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Federal judge blocks new Trump administration abortion rule

Today 07:00 GMT

A federal judge in Washington state Thursday blocked nationwide enforcement of rules enacted by the Trump administration that could strip federal funding from health care providers who refer patients to have an abortion.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima federal court came two days after a federal judge in Portland, Ore., indicated he would block at least some of the rule changes, which were due to take effect May 3.. The suit challenging the changes was brought against the Department of Health and Human Services by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and abortion rights groups including Planned Parenthood.

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Source: BBC

FBI raids home of children's author mayor

Today 08:04 GMT

Federal agents have raided the home of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh amid uproar over lucrative business deals for her self-published children's book.

Currently, a Baltimore council member, Bernard Young, is serving as acting mayor during Ms Pugh's leave of absence.

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Source: The Guradian

Maryland governor calls on Baltimore mayor to resign following FBI raid

Today 00:35 GMT

Agents with the FBI and Internal Revenue Service carried out a raid on Baltimore city hall and two homes belonging to the mayor on Thursday morning, amid widening investigations to determine whether she used sales of her children’s books to disguise government kickbacks.

The state’s governor, Larry Hogan, a Republican, called on Thursday morning for Catherine Pugh to leave office “for the good of the city”.

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Source: ABC News

Trump signed executive order putting military in charge of federal background checks

Today 07:00 GMT

President Donald Trump signed an executive order late Wednesday officially making the U.S. military responsible for virtually all security background checks for millions of federal workers, the latest step by the administration to tackle a daunting backlog of security clearance cases.

The large-scale transfer to the military is happening in the background of a security clearance controversy in the White House, where a whistleblower alleges more than two dozen officials, reportedly including Jared Kushner, received high-level clearances over the objections of career security specialists.

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Source: Fox News

Strzok-Page texts suggested using post-election briefing to gather information on Trump team

Today 07:00 GMT

Text messages between former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page indicate they discussed using briefings to the Trump team after the 2016 election to identify people they could "develop for potential relationships," track lines of questioning and "assess" changes in "demeanor" – language one GOP lawmaker called “more evidence” of irregular conduct in the original Russia probe.

FOX NEWS EXCLUSIVE: INTERNAL FBI TEXT MESSAGES REVEAL DOJ CONCERNS OVER 'BIAS' IN KEY WARRANT TO SURVEIL TRUMP AIDE. Barr was criticized by Democrats for testifying earlier this month that “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign – an apparent reference to a well-documented surveillance warrant against Trump adviser Carter Page, among other incidents. Barr stressed that the question for him, as the DOJ reviews the conduct of the original investigation, is whether that "surveillance” was justified and based on solid intelligence.

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Source: Fox News

Clinton-Ukraine collusion possibility 'incredible,' will be reviewed, Trump says

Today 07:00 GMT

President Trump told Fox News' "Hannity" in a wide-ranging interview Thursday night that Attorney General Bill Barr is handling the "incredible" new revelations that Ukrainian actors apparently leaked damaging information about then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort to help Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Among other initiatives, Politico found, the Ukrainian government worked with a DNC consultant to conduct opposition research against Trump, including going after former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort for Russian ties, helping lead to his resignation.

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Source: Fox News

Rosenstein slams Obama administration for choosing ‘not to publicize full story’ of Russia hacking

Today 07:01 GMT

Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. deputy attorney general who supervised the Mueller investigation, spoke publically on Thursday for the first time since the report was released, taking a swipe at the Obama administration’s real-time reaction to Russian hacking and its decision "not publicize the full story" to the American people.

A reporter for NPR said the Obama administration debated how to handle the information and decided that Obama should deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin privately about the matter.

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Source: Fox News

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Did President Trump obstruct justice?

Today 07:01 GMT

When former FBI Director James Comey informed Mueller that he believed Trump fired him because he had declined Trump's order to shut down the investigation of Trump's campaign and of his former national security advisor, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Mueller began to investigate whether the president had unlawfully attempted to obstruct those investigations.

Thus, in this narrow view, because Trump did not commit the crime of conspiracy with the Russians, it was legally impossible for Trump to have obstructed the FBI investigation of that crime.

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Source: Global News

Trudeau calls Ford government’s attempt to block carbon tax ‘irresponsible’

Today 07:00 GMT

The Ontario government’s attempt to block the federal carbon tax is shortsighted and irresponsible, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told an environment conference in Montreal Thursday.

The Trudeau government’s tax only applies to Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan – four provinces Ottawa says don’t meet national standards on greenhouse gas emissions. After Trudeau’s short speech he was met on stage by high-profile Quebec environmentalist Steven Guilbeault for an armchair discussion.

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Source: Fox News

Massachusetts judge who helped illegal immigrant escape ICE arrest indicted, federal authorities say

Today 08:05 GMT

A Massachusetts judge and a court officer accused of helping an illegal immigrant flee an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent waiting to take him into custody were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for obstruction of justice and three other counts, officials said.

Newton District Court Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph and the court officer, identified in court documents as Wesley MacGregor, face several charges stemming from an April 2, 2018 incident in which the pair allegedly helped Jose Medina-Perez get out of the courthouse via a back door in order to elude the ICE agent who sought Medina-Perez.

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Source: Common Domain

Here’s why you may want to reconsider doing that backdoor Roth IRA conversion

Tuesday 20:01 GMT

However, there are no limits for making a nondeductible contribution to an IRA, so some suggest putting money in an IRA and then converting it to a Roth IRA in what’s known as a backdoor Roth IRA.

The backdoor Roth IRA is one of those options — but there are state and federal tax pitfalls to converting money from a traditional IRA or a qualified retirement account (such as a 401(k)) to a Roth IRA.

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Source: Global News

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May celebrates wedding, Jody Wilson-Raybould contemplates Green run

Tuesday 17:16 GMT

Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May tied the knot with retired tech entrepreneur John Kidder in Victoria on Monday afternoon.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May engaged to retired tech entrepreneur John Kidder. The Earth Day wedding was billed as a low carbon-affair including a motorcade of electric vehicles, re-used flowers, a potluck reception, and a cross-Canada train trip as the honeymoon.

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Source: Global News

New registry law for online ads only applies to paid campaigns: Elections Canada

Thursday 21:51 GMT

A new law requiring online platforms to publish a digital registry of all political ads posted during the coming federal election campaign will apply only to paid advertisements.

As guidelines issued by Elections Canada on Wednesday point out, the law does not apply to texts, emails or other private messages. Facebook unveils new rules for political ads ahead of federal election. Nor does it apply to user-generated content posted for free on social media or content published on a group’s own website, including videos posted on those websites or free websites like YouTube.

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Source: Fox News

FBI partnership puts dent in sexual assault evidence backlogs

Thursday 19:06 GMT

Growing stockpiles of untested sexual assault evidence kits have been plaguing U.S. law enforcement for decades, and the FBI and the National Institute of Justice just wrapped up a massive, years-long partnership to hopefully make this problem a thing of the past.

Five years ago, the two government agencies teamed up with local law enforcement to tackle the issue, and chip away at the massive backlogs of untested Sexual Assault Kits (SAKs) that have been creating headaches for crime-solvers nationwide.

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Source: Fox News

Illinois Gov. Pritzker under federal investigation for tax break on mansion: report

Thursday 15:26 GMT

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, along with his wife and brother-in-law, reportedly is under federal criminal investigation for a questionable property tax appeal that has hung over him since last year’s gubernatorial race.

According to a Cook County inspector general’s report, which was first discovered by the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, Illinois First Lady MK Pritzker ordered workers at the mansion to remove all the toilets in the residence so it could be declared “uninhabitable” – giving the couple a large tax break.


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