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Republicans Say It Will Take YEARS To Confirm Trump Nominees

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to reporters after the weekly policy luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S. May 16, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein WASHINGTON — The White House sent another 12 nominations to the Senate for confirmation Tuesday, but the slow rate the of confirmations caused by procedural motions by Democrats...

US Biofuels Industry Wants To Build A Trade Wall And Make Argentina Pay For It

U.S. President Donald Trump attends the Women’s Entrepreneurship Finance event during the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria U.S. biofuel lobbyists have petitioned the Trump administration to build a trade wall against Argentina by imposing tariffs on what they say are illegally subsidized biodiesel imports. The National Biodiesel Board...

Amazon riverboat tragedy puts spotlight on decades-old law

The deaths of an American couple aboard a riverboat cruising on the Amazon River last year has put a spotlight on a decades-old law that critics say limits the liability of boat and cruise companies operating in international waters. “There's no place else in the world that you can kill somebody and really have...

Homeowners get a big tax break when they sell: A capital gains tax exclusion

PrintSubscribe Glow Images, Inc/Getty Images Homeowners already know the many tax breaks that Uncle Sam offers, most notably mortgage interest and property tax deductions. Well, he also has good tax news for home sellers: Most of them won't owe the Internal Revenue Service a single dime. When you sell your primary residence, you can...

Madigan: Lawmakers will consider Rauner’s plan to sell the Thompson Center

Helmut Jahn's 17-story structure made its 1985 debut as the State of Illinois Center. Its $172 million price tag was more than double the original estimate. The center was renamed for former four-term Gov. James R. Thompson in 1992. SPRINGFIELD — Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said Friday that lawmakers will consider a plan...

The False Promise of Sanctuary Cities

Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesImmigration activists participate in a prayer and rally against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies on Jan. 27 in New York City. In the wake of President Trump’s nativist crackdown, mayors in left-leaning cities have defiantly proclaimed that their cities will remain “sanctuaries” where immigrants can find refuge. The definition of a sanctuary...

TV Review: ‘Friends from College’ on Netflix

A lot of well-known TV comedies revolve around the idea that people who aren’t necessarily likable have lives and relationships worth sampling. The problem with the dreadful “Friends From College” is not that its core characters are often selfish, deluded or uncaring; that is almost to be expected in the edgier realms of the...

‘Teen Mom 2’ Star Kailyn Lowry Tweets Pregnancy Anxieties But Followers Slammed Her In Response

Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry has taken to Twitter to open up about her anxieties as she approaches the homestretch of her pregnancy, but some of her followers took it as an opportunity to criticize her for her life choices. Last Sunday, Lowry, 25, has tweeted that there’s a lot on her mind...

Collapse of Kraft-Unilever tie-up extends run of failed mega-deals

Kraft Heinz’s dropped bid to buy Unilever is the third-largest M&A deal to collapse, according to Thomson Reuters data, adding to a recent run of failures that highlights the appetite for the pursuit of audacious mega-mergers. (Website) Kraft Heinz’s dropped bid to buy Unilever is the third-largest M&A deal to collapse, according to Thomson...

Afghan students denied US visa to attend robot competition

In this Thursday, July 6, 2017 photo, teenagers from the Afghanistan Robotic House, a private training institute, practice at the Better Idea Organization center, in Herat, Afghanistan. Six female students from war-torn... (AP Photos/Ahmad Seir) KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Six female students from war-torn Afghanistan who had hoped to participate in an international robotics...
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