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Syria conflict: Trump ‘committed to defeating IS’, says Lindsey Graham – BBC News

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption President Trump announced the withdrawal of 2,000 US troops from Syria A top Republican has said US President Donald Trump remains committed to defeating Islamic State (IS) in Syria, despite his plan to withdraw US troops. Senator Lindsey Graham said he was now reassured of the president’s commitment after meeting him on Sunday. Mr Trump’s troops withdrawal plan was met with strong criticism from major…

Here’s what you missed this weekend: Trump tries to respond to dead children at the border, Kelly says the ‘wall’ won’t be a real wall at all, and truculent truck drivers block Tesla Superchargers – Business Insider

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Dozens of women and their children, many fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, arrive at a bus station following release from Customs and Border Protection on June 22, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. Spencer Platt/Getty Images President Donald Trump, Republicans, and administration officials have responded to a second December death of a migrant child in US custody.  In an interview, outgoing White House chief of staff John…

Trump isn’t willing to budge for funding for border security, officials say – CNN

Sunday, December 30, 2018

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Retired 4-Star Gen. Stanley McChrystal: I Wouldn’t Work For ‘Shady’ Donald Trump – HuffPost

Sunday, December 30, 2018

“It’s important for me to work for people who I think are basically honest, who tell the truth as best they know it,” McChrystal said. He suggested that the president has been, at times, “openly disingenuous on things.”

Ocasio-Cortez slams McCaskill for referring to her as ‘shiny object’ and ‘thing’ – AOL

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez firing back after outgoing Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri recently said about her, “I’m a little confused why she’s the thing.” “Not sure why former Sen. McCaskill keeps going on TV to call me a ‘thing’ and ‘shiny object,’ but it’s pretty disappointing,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Saturday. “McCaskill promised she’d ‘100% back Trump up’ on his anti-immigrant rhetoric & lost. In MO, almost all progressive ballot issues won.” McCaskill made the…

Trump Blocks Federal Workers’ Pay Hike While They’re Out Of A Job – HuffPost

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Roughly 420,000 federal employees are working without pay, and another 380,000 have been furloughed and are temporarily out of a job. Although lawmakers have typically approved backpay retroactively after previous shutdowns, there is no guarantee a divided Congress would do so this time.

Trump is headed for a wake-up call on reality of divided government. That’s not a bad thing – Washington Examiner

Saturday, December 29, 2018

The 115th Congress appears to have given up, with both the House and Senate failing to reach a deal to end the ongoing government shutdown. This likely punts the showdown over the border wall to the 116th Congress where Trump will face off against a Democratic majority in the House. An agreement won’t be pretty, but it would be a good lesson for Trump and one that could set the…

Trump says ‘big progress’ on China trade deal – AOL

Saturday, December 29, 2018

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, Dec 29 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Saturday that he had a “long and very good call” with Chinese President Xi Jinping and that a possible trade deal between the United States and China was progressing well. As a partial shutdown of the U.S. government entered its eighth day, with no quick end in sight, the Republican president was in Washington, sending out tweets…

Melania Trump’s trip to Iraq marked first war zone visit by a first lady for over a decade – Washington Examiner

Saturday, December 29, 2018

When Melania Trump accompanied her husband President Trump to Iraq this week, it was the first time in more than a decade that a first lady of the United States had visited a war zone. Trump also became the only first lady to have visited Iraq since the war began more than 15 years ago. During the eight years of her husband’s presidency, Michelle Obama never traveled to a war…

Trump issues executive order freezing federal workers’ pay in 2019 – CNN

Saturday, December 29, 2018

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May the wonderful Bre Payton rest in peace – Washington Examiner

Saturday, December 29, 2018

It’s simply devastating to learn that Bre Payton has died at the young age of 26 after the shocking and sudden onset of swine flu (or meningitis) that hit her after Christmas. Many of you may have known Bre as a feisty, funny, and sarcastic Federalist author or from her frequent appearances on television. But anybody who met her in real life mainly knew her as a wonderful person. One…

Trump touts ‘big progress’ with China’s Xi on trade deal amid market swings – USA TODAY

Saturday, December 29, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday amid an ongoing trade dispute that has roiled markets. “Just had a long and very good call with President Xi of China,” Trump posted on Twitter. “Deal is moving along very well. If made, it will be very comprehensive, covering all subjects, areas and points of dispute. Big progress being made!” Trump and Xi walked away from the Group…

Melania Trump’s trip to Iraq marked first war zone visit by a first lady for over a decade – Washington Examiner

Saturday, December 29, 2018

When Melania Trump accompanied her husband President Trump to Iraq this week, it was the first time in more than a decade that a first lady of the United States had visited a war zone. Trump also became the only first lady to have visited Iraq since the war began more than 15 years ago. During the eight years of her husband’s presidency, Michelle Obama never traveled to a war…

Trump is headed for a wake-up call on reality of divided government. That’s not a bad thing – Washington Examiner

Saturday, December 29, 2018

The 115th Congress appears to have given up, with both the House and Senate failing to reach a deal to end the ongoing government shutdown. This likely punts the showdown over the border wall to the 116th Congress where Trump will face off against a Democratic majority in the House. An agreement won’t be pretty, but it would be a good lesson for Trump and one that could set the…

House probe of FBI-DOJ’s alleged anti-Trump, pro-Clinton bias hits unceremonious end — with no report – Fox News

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Video Rep. Gowdy reacts to Mueller probe filings House Republicans unceremoniously ended their investigation into the way the FBI and the Department of Justice handled Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and the bias allegations against President Trump. The House probe was led by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Judiciary Committee and sought to look into allegations that the FBI and the DOJ were biased against Trump during…

Trump is headed for a wake-up call on reality of divided government. That’s not a bad thing – Washington Examiner

Saturday, December 29, 2018

The 115th Congress appears to have given up, with both the House and Senate failing to reach a deal to end the ongoing government shutdown. This likely punts the showdown over the border wall to the 116th Congress where Trump will face off against a Democratic majority in the House. An agreement won’t be pretty, but it would be a good lesson for Trump and one that could set the…

Trump is headed for a wake-up call on reality of divided government. That’s not a bad thing – Washington Examiner

Friday, December 28, 2018

The 115th Congress appears to have given up, with both the House and Senate failing to reach a deal to end the ongoing government shutdown. This likely punts the showdown over the border wall to the 116th Congress where Trump will face off against a Democratic majority in the House. An agreement won’t be pretty, but it would be a good lesson for Trump and one that could set the…

Poll: More Americans blame Trump for shutdown than Democrats | TheHill – The Hill

Thursday, December 27, 2018

More Americans blame President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-Obama national security official: Trump confused ‘troop visit with a campaign rally’ Watergate prosecutor compares Trump ‘poor me’ tweet to end of Nixon presidency Trump shows no signs of backing down over the border wall, shutdown during Iraq visit MORE than Democrats for the six-day partial government shutdown, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday. The new poll found that 33 percent…

Dems’ New Year’s resolution: Stiff Trump on the wall and reopen the government – POLITICO

Thursday, December 27, 2018

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants are considering several options that would refuse the president’s $5 billion demand for a border wall and send thousands of furloughed federal employees back to work. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Government Shutdown Democratic leaders think the president is playing a losing hand and will be under pressure to relent. By RACHAEL BADE and JOHN BRESNAHAN 12/27/2018 07:30 PM EST House…

MAGA hat, campaign rhetoric cast cloud over Trump Iraq visit – CNN

Thursday, December 27, 2018

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