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Senators delay hearing for VA nominee Ronny Jackson to further vet his record

Ronny Jackson to be vetted more closelySenators are delaying a confirmation hearing for Ronny Jackson, President Trump's nominee to take over the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

The hearing of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs chaired by Isakson had been scheduled Wednesday but is being postponed to give lawmakers more time to examine information related to his service as a physician.

Jackson has served as a White House physician since 2006 and was selected by President Barack Obama to be the chief doctor in the White House medical unit in 2013.

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Former Miss America Deidre Downs Gunn marries same-sex partner in Alabama wedding

Former Miss America weds

A former Miss America pageant winner has married her same-sex partner in a Southern-style ceremony in her native Alabama.

Deidre Downs Gunn, who was crowned Miss America in 2005 and is now a doctor, walked down the aisle with her spouse, attorney Abbott Jones, at the Birmingham Museum of Art, People magazine reported.

"Saying our vows in front of our family and friends and making that commitment to the love of my life was the most meaningful part of the day for me," Downs Gunn, 37, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, told People.

TVNL Comment:  Have a good life together!  It's so nice to post something positive.

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Supreme Court to consider Texas redistricting

Supreme Court to consider Teas redistricting case

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday on whether Texas’s legislature discriminated against Hispanic and black citizens when drawing two congressional districts and a host of legislative ones.

If the court decides against Texas, it could force a redrawing of the map that could have ramifications for the 35th District, now held by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D), and the 27th District, which was formerly represented by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R).

It’s possible some of the House districts surrounding those two could also be affected.

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Trump-Macron: Red carpet treatment belies differences on Iran, Syria

Trump-Macron: Red carpet meetingPresident Donald Trump is deploying the full trappings of formal state entertaining for the first time on Monday in the hopes an elaborate display of diplomacy can lead to a deeper bond with French President Emmanuel Macron.

But beneath the pomp and circumstance the state visit will bring -- streets lined with fluttering French and American flags, an elaborate military welcome and a meticulously planned state dinner -- the two leaders are expected to tackle a slew of pressing foreign policy issues, from the Iran deal to the Syrian civil war, counterterrorism and Russian aggression.
The daylight between the men on some of those issues will become apparent.

Michael Bloomberg pledges $4.5m to cover US Paris climate commitment

Michael Bloomberg pledges $4.5m to cover US commitment to Paris Climate PactThe former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he will write a $4.5m cheque to cover this year’s US commitment to the Paris climate agreement.

Donald Trump last year pulled the US out of the deal, which was signed by Barack Obama, making the US the only country opposed. Even Syria, torn by a seven-year civil war, has signed the pact.

Bloomberg, whose net worth is pegged by Forbes at about $50bn, was speaking on Earth Day, to CBS’s Face the Nation. He did not commit to provide funds beyond 2018 and said he hoped that by next year Trump would have changed his mind.

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Flight records show Trump spent night in Russia, contradicting what he told Comey

Comey spent night in Moscow, contrary to what he told ComeyPresident Trump spent the night in Moscow the night before the Miss Universe contest in November 2013, contradicting what he told former FBI Director James Comey.

Flight records of Trump’s trip to Russia obtained by Bloomberg confirm Trump’s overnight stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow.

In the memos from Comey released last week, which the former FBI director kept during his time in office to document his interactions with the president, Comey writes that Trump twice told him that hadn't stayed the night in Russia during the trip.

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Pruitt Met With Lobbyist Linked To His Bargain Condo To Discuss EPA Activity

Scott Pruitt met with lobbyistDespite initial denials to the contrary, a lobbyist linked to a bargain Washington, D.C., condo where Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt was staying last year did meet with Pruitt in his office to discuss EPA activity, the lobbyist acknowledged.

He also communicated with the EPA early this year, according to documents from his own company.

Pruitt is being investigated over a sweetheart deal that allowed him to spend just $50 a night for him and sometimes his daughter to stay in a Capitol Hill condo. His landlord was Vicki Hart, wife of prominent energy and food company lobbyist J. Steven Hart. A copy of Pruitt’s lease first included Steven Hart’s name as the landlord, which was scratched out and replaced by his wife’s name.

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Waffle House shooting: Suspect in killing of four taken into custody after manhunt

tennessee shooter caught

The man suspected of killing four people and injuring four others after opening fire inside a Tennessee Waffle House has been arrested following a massive manhunt, according to police.

Travis Jeffrey Reinking, 29, was taken into custody on Monday afternoon, moments after a press conference in which police said they had no new leads.

"Murder suspect Travis Reinking is in custody. Arrested moments ago," Metropolitan Nashville Police Department tweeted just after 2 p.m. ET.

In a second tweet, police said that Reinking was found "in a wooded area near Old Hickory Blvd & Hobson Pk.," which is less than two miles from the Waffle House.

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Van-Borne Terrorist Struck ‘Every Single Thing’ on Toronto Sidewalk

Terror in Toronto 4/23/18Police have arrested a suspect after a van mounted the curb and struck numerous pedestrians in Toronto

The incident happened on Yonge Street south of Finch Avenue, according to the Toronto Police Service. Initial estimates suggest eight to 10 people were struck.

Witness Alex Shaker, who was driving southbound at the time, says the van was travelling at high speed on the sidewalk. The van was also southbound.

“He started going down on the sidewalk and crumbling down people one by one,” Shaker told CTV News Channel on Monday afternoon.

Update: 9:50 PM (ET).  Toronto officials report that ten people have died, and  15 others were injured as a result of this attack.

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