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Father of dead Guatemalan boy heard rumors they could cross – ABC News

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The father of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody took his son to the border after hearing rumors that parents and their children would be allowed to migrate to the United States and escape the poverty in their homeland, the boy’s stepsister told The Associated Press. Felipe Gomez Alonzo died Monday at a New Mexico hospital after suffering coughing, vomiting and fever, authorities said. It was the…

Tools of the trade: Hardware robbers thwarted by several armed bystanders – NBC News

Thursday, December 27, 2018

When two thieves fled the Marysville Coastal Farm & Ranch store in Washington state with $1,600 worth of nail guns, they quickly were met not by police — but a gauntlet of armed citizens. As the men rushed out of the store last Saturday and into a Honda Civic, they were first confronted by a bystander who had drawn his gun in a low-ready position, police said. Undeterred by his…

Trump’s visit to Iraq is a reminder of the consequences of hasty troop withdrawals – Washington Examiner

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Former President Barack Obama withdrew troops from Iraq in 2011, but U.S. troops were still on the ground when President Trump visited on Wednesday. As Trump commits to pulling troops from Syria, he should take the lesson that such simple moves give rise to unintended consequences. In 2011, Obama pulled U.S. operations from the country. The ensuing power vacuum gave the self-declared Islamic State the opportunity to rapidly gain ground…

Trump finally hews to ritual of meeting troops in harm’s way – Fox News

Thursday, December 27, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks at a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. In a surprise trip to Iraq, President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria where they have been helping battle Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet members of the military at a hanger rally at Al Asad…

Three specific reasons Trump’s Iraq visit is so important – Washington Examiner

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

President Trump’s surprise visit to Iraq on Wednesday, his first to an erstwhile war zone, allows deployed U.S. military forces to see their commander-in-chief in action. It also gives Trump an opportunity to meet with important Iraqi leaders on their soil. Given his reluctance to travel outside the U.S., Trump had seemed out of touch with his presidential responsibilities. But now, Trump has corrected that interest in a manner that…

Trump’s message on Christmas Day: ‘It’s a disgrace’ – CNN

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

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After the shock of Mattis’ resignation, some see a different narrative – CNN

Monday, December 24, 2018

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Trump rants while ‘all alone’ in White House on Christmas Eve – CNN

Monday, December 24, 2018

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Julian Castro on Beto O’Rourke: There’s room for two Texas Democrats in 2020 – Washington Examiner

Sunday, December 23, 2018

The 2020 Democratic presidential primary field can accommodate two Texas Democrats, said White House hopeful Julian Castro. “Oh, I have no doubt,” Castro told NBC News’ “Meet The Press” on Sunday, when asked whether there was enough room in the race for himself and party darling Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who lost his 2018 Texas Senate bid against incumbent Republican Ted Cruz. “There are going to be a whole bunch of…

Corker responds to Trump tweet: ‘Alert the daycare staff’ | TheHill – The Hill

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSunday shows preview: Washington heads into multi-day shutdown WHIP LIST: Who’s in and out in the 2020 race Senate agrees to last-ditch talks, but no clear path over shutdown MORE (R-Tenn.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends foreign policy decisions amid personnel resignations Sunday shows preview: Washington heads into multi-day shutdown Lawmakers shrug off shutdown drama MORE on Sunday after Trump claimed that the Republican was…

Trump’s Incoming Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Pushed Military to Buy Weapons It Didn’t Want – The Daily Beast

Sunday, December 23, 2018

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Michael Avenatti’s wild 2018 rise and fall – Salon

Sunday, December 23, 2018

When the history of the Trump era is written, scholars will likely marvel at the meteoric rise of Michael Avenatti. Before 2018, the prominent lawyer was hardly a household name. Less than twelve months later, Avenatti’s determination to draw attention to the claims of adult film actress Stormy Daniels — who says that she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became president and was then paid illegal hush…

Indonesia ‘volcano tsunami’ kills 222 without warning | News – The Times

Sunday, December 23, 2018

At least 222 people have died and hundreds more are injured after a tsunami struck the west coast of Indonesia following a volcanic eruption. The tsunami slammed into beach resorts around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, off the islands of Java and Sumatra, destroying buildings in its path. The eruption of a volcano known as the “child” of the legendary Krakatoa led to the tsunami at 9.30pm local time last night. Rescue…

Schumer demands Trump ‘abandon the wall’ as DC faces shutdown stalemate – Fox News

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Video Sen. Chuck Schumer: We arrived at this moment because Trump has been on a destructive two-week temper tantrum Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on President Trump to “abandon the wall” Saturday if he wants to reopen the government, saying Trump does not have the votes in the Senate to get it funded – hours after the government shut down over an impasse over funding for Trump’s signature 2016 campaign promise….

U.S. Envoy To The Coalition Against ISIS Resigns Over Trump’s Syria Policy – NPR

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State, announced his resignation days after Secretary of Defense James Mattis also resigned. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption toggle caption Susan Walsh/AP Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State, announced his resignation days after Secretary of Defense James Mattis also resigned. Susan Walsh/AP Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the coalition fighting the…

U.S. Envoy To Anti-ISIS Coalition Quits Over Trump’s Syria Move – HuffPost

Saturday, December 22, 2018

A week before that, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. had a long way to go in training local Syrian forces to prevent a resurgence of IS and stabilize Syria. He said it would take 35,000 to 40,000 local troops in northeastern Syria to maintain security over the long term, but only about 20 percent of that number had been trained.

US envoy to anti-IS coalition quits over Trump’s Syria move – Fox News

Saturday, December 22, 2018

FILE – In this June 7, 2017 file photo, Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition against IS, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq. McGurk has resigned in protest to President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, joining Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in an administration exodus of experienced national security officials. AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) WASHINGTON – Brett McGurk, the…

Shutdown day 1: Trump warns it could be a ‘long stay’ amid impasse over border wall – The Washington Post

Saturday, December 22, 2018

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It’s beginning to look a lot like a government shutdown – Washington Examiner

Friday, December 21, 2018

Looking at where things stand ahead of a midnight Friday deadline, all signs are pointing to a partial government shutdown. Typically, when trying to assess outcomes of Congressional standoffs, it’s best to look past some of the details and consider the bottom line political motivations and incentives for the key players. Right now, we’re in a situation in which the Republican-controlled Senate passed a bill to temporarily keep government open…

Trump’s frontrunners for Pentagon job likely to share Mattis’ views on Syria, Afghanistan – Fox News

Friday, December 21, 2018

Video Secretary of Defense Mattis to retire amid disagreements wit Gen. Mattis will step down in February; Jennifer Griffin reports. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said President Trump deserves a Pentagon leader “whose views are better aligned” with the commander-in-chief’s, but a search for such a person will be a lot harder after Trump’s decisions on Syria and Afghanistan. Mattis’ resignation Thursday, which will take effect in February, came shortly after Trump…