December 14, 2019
Politico: Impeachment a Flop in Key Suburban Swing District – Breitbart
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Politico: Impeachment a Flop in Key Suburban Swing District – Breitbart

Casten defeated long-term incumbent Republican Peter Roskam last fall in the 6th congressional district of Illinois, in the far western suburbs of Chicago, as part of a nationwide Democratic sweep of suburban districts. But his left-wing policies and bare-knuckle style were never a good fit — and now he is facing pushback.....
Michigan Dem Booed By Constituents for Supporting Impeachment – Washington Free Beacon
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Michigan Dem Booed By Constituents for Supporting Impeachment – Washington Free Beacon

Freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D., Mich.) was greeted with jeers for publicly backing the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Several constituents gathered at the American Legion Hall in Rochester, Mich. could be heard booing as she spoke. Some in the audience then began chanting, "Four more years," according to a clip flagged by the pro-Trump Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC.
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Sen. Susan Collins is an endangered Republican. Impeachment could make her more so. – NBC News

Susan Collins has built a brand as a moderate senator who isn't afraid to buck her party. But the Maine Republican is now facing her toughest challenge yet as she prepares to run for a fifth term in a blue state — the potential impeachment of a president she didn't vote for. While Maine's GOP chairwoman dismissed the Ukraine scandal as "another witch hunt," Collins on Saturday called Trump's public request to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden "completely inappropriate." But Collins has said she can't take a position on impeachment because she might be asked...
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Rep. Omar files for divorce – MinnPost

The rumors were true. The Sahan Journal reports: “Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has filed for divorce from her husband, Ahmed Hirsi. … Ilhan officially filed for divorce on Oct. 4 — her birthday — in Hennepin County District Court. The divorce filing cites an “irretrievable breakdown” of their marriage relationship. … Ilhan and Ahmed were married to each other religiously for nearly two decades. They legally married on Jan. 5, 2018.”
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Mailer advertising white supremacist event at Belfast library a hoax – Bangor Daily News

No, the Maine Green Independent Party is not hosting a white supremacist gathering later this month at the Belfast Free Library. But an anonymous flyer mailed to some homes in the Somerset County town of Canaan is advertising otherwise. “It was a little surprising,” said Andrew Bourassa, a Skowhegan man who says he was sent a photo of the flyer Monday. “And kind of discouraging, as a lifelong Mainer.”
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Despite opposition, plans move ahead for Somali mall in Minneapolis – Star Tribune

Abdi Warsame came to the community center to talk about his vision for Africa Village, his long-envisioned mall for Minneapolis’ East African hub. He never got the chance. Protesters shouted and hoisted signs the moment the two-term City Council member entered the crowded room that night in August. He stood above his supporters in an attempt to address them, but gave up within a few minutes. A month later, at a coffee shop downtown, Warsame dismissed the opposition that night as “a little passionate discourse between the community.”
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A Trump Policy Shift Gives Farmers in Key 2020 States ‘Exactly What We Wanted’ – The New York Times

.....Midwestern farmers and politicians delivered a message to President Trump: Fix the policies hurting corn prices and prompting ethanol plants to close, or risk alienating one of the most loyal parts of your political base. And last week, after a flurry of pressure from senators and criticism from agricultural groups, the Trump administration relented, saying that it would put forth rules designed to increase ethanol demand
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The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether LGBT workers are legally protected – Chicago Tribune

The state Human Rights Department investigates private companies, state units, local governments, unions and staffing agencies. Starting July 1 of next year, the agency will be able to investigate employers with as few as one worker. Arthur Ehrlich, an attorney who works on employment discrimination cases, said people who live outside of the state but have jobs in Illinois are protected under the law; however, Illinois residents with jobs outside of the state are not.
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What will the candidates do about gun violence? – Las Vegas Sun

Polling shows that many Americans are in favor of additional gun safety legislation such as expanded background checks and an assault weapons ban. So where do 2020 presidential candidates stand on the issue? To find out, the Sun posed the following question to each candidate: If you are president, what steps will your administration take to address gun violence?
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Ancestral remains to be returned to Navajo and Hopi nations – High Country News

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Finland will repatriate more than 600 items to 26 tribes.

An Arizona State Museum worker points to baskets in the museum’s collection in this 2015 file photo. These were not excavated from Native American graves, as the items in Finland were, but are the type of objects typically found in burial settings.

Photo by Kristen Hwang/Cronkite News

The Hopi and Navajo are among 26 tribes that will see the return of ancestral remains from Finland, where the items have been held in a museum after being taken from Colorado almost 130 years ago.

The…

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While Congress Fiddles, LGBT Workers Turn To The U.S. Supreme Court For Protection – Forbes

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will confront a difficult issue of statutory construction involving the language of the nation’s premier civil rights law.

The Court will decide whether discrimination because of an individual’s sexual orientation and gender identity constitutes discrimination “because of … sex” under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Under the American separation of powers doctrine, the U.S. Congress is the institution that is charged with making new laws. However, Congress, hopelessly mired in partisan politics, has made no effort to amend…

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This Chef Says He’s Faced His #MeToo Offenses. Now He Wants A Second Chance – NPR

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After the allegations of sexual harassment surfaced, chef Charlie Hallowell issued an apology, saying he was “deeply ashamed and so very sorry.”

 

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After the allegations of sexual harassment surfaced, chef Charlie…

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Republican TV ads target Stevens, Slotkin on impeachment stances – The Detroit News

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Republicans are attacking two Michigan Democrats who flipped GOP House seats in 2018 with an advertisement wave sparked by the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, but the House speaker plans a counter-offensive to bolster them.

The Republican National Committee last week began airing television ads in Metro Detroit targeting Democratic U.S. Reps. Elissa Slotkin of Holly and Haley Stevens of Rochester Hills, criticizing their support for “endless investigations” and “endless hearings” to the detriment of “fixing health care” and “lowering drug prices.”

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WCBC » Blog Archive » Cardin, Van Hollen File Brief Supporting DACA – WCBC Radio

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October 7th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.), together with 49 senators and 123 U.S. Representatives and former lawmakers have filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  The Supreme Court will hear arguments on DACA on November 12, 2019.  President Trump terminated the DACA program on September 5, 2017, throwing the lives of nearly 800,000 Dreamers into chaos.

 

“DACA recognizes that we should not hold hardworking,…

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Democrat Amy Klobuchar raises $4.8M for presidential bid – WTOP

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Amy Klobuchar said Monday that she raised $4.8 million in the third quarter for her 2020 presidential campaign, a total…

Amy Klobuchar said Monday that she raised $4.8 million in the third quarter for her 2020 presidential campaign, a total that places the Minnesota senator in the middle of the Democratic field in fundraising for the third straight quarter.

Klobuchar has raised more than some rivals but less than top-tier candidates such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, who raised $25.3 million last quarter, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who raised $24.6 million.

Klobuchar said…

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Huxley Man Gifts Carson King a Year’s Supply of Busch Light – WHO TV Des Moines

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ALTOONA, Iowa — After raising millions of dollars for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, Carson King will end up with a year’s supply of Busch Light after all.

Mike Schonhorst of Huxley personally bought 30 cases of Busch Light and delivered it to King on Monday. That is 720 cans of beer, which means King can average about two beers a day for a whole year.

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Schonhorst, who owns General Insurance Agency in Huxley, said he didn’t do it to gain recognition. He wanted to give…

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Wyoming Area Catholic School holds annual balloon rosary event – Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

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PITTSTON — Paint Pittston Pink wrapped up on Saturday with a series of events that brought residents to its Main Street for competition and camaraderie, while raising money for breast cancer research.

The day’s 5K race and gentlemen’s dash are becoming tradition for many Pittston area residents, the “Hammer Out Cancer” event, in its first year was very well received.

Mary Kay Jones, who lost her daughter Lisa Jones Kutra last year to breast cancer, opened the day reminding those attending of the importance of…

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NFL plus Congress equals winning combo | Opinion – High Plains Journal

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Last week on Washington’s Gallaudet University campus, a matchup between former NFL players, members of Congress, and U.S. Capitol Police occurred in a friendly game of football.

The Congressional Football Game started in 2004. This year marked the 10th game played, as it occurs every other year (as to…

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Julián Castro, Women of Color, and Texas 2020: The path toward turning the state blue – News – Austin Chronicle

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Julián Castro with supporters outside the Paramount Theatre at this year’s Texas Tribune Festival (Photo by Jana Birchum)

Every seat in the house is taken at Tamale House East on a steamy Saturday morning, almost all by women of color. Some are there to quietly translate for their monolingual tablemates (both English and Spanish) the proud claims to power from the nationally known activists onstage, the calls to action from the women in the crowd, and…

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Lewes History Book Festival marks another successful year – CapeGazette.com

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Novelist Alice Hoffman is interviewed by Maribeth Fischer about her book “The World That We Knew,” which deals with the Jewish experinece in France during World War II.

 

Alice Hoffman answers audience questions posed by Jen Mason, History Book Festival co-founder.

 

Author Lynne Olson speaks to a full house at Bethel United Methodist Church about the book “Madame Fourcade’s Secret War,” the story of a daring young woman who led a spy network against Hitler.

 

Pulitzer Prizer winner Rick Atkinson opened the festival at Bethel United Methodist…

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State Reports First Death From Vaping-Related Illness – LevittownNow.com

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Pennsylvania has recorded the first known death from a mysterious vaping-related illness. Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said last Friday the department has reported nine known cases and another 12 suspected cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state is monitoring another 63 people who may have the illness.

Though the cause is unknown, Levine said black market THC cartridges have been a factor in most cases. Levine noted, most of…

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Politicos, community leaders, FDNY and NYPD gather for Holocaust survivor’s new book – SILive.com

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Community leaders, officers of the NYPD and FDNY and some of the Island’s political leaders gathered in the Eltingville home of Rabbi Romi Cohen, a Holocaust survivor, businessman and philanthropist, to celebrate his new book, “The Ribnitzer Rebbe.”

This was his second publication, inasmuch as 18 years ago, Rabbi Romi published “The Youngest Partisan,” an autobiography that focuses on the Holocaust years when he was a hunted fugitive and a valiant fighter who survived the Nazis after losing his mother, two sisters and two brothers to a concentration camp.

 

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Goffstown DPW Director heading north – Manchester Ink Link

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GOFFSTOWN, N.H. – Goffstown Department of Public Works Director Meghan Theriault will be leaving her position on Oct. 30, marking the end of over 15 years she has spent working for the town.

On Sept. 23, the Goffstown Select Board accepted a letter of resignation from Theriault after learning she has accepted a position as the Department of Public Works Director for the town of Gilford, N.H.

Theriault worked as private consultant on projects in Goffstown prior to coming on board as the town’s first ever Town Engineer in 2004. She remained at that post…

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SNL’s 2020 Democratic Town Hall Brings Back Woody Harrelson, Maya Rudolph, Larry David as Biden, Kamala, Bernie and More: WATCH – Towleroad

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As part of its 45th season premiere, Saturday Night Live put together its own Democratic Town Hall, lining up a cast of surprise celebs and past players to appear as the 2020 candidates, drawing on moments from town halls that were held over the summer.

Chloe Fineman, one of SNL’s recent new hires, had an impressive debut as spiritual self-help guru Marianne Williamson, while Maya Rudolph won the most laughs with her Kamala Harris schtick. Larry David returned as Bernie Sanders, Kate McKinnon as Elizabeth Warren, along with Alex Moffatt’s Beto O’Rourke, Colin Jost’s Pete…

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Rep. Elaine Luria raises money for Va. Democrats running for legislature after GOP group runs impeachment ads – Washington Post

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Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) answers questions during a town hall in Virginia Beach on Oct. 3. (Parker Michels-Boyce/for The Washington Post)

October 7 at 4:42 PM

After a national Republican group began targeting Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) over her support for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, she is pushing back in an unusual way.

Luria, who represents the swing district of Virginia Beach, created a fundraising committee to raise $228,000 not for her own 2020 reelection…

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Bucshon opposes proposed Medicare rule – Ripon Advance

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U.S. Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and Ami Bera (D-CA), both physicians, along with 24 Republican colleagues, strongly oppose a provision in the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule that would not include the adjusted values for the revised office/outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) codes in the global surgery codes.

“Patients’ access to high-quality care must be at the forefront of all health care policy decisions,” Rep. Bucshon said on Oct. 3. “While I’m pleased that CMS [Centers for…

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Howell resident Mike Detmer challenging Elissa Slotkin for Congress – Livingston Daily

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Another Republican is hoping to challenge Elissa Slotkin for the U.S. Congress’s Eighth District of Michigan.

Mike Detmer, a Howell Republican, 43,announced that he will run for the Eighth District seat in 2020, joining Nikki Snyder, a member of the Michigan State Board of Education.

A Republican primary race could take place Aug. 4, 2020.

MORE: Rep. Elissa Slotkin gets challenge from Nikki Snyder, who defends Trump on impeachment

Detmer was originally running to represent Michigan’s 47th State House district, a race which he said he has dropped out of.

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House fire in Virginia Beach spreads to fence, yard – WAVY.com

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Fire officials in Virginia Beach responded to a residential fire early Monday morning.

According to reports, the fire happened in the 1100 block of Autumn harvest Drive around the Indian Lakes area of the city at around 5 o’clock Monday morning.

Reports say the fire had spread to the fence by the house, but was immediately extinguished.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Credit – Virginia Beach Fire Department

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New York hospital workers picket over physician assistant decertification efforts – Becker’s Hospital Review

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Workers at Staten Island (N.Y.) University Hospital picketed Oct. 2 to protest what they say is a push by hospital management to decertify recently unionized physician assistants, according to The Chief-Leader.

Service Employees International Union’s Local 1199 contends that hospital management, New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health, has been trying to get the physician assistants to decertify and refused to allow the workers to participate in the union’s benefit funds, the newspaper…

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Former Toms River teacher charged with sexually assaulting teen in 2007 – Asbury Park Press

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TOMS RIVER – A former Toms River teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting a teen in the township 12 years ago, authorities said.

Shawn C. Lee, 47, was arrested and charged Friday after a month-long investigation, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Toms River Township Police Chief Mitch Little said in a statement.

Mike Kenny, school district spokesman, said Lee has not been employed by the district since September 2013. Kenny had no other immediate information on Lee.

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Lisbon’s Crafts is running for Congress – Times Record

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LISBON — Former Republican state Rep. Dale Crafts is vying for the Republican nomination to challenge Democrat Jared Golden for the 2nd District Congressional seat in 2020.

He will have to beat out former state Sen. Eric Brakey of Auburn for the Republican nomination. The Portland Press Herald reports that Adrienne Bennett, a former press secretary to ex-Gov. Paul LePage, has said she’s likely going to enter the contest as well.

Golden, of Lewiston, is a first-term congressman, having defeated incumbent Republican Bruce Poliquin in the state’s first ranked-choice…

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Ribbon cutting celebrates completion of first building at Pennridge Airport Business Park – WFMZ Allentown

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PERKASIE, Pa. A ribbon cutting in upper Bucks County marked the opening of a $60 million development that officials say was conceived of way back in the 1960s.

The celebration took place at the first building at the Pennridge Airport Business Park in Perkasie. The park is designed to attract high-tech manufacturing.

Officials say they anticipate the business park-when complete-will add hundreds of full-time jobs.

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Chair! Chair! Chair! This is my chair but it is not THE Chair! $5 Bits Of Broken Trophy Week! – Corn Nation

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This is an exciting week in the Johnston household!!

My oldest son (not the rotten one) is buying a townhome and moving out!!!!! I am exciting for him and his GF and my (kind of) granddaughter so they can get their own place!!!!!! They will be removing a gob of stuff from my house!!!!! They will be leaving so we can all enjoy each other’s lives!!!!!

I am using too many exclamation points!??!!?!?!!

YES!!!!!!

Look at this!!!!

This is my chair. This has been my office the last 2.5 years. It’s not a good office. My posture is that of an 855-year old man. This is not good. When the…

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U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids Tours ARJ Infusion Services – Benzinga

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Kansas City’s woman-owned specialty pharmacy provides infusion therapy and nursing services for children and adults with rare and complex conditions

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Today chronic diseases account for a significant portion of healthcare costs and require unique patient support and care coordination.

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids’ visit to ARJ Infusion Services will include an in-depth look at the treatment protocols and logistics of specialty infusion care for children and adults with rare and chronic disorders. Davids will tour the Kansas City-based…

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Marion County police issue thousands of tickets, make hundreds of arrests during impaired driving crackdown – CBS 4 Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Police issued thousands of tickets and made nearly 150 arrests during a month-long crack down on impaired driving.

Today the Marion County Traffic Safety Partnership released the numbers of violations they found during this year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Over the span of 25 days, police around Marion County issued over 2,370 citations and made 148 DUI arrests. Police also made 51 additional arrests in connection to the patrols.

One Indianapolis mother, who lost her…

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Fall mating season leads to car-deer collisions – Galesburg Register-Mail

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It’s autumn, and if you’re a deer, that means love is in the air.

Bucks are running after does around the countryside, and many are chasing the objects of their affection out of the woods and onto the roads. When a deer collides with a car, damage amounts to an average cost of $3,000, making this a potentially costly and scary time of year for motorists and insurance companies.

“Drivers really need to be aware of their surroundings and circumstances,” said Jim Taylor, head of claims customer experience at Farmers Insurance. “If you see a sign that says ‘Caution, deer crossing,’…

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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 8, 2019: Find the courage to do what is right – Richmond.com

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I have been reading articles published in the RTD about the Ukraine investigation, “President orders staff cuts for security council” and “Ambassador to give deposition to House in impeachment probe.” It is interesting reading, but not pretty.

My conclusion here is that more people in the U.S. government need to do their actual Constitutional jobs. I am proud of Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Ben Sasse, R-Neb., for speaking the truth on how wrong President Donald Trump’s conduct was on the Ukraine call….

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At Stewart ANG Base, U.S. Senator Gillibrand Is Briefed On PFOS Issue – WAMC

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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh today. She was briefed on a few issues including the installation of a temporary filtration system at the base to address water contamination.

Gillibrand, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, says the temporary filtration system was supposed to be up and running this summer. The Army Corps of Engineers was tasked with designing and implementing an interim, remedial measure at outfalls at Stewart Air National Guard Base, at Recreation Pond. It’s the site of…

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