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Democrats Reject GOP Proposal To Deny Raises To Federal Employees Disciplined For Sexual Misconduct

House Democrats defeated a Republican-led provision to deny raises to federal employees who have been disciplined for sexual misconduct. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to give civilian federal employees a 2.6 percent pay raise this year. However, Democrats successfully blocked a GOP provision that would have withheld raises for employees penalized for sexual misconduct. “During calendar ...

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Pentagon Sending Thousands More Troops to the Southern Border

The Pentagon is sending several thousand more troops to the southwestern border, fulfilling a request made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Currently, there are about 2,3000 troops stationed at the southwestern border. Pentagon officials revealed Tuesday that they will be deploying an additional 2,000 troops as part of the DHS’ request for the military to extend its mission ...

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Republican Lawmaker Trolled After Introducing A Carbon Tax Bill

Florida Republican Rep. Francis Rooney received a yellow vest on Tuesday, which is meant to be a mockery of his support for taxing carbon emissions. The American Energy Alliance, a free-market energy organization, sent Rooney a yellow vest after the Florida lawmaker signed onto carbon tax legislation. The bill, which was introduced in the House of Representatives earlier in January, calls ...

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Trump Just Secured Another Major Trade Victory

The European Commission approved U.S. soybeans to be used in the production of biofuels, a decision that will fulfill President Donald Trump’s demand that the European Union buy more of the product. “Today’s decision is new proof that the European Union is delivering on our commitments,” EU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Tuesday. “[T]his means that as of today it ...

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Scott Pruitt’s Resignation Hasn’t Stopped EPA From Eliminating Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency took a victory lap Monday, releasing a report that highlights all of the agency’s accomplishments in 2018. “Over the past year, the Trump Administration has continued to deliver on its promise to provide greater regulatory certainty while protecting public health and the environment,” EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a Monday statement. Among the agency’s major ...

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Chris Christie: There’s A Deeper Reason Why Trump Fired Mike Flynn

Chris Christie is alleging that both President Donald Trump and senior advisor Jared Kushner believed firing Michael Flynn would put an end to the “Russia thing.” Christie — the former two-term Republican governor of New Jersey who led Trump’s transition team before getting canned himself — dishes out details about the inner workings of the Trump campaign and early days ...

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Possible Independent Presidential Run by Former Starbucks CEO has Democrats On Edge

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s open consideration of an independent, third-party bid for the White House has numerous Democratic political operatives and candidates sounding the alarm. “I have a concern that if he did run, that essentially, it would provide Donald Trump with his best hope of getting re-elected,” Julian Castro — a former Housing and Urban Development secretary under the ...

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Trump Donated $100,000 Of His Salary To Help Fund Alcoholism Research

President Donald Trump has donated $100,000 of his salary to the federal agency that manages research on alcohol and alcohol-related issues. The sizable donation — which was the president’s third quarter salary of 2018 — was given to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the White House revealed. The NIAA “conducts research on the impact of alcohol use ...

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New York To Spend Millions Putting DREAMers Through College

New York state lawmakers have approved a measure that aims to dole out millions in taxpayer-funded aid to illegal immigrants attending college. The now-Democratic controlled New York State legislature on Wednesday passed the Dream Act, legislation that would make thousands of illegal immigrants eligible for financial aid to attend public colleges in the state. The bill, which has attracted praise ...

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10,000 Plus Migrants Hit Mexico And Request Asylum As Caravans Rage On

As Congress continues to feud over construction of a border wall, another Central American caravan of 10,000-plus migrants has entered Mexico and intends to reach the U.S. The caravan, which first departed Honduras on Jan. 15, began as a smaller group of around 500 people. However, the caravan ballooned in size as it continued to travel across Central America. Numerous ...

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Trump Looking To Boost His ‘Energy Dominance’ Agenda With The Stroke Of A Pen

President Donald Trump has overseen unprecedented growth of the U.S. energy industry, helped in large part by his “energy  dominance” agenda. However, the administration has been hit with roadblocks from the courts and Democratic governors who oppose his energy agenda. The president is considering a number of executive orders that would usurp state authority and streamline pipeline projects. The move ...

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Ocasio-Cortez References The Bible On Climate Change

New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez invoked the Bible on social media when defending her beliefs on climate change and her Green New Deal proposal. “Genesis 1: God looked on the world & called it good not once, not twice, but seven times. Genesis 2: God commands all people to “serve and protect” creation. Leviticus: God mandates that not only ...

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A Court Decision May Leave Coal Plants Across The Country Shut Down

A group representing electric utility companies is warning a federal court that a decision regarding coal ash dumps could lead to coal-fired power plants across the U.S. going offline and impacting grid reliability. The case regards a deadline for when power producers can close some of their coal ash dumps. The Trump administration last year gave utilities a deadline extension for ...

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Clyburn Floats Giving Trump His $5.7 Billion, But Not For A Wall

The majority whip of the House of Representatives raised the possibility of giving into President Donald Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion in border security, but with the caveat that it not go toward construction of a wall. “We see ourselves fulfilling that request” with a “smart wall,” Democratic South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn said to reporters Wednesday, according to Reuters. Clyburn suggested ...

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Compostables Were Meant To Save US From Plastics. They’re Overflowing Landfills

Originally intended to help alleviate plastic waste, compostable products are instead filling up landfills and wreaking havoc on recycling plants. Compostable bags, cups and cutlery are designed to be even more environmentally friendly than their standard biodegradable counterparts. Like biodegradables, they are capable of breaking down into the soil, but compostables have the added benefit of releasing valuable nutrients into ...

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