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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Says It Seized British Oil Tanker

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps said Friday it had seized a British oil tanker because it violated international maritime law, hours after the United Kingdom extended its detention of an Iranian tanker. The British tanker, known as the Stena Impero, was headed for Saudi Arabia when it switched course for Iranian waters, reported The Wall Street Journal. “We are presently unable ...

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Freedom of Navigation Vital to Security, Commerce

To guarantee a free and open Indo-Pacific region, the United States will continue to exercise its right to navigate above, below and on the sea in international waters, including in the East and South China seas, the commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado. More than half the world’s population and wealth is ...

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Russia Violates Critical Nuclear Treaty, NATO Speaks Out

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Russia is not following the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), according to NATO, which has given Moscow until August 2 to return to compliance. The INF bans the production and maintenance of land-based medium and short-range nuclear weapons designed to be housed near an adversary. President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the INF in February amid longstanding ...

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U.S. Department of Transportation Permanently Bans Commercial Drivers Convicted of Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a final rule that permanently bans drivers convicted of human trafficking from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for which a commercial driver’s license or a commercial learner’s permit is required. “This is an important step in the Department-wide campaign to keep America’s roadways, railways, ...

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Kyrsten Sinema, Eight Other Senators Sign Letter To Speed Up Removal Of Certain Migrants

Democratic Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is aiming to implement a pilot program at the U.S.-Mexico border that would speed up the screening process and remove migrant families that don’t have a legal asylum claim. Sinema joined eight other senators in signing a letter Wednesday evening to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, The Arizona Republic reported. The letter detailed how ...

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New York City Orders Thermostats In Buildings Over 100 Feet To 78 Degrees During Heat Wave

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered tall buildings to adjust their thermostats to 78 degrees as the city prepares for this weekend’s heatwave. de Blasio declared a heat emergency Thursday evening, signing an executive order that all buildings over 100 feet turn thermostats up until Sunday evening to conserve energy during what is expected to be a ...

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Hope Hicks Stands By Congressional Testimony Regarding Stormy Daniels Hush Payment

A lawyer for Hope Hicks says that the former White House communications director is standing by her congressional testimony regarding her knowledge of hush money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels. On Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler called on Hicks to clarify her June 19 congressional testimony regarding conversations she had during the campaign with Donald Trump ...

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Trump At 48% Approval, Biden Leading Democrats: Poll

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President Donald Trump is at 48% approval, and former Vice President Joe Biden is leading among Democratic White House candidates, an NBC Survey Monkey Poll released Friday reveals. The poll asked respondents questions about Trump’s job, the economy, the environment, health care, and immigration among other top issues in the presidential race. Sixty-eight percent of respondents found the economy to ...

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Border Patrol in Maine Arrest Illegal Laborers based in Massachusetts

RANGELEY, Maine – Acting on information provided by the public, Border Patrol agents arrested nine Massachusetts-based aliens who had been working in the Rangeley area.  The aliens, from Guatemala, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, and Spain, were administratively charged with offenses ranging from failure to carry immigration documents to illegal entry. All of the subjects were transported to the Rangeley Border Patrol ...

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Ilhan Omar Stonewalling Hometown Paper On Marriage Controversy, Editor Says

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has been uncooperative with her hometown paper’s efforts to get to the bottom of accusations that she committed marriage fraud, the paper’s political editor said. Omar’s brief congressional career has been dogged by accusations — which she has denied — that she married a male relative, possibly her brother. Omar and her current husband, Ahmed ...

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Portland Considers Anti-Face Mask Law Responding To Antifa Violence

Officials in Portland, Oregon, are considering a ban on the wearing of masks during protest events, in response to the violent clash that took place in the city between Antifa and right-wing groups. Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw was the first to call for anti-mask regulations following the assault of conservative journalist Andy Ngo by Antifa protesters on June 29, ...

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Oil Prices, Fears Rise After Iran State TV Reports It Seized Foreign Oil Tanker Accused Of Smuggling

Oil prices and fears about Iran’s ability to disrupt trade are up after Iranian state television reported Thursday the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps seized a foreign tanker it accused of smuggling oil. Iranian state media did not identify the tanker, but the news coincides with the disappearance of a United Arab Emirates-based tanker that went dark in Iranian territorial waters ...

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New Jersey Governor Signs New Gun Laws Including ‘Smart Gun’ Requirement

Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed several gun control bills into law Tuesday, including one mandating gun dealers carry “smart guns” once they are available. Murphy signed a total of four gun control measures into law at Livingston High School before several members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, The Associated press reported. “I am proud ...

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Bail bondswoman sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment for smuggling hundreds of aliens into the US

NEW YORK — Hema Patel, 51, a Texas-based bail bondswoman, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for her role in smuggling hundreds of illegal aliens into the United States. Patel was also ordered to forfeit her Texas residence, two hotels, $7.2 million in bail bonds, $400,000 in cash and 11 gold bars, among other assets. On June 7, 2018, Patel ...

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