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Continuing push for VA transparency, Cisneros & Rose introduce bill to make public VA reports – Orange County Breeze

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Representatives Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) and Max Rose (NY-11) introduced legislation as part of their continued efforts to increase transparency and accountability at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). Earlier this year, Cisneros and Rose were successful in pushing the VA to fix its website to better serve the veteran community and comply with all federal mandates.

“As a Navy veteran, it’s troubling that veterans face difficulty in accessing public documents at the VA,” said Rep. Cisneros. “We should be working to make it easier for our veterans to access the…

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Jim Dey | With one judge ousted for lying to police, what’s fate of the second? – Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

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What happened to former Circuit Judge Patrick O’Shea must have sent shivers down current Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert’s spine.

Although they come from different parts of Illinois — O’Shea from DuPage County near Chicago and Duebbert from St. Clair County near St. Louis — they share a common bond.

O’Shea was accused of lying to police about a gun mishap (I wrote about that in an Oct. 1 column), while Duebbert is accused of lying to police regarding a homicide investigation.

The…

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US House Lawmakers’ Bill Would Assist With Local Bridge Repairs – Transport Topics Online

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Legislation that would seek to facilitate funding for municipalities to fix old bridges was recently introduced by two members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Fixing America’s Bridges Act would re-establish the federal Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program to assist with repairs and replacements of structurally deficient bridges.

Funding would be proposed for locally owned bridges, according to background provided by the office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa), a member of the Transportation and…

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Iowa City Releases 2019 Leaf Vacuum Program Information – Patch.com

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From the City of Iowa City:

Toni Davis

The Streets Division is preparing for this year’s curbside leaf vacuum service. The first day of the program is Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.

Printed maps are available in City utility bills and also at City Hall, the Public Library, the Senior Center, and the Streets Division office at 3800 Napoleon Lane. Maps are also available online at www.icgov.org/leafvacuum.

Follow these tips for a smooth and efficient process.

Scheduling

  • The Leaf Vacuum Program will begin Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 in Zones 7 & 1, and will proceed in numerical order, moving to Zone 2…

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AEW Dynamite Episode Set For Texas, Lucha Bros Advertised – Wrestling Inc.

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AEW has announced that their 11th Dynamite episode will air live from Garland, Texas.

The December 11 AEW Dynamite episode on TNT has been announced for the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex in Garland, TX. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 12 noon ET via Ticketmaster and AEWTix.com, and will start at $20.

As seen below, AEW stars featured on the Garland promotional graphic are AEW World Champion Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, Dustin Rhodes, and Lucha Bros – Rey Fenix and Pentagon Jr. This may be the first Dynamite ads with Pentagon and Fenix on them.

Below are the current line-ups for the next few…

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Vegan Cafe Ready to Open in Wilkes-Barre – WNEP Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Dairy-free pizza, meatless burgers, and veggie buffalo wings are just some of the offerings at a new vegan restaurant that opens Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre.

Eden A Vegan Café opens this week on South Main Street in downtown Wilkes-Barre and the owner tells us it’s not like your typical vegan restaurant.

“We take traditional comfort foods that people already love and we veganize them, so we just use different proteins, so instead of animal products and dairy and eggs, we use proteins like…

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Russian class may test ‘virtual reality experience’ in Glastonbury – Journal Inquirer

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GLASTONBURY — An organization that is developing a “virtual reality experience” for foreign language learning is hoping to test the program briefly on local students of Russian in mid-January.

At its meeting this evening, the Board of Education is scheduled to consider the proposal from the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland.

Betsy Hart of the foreign language center, wrote in a letter to Rita Oleksak, the local school system’s foreign languages director, that the test is expected to take about an hour of class time.

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Rep. Elaine Luria raises money for Va. Democrats running for legislature after GOP group runs impeachment ads – The Advocate

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After a national Republican group began targeting Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., over her support for an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, she is pushing back in an unusual way.

Luria, who represents the swing district of Virginia Beach, created a fundraising committee to raise $228,000 not for her own 2020 reelection campaign,…

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Cisneros named as a Conferee to the National Defense Authorization Act Conference – Orange County Breeze

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Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr (CA-39), Member of the House Armed Services Committee, was announced by leadership on the House floor as a conferee to serve on the conference committee of the House and Senate versions of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“It’s an honor to be part of the NDAA conference committee and I’m proud to continue the important work of supporting our servicemembers in the 39th District and around the world,” said Rep. Gil Cisneros. “As a Navy veteran, it’s a privilege to work with my colleagues in a bipartisan…

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Rep. Joaquin Castro to ‘SNL’: ‘I’m Available’ to Play My Twin – Newsmax

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Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, on Wednesday tweeted he was available to play brother, Julian, on “Saturday Night Live” following SNL’s failure to include his brother, the only Hispanic Democratic presidential contender, in its sketch about 2020 White House hopefuls.

“Hi @nbcsnl, I’m available next time you need someone to play Julian Castro. I get mistaken for that guy all the time. #SNL #Castro2020,” Joaquin Castro said.

The sketch, titled “Impeachment Town Hall,” included spoofs of Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders.

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Trump sends strong, conflicting signals on Syria, Turkey – Kokomo Tribune

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WASHINGTON — Facing unusually wide criticism, President Donald Trump sent out strong but conflicting signals on the “endless war” in Syria and Middle East on Monday.

He declared U.S. troops would step aside for an expected Turkish attack on Kurds who have fought alongside Americans for years but then threatened to destroy the Turks’ economy if they went too far.

Even Trump’s staunchest Republican allies expressed outrage at the prospect of abandoning Syrian Kurds who had fought the Islamic State group with U.S. troops. Trump’s decision appeared to be the…

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Rudy Giuliani rips impeachment coverage – Fox News

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This is a rush transcript from “Media Buzz,” October 6, 2019. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

HOWARD KURTZ, HOST: On Buzz Meter this Sunday, Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, is here for an exclusive interview on his role in the Ukraine drama and his allegations against the Bidens.

This as President Trump is ratcheting up his rhetoric against what he now calls a coup, accusing critics of being spies or committing treason and lashing out at the press.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I don’t even use fake anymore. I call the fake news now…

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Mostly smoke, and little fire, from Republicans to Democrats on impeachment – Roll Call
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Mostly smoke, and little fire, from Republicans to Democrats on impeachment – Roll Call

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ANALYSIS — Republicans are publicly celebrating impeachment as a political boon and trying to hold House Democrats’ feet to the fire with television ads and protests. But without credible challengers, it’s little more than expensive hot air.

Last week, President Donald Trump’s campaign manager bragged about turning up the heat on a freshman Democrat who supports the impeachment inquiry, and the Republican National Committee is on television targeting a dozen Democratic members for supporting it. But in most instances, there’s a lot of smoke and little fire, considering…

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