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Turkey says would retaliate against U.S. sanctions over Russian S-400s

Turkey will “take reciprocal steps” if the United States imposes sanctions over its purchase of Russian S-400 defenses, the Turkish foreign minister said on Friday, marking the latest step toward a standoff between the NATO allies. “If the United States takes any negative actions towards…
By 1776 Coalition | Friday, June 14, 2019
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VACCINATION LEGISLATION SIGNED BY GOVERNOR CUOMO

Albany, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation eliminating a religious exemption to vaccine mandates for schoolchildren in the face of the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades. The Democrat signed the bill Thursday soon after it was approved by lawmakers. Similar…
By 1776 Coalition | Friday, June 14, 2019
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Texas city bans abortion, says it’s a ‘sanctuary city for the unborn’

WASKOM, Texas (AP) — A small Texas city has passed a local abortion ban and declared itself a “sanctuary city for the unborn.” Right to Life of East Texas says the vote Tuesday by the all-male Waskom City Council means the city along the Louisiana…
By 1776 Coalition | Friday, June 14, 2019
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Centrist Democrats raise concerns over $15 minimum wage push

House Democrats are moving forward with legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, despite concerns from centrist lawmakers about the impact on lower-cost areas. Democratic leaders say they’re close to clinching the 218 votes needed to pass the bill, which…
By 1776 Coalition | Friday, June 14, 2019
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Iranian vessel removed unexploded mine from stricken oil tanker in Gulf of Oman, US officials say

An Iranian vessel removed an unexploded mine that had been attached to a Japanese-owned oil tanker which suffered serious damage after an explosion in the Gulf of Oman early Thursday, U.S. officials told Fox News, as the U.S. Navy released video purportedly showing the incident.…
By 1776 Coalition | Friday, June 14, 2019
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House hearing on reparations for slavery is set for first time in more than a decade

A House hearing on reparations for slavery is set for next Wednesday, which marks the first time in more than a decade that a panel will consider slavery’s “continuing impact” on the country and the next steps to “restorative justice.” The scheduled hearing held before…
By 1776 Coalition | Friday, June 14, 2019
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Democratic rep says she’s tired of ‘sex-starved males’ talking about abortion rights

Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she’s tired of hearing “so many sex-starved males on this floor talk about a woman’s right to choose” while debating legislation that includes language related to Title X funding on the House floor on Wednesday. The California Democrat’s remarks followed…
By 1776 Coalition | Thursday, June 13, 2019
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AOC and Ted Cruz find more common ground, could ‘team up’ on another issue

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, offered again to team up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., this time to make birth control available as an over-the-counter medication. “Perhaps, in addition to the legislation we are already working on together to ban Members of Congress from becoming lobbyists,…
By 1776 Coalition | Thursday, June 13, 2019
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Maine legalizes medically assisted suicide, joining seven other states and District of Columbia

Maine legalized assisted suicide on Wednesday, becoming the eighth state to allow terminally ill people to end their lives. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the Maine Death with Dignity Act, allowing doctors to prescribe terminally ill patients a fatal dose of medication, two decades after…
By 1776 Coalition | Thursday, June 13, 2019
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Manchin eyes run for West Virginia governor in 2020

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., say he’s considering running for West Virginia governor in 2020. In an interview with Politico Thursday, Manchin described being governor of the Mountain State as the “best job in the world” and acknowledged he “thinking about” running for the post again.…
By 1776 Coalition | Thursday, June 13, 2019
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House Oversight votes to hold Barr, Ross in contempt

The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted largely along party lines on Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) broke with his party to vote with the…
By 1776 Coalition | Thursday, June 13, 2019
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Tory leadership contest: 10 rivals face first ballot of MPs

Tory MPs are voting in the first round of the contest to select a new party leader and the next prime minister. A secret ballot is being held in the House of Commons, with a result expected some time after 13:00 BST. Outgoing leader Theresa…
By 1776 Coalition | Thursday, June 13, 2019
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Ohio voters in 2020 could vote on gun background checks and president at same time

Ohio voters might have the opportunity to decide whether to require background checks for gun purchases at the same time they vote for president in the 2020 election. Ohioans for Gun Safety announced Monday it is filing petitions to support a proposal that would effectively…
By 1776 Coalition | Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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Texas governor signs controversial ‘Save Chick-fil-A’ bill into law

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday signed the so-called “Save Chick-fil-A” bill into law, a new provision that supporters say defends the fast-food restaurant and protects religious freedoms. Opponents have argued it discriminates against the LGBT community. Abbott, a Republican, did not hold a public…
By 1776 Coalition | Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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Violence breaks out in Hong Kong as protesters challenge bill allowing criminal suspects to be tried in mainland China

Hong Kong authorities fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and high-pressure water hoses on demonstrators who had gathered outside the city’s headquarters on Wednesday to protest a controversial extradition bill that is widely seen as Beijing’s encroachment over the semiautonomous territory. The escalation of force came…
By 1776 Coalition | Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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