Suicide bomb blast rocks central Tunis: state radio

At least nine people have been wounded in a suicide bomb blast that rocked the centre of Tunisia’s capital, Tunis, according to the interior ministry. A 30-year-old suicide bomber detonated her explosives on Monday afternoon near Le Palmarium shopping centre on the busy Habib Bourguiba Avenue, said Sofiene Zaag, interior ministry spokesperson. “Eight policemen and one…

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Brett Kavanaugh’s Record Shows Push to Restrain the Regulatory State

WASHINGTON—The Senate next week will begin grilling President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on his legal philosophy. A look at his writings reveals what senators will likely find: a consistent push to restrain the regulatory state. That was clear in a Senate questionnaire item asking him to list his most significant opinions as a…

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Teachers strike in Washington state — 80,000 kids miss first day

Teachers from seven school districts in southwestern Washington state went on strike Thursday, causing nearly 80,000 students across the state to miss the first day of school, reports Reuters. Why it matters: Teachers are going on strike in search of better pay. Though only seven districts have participated in strikes so far, more will likely…

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Brett Kavanaugh’s Record Shows Push to Restrain the Regulatory State

WASHINGTON—The Senate next week will begin grilling President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on his legal philosophy. A look at his writings reveals what senators will likely find: a consistent push to restrain the regulatory state. That was clear in a Senate questionnaire item asking him to list his most significant opinions as a…

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Citizens along U.S.-Mexico border denied passports by State Department

The State Department is denying U.S. citizens who live near the border with Mexico and have lived in the country for decades of passports, raising questions about residents’ citizenship, reports The Washington Post. The big picture: The State Department has cracked down on issuing passports amid the Trump administration’s accusations that possibly thousands of Hispanic…

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Florida Republican With Black Opponent Tells State Not to ‘Monkey This Up’

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From road tax to courts: The Taliban’s attempts at state building

Kabul, Afghanistan – Late in May, 26-year-old truck driver Bilal Hakim was travelling along his regular route through Afghanistan’s northern province of Baghlan to Kunduz. He had taken the journey with the same cargo – a 50-tonne tanker of oil – several times in his five-year career. Oil tankers enter Afghanistan at Hairatan port in Balkh and…

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Treasury Moves to Block New Yorkers’ Path Around Cap on State Tax Deductions

WASHINGTON—The Treasury Department moved Thursday to block attempts by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to let taxpayers circumvent the new $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions. Treasury’s proposal would also pinch tax-credit programs that benefit private schools in Georgia, Arizona and elsewhere, largely preventing taxpayers there from getting more money back in…

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