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Jordan to lead Oversight GOP, Collins to lead Judiciary

Jordan to lead Oversight GOP, Collins to lead Judiciary | 29 Nov 2018 | House Republicans have named Reps. Jim Jordan and Doug Collins to be President Donald Trump's top defenders on two key investigative panels next Congress. The Republican Steering Committee, which chooses committee leaders, unanimously elected Jordan to be the top Republican on the Oversight Committee after his friend, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, withdrew his bid for the job at the last minute. The two men had settled on a plan weeks ago that Jordan would seek the ranking Republican job on the House Judiciary Committee -- the panel that deals with impeachment -- while Meadows (R-N.C.) would go for Oversight.

Tijuana Health Officials: More Than One-Third of Caravan Riders Have Infectious Diseases

Tijuana Health Officials: More Than One-Third of Caravan Riders Have Infectious Diseases --Confirmed: Three confirmed cases of tuberculosis and four separate cases of chickenpox | 29 Nov 2018 2018 | According to the Tijuana Health Department, more than one-third of those who rode the caravan from Central America are being treated for an illness. Out of the 6,000 illegal aliens who are currently in Tijuana, 2,267 of them are are ill. Diseases include respiratory infections, tuberculosis, chickenpox and other more serious conditions, Fox News reported.

CNN commentator sacked for giving pro-Palestine speech at UN

CNN commentator sacked for giving pro-Palestine speech at UN | 30 Nov 2018 2018 | CNN has sacked political commentator Marc Lamont Hill after he gave a pro-Palestinian speech at the UN, where he called for justice for Palestinians and said there needs to be "a free Palestine from the river to the sea." A CNN spokesperson told Mediaite that "Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN." The media outlet did not give a reason for the ouster, nor did it explicitly confirm Hill's exit was a result of what he said at the UN. Speaking at the pro-Palestine meeting at the UN on Wednesday, Hill urged the international community to boycott Israel, and called for a "free Palestine from the river to the sea."

Tijuana Mayor Says Migrant Caravan Organisers Should Face Criminal Charges

Tijuana Mayor Says Migrant Caravan Organisers Should Face Criminal Charges | 01 Dec 2018 | After calling the migrant caravan a "humanitarian crisis," Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum said he cannot continue to fund the shelters for migrants without federal support. Gastélum said that due to the arrival of the caravan, he could be forced to raise taxes for Tijuana's 1.7 million residents, who have already suffered from Sunday's clashes on the US border, Fox News reported. Around 6,000 Central American migrants, who arrived in Tijuana in order to try and cross the US border, stayed in the tent city camp, with the conditions worsening after nights with heavy winds and rains, leaving wet clothes, sleeping bags and litter all around town after the overcrowded areas were flooded.

DHS asks for monthlong extension on troops at nation's southern border

DHS asks for monthlong extension on troops at nation's southern border | 01 Dec 2018 | The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has asked the Pentagon to extend the deployment of roughly 6,000 active-duty troops at the southern border with Mexico over a month, to Jan. 31, 2019, Fox News has learned. It is not immediately clear if Defense Secretary James Mattis has approved the request. The previous deployment orders have a Dec. 15 expiration. If Mattis does approve the request, thousands of soldiers who had planned to be home for Christmas will continue their deployment away from home.

DHS: Convicted murderer arrested for illegal entry as part of migrant caravan

DHS: Convicted murderer arrested for illegal entry as part of migrant caravan | 30 Nov 2018 | A convicted murderer from Honduras was arrested after illegally entering the U.S. with members of the migrant caravan, Department of Homeland Security officials said Friday. The arrest Nov. 24 came the same day that an alleged member of the MS-13 crime gang from Honduras was arrested for entering the U.S. illegally, officials said. Advocates for the migrant caravan of thousands of Central Americans heading across Mexico to the U.S. have challenged federal estimates that 600 criminals were traveling in the groups. But U.S. officials said the latest arrests, combined with arrests in Mexico, justify the estimates.

Heartbreaker: 145 pilot whales beached on a remote New Zealand beach have died

Heartbreaker: 145 pilot whales beached on a remote New Zealand beach have died | 26 Nov 2018 | As many as 145 whales have died after a "heartbreaking" mass stranding on a remote island, the New Zealand Department of Conservation said on Monday. The whales were reported to the authorities Saturday evening by a hiker on Stewart Island, a remote island which lies off the country's south coast. By the time rescuers arrived at the scene, around half of the stranded pilot whales had already died. The decision was taken to euthanize the surviving whales, the Department of Conservation said in a statement.

Trump will formally cancel NAFTA to press Congress to approve new trade deal

Trump will formally cancel NAFTA to press Congress to approve new trade deal | 02 Dec 2018 | President Donald Trump said late Saturday he will formally terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement soon, a move designed to put pressure on Congress to approve a new deal he signed during the G-20 summit. "I'll be terminating it within a relatively short period of time," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One as he flew back to Washington after a two-day meeting in Argentina with the leaders of other major world economies. Trump signed a new deal here Friday with the president of Mexico and Canada's prime minister, following through on a campaign promise he made to renegotiate the long controversial NAFTA agreement. The move will give Congress six months to accept that new agreement or revert to pre-NAFTA trade rules.

Trump: China agrees to reduce tariffs on US autos

Trump: China agrees to reduce tariffs on US autos | 02 Dec 2018 | President Trump announced on Sunday that China had agreed to "reduce and remove" tariffs on U.S.-produced vehicles imported into the country. "China has agreed to reduce and remove tariffs on cars coming into China from the U.S.," the president tweeted. "Currently the tariff is 40%." Trump's announcement comes shortly after he and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a breakthrough during the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires over the weekend, temporarily pausing an escalating trade war between the two countries.

Comey reaches agreement with Republicans for testimony

Comey reaches agreement with Republicans for testimony | 02 Dec 2018 | Former FBI director James Comey will testify before Congress in private this week after reaching a deal with Republicans and dropping his challenge to a House subpoena. His lawyer, David Kelly, confirmed to The Hill that Comey had reached an agreement to testify next Friday. Comey tweeted earlier Sunday that he had reached a deal with Republican lawmakers regarding his testimony, which he wanted to give in a public hearing.

48 police officers injured at Yellow Vest protests in Toulouse

48 police officers injured at Yellow Vest protests in Toulouse | 02 Dec 2018 | More than 50 people, most of them police officers, were injured in Toulouse during protests against fuel price hikes. Yellow Vest demonstrations turned into riots, making the southern French city and Paris look like battlefields. As France struggles to come to grips with the intensity of widespread protests against increasing fuel prices, which have grown violent over the past weeks, authorities in Toulouse said on Sunday that 57 people, including 48 police officers, had been injured in clashes during Saturday's riots. Five police officers were hospitalized.

Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, who oversaw U.S. naval forces in the Middle East, is found dead in apparent suicide

Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, who oversaw U.S. naval forces in the Middle East, is found dead in apparent suicide | 01 Dec 2018 | Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, who oversaw U.S. naval forces in the Middle East, was found dead Saturday in his residence in Bahrain, officials said. Defense officials told CBS News they are calling it an "apparent suicide." Stearney was the commander of the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. Rear Adm. Paul Schlise, the deputy commander of the 5th Fleet, has assumed command, the Navy said in a statement. "This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for the team at 5th Fleet, and for the entire U.S. Navy," Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said.

Chain Migration: 60 Percent of 'Retired' Migrants in Italy Have Never Worked

Chain Migration: 60 Percent of 'Retired' Migrants in Italy Have Never Worked | 01 Dec 2018 | According to figures on non-EU citizens in Italy, around 60 percent of "retired" migrants have never worked. Approximately 96,000 non-EU migrants currently receive a pension from the Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale (INPS), Italy's social security agency. Of those, an estimated 60,000 do not have their pensions covered by prior contributions because they had not worked and paid taxes, Il Giornale reports. Around two million foreigners are enrolled in the INPS system in total, with 1,700,000 of those being employed and making contributions to their retirement.

CIA finds Saudi crown prince sent at least 11 messages to adviser who oversaw Khashoggi killing around time of his death

CIA finds Saudi crown prince sent at least 11 messages to adviser who oversaw Khashoggi killing around time of his death | 01 Dec 2018 | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least 11 messages to his adviser, who oversaw the effort to kill Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, around the time of Khashoggi's killing, according to a classified CIA report obtained by The Wall Street Journal. According to the excerpts of the assessment reported by the Journal, the crown prince told associates in August 2017 "we could possibly lure [Khashoggi] outside Saudi Arabia and make arrangements," if the crown prince could not convince the dissident Saudi journalist, who was living in Virginia, to return to Saudi Arabia. The Journal noted that it was unclear from the excerpts whether the comments came directly from the crown prince or from someone describing his communications.

Stock markets to close for a day to honor George H.W. Bush

Stock markets to close for a day to honor George H.W. Bush | 01 Dec 2018 | The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Nasdaq will close on Wednesday to honor former President George H.W. Bush following his death, spokespeople confirmed Saturday. NYSE spokeswoman Kristen Kaus told The Hill that the exchange will also observe a minute of silence on Monday in honor of the late president, who died on Friday. The Nasdaq will also observe a moment of silence on Monday, with spokesman Will Briganti saying it "plans to close its U.S. equities and options markets on December 5 in honor of the national day of mourning."

FBI Raids Home of Whistleblower on Clinton Foundation, Lawyer Says

FBI Raids Home of Whistleblower on Clinton Foundation, Lawyer Says --The whistleblower, Dennis Nathan Cain, had turned the documents over to the Department of Justice's inspector general and both the House and Senate Intelligence committees, according to the lawyer. --The FBI rummaged through Cain's home for six hours, even after Cain handed over the documents, according to Socarras. | 29 Nov 2018 | FBI agents raided the home of a recognized Department of Justice whistleblower who privately delivered documents pertaining to the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One to a government watchdog, according to the whistleblower's attorney, Michael Socarras. The Justice Department's inspector general was informed that the documents show that federal officials failed to investigate potential criminal activity regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and Rosatom -- the Russian company that purchased Uranium One -- a document reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation alleges. The delivered documents also show that then-FBI Director Robert Mueller failed to investigate allegations of criminal misconduct pertaining to Rosatom and to other Russian government entities attached to Uranium One, the document reviewed by TheDCNF alleges.

Trump issues Alaska emergency declaration after earthquake

Trump issues Alaska emergency declaration after earthquake | 30 Nov 2018 | President Trump on Friday issued an emergency declaration for Alaska, ordering federal assistance to support response efforts following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the Anchorage area earlier in the day. Trump's action allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help coordinate relief efforts in the area, the White House noted in its statement on the move late Friday. The agencies will support ongoing state, tribal and local responses to devastation from the earthquake that hit north of Anchorage early Friday.

North Korea detonates DMZ guard posts at southern border

North Korea detonates DMZ guard posts at southern border | 20 Nov 2018 | North Korea blew up 10 of its front-line guard posts in the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas on Tuesday in accordance with agreements made with South Korea earlier this year. The explosions were carried out simultaneously within a four-minute time frame after the North notified the South of the project, according to South Korea's Defense Ministry. North Korean soldiers have been destroying the brick structures over the past couple of weeks. Analysts said they most likely decided to demolish the guard posts all at once to meet the Nov. 30 deadline.

Thousands Without Power After Major Alaska Quake

Thousands Without Power After Major Alaska Quake | 30 Nov 2018 | (Anchorage, AK) The Latest on the earthquake in Alaska (all times local): 5:25 p.m. A city official says thousands of residents remain without electricity after a powerful earthquake shook parts of Alaska. Anchorage Municipal Manager Bill Falsey said Friday that progress was being made restoring power and utilities aren't expecting protracted outages. Falsey also said city workers were responding to reports of 28 mainline water breaks and dozens of requests to cut off residential service because of flooding. 4:30 p.m. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says it will take more than a week or two to repair roads damaged by the powerful earthquake. "This is much more significant than that," he told reporters Friday at a news conference.

7.0 Alaska quake damages roads, brings scenes of chaos

7.0 Alaska quake damages roads, brings scenes of chaos | 30 Nov 2018 | A magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck near Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday morning crumbled roads and splintered buildings, sent residents scurrying for cover and triggered a tsunami warning for a time, authorities said. The booming quake hit about 8:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m. ET) some 10 miles northeast of Anchorage, at a depth of 21 miles, according to the US Geological Survey. Aftershocks continued after the tsunami warning was canceled...The quake also knocked CNN affiliate KTUU off the air.

Trump signs NAFTA replacement deal ahead of the G20 summit

Trump signs NAFTA replacement deal ahead of the G20 summit | 30 Nov 2018 | US President Donald Trump and his Canadian and Mexican counterparts signed a replacement NAFTA deal on Friday during a ceremony on the sidelines of the G20 summit. The ceremonial signing does not mean the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement -- the USMCA, as it has been rebranded -- will now go into effect. The deal still needs to win congressional approval in Washington, where key members of both political parties have already expressed significant concerns. "I don't expect to have much of a problem," Trump said during the ceremony.

George H.W. Bush dead at 94

George H.W. Bush dead at 94 | 01 Dec 2018 | Former US President George H.W. Bush has died at age 94 in Houston, according to his spokesperson Jim McGrath. Born into privilege and a tradition of service, Bush was a son of a senator, celebrated World War II combat pilot, student athlete, Texas oilman, Republican congressman, national party chairman, pioneering diplomat and spy chief [who likely oversaw the CIA assets assigned to the JFK kill team]. After his own 1980 presidential campaign came up short, he served two terms as Ronald Reagan's vice president before reaching the pinnacle of political power by winning the 1988 presidential election, soundly defeating Democrat Michael Dukakis. After losing the White House in 1992, Bush became a widely admired political elder who leapt out of airplanes to mark birthday milestones.

Ex-Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos begins two-week prison sentence

Ex-Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos begins two-week prison sentence | 26 Nov 2018 | A man President Donald Trump named as a member of his foreign policy team during the 2016 campaign began his two-week sentence on Monday for lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts. George Papadopoulos, the first Trump campaign aide sentenced as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling, was ordered to report to the Federal Bureau of Prisons after his lawyers' last-ditch motions to delay his sentence were denied. Papadopoulos arrived Monday at a minimum-security camp in Oxford, Wisconsin, the BOP confirmed to USA TODAY.

Three U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan IED detonation

Three U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan IED detonation | 28 Nov 2018 | Three U.S. service members were killed and three were wounded in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated Tuesday, NATO officials said. An American contractor was also wounded when the device detonated near Ghazni city, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying a military vehicle was destroyed.

Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress, Critics Say Mueller Is Fishing for Crimes

Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress, Critics Say Mueller Is Fishing for Crimes | 29 Nov 2018 | Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to Congress about the length of time the company headed for his then-boss President Donald Trump was involved in a real estate venture known as the "Moscow Project," according to the nine-page criminal charge released by the Office of Special Counsel. The criminal charge could carry a five-year sentence and a $250,000 fine. In the unexpected plea deal, Cohen, who was at the federal court house in New York on Thursday, admitted to making false statements to the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2017 about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. The criminal charge also stated that Cohen had originally told the Senate committee that the project was no longer pursued after January 2016, just before the Iowa Caucuses. However, Cohen said that in fact it was being discussed until June 2016, during Trump's campaign. He also told Mueller's team that he had considered meeting with Russian officials but never actually did.

Nancy Pelosi nominated by House Democrats to lead them in new Congress

Nancy Pelosi nominated by House Democrats to lead them in new Congress | 28 Nov 2018 | Nancy Pelosi has been nominated by House Democrats to lead them in the new Congress, but she still faces a showdown vote for House speaker when lawmakers convene in January. Pelosi ran unopposed as the nominee for speaker in a closed-door Democratic caucus election Wednesday despite unrest from those clamoring for new leadership. The California Democrat faces tougher math in January, when she'll need 218 votes, the majority of the full House, to be elected speaker.

US finalizes $15 billion sale of missile defense system to Saudi Arabia

US finalizes $15 billion sale of missile defense system to Saudi Arabia | 29 Nov 2018 | Saudi Arabia will purchase a $15 billion missile system from the American defense giant Lockheed Martin, a US State Department spokesperson told Reuters on Wednesday. A last-minute push by Washington to close the deal included a phone call between US President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman, according to the news wire. The parties signed off on the purchase of 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers, missiles, and related equipment on Monday.

Yemen war: US Senate advances measure to end support for Saudi forces

Yemen war: US Senate advances measure to end support for Saudi forces | 29 Nov 2018 | The US Senate has advanced a measure to withdraw American support for a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. In a blow to President Donald Trump, senators voted 63-37 to take forward a motion on ending US support. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis had urged Senators not to back the motion, saying it would worsen the situation in Yemen. The vote comes in the wake of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a US resident.

Stormy Daniels: Lawyer Avenatti Sued Trump for Defamation 'Against My Wishes'

Stormy Daniels: Lawyer Avenatti Sued Trump for Defamation 'Against My Wishes' | 29 Nov 2018 | Adult film star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with US President Donald Trump in 2006, said that her attorney Michael Avenatti filed a defamation suit against Trump without her permission. In a statement made to The Daily Beast on Wednesday, Daniels said an April lawsuit against the president, claiming that Trump defamed Daniels by tweeting that she was involved in a "con job" earlier this year, was filed by Avenatti on her behalf against her wishes, the Hill reported. She also said that Avenatti started a crowdfunding campaign for her legal case without her permission to use her name or face, saying she learned about the fund through Twitter.

Trump threatens to declassify 'devastating' docs about Democrats

Trump threatens to declassify 'devastating' docs about Democrats | 28 Nov 2018 | In a wide-ranging, exclusive interview with The Post, President Trump said Wednesday that if House Democrats launched probes into his administration -- which he called "presidential harassment" -- they'd pay a heavy price. "If they go down the presidential harassment track, if they want go and harass the president and the administration, I think that would be the best thing that would happen to me. I'm a counter-puncher and I will hit them so hard they'd never been hit like that," he said during a 36-minute Oval Office sitdown. The commander-in-chief said he could declassify FISA warrant applications and other documents from Robert Mueller's probe -- and predicted the disclosure would expose the FBI, the Justice Department and the Clinton campaign as being in cahoots to set him up.

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