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Fired HUD aide to Ben Carson softens stance on Trump

After being 8 Comments for being critical of President Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, Shermichael Singleton, who was one of Ben Carson’s top aides, went on CNN for an interview as a follow-up to his controversial op-ed.

Singleton had been working at the Department of Housing and Urban Development since Jan. 23 as a senior adviser and was preparing a cross-country tour for Carson, who the Senate is expected to confirm this month.

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Do most mass shootings happen in gun-free zones, as Florida House leader says?

In the wake of mass shootings at the Pulse night club in Orlando and at the Fort Lauderdale airport, Florida lawmakers are expected to act on a series of bills to expand where people can carry their guns.

The bills would allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry their guns in places such as airports, schools, college campuses, police stations and polling places. Florida leads the nation in conceal-carry permits, with more than 1.7 million permits.

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African-American gun club says membership surged after Trump election

More African-Americans appear to be taking an active interest in their right to bear arms since the election of President Donald Trump, gun club leaders and firearm sellers say.

A national African-American gun club has doubled its membership since Election Day, and gun sellers say they’ve noticed more black customers buying firearms.

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Go high, Mr. President, and let the Democrats go low

A prime-time address to Congress is the most-watched speech a president delivers. About 52.4 million tuned in for President Barack Obama’s first address in 2009, more than for any other he delivered during his eight years in office. So when Donald Trump steps up to the rostrum of the House of Representatives for the first time on Tuesday night, he will address what could very well be the biggest audience of his entire term.

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Fox Business surges in ratings competition with CNBC

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox Business Network topped CNBC in viewership during the business day for the fifth consecutive month, an illustration of dramatic growth at an upstart network that began operation a decade ago.

FBN averaged 218,000 viewers during the hours between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. in February, an increase of 59 percent over February 2016. CNBC, meanwhile, dropped from 212,000 to 182,000 in the same measurement, Nielsen Media Research said.

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Fact-checking President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress

During his address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, President Donald Trump made a number of claims about a range of issues, including unemployment and immigration.

Throughout the speech, a team of journalists from ABC News identified questionable statements and provided context, detail and additional information and statistics.

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FULL TEXT: President Trump’s first-ever joint address to Congress

Below is President Donald Trump’s first-ever address to a joint session of Congress, delivered Tuesday night, as prepared for delivery and released by the White House.

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and Citizens of America:

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Trump: ‘Time is right for immigration bill,’ open to giving some legal status

President Donald Trump, who staked his campaign on a hard-line approach to illegal immigration, now says he is open to considering possible legal status for some undocumented immigrants as part of a compromise to overhaul the nation’s immigration system.

“The time is right for an immigration bill, as long as there is compromise on both sides,” Trump told news anchors and correspondents attending a White House luncheon today.

The president is floating the idea ahead of his first address to a joint session of Congress tonight, signaling a willingness to negotiate on an issue that has pitted Democrats against some Republicans for years. It was not immediately clear whether the president would raise the issue in his speech.

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How Do Israel’s Tech Firms Do Business in Saudi Arabia? Very Quietly

Over the course of 30 years working in Israeli intelligence, Shmuel Bar immersed himself in the hermeneutics of terrorism. Using techniques of literary analysis more familiar to Koranic scholars and Bible critics, he came to recognize the distinctive language and religious phrases that suicide bombers used in their farewell videos. “Victory is with the patient” appeared frequently in the martyrdom declarations of Hamas recruits. Al-Qaeda adherents favored the call “God, count them, kill them, and don’t leave any of them.”

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I Was Backstage During Oscars Envelopegate: Exactly How the Chaos Unfolded

Everything had been humming along like a well-oiled machine. For over three hours on Sunday night during the Oscars, a steady stream of Hollywood’s biggest stars navigated the cramped backstage quarters at the Dolby Theatre, gamely snaking around show producers, photographers, crew and moving equipment to get to and from the stage.

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14 shot in Chicago over weekend as violence continues to outpace last year

Four people were killed and 10 others were wounded over the weekend in Chicago as violence this year continues to outpace last year.

As of Monday morning, the city had logged 103 homicides, compared with 101 this time a year ago, according to data compiled by the Tribune. At least 513 people have been shot this year, compared with 466 over the same time last year.

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