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US moves part of missile defense system to South Korea

U.S. missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up a controversial missile defense system have arrived in South Korea, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said Tuesday, a day after North Korea test-launched four ballistic missiles into the ocean near Japan. The plans to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, by

Senator Warren Prohibited from speaking for rest of Sessions nomination debate

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was prohibited Tuesday night from speaking on the Senate floor for the rest of the debate over Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination to be attorney general. The drama began when Warren, quoting a 30-year-old letter by civil rights leader Coretta Scott King, referred to the Alabama Republican as a “disgrace.” King’s letter

Dakota Access pipeline moves closer to completion

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will grant the final approval needed to finish the Dakota Access Pipeline project, U.S. Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota said on Tuesday. However, opponents of the $3.8 billion project, including the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation is adjacent to the route, claimed that

Trump to Unveil Plans for Mexico Wall, Limiting Refugees

President Donald Trump plans to unveil actions on national security starting Wednesday that are expected to include steps toward building a wall on the Mexican border and limiting refugee inflows to the U.S., moving to fulfill key promises he made during his election campaign. “Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things,

Trump signs orders on pipeline projects, TransCanada says it will reapply for Keystone

President Trump signed executive orders on Tuesday effectively reviving the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, as a major builder said it will reapply to build one of the projects which had been stalled by the Obama administration under pressure from environmental and other groups.  The president said the projects would be subject to

Obama suggests that moving US Embassy to Jerusalem could be ‘explosive’

President Obama said Wednesday that his administration has warned President-elect Donald Trump’s team that big policy shifts come with consequences and suggested that moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem could have “explosive” results. “When sudden unilateral moves are made that speak to some of the core issues and sensitivities of either side, that can be

Kentucky moves toward requiring ultrasound before abortion

Kentucky’s newly sworn-in Republican House majority on Thursday took the first step toward requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound first, acting swiftly to capitalize on winning a majority for the first time in almost a century. The 83-12 vote on the bill came on the third day of the state’s 2017 General

Texas moves to cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood

Texas plans to block about $3 million in Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood operations in the state, according to a legal document obtained on Wednesday, a move the reproductive healthcare group said could affect nearly 11,000 low-income people. Planned Parenthood said it would seek court help to block the funding halt, which would cut cancer

A Chance For Congress To Kill Some Cronyism

Congress has been a chronic, consistent swamp filler. Now, headed into the Trump presidency, Congress has an opportunity to reverse course and start draining. They absolutely should avail themselves. The prospective cronyism in question revolves around the West Lake Landfill in Bridgetown, Missouri (located near Saint Louis’ Lambert Airport). A limestone quarry in the 1930s,

Michigan official moves to block presidential vote recount in state

Michigan’s attorney general said on Friday he had filed a lawsuit to halt the Green Party’s requested recount of the presidential contest in the state, saying the effort would be too expensive and cost millions of dollars. Bill Schuette, a Republican, said in a statement that recounting all of the state’s votes “threatens to silence

Russia moves nuclear-capable missiles into Kaliningrad

Russia has moved nuclear-capable Iskander-M missiles into the Kaliningrad enclave bordering Poland and Lithuania, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday, adding it was part of routine drills. “These missile units have been deployed more than once (in the Kaliningrad region) … and will be deployed as part of military training of the Russian armed forces,”