US envoy to anti-IS coalition resigns after Trump's Syria decision

Brett McGurk, the US special envoy to the anti-Islamic State group coalition, has resigned, a State Department official said Saturday, capping a chaotic week that saw the departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Donald Trump's stunning decision to pull troops from Syria. McGurk's resignation, effective December 31, comes on the heels of Mattis's decision to quit the Trump administration over key disagreements with the US president, notably the Syria withdrawal. Just last week McGurk, a Ba...
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Blizzard Publicly Shaming Rule-Breaking Overwatch Pros

Competitive Overwatch players who have violated the Overwatch League’s code of conduct have had their real names publicly displayed to shame them for their misdeeds, a means of denunciation that many versed in the political world will no doubt find familiar… Unveiled via a new post on the Overwatch League’s site, a list of players […]
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White House: Democrats are standing up for illegal immigrants instead of American citizens

White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley sounds off on the border security fight on Capitol Hill on 'Justice.'
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Happy Holidays for many thanks to 2018 Farm Bill

The 2018 Farm Bill, more formally known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was signed by President Trump on Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue’s birthday last week. So what does it mean? What stays the same? What changes? What’s the reaction? First, you can see what President Trump had to say at the signing ceremony on the White House website where he thanks both Republicans and Democrats on the bill. President Trump even said, “And I want to thank all of the people here, including ...
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Government shutdowns are rare when one party controls White House, Congress. President Trump is on his third.

Federal government shutdowns are not new to Washington, but it’s unusual for them to happen when one party controls the White House and Congress.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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What resignation letters can teach us. Let's start with Mattis.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis' letter of resignation to President Donald Trump starts ominously, with a frosty disregard for White House form.Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, in his letter resigning his post as national security adviser,... [Author: [email protected]]
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Corbyn faces furious Labour backlash over backing Brexit

Labour leader accused of betrayal on second poll and ‘in danger of losing young backers’Jeremy Corbyn is facing a storm of criticism from Labour activists and MPs after suggesting he would press ahead with Brexit if the party won a snap general election.In a sign that he is losing backing among overwhelmingly pro-Remain Labour supporters, Corbyn was also accused of betraying the party membership by appearing reluctant to back the idea of supporting Remain in a second referendum. Continue reading...
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What unpaid IRS employees will and won't do during a government shutdown

We're now into the third shutdown of federal offices this year. The other two were brief closures back in January. Will this latest federal government shutdown, which began at midnight today (Saturday, Dec. 22) be similarly short-lived? Or will the nine federal departments and multiple agencies that are now without funding find themselves sidelined for, as Donald J. Trump has vowed, a "very long" time. Duration discussions aside, we do know that unless there's a breakthrough by Congress and the...
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Government Shutdown to Continue for Days as Senate Adjourns Until Thursday

Senate Democrats said they would never accede to President Trump’s demand for $5 billion for a border wall, and the White House offered no early indication that the president would accept less.
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Can He Do That? Of Appropriations, Walls and Shutdowns

     The beginning of a partial government shutdown of uncertain duration seems an appropriate time to sort through the mechanics of shutdowns as well as to evaluate some of the claims about appropriations law that have been appearing in the media for the past week or so.   The Scope of the Shutdown      First, it is important to note that this shutdown affects only part of the federal government, albeit a large part.   Before the election, Congress passed, and the President signed, fi...
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White House Digs In on Wall Demand, Aims for ‘Painless’ Shutdown

Officials said furlough estimates were “fluid” as agencies aim to maximize use of carry-over funds.
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White House Says Trump Won’t Relent in Shutdown, Even as Pence Makes Offer to Democrats

Senate Democrats said they would never accede to President Trump’s demand for $5 billion for a border wall, and the White House offered no early indication that the president would accept less.
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Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown dies aged 77

Politician who led the party between 1988 and 1999 dies after short illnessLord Ashdown, 1941-2018Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown has died at the age of 77 after a short illness.The politician and former Royal Marine, who led the party from 1988 to 1999, passed away on Saturday evening, a party spokesman said. Continue reading...
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Isolated leader sees ‘a war every day’

The swirl of recent days — a government shutdown, spiraling scandals, tumbling stock markets, abrupt troop withdrawals and the resignation of his alienated defense secretary — has left the impression of a presidency at risk of spinning out of control.
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The Government Shut Down Over Trump’s Border Wall. What Happens Next?

The government partially shut down at midnight on Friday after the House and Senate were unable to agree on a solution to President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion to build a wall on the southern border.Trump repeatedly blamed Democrats for the impasse, even tweeting a video late Friday saying, ”We’re going to have a shutdown.” Earlier that day, White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and Jared Kushner, bargained with congressional leaders at the Capitol — something Trum...
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McConnell pushes ‘pause button’ on Senate vote until Trump, Democrats negotiate deal to end government shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it’s up to Democrats and the White House to negotiate an end to the budget standoff and end shutdown            [Author: USA TODAY]
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"You couldn’t create a creepier Yuletide scene if you tried" — says The Guardian about Trump and Melania's Christmas portrait.

Here's the photograph: Merry Christmas from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. @POTUS & @FLOTUS are seen Saturday, December 15, in their official 2018 Christmas portrait, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks) pic.twitter.com/nIuplZSDBe — Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 18, 2018 This, from Jonathan Jones seems ludicrously subjective. He just hates Trump. I get that.Multiple Christmas trees are currently a statu...
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Top US envoy in fight against IS group resigns: official

Brett McGurk, the special US envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned, a State Department official said Saturday. Just last week McGurk, a Barack Obama appointee who Trump kept on, said "nobody is declaring a mission accomplished" in the battle against IS -- just days before the president's stunning announcement of victory against the jihadist movement.
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As Shutdown Begins, Lawmakers Grasp for a Way Out

Senate Democrats said they would never accede to President Trump’s demand for $5 billion for a border wall, and the White House offered no early indication that the president would accept less.
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Man Hospitalized After Climbing the National Christmas Tree Near the White House

The tree is on the Ellipse just south of the White House
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Melania Trump's controversial red trees a hit at White House Christmas parties

The trees turned out to be quite the attraction: Pedestrian traffic jams formed as party guests clamored to be photographed in front of them.            [Author: The Associated Press]
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Top U.S. Envoy to Anti-ISIS Coalition Has Resigned in Protest to President Trump’s Syria Decision

He joins Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in an administration exodus over Syria
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Incoming Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney Once Called President Trump’s Border Wall Plan ‘Absurd’

"It's easy to tell people what they want to hear, 'build the darn fence, vote for me'"
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Brussels takes a festive break, but the EU27 are busy planning a no-deal new year

Member states are hiring customs staff, building barriers and helping companies find new marketsDon’t let the festive lull fool you: behind-the-scenes, no-deal Brexit contingency planning is accelerating around the EU. With not even 100 days before Britain leaves, and Downing Street ramping up its no-deal planning, the European commission last week unveiled bare-bones plans to keep flights in the air and money flowing should the UK crash out, warning that it would take all necessary steps to li...
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Barack Obama Collaborate On Gospel Version Of 'Hamilton' Song

Barack Obama appears on the new song, "One Last Time (44 Remix)." Originally from the Broadway hit "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda reworked the number and included the former president.
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Remainers condemn Jeremy Corbyn pledge to push on with Brexit

Labour leader, who vowed to get better deal from EU, is described as ‘midwife to delivery of Tory Brexit plans’ Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised by remain supporters throughout Westminster after he stressed that Brexit would go ahead even if Labour won a snap general election in the new year.In an interview with the Guardian on Friday, Corbyn said the party would campaign for Brexit if there was a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the bloc, but that he would seek a refashioned exit de...
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"Not one cent of our taxpayer money should be wasted on this absurd monument to Trump's racism and ignorance. It's revolting..."

"... to think that House Republicans can pull $5 billion out of thin air for this hateful vanity project, but immediately turn into hard-nosed misers should we dare to spend our money on something that actually matters and helps Americans, such as healthcare, education, or infrastructure. Go ahead, Donald, shut it down. You own it."Writes a commenter with over 3,000 up-votes on the NYT article "Government Shuts Down as Talks Fail to Break Impasse." From the article:While the president has been ...
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Trump’s Syria move pleases dictators and hands initiative to Isis

The president’s surprise decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and Afghanistan has weakened allies and given a fillip to jihadistsDonald Trump’s sudden decision to pull US troops out of Syria, and slash the numbers deployed in Afghanistan, came as a nasty shock to Britain, regional allies such as Israel, and to many in his own administration and Republican party. Although he had threatened such action in the past, his wiser, more experienced advisers had succeeded in restraining him – until ...
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