• Homeland Security Panel Wants To Quit For-Profit Immigrant Detention
  • Trump kicks off ‘thank you’ tour in Cincinnati
  • Wilbur Ross Fast Facts
  • Texas will require aborted fetuses to be buried or cremated
  • Lawmakers warn that ISIS is evolving
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Homeland Security Panel Wants To Quit For-Profit Immigrant Detention

WASHINGTON Private prison companies received a blessing on Thursday from a Department of Homeland Security panel tasked with determining whether the government should continue operating immigrant detention facilities as for-profit businesses. Then the panel’s meeting fell apart. Members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, which advises DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, voted on Thursday to approve a report that said private immigrant detention “will continue,” even if government-run facilities might be…

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Texas will require aborted fetuses to be buried or cremated

(CNN)The Governor says they are “giving voice to the unborn.” Critics say they are a naked attempt to shame and financially burden Texas women seeking abortions. They are controversial new rules in Texas which will require abortion clinics to bury or cremate fetal remains. Abortion restrictions protested in Poland Texas Right to Life, whose legislative director, John Seago, successfully urged the state to direct the rules solely at health care…

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Lawmakers warn that ISIS is evolving

Washington (CNN)ISIS and other terrorist groups are evolving in ways that will force the US and Europe to adapt new counterterrorism strategies, according to US lawmakers, analysts and European security officials. A report issued Thursday by the European security agency Europol projects that as ISIS comes under increasing pressure in the Mideast, it will stage terrorist attacks on the continent in the “near future,” using techniques and tactics honed in…

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Ohio State attack ‘has its roots in the United States’

(CNN)The violence this week on the campus of the Ohio State University has, like previous attacks before it, provoked an outcry of fear and calls for greater security measures to protect Americans against terrorism. And yet, like other incidents before it, this attack was carried out by a terrorist whose inspiration to act reportedly came from within, not beyond, America’s national borders. On Monday, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, an 18-year-old…

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Why sex is about to get a lot less fun

(CNN)Under a Donald Trump presidency, sex is about to get a lot less fun. Yet despite its efficacy at preventing abortion, not a single national pro-life organization supports broader contraception access. That’s because at its heart, hostility to birth control coverage, Planned Parenthood, and abortion rights aren’t about “life” or “religious freedom” or any other right-wing buzzwords. Price and pro-life advocates like him easily disregard the health benefits contraception brings…

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Angry Bodybuilder Slaps Judge When He Comes In Second Place

Maybe there is such a thing as being too pumped up. When Greek bodybuilder Giannis Magos came in second at a recent competition, he was frustrated. So frustrated that he apparently smacked down one of the judges. Magos competed in the 2016 International Federation of Body Building Diamond Cup in Athens this past weekend, coming in first in However, he only came in second overall, the third such placement in…

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Trump’s No. 2 Commerce Pick Has A Thin Resume And A Fat Wallet

“Todd Ricketts is an immensely successful businessman with unparalleled knowledge of the finance industry,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday. Ricketts has “years of hands-on experience in the finance industry,” the statement said, and “like President-elect Trump, Mr. Ricketts will use this knowledge to fix the broken Washington D.C. system.” But Ricketts only worked there for 14 months, a spokeswoman for the company told The Huffington Post, from September 1997…

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Michigan Is Still Fighting A Court Order To Provide Water To Flint

Nearly three weeks after a federal judge ordered Michigan officials to deliver bottled water to Flint residents who lack access to safe drinking water, the state continues to fight it. The preliminary injunction, issued by U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson on Nov. 10, calls for state and city officials to deliver bottled water to all Flint homes unless residents decline it or it is otherwise verified that the home has…

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Trump’s Transportation Secretary Pick Would Inherit Crumbling Roads, Robotic Cars

Elaine Chao, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for transportation secretary, has her work cut out for her. But her biggest challenge may be finding the money to do it all. Chao will take office amid one of the fastest-paced transformations of the transportation industry in almost a century. Already, Trump’s $1 trillion proposed infrastructure plan panned by critics like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as a corporate welfare scam may not be…

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AIDS is still a new threat to a younger generation

(CNN)To the youth of today, the HIV epidemic is old. It arrived before the Internet, before the Berlin Wall came down, and at a time when you could still smoke on airplanes. It can be difficult to fathom but, unlike those of us from earlier generations, today’s young people have never known a world without AIDS. Since those frightening early days of the epidemic, when few survived an HIV diagnosis,…

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Does Trump tax plan for rich add up?

(CNN)Hope springs eternal. Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump’s campaign finance chairman and now his nominee to serve as secretary of the treasury, made headlines Wednesday by claiming that there would be no “absolute” tax cut for the wealthy. This is a promising sign that a Trump presidency will not, after all, turn on a bait and switch, in which an angry populist movement votes an outsider into the presidency only to…

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Trump’s threat to democracy isn’t free speech, it’s this

(CNN)President-elect Donald Trump has a habit of saying outrageous things that suggest he wants to clamp down on free expression in the United States. He once advocated “open[ing] up” the libel laws so he could sue media organizations that falsely criticized him. The other day, he suggested we should punish flag burners and even strip them of their citizenship. A fourth technique is opacity. A determined White House can shield…

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How I Ended Up Becoming ‘The Other Woman’

We all know someone who’s been cheated on, or have firsthand experience with infidelity. Twenty-one percent of married men and between 10 and 15 percent of married women have cheated on their spouses, according to the General Social Survey at the University of Chicago. (And those are just people willing to admit their extramarital affairs to researchers.)  There’s less research and understanding of the people they’re cheating with. Why would “the other…

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Bahrain To Hold Major Celebration At Donald Trump’s D.C. Hotel

WASHINGTON The Embassy of Bahrain plans to host its annual National Day celebration at President-elect Donald Trump’s lavish Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. Set to take place on Dec. 7, the Bahrain National Day celebration would add yet another bullet point to the ever-expanding list of potential conflicts of interest facing the president-elect as he seeks to balance his new role and his global real estate empire. His D.C. hotel…

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Republicans Argue Whether Obamacare Repeal-And-Delay Strategy Will Work

On Tuesday, a key House Republican talked up the former approach while a key Senate Republican seemed more inclined to support the latter. But today, more than 20 million people depend upon the law for insurance, and the number of uninsured Americans has fallen to historic lows. That’s a big reason why Republicans, including President-elect Donald Trump, have always insisted that they wouldn’t simply yank away coverage that they’d put…

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Jill Stein’s running mate: ‘I’m not in favor of the recount’

Washington (CNN)The Green Party’s Jill Stein has received a bounty of attention and money since she announced her intent to request election recounts in several states, but prominent voices within her party are rebuking the effort. Among them: her own running mate, Ajamu Baraka, who told CNN on Tuesday: “I’m not in favor of the recount.” CNN’s Green Party town hall in 90 seconds Jill Stein defends her recount efforts…

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The new Cold War: US Marines’ wintry war games on Norway-Russia border

Kirkenes, Norway (CNN)An American tank full of US Marines crashes through the silence of the sub-zero pine forest, far above the Arctic Circle, as unidentified drones hover overhead and yellow and green smoke fills the freezing air. The troops’ target? A bunker up ahead, manned by Norwegian soldiers. Shots ring out as the Marines advance, crunching through the snow beneath gray winter skies. It’s all role-play, of course — the…

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Hill GOP split on how to roll back Obamacare

(CNN)On the day that President-elect Donald Trump picked a major Obamacare critic to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, congressional Republicans agree they want to repeal and replace the health care law, but they are split on how quickly it can happen. The No. 2 House Republican leader said he believes the GOP-led Congress can move ahead early in 2017 to repeal Obamacare without a plan ready for…

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Syringe exchanges help reduce rates of HIV, CDC says

(CNN)A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released Tuesday, finds that the use of syringe or needle exchanges has contributed to significant drops in the rates of HIV among African-American and Latino drug users. The sharing of dirty needles among injection drug users is a method of direct transmission of bloodborne disease such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Syringe exchanges can provide sterile…

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Store Manager Reportedly Fired For Blasting Shopper As ‘Faggot’

A manager at a home improvement supply store in Colorado has reportedly been sacked after firing off a homophobic insult at a gay customer. James Shawlin visited Floor and Decor in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on Friday, in search of materials he and his husband had planned to use to complete a fireplace in their home, local NBC affiliate 9 News reports. Shawlin, who was with his 4-year-old son, Oliver, at…

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Darrell Issa Survives His Toughest Race Yet

UPDATE: Nov. 28 Rep. Darrell Issa is headed back to the House.  Issa, an eight-term Republican, narrowly won re-election, The Associated Press reported on Monday, after vote-tallying in his neck-and-neck Southern California race dragged on for three weeks.  Issa survived his toughest challenge yet from a retired Marine colonel tapped by Democrats and a barrage of advertising that tried to link him to Donald Trump. As of Monday afternoon, Issa held…

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Congress Drops A Billion Dollars On The Heroin Crisis

WASHINGTON Congress is close to passing a bill, after several thwarted attempts, that would include a provision allocating $1 billion to address the opioid epidemic. But that effort could still be upended by last-minute concerns that the broader legislation is too much of a giveaway to the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. House and Senate Republicans agreed over the weekend on a final version of the 21st Century Cures Act, one…

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Neil Young Begs Obama To Step In, End Violence At Standing Rock

Neil Young and his girlfriend, Daryl Hannah, published an open letter on Monday calling for President Barack Obama to do whatever he can to make sure authorities begin to treat the protestors at the Standing Rock Native American Reservation with decency and respect.  “We are calling upon you, President Barack Obama, to step in and end the violence against the peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock immediately,” Young and Hannah wrote. …

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FIFPro: Rough lives of thousands of footballers ‘tempts match fixing’

London (CNN)While past and present soccer stars like David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have amassed untold riches on and off the pitch, it turns out the average footballer’s lifestyle is not all glitz and glamor. According to a survey carried out on behalf of global footballers’ trade union FIFPro, over 40% of professional soccer players have experienced late payments in the past two seasons, with 60% earning just…

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Trump’s foreign business interests: 144 companies in 25 countries

(CNN)While President-elect Donald Trump will soon step into the Oval Office, his business interests continue to circle the globe and in some cases operate in places likely to overlap with his administration’s foreign policy decisions. Read more about Trump’s overseas business interests In his most recent financial disclosures, Trump listed 144 individual companies with dealings in at least 25 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and North America, among…

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