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  • US Deficit Expected to Top $1 Trillion Dollars in 2020: CBO Report

    WASHINGTON, DC  — The Congressional Budget Office raised its estimate of the projected federal budget deficit Wednesday and is now predicting that the deficit will reach $960 billion for the 2019 fiscal year, which ends on September 30, and reach $1 trillion for the 2020 fiscal year. The CBO had previously estimated a $896 billion deficit for 2019 and $892 billion for 2020. The Treasury Department reported earlier this month that the US budget deficit has already hit $867 billion for the first 10 months […]

  • Trump Administration to Allow Longer Detention of Migrant Families

    The Trump administration on Wednesday announced plans that could hold undocumented families detained together indefinitely, replacing the agreement that set a 20-day limit for holding children. The rule unveiled by acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan is part of the administration’s aggressive effort to revamp immigration laws as the number of families and unaccompanied minors crossing the US-Mexico border has increased. In recent months, the administration has proposed rules that could make it more difficult for immigrants to get green […]

  • Soccer Star Carli Lloyd Drills a 55-yard Field Goal at a Philadelphia Eagles Practice

    Carli Lloyd might have another career option: kicking in the NFL. Lloyd stopped by a Philadelphia Eagles practice on Tuesday, and the two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist put on quite a show. Lloyd, 37, was seen in videos posted on Twitter hitting field goals from 40 and 55 yards. That 55-yarder, by the way, can be seen going straight through the narrow uprights on the practice field. Thank you to the @Eagles for having […]

  • Steve King on Losing his Committee Assignments: ‘It’s Kevin McCarthy’s mistake, it’s not mine’

    IOWA — Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa cast blame on House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy during a town hall event on Tuesday after being pressed by an attendee over the fact that he had lost his committee assignments at the start of the year. “This is Kevin McCarthy’s mistake. … It’s Kevin McCarthy’s mistake, it’s not mine,” King said after an attendee brought up the fact that he had been stripped of his committee assignments. The attendee had asked, “If […]

  • ‘I have made mistakes’: Elizabeth Warren Apologizes at Tribal Forum in Iowa

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Elizabeth Warren did not wait long to address the question that lingered over her visit to a Native American presidential candidate forum Monday in Iowa. After thanking New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland, who had vigorously defended her minutes earlier, the Massachusetts senator quickly addressed her past claims to tribal heritage. Warren had drawn criticism over her decision last year to release the results of a DNA test that showed distant Native American ancestry. In the aftermath of that, she […]

  • Trump Downplays Talk of a Recession After his Economic Advisers Say Growing Fears are Unfounded

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump said he is “prepared for everything” but that “most economists” don’t think a recession is on the horizon as growing fears of a slowdown persist. “We are doing tremendously well,” the President told reporters on a tarmac in New Jersey before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington. “Consumers are rich, tax cut loaded up with money. I saw Walmart numbers through the roof, better than any poll,” he said. The comments come […]

  • Former NFL Running Back Cedric Benson Dies in a Motorcycle Crash

    TEXAS — Famed running back Cedric Benson, who soared to stardom as a Texas Longhorn “legend,” died Saturday night. He was 36 years old. Austin police said a minivan was trying to cross an intersection when it ran into a motorcycle, CNN affiliate KXAN reported. Both Benson and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene. “Our condolences to the friends and family of former Bears running back Cedric Benson, our 4th overall Draft pick in 2005 and member of the 2006 NFC Champions […]

  • Jeffrey Epstein’s Cause of Death was Suicide by Hanging, Medical Examiner Says

    NEW YORK — Jeffrey Epstein’s cause of death was suicide by hanging, the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Friday. Hours later, Epstein’s attorneys said they will conduct their own investigation into the circumstances of his death. The medical examiner’s determination came almost a week after the multimillionaire was found in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where the 66-year-old was awaiting trial on federal charges accusing him of sexually abusing underage girls and running a sex […]

  • Philadelphia Shooting Standoff Lasted 8 Hours, Suspect’s Lawyer Called Him to Help End It

    For hours, bullets flew and gunpowder wafted through the streets of North Philadelphia. Police officers trying to serve a narcotics warrant entered a row house in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood Wednesday afternoon. As they got toward the kitchen area, a man fired multiple rounds, forcing some officers to escape through the window, authorities said. But others got trapped in the house with the gunman after he barricaded himself. As he traded gunfire with officers outside, bullets ricocheted on the pavement, sending […]

  • Illinois Becomes First State to Require Insurance Companies to Cover EpiPen Injectors for Kids

    Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has signed a law that would require insurance companies to cover costs for kids needing EpiPen injections for cases of severe allergic reactions. House Bill 3435 will take effect January 1, and would require companies offering health insurance policies in Illinois to pay for “medically necessary epinephrine injectors for persons 18 years of age or under.” In a tweet on Tuesday, Pritzker hailed the bill, saying, “This legislation takes a big step forward in protecting our […]

  • Man Accused of Force-Feeding Meth to His Cat

    A New Mexico man has been charged with a felony after police say his cat tested positive for methamphetamines. Aaron Spaulding, 39, was initially arrested on June 4 and accused of battering his girlfriend and holding her against her will, the Las Cruces Police Department said in a statement. While police were responding to the incident at Spaulding’s home, they learned he may have been neglecting his dog and a domestic shorthair cat, police said. Authorities said he strangled and […]

  • Pete Buttigieg Releases Rural Economy Plan Ahead of 9th Iowa Trip

    IOWA — In a push to win over rural voters, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg released a wide-ranging plan Tuesday aimed at reinvigorating rural America, pledging investments in rural entrepreneurship and technological investments. The plan comes on the heels of a new health care proposal for rural America he released last week. Buttigieg on Tuesday is also making his ninth trip to Iowa since declaring his candidacy, which will include a stop at the Iowa State Fair. Rural voters, Buttigieg writes in the new plan, have […]

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