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Reuters PoliticsJan 16, 2019
As shutdown lingers, Pelosi pushes Trump to delay State of Union speech
With the partial U.S. government shutdown now in its 26th day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address - a move that could deny him the opportunity to use the pageantry of the speech to attack Democrats in their own chamber over the impasse.

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Pelosi's SOTU gambit aimed at stopping Trump from border plea, Lankford tells Kilmeade (Fox Politics)

CNN PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Trump signs law ensuring shutdown pay for government workers
President Donald Trump signed a bill providing back pay to federal employees affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown, the White House announced Wednesday.

Fox PoliticsJan 16, 2019
British PM Theresa May survives no-confidence vote, day after major Brexit defeat
Prime Minister Theresa May's government survived a vote of no-confidence Wednesday as her Conservative Party stuck together to pushback an effort to oust the government -- despite May's colossal Brexit defeat a day earlier.

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MPs voted down Theresa May's Brexit deal by a huge majority. But now what? (BBC Politics)
Brexit: DUP meets PM before no confidence vote (BBC Talking Point)

BBC PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Moment government survives confidence vote
Theresa May has promised she will start talks with other party leaders over Brexit plans.

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Theresa May survives confidence vote (Politico)
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PoliticoJan 16, 2019
Will the Real Bill Barr Please Stand Up?
In confirmation hearings, the attorney general nominee projected himself as principled and deeply committed to the rule of law—but also raised cause for concern.

Fox PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Pelosi takes heat for bid to delay State of the Union address
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing a mounting backlash from Republicans for urging President Trump to delay his State of the Union address until after the partial government shutdown ends. 

Politics - U.S. SenateJan 16, 2019
William Barr and the Mueller Report
A reader says William Barr should not be confirmed as attorney general if he refuses to commit to the full release of the investigative report.

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William Barr's grandson, 8, has notes on attorney general confirmation hearing and Russia probe (Fox Politics)

Washington Post PoliticsJan 16, 2019
House Democratic leaders try to avert censure vote on Rep. Steve King
Top Democrats think censure of King's racial remarks might set a dangerous precedent for policing members' speech.

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House Dem leaders push back against harsher punishment for Steve King (Politico)

BBC PoliticsJan 16, 2019
May's government survives no confidence vote
Theresa May sees off a bid to topple her government by 19 votes and vows to get on with delivering Brexit.

CNN PoliticsJan 16, 2019
House Dem blasts Interior move to bring back workers to handle oil-drilling land sales
House Natural Resources Chairman Raul Grijalva is asking the Interior Department to stop bringing back employees who were furloughed during the government shutdown to work on sales of land for oil and gas drilling purposes in the Gulf of Mexico, calling the move "an outrageous step."

New York Times PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Democrats Fall Short in Effort to Rebuke Administration on Russia Sanctions
A measure that would have forced President Trump to leave sanctions in place on a Russian oligarch's companies fell three votes short in the Senate.

CNN PoliticsJan 16, 2019
These 7 House Democrats met with Trump about the shutdown
A day after congressional Democrats declined to meet with President Donald Trump over ending the government shutdown, at least seven House Democrats attended a White House meeting Wednesday aimed at reopening the government that has been partially closed for more than three weeks.

The Daily BeastJan 16, 2019
Theresa May's Government Limps On After Surviving No-Confidence Vote
Reuters / U.K. ParliamentTheresa May's government has survived a no-confidence vote called by the opposition Labour party following the humiliating rejection of her Brexit deal—the largest parliamentary defeat in British history.

Although dozens of her colleagues rebelled against her in the vote on her Brexit deal on Tuesday, the Conservative party rallied behind her—alongside the Northern Irish DUP which has a loose coalition arrangement with the Conservatives—to allow her to limp on with her faltering attempts to see through Britain's exit from the European Union.

May won the vote by 325 to 306.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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CNN PoliticsJan 16, 2019
William Barr, attorney general nominee, backs away from prior comments pushing Clinton Foundation investigation
Attorney General nominee Bill Barr reaffirmed Tuesday that, if confirmed, he would allow special counsel Robert Mueller to finish the Russia investigation, but Barr's testimony surrounding a prior eyebrow-raising claim that more should be done to investigate the Clinton Foundation, and his related correspondence with a reporter on that issue, has caught the attention of his critics and raises fresh questions on how he'd handle the issue if confirmed.

Reuters PoliticsJan 16, 2019
U.S. watchdog cites constitutional concerns over Trump hotel lease
There were "serious shortcomings" in the General Services Administration handling of President Donald Trump's lease of the government-owned building that houses his Trump International Hotel in Washington, according to a U.S. government watchdog report released on Wednesday.

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BBC PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Jeremy Corbyn: 'Remove prospect of catastrophe of a no-deal Brexit'
The Labour leader reacts after the Prime Minister sees off a bid to remove her government from power.

Drudge ReportJan 16, 2019
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Power Up: Barr's testimony sets the stage for future fights over Mueller report (Washington Post Politics)

CNN PoliticsJan 16, 2019
4 Americans killed in Syria attack. ISIS claims responsibility
Several casualities were reported after a bomb exploded in a Syrian city where US soldiers are deployed in the area, a militia controlling the city and a UK-based monitoring group said Wednesday.

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Will a deadly Syria attack force US to fight back, or withdraw faster? (CNN Politics)

Washington Post PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Trolling Trump and feeding furloughed workers: How brands are wading into the chaos of the shutdown
Burger King trolls the president's shutdown feast and other brands donate food to unpaid federal workers.

Fox PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Who is Kirsten Gillibrand? 5 things to know about the New York senator and 2020 candidate
From being a mother to her work combating sexual assault in the military, here's what you need to know about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Yahoo PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Steve King faces increasing pressure to resign after ‘white supremacy' remarks
FILE - In this June 8, 2018, file photo, U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, the House voted 416-1 for a resolution repudiating Kingâ??s words expressing puzzlement about why terms like â??white nationalistâ? are offensive.


CNN PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Analysis: The Trump administration keeps making more government workers essential, making thousands return to work without pay
One of the notable recent elements of this partial government shutdown -- the longest in history -- is that the Trump administration keeps designating more and more of the federal government essential, or excepted from the furlough, recalling many thousands of workers to process tax returns, perform safety inspections and more.

Fox PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Karen Pence slammed by LGBT activists for taking job at school that bans gay teachers
Second Lady Karen Pence is taking heat for taking a part-time teaching job at a Virginia school that does not permit gay men and lesbians to be teachers.

Reuters PoliticsJan 16, 2019
'Not the greatest crisis': Trump's EPA pick downplays climate threat
U.S. President Donald Trump's new pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency told lawmakers on Wednesday he does not believe climate change is a major crisis, and would continue to undo Obama-era emission limits if confirmed.

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Washington Post PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Karen Pence's job at school banning gay employees latest reminder of current administration's views on LGBT issues
Headed into 2020, expect LGBT rights to be at the center of campaign issues.

Fox PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Bernie Sanders hammers EPA nominee Wheeler over climate change stance in tense hearing
Andrew Wheeler, President Trump's pick for EPA administrator, clashed with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday over whether climate change is a global crisis during a contentious confirmation hearing that saw environmental protesters ejected from the room.

Reuters PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Congressional Democrats move to stop U.S. Census citizenship question
Democrats in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday were moving ahead with legislation to prevent the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, following a court decision this week blocking inclusion of such information.

CNN PoliticsJan 16, 2019
The Point: How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thrives in the same political landscape as Donald Trump
At first glance, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has zero in common with President Donald Trump.

Reuters PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Security services prepared for Trump congressional address: DHS
The Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service are prepared for the annual State of the Union address, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Wednesday, despite a partial government shutdown that has affected federal workers.

CNN PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Gingrich says Trump should not negotiate on shutdown
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, President Donald Trump's ally who in the 1990s presided over one of the longest government shutdowns in US history, said Wednesday that Trump should stop negotiating with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and instead ramp up the pressure on rank-and-file Democrats.

PoliticoJan 16, 2019
Nancy Pelosi Might Have Just Blown Up the State of the Union. And That's OK.
Sometimes our cherished political rituals are more distracting than useful.

CNN PoliticsJan 16, 2019
The Point: Nancy Pelosi just pulled a major power move on Donald Trump's State of the Union
Sometimes the best power moves in politics are conveyed in the most mundane language.

New York Times PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Karen Pence Teaching at Christian School That Bars L.G.B.T. Students and Teachers
Mrs. Pence is teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Va., which requires employees to uphold conservative beliefs on sexual identity.

CNN PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Senate Democrats' effort to block Trump move on Russia sanctions fails
Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a Democratic effort to keep sanctions on companies tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, ending what was the most aggressive congressional pushback so far on the Trump administration's foreign policy toward Russia.

New York Times PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Andrew Wheeler, Trump's Choice to Lead the E.P.A., Faces Senate Confirmation Questioning
The former coal lobbyist took the stand before a Senate panel to make his case for leading the E.P.A. and steering President Trump's agenda of rolling back environmental rules.

Fox PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Embattled British PM Theresa May faces fresh no-confidence vote, as calls to delay Brexit intensify
Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May will face a fresh vote of no-confidence on Wednesday, a day after suffering a devastating defeat on her Brexit deal -- as calls to delay Britain's departure from the bloc intensify.

Yahoo PoliticsJan 16, 2019
PHOTOS: Kenya's security forces kill gunmen in deadly Nairobi hotel attack
Kenyan security forces have killed the militants who stormed an upscale Nairobi hotel compound, taking at least 14 lives and forcing hundreds of others to make terrifying escapes, the government said on Wednesday.


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Democracy NowJan 16, 2019
Judge Blocks Trump Plan to Add Citizenship Question to Census, Citing "Smorgasbord" of Broken Rules
A federal judge in New York City has ruled against the Trump administration's decision to put a citizenship question on the census. In a lengthy opinion, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman wrote that in deciding to add a citizenship question to the census, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross violated a "veritable smorgasbord" of federal rules and "alternately ignored, cherry-picked, or badly misconstrued the evidence in the record before him." Ross announced the citizenship question in March, touting it as a way to enforce the Voting Rights Act and protect minorities against voter discrimination. Voting rights activists feared the question would deter immigrants from participating in the census, leading to a vast undercount in states with large immigrant communities. That could impact everything from the redrawing of congressional maps to the allocation of federal funding. We speak with David Cole, national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the addition of the citizenship question.

BBC Talking PointJan 16, 2019
Nairobi hotel: Kenyans praise 'heroes' of DusitD2 siege
Photos showing acts of bravery and kindness have been shared alongside the hashtag #WeShallOvercome.

BBC Talking PointJan 16, 2019
Brexit vote: Donald Tusk hints UK should stay in EU
The European Council president sends a cryptic tweet after Theresa May's Brexit deal is rejected.

BBC PoliticsJan 16, 2019
Brexit: Theresa May faces confidence vote after huge defeat
Labour is bidding to force a general election after the PM's Brexit deal was rejected but Tory rebels and the DUP have pledged support.

The Daily BeastJan 15, 2019
Deafening Silence From White House as Republicans Chide Steve King
Drew Angerer/GettyThe walls at the Capitol have closed in on Rep. Steve King (R-IA) over his latest racist remarks, but a growing number of Democrats are wondering why any walls are still standing around King at all, let alone the president who they see as the race-baiter-in-chief.    

On Tuesday, the House overwhelmingly voted to reject white supremacy and white nationalism after King publicly questioned how those terms ever became offensive. That vote came a day after Republican leaders in the House stripped him of his committee assignments (where lawmakers do the serious work of legislating for their constituents' interests while on Capitol Hill).

The move appeared to have rendered King, normally one of the most talkative lawmakers on the Hill when he wants to be, temporarily speechless; he emerged from his office Tuesday only to refuse to answer any questions from a crowd of film crews gathered outside.

Read more at The Daily Beast.



Reuters PoliticsJan 15, 2019
Democratic Senator Gillibrand to launch 2020 White House bid
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told CBS' "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" that she would file paperwork on Tuesday night to explore a run for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2020 election.

New York Times PoliticsJan 15, 2019
William Barr Vows to Let Mueller Finish Investigation
William P. Barr, a once and likely future attorney general, testified at his confirmation hearing at a time of constitutional tumult.

New York Times PoliticsJan 15, 2019
Republicans Break Ranks Over Move to Lift Sanctions on Russian Oligarch's Firms
Eleven Senate Republicans defied their leadership and the Trump administration in a clash over removing sanctions on companies controlled by a Kremlin ally.

BBC Talking PointJan 15, 2019
Brexit: Irish cabinet discusses 'no deal plans'
Leo Varadkar's cabinet met just hours before UK MPs vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal.
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