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McCaskill warns Democratic donors of pitfalls of blocking Trump nominee for high court

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri warned Democratic donors that blocking President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee could have dire consequences, …

U.S. Supreme Court

Editorial: Tim Kaine smears Neil Gorsuch

It's bad enough that Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine has decided to oppose the nomination of Neil Gorsuch, a superbly qualified candidate for the Supreme …

Tim Kaine

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We had much fun at @WaltDisneyWorld but I was surprised to see these crude caricatures on Peter Pan ride. It's 2017. https://t.co/YjWKlYyubl

Trump Said to Ease Combat Rules in Somalia Intended to Protect Civilians

WASHINGTON — President Trump has relaxed some of the rules for preventing civilian casualties when the American military carries out counterterrorism strikes in Somalia, laying the groundwork for an escalating campaign against Islamist militants in the Horn of Africa.<p>The decision, according to …

War

A Marine, Gone But Not Forgotten, Laid To Rest After 74 Years

He was delivered home to a country he would not recognize, where history is now measured by a click or a stopwatch.<p>Harry Tye was buried Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony that symbolized this country’s commitment to those who fight and die in wars declared by Congress and fought …

History

The Death Of A US Contractor Has Exposed America’s Failures In Syria

American survivors tell the inside story of the fatal explosion that killed a US military contractor with two children. The blunders that led up to his death expose deep problems in farming out much of America’s Syria strategy to private companies. Now, the feds are investigating.<p><b>When the Bulgarian</b> …

War

Muslim family's home vandalized; Quran torn, green cards stolen

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Muslim family returned from a weekend getaway to find their home vandalized.<p>Shoaib and Mahrukh -- who asked to be identified only by their first names -- and their two children were alarmed to find their Alexandria, Virginia, apartment burglarized. Their Quran was torn into pieces, …

San Diego

State Department Employee Arrested and Charged With Concealing Extensive Contacts With Foreign Agents

A federal complaint was unsealed today charging Candace Marie Claiborne, 60, of Washington, D.C., and an employee of the U.S. Department of State, …

Texas House Democrat signals bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, signaled that he's planning to challenge Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday, setting up a longshot bid against the former Republican presidential candidate seeking re-election in 2018.<p>"I think that national profile highlights the fact that he's been running for …

Ted Cruz

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An unwelcome plan for refugees shakes up a Vermont city

RUTLAND, Vt. — Christopher Louras, newly unemployed, gazed out a coffee shop toward the sloping street where his Greek immigrant grandfather, and …

California Should Leave Undercover Video Activists Alone

Remember the undercover Planned Parenthood videos that caused such a fuss last year? Their creators, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, are back in …

Liberal POV

On this #vietnamveteransday, deep appreciation, love and thanks to my father-in-law and friend @mograndpa for his service and sacrifice https://t.co/BrRc4j2v1k

Today is #VietnamVeteransDay. Three of my brothers-in-law served and I had the honor of portraying a veteran of Vietnam in Forrest Gump. To all of our nation's Vietnam Veterans, thank you for serving our country. Welcome, Home. Top right: Boyd McCanna "Mac" Harris Bottom Left: Jack Treese Bottom Right: Arthur Harris

This #VietnamVeteransDay, I'm reminded of Mike Christian - my fellow POW & comrade, a genuine American hero https://t.co/iAFR0yhT37

Today we recognize the men and women who served, the 58,220 killed in action and the 1,622 who never came home. #vietnamveteransday https://t.co/OdDTRxKg9I

To all our veterans who answered the call to serve in Vietnam, thank you. #VietnamVeteransDay https://t.co/LVXXNvpKp6

Wearing and carrying flags bearing insignia of the JDL, once declared a terrorist organization, the violent men and women also attacked left-wing Jewish activists. At least one was arrested. Members of the Jewish Defense League…

<i>Wearing and carrying flags bearing insignia of the JDL, once declared a terrorist organization, the violent men and women also attacked left-wing</i> …

Anti-Semitism

Head-On Collision Causes Multiple Fatalities in Hill Country

<i>Live video from WOAI's helicopter will appear in the player above. From time to time the signal may go black -- this is normal and the video should</i> …

Dallas

The senior Trump administration official who briefed the press about climate change policy is not familiar with basic climate change studies https://t.co/aNGtQsoIok

Advocates say the time is right for a War on Terror memorial

WASHINGTON – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial has long been the inspiration for Andrew Brennan to establish a national memorial to honor the men and …

Military

Like Trump, White House Staff Will Skip Correspondents Dinner

WASHINGTON — This city’s biggest party is turning into the must-miss event of the year.<p>The Trump administration said on Tuesday that the entire White House staff would skip next month’s White House Correspondents Dinner as a gesture of solidarity with President Trump, a severe critic of the news …