U.S. Refusing Entry To Fewer Canadians Than Before Trump Took Office

OTTAWA — Fewer Canadians are being turned away at the U.S. land border in recent months despite mounting concerns that Donald Trump’s immigration policies are making it much harder to cross, The Canadian Press has learned. Refusals of Canadians at American land crossings dropped 8.5 per cent between October and the end of February compared with the same five-month period a year earlier, according to U.S. government statistics. The total number of Canadian travellers denied entry also dropped: 6,875 out of 12,991,027 were refused entry, a refusal rate of 0.05 per cent. Between October 2015 and February 2016, 7,619 out of 13,173,100 Canadian travellers were denied entry to the U.S.,… Read More

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Trump attacks conservative lawmakers over health bill

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked conservative lawmakers for the failure of the Republican bill to replace Barack Obama’s health care law as his aides pledged to court moderate Democrats on upcoming initiatives from health care to tax cuts. On Twitter on Sunday, Trump warned: “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!” The Freedom Caucus is a hard-right group of House members who were largely responsible for blocking the bill to undo the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare.” The bill was pulled from the House floor Friday in a humiliating political… Read More

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Adam Schiff: Democratic star with S.J. ties

The Democrats in Washington, D.C., suddenly have an unlikely breakout star: U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, a veteran legislator who is not as ideological as Bernie Sanders, not as confrontational as Elizabeth Warren, not as tarnished as Cory Booker. In truth, Schiff could be called geeky. He’s a careful ex-prosecutor who builds his arguments like a mason working with a level. He’s unlikely to slap you on the back. His wife’s name is Eve — and yes, his website points out that it’s Adam and Eve. Don’t be fooled: As the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Schiff delivered a 14-minute opening statement last week that asked trenchant questions… Read More

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Oklahoma lawmaker defends pregnancy from rape and incest as “beauty from ashes”

By Kristine Phillips, The Washington Post In defending his controversial antiabortion legislation, Oklahoma state Rep. George Faught said that even in pregnancies that result from rape or incest, “God can bring beauty from ashes.” Faught made the statement during a debate on the Oklahoma House floor earlier this week. Faught’s bill, which overwhelmingly passed the House on Tuesday, would outlaw abortions sought by women based solely on a diagnosis of Down syndrome or other genetic abnormalities. A fellow lawmaker criticized the Republican from Muskogee for not including an exception for pregnancies that resulted from rape and incest. In a heated exchange, Rep. Cory Williams, D-Stillwater, asked Faught whether rape or… Read More

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Senate to vote on Neil Gorsuch nomination to Supreme Court in first week of April in a political clash with big ramifications

Votes on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court are expected to take place the first week of April, setting up a political clash that could tip the current political balance at the court and bring an end to the ability to filibuster such nominees. There are four Democrats and four Republicans on the Supreme Court, with the most senior member, Republican Anthony Kennedy, often viewed as a swing vote. Seth Masket, chairman of the political science department at the University of Denver, said if President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland had been confirmed to fill the seat that became vacant with the death of hard-line… Read More

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Huntington Beach: Fight breaks out at pro-Trump rally

var _ndnq = _ndnq || []; _ndnq.push([’embed’]); HUNTINGTON BEACH — A “Make America Great Again” march in support of President Donald Trump drew about 1,000 people to Bolsa Chica State Beach, including protesters. The event was a sea of American flags and the red MAGA hats popular in Trump’s campaign. At one point, a fight broke out and a few marchers were pepper sprayed by a protester. Several people were arrested. But the incident was over quickly and the march resumed. Related Articles Donald Trump asked Emma Thompson on a date Photos: President Trump climbs into a truck cab and talks health care for truckers Photos: Vote on American Health… Read More

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