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ObamaCare replacement bill approved in House

In Other News:

Year later, charge dropped against Flint water official

ATLANTA (AP) — “A federal inmate and his fiancée ran an “inmate taxi service,” ferrying inmates to restaurants, hotels and homes and returning them to the prison, authorities said Thursday.

The pair charged a fee to transport inmates who were able to easily escape through holes in a fence at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, and many of the inmates returned with contraband items, including booze and cigarettes, prosecutors said.” More here. PROSECUTORS: ‘INMATE TAXI SERVICE’ LET PRISONERS COME AND GO

Arkansas levees breach, 500 evacuated

ACLU and others ready lawsuits on Trump’s religious exemption order

California Must Provide Trans Prisoners With Compression Underwear

World News:

Russian bombers, fighter jets fly near Alaska, prompting Air Force escort

North Korea threat: Pyongyang directly criticizes China in rare move

North Korea denounces China, claims it has ‘protected’ Beijing


French Police Defy Their Unions to Vote For Le Pen

French Presidential Candidate Le Pen Egged While on Campaign Trail

May 4 (UPI) — Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, “a former Afghan warlord, has returned to Kabul after being ousted more than 20 years ago as part of a peace agreement with the government. Hekmatyar on Thursday traveled to Kabul from Jalalabad in a convoy made up of members of his Hezb-i-Islami group that was guarded by an Afghan army helicopter.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani welcomed Hekmatyar at the presidential palace, where he thanked him for “heeding the peace call.”

“I call upon all armed opposition groups to follow in the footsteps of Hezb-e Islami and join the peace process,” Ghani said. “Let me ask the Taliban. What agenda and goal do you have other than killing innocent people? What have you achieved?” More here. Former Afghan warlord ‘Butcher of Kabul’ returns to capital

Iraqi forces launch offensive in west Mosul from north

BAGHDAD (AP) — “Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is in talks with the Trump administration to keep American troops in Iraq after the fight against the Islamic State group in the country is concluded, according to a U.S. official and an official from the Iraqi government.

Both officials underlined that the discussions are ongoing and that nothing is finalized. But the talks point to a consensus by both governments that, in contrast to the U.S. withdrawal in 2011, a longer-term presence of American troops in Iraq is needed to ensure that an insurgency does not bubble up again once the militants are driven out.

“There is a general understanding on both sides that it would be in the long-term interests of each to have that continued presence. So as for agreement, yes, we both understand it would be mutually beneficial. That we agree on,” the U.S. official said.” More here. Iraq, US in talks to keep American troop presence after IS

Venezuelan Crisis: Video Emerges of Demonstrators Skirmishing With Security Forces

President Trump:

Trump signs order to ease ban on political activity by churches

Trump calls out Rice for refusal to testify to Congress

Trump will travel to Middle East in first trip abroad


Apple to invest $1B in ‘manufacturing fund’ to create U.S. jobs


WATCH | The Obama administration distributed thousands of intelligence reports with the  unredacted names of U.S. residents during the 2016 election.

During his final year in office, President Obama’s team significantly expanded efforts to search National Security Agency intercepts for information about Americans, distributing thousands of intelligence reports across government with the unredacted names of U.S. residents during the midst of a divisive 2016 presidential election.” More here. President Obama’s team sought NSA intel on thousands of Americans during the 2016 election

Chaffetz, Ernst to Propose Legislation That Could Affect Obama’s Pension After Revelation of His $400,000 Speech


“A new report out of the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General’s Office stated that a broken and ineffective set of electronic systems are hampering efforts by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to track people who have overstayed their visas.” More here. Technology is hampering ICE’s ability to track people overstaying their visas

ICE removes Honduran man wanted for murder


Judge Andrew Napolitano: More Spying and More Lying

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