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Another Obamacare Repeal Attempt, or Perhaps a Government Shutdown, Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses: P.M. Links

The White House is planning another attempt to repeal Obamacare to coincide with President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office. Alternatively, the federal government might just shut down. Can’t they do both? A French police officer was killed by a shooter who was subsequently “taken down” in Paris, according to reports. The Champs-Elysees has been […]

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Massive Bomb Dropped on Afghanistan (Guess Who Authorized Use?), United Passenger to Sue, U.K. Perhaps Does Have Connections to Trump Surveillance: P.M. Links

DOD / Polaris/NewscomWe dropped a gigantic bomb containing 11 tons of explosives of Afghanistan, the first time the Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB), or “mother of all bombs,” has ever been used in combat. The target was a system of caves and tunnels used by ISIS fighters. Plot twist! Before yelling solely at President Donald […]

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Even Trump Administration Not Quite Sure What Counts as a ‘Sanctuary City’

Alex Milan Tracy/Sipa USA/NewscomPresident Donald Trump administration’s plan to call out cities that don’t cooperate with immigration deportations has hit a snag over the fact that the list doesn’t seem to be terribly accurate, and it’s already being suspended. The first report came out only a month ago and there was an immediate backlash by […]

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U.S. Launches Missile Strikes on Syrian Airfield

The United States has launched a strike on the airfield in Syria believed to have been the source of a gas attack earlier in the week that killed innocent civilians. NBC first reported the strike and it has been since confirmed by several media outlets. Here’s the NBC report: The United States launched dozens of […]

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Boom Goes the Senate on Gorsuch, Military Action in Syria Mulled, Don Rickles Dies: P.M. Links

Barry Sweet/ZUMA Press/NewscomThe United States Senate has been nuked! Wait, that’s not what I meant. The GOP has invoked the “nuclear option” to break a Democratic filibuster and force the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to a vote. House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is stepping down from all matters connected […]

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D.C. Implements Oppressive Licensing for Child Care Workers at Behest of Early Education Advocates

Monkey Business Images / Dreamstime.comScientists say that higher education for pre-school child-care workers is a good idea. So of course D.C. is going to make it mandatory that child-care workers get associate’s degrees and completely screw over an entire class of lower-skilled workers. Indeed, the argument is literally that lower-skilled workers shouldn’t be caring for […]

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Nunes’ Info Allegedly Came from White House, Russia’s Election Influence Debated, Trump Attacks Freedom Caucus: P.M. Links

Michael Reynolds/EPA/NewscomThe leaks are coming from inside the house! The White House, apparently. Sources told the New York Times that the classified intel being provided to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that shows incidental post-election surveillance of President Donald Trump’s team came from two White House officials. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin denied that his government […]

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Why House Intel Hearing Was Cancelled, SCOTUS Blocks Texas Execution, Spiders, Spiders, Spiders, Spiders, and More Spiders: P.M. Links

Michaela Mikulikova / Dreamstime.comThe latest in the President Donald Trump/Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)/Russian government/intelligence leaks epic drama: According to letters received by The Washington Post, Nunes cancelled a House Intelligence Committee hearing in order to keep fired former acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying what she knew about links to Russia. Trump plans to […]

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Idaho Reforms Law to Require Criminal Connections Before Seizing People’s Stuff

Photographerlondon | Dreamstime.comIdaho’s Senate and House have approved some modest reforms to Idaho’s forfeiture laws that would make it a little tougher for police to simply snatch up all of a person’s cash and assets on the basis of claiming the property was “connected” to a crime. And when they do seize property, they’re going […]

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