Franken calls Gorsuch dissent in trucker case absurd
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken recalled his comedic past in a contentious exchange with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Tuesday during the judges confirmation hearing. Franken was questioning Gorsuch on the case of Alphonse Maddin, a trucker who was fired after his trailer broke down in subzero temperatures. Gorsuch concluded in a dissent that it wasnt illegal for the company to fire Maddin for seeking safety, writing that it might be fair to ask whether TransAms decision was a wise or kind one, but its not our job to answer questions like that.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:53:03 -0400
Twisting arms for Obamacare repeal, Trump warns Republicans the voters are watching
With a crucial vote on the GOPs Obamacare replacement looming, President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warnedthat Republican legislators who dont support the bill would face electoral consequences. I honestly think many of you will lose your seats in 2018 if you dont get this done, said Trump after a Tuesday meeting with Republican legislators, according to multiple sources in the room.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:43:10 -0400
FBI probe of Trump-Russia ties began 3 months before election
The FBIs counterintelligence investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, confirmed by FBI director James Comey in congressional testimony Monday, began as early as late July just weeks after a former British spy briefed bureau agents about evidence he had collected about such ties,sources tell Yahoo News. Christopher Steele, a former British MI-6 intelligence officer who specialized in Russian operations, had been hired as an investigator by an opposition research firm (initially retained by Trumps Republican primary opponents and later by supporters of Hillary Clinton). According to one of the sources, it was Steele who first alerted FBI agentson July 5 to evidence he had compiled that advisers to the Trump campaign and Kremlin officials were in contact about the 2016 election.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:29:54 -0400
Peru struggles with devastating El Nio flooding
Peruvians struggled on Sunday to cope with avalanches, mudslides and extensive flash flooding caused by torrential downpours, and forecasters predicted still more rain ahead, prolonging the countrys woes. The highly unusual rains follow a series of storms that have struck hard along Perus northern coast, with voracious waters inundating hospitals and leaving some small villages isolated. Perus government said that 374 people were killed in 1998 during a similar period of massive rains and flooding caused by rains blamed on the El Nio climate pattern.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:00:41 -0400
Face recognition flushes out China's toilet paper crooks
A years-long crime spree by Chinese toilet paper thieves may have reached the end of its roll after park officials in southern Beijing installed facial recognition technology to flush out bathroom bandits. Park managers at the Temple of Heaven, an expanse of imperial landmarks in the capital, spent three years testing ways to foil the toilet looters, including fingerprinting and laser sensors, before they settled on the new technology, which was introduced over the weekend. Elderly square dancers taking their bathroom breaks on Tuesday were greeted by a robotic voice: "Welcome! Please stand in the recognition zone".
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:41:29 -0400
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