Christie gives Trump a ‘B,’ says WH staff need to ‘get their act together’

April 25, 2017

Washington (CNN)With a few days left of his first 100 days in office, President Donald Trump’s friend Gov. Chris Christie graded his performance so far as a “B.” “The reason I’d give him a B is first and foremost because of (Supreme Court Justice) Neil Gorsuch,” the New Jersey governor said on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” Christie, a Republican Trump supporter, said the impact of the successful Supreme Court nomination would survive …

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Arkansas executions temporarily on hold

April 20, 2017

(CNN)All executions are on hold in the state of Arkansas after a judge issued a restraining order on a key lethal injection drug Wednesday. Court decisions in recent weeks, both from the state and US Supreme Courts, had granted all eight inmates a temporary reprieve, but some were overturned. The state Supreme Court granted inmate Stacey Johnson a stay Wednesday night, ruling 4-3 that he has a right to an evidentiary hearing after he requested DNA testing to prove his innocence. Johnson …

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Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …

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Arkansas inmate has last meal as courts decide fate

April 18, 2017

(CNN)One of eight Arkansas inmates facing possible execution this month had a last meal Monday evening as his fate was being decided by federal and state courts. After the Arkansas Supreme Court stayed the execution of two inmates, the state’s attorney general asked the US Supreme Court to overturn the ruling so the execution of one could proceed. While Bruce Ward has one other stay in place, Don Davis — who had his last meal — could be the first executed over the next 10 …

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Nebraska ban on LGBT foster parents to end, court rules

April 8, 2017

(CNN)The Nebraska Supreme Court upheld a decision to strike down a ban on same-sex couples becoming foster parents. The court compared the ban on its decision to “a sign reading ‘Whites Only’ on the hiring-office door.” Since 1995, same-sex couples had been barred from becoming licensed foster-care providers in Nebraska. …

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Male Lawmakers Suggest Women Go To The ‘Zoo’ For Abortions

April 7, 2017

… abortion clinics meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers, or mini-hospitals, and that their doctors have admitting privileges at hospitals, because the Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that those laws are intended to shut down clinics rather than to make them safer. The advocacy group Progress Missouri denounced Onders drivel and lies. Onder later explained his rant in a Twitter post and clarified that he never intended to offer his draft amendment renaming the zoo. He …

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Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent – BBC News

March 27, 2017

… to the Supreme Court in January 2017, which reserved judgment. Rules came into force in 2013 following concerns that some families saw going away during term-time as an entitlement. If a school declares an absence unauthorised, the council can fine a parent 60 per child, which doubles to 120 if not paid within 21 days. However, the fines appear to have not proven a deterrent as the number of unauthorised holiday absences has continued to rise. @-webkit-keyframes spinnerRotate { …

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