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New federal rules target Michigan’s Line 5 safety concerns – Interlochen

The federal agency that regulates pipelines across the United States announced new rules Tuesday. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) implemented regulations that increase inspections and leak detection technology on pipelines, while also increasing oversight on damaged pipelines.
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McSally sidesteps questions about Trump’s Ukraine call – Kansas City Star

Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona declined to say Monday whether she's troubled by President Donald Trump's efforts to get foreign governments to investigate his political rival. Asked repeatedly by reporters whether the president acted appropriately, McSally said she wants to wait until all the facts are gathered.
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2 local lawmakers criticize decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria – WZZM13.com

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WASHINGTON — The White House published a rare Sunday night press release this week. It said that U.S. troops in northeast Syria will move out of that region, which opens the door for Turkey to launch an assault on Kurdish troops there. 

For years, American forces have worked alongside Kurdish fighters to defeat ISIS in the region. There are about 1,000 U.S. troops in northern Syria who were patrolling the Turkey-Syria border. 

U.S. troops “will not support or be involved in the operation” and “will no longer be in the immediate area,”…

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Voter registration deadline set for Friday – Wakeweekly

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From staff reports

The final day to register to vote in Wilson County’s Nov. 5 municipal elections is this Friday. 

Applications are due for residents who: have not previously registered in Wilson County, have had a name change, want to change party affiliation, have been placed in an inactive voter registration file or have moved within Wilson County since previous registration. 

Forty-two candidates are vying for 42 seats in Wilson County cities and towns including Wilson, Black Creek, Elm City, Lucama, Saratoga, Sharpsburg, Sims and Stantonsburg.

Registration…

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John Hickenlooper posts Colorado fundraising record in his first six weeks as U.S. Senate candidate – The Colorado Sun

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John Hickenlooper raised more than $2.1 million for his U.S. Senate campaign in less than six weeks, a record haul in Colorado that affirms his Democratic front-runner status in a top-tier race.

The cash total positions the former two-term governor as the top fundraiser in his party primary but it falls short of Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who will report raising $2.45 million for his reelection bid in the three-month period that ended in June.

The Hickenlooper campaign told The Colorado Sun that 95% of the contributions from his announcement Aug. 22 through the Sept. 30…

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Lewandowski Joins Trump Backers At Rally-Like Protest Outside Shaheen’s N.H. Office – New Hampshire Public Radio

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A few dozen backers of President Trump, including his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, took to the street outside the Manchester office of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen Monday to criticize Democrats.

The Trump re-election campaign and local Republican activists did what they could to bring a Trump campaign rally feel to the corner of Elm and Wall. 

There was music. There was Trump-like rhetoric from a bullhorn: “New Hampshire voters are sick and tired of these perpetual witchhunts.” 

And there Corey Lewandowski, posing for selfies,…

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Beto discusses immigration, education and gun control at Gentle Ben’s – Arizona Daily Wildcat

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Beto O’Rourke was the first Democratic presidential candidate of this election cycle to speak to students and locals during a town hall Sunday, Oct. 6. 

O’Rourke spoke to a full rooftop at Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company. 

“This is a moment of truth,” O’Rourke said. “It will define us forever and decide anything and everything that you care about in this country, forever going forward. No pressure, Tucson. The responsibility is ours at the moment.”

RELATED: Noam Chomsky speaks…

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Byrne: The consequences of impeachment – Yellowhammer News – Yellowhammer News

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In the summer of 1973, as a student intern in Washington far from my home in Mobile, I got a firsthand view as the Senate held its Watergate hearings. For a young person, it was an amazing introduction to politics, and I was fascinated by what I saw.

I followed the subsequent impeachment proceedings in 1974 carefully. Unfortunately, as the facts came out, it was clear President Nixon couldn’t continue in office.

During the Clinton impeachment drama, I was a busy father, attorney and part-time state school board member. I could not pay as close…

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Grant will help McCord’s Crossroads VFD get new protective equipment – Gadsden Times

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The firefighters who protect the McCord’s Crossroads community will be better protected while doing so, thanks to a grant for personal protective equipment.

McCord’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department Chief Richard Lindsey said the department will purchase 19 sets of PPE to replace gear that ranges from 13 to 14 years old. This structural turnout gear normally has a life expectancy of 10 years…

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Senator Tina Smith visiting the area Tuesday and Wednesday – KWLM (Willmar Radio)

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(Redwood Falls MN-) Senator Tina Smith will be visiting the area today and tomorrow. At 1:45 p.m. Smith witll be at Stoney Creek Farm near Redwood Falls to tour the operation, view it’s soil conservation practices, and meet with owners Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz, as well as other local officials and farm leaders about the impact of current farm policies. Smith, who says she pushed to get a strong bipartisan Farm Bill signed into law late last year, will take a driving tour of the cattle farm to view many of the farming practices employed in the operation….

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Maine briefs: Green Independent member considers challenging Collins; Students protest school’s handling of sexual assault claims; Maine suspends pharmacy whose drugs killed 2 racehorses – Times Record

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Green Independent member considers challenging Collins 

SOLON, Maine (AP) — An environmental and peace activist is forming an exploratory committee to consider running against Republican Sen. Susan Collins in 2020. 

Lisa Savage, of Solon, would run as a Green Independent Party candidate. She said Monday she’d provide an alternative to the political establishment that brought “endless wars abroad, impoverished us at home, and sold our democracy to the highest bidder.” 

There’s another Green Independent, David Gibson, who says he intends to run. 

If three or more candidates…

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Jon Ossoff, Clarkston mayor Ted Terry make appearances on Georgia Southern campus ahead of senatorial race – The George-Anne

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STATESBORO — The Bulloch County Democratic Party hosted several senatorial candidates running against David Perdue in 2020 in the Williams Center multipurpose room on Friday night.

Johnathan McCollar, the mayor of Statesboro, said in his opening address that citizens should be involved in the political process by not only voting, but by being active attendees of local political meetings.

“Once you vote, show back up at the city council meetings, the county commission meetings, the board of education meetings,” McCollar said. “Let those individuals…

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Pence, wife also coming to Minnesota as Trump makes push; Lakeville, St. Paul events planned – St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Vice President Mike Pence will visit a sign company in Lakeville on Thursday ahead of President Donald Trump’s Minneapolis rally that evening, Pence’s office said Monday.

Pence’s afternoon stop at Safety Signs will follow his wife, second lady Karen Pence, and presidential daughter-in-law Lara Trump hosting an event for the group “Women for Trump” at St. Paul’s Union Depot on Wednesday evening.

The events are part of a multi-pronged thrust this week as Trump makes a serious 2020 campaign push to be the first Republican presidential candidate to win Minnesota since 1972.

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ND senators assert: No quid pro quo | Election – Williston Daily Herald

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North Dakota’s Republican senators rose to President Donald Trump’s defense Friday, Oct. 4, despite growing momentum behind an impeachment inquiry into his dealings with Ukraine. Meanwhile, Minnesota’s Democratic senators maintained their support of the investigation.

The president has been beleaguered for weeks by scrutiny into his relationship with the eastern European country. A rough White House transcript released Sept. 25 showed Trump asking Ukraine’s president to pursue multiple investigations — including into the Biden family’s local…

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