Politics

Stock Bounce Back With Dow Jones Soaring 1000+ Pts

Bloomberg reports: U.S. stocks staged one of the biggest rallies of the 9 1/2 year bull market after coming withing points of seeing it end, with major indexes surging at least 4.9 percent. Crude jumped almost 10 percent. All but one member of the S&P 500 advanced, the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 1,050 points and the Nasdaq …

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GEORGIA: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Michael Williams Reports To Jail On Insurance Fraud Charges

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: State senator and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams turned himself into Hall County jail Wednesday, days after news broke that he had been indicted on charges that included insurance fraud. Williams’ attorney, A.J. Richman, said he negotiated bond with the district attorney and that his client will be “out soon.” The charges against the Forsyth …

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Trump Makes Surprise Visit To Troops In Iraq

The New York Post reports: President Trump used the cover of the partial government shutdown to slip off to visit US troops in Iraq. Trump and first lady Melania Trump met with military personnel on Wednesday at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq, according to photos from Reuters. His whereabouts sparked speculation about what Trump was up to because he …

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Medical Checks Ordered After 2nd Migrant Child Dies

The Associated Press reports: U.S. Customs and Border Protection has ordered medical checks on every child in its custody after an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died, marking the second death of an immigrant child in the agency’s care this month. The death came during an ongoing dispute over border security and with a partial government shutdown underway over President Donald …

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Santorum Blasts Trump On Syria: It’s Horrible Foreign Policy To Abandon Allies, This Will Hurt Him Politically

“The way [Trump] did it in the face of the president of Turkey, basically abandoning our allies [the Kurds], who the Turks see as terrorists, is just a horrible piece of foreign policy. I am very disappointed in the president that he would do this in this fashion. We need to stand for our allies, particularly allies who have fought …

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Pelosi Shade: Trump’s Wall Is Now A Beaded Curtain

USA Today reports: Nancy Pelosi accused President Donald Trump of using “scare tactics” to build support for his proposed U.S.-Mexican border wall, which she joked had been reduced from a giant, cement structure “to, I think, a beaded curtain.” Trump and congressional Democrats remain locked in a bitter stalemate over billions of dollars in funding for the wall, which Trump …

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RBG Released From Hospital: “No Evidence Of Disease”

CNN reports: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday and is recuperating at home after undergoing surgery, according to a court spokesperson. “Justice Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital yesterday and is recuperating at home,” said Kathy Arberg, public information officer for the Supreme Court. There is no evidence of any remaining disease nor …

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Dem Sen. Sherrod Brown Readies 2020 WH Team

Politico reports: Sen. Sherrod Brown hasn’t decided whether he’s running for president — but he’s checking off a lot of the boxes that come along the way. The Ohio Democrat is reaching out to fellow senators and party officials in early primary and caucus states. His team is collecting résumés for potential campaign workers in those states. He is airing …

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Russia May Change Term Limits For Vladimir Putin

The Moscow Times reports: The speaker of Russia’s parliament raised the possibility of changing the constitution as speculation grows that the Kremlin is considering ways to allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in power beyond the end of his current term, when current law requires him to step down. The comments from Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma and …

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Mattis Works Xmas, Sends Final Message To Troops

Politico reports: Defense Secretary James Mattis wished U.S. troops a merry Christmas and worked Christmas Day after President Trump pushed the secretary out two months earlier than he planned to resign. “To those in the field or at sea, ‘keeping watch by night’ this holiday season, you should recognize that you carry on the proud legacy of those who stood …

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Jonah Goldberg: Trump’s Presidency “Will End Poorly”

Jonah Goldberg writes for the LA Times: Weirdly, it’s gotten to the point that when I say President Trump is not a man of good character, I feel like I should preface it with a trigger warning for many of my fellow conservatives. But his refusal to listen to advisors; his inability to bite his tongue; his demonization and belittling …

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Pope’s Xmas Message: Abandon Greed, Embrace Love, Peace In Middle East, Stop Seeing Danger In Difference

Reuters reports: Pope Francis, in his Christmas message to the world, urged people on Tuesday to see differences as a source of richness instead of danger and called for reconciliation in places torn apart by conflict. Francis delivered the traditional papal “Urbi et Orbi” message to tens of thousands of people in a sunny St. Peter’s Square from the same …

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ISRAEL: Roseanne Barr To Address Knesset In Speech Against “Boycott, Divest, And Sanctions” Movement

The Jewish Forward reports: Actress Roseanne Barr will visit the Israeli Knesset in late January to speak out against the boycott, divest and sanctions movement. Barr, a pro-Israel activist, is set to tour Israel with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, founder of the World Values Network. She reportedly was invited to speak at the Knesset by Deputy Speaker Yechiel Hilik Bar and …

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REPORT: Trump Might Fire Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin

Bloomberg reports: President Trump has weighed dismissing Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a source familiar with the president’s thinking told Bloomberg News. Another source told Bloomberg said that Mnuchin’s future at the helm of the Treasury Department depends on whether the market continues to drop. Trump’s unhappiness with his treasury chief was reported the day after Mnuchin released a statement seeking …

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Biden +6 Over Trump In Hypothetical 2020 Matchup

The Rising reports: President Trump trails former Vice President Biden in a hypothetical 2020 matchup, according to a new HarrisX poll. The survey finds Biden leading Trump, 42 percent to 36 percent, better than at least two other leading potential Democratic White House contenders. The president tops Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) in their matchup, with 37 percent saying they would …

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House Democrats Plan To Restrict Trump’s War Powers

Politico reports: Key House Democrats plan to use their newfound power to force a debate about the war-making authority that Congress approved after 9/11 — after years of being stifled by the chamber’s Republican leaders. Prospects will be much brighter for the lawmakers who have spent years pushing Congress to weigh in on the use of American forces in countries …

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Bernie 2020 Backers Wage War Against Beto O’Rourke

NBC News reports: Forces loyal to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are waging an increasingly public war against Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the new darling of Democratic activists, as the two men weigh whether to seek the party’s presidential nomination in 2020. The main line of attack against O’Rourke is that he isn’t progressive enough — that he’s been too close …

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Steve Mnuchin Calls Market “Plunge Protection Team”

Reuters reports: U.S. President Donald Trump’s Treasury secretary called top U.S. bankers on Sunday amid an ongoing rout on Wall Street and made plans to convene a group of officials known as the “Plunge Protection Team.” U.S. stocks have fallen sharply in recent weeks on concerns over slowing economic growth, with the S&P 500 index .SPX on pace for its …

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Mystery Company Gets Stay In Mueller Subpoena Fight

Politico reports: Chief Justice John Roberts has stepped into a grand jury subpoena dispute that appears to involve special counsel Robert Mueller and an unknown company owned by a foreign country. Roberts issued an order late Sunday temporarily staying a contempt citation against the firm, as well as an escalating financial penalty a judge imposed for failing to comply with …

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REPORT: Notorious RBG Is Working From The Hospital

The Associated Press reports: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is up and working as she recuperates from cancer surgery. A spokeswoman for the court, Kathy Arberg, also says that Ginsburg remained in New York at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on Sunday. No information has been released on when Ginsburg might return home. The court next meets on Jan. …

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