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Congress, White House talking, but no quick end to shutdown

Congress, White House talking, but no quick end to shutdown

Republican and Democratic senators alike expressed grave concern about Mattis's departure, which was spurred by Trump's decision to pull USA troops from Syria, despite the objections of military leaders and his own defense secretary. Federal employees had already been granted an extra day of holiday on Christmas Eve, thanks to an executive order Trump signed last week. US Democratic leaders charged Monday that President Donald Trump was "plunging the country into chaos" with multiple ... Read More

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Did Kelsey Berreth Break Off Engagement Before Disappearing?

Did Kelsey Berreth Break Off Engagement Before Disappearing?

De Young said that following numerous interviews over the past several weeks, investigators had gathered enough information to file for an arrest warrant. Frazee's attorney, Jeremy Loew, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post. Police said they have surveillance video of Berreth, a flight instructor, shopping with her daughter that day at a Woodland Park supermarket. Read More

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Two Chinese nationals charged with hacking US government and military

Two Chinese nationals charged with hacking US government and military

In London, the Foreign Office likewise accused China of not living up to their bilateral agreement against hacking driven by commercial and economic motives. Those cases involved both hacking and recruiting insiders to steal data and IT system passwords. It has always been an "open secret" that USA government agencies have hacked into and listening in on foreign governments, companies and individuals, the ministry added. Read More

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg undergoes lung cancer surgery

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg undergoes lung cancer surgery

A spokesperson for the Supreme Court said that there was "no evidence of remaining disease" and no evidence of disease "elsewhere in the body" after the surgery. She hopes to be back on the court for the start of the next argument session in early January. Ginsburg is considered a hero by many liberals. Between 1972 and 1978, Ginsburg argued six gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court, winning five times, while raising two children . Read More

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No signs of Trump backing down as shutdown looms

No signs of Trump backing down as shutdown looms

On "The Five" Friday, Jedediah Bila said Democrats who oppose funding President Trump's border wall should take a minute and think about what they are really opposing. Only a week ago, Trump said he would be "proud" to shut down the government, which Republicans control, in the name of border security. "We hope they'll step up", she told reporters at the White House. Read More

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House passes criminal justice reform bill

House passes criminal justice reform bill

The First Step Act (S. 3649) "provide [s] for programs to help reduce the risk that prisoners will recidivate upon release from prison" and, in so doing, reduce the number of inmates overall. There is a Christmas miracle under way where, for the first time in a generation, Republicans and Democrats are arm in arm tonight saying 'We are sending too many people to prison. Read More

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Jeremy Corbyn Accused of Calling Theresa May a 'Stupid Woman'

Jeremy Corbyn Accused of Calling Theresa May a 'Stupid Woman'

May delayed a crucial parliamentary vote on her withdrawal deal last week as it faced nearly certain defeat in the House of Commons. The reaction to Corbyn's insult has been mixed. "I did not use the words "stupid woman" about the Prime Minister or anyone else, and am completely opposed to the use of sexist or misogynist language in absolutely any form at all", Corbyn said. Read More

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The Senate Is Inching Closer to a Plan to Avoid a Shutdown

The Senate Is Inching Closer to a Plan to Avoid a Shutdown

US Congress headed toward a short-term budget measure to keep the government open after US President Donald Trump appeared to back off his demand for US$5 billion (NZ$7.3 billion) for a US-Mexico border wall . Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi signalled support. The White House said on Tuesday it would search for already appropriated government funds to be redirected toward building the wall , since Congress was not cooperating with its request for the money. Read More

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Uncertainty mounts as United Kingdom leader seeks to delay key Brexit vote

Uncertainty mounts as United Kingdom leader seeks to delay key Brexit vote

News of the delay caused the pound to tumble to its lowest level in 18 months. One participant in the march told NHK that the prime minister won't listen to the people who chose to leave the EU. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May tours the Royal Welsh Winter Fair at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, Wales, Britain. Earlier today, the Prime Minister's spokeswoman described the conference call with ministers due at 11.30am as routine. Read More

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1,723 arrested in 'yellow vest' protests in France

1,723 arrested in 'yellow vest' protests in France

It started as a protest against a fuel tax hike and metamorphosed into a rebellion against high taxes, eroding living standards and what many see as his inability to address the concerns of France's regions and ordinary people. "Are they the core ones or are they agitators?" ". I will not have a debate with the president of the United States through tweets , " he said. "The shoes are too big for him". Read More

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Trump seen picking Milley as next Chairman of Joint Chiefs

Trump seen picking Milley as next Chairman of Joint Chiefs

Mr. Trump re-nominated him in 2017 for a second term. The date of transition has yet to be determined. He commanded the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division; the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division; served as the Deputy Commanding General for the 101st Airborne (Air Assault); and served as the Commanding General for 10th Mountain Division. Read More

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China summons Canada envoy over detained Huawei exec: state media

China summons Canada envoy over detained Huawei exec: state media

Major companies have expressed concerns about how the arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada at the request of USA authorities would affect U.S. Should a judge agree to extradite Meng, she would have multiple chances to appeal the decision. Meng's lawyer said at the hearing that the fact that a person has extraordinary resources can not be a factor that would exclude them from bail. Read More

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George HW Bush's Service Dog Sully Pictured By Coffin

George HW Bush's Service Dog Sully Pictured By Coffin

Postal Service said it will suspend regular mail delivery Wednesday out of respect for Bush. "So, we look forward to doing that, and he certainly deserves it". Shortly before leaving the service, he married his 19-year-old sweetheart, Barbara Pierce, and forged a 73-year union that was the longest presidential marriage in US history until her death. Read More

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Rudy Giuliani's Twitter typo leads to anti-Trump prank

Rudy Giuliani's Twitter typo leads to anti-Trump prank

Giuliani, who is one of President Donald Trump's lawyers battling the Mueller investigation , accidentally tweeted the random hyperlink "G-20.in" by not putting a space after a period. At most, Velazquez thought his stunt would get a "few hundred retweets" and then be absorbed into the Twittersphere, but by early Wednesday morning, Giuliani's tweet containing the link had about 45,000 likes and almost 17,000 retweets. Read More

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