Politics

House votes to repeal most of Obamacare

J. Scott Applewhite/AP The 240-to-181 House vote won’t succeed in undoing the 2010 Affordable Care Act. WASHINGTON — The House voted Wednesday night to repeal most of Obamacare — sending legislation to President Obama’s desk for the first time that would dismantle his biggest domestic policy achievement. The 240-to-181 House vote — following Senate passage of the bill Dec. 3 ...

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Obama keeps his promise on gun laws, but now states must act

KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS President Obama promised action on gun violence, and has kept his word. In announcing executive action on guns this week, President Obama kept a promise. Last October, just hours after the deadly attack at a community college in Oregon, the President addressed a nation reeling from yet another mass shooting. The year had already been scarred by high-profile ...

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'Illini White Student Union' denounces Black Lives Matter

An “Illini White Student Union” accused Black Lives Matter protesters of terrorism against white University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students Wednesday. The Facebook page surfaced after a black student solidarity rally on the campus quad earlier in the day, The News-Gazette of Champaign reported. The original page said the union was created “to be able to form a community and ...

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Obama asks high court to review immig work permit plan

A year after President Obama came up with a plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, the White House has asked the Supreme Court to weigh in. On Friday, the Obama administration asked the nation’s highest court to review its proposal to give work permits to as many as 5 million immigrants. The executive orders Obama issued last ...

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Japanese-Americans react to Syrian refugee crisis

Gosia Wozniacka/AP Saburo Masada was 10 years old when his family was loaded into an Army truck and taken from their Fresno, Calif. farm following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Calls for the closing of mosques, a database of American Muslims and references to mass detention led to a terrible sense of deja vu for survivors of Japanese-American internment ...

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Russians writing ‘For Paris’ on bombs being dropped on ISIS

[embedded content] MOSCOW – Russian ground crew are inscribing the words “For Paris” on some bombs destined to be dropped on targets in Syria, in a message of solidarity with the victims of last week’s Paris attacks. A video posted online by the Defense Ministry also shows a serviceman writing “For Our Guys” on a bomb at Russia’s Hmeymim airbase. ...

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Mayor de Blasio's daughter Chiara sporting new buzz cut

@chirlane via Twitter Chiara de Blasio’s mom, Chirlane McCray, tweeted out a picture of her daughter’s new ‘do. Mayor de Blasio’s daughter – whose flowered headbands spawned a fashion trend during the 2013 mayoral race – is sporting a new look. Chiara de Blasio, 20, who is a college senior in California, shaved her hair off and now has a ...

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U.S. air strike on ISIS target in Iraq killed 4 civilians

STAFF SGT. SHAWN NICKEL/AFP/Getty Images The March bombing in Iraq left four civilians dead. WASHINGTON — A U.S. air attack on an Islamic State checkpoint in Iraq in March probably killed four civilians, possibly including a child, according to findings released Friday from a U.S. military investigation. Investigators concluded that the checkpoint was a valid target and that the attack ...

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S.I. pol: No more IDs for undocumented immigrants

Mike Groll/AP Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis argued that the city’s municipal ID card program makes it easy for potential terrorists to obtain fraudulent identities. ALBANY — In the wake of the latest wave of terrorism, a Staten Island assemblywoman is calling on Mayor de Blasio to stop issuing municipal ID cards to undocumented immigrants. “In a time of heightened alarm, we ...

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Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton slam Trump’s plan to track Muslims

Mic Smith/AP Jeb Bush called Donald Trump’s comments on tracking Muslims and closing mosques in America “just wrong,” blaming the GOP front-runner for “manipulating people’s angst and their fears.” WASHINGTON — Presidential candidates from Hillary Clinton to Jeb Bush blasted Donald Trump on Friday after the real estate mogul said he “would certainly implement” a database to track Muslims in ...

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