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BREAKING: Senate Deal Reached – Government to Reopen

BREAKING: Senate Deal Reached – Government to Reopen

The Senate has reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the government. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats will support a bill to reopen the government and fund it until February 8.  In exchange, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised that will put votes on the floor that will address the DACA program, immigration and other key issues Democrats have sought votes on, before February 8. “We will vote today to reopen the government to continue…

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Did Loretta Lynch Know in Advance that No Charges Would be Brought Against Hillary Clinton in the Email Case?

Did Loretta Lynch Know in Advance that No Charges Would be Brought Against Hillary Clinton in the Email Case?

Three hundred and eighty-four pages of text messages between two “anti-Trump” FBI agents seem to suggest that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch knew in advance of former FBI Director James Comey’s July 2016 press conference that he would recommend no charges be brought against Hillary Clinton in her use of a private email server. The information was turned over to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) on Friday.  The texts also suggest that Comey and Lynch knew…

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A Draft of President Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Leaked to the Press

A Draft of President Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Leaked to the Press

A draft of the Trump administration’s infrastructure plan leaked to the press on Monday.  The document reveals the details of a plan to revamp America’s roads, bridges and transit systems, as well as its water infrastructure and Veteran’s Affairs facilities. Half of the suggested appropriations under the plan would go toward an “Infrastructure Incentives Initiative,” which would promote public-private investment in infrastructure projects.  A quarter of appropriations would go toward a “Rural Infrastructure Program,” investing heavily in rural infrastructure. Other…

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U.S., E.U. Officials Form Working Group to Look into Additions to Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S., E.U. Officials Form Working Group to Look into Additions to Iran Nuclear Deal

A working group has been created to develop an ancillary agreement to the Iran nuclear deal.  That addition is aimed at easing President Trump’s concerns about the pact, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.  “We will be discussing that through working groups beginning as early as next week and we’ll see what progress we can make,” Tillerson told reporters Monday in London. President Trump waived economic sanctions against Iran earlier this month, but has vowed not to do it…

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List of Democrats Opposing Shutdown Deal Reads Like a Who’s Who of 2020 Presidential Hopefuls

List of Democrats Opposing Shutdown Deal Reads Like a Who’s Who of 2020 Presidential Hopefuls

The Senate voted to reopen the government today.  The list of Democrats who voted against the measure reads like a who’s who of Democratic presidential hopefuls for 2020. Senator Cory Booker released a statement prior to the vote that read, “President Trump and Congressional Republicans said they wanted a DACA solution that would provide relief to the hundreds of thousands of DREAMers who are Americans in every sense of the word except for a piece of paper.  There’s a bipartisan…

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82% of Wealth Created in 2017 Went to the World’s Richest 1%, According to New Report

82% of Wealth Created in 2017 Went to the World’s Richest 1%, According to New Report

A new report released today says that 82% of the wealth created in 2017 went to the world’s richest 1%.  The report, published by Oxfam International, an advocacy group dedicated to the eradication of world poverty, also estimated that the bottom 50% of the world’s population saw no increase in wealth.  The trend, according to Oxfam, shows that the global economy is skewed in favor of wealth rather than work. “The billionaire boom is not a sign of a thriving…

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Pelosi Rejected Deal that Would Have Reopened the Gov’t – Says Assurances from Speaker Ryan on Immigration Vote Needed

Pelosi Rejected Deal that Would Have Reopened the Gov’t – Says Assurances from Speaker Ryan on Immigration Vote Needed

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rejected a proposal that would reopen the government that Senate Democrats have pledged to support. “I don’t see that there’s any reason — I’m speaking personally and hearing from my members — to support what was put forth,” Pelosi said to reporters.  Both Pelosi and her number two oppose the compromise, but are still debating whether they will push their members to do so as well. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to bring votes to…

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Text Messages Between Anti-Trump Agents Misplaced, FBI Says

Text Messages Between Anti-Trump Agents Misplaced, FBI Says

The FBI has failed to record five months’ worth of text messages between two FBI agents that expressed anti-Donald Trump views, the Bureau said last week.  The FBI made the disclosure in a letter from the Justice Department to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC). “The Department wants to bring to your attention that the FBI’s technical system for retaining text messages sent and received on FBI mobile devices failed to preserve text messages for Mr. Strzok…

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Vice President Mike Pence’s Israeli Address Interrupted by Protests; Pence Vows to Move Embassy Next Year

Vice President Mike Pence’s Israeli Address Interrupted by Protests; Pence Vows to Move Embassy Next Year

Vice President Mike Pence’s address to the Israeli Knesset was interrupted Monday when Arab lawmakers held up signs and engaged in a scuffle with security staff.  The lawmakers were protesting President Trump’s decision last year to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to move the U.S. embassy there.  The issue of Jerusalem is highly contentious and is considered to be a final status issue of any lasting peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. Lawmakers from the Arab…

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In Apparent Fig Leaf to Democrats, McConnell Pledges Vote on DACA, Disaster Relief, if Issues Aren’t Resolved by Feb. 8

In Apparent Fig Leaf to Democrats, McConnell Pledges Vote on DACA, Disaster Relief, if Issues Aren’t Resolved by Feb. 8

The government shutdown has entered its third day as lawmakers in Washington were unable to reach a compromise to reopen the government late Sunday night.  A bipartisan group of twenty senators have been meeting throughout the weekend trying to finalize a deal that they could present to their respective leaders. Senators left a ninety-minute meeting yesterday afternoon optimistic that they were getting closer to a breakthrough.  Another meeting has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday morning with a procedural vote…

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