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Ronny Jackson won’t return to old job as Trump’s physician

Ronny Jackson won't return to old job

White House physician Ronny Jackson will not return to his role as the president’s personal physician, according to two senior administration officials, after a string of allegations caused the Navy rear admiral to withdraw his nomination last week to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sean Conley, a Navy officer who took over Jackson’s role as the president’s personal doctor last month, will continue in the role, the officials said.


Trump Demands Loyalty Oath From Job Seekers Who Criticized Him During Election

Trump demands loyalty oath from employeesPresident Trump has reportedly scrutinized and demanded loyalty from people up for administration positions after they criticized him during the campaign, according to The Washington Post.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wanted Sarah Isgur Flores as “his top spokeswoman,” but Flores reportedly had to “kowtow” to Trump personally before getting the gig. According to sources, Flores “told the president she was on board with his agenda and would be honored to serve him” in the Oval Office after she “repeatedly” criticized him in the 2016 primary.


Migrant caravan prepares to reach the US-Mexico border this afternoon

Caravan of migrants reach US  borderA caravan of hundreds of migrants is expected to reach the US-Mexico border on Sunday afternoon after a monthlong trip from Central America that has sparked the ire of President Donald Trump.

On Sunday morning, migrants in the caravan gathered at Friendship Park in Tijuana and prepared to march to the border and then ask for asylum in the United States. Buses carrying members of the caravan reached Tijuana on Tuesday.
In anticipation of the final march, demonstrators lined both sides of the border on Sunday.

House chaplain’s mysterious firing triggers uproar

House chaplain's mysterious dismissal

The mysterious firing of the House chaplain morphed into a full-on political firestorm for Republicans Friday as Democrats forced a floor vote on the issue and Catholics on both sides of the aisle said they weren’t satisfied with the reasons given for his ouster.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) tried to quell the controversy Friday morning by addressing his decision to fire Father Patrick Conroy during a private GOP conference meeting. Ryan said Conroy's ouster wasn’t politically motivated, as some have speculated. He said it came after complaints from multiple members about how the Jesuit priest wasn’t meeting their “pastoral needs,” as several Republican lawmakers exiting the meeting put it.


Comedian takes shots at Trump, staff at journalists' dinner

Comedian Michelle Wolf takes shots aat Trump- For the second year, Donald Trump wasn't in Washington for the White House Correspondents Dinner, but he was the focus of attention as comedian Michelle Wolf leveled pointed attacks at him and his administration.

On Saturday night, the president was returning from a campaign-style rally in Washington Township, Mich., as the former Daily Show was pointing points jabs at him.

"People call Trump names all the time," Wolf said. "And look, I could call Trump a racist, or a misogynist, or xenophobic, or unstable, or incompetent, or impotent. But he's heard all of those and he doesn't care. So tonight, I'm gonna try to make fun of the president in a new way, in a way that I think will really get him. Mr. President, I don't think you're very rich. You might be rich in Idaho, but in New York, you're doing fine."


Rights groups decry US plan to reduce number of wild horses

US plans to reduce number of wild horses

The US government has unveiled a plan to reduce the number of wild horses and burros (wild donkeys) on public ranges from 100,000 to 27,000 through methods such as sales, sterilisation and euthanasia.

The plan (PDF) was requested by US Congress and drafted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a government agency tasked with administering about 100 million hectares (247.3 million acres) of public lands, including protecting animal populations and resources.

BLM presented the plan on April 26 and said it aimed "to achieve long-term sustainable populations" of these wild animals and called for politicians to end the prohibition of sales of wild horses and to ease limits on euthanasia.


Waffle House shooting hero raises more than $183K for victims’ families

Waffle House shooting hero raises

James Shaw Jr., the man hailed a hero after wrestling a gun away from a man in a Tennessee Waffle House, has raised more than $183,000 for the victims.

Shaw, 29, originally set up a GoFundMe page to raise a goal of $15,000 for the victim’s families.

However, that the site has collected over $183,000 by Saturday.

Shaw sustained a gunshot wound and burns when he grabbed the assault-style rifle away from a gunman who opened fire at the restaurant last week.


Bill Gates launches $12M challenge for universal flu vaccine

Bill Gates launches $12m for flu research before next pandemicBillionaire Bill Gates has announced a $12 million Grand Challenge to fund research of universal flu vaccines in preparation for the next flu pandemic.

Gates, who founded Microsoft, announced at the New England Journal of Medicine's annual Shattuck Lecture in Boston that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with Google co-founder Larry Page and his wife, Lucy, will provide the seed money.


Seven schoolchildren stabbed to death in northern China

Seven children stabbed to death in China

Seven children have been stabbed to death and 12 others injured on their way home from school in northern China, in one of the deadliest such attacks in the country in recent years.

The 28-year-old suspect, named only as Zhao from Zhaojiashan village, was arrested and the injured children were taken to hospital, Mizhi County’s public security bureau in Shaanxi province said.


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