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NYC Yanks New Subway Fleet Over Opening Doors

The New York Times reports: An entire fleet of New York City’s newest subway cars was abruptly pulled out of service on Wednesday after two recent episodes raised concerns that doors could open while trains were moving, according to people involved in the transit system who were told about the defects. The MTA , which runs the subway, did not …

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Ukraine Investigates Whether Airliner Was Shot Down

CNN reports: Ukraine is investigating multiple possible causes of Wednesday’s deadly jetliner crash that killed 176 passengers and crew shortly after takeoff in Tehran. Ukraine’s National Security and Defence council chief, Oleksiy Danilov, wrote on Facebook that a meeting is taking place Thursday with Iranian authorities, where various causes behind the crash are “being studied.” These include the theory that …

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POLL: 97% Of CFOs Expect Economic Downturn In 2020

Axios reports: Chief financial officers are bracing for an economic slowdown this year, according to Deloitte’s quarterly survey of nearly 150 executives at top North American companies. Multiple surveys showed plunging optimism among top executives last year, thanks largely to trade war uncertainty. Deloitte’s survey is a signal that skittishness continues to curb companies’ hiring and spending plans this year, …

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Lou Dobbs Compares GOP Senator To Benedict Arnold

“Senator Mike Lee having something of a snit fit today. He came out in support of Tim Kaine’s — that’s right, the former Democratic candidate for vice president — to limit President Trump’s military authority. Senator Lee’s Benedict Arnold impression and his announcement follows a classified military briefing on Iran that Lee called the worst he has ever seen.” – …

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Hannity Hails Trump For Not Shooting Down Airliner

“Soleimani — we now know, we’re hearing reports, he actually flew commercial into Baghdad. Commercial airlines. Why would he do that? To use his fellow passengers at human shields. Now, he knows that we, as Americans, we value human life. “That’s why you watch the Israelis, they’re attacked from schools and hospitals. They’re using them as shields. That is why …

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Paul And Graham Trade Insults Over Iran Strike

The Hill reports: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) fired back at Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) after the South Carolina Republican accused him of emboldening Iran, saying Graham “insults the Constitution” and is making a “low, gutter type of response.” Graham told reporters on Wednesday that he thought Paul and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) were “overreacting” by criticizing comments made during a …

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Mnuchin: Hide Trump’s Travel Costs Until After Election

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration is seeking to delay a Democratic effort to require the Secret Service to disclose how much it spends protecting President Trump and his family when they travel — until after the 2020 election, according to people familiar with the discussions. The issue has emerged as a sticking point in recent weeks as Treasury …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Playbill reports: From a bridal shop in Flushing, Queens, to Broadway: Fran Drescher is developing a stage adaptation of The Nanny, with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Emmy winners Rachel Bloom and Adam Schlesinger writing the score. Drescher will pen the book with Peter Marc Jacobson; the two co-created the series while married. Beautiful–The Carole King Musical director Marc Bruni is attached to …

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Michigan Sees Push To Place LGBT Protections On Ballot

Michigan Bridge reports: A coalition of civil rights, business and political leaders is launching a petition drive initiative to expand Michigan law by including anti-discrimination protections for gay and transgender residents. Organizers who announced the effort Tuesday hope to spur action by the Republican-led Legislature, whose leaders have cited religious freedom concerns in resisting similar legislation, or put the issue …

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TOMORROW: House To Vote On War Powers Limits

The New York Times reports: Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Wednesday that the House would vote on Thursday to force President Trump to quickly wind down military action against Iran unless he is given explicit authorization from Congress, opening what promised to be a searing debate over presidential war powers. Ms. Pelosi made her announcement as lawmakers breathed a sigh …

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