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Lawmakers mark Women’s Equality Day

Women's Equality DayVarious lawmakers marked Women's Equality Day on Saturday, celebrating women's achievements and the passage of the 19th Amendment, which allowed women to vote.

House lawmakers took the opportunity to push for new legislation providing services for working families, with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) proposing the House pass a bill tackling childcare costs for working parents.

TVNL Comment:  Equality?  Thirteen white, Christian, old men secretly drew up a GOP health care bill that denied women the right to control their own reproductive health.  Dozens of states across the nation, largely governed by GOP legislatures and governors, have denied basic health care to millions of women.  Women still earn less than men for the same work.  Where, in hell, is the equality?

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The Latest: Houston has responded to more than 1,000 calls

Houston under waterHouston Fire Chief Samuel Pena says that since midnight his agency has responded to more than 2,500 emergency calls and another 1,000 calls are waiting to be serviced.

Pena says his agency has made more than 250 water rescues, all of them people in vehicles, during a three hour period overnight.

But Houston Assistant Police Chief Larry Satterwhite says there has been an increase in calls from residents with flooded homes in the city's northeast, southeast and southwest sections.

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Palestinian girl dies after being struck by settler car

Palestinian girl dies after being struck by settler carAn eight-year-old Palestinian girl who was run over by an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank was buried on Sunday.

Aseel Abu Oun was killed a day earlier by a settler who drove his car near where she lived in the Foroush Beit Dajan village, in the Nablus district. She was leaving a supermarket around noon with a friend when she was struck.

Haaretz, the Israeli daily newspaper, reported that police detained the driver of the vehicle for questioning. Police said they opened an investigation, Haaretz reported, but did not specify whether the settler had been released.

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Floods kill over 1,200 in India, Nepal and Bangladesh

1200 dead in Asia floodsThe death toll from monsoon floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal has climbed above 1,200, as rescue workers scramble to provide aid to millions of people stranded by the worst such disaster in years.

All three countries suffer frequent flooding during the June-September monsoon season, but international aid agencies say things are worse this year with thousands of villages cut off and people deprived of food and clean water for days.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit Bihar state on Saturday and has pledged a relief fund of $78m.

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Trump asked Sessions to drop charges against Arpaio months ago

Trump asked Sessions to drop charges against Arpaio months agoPresident Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions about closing the criminal case against former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio months ago, The Washington Post reports.

According to the report, Trump was told it would be inappropriate to move ahead with such an action, and decided to let the trial take its course.

The president reportedly decided at the time that if Arpaio was convicted, he would grant him clemency.

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New Mueller Subpoenas Put Manafort in the Cross Hairs

Manafort firms receive subpoenasRobert Mueller’s probe into Russian electoral interference continues to ramp up. On Friday, NBC News reported that the ex-FBI head and special counsel had issued subpoenas seeking testimony from multiple public relations executives tied to ex-Trump campaign head Paul Manafort. This is the first time Mueller has sought grand jury testimony for his investigation; It’s also another piece of bad news for Manafort, who more than ever appears to be an essential figure in the ongoing inquiry.

Before running Donald Trump’s presidential campaign last year, Manafort worked for a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party led by Viktor Yanukyovch, who was eventually driven out by a popular revolt. Manafort promoted Kremlin-friendly interests through sophisticated public relations campaigns, but did not register as a foreign agent until earlier this year. A criminal investigation into Manafort’s foreign activity, which stretches back many years, was underway even before the 2016 election.

The specific lobbying effort Mueller is looking into involves an effort to gain Ukraine entry into the European Union. But NBC reports that Mueller is trying to piece together a larger picture, which include’s Manafort’s “offshore banking transactions, his tax compliance and his real estate dealings.”

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John McCain Rips Donald Trump For Pardoning Joe Arpaio

John McCain rips Trump over pardonSen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) harshly criticized President Donald Trump for pardoning Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff who was found guilty of criminal contempt after illegally targeting Latinos.

Trump’s pardon Friday of Arpaio, who was found to have “willfully violated” a 2011 court order barring him from detaining individuals based solely on suspicion about their legal status, was the first of his presidency.

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Trump’s 72-Hour War On Immigrants

Trump's 72 hour war on immigrantsWhen Steve Bannon left the White House, some immigrants’ rights advocates breathed a little sigh of relief. It now appears that sigh was premature.

In the last 72 hours, President Donald Trump’s actions have indicated that he will be unflinchingly aggressive in enforcing immigration laws—even if that means deporting people who aren’t criminals and shutting down the government.

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Pentagon's concealment of total troops in war zones under fire

Troop numbers in battle zones concealed by PentagonCaps on troop levels in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria mandated by the Obama administration have led to an elaborate Pentagon accounting system that conceals thousands of troops from the public — one that is quickly unraveling as the Trump administration prepares to send more troops to the region.

With new plans to ramp up the war in Afghanistan, the military is finding it exceedingly difficult to maintain a practice that purposely doesn't count certain troops in the battle zone that military officials insist was not designed to be misleading but many critics now assert is at best an officially sanctioned charade.

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