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Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker Says He Will Not Run For Re-Election

Sen. Bob Corker, one of the most outspoken Republican critics of President Trump, has decided not to run for re-election, ending weeks of uncertainty about his future. The Tennessee U.S. senator has spent much of this month rethinking his decision to forgo a third term and saying little in public about his status. On Tuesday, his chief of staff Todd Womack issued a written statement cementing his plans. After Corker initially said he was stepping down, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., entered the contest. Democrats, meanwhile, are pinning their hopes on former Gov. Phil Bredesen, who has the inside track for his party’s nomination. . ...Read Full Story

West Virginia Schools Still Closed As Teachers Strike For Better Wages Enters Its Fourth Day

Public schools in West Virginia remained closed Tuesday as thousands of schoolteachers continued their demands for better wages. Teachers on strike have demanded a face-to-face meeting with Gov. Jim Justice and leaders from the state legislature to address their complaints, a union official said Monday. Schoolteachers announced they would continue to strike until they are granted a meeting with the state’s leaders, said Christine Campbell, president of the American Federation of Teacher’s West Virginia chapter.  The average pay for West Virginia teachers ranks among the lowest in the nation. Last week the state’s Republican governor signed a bill into law that would raise pay for teachers and state employees. Teachers would see a pay increase of $808 next year and $404 the following two year; however teachers said the increases are not enough, especially as health care costs rise. Missed class time as a result of the strike will be automatically added to the end of the school year.. ...Read Full Story

Florida Governor Launches Investigation Into School Shooting Response

Florida Governor Rick Scott called on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sunday to investigate law enforcement response to the deadly school shooting in South Florida last week.  The call for an investigation comes after a state representative asked the governor to remove Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel from his post for his deputies’ “incomprehensible inaction” during the shooting.  Much debate has surfaced over the response of Broward deputies after Israel announced Thursday afternoon the resignation of Scot Peterson, the school resource officer on duty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the time of the shooting. Israel said Peterson, who was armed, never went into building where the shooter was firing at students and instead took a position outside and did “nothing.” Peterson was suspended without pay pending the investigation but chose to resign completely, Israel said. The sheriff said his department is also looking into reports that at least three other Broward Sheriff’s deputies didn’t enter the school building during shooting.. ...Read Full Story

Supreme Court Rejects Trump Appeal On DACA

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from the Trump administration to decide the legality of the president’s plans to end the DACA program affecting young illegal immigrants. In an unsigned comment released Monday, the Supreme Court denied the unusual request to take up the issue, saying the appeal should move through the normal appellate process. The move kicks the case back to the 9th Circuit in San Francisco. In recent months, lower court judges have moved to stop the administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects about 800,000 young immigrants brought to country illegally as children from deportation.. ...Read Full Story

Former First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Upcoming Memoir

Former First Lady Michelle Obama announced that her upcoming memoir will be published on November 13, 2018. The book, titled Becoming, will start with Obama’s story from childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her career and role in the White House. In a tweet on Sunday, Mrs. Obama said, “I talk about my roots and how a girl from the South Side found her voice; I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be.” The book will be released simultaneously in 24 languages worldwide, according to a statement from its book’s publisher, Penguin Random House. Obama is scheduled to embark on a U.S. and international book tour, with dates to be announced at a later date. You can sign up for information about the tour dates on: www.becomingmichelleobama.com. ...Read Full Story

Papua, New Guinea Hit By 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the middle of Papua New Guinea on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake struck about 55 miles southwest of Porgera in the Pacific island nation at a depth of about 23 miles, according to the agency. No tsunami watches or warnings were issued from the quake, and there were no immediate reports of injuries.  The Geological Survey website had 19 reports of feeling the quake, including some saying the shaking was violent.  . ...Read Full Story

Indictments Hit Manafort, Gates With Tax And Bank Fraud Charges

Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a new indictment on Thursday against former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and former campaign aide Robert Gates, charging them with new tax and bank fraud crimes and hiking the amount of money they allegedly laundered to more than $30 million. The 32-count indictment was filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia. Manafort and Gates are both accused of tax evasion and not reporting money in foreign accounts, and they are also accused of defrauding banks on paperwork for real-estate loans. While Manafort was originally indicted on charges he laundered $18 million through offshore bank accounts, the new indictment pushes that sum to $30 million. Gates remains accused of laundering $3 million. The charges against Manafort and Gates are related to money from their lobbying work for pro-Russian political figures in Ukraine.. ...Read Full Story

CNN Denies Florida School Shooting Survivor’s Claim They Provided Him With Scripted Question

According to one of the survivors of the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High, CNN nixed his proposed town hall questions and tried to get him to ask a scripted question instead. Colton Haab, a Junior ROTC student at the school who helped fellow classmates get to safety as the shooting began, says “CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted. I don’t think that it’s going get anything accomplished. It’s not gonna ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have.” On Thursday morning, CNN denied providing a scripted question to Haab. The network stated it never scripts its town halls and that the teenager’s father instead pulled him from the production.  “We asked him to expand on his original question but the town hall wasn’t the place for a speech at which point his father declined for him to participate,” a source from CNN said. While CNN pushed back on Haab’s claim, they offered him the chance to appear on the network Thursday to discuss his views.. ...Read Full Story

New Charges Brought In Case Against Ex-Trump Campaign Manager

New sealed criminal charges have been filed in federal court in the criminal case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and campaign aide Rick Gates, a court record indicated on Wednesday.  The single-page document did not reveal the nature of the new charges. Manafort, who was Trump’s campaign manager for almost five months in 2016, and Gates, who was deputy campaign manager, were indicted by Mueller’s office in October. They face charges including conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to defraud the United States and failure to file as foreign agents for lobbying work they did on behalf of the pro-Russian Ukrainian Party of Regions. Both have pleaded not guilty.  . ...Read Full Story

Prominent Christian Evangelist Rev. Billy Graham Passes Away At Age 99

Reverend Billy Graham, the North Carolina pastor who took his evangelizing crusades around the country and the globe, died on Wednesday morning. He was 99. Graham achieved prominence as an evangelist serving as a counselor or minister to a dozen U.S. presidents. He preached to an estimated 215 million people in 185 countries around the world during his life, and his message reached millions more as he maintained a near-constant presence on radio, television and the internet. Graham also wrote more than two dozen books, including his 1997 memoir, “Just as I Am,” which was a New York Times best-seller.  Graham died just before 8 a.m. at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, surrounded by family, according to a spokesman for Samaritan’s Purse, the nondenominational evangelical Christian organization headed by Graham’s son Franklin. . ...Read Full Story

U.S. Army Awards Medal of Heroism To 3 School Shooting Victims

The US Army is awarding the Medal of Heroism to three students killed in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting last week. An Army spokesman confirmed that the award had been approved for three members of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who “gave their lives during the shooting.” The family of Peter Wang received the award during his funeral Tuesday. The family had requested that he be buried in his JROTC uniform, and the Army provided a medal to be pinned to his uniform at the open-casket service. Wang, 15, was last seen holding a door open so that others could escape the shooter and was wearing his ROTC uniform when he was shot and killed. On the day of his funeral, the academy posthumously admitted him in the class of 2025.  The medal was also presented to the family of 14-year-old Alaina Petty at her memorial service on Monday, and a third cadet who died, Martin Duque, will also receive a JROTC Heroism Medal from the Army. It will be presented to his family during his viewing and service on Saturday, a spokesman said.. ...Read Full Story

Teenagers Stage ‘Lie-In’ Outside White House In Support Of Gun Control

A group of Washington, D.C., teenagers staged a “lie-in” outside the White House on Monday to show their support for the victims of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school — and to demand action from President Trump on gun control. “Teens for Gun Reform” took turns lying down for three minutes to symbolize “how quickly” the organization says suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz could have legally purchased the gun he allegedly used to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14. In a statement posted on its Facebook page the group said “we call on President Trump and leaders from both parties to finally act in the interest of America’s youth and end these tragic mass shootings!” Dozens of teenagers participated in Monday’s lie-in. The demonstration was just one of several student-led protests planned in response to the Florida school shooting.. ...Read Full Story

Family That Took In Nikolas Cruz Said He Showed No Warning Signs

Nikolas Cruz, 19, is charged with the premeditated murder 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, later confessing to police that he was the gunman in the shooting, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office affidavit.  But when the Snead family took Nikolas Cruz into their home last November after his mother passed away, they thought of him as one of their own. Now they’re trying to recall any warning signs they might have missed. “The Nik we knew was not the monster he turned out to be,” James Snead, whose son befriended Cruz, told NBC News.  They said he was depressed after losing his mother, but no red flags ever went off about his behavior. Snead and wife, Kimberly, described Cruz as polite and “normal,” saying they set rules for the teen, which he followed.  They said reports from the Florida Department of Children and Families about Cruz were never brought to their attention, and that they knew Cruz had guns and were OK with it. There was a gun safe and James Snead believed he possessed the sole key.. ...Read Full Story

Supreme Court To Have Closed-Door Meeting On DACA

The Supreme Court will hold a closed-door meeting on Friday to decide whether to take up a lower court opinion that blocked the White House plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which is at the forefront of the debate on illegal immigration. The nation’s highest court will consider the possibility of reviewing the opinion without a ruling from a federal appeals court.  The Justice Department requested the court to rule on whether the administration must continue to accept DACA renewal applications from participants after federal Northern California District Judge William Alsup blocked President Trump’s decision to end the program.. ...Read Full Story

Passenger Plane Crashes In Iran With 66 Aboard; All Feared Dead

All 66 people on board a passenger plane that crashed Sunday in a mountainous region of southern Iran are presumed dead, the airline said. The Aseman Airlines plane was flying from Tehran to the southwestern city of Yasuj when it disappeared 50 minutes into the flight, according to a post on the airline’s Instagram account. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani expressed their condolences to the victims and their families, ordering officials to spare no efforts in their rescue operation, the state-run Islamic News Agency (IRNA) reported. . ...Read Full Story

U.S. Senate Rejects Trump Immigration Plan

On Thursday, the US Senate voted down President Donald Trump’s immigration proposal, leaving Congress with no viable plan for shielding “Dreamer” immigrants from deportation once their protections expire beginning March 5. At least 14 Republicans joined most Democrats in opposing the measure, which was defeated 39 to 60 despite the president warning he would veto any plan that did not meet his criteria. The Senate had earlier rejected a bipartisan proposal that would have put 18 million immigrants brought to the country illegally as children on a path to citizenship and funded border security upgrades, but which made only slight changes to legal immigration policy.. ...Read Full Story

Florida School Shooting Suspect Charged With 17 Counts Of Premeditated Murder

An orphaned 19-year-old with a troubled past and an AR-15 rifle was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder Thursday morning after being questioned for hours by state and federal authorities following the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. in five years. Fifteen wounded survivors were hospitalized as bodies were recovered from inside and around Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Jacob Cruz was booked into the Broward County Jail early Thursday, still wearing the hospital gown he was given after being treated for labored breathing following his arrest.  Cruz appeared in court Thursday afternoon and was ordered held without bond. His attorney did not contest the order and had her arm around Cruz during the brief court appearance.. ...Read Full Story

17 Dead, 15 Wounded After Shooting At Florida High School By Expelled Student

At least 17 people were killed when a teen opened fire at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon, officials said. At least 15 others were wounded, five of whom suffering life-threatening injuries Wednesday night, hospital officials said. Authorities said the suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, concealed himself in the crowd fleeing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He was arrested in nearby Coral Springs. Broward County schools said Cruz had recently been expelled from Douglas for disciplinary reasons and was enrolled elsewhere in the district. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Cruz was believed to have been armed with a AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle and multiple magazines. The gunfire began outside the school and continued inside, where 12 of the victims were killed, Israel said. All of those victims have been identified, he said, but no identities will be made public until the families of all of those affected have been notified.. ...Read Full Story

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s Lawyer, Says He Paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 Out Of His Own Pocket

Michael Cohen, a longtime lawyer for President Trump, told the New York Times he personally paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 of his own money after she claimed to have had an affair with Trump. In a subsequent statement, Cohen suggested that the money was not an admission that Daniels’s claims were true. Cohen’s payment to Daniels was first reported by the Wall Street Journal last month. The newspaper said Daniels “privately alleged” her rendezvous with Trump took place at a celebrity golf tournament where they met in 2006, and reported that Cohen gave Daniels the six-figure sum as part of a nondisclosure agreement that barred her from discussing her alleged dalliance with Trump.  “Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen said. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”. ...Read Full Story

Mitt Romney Set To Announce His Utah Senate Bid

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will announce Thursday that he’s running for the Utah Senate seat held by retiring Orrin Hatch. The former Republican presidential candidate will release an online video Thursday announcing he’s running for the seat. His first public appearance as a Senate candidate will be Friday night at a county Republican party dinner in Provo. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, is expected to easily win the Senate seat in Utah. The 70-year-old Republican moved to Utah after losing the 2012 presidential election and is very popular in the state. Romney isn’t expected to face any serious challenges for the seat. Orin Hatch plans to retire after 2018, following more than four decades in the Senate. One of the longest-serving senators in U.S. history, Hatch began floating Romney’s name last year as his potential successor.. ...Read Full Story

Man Behind New York Bomb Attack Gets Multiple Life Sentences

A New Jersey man who set off small bombs in two states, including a pressure cooker device that blasted shrapnel across a New York City block, was sentenced Tuesday to multiple terms of life in prison. Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, was criticized by a prosecutor for failing to show remorse.  Manhattan’s U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said it was hard to reconcile the “reasonable enough” man he saw in court with the terrorist who tried to kill as many people as he could. Berman called Rahimi, 30, a “clear and present danger” and said it was too big a risk not to impose a life sentence, especially after Rahimi offered “not an ounce of justification” for his crimes. The bombings triggered a two-day manhunt that ended in a shootout with police in Linden, N.J. Rahimi was shot several times but survived. Police officers also were injured.. ...Read Full Story

Second U.S. Judge Blocks Trump Administration From Ending DACA Program

A second U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump’s decision to end a program that protects immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, cannot end in March as planned. The decision is similar to an earlier ruling by a federal judge in San Francisco that DACA must remain in place while litigation over Trump’s decision unfolds. The Supreme Court on Friday is due to consider whether to take up the administration’s appeal of the San Francisco ruling. The court could announce as soon as Friday afternoon whether it is hearing the case.. ...Read Full Story

Suspicious Package Scare Hospitalizes Donald Trump Jr.’s Wife, Vanessa

Vanessa Trump, the wife of Donald Trump Jr., and two other people were taken to a New York hospital on Monday after she opened a piece of mail containing an unidentified white powder that was later determined to be non-hazardous, officials said. New York Police Department spokesman Carlos Nieves said that “the substance had arrived by mail and it was addressed to Donald Trump Jr.” Vanessa Trump, the daughter-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, was hospitalized after she complained of nausea following her exposure, New York officials said. Three patients from the household were transported to the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for further evaluation.. ...Read Full Story

President Trump’s $4.4 Trillion Budget Moves Deficit Sharply Higher

President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget for next year that heralds an era of $1 trillion-plus federal deficits. The growing deficits reflect the impact of last year’s tax overhaul, which is projected to cause federal tax revenue to plummet.  Monday’s budget submission does not yet reflect last week’s two-year bipartisan $300 billion pact that wholly rejects Trump’s plans to slash domestic agencies.  The budget projects tax revenue would plummet by $3.7 trillion over the 2018-27 decade. In addition, Trump would again spare Social Security retirement benefits and Medicare as he promised during his 2016 campaign.. ...Read Full Story

New York Attorney General Sues Harvey Weinstein And The Weinstein Company

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a civil rights lawsuit against former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company. According to court documents, the lawsuit seeks to “remedy a years-long gender-based hostile work environment.” It targets Harvey Weinstein for allegations of sexual misconduct, as well as the executives and board of The Weinstein Company for failing to protect employees from Weinstein. Charges were filed in the New York Supreme Court and include new and “extensive” allegations against Weinstein. Earlier this month, it was reported that The Weinstein Company is reportedly in the process of being sold for up to $500 million. The suit comes after a four-month investigation by the Attorney General’s office into mounting allegations against Weinstein and The Weinstein Company.. ...Read Full Story

Plane Crashes Near Moscow Killing All 71 Passengers On Board

A Russian passenger plane believed to be carrying 71 people crashed Sunday afternoon near Moscow, shortly after takeoff from one of the city’s airports. No survivors were immediately reported. The An-148 regional jet disappeared from radar screens a few minutes after departing from Domodedovo Airport en route to the city of Orsk, 1,000 miles southeast of Moscow. Footage on state television showed plane fragments strewn across a snowy field about 25 miles from the airport. Russia’s Investigative Committee said all possible crash causes were being looked into.. ...Read Full Story

DHS Cyber Chief Confirms Russia “Successfully Penetrated” U.S. Voter Systems In 2016

A senior U.S. cybersecurity official has said that Russian hackers successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election. Jeanette Manfra, head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said Russia targeted 21 states, and “an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated.” NBC News said Wednesday that it had contacted the 21 states that were targeted. Five states, including Texas and California, said they were not attacked.  Many of the states said they weren’t provided specific details from the government about the cyberthreats. Others said they were waiting for the government to provide cybersecurity help.n The revelations have sparked fears that Russia or another foreign government could try to interfere in future elections using cyberattacks and other tactics.. ...Read Full Story

Newsweek Fires Top Two Editors And Two Senior Reporters After They Published Stories About Its Parent Company

Newsweek has fired its top two editors as well as two senior reporters. According to reports, Bob Roe, the editor-in-chief, and Kenneth Li, the executive editor, were both let go, along with senior politics writer Celeste Katz and senior writer Josh Saul.  In the wake of the above events, the company’s chair and finance director both stepped down last week.  Hours after the firings went public, the company announced in an internal staff email that cofounder Jonathan Davis would return as interim Chief Content Officer, and that Nancy Cooper, the managing editor of IBT, is now acting editor of Newsweek.  . ...Read Full Story

White House Aide Rob Porter Resigns Amid Ex-Wives’ Abuse Allegations

A top aide to President Trump has resigned amid allegations of abusive behavior from his two ex-wives. White House staff secretary Rob Porter had been accused in multiple media reports published earlier in the week of choking and dragging his wives. Although White House aides had defended Porter in statements to the media, Porter submitted his resignation on Wednesday as scrutiny of his past relationships intensified.  “He is going to be leaving the White House. It won’t be immediate,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Wednesday.  Sanders also read a statement from Porter that described the allegations as “outrageous.”  “I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign,” Porter said in the statement Sanders read. Porter is reported to be in a romantic relationship with White House communications director Hope Hicks. His last day in the West Wing has not yet been set. . ...Read Full Story