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Senate Democrats Begin Filibuster Over Gun Control

Dem Senator Murphy fillibusters for gun controlSen. Christopher S. Murphy took the floor before noon Wednesday, saying he intended to give an extended speech to protest inaction on gun violence.  

A spokesman for the Connecticut Democrat confirmed it was, in effect, a talking filibuster.

"I've had enough and I just couldn’t bring myself to come back to the Senate this week and pretend like this is just business as usual," Murphy said Wednesday. "We've got to find a way to come together. Now I don't know how long this will take but I'm going to stand her and hold the floor while we give time to our colleagues to try and find a path forward."

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New Evidence Donald Trump Didn’t Pay Taxes

Trump did not pay taxes: new evidenceNew questions about the integrity of Donald Trump’s income tax returns, and new indications that he does not pay income taxes, arise from rulings in two tax appeals that Trump filed in the 1990s. Trump lost both cases.

Trump’s 1984 federal income tax return included a Schedule C, the form used by sole proprietors, the decision in the first case shows.

Trump listed no income on that form, yet he deducted $626,264 as expenses. His New York City tax return also showed no income, but listed slightly less in expenses: $619,227.

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Stanford case judge removed from new sex case

Persky removed from new sex caseA California judge who has faced withering criticism for giving a lenient sentence to former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner in a sex assault case has been removed from another sex case.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen blocked the transfer of the new sexual assault case to Judge Aaron Persky, who is the subject of a recall petition, several media outlets reported Tuesday.

Persky was briefly transferred a case to decide whether a former San Jose nurse should stand trial on charges he sexually assaulted a patient while she was sedated.

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Can coffee cause cancer? Only if it's very hot, says WHO agency

WHO: Coffee does not cause cancerThere is no conclusive evidence that drinking coffee causes cancer, the World Health Organization's cancer agency said on Wednesday in a reverse of its previous warning, but it also said all "very hot" drinks are probably carcinogenic.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) had previously rated coffee as "possibly carcinogenic" but has changed its mind.

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House GOP leaders block vote banning LGBT discriminaton

House blocks ban against LGBT discrimination Republican House leaders have refused to allow a vote on a bill that would outlaw anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors.

Their decision came just days after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people and left 53 more injured.

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Opposition to British fracking plans swells

Fracking opposition in UK swellsA British environmental advocacy group said more than 150,000 signatures were added to a petition sent to the government against hydraulic fracturing plans.

"Fracking poses risks to people and the environment, and politicians in Westminster shouldn't force this risky technology on any community," campaigners Hannah Martin of Greenpeace and Rose Dickinson of Friends of the Earth said in a joint statement.

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Israel cuts water supplies to West Bank during Ramadan

Israel cuts water supply to West BankIsrael's national water company has cut crucial water supplies to large areas of the occupied West Bank, leaving tens of thousands of Palestinians without access to safe drinking water during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Mekorot, the main supplier of water to Palestinian towns and cities, siphoned off water supplies to the municipality of Jenin, several Nablus villages and the city of Salfit and its surrounding villages.

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Senate Fails To Secure Visas For Afghan Interpreters Who Risked Their Lives For U.S. Troops

Afghani interpreters do not get visas extendedA bipartisan attempt to secure thousands of visas for Afghan interpreters who risked their lives to assist American troops in the war in Afghanistan stalled on Tuesday, when the Senate passed a version of the massive defense spending bill that omitted the amendment backed by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.).

The seemingly uncontroversial amendment, which extends the existing special immigrant visa program for one year and allocates an additional 2,500 visas for the program, never had a vote on the Senate floor. In an effort to force a vote on his unrelated amendment, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), blocked votes on several amendments, including the Shaheen provision, which the Utah senator said he supported.

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There have been 93 US gun-related deaths in 72 hours, not including Orlando

Orlando deathsA mass shooting at the Pulse club in Orlando left 49 people dead.

Omar Mateen also wounded 53 clubbers before being shot dead by police.

Now Gavin Newsom, Lt Gov of California and former mayor of San Francisco, is reminding people of the 93 other people who have died in the US in the last 72 hours in separate "gun violence" incidents.

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