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State Department Issues Travel Warning For China

Issued today by the State Department: Exercise increased caution in China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals. Chinese authorities have asserted broad authority to prohibit U.S. citizens from leaving China by using ‘exit bans,’ sometimes keeping U.S. citizens in China for years. China uses exit bans coercively: to compel U.S. …

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GOP Senator: End Shutdown With No Deal For Wall

Reuters reports: Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who faces a potentially tough re-election in 2020, says Congress should re-open the federal government, even without a deal on funding President Trump’s border wall. Gardner is the first Senate Republican to call for ending the partial shutdown even without a deal on President Trump’s demand for $5 billion to fund a border wall. …

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Pelosi Accepts The Gavel From GOP Minority Leader

The Washington Post reports: The House of Representatives elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as speaker for a second time on Thursday, the first day of a new, divided Congress that is more likely to confront President Trump. The 78-year-old California Democrat secured the votes of 220 members out of a total of 430 present. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), the top …

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Sen Dianne Feinstein: My Choice For 2020 Is Joe Biden

Politico reports: Dianne Feinstein’s California colleague Kamala Harris may run for president. But Feinstein already has her preferred candidate in mind: Joe Biden. The Democratic senator, fresh off reelection to a fifth term, told a pair of reporters on Thursday morning that the former vice president and Delaware senator is the ideal choice to run against President Donald Trump. This …

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SURPRISE: Cuomo Cancels Dreaded L Train Shutdown

The New York Post reports: ‘L’ of a plot twist! Less than a month after deeming the 15-month total shutdown of the L-train tunnel linking Manhattan and Brooklyn “vital,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday backpedaled at the 11th hour and announced a piecemeal approach that will allow the line to still run 24/7. Rather than the long-anticipated complete year-plus closure …

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LIVE VIDEO: US House Members Vote On New Speaker

The Hill reports: It’s a huge day in the House, with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) set to be elected to a second stint as Speaker, and Democrats ready to take control of the body and pass legislation that would end the shutdown. The day will begin with the Speaker’s vote and also include the swearing in of new members. Votes …

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Russia Formally Charges USMC Veteran With Espionage

The New York Times reports: The Russian authorities have brought espionage charges against an American citizen, Paul N. Whelan, who faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, the news agency Interfax reported on Thursday. Mr. Whelan’s lawyer, Vladimir A. Zherebenkov, who said he spent much of Wednesday with Mr. Whelan, said he had found his client in an …

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Rep. Jerry Nadler To Re-Intro Mueller Protection Bill

The New York Daily News reports: Protecting Robert Mueller is a priority for Democrats as they take over the House on Thursday. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the incoming House Judiciary Chairman, plans to re-introduce legislation to protect Mueller from being fired by President Trump, a congressional source told the Daily News. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle contemplated a bill …

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China Lands First-Ever Rover On Far Side Of Moon

Space.com reports: Humanity just planted its flag on the far side of the moon. China’s robotic Chang’e 4 mission touched down on the floor of the 115-mile-wide (186 kilometers) Von Kármán Crater Wednesday night (Jan. 2), pulling off the first-ever soft landing on the mysterious lunar far side. Chang’e 4 will perform a variety of science work over the coming …

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Nancy Pelosi: Indicting Trump Is An “Open Discussion”

CNN reports: “It’s not the law,” Pelosi told NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie. “Everything indicates that a president can be indicted after he is no longer president of the United States.” Guthrie asked, “What about a sitting president?” “Well, a sitting president when he is no longer president of the United States,” Pelosi answered. Guthrie pressed again, asking, “A president who’s …

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Man Arrested For Breaching Secure WH Area Says He Was Trying To Deliver Crown Royal Whisky To Trump

NBC News Washington reports: A man accused of moving a White House security barrier told authorities he was trying to take two bottles of Crown Royal to President Donald Trump, according to court documents. The man, identified by his Canadian passport as Yianny Georgopoulos, gained access to a restricted area near Pennsylvania Avenue and East Executive Avenue shortly after midnight …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Mark Harris To Demand Election Certification From State Court, Meet With Investigators

The Charlotte Observer reports: Republican Mark Harris said Wednesday he’ll ask a Wake County Superior Court judge to certify his election in the 9th Congressional District immediately, even as a probe into alleged election fraud continues. Harris’ announcement came after North Carolina state elections officials postponed next week’s hearing into allegations of election fraud in the 9th District — and …

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TODAY: House Democrats Take Back The Gavel

USA Today reports: Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to take the gavel as House speaker Thursday, told USA TODAY in an exclusive interview that President Donald Trump can expect a “different world” from the first two years of his presidency when the GOP controlled both chambers of Congress. The California Democrat plans to confront Trump on many fronts, from investigating …

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Bernie 2016 Staffers Complain Of Sexual Harassment

Talking Points Memo reports: As Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) gears up for another likely run at the presidency, women who worked on his last campaign are voicing their pain and anger after experiencing indignities including sexual harassment and pay inequality. As first reported by Politico, 2016 Bernie alums got the ball rolling Sunday with a letter to the senator’s campaign …

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New USB-C Tech Could Protect Against Malware

Engadget reports: USB chargers and devices are universally accessible and easy to use, but they come with a host of potential security risks, namely the spread of malware from infected devices, and data leakage should a device fall into the wrong hands. Now, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) — the big dog in the advancement of USB tech — has …

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The Captain And Tennille’s Daryl Dragon Dies At 76

From the Hollywood Reporter: Daryl Dragon, the musician best known as the Captain from the group The Captain and Tennille, died due to renal failure on Wednesday. He was 76. “He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly. I was at my most creative in my life, when I was with him,” Toni Tennille, Dragon’s longtime …

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Pelosi’s Message To Trump: “Nothing For The Wall”

NBC News reports: Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi told NBC’s “Today” show in an interview set to air Thursday that she will not provide President Donald Trump with the border wall funding he has demanded and shut down the government over. Asked by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie if she was willing to give up any money specifically for the border wall, Pelosi said …

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NASA Probe Sends Back First Images Of Ultima Thule

The New York Times reports: Ultima Thule, an icy world 4 billion miles from the sun, looks like a big snowman. At a news conference on Wednesday, scientists working with NASA’s New Horizons mission released several images that the spacecraft took as it flew by on Jan. 1. The scientists now say with confidence that Ultima Thule long ago was …

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Dems To Introduce Bill Requiring Presidential Nominees To Make Ten Years Of Tax Returns Available To Public

CNN reports: According to two sources familiar with the discussions, Democrats will include a provision in their new bill that would require presidential nominees to disclose 10 years of tax returns shortly after they become the nominee. Vice presidents would also be required to disclose a decade of returns. The tax returns would then be posted on the Federal Election …

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Vietnam Criminalizes Online Criticism Of Government

The Guardian reports: Vietnam has introduced a new cybersecurity law, which criminalises criticising the government online and forces internet providers to give authorities’ user data when requested, sparking claims of a “totalitarian” crackdown on dissent. The law, which mirrors China’s draconian internet rules, came into effect on 1 January and forces internet providers to censor content deemed “toxic” by the …

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