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House Votes 357-22 To Bar Trump From Leaving NATO

Defense News reports: The U.S. House passed legislation Tuesday evening that seeks to bar President Donald Trump from withdrawing from NATO amid renewed concerns over his commitment to the 29-nation military pact. In a bipartisan 357-22 vote, the Democrat-led lower chamber sent the Senate the NATO Support Act, which would prohibit the use of federal funds to withdraw from the …

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2020 Hint: Bloomberg Talks Importance Of Compromise

The Washington Post reports: Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City who is considering a presidential run, appeared before reporters in Annapolis on Tuesday to chide Washington over the government shutdown and talk about the importance of compromise. “You can’t be an absolutist . . . life is much more complex than that,” he said. “You want to …

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Drone Sightings Halt Flights At Newark Airport [VIDEO]

Bloomberg reports: The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted flights at Newark Liberty International Airport after a drone sighting. The civilian aircraft was spotted north of the New Jersey hub at an altitude of 3,500 feet, FAA spokesman Greg Martin said Tuesday. The U.S. government last week unveiled a long-awaited set of proposals to dramatically expand civilian drone flights while also …

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Billionaires At Davos Forum Fear AOC’s Tax Hike Plan

CNBC reports: The elite financiers attending the World Economic Forum are worried about the 70 percent tax rate on earnings above $10 million proposed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. “It’s scary,” Scott Minerd, global chief investment officer for $265 billion Guggenheim Partners, said in an interview. “By the time we get to the presidential election, this is going to …

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McConnell And Schumer Agree To Two Shutdown Votes

The New York Times reports: The Senate will vote Thursday on two separate bills that would bring an immediate end to the partial government shutdown: one backed by President Trump that includes $5.7 billion for his border wall and another that would simply extend funding for shuttered agencies through Feb. 8. The plan, a compromise between Senator Mitch McConnell, the …

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John Kerry At Davos: Trump Needs To Resign [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: John Kerry had a one-word answer when asked his message for President Donald Trump: “Resign.” The former secretary of State and Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts made the declaration while speaking on a CNBC panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Kerry, who lost in his bid to become president in 2004, first hesitated to answer …

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GOP Sen. Joni Ernst Divorces Because Husband’s Hatred Of Her “Any Successes” Cost Her Being Trump’s VP

The Guardian reports: The Iowa senator Joni Ernst has stated she turned down the opportunity to be Donald Trump’s vice-president because she believed her husband Gail “hated any successes I have”. In an affidavit filed as part of divorce proceedings with her husband of 26 years, Ernst states: “in the summer of 2016, I was interviewed by Candidate Trump to …

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AOC Gives “Zero Fucks” About Her Critics [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Freshman New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) in an interview late Monday said she gives “zero” f—s about criticism she’s received from members of her own party. “I want to ask this question in a respectful manner, knowing also that you’re from Queens, so you will understand this question,” he continued. “And the BX,” Ocasio-Cortez, who is …

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TONIGHT: Total “Super Blood Wolf” Lunar Eclipse

The Associated Press reports: Here comes a total lunar eclipse and supermoon, all wrapped into one. The moon, Earth and sun will line up this weekend for the only total lunar eclipse this year and next. At the same time, the moon will be ever so closer to Earth and appear slightly bigger and brighter than usual — a supermoon. …

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SNL’s Donald Trump Plays “Deal Or No Deal” [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: “Saturday Night Live” returned from its winter break to skewer President Trump’s attempts to end the partial government shutdown that’s been ongoing for nearly a month. President Trump, played by Alec Baldwin, as a contestant on the television game show “Deal or No Deal,” was given an opportunity to negotiate an end to the shutdown, created by …

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Thousands Of Flights Cancelled Due To Massive Storm

The New York Times reports: The Great Plains were digging out, the Great Lakes were being walloped and the Northeast was bracing for impact on Saturday as a huge snowstorm raced across the Northern states. The storm, which complicated travel and busted plans for the three-day weekend across much of the country, caused problems from Kansas, where the governor declared …

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GOP Leaders Of Michigan And North Carolina Offer To Host Trump’s SOTU At Their State Capitol Buildings

Mediaite reports: The GOP House Speakers of two states have invited President Donald Trump to give his State of the Union from their respective state capitols. “Due to the unavailability of the United States House of Representatives for your State of the Union address, I would like to extend to you an official invite to deliver your address in the …

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FDA Head Threatens To Pull E-Cigarettes Off The Market

NBC News reports: Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb made his most direct threat yet against e-cigarette companies Friday, saying they face an “existential threat” if they don’t stop marketing to youth. Gottlieb said he was horrified at the recent rapid rise in teen vaping. He called out the most popular product — Juul— by name and said …

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Mueller’s Office Disputes Buzzfeed’s Perjury Report

CNN reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is disputing a BuzzFeed report that President Donald Trump directed his then-personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the proposed Moscow Trump Tower project. “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not …

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Pelosi’s Spox: Our Trip To Afghanistan Is Off Due To “Grave Threat” Created By Trump Revealing Its Details

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump and the White House’s revelation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Afghanistan travel plans had put the group traveling there in danger and forced them to scrap the trip entirely, her spokesperson said Friday, pointing to a formal government assessment. After Trump decided to block Pelosi, D-Calif., and other lawmakers from using a military jet …

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NYC Braces For Weekend Of Subzero Arctic Chill

The New York Post reports: A fast-moving storm will dump an inch of snow an hour on the city starting at 6 p.m. Saturday and possibly into Sunday and then an arctic blast will turn the Big Apple into a treacherous tundra, Accuweather meteorologist Tom Kines warned late Thursday. “Everything white or slushy will become a glacier,” Kines said. Arctic …

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McConnell Again Blocks Bill To Reopen Government

ABC News reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked legislation on Thursday that would have reopened most of the federal government impacted by the partial shutdown. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tried to get consent to take up a House-passed bill that would reopen all agencies except the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is at the center of the …

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Tapper: Trump Told The Taliban That Pelosi Is Coming

Mediaite reports: A visibly astonished and displeased Jake Tapper took pains to point out that when President Donald Trump ostentatiously canceled Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi‘s secret trip (with a congressional delegation) to Afghanistan, he compromised the entire delegation by announcing “to the world, including the Taliban,” that Pelosi was headed to the war-torn region. Tapper led Thursday’s edition …

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GOP House Rep. Tom Marino Abruptly Resigns

CNN reports: Rep. Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican, announced Thursday he’ll resign from Congress to pursue a private sector job, after just starting his fifth term in Congress. “As of January 23, 2019, I am officially stepping down from Congress,” Marino said in a statement. “Having spent over two decades serving the public, I have chosen to take a position …

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AOC’s First House Speech Sets C-SPAN Record [VIDEO]

Oh, how this is triggering the cultists: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) first speech from the House floor quickly became C-SPAN’s most-viewed Twitter video of any remarks by a House lawmaker, drawing 1.16 million viewers in just over 12 hours. C-SPAN’s communications director, Howard Mortman, shared the results on his Twitter feed Thursday afternoon, one day after Ocasio-Cortez gave her first …

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