Politics

China Reports Record Trade Surplus With United States

The Wall Street Journal reports: China’s trade surplus with the U.S. hit a record last year, as robust American demand for Chinese goods undercut the Trump administration’s tariff offensive aimed at narrowing the countries’ lopsided trade gap. China recorded $323.32 billion in surplus with the U.S. in 2018, representing a 17% jump from the figure in the previous year, according …

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Sen. Mitt Romney Calls On Rep. Steve King To Resign

Mediaite reports: Sen. Mitt Romney called on Rep. Steve King to resign Monday, after the Iowa congressman asked why the term “white supremacist” was considered offensive in an interview. Romney, the newly-elected Utah senator, spoke to CNN’s Manu Raju about King, who has been condemned by Republican party leadership. “I think he ought to step aside and I think Congress …

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McConnell Blasts Steve King: There’s No Place In The Republican Party For White Supremacy (LOLOLOLOL)

Fox News reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., slammed Republican Iowa Rep. Steve King on Monday over recent remarks King made about the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist,” arguing that if the representative “doesn’t understand why ‘white supremacy’ is offensive, he should find another line of work.” “There is no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or …

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House Democrats Move To Censure Rep. Steve King

The Week reports: On Monday, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) said he will introduce a resolution to censure King for his “rabid, racist remarks,” saying that he “has become too comfortable with proudly insulting, disrespecting, and denigrating people of color” and that “as with any animal that is rabid, Steve King should be set aside and isolated.” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) …

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Stormy Sues Ohio Cops Over 2018 Strip Club Arrest

The Associated Press reports: Stormy Daniels is suing the Columbus Division of Police and several officers after her July 2018 arrest at a Columbus strip club. Stephanie Clifford, who performs in adult films and strip clubs under the stage name Stormy Daniels, filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court. In the lawsuit, Clifford claims her arrest was planned days before …

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The Mooch Joins Cast Of Celebrity Big Brother

Entertainment Weekly reports: Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci will be among 12 new contestants competing on season 2 of Big Brother: Celebrity Edition when the reality show hosted by Julie Chen Moonves premieres Monday, Jan. 21 on CBS. Scaramucci lasted only six days as President Donald Trump’s White House Communications Director in July of 2017 after going on …

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John Kasich In Talks To Sign With CNN Or MSNBC

CNBC reports: Republican John Kasich, who is thinking about running for president in 2020, is likely to announce as soon as this week that he will join a major cable news network, CNBC has learned. Kasich has signaled to close advisors and some donors that he is looking to sign with either CNN or MSNBC as he finishes his two-term …

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Sen. Rand Paul To Have Hernia Surgery In Canada

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, one of the fiercest political critics of socialized medicine, will travel to Canada later this month to get hernia surgery. Paul, an ophthalmologist, said the operation is related to an injury in 2017 when his neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked him while Paul was mowing his lawn. The incident left Kentucky’s junior senator …

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Randy Rainbow: There Is Nothin’ Like A Wall [VIDEO]

YouTube star Randy Rainbow is back today with a take on the government shutdown set to the tune of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s There’s Nothing Like A Dame, from the classic 1949 musical South Pacific. Watch below as Randy interviews “RuPaul’s Drag Race season three finalist” Mike Pence before launching into song. 

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Delta Passenger Flies To Japan With Gun In Carry-On

CNN reports: A traveler carrying a firearm boarded a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and flew to Tokyo Narita International Airport on January 3, according to a statement from the Transportation Security Administration. “TSA has determined standard procedures were not followed and a passenger did in fact pass through a standard screening TSA checkpoint with a …

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Trump Threatens To “Devastate Turkey Economically”

Politico reports: President Donald Trump on Sunday vowed to “devastate Turkey economically” should the Turkish military attack U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters — a rare direct threat by Trump to a NATO ally as his administration grapples with the execution of its plan to withdraw American soldiers from Syria. The planned U.S. troop drawdown has provoked international uncertainty amid conflicting statements from …

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Houston Airport Closes Terminal Over TSA Staffing

Click 2 Houston reports: The ticketing and security checkpoint at George Bush Intercontinental Airport’s Terminal B remained closed Monday because of a shortage of TSA workers, who are not being paid during the government shutdown. A Houston police officer could be seen blocking the ramp to the passenger drop-off area of Terminal B early Monday morning. There have been reports …

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REPORT: Kremlin Greenlighted Infiltration Of NRA

The Daily Beast reports: The Kremlin has long denied that it had anything to do with the infiltration of the NRA and the broader American conservative movement. A U.S. intelligence report reviewed by The Daily Beast tells a different story. Alexander Torshin, the Russian central bank official who spent years aggressively courting NRA leaders, briefed the Kremlin on his efforts …

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Graham: Trump’s “Not Going To Give In” On The Wall

The Hill reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday that he’s urged President Trump to open up the government for a short period of time so lawmakers can attempt to broker an end to the ongoing government shutdown, but was adamant that the president is “not going to give in” on his demands to fund a border wall. Graham said …

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Julian Castro Rips Trump In WH Bid Speech [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: Julián Castro, who served as Housing and Urban Development secretary under former President Obama, announced Saturday he is running for president in 2020. “I’m running for president because it’s time for new leadership, it’s time for new energy, it’s time for new commitment to make sure the opportunities that I had are available to every American,” Castro …

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New York To Raise Smoking And Vaping Age To 21

The Rochester Democrat reports: Gov. Andrew Cuomo has backed a plan to raise New York’s smoking age to 21, a proposal meant to curb tobacco use by teens and make the state the seventh to make the switch. The Democratic governor announced Saturday he would include the plan in his budget proposal, which he will unveil in full on Tuesday. …

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Avenatti And Stormy To Attend Cohen’s House Hearing

The Hill reports: Adult film star Stormy Daniels will attend the testimony next month of President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, her lawyer Michael Avenatti announced Friday. Cohen is scheduled to testify before the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee on Feb. 7 and will face questions from Democrats on links between the Trump campaign and Russia and his …

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Ivanka Under Consideration To Head World Bank

Business Insider reports: President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who works as a White House adviser, is one of the names being considered as a replacement for The World Bank’s outgoing president, Jim Yong Kim, the Financial Times reported Friday. The DC-based World Bank, founded after World War II to finance economic-development projects in emerging economies, has traditionally been led …

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TODAY: Julian Castro Launches 2020 WH Campaign

Reuters reports: Texas Democrat Julian Castro, a former San Antonio mayor who went on to be the top U.S. housing official, was expected to formally announce his White House bid on Saturday, the first Hispanic in what looks to be a crowded field of candidates vying to challenge President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election. Castro, 44, the grandson …

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Trump Melts Down Over NYT Russia/Spy Report

The New York Post reports: President Trump on Saturday morning called his firing of former FBI Director James Comey “a great day for America.” The comment came in a tweetstorm voicing outrage over a recent New York Times report saying days after the May 2017 firing, the FBI opened an inquiry into whether Trump was “secretly working on behalf of …

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