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Newt Gingrich is right about the Democrats’ IT scandal -- the cover up must end

Tuesday 14:31 GMT

The shocking cover-up of the Democrats’ IT scandal in the U.S. House of Representatives just received a much-needed kick in the shin.

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, sent a letter to House Inspector General (IG) Michael Ptasienski asking that two reports made by the House IG in 2016 detailing much of what former House IT aide Imran Awan and his associates were up to in congressional offices be made public.

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Donald Trump backs Saudi Arabia in Khashoggi murder row

Today 02:26 GMT

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Saudi Arabian complicity in the murder of dissident journalist, and US resident, Jamal Khashoggi would not affect relations between Washington and the Islamic kingdom.

The US president has defended relations with Saudi Arabia, saying he will not punish Riyadh for assassinating a US-based journalist. Citing "America First" policy, he vowed not to touch arms deals worth $110 billion.

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Trump says he finished the written answers for Mueller investigation

Today 02:26 GMT

President Trump spoke to reporters as he and the first lady departed for Mar-a-Lago this afternoon, saying that he had finished writing answers to written questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Mr. Trump travels to Mississippi Monday to campaign for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith who's in a Senate runoff race next week with Democrat Mike Espy.

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Source: CBS News

Stock rout deepens as Dow plunges 450 points

Today 02:25 GMT

With Apple's slump, the stock is nearing a bear market, shedding almost 20 percent of its value from its most recent high.

Stocks declined in early trading, with technology stocks adding to the losses suffered on Monday and as Target missed its earnings forecast, spooking some investors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 2.8 percent to 24,544.

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Source: Global News

‘Maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!’: Trump on Saudi prince’s role in Khashoggi murder

Today 02:25 GMT

The second half of the statement focused to the killing of Khashoggi, a vocal critic of the Saudi royal family who was killed inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.. Trump steered clear of implicating Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the killing, despite earlier reports that a CIA investigation found he ordered the murder.

Tuesday’s statement began with the sentence: “The world is a very dangerous place!”. READ MORE: Trump faces pressure by Republicans, U.S. allies for more action on Khashoggi killing. The president went on to praise the kingdom, saying that Saudi Arabia has “agreed to spend billions of dollars in leading the fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism.” He then defended Saudi Arabia’s role in the Yemen war, writing: “Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the Iranians would agree to leave.”

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Source: Fox News

Mia Love loses in Utah, after Trump mocked Utah GOP rep for shunning him

Today 02:26 GMT

Incumbent Republican Utah Rep. Mia Love, whom President Trump derided in a post-Election Day news conference, has been narrowly defeated by Democrat Ben McAdams in a race that took two weeks to settle.

A day after the Nov. 6 midterm elections, when it appeared Love was headed for a loss, Trump said that she had asked him for help over an American hostage's release from Venezuala, but in return "Mia Love gave me no love."

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Source: BBC

Ivanka used personal email for WH business

Today 03:19 GMT

Ivanka Trump used a personal email account to send hundreds of messages discussing official White House business last year, officials confirm.

However Austin Evers, from a group called American Oversight, which submitted the freedom of information request that led to the discovery of Ms Trump's use of personal email last year, said the "president's family is not above the law". Ms Trump stopped using her personal address for government correspondence after she was informed that she should not be doing so, the official said.

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Source: Reuters

Renault names Ghosn stand-ins amid tension over Nissan probe

Today 02:26 GMT

French carmaker Renault tapped its chief operating officer and a senior board member to fill in for embattled boss Carlos Ghosn, after an investigation by alliance partner Nissan led to his arrest on suspicion of financial misconduct.

The private communication came from Nissan Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa, whose company is 43.4 percent-owned by Renault in a complex alliance forged by Ghosn over almost two decades.

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Source: BBC

Israel fury as Airbnb bars settlements

Today 03:19 GMT

Israel has denounced as "shameful" Airbnb's decision to withdraw its listings from homes in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Israel says such an argument is a pretext for avoiding direct peace talks, and that the fate of settlements should be negotiated in accordance with peace accords signed with the Palestinians in 1993.

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Source: BBC

White House restores CNN reporter's pass

Tuesday 22:45 GMT

The White House has restored the press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, less than two weeks after withdrawing them over an argument with President Trump during a news conference.

CNN filed a lawsuit to have Acosta's pass restored, and was joined by other media organisations in their efforts including conservative-leaning Fox News. In a preliminary ruling on Friday, a Washington DC judge said the administration had not provided sufficient justification for the revocation, and Acosta's constitutional rights outweighed the White House's right to have an orderly news conference.

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Source: Global News

Dead sperm whale in Indonesia had 115 plastic cups, 2 flip-flops in its stomach

Today 03:18 GMT

A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including drinking cups and flip-flops, a park official said Tuesday, causing concern among environmentalists and government officials in one of the world’s largest plastic polluting countries.

Santoso said researchers from wildlife conservation group WWF and the park’s conservation academy found about 5.9 kilograms (13 pounds) of plastic waste in the animal’s stomach containing 115 plastic cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, 2 flip-flops, a nylon sack and more than 1,000 other assorted pieces of plastic.

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Source: Fox News

Fudge won’t run for House speaker, instead backing Pelosi

Today 02:26 GMT

Politico reported that Fudge was assured by Pelosi that “the most loyal voting bloc in the Democratic Party, black women, will have a seat at the decision-making table.”

During her time in Congress, Congresswoman Fudge has been a driving force in our voter protection efforts, including in her leadership as Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus,” Pelosi said in a statement to Fox News. “With the Committee on House Administration’s powerful jurisdiction over the Help America Vote Act, the Election Assistance Commission and the Federal Election Commission, Chairwoman Fudge will play a critical role in our Democratic Majority’s efforts to ensure access to the ballot box for all Americans.”

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Source: Fox News

Homan: 'Liberal 9th Circuit Judge' Trying to Stop Trump From Protecting Border

Today 02:26 GMT

Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan said Tuesday that a "liberal" San Francisco federal judge is the latest to attempt to stop President Trump from protecting the southern border.

... Some liberal judge in the 9th Circuit is trying to stop this president from protecting our borders," said Homan, adding that many of the asylum-seekers know the "magic words" that will allow them to enter the United States and go through legal proceedings.

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Source: Global News

Tekashi 6ix9ine arrested on racketeering, firearm charges

Tuesday 21:51 GMT

The court documents claim that 6ix9ine, Shotti and two other members of the entourage robbed unknown rivals at gunpoint “for the purpose of gaining entrance to and maintaining and increasing position in Nine.”. 6ix9ine has been one of the most controversial and popular names in hip-hop in recent months.

Longyear said 6ix9ine was captured on surveillance video as he sat in a car and filmed the scene in Times Square when his co-defendants carried out a violent robbery against a rival gang member.

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Source: The Week

The Democrats are already running scared

Today 03:19 GMT

Now, there are minor rumblings of an uprising against Pelosi, mostly from centrist New Democrats, as she mounts a bid to become House speaker again in the 116th Congress, which will convene in January.

This is Democrats' chance to hold the president accountable and show that they stand for something, even if most of their bills would never see the light of day in a Republican Senate. They could push for any number of big, bold initiatives — Medicare-for-all, aggressive climate policy, investigations into the administration's galling corruption.


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte