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Wary of Iran, Gulf Arab states seen shrugging off new Lebanese government - Reuters

Wary of Iran, Gulf Arab states seen shrugging off new Lebanese government - Reuters:Gulf Arab states have long channeled funds into Lebanon’s fragile economy but its rich neighbors, alarmed by the rising influence of their arch-rival Iran’s ally Hezbollah, now appear loath to help ease Beirut’s worst financial crisis in decades.Prime Minister Hassan Diab, whose cabinet took office last week with the backing of the Shi’ite Muslim Hezbollah movement and its partners, said his first trip abroad wou...
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Supreme Court Allows Policy Used to Deny Green Cards Over Use of Public Benefits

(WASHINGTON) — A divided Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to put in place a policy connecting the use of public benefits with whether immigrants could become permanent residents. The new policy can be used to deny green cards to immigrants over their use of public benefits including Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers, as well as other factors. The justices’ order came by a 5-4 vote and reversed a ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York t...
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Germany Is Often Praised for Facing Up to Its Nazi Past. But Even There, the Memory of the Holocaust Is Still Up for Debate

As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the Jan. 27, 1945, liberation of Auschwitz — a key part of a series of watershed World War II anniversaries this year — all eyes will be on Germany. Angela Merkel set the tone with a moving and highly reflective speech at the Auschwitz Memorial in early December, when she expressed a “deep sense of shame for the barbaric crimes that were here committed by Germans.” The chancellor has come to embody how Germany has faced its Nazi past. As far as Ger...
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When Kobe Bryant took on Barack Obama

It was a 2010 pickup game in Washington, DC -- NBA stars vs. the commander in chief before a group of wounded warriors. And Kobe Bryant--ever the alpha male--showed no mercy, writes David Axelrod.
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Penguins’ Biggest Deadline Need is on Defense, Not Left Wing

The Pittsburgh Penguins have long been one of the NHL’s most active teams at the trade deadline. This season should be no different, as the Penguins are in the thick of another wild race for the Metropolitan Division title. Ultimately, however, there is only goal: to win the Stanley Cup. Their 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup champion teams, had one simple formula: overwhelming speed and skill up front, athleticism and depth on the back end and unquestionable stability in net. This season, the Pengu...
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Delaware’s Attack on 2A: A Ban on Making Your Own Gun

Opinion 3D Printed Gun Hysteria Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- Individuals have been making their own firearms for the entire history of the United States and before. Homemade guns are not as popular as factory-made guns, because factory-made guns are easily and cheaply available in the United States. The Second Amendment has guaranteed that right. It is a part of the right to keep and bear arms to be able to procure arms. A basic and fundamental way to procure arms is to make your own. Most home ...
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Johnson says can square Huawei 5G role with security concerns

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday insisted the UK can have technological progress while preserving national security, as he prepared to approve a role for Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in developing its 5G telecoms network despite strong US opposition. The United States has banned Huawei from the rollout of its next generation 5G mobile networks because of concerns -- strongly denied -- that the firm could be under the control of Beijing. With Washington heaping pressure on Johnso...
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NAR Commends White House Efforts to Spur Housing Construction

Washington, D.C. – January 24, 2020 (nar.org) NAR President Vince Malta issued the following statement after the Trump administration on Thursday unveiled its replacement of the Obama-era regulation known as “Waters of the U.S.” At an event in Las Vegas, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James said the new EPA rule will allow states to more efficiently manage local waterways while maintaining current environmenta...
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Democrats demand Bolton testify at Trump’s impeachment trial

By ERIC TUCKER, ZEKE MILLER and LISA MASCARO WASHINGTON  — The stakes over witness testimony at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial are rising now that a draft of a book from former national security adviser John Bolton appears to undercut a key defense argument. Bolton writes in the forthcoming book that Trump told him that he wanted to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in security aid from Ukraine until it helped him with politically charged investigations, including into Democra...
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Trump's standing against Democratic candidates improves, new poll shows

Deficits roughly halved since a similar poll at the end of 2019Trump linked Ukraine aid to Biden inquiry, Bolton says Donald Trump was tweeting about John Bolton before dawn on Monday, after news of former national security adviser’s forthcoming book roiled Washington during the president’s impeachment trial. Related: Pete Buttigieg's campaign donors include top McKinsey employees Continue reading...
Tags: Washington, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, US news, Ukraine, US politics, Amy Klobuchar, Bolton, Biden, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Mckinsey, John Bolton, Pete Buttigieg, US elections 2020


Fifth Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in U.S.

The fifth case in the U.S. of the deadly coronavirus was confirmed in Arizona, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday.Cases of the virus in the U.S. have been reported in Washington state, Chicago, California's Los Angeles County and Orange County, and Arizona.All infected individuals recently traveled to Wuhan, China, where the virus originated. Scientists in Wuhan believe the virus originated in bats, similar to the deadly Ebola virus, which killed thousands in West Afr...
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Pro-Life Dem Confronts Buttigieg over Party’s Commitment to Abortion: ‘We Have No Part in the Party’

South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg was confronted by a pro-life Democratic voter over the party's position on abortion during a Fox News town hall event on Sunday.“I am a proud pro-life Democrat,” audience member Kristin Day said. “Would you support more moderate platform language [regarding abortion] in the Democratic Party to ensure that the party of diversity and inclusion really does include everybody?” Currently, the Democratic party platform supports abortion up to nine months into pregna...
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Existing-Home Sales Climb 3.6% in December

Washington, D.C. – January 22, 2020 (nar.org) Existing-home sales grew in December, bouncing back after a slight fall in November, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Although the Midwest saw sales decline, the other three major U.S. regions reported meaningful growth last month. Total existing-home sales,1 https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 3.6% from Novemb...
Tags: Real Estate, Washington, America, Radio, West, South, Midwest, San Francisco California, Freddie Mac, Northeast, NAR, U S Census Bureau, National Association of Realtors, Yun, Real Estate News, Lawrence Yun


Capitals: Jakub Vrana’s Even Strength Emergence

As we get set to return from the All-Star break, the Washington Capitals find themselves atop the NHL standings and are primed for another run at the Stanley Cup. Among the top storylines for the team this season has been the emergence of fourth-year winger Jakub Vrana. The Caps forward has 22 goals and 18 assists on the year and is on pace to set career highs across the board. This substantial jump in numbers is due in large part to Vrana’s work at even strength. While most premier scorers a...
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"For some Democrats, it’s a scenario they say they’ve dreaded and feared: waking up to the reality that the 78-year-old Vermont senator, an independent who has reshaped party policy and promised to bring a revolution to Washington, has a real shot..."

"... at capturing the nomination. For the Sanders campaign, it’s been part rallying cry, part admonition: At events across Iowa this weekend, the candidate and his top surrogates repeatedly warned of a coming fight with forces that would try to stop them, at points celebrating the clash, at points cautioning supporters to stay positive.... 'In these last eight days, things are gonna get crazy,' Ocasio-Cortez said on Sunday. 'I don't even know what's gonna happen. And that's why we've gotta stay ...
Tags: Law, Washington, Iowa, Vermont, Michael Moore, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Sanders, Bernie, Ann Althouse, BuzzFeedNews, 2020 Campaign, Ocasio-Cortez


NBA mourns death of Kobe Bryant with in-game tributes

On Sunday, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash, along with seven others, in Calabasas, California. During Sunday's NBA games, many players and teams took the opportunity to pay tribute to Bryant as they processed the news.Atlanta Hawks All-Star point guard Trae Young opened the game against Washington by wearing Bryant's uniform number 8.  To start the game, the Hawks won the jump ball and Young held it to take an 8-second backcourt v...
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Election Officials To Convene Amid Historic Focus On Voting And Interference

Secretaries of state and election officials are meeting in Washington on the brink of a significant test of the nation's elections expected in the coming presidential campaign.(Image credit: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)
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Jeff Bezos hosted an extravagant after-party for a secret club whose members wear gold medals, and it was attended by Ivanka Trump and Bill Gates

Jeff Bezos threw an huge party at his $23 million mansion in Washington DC on Saturday night. The bash was an after-party for members of the invite-only Alfalfa Club, whose members include George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Warren Buffett. Attendees to Bezos' party included political figures like Ivanka Trump and Mitt Romney, actor Ben Stiller, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The party came after a challenging week for Bezos, after a forensic report detailed how he had been allegedly hacked by...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Washington, White House, US, Trends, Cnn, Washington Dc, Bill Gates, Mitt Romney, Un, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Ben Stiller, George W Bush, Wall Street Journal


Trump to meet Israeli leaders as doubts over ‘peace plan’ grow

Netanyahu’s trip a welcome distraction from indictment while election opponent Gantz also visits White House Donald Trump is set to disclose details of his much-delayed Middle East “peace plan” during meetings with Israeli leaders in Washington on Monday, amid a rising global chorus of doubt about its timing and substance.The choreography between the US and Israel has been interpreted as a convenient distraction for both Trump, who faces an impeachment trial, and Israel’s prime minister, Benjami...
Tags: Washington, Israel, US, World news, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Middle East, Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, Trump, Netanyahu, Gantz, Jared Kushner, White House Donald Trump


In Impeachment Battle, California Stands on the Front Lines

California leaders on both sides are playing an outsized role in Washington’s impeachment drama, reflecting the complex political landscape in the deep blue state.
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#Kuwait could need $180 billion in financing over the next six years: IMF - Reuters

Kuwait could need $180 billion in financing over the next six years: IMF - Reuters:The International Monetary Fund estimates that Kuwait’s financing needs will amount to some $180 billion over the next six years given the Gulf state’s “modest” fiscal measures and expectations of lower oil prices.Kuwait said earlier this month it expects a budget deficit of 9.2 billion dinars ($30.31 billion) in the fiscal year starting on April 1, a deficit increase of 19% compared to the previous year. “Subdued...
Tags: Travel, Washington, International Monetary Fund, Kuwait, Gulf, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, IMF Reuters


Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson of 'doing a runner' on Huawei

Labour leadership favourite urges prime minister to face MPs’ questions over 5G decisionSir Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of “doing a runner” over the decision on whether to allow Huawei a role in the UK’s 5G infrastructure, as Washington gave a final warning to the UK government over what it called a “momentous” choice.Ahead of a likely decision on Tuesday, with the cabinet reportedly split and the Trump administration urging Downing Street to block any role for the Chinese telecoms fi...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, Washington, UK News, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Downing Street, Keir Starmer, Huawei, Trump, Starmer


Lull in U.S.-Turkey Spats Seen as a ‘Window’ for Istanbul Stocks - Bloomberg

Lull in U.S.-Turkey Spats Seen as a ‘Window’ for Istanbul Stocks - Bloomberg:The sometimes strained relationship between Ankara and Washington may be enjoying a period of calm, giving Istanbul stocks “a window of opportunity” to gain in 2020, said one of Turkey’s best-performing equity fund managers.A steady stream of negative headlines testing the alliance has stopped since Iran-U.S. tensions threatened to escalate into conflict. It seems that the crisis has been good in reducing relative risks...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Bloomberg, Turkey, Iran, Donald Trump, Istanbul, Ankara, Tayyip Erdogan, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Haydar Acun, Marmara Capital


Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to 80 as U.S. Prepares to Evacuate Americans From Wuhan

(BEIJING) — A new viral illness being watched with a wary eye around the globe accelerated its spread in China with 80 deaths so far, while the U.S. Consulate in the city at the epicenter announced it will evacuate its personnel and some other Americans aboard a charter flight. China’s health minister said the country was entering a “crucial stage” as “it seems like the ability of the virus to spread is getting stronger.” Ma Xiaowei declined to estimate how long it would take to bring the s...
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John Bolton Book Reportedly Claims President Trump Tied Ukraine Funds to Investigation

(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said he wanted to maintain a freeze on military assistance to Ukraine until it aided political investigations into his Democratic rivals, former national security adviser John Bolton recounts in a draft of his forthcoming book. The revelation challenges the defense offered up by Trump and his attorneys in his Senate impeachment trial and raises the stakes as the chamber decides this week whether to seek sworn testimony from Bolton and other witnesses. B...
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2 Of 5 US Coronavirus Cases Are In California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. has five confirmed cases, two in California, of the coronavirus from China, all among people who traveled to the city at the center of the outbreak, health officials said Sunday. Two new cases were reported Sunday — one in Los Angeles County in California and the other in Maricopa County, Arizona. The latter case was someone with ties to Arizona State University who did not live in school housing and had a history of travel to Wuhan, China, state health officials said...
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Sanders Leads, Klobuchar Climbs and Buttigieg Drops in Iowa

(Bloomberg) -- Senator Amy Klobuchar has broken into the top three Democratic presidential candidates in Iowa for the first time, a poll released Sunday showed. It was the third poll of the day to show her rival, Bernie Sanders as the frontrunner in an early state.An Emerson University poll showed Sanders leading in Iowa with 30% while Joe Biden followed with 21%. Klobuchar was in third with 13% ahead of Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg who had 11% and 10%, respectively. The poll was conduct...
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357 Amazon Employees Launch Mass Defiance of the Company's Communications Policy

357 Amazon employees have now "violated the e-commerce giant's communications policy Sunday in an unprecedented public display of support for colleagues who were warned that they could be fired for speaking out to criticize the company's climate practices," reports the Washington Post: Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, a group of workers concerned about the company's business with the oil and gas industry as well as its carbon footprint, published quotes from the workers in a post on Medium...
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ETW #47 Exploring the National Parks with the National Park Foundation

Learn all about the National Park Foundation & how to better enjoy the National Parks. This week we’re chatting with the National Park Foundation to learn more about their mission and work around the country. We also interview a ranger from a very special park in Texas to learn more about his work and why it’s important to preserve the hundreds of protected sites around the US. You can listen to the podcast here on this page or on any of these services: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, S...
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