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House passes budget bill overnight to end brief government shutdown

House passes budget bill overnight to end brief government shutdown Moving legislation swiftly through the upper chamber of Congress requires consent by all 100 members, but Republican Senator Rand Paul threw a wrench in the works by objecting to a rapid vote. That agreement includes a US$300 billion increase to both military and non-military spending limits for this year and 2019, and raises the debt until March 1 next year. [Full Article...]

Kim Yo-jong meets South Korean president in Seoul as thaw continues

Kim Yo-jong meets South Korean president in Seoul as thaw continues She met with the South's president, Moon Jae-in, on Saturday. The vice president said he "reaffirmed" the United States' commitment to a denuclearized North Korea during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. For now, America seems unlikely to come to the negotiating table with North Korea at the Olympics. Make sure that as north Korea engages in what prime minister Abe right... [Full Article...]

Rahul Gandhi to launch Karnataka campaign from Bellary

Rahul Gandhi to launch Karnataka campaign from Bellary Rahul maintained his anti Demonetisation and GST pitch in Karnataka and said, "PM Narendra Modi's backward-looking thought caused Demonetisation and #GabbarSinghTax". The Congress chief has already told the party leaders in Karnataka to present a positive agenda before the voters and highlight the achievements of the Siddaramaiah government. [Full Article...]

Trump Declines to Declassify Democratic Memo, Citing DOJ and FBI Objections

Trump Declines to Declassify Democratic Memo, Citing DOJ and FBI Objections America's intelligence and national security are being politicized. " The White House's failure to declassify the House Intelligence Committee minority memo - particularly in the face of unanimous bipartisan vote by the committee - represents a massive strategic miscalculation", Jaffer said , according to Politico . [Full Article...]

MassMutual to close Charlotte operations, move hundreds of jobs

MassMutual to close Charlotte operations, move hundreds of jobs It's a move MassMutual's CEO says will allow it to tap into the city's "booming financial and digital economy". "Following a thorough strategic assessment of our operations and footprint, we concluded that our home state of MA is the best place for us to grow and thrive over the long term", said Roger Crandall, the company's chief executive. [Full Article...]

Senate reaches budget agreement-but House Dems still want action on DACA

The House Freedom Caucus opposes the deal to raise spending caps on discretionary spending by almost $300 billion over two years. The bill, however, is still expected to pass with a mix of Democratic and Republican votes. The bill has the support of the White House , which has highlighted both the increase in military funding as well as infrastructure. "I hope the speaker will man up and ... [Full Article...]

Barnier warns that border checks 'unavoidable' if United Kingdom leaves single market

Barnier warns that border checks 'unavoidable' if United Kingdom leaves single market Barnier also noted, with some dismay, the U.K.'s demand to be able to object to new European Union rules or laws adopted during the transition period, and its request for an "opt-in" on justice and home affairs issues. The EU Chief Negotiator explained that if the Conservative government's position had changed from the previous guarantee of some sort of customs union like harmonizing that would gu... [Full Article...]

Rand Paul: I'm Not 'Rubber Stamp' on Spending Bill

Rand Paul: I'm Not 'Rubber Stamp' on Spending Bill Many Senate Dems took issue with the divorcing of the immigration debate from the budget negotiations as well, noting it as a major point of leverage. "I ran for office because I was critical of President Obama's trillion-dollar deficits", Paul said on the floor. Moving legislation swiftly through the upper chamber of Congress requires consent by all 100 members, but Paul objected. [Full Article...]

Scores of flights canceled as storm pummels US Midwest

Scores of flights canceled as storm pummels US Midwest Several of the states expecting the heaviest snowfall are now issuing storm warnings, including in Ohio, Michigan, Northern Indiana, Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, and Eastern Iowa, and thousands of flights have been canceled. "Periods of heavy snow will arrive into Friday across the southern Great Lakes", said weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Belles . Friday's winter snow storm cau... [Full Article...]

Russia Expels North Korean 'Slave' Workers To Stop Kim Jong Un

Russia Expels North Korean 'Slave' Workers To Stop Kim Jong Un Matsegora added that despite the fact that the recent move will "deal a blow to the Russian economy, a serious blow, especially to the Far East", it demonstrated Moscow's commitment to implement the U.N. It has been reported that up to 90 percent of North Korean workers' wages is forcibly sent back to Pyongyang. It is a well-documented fact that thousands of North Korean laborers in Russian Fede... [Full Article...]

Opposition boycotts Rajya Sabha, allege their voice is being muzzled

Opposition boycotts Rajya Sabha, allege their voice is being muzzled He asserted that Parliament works according to "rules, regulations, procedures and conventions" and not "according to one's whims". The Trinamool Congress had given a notice under rule 267 to discuss the issue. "There should be an enquiry regarding this and the day before yesterday (news bulletin/coverage) by representatives of all parties", Azad said. He also expressed concern over the "neg... [Full Article...]

Canada loses first draw in Olympic mixed doubles curling

Canada loses first draw in Olympic mixed doubles curling The last stone draws (LSD), thrown by every player before each game are also counted cumulatively and can be used as tiebreakers in the event that several teams are tied for fourth place. "When she really disagrees, she gets the ultimate veto power". He's been curling for 16 years, with Becca on the ice for about 14 years. Matt describes the sport ― in which people push a 44-pound "stone" acro... [Full Article...]

Mattis: DACA Service Members Won't be Deported

Mattis: DACA Service Members Won't be Deported When he canceled DACA past year, President Trump gave Congress until March 5 to come up with a legislative solution to save some 800,000 DACA beneficiaries from being deported. "We would always stand by one of our people, and I have never found the Department of Homeland Security unwilling to take any call from anyone on my staff if we, in fact, found someone who had been treated unjustly", Mattis... [Full Article...]

No-contest plea in Blacksburg murder

No-contest plea in Blacksburg murder Prosecutors told jurors Eisenhauer, then 18, killed Lovell, a 7th-grader from Blacksburg, because he was afraid his relationship with the underage girl would become known. Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettitt also thanked investigators and said, "The justice system is incapable of healing the loss; we all suffer with the loss of this little girl". [Full Article...]

Trump withholds memo on Russia from Democrats

Trump withholds memo on Russia from Democrats The Democrat's memo, drafted by ranking House Intelligence Committee Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA ), reportedly quashed the claims made by the GOP, showing how the allegations were taken out of context. McGahn said Justice Department personnel will be made available to provide technical assistance to the committee. Democrats on the intelligence committee complained the Republicans' four-pa... [Full Article...]

De Villiers back into squad for last three ODIs against India

De Villiers back into squad for last three ODIs against India For that to happen, the hosts will have to work upon a number of aspects. JPDuminy picked up trow wickets for South Africa . In Quinton De Kock's absence, we witnessed skipper Aiden Markram donning the opening role. But there is no problem in that because you know that if they bowl attacking lines then they will end up picking 2-3 wickets every game. Earlier, former English skipper Michael ... [Full Article...]

Congress Passes Government Funding Bill Overnight

Congress Passes Government Funding Bill Overnight Hours earlier in the pre-dawn darkness, the funding bill passed the Senate , but not before Senator Rand Paul , a conservative in Trump's own Republican Party, blocked a vote on the deal because he argued it was too costly. Rand Paul , R-Ky., refusing any action on the spending bill before the midnight funding deadline - triggering the second government shutdown in less than a month. [Full Article...]

White Home 'might have achieved higher' on Porter abuse claims

He is the second administration official to resign this week over domestic abuse allegations, after top White House staffer Rob Porter resigned on Wednesday. Trump's statement has sparked a sharp rebuke from Democrats like Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, who slammed the White House's "culture of misogyny". [Full Article...]

France anxious chlorine bombs were used in Syria

France anxious chlorine bombs were used in Syria Damascus accused Washington on Thursday of committing a "war crime" in Syria after coalition airstrikes and artillery attacks killed scores of pro-government fighters in Deir Ezzor province, Reuters reported . It opened a new front in Syria's multi-sided, nearly seven-year-old war. Iran, Turkey and Russian Federation are the guarantors of a countrywide ceasefire in Syria. [Full Article...]

Olympics: Mike Pence doesn't stand for Korea, skips meal with North Koreans

Olympics: Mike Pence doesn't stand for Korea, skips meal with North Koreans North Korea has staged a huge military parade less than 24 hours ahead of the opening of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics . "I think this overture towards South Korea is partly sanctions-related, and also related to the fact that it's clear a divergence has developed between Washington and Seoul's most keenly desired goals in the near term", said Andray Abrahamian, a research fellow at Pa... [Full Article...]


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