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Just that…Breaking News stories that are of interest……

Mexico has a 8.4 earthquake on its southern coast….

Mother Nature appears to be mad at the people, on this planet….

 

The massive earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico late Thursday and was felt as far away as Mexico City, where residents fled violently swaying buildings and electrical transformers exploded.

The Mexican Seismological Institute said the earthquake measured 8.4 in magnitude, making it the most powerful to strike Mexico since the disastrous earthquake of 1985, which caused extensive damage in Mexico City and left at least 5,000 people dead.

The epicenter of Thursday’s earthquake was about 60 miles off the coast of Chiapas state, near the border with Guatemala, according to the United States Geological Survey, which measured the quake’s magnitude at 8.1.

The National Weather Service’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned that tsunami waves as high as 9 feet might hit along Mexico’s Pacific coast.

Tsunami waves of 2.3 feet were observed in Huatulco, a resort city in Mexico’s Oaxaca state, and 3.3 feet at Salina Cruz, according to the center.

The earthquake struck at 9:49 p.m. Pacific time Thursday. The shaking toppled houses in Chiapas state, and was felt in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala…..

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Democrats in Congress get a deal with Trump for Harvey month and No Shutdown…

Did the head of the Republican party just cut a deal to bypass his own  parties rightwingnuts and make House Speaker Ryana and Senate Majority Leader McConnell happy?

People gotta stop fighting this dog’s call that Donald Trump has NO IDEOLOGY…..Schumer and Pelosi made the announcement folks….

THERE WILL BE NO GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN….

(Most of us knew thgere wouldn’t be…Now the media can stop trying to front it….)

Democratic leaders say President Donald Trump has agreed to a plan to fund the government and increase the nation’s debt limit for three months as part of a deal to rush disaster aid to Hurricane Harvey victims.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the agreement Wednesday after meeting with Trump at the White House.

The deal promises to speed a $7.9 billion Harvey aid bill, which passed the House Wednesday, to Trump’s desk before disaster accounts run out later this week.

The move buys almost three months for Washington to try to solve myriad issues, including more funding for defense, immigration, health care, and a longer-term increase in the government’s borrowing authority….

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Did Donald Trump just switch parties?

…twitter….

+ on “Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen and so do I. I think they’re going to make a deal.”

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Breaking …Trump to give Congress 6 months to legalize ‘Dreamers’ program or it will be gone….

Donald Trump the GOP Presidential candiadte was for keeping the Obama excutive program to allow children of undoucmented parents to remain in the US and not be deported….

His adopted party types in the Republican party want them and all and any undiucumented man, woman or child removed from America….

Trump’s Dept of Homelend Security head, now Chief of Staff John Kelly has held that immigration law should come from Congress, not a President….

It appears that Kellys view has held the day….

The action now moves to Congress, where Trump can now esacape blame….

The president’s expected announcement is likely to shore up his base, which rallied behind his broader campaign message about the importance of enforcing the country’s immigration laws and securing the border. At the same time, the president’s decision is likely to be one of the most contentious of his early administration, opposed by leaders of both parties and by the political establishment more broadly.

The White House and Congress have tried to pass the issue off on each other – with each arguing that the other is responsible for determining the fate of the approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants who are benefiting from DACA. Though most Republicans believe that rolling back DACA is a solid legal decision, they are conscious of the difficult emotional terrain. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch joined Ryan in cautioning Trump against rolling back the program.

The president is likely to couch his decision in legalese. Many on the right, even those who support protections for children brought into the country illegally through no fault of their own, argue that DACA is unconstitutional because former President Barack Obama carried it out unilaterally instead of working through Congress.

Some Republican lawmakers, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, have said that Congress needs to pass a law to protect the so-called Dreamers.

“My hope is that as part of this process we can work on a way to deal with this issue and solve it through legislation, which is the right way to do it and the constitutional way to do it,” Rubio told CNN in June.

Trump’s expected decision to scrap DACA represents another challenge for Ryan and fellow congressional Republicans….

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North Korea has tested a high yield atomic bomb….

Sources in Japan have confirmed that North Korea set off a nuclear blast underground…

The action is in the face of American warnings for the country to cease it’s efforts to produce the capability to put on line a ballistic missile system with the ability to reach America and elevate itself to membership in the exclusive nuclear able club of countries …(The country has continued to test out ballistic missiles..)

Efforts by China to stop the North Korean’s have also fallen on deaf ears…

The US and other Asia countries are holding their annual military drills in South Korea and THAT has the North Korea’s nervous….

Trump is meeting with his National Security staff, which cautions against  a military response to the taunts from the  North Korea’s….

They are showing that absent whatever they want in talks?

They will press ahead to assure that military intervention in their plans will coast the US and South Korea grave consequences….

The Trump admin is between a rock and hard place on this….

North Korea carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in an extraordinary show of defiance against President Trump on Sunday, saying it had detonated a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The test, which the North called a “complete success,” was the first to clearly surpass the destructive power of the bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.

Mr. Trump threatened last month to bring “fire and fury” to North Korea if it continued to threaten the United States with nuclear missiles, but the country and its leader, Kim Jong-un, has appeared unmoved, with the test on Sunday preceded by the launch last week of a ballistic missile over Japaninto the north Pacific.

“North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test,” Mr. Trump said in an early-morning post on Twitter. “Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.”

Mr. Trump described the North as a “rogue nation” that has become “a great threat and embarrassment to China,” its main ally. He also scolded the government in Seoul, saying “South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!”

The announcement from North Korea came hours after the country declared that it had developed a hydrogen bomb that could fit into the warhead of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Still, it was unclear whether the North had in fact detonated such a weapon, a far more powerful type of nuclear device than the atomic bombs it has tested in the past. And analysts were skeptical that Pyongyang had really developed the capability to mount one on an ICBM…..

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The action by the North Korea’s has been widely condemned by other countries , not just the US…

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Texas Harvey storm will come back on land soon…Recovery will be long and slow…

…from the NY Times….

As one of the most destructive storms in the nation’s history pummeled southeast Texas for a fourth day, forecasts on Tuesday morning called for still more rain, making clear that catastrophic flooding that had turned neighborhoods into lakes was just the start of a disaster that would take years to overcome.

Local, state and federal officials conceded that the scale of the crisis was so vast that they were nowhere near being able to measure it, much less fully address it.

Across a region that is home to millions of people and includes Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, no one has a clear idea how many people are missing, how many evacuated, how many hunkered down or were trapped in their waterlogged homes, or how many inundated houses and vehicles are beyond saving.

President Trump landed in storm-brushed Corpus Christi on Tuesday morning to see for himself some of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey and demonstrate his personal commitment to a region still in the grips of a historic natural disaster.

Mr. Trump, who pushed aides to schedule a visit to Texas as early as possible after Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, on Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane, initially considered touring San Antonio, which is outside the most hard-hit areas. But he settled on Corpus Christi because it was 30 miles away from the most severely impacted parts of the Gulf Coast, and suffered relatively light damage from the initial impact of the storm.

“It’s a real team, and we want to do it better than ever before,” Mr. Trump said of the response effort during a meeting with officials from local, state and federal agencies in a Corpus Christi firehouse. “We want to be looked at in five years, in 10 years from now as, this is the way to do it.”

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An off ramp of Beltway 8 in Houston became a boat launch for rescuers searching for people stranded in floodwaters. CreditTamir Kalifa for The New York Times

Local officials reported 10 deaths possibly related to the storm, six of them in Harris County, which includes Houston. But the painstaking and heartbreaking work of clearing streets, going door to door, assessing damage — and finding victims — has not yet begun.

Scenes of people and pets being rescued from the roofs and upper floors of houses revived memories of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when early estimates vastly understated both the material devastation and the death toll, and recovery efforts lasted years.

The administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, said on Monday that he expected more than 450,000 people to apply for federal assistance.

“We’re going to be here for several years helping you guys recover,” he said. “The state of Texas is about to undergo one of the largest recovery housing missions the nation has ever seen.”

For the time being, efforts are focused on the most basic elements of keeping people alive — plucking stranded survivors from the flood, providing shelter, food and water, and restoring electricity to hundreds of thousands of people who were left without power…

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President Trump landed in storm-brushed Corpus Christi on Tuesday morning to see for himself some of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey and demonstrate his personal commitment to a region still in the grips of a historic natural disaster.

Mr. Trump, who pushed aides to schedule a visit to Texas as early as possible after Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, on Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane, initially considered touring San Antonio, which is outside the most hard-hit areas. But he settled on Corpus Christi because it was 30 miles away from the most severely impacted parts of the Gulf Coast, and suffered relatively light damage from the initial impact of the storm.

“It’s a real team, and we want to do it better than ever before,” Mr. Trump said of the response effort during a meeting with officials from local, state and federal agencies in a Corpus Christi firehouse. “We want to be looked at in five years, in 10 years from now as, this is the way to do it.”….

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Trump people where looking to do a big Hotel deal in Moscow during the campaign…

Of course NOBODY thought Trump would win….

But?

Trump had to KNOW this?

A private person doing this is illegal….

A Presidential  campaign staff person doing this HAS to be doubly illegal…

Mueller’s people are gonna be parading a whole LOT of people before their grand juries….

A top executive from Donald Trump’s real estate company emailed Vladi­mir Putin’s personal spokesman during the U.S. presidential campaign last year to ask for help advancing a stalled Trump Tower development project in Moscow, according to documents submitted to Congress Monday.

Michael Cohen, a Trump attorney and executive vice president for the Trump Organization, sent the email in January 2016 to Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s top press aide.

“Over the past few months I have been working with a company based in Russia regarding the development of a Trump Tower – Moscow project in Moscow City,” Cohen wrote Peskov, according to a person familiar with the email. “Without getting into lengthy specifics the communication between our two sides has stalled.”

“As this project is too important, I am hereby requesting your assistance. I respectfully request someone, preferably you, contact me so that I might discuss the specifics as well as arranging meetings with the appropriate individuals. I thank you in advance for your assistance and look forward to hearing from you soon,” Cohen wrote.

Cohen’s email marks the most direct interaction yet documented of a top Trump aide and a similarly senior member of Putin’s government.

The email shows the Trump business official directly seeking Kremlin assistance in advancing Trump’s business interests, in the same months when Trump was distinguishing himself on the campaign trail with his warm rhetoric about Putin….

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Trump Admin sued on transgender ban…

No surprise….

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing President Trump over his decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military.

The ACLU made the announcement on Twitter on Monday morning.

“BREAKING: We’re taking @realDonaldTrump to court to challenge the unconstitutional transgender military ban,” they wrote. …

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Trump aide Gorka joins the exit from the White House….

The Bannon people days where numbered …..

This comes as no surprise….

John Kelly IS cleaning the White House of the campaign people….

Of which Sebastian Gorka was one….

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Sebastian Gorka, special assistant to President Trump, has offered his letter of resignation to the president, according to multiple reports on Friday.

“[G]iven recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are — for now — ascendant within the White House,” Gorka wrote in a letter obtained by The Federalist that was confirmed by CNN.

“As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House,” he continued.

Gorka did not immediately respond when asked to confirm. A White House official pushed back on reports that Gorka had resigned while confirming he had left his post.

“Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but I can confirm he no longer works at the White House,” the official said.

Speculation has swirled since the ouster of former Brietbart colleague Stephen Bannon that Gorka, long one of the more controversial figures in Trump’s White House, was on the rocks under the reign of newly-minted chief of staff John Kelly…..

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Every county in US is set to have an ObamaCare insurer…

Reports of the demise  Affordable Healthcare Program also known as Obamacare are vastly overblown and oversold….

If the program where to fail?

It would fall DIRECTLY on Republicans heads…(A rising majority of Americans now do NOT want the program repealed..They want it fixed)

It is and was my feeling all along that they would NOT let this happen….

With Midterm elections around the corner ?

Donald Trump, who can certainly afford his healthcare premiums, like the Republicans, has used the program as a political 2 x 4 to make political hay with GOP voters around the country…

What comes around…

Goes around….

Every county in US set to have an ObamaCare option
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Every county in the U.S. will have at least one ObamaCare insurer on the exchanges next year after CareSource announced Thursday it would fill the last remaining “bare” county in Ohio.

It’s an important political win for advocates of ObamaCare who argue the exchanges are functioning in spite of efforts by the Trump administration to let it implode.

“Trump and Republicans in Congress have been rooting for healthcare to fail. With today’s announcement, their talking points continued to evaporate,” Protect Our Care Campaign Director Leslie Dach said in a statement Thursday.

“It’s official. The biggest threat to your healthcare is still sabotage from the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress.”At one point or another over the past year, more than 80 counties have been at risk of having no ObamaCare insurer on the exchanges in 2018.

Republicans have pointed to this as proof that ObamaCare is failing and needs to be repealed….

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Samsung rolls out the Galaxy Note 8 With Dual Rear Cameras and 6.3-Inch AMOLED ‘Infinity Display’

…from maceumors…..

At its “Unpacked” event in New York City today, Samsung unveiled the all-new Galaxy Note 8 smartphone, following months of speculation about the device’s August debut. The event began with a recap video of the Note line’s history, including user testimonies following the Note 7’s fire-catching scandal and how they continued to support Samsung during the recall.

Looking forward at the new device, the Galaxy Note 8 has a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED “Infinity Display,” with an edge-to-edge screen that represents the largest screen ever on any Note device. The display has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, which allows users to see more content than ever before, according to Samsung. This includes access to a new multitasking feature called “App Pair,” which lets users create custom pairs of their favorite apps on the Edge side panel, simultaneously launching two apps to interact with them at once.
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Another US Navy Destroyer runs into a merchant ship in Asia waters….Update

The US Navy HAS a problem….

This is the second incident with a US Navy warship ( The USS John McCain,  of all ship ‘s ) colliding with a merchant ship in TWO months with causalities to the Navy crew….

This is another Destroyer captain that is gonna lose his job. after losing sailors who depend his command….

American naval ships have been in Asia waters for centuries  and not have loses like this in none-war times….

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer war ship’s are the navies best and most technically advanced with supposedly highly trained crews….

The guided-missile destroyer, the John S. McCain, was passing east of the Strait of Malacca on its way to a port visit in Singapore at 5:24 a.m. local time, before dawn broke, when it collided with the Alnic MC, a 600-foot vessel that transports oil and chemicals, the Navy said. The destroyer was damaged near the rear on its port, or left-hand, side.

Half a day after the crash, 10 sailors on the ship remained unaccounted for. Five others were injured, none with life-threatening conditions, a Navy official said. Ships with the Singaporean and Malaysian navies and helicopters from the assault ship America were rushing to search for survivors.

Families of the ship’s crew members waited through the night in the United States, hoping for news of their loved ones.

“No word yet but some sailors have called on cell to families,” wrote Marla Meriano, the mother of Meghan Meriano, a 24-year-old electrical officer, in a Facebook post. “Thank you for all the prayers and remarks,” she wrote two hours later. “God has his plan and we serve him.”

The collision occurred in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, a narrow waterway of strategic significance connecting the Indian Ocean with the South China Sea, where Beijing has been challenging American naval dominance. It immediately raised questions about the training and safety record of Navy ships, coming just two months after another Navy destroyer collided with a freighter off Japan, killing seven American sailors.

“Clearly this is an annus horribilis for the U.S. Navy,” said Euan Graham, the director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia.

The John S. McCain being guided by a tugboat outside Changi Naval Base in Singapore on Monday. CreditRoslan Rahman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

“It is really hard to understand with all the technology that’s out there in the world on a boat, especially a naval destroyer that’s supposed to be the best in the world,” said Kirk Patterson, a former dean of the Japan campus of Temple University who has crossed the Pacific in a sailboat and circumnavigated Japan. For a destroyer to be hit by an oil tanker would be “like an F1 sports car and a garbage truck. Which one is going to be able to avoid the collision? An F1 racing car equipped with state-of-the-art missiles.”….

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US Navy plans 1-day operational pause following warship collisions

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson is expected to order a rare operational pause across the entire US Navy, a US defense official told CNN.

The pause is a one-day safety stand-down that would be done over the course of a couple weeks and at the discretion of individual commands, the source said.
The operational pause comes in the wake of the USS John McCain’s collision with an oil tankereast of Singapore early Monday — the fourth accident in Asian waters this year….
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Barcelona Spain has a terrorist incident…13 dead/50 injuries

…from the Washington Post…

A driver swerved a van onto a pedestrian area Thursday in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, ramming into crowds and leaving at least 13 people dead and more than 50 injured scattered along a stretch of tree-shaded sidewalk. Authorities described the incident as a terrorist attack.

Joaquim Forn, the interior minister of the Catalan regional government, confirmed the casualty toll in a Twitter message.

Some of those injured were in serious condition, raising the possibility that the death toll could rise.

Earlier, Spanish police described the carnage as “massive.”

Spanish police did not immediately give details on the driver or other aspects of the incident.

The newspaper El Pais and the Agence France-Presse news agency reported that a possible suspect was holed up in a bar. Gunshots were heard in the area, but the source of the gunfire was not clear. Later, the Spanish broadcaster TVE said a possible suspect was arrested but gave no immediate details….

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Donald Trump gets a break from the media….

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WH Press Sec Spicer resigns….

Spicer NEVER had a chance…

He was trying to reprise the normal role of a Press Sec…

That is NOT Trump…
Who is looking for a rock thrower to defend him thru fighting the media…Not INFORM…

White House press secretary Sean Spicer does a television interview at the White House, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Update, 12:06 p.m.: White House press secretary Sean Spicer has resigned, according to a White House official.

The official said Spicer decided to leave the White House because of President Donald Trump’s expected move to name Anthony Scaramucci, a Wall Street financier and longtime supporter, to the position of White House communications director….

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McConnell throws in the towel…Healthcare Bill pulled…May try straight Repeal like Trump suggests…

The Senate Majority Leader has pulled the current Senate Healthcare Bill after yesterdays announcement that there are four solid votes against it….

Trump tweeted yesterday that his adopted party should just vote for a straight Repeal which of course would throw the countries Healthcare Insurance in a knot of uncertainty ….

The Republicans are fighting themselves on this…

And a full Repeal sounds more unreasonable than what has just failed….

And will most assuredly fail also.

Cause a straight repeal would need 60 votes….

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Monday night the Senate will try to separate the ObamaCare repeal and replacement efforts, closing the door on the current GOP healthcare legislation.

“In the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period,” McConnell said in a statement.

The move means Senate Republicans will try to repeal ObamaCare now, while kicking a replacement until after the 2018 mid-term election.

The 2015 ObamaCare repeal bill passed the Senate 52-47, with GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) and then-Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.) the only Republicans to oppose it.

McConnell will need to overcome procedural hurdles if he wants the Senate to get to a vote on a repeal-only proposal. He’ll need at least 50 senators to support getting on the House-passed legislation, which is being used as a vehicle for any Senate action.

And separating the two could force Republicans to get 60 votes — and the support of Democrats — on the replacement legislation.

It wasn’t immediately clear when the Senate would try to pass the repeal legislation. The upper chamber is expected to be in session until Aug. 11, when members will leave town until early September…..

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Oh, by the way?

Trump is already blaming the Democrats (and few Republicans) for his adopted party failure on their efforts….

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Trump backs away from his “Great Border Wall’….

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Hot Damn!….

Remember ALL the noise and attention Donald Trump got peddling his ‘I’m gonna build a wall against Mexico’ got?

Well….

Congress has shown NO interest in spending a Trillion Dollars on such a foolhardy idea….

Mexico certainly isn’t gonna pay for anything….

Sooooooo?

Quietly Trump has told reporters on Air Force One’s trip to France yesterday that he REALLY doesn’t see the need for 2,000 miles of wall…..

Say WHAT?

Seems that SOMEONE has shown the guy that he ain’t gonna get the money, so stop fronting the idea and there actually isn’t a need for all that wall…..(Trump now wants a few hundred miles of wall and mixup of the current rundown sections?)

Besides?

Even the Republicans lawmakers on the American side of the border aren’t happy about the idea…

Conservatives in Washington aren’t gonna let Trump forget his push for this…another retreat from his campaign promises….

President Trump, who made the building of a wall along the border with Mexico a central promise of his campaign, significantly scaled back the pledge Thursday.

“You don’t need 2,000 miles of wall because you have a lot of natural barriers,” Trump said to reporters on Air Force One during his flight to Paris.

“You have mountains. You have some rivers that are violent and vicious. You have some areas that are so far away that you don’t really have people crossing. So you don’t need that.”

“You’ll need anywhere from 700 to 900 miles,” he said.

About 600 miles of the southern border already are protected by walls, fences or other barriers. It was not clear from Trump’s remarks if the figure he cited referred to new border protections or included those already in existence, but he appeared to suggest that fixing current border fences would count against the total he had in mind.

“You know, we’ve already started the wall because we’re fixing large portions of wall right now,” he said. “We’re taking wall that was good but it’s in very bad shape, and we’re making it new.”

Conservative groups that had supported Trump’s tough stance on immigration during the campaign expressed concern that the president was changing course….

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Do NOT be surprised if Trump’s comments get changed around a bit if the other media outlets besides the LA Times report this on their front pages…

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2017 NBA first round Draft picks….

The night of the tall Million Dollar Men….

16  Freshmen picked….

A few players from Europe and Africa….

4 Duke players picked….

The 2017 NBA draft is being held today on June 22, 2017, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be televised nationally in the U.S. by ESPN. National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players….

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  1. Markelle Fultz
  2. Lonzo Ball
  3. Jayson Tatum
  4. Josh Jackson
  5. De’Aaron Fox

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