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Washington DC sues Facebook over privacy scandal

Washington DC sues Facebook over privacy scandal Last week, Facebook had fallen under scrutiny yet again after it was reported that a bug had affected almost 7 million users , granting permission to third-party apps to access their photos, including photos that users had never posted to Facebook. [Full Article...]

What politicians are saying about U.S. pulling troops from Syria

What politicians are saying about U.S. pulling troops from Syria The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, indicated that a warning order had gone out to United States troops in Syria about the withdrawal, suggesting that the decision still could be reversed. military withdrawal drew immediate criticism , including from some of Trump's fellow Republicans. The terror group control a shrinking strip of land east of the Syria's Euphrates River around the ... [Full Article...]

Third Canadian citizen detained in China, Global Affairs Canada confirms

Third Canadian citizen detained in China, Global Affairs Canada confirms Global Affairs Canada said there is no reason to believe this particular case is linked to the previous two detentions, which were widely seen as a response to Meng's arrest. Consular assistance is being provided to all three, and their families, officials from Global Affairs say. Meng, Huawei's chief financial officer, faces United States fraud charges of "conspiracy to defraud multiple financ... [Full Article...]

Japan's new defence guidelines for local military threats

Japan's new defence guidelines for local military threats The MTDP also said Japan will seek to introduce three shipborne unmanned aerial systems during the next five years, although details were scarce. Kyoji Yanagisawa, a former defence bureaucrat, expressed disappointment that the aircraft carrier deployment plan appears to have been given the green light without sufficient debate on what functions the vessels should have, and what they are for. [Full Article...]

4 things to know about Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria

4 things to know about Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria Mona Yacoubian, the senior adviser for Syria, Middle East and North Africa at the United States Institute of Peace, said the USA military presence in Syria was a "small footprint but an important one", noting that US troops are in Northeastern Syria where the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces have control of oil fields, gas, water and infrastructure. [Full Article...]

Trump Foundation shutting down amid allegations money used for personal benefit

Trump Foundation shutting down amid allegations money used for personal benefit In her investigation, Underwood claims to have discovered that The Trump Foundation engaged in multiple occasions of self-dealing, illegal coordination with his presidential campaign and other acts that violated the law. But for a billionaire man and his family, the foundation doesn't have too much money left to give - only $1.75 million. As a result, the Trump Foundation is shutting down. [Full Article...]

Saudi Arabia rejects U.S. Senate moves on Khashoggi’s death

Saudi Arabia rejects U.S. Senate moves on Khashoggi’s death Just last week , Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that a voice can be heard on the tape of Khashoggi's murder saying, "I know how to cut well". Canada is looking into ways to cancel a giant 2014 weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday, as criticism mounts over the kingdom's role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Riyadh-led wa... [Full Article...]

Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks

Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks The new regulations could face legal challenges from the National Rifle Association, bump stock owners or manufacturers. The move, signed by acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker Tuesday, will prohibit the use and sales of attachments used to modify fire arms into automatic weapons. [Full Article...]

North Korea says U.S. stance on sanctions could derail denuclearization talks

North Korea says U.S. stance on sanctions could derail denuclearization talks North Korea's Foreign Ministry has condemned the USA administration for stepping up sanctions and pressure on the nuclear-armed country. North Korea has repeatedly urged the U.S.to scale back sanctions in exchange for the regime taking steps toward denuclearization. [Full Article...]

Russian interference in the election was worse than we thought

Russian interference in the election was worse than we thought The report was compiled by the cybersecurity firm, New Knowledge , with data provided by the Senate committee from major tech companies, Facebook , Twitter, and Alphabet, the parent company of Google. Saint Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) worked actively to deepen divisions in U.S. society and dampen voter enthusiasm among Democrat-leaning Latinos, youths and the LGBTQ community,... [Full Article...]

Trump may back down from $5bn border wall demand, White House says

Trump may back down from $5bn border wall demand, White House says The key sticking point is how much money Congress should allocate for the President's long-promised wall at the US-Mexico border. While Trump said last week he would be "proud" to have a shutdown over the wall funding, Sanders on Tuesday said are "other ways" to secure the $5 billion that he wants. [Full Article...]

CPD officers killed by train while investigating shooting near tracks

CPD officers killed by train while investigating shooting near tracks Mayor Rahm Emanuel said "this holiday will never be the same for those two families. We go about our lives not thinking twice and we can do that because of the men and women in the Chicago police department". It's still unclear whether the suspect ran onto the tracks, or how the officers ended up in the path of the oncoming train. "They were good kids and they all turned out to be good, hard-w... [Full Article...]

'They're a joke': Rudy Giuliani steps up attack on Mueller

'They're a joke': Rudy Giuliani steps up attack on Mueller The judge found Trump's attorney guilty of campaign-finance violations amongst other charges while referring to the payments made during the 2016 election campaign to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal , who claimed to have past affairs with the US President . [Full Article...]

Round Two, Comey Bashes Trump, GOP, and Fox News

Round Two, Comey Bashes Trump, GOP, and Fox News Comey, who led both investigations, mocked the congressional probe, saying the questions were about "Hillary Clinton's emails and the Steele dossier" - two favorite subjects of Republicans who insist there was bias in the department. "We have to stop being numb to it". We will ask him about the Comey memos. "The questions about Hillary Clinton and the Steele dossier strike me as more of the sa... [Full Article...]

ARMAGEDDON AGAIN? Pelosi Warns Government Could be 'CLOSED FOREVER' Over Budget Fight

ARMAGEDDON AGAIN? Pelosi Warns Government Could be 'CLOSED FOREVER' Over Budget Fight Perlmutter says Pelosi contacted him around Thanksgiving. But Thursday, the speaker-in-waiting capped off the week-that-was by recapping what had just happened - in case anyone missed the social media memes of Pelosi in that coat, exiting the White House . [Full Article...]

Trump names budget director Mick Mulvaney as acting chief of staff

Trump names budget director Mick Mulvaney as acting chief of staff One-time deputy campaign manager David Bossie was seen at the White House Friday where he's expected to speak with the president about the position. "It only speaks to continued ambiguity in the White House". "Mulvaney has an easy rapport with Trump, often taking large charts and colorful graphics into the Oval Office to explain fiscal policy, administration officials said ", the Post relay... [Full Article...]

No-deal Brexit prep details coming on December 19th — EU's Juncker

No-deal Brexit prep details coming on December 19th — EU's Juncker Theresa May has been caught having a run-in on camera with the President of the European Commission after she mistakenly thought he had called her "nebulous". Prime Minister Theresa May is facing widespread opposition to the measure at Westminster amid claims it will undermine the integrity of the United Kingdom by creating an economic border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. [Full Article...]

Sen. Durbin: ‘The Republicans have no alternative to the Affordable Care Act’

Sen. Durbin: ‘The Republicans have no alternative to the Affordable Care Act’ Collins said she felt vindicated for her support of Kavanaugh after he sided with Chief Justice John Roberts and four liberal Supreme Court justices last week in declining to review whether states can block Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from their Medicaid programs. [Full Article...]

Michael Flynn associate charged with illegal lobbying for Turkey

Michael Flynn associate charged with illegal lobbying for Turkey The case unsealed today against Flynn's former business partner, Bijan Kian , and Turkish businessman, Ekim Alptekin , accuses the two men of conspiring to "covertly and unlawfully" influence USA politicians on behalf of Turkey. He conspired "covertly and unlawfully" to influence USA politicians and public opinion in favor of having Gulen extradited from the US back to Turkey, according to the i... [Full Article...]

Scalise: Schumer Throwing 'Tantrums,' Won't Fare Too Well With Border Wall Opposition

Scalise: Schumer Throwing 'Tantrums,' Won't Fare Too Well With Border Wall Opposition Federal District Court Judge Reed O'Connor ruled Friday that tax reform passed by Republicans last year essentially killed Obamacare because the tax package eliminated the individual mandate penalty, which one would incur if they were uninsured for part of a tax year. [Full Article...]


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