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Leading lawmakers leery of boosting Indiana smoking age

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Legislative leaders are leery of a proposal being backed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce to raise the state’s legal age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21. The statewide business group announced a lobbying agenda Monday for the legislative session that starts in early January. The group says Indiana needs to [...]

From: www.seattletimes.com

Two months after Hurricane Maria, thousands march in Washington for Puerto Rico

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It's been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving the island without power and causing the longest blackout in United States history. Thousands of protesters marched throughout Washington D.C. on Sunday in the "Unity March for Puerto Rico," a show of support for ongoing disaster relief efforts after the U.S. territory was decimated by Maria, a Category 4 storm. SEE ALSO: Trump says Puerto Rico hurricane response was a '10' but these numbers prove otherwise The march, attended by numerous politicians, as well as celebrities like Lin-Manuel Miranda and chef José Andres, led protesters from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. A sea of Puerto Rican flags outside the US Capitol this morning. I’ve never quite seen anything like it. Thousands here for the #unitymarchforpuertorico to call on the rest of America to help the island. pic.twitter.com/jOlo0qoVvy — Kellie Meyer (@KellieMeyerNews) November 19, 2017 Yuge crowd. Yuge. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/ueedKhD3Hq — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 19, 2017 We are in DC marching for Unity with Puerto Rico & equality for our fellow American citizens! #ChefsForPuertoRico @HispanicFed @Lin_Manuel @EvelynMejil pic.twitter.com/eRlB7mhQDg — José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) November 19, 2017 As of Nov. 19, two months after the storm made landfall, 50 percent of the island is still without power. Power lines that have been restored remain unstable, causing daily, widespread outages. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that 75 percent of the island will have power by the end of January.  According to their website, Unity March organizers are calling for more aid in rebuilding Puerto Rico, the permanent repeal of the Jones Act (which slows down recovery efforts), and the cancellation of Puerto Rico's more than $70 billion in debt. President Donald Trump has previously criticized Puerto Rico's debt, suggesting that it could limit the aid it receives. In fact, that criticism is one of the factors that prompted Sunday's march. Big crowd. “Puerto Rico se levanta,” they shout in unison. PR rises. #UnityMarchForPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/yZHQ3J6huR — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 Sunday in Puerto Rico60 days after Maria Status.pr reports:*49% power generation (power outages are occurring almost daily) *91% of ppl have water (boil advisory remains in effect)Today, Puerto Ricans are marching in Washigton DC using the hashtag #UnityMarchforPuertoRico — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) November 19, 2017 Something tells me this crowd hasn’t forgotten about that paper towel stunt. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/YdWtFJL8Db — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 This is the #UnityMarchforPuertoRico. Sea of Puerto Rican flags outside the Capitol. Want to change “unjust laws” stifling recovery. pic.twitter.com/uKsknN27GC — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 The Trump administration recently requested $44 billion in hurricane aid from Congress, though much of it would be dedicated to recovery in Florida and Texas. The White House's request falls billions short of the aid sought by both Texas (Governor Abbot asked for $61 billion in aid) and Puerto Rico (Governor Rosselló requested $94 billion).  According to the White House, Puerto Rico's damage assessment is still not completed, and more aid will be requested from Congress in the future. Puerto Ricans are Americans citizens who are still suffering after Hurricane Maria. Standing in solidarity with those attending the #UnityMarchforPuertoRico today. pic.twitter.com/ooO3R46lOd — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 19, 2017 The #UnityMarchforPuertoRico moves from the Capitol to the National Mall along Independence Avenue. pic.twitter.com/G5K6jPk98Z — NBC Latino (@NBCLatino) November 19, 2017 We march for a just recovery for PR, led by the people, and for the people of Puerto Rico. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico#Power4PuertoRico pic.twitter.com/xVon7Zxhqz — Hispanic Federation (@HispanicFed) November 19, 2017 Unfurled a huge flag outside the Lincoln Memorial. @Lin_Manuel was there, speaking about fundraising efforts. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/2ic1HGaQCI — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 And the march has taken us to the Lincoln Memorial #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/0hDfJn24Ph — Eric Waldo (@ewwaldo) November 19, 2017 Democratic and Republican lawmakers from areas affected by the Hurricane have called the White House's response "wholly inadequate." In response, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Friday, "I don’t think $44 billion is a low amount and my guess is if you asked any average citizen across this country they wouldn’t feel that it’s low either." WATCH: Puerto Rico is recovering cell service... with balloons

Virginia's first transgender lawmaker says Donald Trump should focus on infrastructure 'instead of discrimination'

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Ms Roem made history this month when she ousted one of Virginia’s longest serving and most socially conservative lawmakers – a man who once labelled himself the commonwealth’s “chief homophobe”. When she takes office in January, Ms Roem will be the only openly transgender person in a state legislature anywhere in the US. “That’s why I got in the race – to replace the traffic lights on the overpasses because they were backing up traffic 25 years ago.

From: www.yahoo.com

Seoul: 2 top North Korean military officers punished

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers Monday that North Korea has punished two of its top military officers, including one widely seen as its second-most powerful official, during a highly unusual inspection of the military's powerful political bureau.

From: www.yahoo.com

Kansas lawmakers’ panel on school funding to meet Dec. 4

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A special Kansas legislative committee on public school funding is having its first meeting next month to start work on a response to a state Supreme Court order to boost funding. The committee is scheduled to convene Dec. 4 at the Statehouse. The Supreme Court ruled in October that state aid [...]

From: www.seattletimes.com

Two months after Hurricane Maria, thousands march in Washington for Puerto Rico

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It's been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving the island without power and causing the longest blackout in United States history. Thousands of protesters marched throughout Washington D.C. on Sunday in the "Unity March for Puerto Rico," a show of support for ongoing disaster relief efforts after the U.S. territory was decimated by Maria, a Category 4 storm. SEE ALSO: Trump says Puerto Rico hurricane response was a '10' but these numbers prove otherwise The march, attended by numerous politicians, as well as celebrities like Lin-Manuel Miranda and chef José Andres, led protesters from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. A sea of Puerto Rican flags outside the US Capitol this morning. I’ve never quite seen anything like it. Thousands here for the #unitymarchforpuertorico to call on the rest of America to help the island. pic.twitter.com/jOlo0qoVvy — Kellie Meyer (@KellieMeyerNews) November 19, 2017 Yuge crowd. Yuge. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/ueedKhD3Hq — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 19, 2017 We are in DC marching for Unity with Puerto Rico & equality for our fellow American citizens! #ChefsForPuertoRico @HispanicFed @Lin_Manuel @EvelynMejil pic.twitter.com/eRlB7mhQDg — José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) November 19, 2017 As of Nov. 19, two months after the storm made landfall, 50 percent of the island is still without power. Power lines that have been restored remain unstable, causing daily, widespread outages. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that 75 percent of the island will have power by the end of January.  According to their website, Unity March organizers are calling for more aid in rebuilding Puerto Rico, the permanent repeal of the Jones Act (which slows down recovery efforts), and the cancellation of Puerto Rico's more than $70 billion in debt. President Donald Trump has previously criticized Puerto Rico's debt, suggesting that it could limit the aid it receives. In fact, that criticism is one of the factors that prompted Sunday's march. Big crowd. “Puerto Rico se levanta,” they shout in unison. PR rises. #UnityMarchForPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/yZHQ3J6huR — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 Sunday in Puerto Rico60 days after Maria Status.pr reports:*49% power generation (power outages are occurring almost daily) *91% of ppl have water (boil advisory remains in effect)Today, Puerto Ricans are marching in Washigton DC using the hashtag #UnityMarchforPuertoRico — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) November 19, 2017 Something tells me this crowd hasn’t forgotten about that paper towel stunt. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/YdWtFJL8Db — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 This is the #UnityMarchforPuertoRico. Sea of Puerto Rican flags outside the Capitol. Want to change “unjust laws” stifling recovery. pic.twitter.com/uKsknN27GC — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 The Trump administration recently requested $44 billion in hurricane aid from Congress, though much of it would be dedicated to recovery in Florida and Texas. The White House's request falls billions short of the aid sought by both Texas (Governor Abbot asked for $61 billion in aid) and Puerto Rico (Governor Rosselló requested $94 billion).  According to the White House, Puerto Rico's damage assessment is still not completed, and more aid will be requested from Congress in the future. Puerto Ricans are Americans citizens who are still suffering after Hurricane Maria. Standing in solidarity with those attending the #UnityMarchforPuertoRico today. pic.twitter.com/ooO3R46lOd — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 19, 2017 The #UnityMarchforPuertoRico moves from the Capitol to the National Mall along Independence Avenue. pic.twitter.com/G5K6jPk98Z — NBC Latino (@NBCLatino) November 19, 2017 We march for a just recovery for PR, led by the people, and for the people of Puerto Rico. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico#Power4PuertoRico pic.twitter.com/xVon7Zxhqz — Hispanic Federation (@HispanicFed) November 19, 2017 Unfurled a huge flag outside the Lincoln Memorial. @Lin_Manuel was there, speaking about fundraising efforts. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/2ic1HGaQCI — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 And the march has taken us to the Lincoln Memorial #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/0hDfJn24Ph — Eric Waldo (@ewwaldo) November 19, 2017 Democratic and Republican lawmakers from areas affected by the Hurricane have called the White House's response "wholly inadequate." In response, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Friday, "I don’t think $44 billion is a low amount and my guess is if you asked any average citizen across this country they wouldn’t feel that it’s low either." WATCH: Puerto Rico is recovering cell service... with balloons

Zimbabwe ruling party: Mugabe could be impeached in 2 days

Added: 20.11.2017 10:25 | 1 views | 0 comments


Zimbabwe's ruling party expressed confidence Monday that longtime President Robert Mugabe could be impeached within two days, while the world's oldest head of state ignored the party's midday deadline to resign.
As ruling party lawmakers began meeting on impeachment plans, deputy secretary for...

From: www.sun-sentinel.com

Noon deadline for defiant Mugabe passes as Zimbabwe crisis deepens

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President Robert Mugabe faced the prospect of impeachment on Monday after going on Zimbabwe TV to assert his control despite the military takeover and his party's vow to force him out. The speech provoked anger and disbelief among many Zimbabweans, fuelling concerns that Mugabe could face a violent backlash. The party's lawmakers, who will be needed to initiate any impeachment process, are expected to meet at 1400 GMT.

From: www.yahoo.com

Two months after Hurricane Maria, thousands march in Washington for Puerto Rico

Added: 20.11.2017 9:37 | 0 views | 0 comments


It's been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving the island without power and causing the longest blackout in United States history. Thousands of protesters marched throughout Washington D.C. on Sunday in the "Unity March for Puerto Rico," a show of support for ongoing disaster relief efforts after the U.S. territory was decimated by Maria, a Category 4 storm. SEE ALSO: Trump says Puerto Rico hurricane response was a '10' but these numbers prove otherwise The march, attended by numerous politicians, as well as celebrities like Lin-Manuel Miranda and chef José Andres, led protesters from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. A sea of Puerto Rican flags outside the US Capitol this morning. I’ve never quite seen anything like it. Thousands here for the #unitymarchforpuertorico to call on the rest of America to help the island. pic.twitter.com/jOlo0qoVvy — Kellie Meyer (@KellieMeyerNews) November 19, 2017 Yuge crowd. Yuge. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/ueedKhD3Hq — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 19, 2017 We are in DC marching for Unity with Puerto Rico & equality for our fellow American citizens! #ChefsForPuertoRico @HispanicFed @Lin_Manuel @EvelynMejil pic.twitter.com/eRlB7mhQDg — José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) November 19, 2017 As of Nov. 19, two months after the storm made landfall, 50 percent of the island is still without power. Power lines that have been restored remain unstable, causing daily, widespread outages. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that 75 percent of the island will have power by the end of January.  According to their website, Unity March organizers are calling for more aid in rebuilding Puerto Rico, the permanent repeal of the Jones Act (which slows down recovery efforts), and the cancellation of Puerto Rico's more than $70 billion in debt. President Donald Trump has previously criticized Puerto Rico's debt, suggesting that it could limit the aid it receives. In fact, that criticism is one of the factors that prompted Sunday's march. Big crowd. “Puerto Rico se levanta,” they shout in unison. PR rises. #UnityMarchForPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/yZHQ3J6huR — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 Sunday in Puerto Rico60 days after Maria Status.pr reports:*49% power generation (power outages are occurring almost daily) *91% of ppl have water (boil advisory remains in effect)Today, Puerto Ricans are marching in Washigton DC using the hashtag #UnityMarchforPuertoRico — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) November 19, 2017 Something tells me this crowd hasn’t forgotten about that paper towel stunt. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/YdWtFJL8Db — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 This is the #UnityMarchforPuertoRico. Sea of Puerto Rican flags outside the Capitol. Want to change “unjust laws” stifling recovery. pic.twitter.com/uKsknN27GC — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 The Trump administration recently requested $44 billion in hurricane aid from Congress, though much of it would be dedicated to recovery in Florida and Texas. The White House's request falls billions short of the aid sought by both Texas (Governor Abbot asked for $61 billion in aid) and Puerto Rico (Governor Rosselló requested $94 billion).  According to the White House, Puerto Rico's damage assessment is still not completed, and more aid will be requested from Congress in the future. Puerto Ricans are Americans citizens who are still suffering after Hurricane Maria. Standing in solidarity with those attending the #UnityMarchforPuertoRico today. pic.twitter.com/ooO3R46lOd — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 19, 2017 The #UnityMarchforPuertoRico moves from the Capitol to the National Mall along Independence Avenue. pic.twitter.com/G5K6jPk98Z — NBC Latino (@NBCLatino) November 19, 2017 We march for a just recovery for PR, led by the people, and for the people of Puerto Rico. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico#Power4PuertoRico pic.twitter.com/xVon7Zxhqz — Hispanic Federation (@HispanicFed) November 19, 2017 Unfurled a huge flag outside the Lincoln Memorial. @Lin_Manuel was there, speaking about fundraising efforts. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/2ic1HGaQCI — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 And the march has taken us to the Lincoln Memorial #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/0hDfJn24Ph — Eric Waldo (@ewwaldo) November 19, 2017 Democratic and Republican lawmakers from areas affected by the Hurricane have called the White House's response "wholly inadequate." In response, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Friday, "I don’t think $44 billion is a low amount and my guess is if you asked any average citizen across this country they wouldn’t feel that it’s low either." WATCH: Puerto Rico is recovering cell service... with balloons

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