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Pro-abortion Justice Ginsburg assures media and admirers she is not retiring

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has once again invited herself into the public arena, dismissing parts of American history as "terrible" and even saying that the United States is "not experiencing the best of times". "I read the Washington Post and the New York Times every day, and I think that the reporters are trying to tell the public the way things are", she said. Read More

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Switzerland breaks records with brief spring in February

Boston was among many places in the Eastern United States to set a single-day temperature record for February 23. The unseasonal weather, due to a mass of dry, hot air moving up from Spain, meant it felt more like the end of April than February, with temperatures on the Swiss lowlands some 12 degrees warmer than usual for this time of year, said MeteoNews . Read More

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Humana To Drop Out Of Obamacare Completely In 2018

Our local hospitals have benefitted from the ACA and will struggle if it is repealed without an equivalent or better replacement. The survey found 81 percent of voters support the state or federal government offering low-priced, comprehensive health insurance to workers earning $34,000 a year or less. Read More

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Winter Storm Niko Drops Over 12 Inches Of Snow On Northeast US

In anticipation of the snowstorm, city schools were closed across the city's five boroughs. Hudson Valley Weather CEO Alex Marra says it's been an impressive morning from Albany south. It is going to be pretty dicey for awhile. "People will have to park on the even side of the street". Alaska Airlines: As of 4:30 pm EST, the airline has only cancelled two flights between Seattle and New York's JFK. Read More

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Feds consider getting social media passwords from visa applicants

Your passport is not the only thing you may have to turn in at the immigration counter, be prepared to relinquish your social media account passwords as well to the border security agents. He reportedly stressed that no decision had been made, but tighter screening would be implemented, even if it means longer delays for awarding United States visas to visitors. Read More

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HS secretary Kelly goes before Congress, takes blame for travel ban

HS secretary Kelly goes before Congress, takes blame for travel ban

Sanctuary cities in general do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities in enforcing federal immigration laws. Last month, two weeks before then-President Barack Obama, a Democrat, left office, DHS said it was designating state election systems part of the nation's critical infrastructure, a move that broadened the options the federal government has to protect voting equipment from cyber attacks. Read More

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Senate Committee Approves EPA Nominee, After a Boycott

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, attacked Carper's panel discussion as a "shadow hearing" and said Pruitt has been cooperative with committee members. "We will not allow it to obstruct", he added. "This committee has conducted an extremely thorough and fair process of reviewing attorney general Pruitt's nomination", Barrasso said on Thursday. Read More

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DeVos gets committee approval, accused of plagiarism before full Senate vote

DeVos gets committee approval, accused of plagiarism before full Senate vote

Two Republicans - Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski - expressed grave misgivings about the charter school advocate's limited experience with public schools. DeVos for Secretary of Education", she said. Trump chose DeVos as his nominee just a couple weeks after the election, on November 23. Explaining her decision to vote against DeVos on Wednesday, Murkoski said she had received thousands of calls from constituents urging her to oppose the confirmation. Read More

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Madeleine Albright 'Ready to Register as Muslim' Over Refugee Suspension

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Wednesday that she would register as a Muslim in response to President Trump's policies to curtail individuals or refugees attempting to enter the USA from unstable Muslim nations. Media captionWhich countries might be subject to Trump ban? "I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity". Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik, who said: "I'm Jewish". Read More

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Trump hosts WH meeting with top business and labor CEO's

Trump hosts WH meeting with top business and labor CEO's

He said he wants to make sure environment and safety regulations are met too, though. "If that happens, we are going to be imposing a very major border tax on the products when it comes in". "It's gotten out of control". Trump appears to have been referring to state taxes, which result in the federal corporate tax rate to overall total an average 39 percent. Read More

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Arizona Air Force base locked down; reports of shots fired

Arizona Air Force base locked down; reports of shots fired

An all clear was declared about an hour later and the base said personnel there were "free to resume all normal operations". The lockdown was lifted after Security Forces sweeps were completed at 11:38 a.m. "We will continue with updates as available", the base tweeted. Tucson News Now's Kevin Adger is near the scene - media is not being allowed on base because of the lockdown. Read More

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Massive Gator Spotted in Nature Preserve in Lakeland

The alligator was recorded crossing a path Sunday at the Circle B Bar Reserve , a protected wildlife area near Lakeland. Kudos to the people who managed to take a video of the beast. The video owner Kim Joiner, shot the video while out on a trail with a group. "He was the biggest gator I have seen out there", she told News 6 in Orlando . Read More

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Funeral underway for hero NYPD Detective Steven McDonald

Funeral underway for hero NYPD Detective Steven McDonald

Detective McDonald suffered a heart attack last week and died at a Long Island hospital. He was only given five years to live, but he survived for 30. A NY police spokesman confirmed that McDonald, who was Catholic, had died at a Long Island hospital four days after suffering a heart attack. One might have expected McDonald's tragic shooting to exacerbate New York City's already roiling divisions and bitterness. Read More

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Buhari to attend inauguration of Ghana's President-Elect, Akufo-Addo

Buhari to attend inauguration of Ghana's President-Elect, Akufo-Addo

Ghana has been a multi-party democracy since the end of military rule in 1992 and the transition is seen as reinforcing its reputation for the peaceful transfer of power between administrations. Ghana has always been one of Africa's bright spots, politically speaking. In the run-up to the election, Akufo-Addo had blamed Mahama for the economic slump which led to an International Monetary Fund bailout. Read More

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California Hires Eric Holder for Legal Fights Against Trump White House

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times , De León suggested Holder's team will work on issues like immigration, climate change, the environment and voting rights. In October, Holder called then-Republican nominee Trump unsafe for implying he may prosecute Hillary Clinton for using a private email server without permission while she was Secretary of State, and destroying tens of thousands of emails on the server. Read More

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LeT guerrilla killed in Kashmir ambush

LeT guerrilla killed in Kashmir ambush

An Indian police official claimed that the youth was a militant and was killed in an encounter with the troops. One terrorist of LeT terror group is still believed to be hiding in the area. A senior official said that the operation is still underway and more details would be made available soon. Following the surgical strikes carried out by Indian Army, number of such incidents have gone up. Read More

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What to expect from Thursday's winter storm in N.J

A powerful winter storm will unleash heavy, wet snow and howling winds across portions of New England from late Thursday through midday Friday , with blizzard conditions possible in some areas. Winter storm watches are now winter storm warnings just about statewide for Thursday afternoon through Friday morning as a winter storm approaches. Read More

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A Drexel Professor Tweeted That He Wants 'White Genocide' for Christmas

A Drexel Professor Tweeted That He Wants 'White Genocide' for Christmas

George Ciccariello-Maher, a white assistant professor of history and politics at the Philadelphia university, posted "All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide" on Twitter on Christmas Eve, according to media reports. "It is a figment of the racist imagination, it should be mocked, and I'm glad to have mocked it", Ciccariello-Maher wrote. He said he has received hundreds of death threats. Read More

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Christmas Day blizzard, ice storms slam northern plains

Freezing rain forms on the branches and seeds of a tree Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, in south Jamestown, N.D. The freezing rain caused some power outages in rural Stutsman, LaMoure and Dickey counties. Significant blowing and drifting snow is expected, and some roads may become icy, Jones said. Officials with the South Dakota Departments of Transportation and Public Safety said that conditions were deteriorating quickly and that travel would remain treacherous overnight. Read More

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Merry Christmas to you all!

I wanted to take the time to send you my most honest Christmas wishes. So from my house to yours, Happy/Merry Christmas , happy Hannukah, happy Kwanzaa, and joyous Festivus. Here's wishing you a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year! Editor's Note: This is one in a series of 12 of the best Christmas stories from years past by Hamilton Spectator journalists. Read More

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