Golden Globes Light on Politics, Aside From Christian Bale Scorching Dick Cheney

WASHINGTON — This year at the Golden Globes, there was no Meryl Streep calling out Donald Trump for his attacks on journalists and mocking of the disabled. There was no Oprah Winfrey, offering up an inspirational contrast to the rhetoric coming out of the White House. In fact, there weren’t all that many references to […]
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LA-area Rep. Katie Hill takes case against border-wall funding to the public

PALMDALE —The first question at Katie Hill’s first town hall meeting as a member of Congress was a blunt challenge to the Democrat’s position on the border wall demanded by President Trump. A man in the audience of about 150 at a Palmdale union hall Sunday afternoon charged that weak border security is allowing millions of immigrants to enter the United States illegally, taking jobs and undercutting American workers’ wages. “I’ll just start by saying our facts don’t match up,” Hill coolly began ...
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Trump adviser: US to leave Syria once IS beaten, Kurds safe

U.S. troops will not leave northeastern Syria until Islamic State militants are defeated and American-allied Kurdish fighters are protected, a top White House aide said Sunday, signaling a pause to a withdrawal abruptly announced last month and initially expected to be completed within weeks.
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6 top tax issues of 2018 and what to expect in 2019

Whew! We made it through 2018, the first full year that the latest major tax law changes were in effect. Now we're about to see, depending on when Congress and the White House can agree to get the government (including the Internal Revenue Service) fully operational, if we can deal with the first tax filing season under those laws. But before we get lost in the intricacies of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), I'm taking this one early day in 2019 to look at the six tax stories that turned out t...
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US's Bolton says Turkey must not attack Kurdish fighters once US leaves Syria

White House national security adviser John Bolton added a new condition on Sunday to the U.S. withdrawal from Syria.
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Mount Rainier National Park closes lower-elevation gate amid government shutdown

After the government shutdown began last month, lower elevation locations within the park had remained accessible to visitors. Now, as low-elevation snow piles up, the park has closed its gates at its Nisqually entrance near Ashford.
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UN raises Awareness of Bias against African-Iraqis

By Saad Salloum for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. UN seeks to raise awareness of bias against African-Iraqis A recently convened UN committee addressed discrimination against many minorities in many countries,*including Iraqis of*African descent.*Its conclusions shed light on the*marginalization*of this almost forgotten minority —*forgotten*especially years after the 2013 assassination of one of...
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UK must have second EU referendum, Chris Patten to say

Declaration will make him latest Tory grandee to emerge as supporter of People’s VoteChris Patten, the former Conservative party chairman, is to declare support for a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.The last British governor of Hong Kong will declare that a new public vote may be the only and the best way to prevent an act of “national self-harm” in the growing crisis over Brexit. Continue reading...
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Two helpful reviews of the FIRST STEP Act and what it does (and does not do)

I have seen two recent reviews of the politics, policy, practicalities and potential of the FIRST STEP Act.  Here are links to the two helpful pieces, with a small excerpt from each: From the Brennan Center, "How the FIRST STEP Act Became Law — and What Happens Next" The FIRST STEP Act changes the conversation on mass incarceration The FIRST STEP Act is a critical win in the fight to reduce mass incarceration. While the bill is hardly a panacea, it’s the largest step the federal government has ...
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Los Angeles braces for teachers strike this week

Barring a last-minute settlement, Los Angeles teachers plan to go on strike Thursday. A lot is at stake for educators, their union and the nation’s second-largest school system.
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Dem: Interior’s New Plan To Use Entrance Fees To Operate Parks ‘Likely’ Illegal

Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has issued a memorandum allowing park managers at National Park Service sites around the country to dip into entrance fees in order to operate the parks during the partial government shutdown, The Washington Post reported Sunday, a move which a key Democrat overseeing the Interior Department said is “likely” illegal. Entrance fees utilized by parks, in the memo’s words, will be used “to provide basic visitor services in a manner that maintains restroo...
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Theresa May pleads for EU to give ground and rescue Brexit deal

Downing Street insists new compromises can be won from Europe to ensure passage of PM’s planTheresa May is preparing to make another desperate plea to EU leaders to offer a concession on the Irish backstop as she attempts to win over Brexiters who have vowed to vote down the government’s deal.The prime minister on Sunday promised to hold the meaningful vote in parliament in the week beginning 14 January despite growing opposition from Conservative backbenchers and the Democratic Unionist party, ...
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From Gov. Brown to Gov. Newsom, California to see new style, substance

SACRAMENTO — When Gov. Jerry Brown cedes power to Gavin Newsom, it will be the first time since 1887 that California has had consecutive Democratic governors. But California isn’t getting a carbon copy in substance or style. Newsom becomes governor Monday, concluding the 80-year-old Brown’s four terms leading the nation’s most populous state. The handoff reflects Democrats’ dominance in California politics — the party holds every statewide office and huge majorities in the Legislature. And it is...
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Brother Of American Detained In Russia Wonders If He’s Political Pawn

MOSCOW (AP) — The brother of an American man being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying is raising the possibility that his sibling is being used as a pawn in a potential exchange for a Russian woman behind bars in the U.S. Paul Whelan’s brother told The Associated Press that he can’t help but question if the events are connected. “You look at what’s going on and you wonder if this is just a large game of pieces being moved around,” David Whelan told the AP via Skype from Newmarket, Ontario....
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President Trump says he needs to deal with Democratic leaders to end partial government shutdown

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump held out little hope Sunday that another round of talks between top aides and congressional staff would produce meaningful progress toward ending the partial government shutdown, seeming to undercut his team by saying he needed to deal directly with Democratic leaders. “Ultimately, it’s going to be solved by the principals,” Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for staff meetings at Camp David as the shutdown headed into its third week. A sec...
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President Trump Renews Threat to Declare National Emergency to Build Border Wall

Democrats have threatened a legal fight if Trump tries to declare an emergency
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LA's teachers are ready to strike on Tuesday, rejecting privatization of public education

Last year saw a wave of teachers' strikes across America, but mostly in red states where public education has been starved of funds, putting teachers on starvation wages, subjecting kids to dangerous conditions, and stripping schools of resources and even putting schools on four-day weeks. But on January 10th, the teachers who educate the 694,000 students of the LA Unified School District (comparable to the entire student population of the state of Oklahoma) are heading on strike, in a de...
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British SAS soldiers injured and ally killed by Isil missile in Syria

Two British Special Forces soldiers have been seriously hurt with one suffering a throat injury after a missile attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in Syria. The attack was believed to have happened on Saturday morning near Deir Ezzor in the east of the country.   A Kurdish soldier fighting alongside the British forces was killed in the missile strike and five other British troops were injured. The most serious casualty, understood by the Telegraph to be from Britain’s elit...
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Trump digs in on wall, as shutdown enters week three

President Donald Trump stood firm Sunday on his demand for billions of dollars to fund a border wall with Mexico, claiming "tremendous" support inside his camp on the contentious issue which has forced a government shutdown now entering its third week. "We have to build the wall," Trump told reporters as he left the White House for the Camp David presidential retreat. An impasse with lawmakers over funding for the border wall has partially shut down the federal government since December 22.
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Brexit: as parliament returns to work, what happens now?

With 29 March approaching fast, and MPs due to debate Theresa May’s deal this week, there’s a lot to be doneLike Britain’s schoolchildren, many of whom will be returning to their classrooms after the Christmas break, MPs will spend Monday reacquainting themselves with their friends and reluctantly returning their attention to work.The task ahead of them is formidable – with Britain due to leave the European Union in less than 12 weeks’ time, parliament has neither approved an exit deal, nor put ...
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Pending disaster of US Syria withdrawal | Letters

If the US pulls out, the sane part of Syria will be crushed between the anvil of Assad and Erdoğan’s hammer, writes Clive Stafford Smith; while Paul Anthony Hewitson questions Jeremy Hunt’s assertion that keeping US troops in Syria would make London’s streets saferWith respect, Simon Jenkins’ support for Donald Trump’s withdrawal of US troops from Syria is misguided (Opinion, 4 January). I was on a humanitarian mission to the region officially called the “Self-Administration Area of North-East S...
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Bolton’s Conditions On Syria Withdrawal: ISIS Must Be ‘Gone,’ Kurds Must Be Safe

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Sunday that the American military withdrawal from northeastern Syria is conditioned on defeating the remnants of the Islamic State group and on Turkey assuring the safety of U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters. John Bolton said there is no timetable for the pullout, but insisted the military presence is not an unlimited commitment. “There are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal,” Bolton told repo...
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Labour could offer second EU referendum, says Barry Gardiner

Party could campaign on promise to negotiate better Brexit deal than May, says shadow ministerLabour could offer to hold a referendum on an EU deal that it had renegotiated as part of an early general election manifesto, a shadow cabinet minister has suggested.Barry Gardiner, the shadow international trade secretary, said Labour could campaign on a promise to negotiate a better Brexit deal than that secured by Theresa May, and said he personally believed that any such deal could then be put to t...
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White House signals some compromise in ending U.S. government shutdown

The possible concession came even as a top official warned that the shutdown, now in its third week, could "drag on a lot longer."
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President Trump Says He ‘Can Relate’ to Federal Workers Who Can’t Pay Their Bills

"Many of those people agree 100 percent with what I’m doing”
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Chris Wallace Fact Checks Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Bogus Immigration Claim

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted on Sunday to join the ranks of Trump administration officials trotting out bogus statistics in support of President Donald Trump’s border wall demands — but Fox News’ Chris Wallace was ready for it. “We know that roughly– nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally,” Sanders told Wallace in a Sunday interview, echoing a well-rehearsed administration talking point that began with Trump’s (admittedly bas...
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Mick Mulvaney: Shutdown Likely To ‘Drag On A Lot Longer’

The acting White House chief of staff said he doesn't see an end in sight for the standoff.
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Mick Mulvaney Throws Cold Water On End Of Shutdown Stalemate

The acting White House chief of staff said he doesn't see an end in sight for the standoff.
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