Tillerson: China threatened to sanction North Korea over another nuclear test

April 28, 2017

Washington (CNN)Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China threatened the North Korean government with sanctions if it undertook another nuclear weapons test. Tillerson made his comments on Fox News ahead of a visit to the United Nations and amid rising tensions over the North Korean nuclear weapons program. “They confirmed to us that they had requested that the regime conduct no further nuclear test,” Tillerson said of the Chinese. “In fact, we were told by the …

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Texas: FDA should release impounded execution drug

April 27, 2017

(CNN)The Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s battle against the US Food and Drug Administration over an impounded shipment of drugs to be used for lethal injections continued Wednesday with the state filing an amended court complaint. The motion follows the FDA’s decision last week to rule that sodium thiopental cannot be imported into the United states, blocking states from using the drugs in executions. The agency has not approved the drug’s use in the United states More …

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Arkansas executions: ‘It was very methodical’

April 26, 2017

(CNN)After Arkansas conducted the first back-to-back executions in the United states since 2000, witnesses described what they saw when Jack Harold Jones Jr. and Marcel Wayne Williams died of lethal injection. Jessi Turnure of CNN affiliate KARK said she saw no visible signs of struggle when Williams died, such as “grimacing” or “clenching of the fingers.” But she acknowledged there may have been pain she couldn’t see. “It was very methodical,” she …

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Reminder To Progressives: Abortion Is An Economic Issue

April 24, 2017

But Mellos progressive credentials are questionable at best.As a state senator, he co-sponsored a bill requiring that abortion providers tell women they can have an ultrasound first, and mandating that providers who use ultrasound display the image in a way women can see if they choose. He said it represented a positive first step to reducing the number of abortions in Nebraska. Unintended pregnancies place an enormous financial burden on women. Women in this country already face a …

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This is what protest sounds like

April 21, 2017

(CNN)Black Lives Matter activist Zellie Imani remembers the moment civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson came to Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of Michael Brown’s 2014 death. Crowds had gathered to protest the fatal shooting of unarmed, 18-year-old Brown by a white police officer, and Imani remembers Jackson joining the demonstrators as they marched toward a church. But Jackson, it seems, had missed a crucial memo. “I think he tried to have us sing ‘We Shall …

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Utah Physician Says She’ll Happily Do The Job Jason Chaffetz Won’t

April 21, 2017

… common purpose to oppose what [President Donald Trump] stands for. paid, out-of-state protesters. Then came Chaffetzs comment that low-income Americans In just two days, Allen Crowdpac fundraising page, with more than 14,000 individual donations, including from former television talk-show host In a post to Facebook,Chaffetz said he planned to spend more time with his family and return to the private sector. He also said he has no ulterior motives, that he is confident he would have been …

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Arkansas Judge Blocks State From Using Drug For Lethal Injections

April 20, 2017

lethal injections, due to the drug supplier objecting that the state misleadingly obtained its product. Wednesdays court order effectively blocks the state from carrying out any executions for as long as its in place.The state is trying to execute eight prisoners in 11 daysbefore its supply of midazolam, the first lethal injection drug, expires by months end. The state has already been thwarted in its attempt to carry out what have been criticized as conveyor belt-like executions between …

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How prisons keep their suicidal inmates on watch

April 20, 2017

(CNN)The suicide of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez in his prison cell is one of several recent suicides of people in custody, prompting experts to question whether these deaths were preventable. Hernandez, who was convicted of murder in 2015, hanged himself Wednesday morning with a bedsheet tied to his window, according to prison officials. A Washington state inmate accused of fatally shooting five people last year also hanged himself this week,and a triple-murder suspect recently fell …

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Trump’s congratulatory call to Erdogan is revealing

April 19, 2017

(CNN)It’s a haunting image. A basement space with blacked-out windows, crowded with camera equipment and journalists who were assigned to cover the Leader during the state visit of a foreign dignitary but were not allowed to look outside. Was this Vladimir Putin’s Russia, or perhaps the Turkey of Recep Tayyip Erdogan? No, it was the Trump National Jupiter Golf Club in Florida, three weeks after Donald Trump’s inauguration, as depicted by White House pool reporters Jennifer …

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Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

April 19, 2017

… Just over a mile away, state Department officials wagged a finger, noting widespread voting irregularities that gave Erdogan his razor-thin victory and warning Turkeyto protect all its citizens’ rights and freedoms. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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Arkansas Court Blocks Executions Of 2 Prisoners As State Pushes Ahead With ‘Conveyor Belt’ Lethal Injections

April 18, 2017

The Arkansas Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision on Monday, granted stays of execution for Bruce Ward and Don Davis. Both had been scheduled to die Monday, the first of what critics call the statesconveyor beltplan for multiple executions. state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said she would immediately appeal. Later, Rutledges office said she wouldnt appeal Wards stay at this time. In Mondays ruling, the U.S.Eight Circuit Court of Appeals said the five inmates had ample time already to …

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These 3 People Show Why Anti-Trump Tide Runs Against The GOP In Georgia’s Special Election

April 18, 2017

… support behind her in a June runoff. Before Trumps victory, Millers activism had been limited to presidential years and to community groups. Now, she founded a local indivisible group, protests at the local office of Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and even testified twice at the state capitol. The Ossoff race is to me just huge, way bigger than Kansas, said Miller, referring to a surprisingly close special election last week in Wichita in which Democrat James Thompson came within 7 points …

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How Trump could make US a climate pariah over Paris pact

April 18, 2017

(CNN)Reports have it that President Donald Trump will assemble his advisers on Tuesday to decide on whether to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Naturally, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a career-long, oil-industry shill from Oklahoma, is arguing to pull out. Yet even Secretary of state Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, is arguing to stay. If Trump goes with Pruitt instead of Tillerson, he will immediately create a worldwide consensus on climate action: to fight the …

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Turkey’s shell-shocked opposition struggles to find a way forward

April 18, 2017

… post-referendum haze — looking for answers to a referendum tainted by complaints during the campaign, the voting and preliminary results. Erdogan declared victory on Sunday night after state-run media Anadolu reported 51.4% voted for his “Yes” campaign. The razor-thin majority of votes had opponents crying fraud and saying the “Yes” side would not have had so many votes and even could have lost, if the Turkish Supreme Board of Elections had followed its …

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What happens if Turkey changes its constitution

April 17, 2017

(CNN)Turkey voted Sunday on a referendum designed to hand the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers. Official results have not yet been released, and the opposition promised to contest at least a third of the votes cast. But unofficial results from a state-run agency show Erdogan winning by a small margin, with 99.8% of the ballots counted. Here’s what stands to change in Turkey if the “yes” vote on the referendum becomes official. …

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Why some Brits are opting for Belgian citizenship – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… not have contributed enough to the Belgian state coffers, for example. Then there are the EU agencies’ own regulations. A letter from a British official, circulating among the European civil service trade unions, is calling on the EU Commission to clarify whether it will apply or ignore the paragraph of the staff handbook that specifies that only citizens of an EU member state can be employed by the organisation. Related Topics Belgium Brexit More From this publisher : HERE …

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Scrapped free schools ‘wasted’ nearly 140m, says NUT – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… that 131 new schools had been approved under the free school programme, creating around 69,000 places. ‘More choice’ Free schools are state schools that are outside of local authority networks and which are set up by groups such as academy trusts, charities, parents and community groups. There are now about 800 free schools either open or in the pipeline. The NUT said the 138.5m on the closed or unopened schools would have paid for 3,680 teachers for a year. Mr Courtney added: …

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How many bombs has Britain dropped in 2017? – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… stronghold in Iraq. An MoD update from 6 April details a strike against a “Daesh motor team” in north-western Mosul, where a Brimstone missile was used to destroy the target. Islamic state and the crisis in Iraq and Syria in maps Iraqi security forces hold defensive line in Mosul The RAF flight then tracked a truck “carrying a terrorist team who had been planting booby traps” before scoring another “direct hit” on the moving vehicle. Meanwhile in Syria, RAF …

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Trump names Garrett, Bachus to Export-Import Bank

April 15, 2017

… corporate welfare program known as the Ex-Im Bank. #CronyCapitalism.” Garrett served as a New Jersey Republican congressman from 2003 to 2015 and was a state representative for 12 years prior. He was one of the nine founding members of the House Freedom Caucus. …

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Court blocks Arkansas from using lethal injection drug

April 15, 2017

(CNN)Plans by Arkansas to execute a group of inmates before the end of the month ran into more problems Friday. Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen issued a temporary restraining order that stops the state from using a certain drug for lethal injections. The supplier of the drug argued it wasn’t supposed to be used for capital punishment. It’s unclear what effect the ruling will have on the state’s plans to execute the men. …

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Dems Challenge Kushner’s Security Clearance Over Hidden Russian Meetings

April 15, 2017

… last week revealing that Kusher failed to disclose dozens of foreign contacts when he filled out an FBI national security form, as required for his clearance. Those contacts included at least two meetings with high-level Russians while Kushner was working on Trumps transition: Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Sergey Gorkov, an executive of Russian state-owned Vnesheconombank, which was under U.S. sanctions. Lack of candor, particularly regarding contacts with Russian officials, was a …

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Some States, Cities Still Banning Government Travel To North Carolina

April 14, 2017

Although the NCAA ended its boycott against the state once a repeal bill was passed, many of the states and cities that banned nonessential official travel to North Carolina last year have decided the new bill doesnt adequately protect LGBTQ people. Californias law was enacted to ensure that, with limited exceptions, our taxpayer resources are not spent in states that authorize discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, the states attorney …

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‘Survivor’ Contestant Outed As Transgender During Shocking Tribal Council

April 14, 2017

… appeared on Survivor, but who had not come out as trans, was blindsided by Varners comments. In fact, several of Smiths team members were outraged by Varners disclosure, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Varner attempted to clarify his position, claiming hes an ally of the transgender community. I argue for the rights of the state of North Carolina, Varner said. to hurt anyone here. I feel like Ive got to throw But even after apologizing for outing Smith, Varner was voted off the show. …

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Trump’s saber-rattling is North Korea’s propaganda dream come true

April 13, 2017

Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN)North Korea is a country prepared for conflict. Still technically at war with its southern neighbor, ordinary North Koreans are warned to be in a state of constant vigilance to threats from the outside, particularly from the US. Those fears seemed to be confirmed this month, after US President Donald Trump launched a surprise strike on a Syrian airfield and dispatched a naval battle group — which he described as “an armada” — to northern …

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