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McConnell and White House counsel agree to coordinate impeachment trial plans

McConnell and White House counsel agree to coordinate impeachment trial plans

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump’s top lawyer sketched out a plan Thursday to coordinate closely for an impeachment trial but haven’t reached agreement on a final strategy to defend Trump against charges of high crimes and misdemeanors, according to two sources familiar with the conversation. The closed-door meeting Thursday between the…MORE

Asian stocks jump as an initial US-China trade deal moves closer toward reality

Asian stocks jump as an initial US-China trade deal moves closer toward reality

Stocks in Asia popped on news that US and Chinese negotiators have agreed in principle to an initial “phase one” trade deal, cooling tensions somewhat between the world’s top two economies. Japan’s Nikkei 225 jumped 2.4%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index also advanced 2.1%, poised for the biggest daily gain in more than two months.…MORE

New York state renews ban on flavored vaping liquids

New York state renews ban on flavored vaping liquids

New York state health officials have extended a ban on flavored liquids used in e-cigarette devices. The state health department’s Public Health and Health Planning Council voted Thursday to reauthorize its emergency prohibition on flavored e-liquids. The renewal is effective for another 90 days and bans the sale of all flavored e-liquids, other than tobacco…MORE

Fourth teenager who escaped from a Nashville detention center is in custody

Fourth teenager who escaped from a Nashville detention center is in custody

The last of four teenagers who escaped from a juvenile detention center in Nashville, Tennessee, nearly two weeks ago was captured on Thursday, authorities said. A tip provided through Crime Stoppers helped lead authorities to 17-year-old Brandon Caruthers, who was recaptured in a suburban Nashville apartment, the Metro Nashville Police Department said. Police posted a…MORE

Kentucky governor restores former felons’ voting rights

Kentucky governor restores former felons’ voting rights

Newly sworn-in Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear restored voting rights for over 140,000 former felons in the state through an executive order, his office announced Thursday. “My faith teaches me to treat others with dignity and respect. My faith also teaches forgiveness and that is why I am restoring voting rights to over one hundred forty…MORE

DOJ quietly posts internal legal opinions about immunity from congressional testimony

DOJ quietly posts internal legal opinions about immunity from congressional testimony

The Justice Department on Thursday quietly published on its website some never-before-seen internal legal opinions that could help President Donald Trump block congressional requests as he faces impeachment by the US House and a trial in the Senate. Eight of the opinions appear to bolster the White House’s stonewalling of Congress on witness testimony and…MORE

Why today’s impeachment hearing worked

Why today’s impeachment hearing worked

The House Judiciary Committee is in the midst of a marathon session that will, eventually, end with a final vote on the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. You might think that a hearing that began at 9 a.m. ET and could easily extend past the 12-hour mark might be overwhelming. Or filled…MORE

Senate confirms Dr. Stephen Hahn as FDA commissioner

Senate confirms Dr. Stephen Hahn as FDA commissioner

The US Senate on Thursday confirmed Dr. Stephen Hahn to be the next commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. The Senate vote was 72 to 18. Hahn, 59, is a well-known radiation oncology expert and is the current chief medical executive of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where…MORE

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Toy Field = Amazing Success

Toy Field = Amazing Success

Thank you to everyone who came out to Toy Field presented by Planet Fitness to donate to The Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angels!