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Mississippi again most religious state, Vermont the least

Miss. most religious state; Vermont the least Mississippi has retained its status as the nation's most religious state, according to a new survey, and Vermont is once again home to the smallest percentage of "very religious" people.

The annual survey, conducted by Gallup, found 59 percent of residents of Mississippi are "very religious," the highest number of any state for the ninth straight year. Just 21 percent of Vermont's population falls into the "very religious" category, making it the least religious state for the eighth time in the last nine years.

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Amona settlement: The untold story

Amona storyFrom a distance, Mariam Hammad, 83, stood with one of her grandchildren, observing the Amona outpost evacuation. As trucks shuttled between Amona and the nearby Israeli settlement of Ofra, Mariam remained skeptical, questioning whether the evacuation operations were serious.

"My heart will not rest until they remove the water tank," she said, pointing to the large water reservoir that was placed on the plot of land she inherited from her father in the Thahir al-Mazari' region, atop a rugged hill, northeast of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

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Michigan College Republicans sorry for Hitler-themed Valentine's card

Hitler card sent by Michigan studentsA Central Michigan University Republican student group is apologizing for a Valentine's Day card that mocks Jews who died in the Holocaust.

The College Republicans group handed out gift bags to students Wednesday night, including one with a card that said "my love 4 u burns like 6,000 jews." It had a photo of Adolf Hitler and was signed "XOXO, Courtney."

TVNL Comment:  Idiots in college don't even know that 6 MILLION Jews were killed during the Holocaust.  Pathetic.

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Jeff Sessions confirmed as U.S. Attorney General

Jeff Sessions confirnedAlabama Senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed Wednesday as the next U.S. Attorney General.

The Senate split mostly along party lines in the vote for Sessions. Only one Democrat - West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin - crossed the aisle to support Sessions.  The final vote was 52-47.

Sessions will be sworn in shortly by President Donald Trump.

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Ex-NSA contractor charged in massive breach of secret documents

NSAA federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted a former National Security Agency contractor accused of spending years piling up massive amounts of classified information at his Maryland home.

The contractor, Hal Martin, was charged under the Espionage Act with 20 counts of willful retention of national defense information. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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Neil Gorsuch Gorsuch disheartened by Trump attacks on judges

Neil Gorsuch Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee has told a Democratic senator that he found the president's attacks on the judiciary "disheartening" and "demoralizing."

Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut disclosed the comments from Judge Neil Gorsuch after meeting with the nominee Wednesday.

Trump referred to a Seattle judge who put a stay on his immigrant travel ban as a "so-called judge." Gorsuch's confirmation team confirmed that Gorsuch was referring to that comment and described it as disheartening.

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Steve Bannon Aligns With Vatican Hardliners Who Oppose Pope Francis

Steve BannonWhite House chief strategist Steve Bannon is known to have cultivated ties with far-right parties in Europe, like the National Front in France. He also seems to have forged an alliance with Vatican hardliners who oppose Pope Francis's less rigid approach to Church doctrine. The New York Times reported this week on Bannon's connections at the Vatican.

Before becoming White House chief strategist, Bannon — who is Catholic — was the executive chairman of Breitbart News, which he called a "platform for the alt-right." That's a movement associated with white nationalism.

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Sanders, Dems read Coretta Scott King's letter after Warren silenced

Sanders reads Coretta King letterSenate Democrats are taking to the Senate floor to read Coretta Scott King's letter after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was temporarily banned from speaking.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took the Senate floor on Wednesday to read the 1986 letter King wrote opposing Sen. Jeff Sessions's (R-Ala.) nomination for a federal judgeship.

"The idea that a letter and a statement made by Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. ... could not be presented and spoken about here on the floor of the Senate is, to me, incomprehensible," he said from the Senate floor.

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Court blocks law limiting Democratic North Carolina governor's powers

Court blocks law limited NC Gov.A North Carolina court on Wednesday temporarily halted a new state law stripping Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of some of his authority, The Associated Press reported.

The Republican-led state Legislature restricted the incoming governor’s power during a special session in December, slashing the number of government employees he can hire and fire by more than 1,000 and requiring Senate confirmation for Cabinet appointments. The power grab, as Democrats have phrased it, sparked a legal challenge from Cooper.

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