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To Curb Ocean Pollution, U.K. May Ban Plastic Straws, Stirrers And Cotton Swabs : The Two-Way : NPR

Prime Minister Theresa May called plastic waste "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world." The government said it will work with industry to develop alternatives.
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#SexEdSitOut: Parents Say, ‘Enough’ to Planned Parenthood’s ‘Pornographic’ Sex Ed

Parents in cities across the U.S. as well as Canada, Australia, and now, the U.K. are pulling their children out of schools Monday to protest what they view as “pornographic,” “gender-bending” sex ed curricula conducted and promoted by taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood.
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Andrew Cuomo claims he's 'undocumented,' challenges officials to deport him

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was born in New York, said he is an undocumented immigrant.
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More states could join legal marijuana wave this year

Residents in nearly a half-dozen states could vote this fall on legalizing recreational marijuana, as the push to loosen pot laws spreads despite a tough-on-drugs message from the current Justice Department.
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Avenatti: 'Cohen Is Going to Flip' Causing Trump to 'Ultimately Resign the Presidency’ | Breitbart

Friday on CNN's "The Lead," Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti predicted that President Donald  Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen "is not going to hold up" under the pressure of being investigated and begin to work with prosecutors which will cause the president to "resign." Avenatti said, "My record thus far has - Avenatti | Breitbart TV
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A New Generation's Political Awakening : NPR

Gun violence protests may be a pivotal moment for the generation coming up behind millennials. Events that occur when we're young can have an outsized impact on shaping our political outlook.
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Fate of 'dreamers' could rest on 'queen of the hill' gambit

The words “queen of the hill” and “discharge petition” may not mean a lot to those outside of Washington seeking a DACA fix. But they could be the key.
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Hillary Clinton claimed 'they were never going to let me be president,' new book says

Hillary Clinton lamented that they were never going to let me be president on election night in 2016, a new book detailing her White House bids claims.
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Watch: Goose Attacks Michigan High School Golfer | Breitbart

A lot of things can happen to you on the golf course. Players must prepare themselves for all contingencies, guard against threats and challenges from the other competitors, the elements, and yes, even from geese.
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DNC files federal lawsuit alleging conspiracy by Trump campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks to disrupt 2016 presidential election

Calling it an “all-out assault on our democracy,” the Democratic National Committee on Friday filed a multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit against Trump campaign officials, the Russian government and WikiLeaks for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential race.
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Former President George H.W. Bush honors late wife's commitment to literacy by wearing socks with books

Former President George H.W. Bush honored his late wife Saturday by wearing socks embellished with books on them to celebrate the former first lady’s commitment to literacy.
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11 Killed in Tijuana in 24 hours — 650 Murdered in 2018

Cartel violence in Tijuana continues with no end in sight as 11 killings were registered in a 24-hour period earlier this week. The deaths brought the number of homicides to 650 in 2018, according to government statistics as reported by local media.
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Trump: North Korea's Suspension Of Nuclear Tests Shows 'Progress' : The Two-Way : NPR

North Korea announced that it will stop nuclear and missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site. President Trump tweeted that it was a sign "Progress being made for all!"
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'Smallville' Actress Allison Mack Charged with Sex Trafficking for Her Alleged Role in NXIVM Sex Cult

Smallville actress Allison Mack was arrested by federal prosecutors on Friday for her alleged involvement in a sadistic sex cult, which is currently the focus of multiple criminal investigations.
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Twitter Blocks Girl with Down Syndrome for Posting ‘Pro-Life Pictures’

Charlotte “Charlie” Fien, a British pro-life activist with Down syndrome, was reportedly blocked by Twitter for 24 hours after posting pro-life materials.
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Sen. Mitch McConnell Kills President Trump's Plan to Cut $60 Billion in Spending

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, KY) has torpedoed President Donald Trump's plan to cut $60 billion in federal spending.
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Lawmakers calling North Korea's announcement of denuclearization publicity stunt

Lawmakers across the aisle are calling North Korea’s announcement of denuclearization essentially a publicity stunt.
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Chelsea Clinton pushes back on 'false' claim in new book, says she didn't pop champagne on election night

Chelsea Clinton on Friday called out New York Times reporter Amy Chozick for claiming the former first daughter popped Champagne on the night of the 2016 presidential election and poured it into Hillary Clinton campaign staffers' glasses.
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Mitt Romney faces Senate runoff in Utah after state GOP convention setback

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney ran into an obstacle Saturday in his bid to succeed Utah’s retiring U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch.
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Alexa, Tell Me A National Security Secret: Amazon's Reach Goes Beyond The Post O : NPR

It's little known that the CIA uses Amazon Web Services to store its data, and, now, it's the favorite for a big-money Pentagon contract to do the same. Amazon's tentacles go to other agencies, too.
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Michael Cohen raid rattles Trump allies: Did feds seize president's communications?

While Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has told President Trump he is not the target of the investigation into Michael Cohen, the stunning FBI raid on Trump's personal attorney has spurred mounting speculation about what presidential communications, if any, the feds might have picked up.
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If A Parent's Day Job Is Running For Congress, Can The Campaign Pay For Child Care? : NPR

A congressional candidate is asking the Federal Election Commission to decide whether she's allowed to use campaign funds to pay for child care while she spends her days on the trail.
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Powerful photo shows former President George H.W. Bush looking at wife's casket

A powerful photograph captured former President George H.W. Bush looking at his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush’s casket on Friday.
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Texas 'revenge porn' law goes too far, court rules

A Texas appeals court last week struck down a state law that criminalized the sharing of sexually explicit photos and videos of an individual online without their consent, ruling the “revenge porn” measure a violation of the First Amendment.
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Texas Gov. Abbott to tax-burdened New Jersey residents: 'Come to Texas'

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is urging tax burdened New Jersey residents to move to the lone star state, following the release of the northern state’s budget proposal calling for tax hikes in a place whose rates are already among the highest in the nation.
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19 Years After Columbine, Students Walk Out To Stop Gun Violence : The Two-Way : NPR

Some 2,600 school walkouts are planned across the country, starting at 10 a.m. in each time zone.
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New York Gov. Cuomo grants 35,000 paroled felons right to vote; GOP sees 'power grab'

In an executive order signed Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo granted some 35,000 paroled felons the right to vote.
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Reports: North Korean State Media Announced Nuclear Program Shutdown

Various reports in American and South Korean state media Friday evening indicated that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un announced the halt of nuclear and missile tests in his country. The reports did not specify whether the tests would conclude permanently.
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Fact Check: WaPo Falsely Claims Memos Prove James Comey Did Not Leak Classified Information

WaPo is falsely claiming that the release of the Comey memos "bolsters" the case that the disgraced former FBI director did not leak classified information.
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Mattis optimistic about North Korea after stunning nuclear announcement

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday there are “reasons for optimism” following the stunning announcement by North Korea late last week it would suspend its nuclear and long-range missile tests ahead of a potential summit between leaders of the United States and North Korea beginning in late May or early June.
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An Anti-Immigration Speech Divided Britain 50 Years Ago. It Still Echoes Today : Parallels : NPR

Half a century after Enoch Powell delivered the most incendiary political speech in Britain's recent history, his dire vision of race war hasn't come true. But it resonates in British politics today.
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Federal court rules against Trump's sanctuary city crackdown efforts

A federal appeals court in Illinois ruled Thursday the Trump administration could not withhold public safety grants from cities solely because those cities had so-called sanctuary policies protecting illegal immigrants.
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Barbara Bush Changed With Her Country - The Atlantic

The former First Lady was notably eager to learn about people she didn’t understand—and recognize she might have been wrong about them.
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Revealed: Dream Democrat agenda includes reparations

A wealthy Democratic donor club plotting the future of the liberal movement hopes to be fighting for reparations by 2022, according to a document obtained by the Washington Free Beacon from the Democracy Alliance's spring conference this week in Atlanta.
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7th Circuit Sides with Sanctuary Cities, Keeps Federal Money Flowing Nationwide | Breitbart

The City of Chicago has won a victory against the Justice Department's efforts to rein in certain federal subsidies for sanctuary cities
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DHS Describes Plan to Cut H-1B Outsourcing, Raise Graduates' Salaries | Breitbart

Feds' cap on "specialty occupations" will raise U.S. hiring, salaries
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For One California Company, Trump's Tariffs Have Unintended Consequences : NPR

The administration says the steel and aluminum tariffs will raise costs just slightly. But in a low-margin business like canned goods, a little extra cost can take a deep bite out of profits.
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Senate Votes To Roll Back Rules Aimed At Fair Auto Lending For Minorities : The Two-Way : NPR

The measure, which now heads to the House, would roll back federal policies aimed at protecting minority buyers from discriminatory loan terms. The vote could lead to the rollback of other rules.
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N.Y. Bill Would Allow Prosecution Despite Presidential Pardon : NPR

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance about a proposal to change New York's criminal code to allow the state to prosecute people already granted presidential pardons.
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Romney's Path To Succeed Utah Sen. Hatch Just Got More Complicated : The Two-Way : NPR

Mitt Romney has been forced into a primary race after losing Saturday's nomination battle at the state's GOP convention. Romney aims to restart his political career by replacing Sen. Orrin Hatch.
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Columbine Shooting: 19 Years Ago Felt Like A Galvanizing Moment For Gun Control : NPR

The weeks after the Columbine High School's deadly shooting saw waves of activism from students and parents concerned about gun access.
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Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies At 92 : The Two-Way : NPR

Barbara Pierce Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92. Her death was confirmed by a family spokesman. She promoted reading skills across America and was also a best-selling author.
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Rosenstein tells Trump he is not a target of Cohen investigation

According to a source familiar with the investigation, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told President Trump last week that the President is not a target in the Cohen investigation - that the investigation of focused solely on Cohen.
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Trump fires back on Twitter over Democrats' lawsuit

The president said the new lawsuit provides a golden opportunity to “counter” with Wasserman Schultz” and “Pakistani mystery man” and “Clinton emails.”
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DOJ expected to turn over Comey memos to Congressional committees

The Justice Department on Thursday will hand off to congressional committees the controversial memos James Comey used to document meetings with President Trump, sources told Fox News.
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Barbara Bush's 'heroic act' saved my life nearly 60 years ago, Texas woman says

For years, Donna Abert Andrich has held onto a letter addressed to Barbara Bush.
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The 2018 Congressional Retirement Tracker - The Atlantic

The Senate’s confirmation of Oklahoma Representative Jim Bridenstine to serve as NASA administrator creates another open seat for Republicans to defend in November. Here's a running list of all the lawmakers calling it quits.
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Slate forced to correct report of unverified 'theory' on James Comey memos: 'Mea culpa'

Slate senior editor Jeremy Stahl was forced to issue an embarrassing correction after he was called out on social media for floating a theory that Fox News made an error in reporting related to former FBI Director James Comey leaking memos.
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Lawsuit: Google Instructed Managers that 'Individual Achievement' and 'Objectivity' Were Examples of 'White Dominant Culture' | Breitbart

A document bought to light by James Damore's class action lawsuit against Google and drafted by the company's HR department instructing managers at the company on how to be "inclusive" cautioned managers against rewarding employees for traits "valued by the U.S. white/male dominant culture", including meritocracy, individual achievement, and meritocracy.
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Emails show Obama White House statements on Clinton probe worried FBI's Strzok

James Comey isn’t the only one who took issue with Obama White House statements downplaying the Hillary Clinton email probe in 2016. A new email obtained by Fox News shows that even anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok was concerned about their comments at the time.
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