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Puerto Rico Wants To Be The 51st State

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— Puerto Rico is urging lawmakers on Capitol Hill to grant the Spanish-speaking island statehood into the United States. The US Commonwealth held a state-wide referendum, voting in favor of being the 51st state of America.  However, many are questioning the validity of the non-binding referendum held Sunday. Although 97 percent voted in favor of joining the US, only a quarter of Puerto Ricans voted. The low turnout is reportedly from opposing political parties who boycotted the vote.   Puerto Rico’s economy has been struggling with footing it’s $120…

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Law and Order politics 

Report Suggests Russia Hackers Breached Voting Software Firm [ASSOCIATED PRESS]

A classified NSA report leaked late Monday hinting Russia did indeed tamper with the 2016 US Presidential election. So what happens next? Will impeachment proceedings begin for Trump?

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politics 

Will the U.S. Government Go Into Default? 

The Trump Administration’s proposed $4.1 trillion budget has lawmakers scrambling to raise the debt ceiling with major cuts to discretionary funding. Will the United States go into default for the first time ever?

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Law and Order politics Social Initiatives World News 

Over 55,000 Haitians in Danger of Facing Deportation From US

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-May 4, 2017- The deadline to extend the Temporary Protected Status program, or a program temporalily granting refugees asylum from their home country, is in a few weeks. It’s up to the Trump administration to extend it. Over 55,000 refugees from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti face possible deportation when the TPS expires July 22. TPS, created in 1990, offers temporary immigration in the United States under the following circumstances: Ongoing armed conflict (such as civil war) An environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane), or an epidemic Other…

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Finance Law and Order politics Uncategorized 

New Overtime Bill Passed by House to Affect Working Class

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-May 3,2017- New bill H.R. 1180, or Working Families Flexibility Act 2017-2018, proposes working class earn compensation for paid time off instead of being paid time and a half for overtime. The bill, presented by Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) and 17 other co-sponsors, is backed by the Trump Administration and was passed yesterday in a 229-197 vote, with no democrat in favor and 4 representatives not voting at all.  H.R. 1180- Working Families Flexibility Act H.R. 1180 amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to give private-sector employees the…

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Health & Wellness Law and Order politics 

Lawmakers Revisiting Requiring Those on Medicaid To Work [Associated Press]

WASHINGTON (AP) — A simple question — should adults who are able to work be required to do so to get taxpayer-provided health insurance? — could lead to major changes in the social safety net. The federal-state Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people covers more than 70 million U.S. residents — about 1 in 5 — including an increasing number of working-age adults. In a break from past federal policy, the Health and Human Services Department under Secretary Tom Price has already notified governors it stands ready to approve…

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politics World News 

North Korea is ‘Ready For War’ if Trump Wants it [Associated Press]

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump’s tweets are adding fuel to a “vicious cycle” of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea’s vice foreign minister told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Friday. The official added that if the U.S. shows any sign of “reckless” military aggression, Pyongyang is ready to launch a pre-emptive strike of its own. Vice Minister Han Song Ryol said Pyongyang has determined the Trump administration is “more vicious and more aggressive” than that of Barack Obama. He added that North Korea will…

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US Hits IS With Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb Ever Used [Associated Press]

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with “the mother of all bombs,” the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military, Pentagon officials said. The bomb, known officially as a GBU-43B, or massive ordnance air blast weapon, unleashes 11 tons of explosives. When it was developed in the early 2000s, the Pentagon did a formal review of legal justification for its combat use. The U.S. military headquarters in Kabul said in a statement that the…

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Law and Order politics 

Neil Gorsuch Confirmed to Supreme Court 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–April 7, 2017–Trump-appointed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has been officially confirmed by the Senate as Supreme Court Justice in a 54-45 vote. Gorsuch will fill the 14-month-vacancy seat previously held by Justice Antonio Scalia due to his death in February 2016. Former President Obama attempted to fill the seat with Merrick Garland but was blocked by republicans last year.  Democrats held a filibuster which was blocked by republicans just 24-hours prior by invoking a nuclear option. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ignited a simple majority vote, which ultimately…

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