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GOP Leaders Move to Shore Up Shaky DeVos Nomination

If all of the other GOP senators support DeVos- as expected - and all Democrats oppose the nomination, DeVos would end up with a 50-50 vote in the Senate. Amy Zemek says she's not an activist, just a mother who wants to make her voice heard. But Senate Democrats have repeatedly requested the vote be delayed so they can hold additional hearings with DeVos. Read More

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Trump's education pick on thin ice a

Trump's education pick on thin ice a

Murkowski (R-AK) said, "I think that Mrs. DeVos has much to learn about our nation's public schools: how they work and the challenges they face". Republicans have a two-seat edge in the Senate, so DeVos could lose two senators and still get confirmed in a tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Mike Pence. Read More

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Border Patrol chief departs following Trump wall announcement

He was the only "outsider" to run the agency since it was founded in 1924, the Associated Press points out. The union was also openly pro-Trump, giving the Republican its full support leading up to the election. Mr Judd served on Mr Trump's transition team. Both Morgan and Kerlikowske were appointed to their position by former President Barack Obama at a time when border agents were admittedly being overwhelmed by human smuggling organizations. Read More

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Madeleine Albright and Mayim Bialik ready to become Muslim

During his presidential campaign, Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslims coming into the United States and said he would " absolutely " require Muslims in the U.S. She speaks six languages and served in President Bill Clinton's administration . The president's chief of staff Reince Priebus has since said Trump has no plans for a Muslim registry. Read More

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Chuck Schumer Denounces Trump AG Pick Jeff Sessions, Will Vote Against Confirmation

Chuck Schumer Denounces Trump AG Pick Jeff Sessions, Will Vote Against Confirmation

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, said Thursday morning that he will not vote to confirm Sessions, a 20-year Senate veteran from Alabama, CNN reported. When pressed on his remarks about these groups, Sessions said that "fundamental legal barriers to minorities had been knocked down" and that the organizations had been "asking for things beyond what they are justified in asking". Read More

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NY pays its last respects to NYPD Detective Steven McDonald

NY pays its last respects to NYPD Detective Steven McDonald

O'Neill, Mayor Bill De Blasio and other city dignitaries are scheduled to be in attendance to memorialized the former detective, who died Tuesday at North Shore University Hospital on Long Island at 59. It was on a routine patrol in 1986 that Steven McDonald's life took a dramatic turn. Jones died just days after his release from prison in 1995, from injuries sustained as a passenger during a motorcycle accident. Read More

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Boulder weather: High of 35 with a chance of snow today

Boulder weather: High of 35 with a chance of snow today

By Monday during the day the precipitation is expected to change to rain. A Freezing Rain Advisory has been issued for the Columbus area for 1/10th an inch of ice. Travel will probably be hazardous beginning Sunday into Monday morning. Police said stranded motorists are encouraged to remain inside their vehicles with their seat belt on and wait for first responders to arrive. Read More

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Get To Know Rhett Lashlee, Huskies' New OC

That year, the Bulldogs ranked 36th nationally in total offense (391 yards per game) and 43rd in scoring (nearly 29 points per game). While his defenses struggled during his tenure as the program's head coach, OR was 15th in yards per game (492) in 2016 and 27th in points per contest (35.4) this past season. Read More

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Winter storm causes severe Red Cross blood shortage

Winter storm causes severe Red Cross blood shortage

In addition to these cancelations, hectic holiday schedules for numerous Red Cross' regular blood donors let to almost 40,000 fewer donations between November and December, than what was actually needed. The Red Cross needs approximately 14,000 units of blood donated each day to compensate for the shortage. "This simple act can have a profound impact on another human being", Gehrig said in the release. Read More

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Civil rights group urges senators to 'fully vet' Betsy DeVos

A big responsibility of the next education secretary, said Warren, is protecting student borrowers "from Wall Street's and the federal government's attempts to profit off them". Now, I simply concede the point. DeVos did not attend public schools as a child and did not send her children to public schools. "People fundamentally support public schools". Read More

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick introduces anti-transgender bathroom bill

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick introduces anti-transgender bathroom bill

Patrick said Thursday that the Texas Privacy Act "stops local cities from passing policy that allows men in ladies rooms". The measure could also offer an exemption to convention centers and stadiums. Critics called the bill discriminatory and predicted that if it were to pass, Texas would experience boycotts and backlashes from businesses, sports leagues, entertainers and travelers, in a scenario comparable to what happened in North Carolina when it passed a similar law a year ago. Read More

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Eagles vs. Cowboys Week 17 scoring drive summaries

Eagles vs. Cowboys Week 17 scoring drive summaries

On the Dallas Cowboys' third offensive possession of the day, head coach Jason Garrett called on backup quarterback Tony Romo to lead the offense for that series. As much as I love what Dak Prescott is doing, and as excited as I am for the future with Dak as the leader of America's Team, there will always be a small part of me that wishes it could have been Tony Romo leading this magical season. Read More

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Cam Newton makes surprise visit to fan before surgery

Austin Deckard had a wish and it was granted Tuesday. About a week ago, one of Deckard's schoolteachers, Courtney Cooper , started a campaign on Facebook to have Deckard meet his hero. His prognosis is not good. Cam Newton granted a little boy's wish two days after Christmas but may have gotten the biggest gift of all himself. Newton plans to keep tabs on Austin as he closes out his season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Read More

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Dylann Roof plans no witnesses or evidence in penalty phase

The Columbia man convicted of killing nine in a Charleston church was back in court Wednesday, in the same courtroom where he was convicted by a jury earlier this month. Roof also reaffirmed his decision not to present evidence related to his mental health. A pending state death-penalty case against Roof . complicates if and when that information might be released. Read More

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Winter storm to disrupt travel

Snow levels were forecast to fall as low as 1,500 feet in some stretches of the Cascades overnight Monday, before rising to 3,000 feet across much of OR late Tuesday, when the system is expected to taper off. Most of the precipitation should hold off until after the Thursday morning commute. At least 12 inches will fall, possibly 24 inches. By Wednesday and Thursday our area will see more sunshine with cooler highs in the mid 30s. Read More

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ECN wishes you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year (or Festivus)

And as a teenager, I was fortunate enough to have an Indian-Singaporean schoolmate invite me into her home to mark it with her family. It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love. Without you, we wouldn't be here! A good teacher like you deserves to have more blessings as you continue in being a good model to your students. Aasif Mandvi, a Muslim actor and writer known for Spider Man 2 (2004) and The Dictator (2012), told The Huffington Post he was "a great ... Read More

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Warm, Sunny Christmas Day

Saturday Morning: Patchy fog and drizzle. Meanwhile, isolated showers over the Atlantic will move toward the west northwest at 10 to 15 miles per hour. East wind 5 to 10 miles per hour. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 40%. South wind 3 to 5 miles per hour. Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Read More

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'Whiplash' star Miles Teller's truck flips over in horrific accident

'Whiplash' star Miles Teller's truck flips over in horrific accident

TMZ reported that the actor was behind the wheel of his Bronco driving with Sperry in San Fernando Valley on Thursday, Dec. 22, when an Uber driver made a left turn in front of them, cutting them off. Apparently he was so enraged by the situation that other bystanders had to restrain him from attacking the other driver. And The Valley Traffic Division told the publication it is the Uber driver who is to blame. Read More

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Mom allegedly beat kids for opening Christmas gifts early

In an interview with police, Collins said her children were being "disrespectful and out of control". Collins allegedly called them "ungrateful" and the "worst kids ever" before she admits she "lost it". Police went to the home and arrested Collins. But the mother insisted that her sons had caused numerous marks on their bodies by fighting with each other. Read More

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Cop helps a speeding college student by tying necktie

Cop helps a speeding college student by tying necktie

A University of Wisconsin-Stout student stopped by a Menomonie police officer for speeding didn't get a ticket. "Better than I was going to do", the student answered. The officer then ties the necktie and hands it over to the student, helping him to adjust it, which takes a couple of tries. The video shows the student dressed in a suit but without the tie around his neck. Read More

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