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BREAKING: 9th Circuit upholds District Court ruling on Travel Ban

In a ruling handed down on Monday afternoon, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has upheld in part a district court's ruling that the Executive Order signed by the President that instituted a travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries was unconstitutional, though they did overturn part of the initial ruling. 

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President Trump Job Approval: Week of June 19

With a new week starting, here is a look at the President's Job approval right now.

Missing U.S. Sailors found dead aboard USS Fitzgerald

According to a statement from the 7th fleet of the U.S. Navy, a number of the sailors who were missing after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship last week off the coast of Japan were found dead in the berthing compartments of the Fitzgerald.

4 U.S. troops injured after “insider attack” in Afghanistan

Four U.S. soldiers were injured early Saturday in what appears to be an insider attack in northern Afghanistan, according to both U.S. and Afghan officials. If confirmed, it would mark the second time in a week that members of allied Afghan troops opened fire on American troops. 

7 U.S. Navy sailors missing after collision off Japanese Coast, cause under investigation

7 U.S. Navy sailors are missing today after the destroyer that they were on was involved in a collision with a container ship off the coast of Japan. 

Attorney General Sessions to testify in front of Senate Intelligence Committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Saturday that he would take the stand to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, in response to the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, which implied that the bureau may have something on Sessions.

Secretary of State calls for end to Gulf diplomatic crisis

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that the ongoing blockade of Qatar by other Gulf region countries is harming the U.S. effort to fight ISIS, according to a statement made in the early afternoon at the State Department.

White House Director of Social Media violated Hatch Act with tweet

Dan Scavino Jr., the Director of Social Media at the White House, has been reprimanded by the Office of Special Counsel for a violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits most federal employees from engaging in political activity. Scavino Jr. violated the act with a tweet sent from his personal account where he called for the defeat of GOP Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan in a primary.  The tweet was later deleted.

House of Representatives votes to repeal Dodd-Frank Act

While Former FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the U.S. House of Representatives quietly voted Thursday to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 that put heavy regulations on banks designed to prevent another system collapse like the 2008 one. 

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