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China Trying To Stem Economic Slowdown, Failing

China is trying to stem an economic slowdown, including rising unemployment, continuing into the first two months of 2019 after documenting its worst year of economic growth in nearly 30 years in 2018. Beijing is trying to counter the slowdown by spending more on infrastructure project and encouraging banks to extend loans to small businesses, reported The Wall Street Journal ...

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Gambino Crime Boss Frank Cali Killed Outside His Home

Mob boss Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, of the Gambino crime syndicate, was fatally shot outside his home in Staten Island Wednesday night, police sources said. Cali, 53, was shot in the chest six times by an unidentified gunman who sped away in a blue pickup truck, reported The New York Daily News. Cali’s wife and children were inside his large ...

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Trump Responds To #FakeMelania Conspiracy Theory

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to set the record straight after people on the Internet decided photos of first lady Melania Trump looked like a body double during their trip to Alabama March 8. “The Fake News photoshopped pictures of Melania, then propelled conspiracy theories that it’s actually not her by my side in Alabama and other places,” ...

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Georgia’s Republican Gov Signals Openness To Medical Marijuana Expansion After Bill Passes State House

A Republican-backed bill to make it legal for Georgians to obtain limited amounts of medical marijuana oil cleared its first hurdle in the state’s House of Representatives March 5. But its advocates were unsure if Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp would be open to sign it even if it did pass the state Senate as well. Kemp signaled openness to the ...

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Gillibrand’s Office Hit With Sexual Allegations, Aide Resigns In Protest

2020 Democratic hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, known for her vocal support of the #MeToo movement, is facing a #MeToo reckoning in her own office after a female staffer resigned citing mishandling of her sexual harassment allegations against a male staffer. The female staffer wrote a letter to Gillibrand after she resigned and accused her of going against her public support ...

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Judge Gives Wichita Doctor Life In Prison For Role In 32-year-old’s Opioid Overdose Death

A judge gave a Kansas doctor life in federal prison Friday for his role in 32-year-old Nick McGovern’s opioid overdose death in 2015. Judge J. Thomas Marten told Dr. Steven Henson, 57, he seemed “numb to what you were doing over time” in illegally selling opioids to patients, including McGovern, reported The Wichita Eagle. Henson was convicted of falsifying patient ...

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Since The US Is Springing Forward, Here’s The History Behind Daylight Saving Time

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Americans in most states are getting ready to “spring forward” and set their clocks an hour ahead Sunday, but how did daylight saving time start? Many people think that daylight saving time, abbreviated DST, can trace its roots back to founding father Benjamin Franklin. But that’s a misinterpretation of a satirical essay Franklin wrote while living in Paris in 1784, ...

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2020 Democratic Hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand Can’t Even Get Her Home Delegation To Back Her

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is struggling to win over even members of her home state New York’s congressional delegation, according to a Politico report Thursday. She even invited them to an event with New York county officials at Washington, D.C., eatery Bistro Bis, but only one showed up, Politico reported citing people with knowledge of the invitations. ...

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Maduro Blames Historic Blackout In Venezuela On US ‘Electrical War’

Venezuela’s embattled socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro and his subordinates blamed the country’s widespread power outages on sabotage, cyberattacks and even Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as Maduro’s rival Juan Guaido called the crisis “evidence of the usurper’s inefficiency” Friday. Maduro’s Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said right-wing extremists taking order from Rubio were behind the blackout that has hit 22 of ...

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Two Senators Introduce Bill To Keep Members Of Congress From Cashing In As Lobbyists

Freshman Sens. Rick Scott of Florida and Mike Braun of Indiana, both of whom have net worths well into the millions, are the only cosponsors of the Banning Lobbying and Safeguarding Trust (BLAST) Act. Scott and Braun want to put an end to lawmakers stepping into the so-called “revolving door of K Street” — using their connections to become well-heeled lobbyists ...

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Trump Weighs In After DNC Says Fox News Can’t Host Primary Debate

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President Donald Trump weighed in on Twitter Wednesday hours after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced it is not allowing Fox News to host any Democratic presidential debates this election cycle, citing the network’s alleged “inappropriate relationship” with the president. “Democrats just blocked Fox News from holding a debate,” Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “Good, then I think I’ll do ...

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Republican-Backed Medical Marijuana Bill Clears First Hurdle In Georgia |

A Republican-backed bill to make it legal for Georgians to obtain, not just possess, limited amounts of medical marijuana oil cleared its first hurdle in the state’s House of Representatives Tuesday. Critics of the bill warn it could pave the way for recreational marijuana legalization in the state and have unintended consequences. It is unclear whether Republican Georgia Gov. Brian ...

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Trump Says Senate Vote On Border Wall Emergency Funding Isn’t About ‘Constitutionality’

President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday that a Senate vote to terminate his national emergency for border wall funding is not about “constitutionality” but about “desperately needed” border security. “Senate Republicans are not voting on constitutionality or precedent, they are voting on desperately needed Border Security [and] the Wall,” Trump wrote. “Our Country is being invaded with Drugs, Human Traffickers, ...

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Ocasio-Cortez Just May Have Scared A Big Bank Into Cutting Off Private Prison Financing

Liberal activists have used the hashtag #BackersofHate to oppose JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the U.S., lending to private prison companies. The companies, GEO Group and CoreCivic, say that these activists mischaracterize their role in immigrant detention overseen by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Well-known liberals like New York Democratic Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former Democratic New York gubernatorial candidate ...

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Trump’s FDA Commissioner Is Stepping Down

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is stepping down in the middle of his fight against “epidemic” teen e-cigarette use, Health and Human Services Sec. Alex Azar announced Tuesday. Sources close to Gottlieb say he is resigning so that he can spend more time with his wife and three daughters, reported CNBC. They have been living in Westport, Connecticut, while ...

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