic candidate. “Will we now raise up the ech... Read more

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Haitian-American GOP Rep. Mia Love rips Trump, demands apology

January 12, 2017 - 
On Thursday, Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah, the first Haitian-American to be elected to Congress, demanded an apology from President Donald Trump for his comments about Haiti and African countries being “shithole countries.” “The (President’s) comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation&rsquo... Read more

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Congress Meets Saturday to Try to End Government Shutdown

January 20, 2017 - 
Though there is enough hand wringing, blame (see #ShumerShutdown, #TrumpShutdown) and hypocrisy to go around, the fact is the U.S. government shuttered after midnight on Friday, though members of Congress are scheduled to meet on Saturday to strike a deal. The Washington Post reports the House was expected to reconvene at 9 a.m. and the Senate at n... Read more

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Liberia: George Weah sworn in as new president

January 22, 2018 - Former international football star George Weah beat outgoing vice president Joseph Boakai in a stunning election runoff to replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female president. Weah has a rags to riches story made for Hollywood. Weah was reportedly born in a slum in Monrovia, an area that depends heavily on iron ore and r... Read more

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President Trump says Rep. Maxine Waters needs ‘an IQ test’ at Gridiron dinner, she responds

March 5, 2018 President Trump was at the annual Gridiron Club Dinner on Saturday when he said that Rep. Maxine Waters “has to immediately take an IQ test.” The dinner is known for presidential humor and while Trump poked fun at his administration too, he saved some of his sharpest comments for Democrats. 
— Guests discover typo on tickets to Trump’s &lsq... Read more

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Fearing court action, Rick Scott calls emergency meeting of clemency board

April 27, 2018 - 
Gov. Rick Scott called an emergency meeting of the Cabinet for Wednesday in anticipation of a federal court not approving a delay in adopting a new system of granting the right to vote to convicted felons.
Underscoring the emergency action, Scott called a meeting of the Board of Clemency by telephone.
Scott acted in the absence of a decision of the 11th Circuit Court of Ap... Read more