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Source: The Guradian

Pro-Israel donors spent over $22m on lobbying and contributions in 2018

Today 08:04 GMT

Pro-Israel lobbyists and donors spent more than $22m on lobbying and campaign contributions during the 2018 election cycle.

The same or similar Israel-aligned groups and donors have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in recent decades, and that money poured into American politics through a variety of channels, according to the non-profit, non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics. The CRP uses federal election records to track campaign finance spending and makes its data available on the Open Secrets site.

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Source: Common Domain

Bernie Sanders says it’s time for the super rich to ‘do the morally right thing’

Today 08:04 GMT

Bernie Sanders, an Independent Senator from Vermont who was a presidential candidate in the 2016 campaign, reintroduced legislation on Wednesday that would extend and expand Social Security by raising the cap on taxes.

Bernie Sanders: For many years now, we have had Republicans, led by former Speaker Paul Ryan and currently Mitch McConnell, and a lot of the media saying “look we are an aging population, we can’t afford to maintain Social Security, we are in one way or another going to have to cut it back” — maybe by changing CPI, maybe by raising the retirement age, maybe cutting back on benefits, whatever it may be.

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Source: DW

Deadly ambush on election convoy in Nigeria

Thursday 00:35 GMT

In late December, the IS-affiliated faction known by its acronym ISWAP briefly took over the town of Baga, near Lake Chad; routed a multinational unit of 500 soldiers from Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon; and seized weapons and vehicles.

At least four people were reported to have died in the ambush on Wednesday, but state governor Stettima — who is campaigning for a seat in Nigeria's Senate — escaped Tuesday's ambush unhurt.

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Source: Common Domain

U.S. stock futures lower as investors fret over economy, politics

Today 08:04 GMT

U.S. stock futures fell Friday, pointing to a softer start for Wall Street as investors braced for economic data and fresh political tensions amid a report President Donald Trump may declare a national emergency to get funding for a border wall.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH9, -0.26%  fell 122 points, or 0.5%, to 25,305, while S&P 500 futures ESH9, -0.24%  were down 11.9 points, or 0.4% to 2,731.50.

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Source: Fox News

Partisan maneuvering trumps progress on gun control, climate change

Today 08:04 GMT

They are two of the most important, challenging and emotional issues facing the country: gun control and climate change.

The House Judiciary Committee has passed a bill to require background checks for all gun sales and most gun transfers, as well as closing a loophole that allows a gun to be bought if the background check takes more than three days.

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Source: Fox News

House Republican worries Trump's emergency declaration could help future Dem president enact Green New Deal

Today 05:09 GMT

A Republican congresswoman says she is concerned that President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency in order to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border could be used as a legal precedent to allow a future Democrat president push through legislation such as the Green New Deal.

“How would Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders use this precedent for a national disaster declaration to force the Green New Deal on the American people?,"

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Source: The Guradian

Congress approves deal to avert shutdown with Trump poised to declare emergency

Today 01:29 GMT

Congress overwhelmingly approved a border security agreement that would prevent a second painful government shutdown, as Donald Trump vowed to declare a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall with Mexico.

Hours later, the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, suddenly appeared on the chamber floor and, interrupting Grassley, who was speaking at that moment, announced that Trump would sign the spending deal and declare a national emergency.

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Source: Reuters

As Amazon drops New York City project, progressives claim a major coup

Friday 23:39 GMT

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time on Thursday in calling Amazon’s decision to scrap plans to build a major New York outpost with nearly $3 billion in city and state incentives a big victory for progressive politicians.

Since Amazon announced plans for its so-called HQ2 in 2017 and began soliciting bids from hundreds of U.S. cities, the political environment in both New York and the country has shifted significantly.

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Source: Fox News

William Barr confirmed by Senate for attorney general

Friday 15:26 GMT

William Barr was confirmed Thursday by the Senate to serve as President Trump’s next attorney general, sending him to lead a Justice Department whose past officials have come under sharp criticism from the president over the ongoing Russia investigation.

"A major victory for justice and the rule of law in America: the Senate just confirmed President @realDonaldTrump’s outstanding nominee William Barr as Attorney General," tweeted White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

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Source: Fox News

McConnell says Trump prepared to sign border-security bill and will declare national emergency

Friday 15:26 GMT

President Trump is prepared to sign the border security compromise package on Capitol Hill to avert another government shutdown and will declare a national emergency to obtain funding for the border wall, the White House announced Thursday.

“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action - including a national emergency - to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. "The president is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country.”

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Source: Fox News

'What a Crock!': GOP Rep. Stewart Slams 'Liar' McCabe's Claims About Russia Investigation

Friday 15:26 GMT

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) slammed Andrew McCabe after the former FBI deputy director detailed the central role he played in the bureau's Russia probe and the eventual appointment of a special counsel.

On "America's Newsroom" Thursday, Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, gave his response to McCabe's remarks: "What a crock!". 'A Slow-Motion Coup Attempt': Fitton Blasts Schiff, Dems' New Trump Investigations. He said that the Russia investigation was never on "solid ground," and McCabe knew it at the time. "He's a liar.

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Source: Fox News

Schumer fumes over McConnell plan to bring Green New Deal to vote, calls it ‘cynical ploy’

Friday 15:26 GMT

MCCONNELL TO BRING GREEN NEW DEAL TO VOTE, FORCING 2020 DEMS TO GO ON RECORD ON RADICAL PLAN. Schumer is the latest Democrat to criticize Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for calling a vote on the plan that many in the party have already rallied behind.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday ripped into Republicans for planning to force a vote on the Green New Deal, calling the plan a "stunt," a "cheap, cynical ploy" and "a game of political gotcha."

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Source: Fox News

Dems divided on Green New Deal after Mitch McConnell ramps up pressure

Friday 15:26 GMT

Sen. Kamala Harris called the Green New Deal “a bold plan”, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told supporters she is “committed to the entire framework” of the proposal, Sen. Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored the guidelines along with Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Cory Booker said he is “excited to support” the “bold action on climate change.”

“How do we bring on China and India and everybody else who are great users of carbon right now and polluters of carbon to be carbon-free also?”. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ CALLS GREEN NEW DEAL A 'LIFE AND DEATH' ISSUE, ATTACKS GOP ON CLIMATE CHANGE. Some of the other Democrats who have opposed, or remained noncommittal, on the plan, include: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Doug Jones, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (who downplayed the deal as “aspirational” in a Fox News interview) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

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Source: BBC

Can the Green New Deal really work?

Wednesday 14:30 GMT

Despite being labelled as a "socialist manifesto", the Green New Deal (GND) on climate change and jobs has sparked a lively debate in US politics.

Introduced by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, the GND is a large scale re-imagining of how economies should work to deal with the root causes of climate change. However in its current form, the GND is more a political statement than a set of proposals aimed at penalising US citizens.

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Source: Fox News

David Bossie: Mueller should end his probe and make his report public – Trump didn't collude with Russia

Friday 15:26 GMT

All signs indicate that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is on the verge of wrapping up his investigation and will conclude that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.

EX-TRUMP ATTORNEY JOHN DOWD SLAMS 'WASTE OF TIME' MUELLER PROBE AS 'ONE OF THE GREATEST FRAUDS' IN US HISTORY. If Mueller decides to send a final report to incoming Attorney General William Barr, that report should be released in full so the American people and Congress can see exactly what his long and expensive investigation found, did not find, and how it was conducted.


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