Spicer resigns as White House press secretary, Scaramucci to be communications director

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday, following the appointment of wealthy financier Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director. Spicer's deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was promoted to the press secretary role ...Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press SecretaryWhat Anthony Scaramucci tells us about Donald Trump's White HouseWhite House seeks to downplay discord at first briefing after shake-up

As Trump's Feud with Mueller Escalates, the GOP May Face a Defining Choice

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Will the Party of Lincoln be cowed into becoming an instrument of Trump's personal brand? Yesterday, the New York Times and the Washington Post both dropped stories that set Twitter aflame with speculation and outrage. The Times reported that Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller's Russia investigationMueller Expands Probe to Trump Business TransactionsTrump Aides, Seeking Leverage, Investigate Mueller's Investigators

Texas Bathroom Bill Has Emotions, and Stakes, Running High

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Opponents of legislation that would restrict bathroom use gathered Friday at the State Capitol in Austin. Fears are high that the bill could provoke boycotts and harm the economy. Credit Jon Herskovitz/Reuters. AUSTIN, Tex. — Amid conflicting Texas Senate's First Day Of 'Bathroom Bill' Hearings Marked By Scathing TestimonyActivists, executives tell Texas Senate to ditch bathroom billSan Antonio mayor blasts latest 'bathroom bill' proposals

Judge Offers Inmates Reduced Sentences in Exchange for Vasectomy

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A judge in Tennessee is giving inmates a unique way to reduce their sentences: Have a vasectomy. The program was issued in May after Judge Sam Benningfield signed a standing order, which permitted inmates to have their sentences shortened by 30 ...Inmates offered reduced sentences for birth control procedureJudge to inmates: Get sterilized and I'll shave off jail timeRise in drug-addicted babies prompts judge's controversial solution

Abortion fight rages in Kentucky, which has just 1 clinic

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Both sides in the abortion fight raging in Kentucky agree on one thing: The stakes are as high as ever in a state that could become the first in the nation without an abortion clinic. Political pressure has intensified since the Kentucky GOP took “They Believe the Government Is Now on Their Side”Judge orders "buffer zone" outside Kentucky abortion clinic ahead of protestsJudge Says Protestors Can't Block Door To Kentucky's Last Abortion Clinic

CDC: Half Of All Female Murder Victims Are Killed By Intimate Partners

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More than half of female murder victims were killed in connection to intimate partner violence — and in 10 percent of those cases, violence shortly before the murder might have provided an opportunity for intervention. That's according to a new report Women Murder Victims: Guns Used in Majority of HomicidesMost Murdered US Women Killed By Husbands, Boyfriends, ExesHalf of the Women Murdered in the US Are Killed by a Romantic Partner, According to Report

'It was like the Wild West,' Chicago police officer shot in leg confronting robbery suspect

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A Chicago Police officer was shot and wounded in the 4600 block of South Ashland Avenue. The officer was shot during armed confrontation about 1:30 p.m., according to Chicago police media spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. (Terrence Antonio James ...Chicago police officer shot in Back of the Yards neighborhoodPolice Officer Shot And Wounded In Back Of The Yards; Suspect CaughtChicago Cop Shot, Wounded In 'Armed Confrontation'

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