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Right-wing demand to ‘Release the Memo’ endorsed by Russian bots, trolls

WASHINGTON — The latest attempt by some Republicans in Congress to discredit the Trump-Russia investigation has been embraced by Russian bots and trolls on social media. At issue is a classified memo written by House GOP staffers that purports to describe abuses in FBI surveillance practices, but has been denounced by Democratic lawmakers as deeply misleading. House Republicans have described the revelations in the memo as “worse than Watergate,” and are demanding its release. The story is getting major coverage by right-leaning news organizations, including Fox News, Breitbart, the Washington…

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Trump could win 2020 election despite being ‘most unpopular’ US President – and here’s how

The past year has been eventful for Mr Trump as he fights continued allegations over connections with Russia, escalated the rhetoric with North Korea, fought the battle at home over healthcare and fired the head of the FBI, amongst taking swipes at the media and announcing plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. He is the only US President since Harry Truman to have a negative net approval rating after a year in the White House and finds himself an unbelievable 24 points below where Barack Obama was at…

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REVEALED: This is where World War 3 will break out – and it is NOT North Korea

Dr Paul Miller, who served on the US’s National Security Council (NSC) under former presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama, believes if another world war was to break out it would be in the Baltic states.  According to the former White House staffer, he predicted Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014 two years before it happened and he now warns that Vladimir Putin plans to claim more territories in eastern Europe. Dr Miller first unveiled his forecast for the Baltics in 2016 and despite recent provocations from North Korea…

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Trump blasts Roe v. Wade in satellite address to anti-abortion rally

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump addressed anti-abortion activists at the March For Life Friday, beaming into the Washington, D.C., rally via satellite from the White House Rose Garden. “The March for Life is a movement born out of love,” Trump said. As he spoke, huge cheers erupted from the crowd gathered just a few miles away. Trump lambasted Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that reinforced a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, as a decision that allowed for “some of the most permissive abortion laws in the…

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Government shutdown likelihood grows amid Senate standoff

WASHINGTON — Just hours ahead of a midnight deadline to fund the government, a high-stakes standoff in the Senate is making the prospects of a shutdown more likely by the minute. The Senate convened Friday without a clear path forward on how to fund the government with Democrats demanding more progress on a deal on DACA, or Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, while some Republicans, frustrated with the spate of month-long spending bills, are likely to block the current proposal on the table, which would keep the government running for…

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NASA 2019 budget expected to include lunar exploration program details

WASHINGTON – Details about how NASA will implement a space policy directive regarding a human return to the moon will be in the agency’s 2019 budget request, scheduled for release as soon as early February. NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, speaking at a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) civil space forum here Jan. 18, didn’t discuss specifics of those plans, but suggested both international and commercial partnerships would play key roles in NASA’s approach to implementing Space Policy Directive 1. That directive, signed by President Trump Dec. 11,…

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Trump’s border wall models thwart US commandos in tests

Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment told The Associated Press. Military special forces based in Florida and U.S. Customs and Border Protection special units spent three weeks trying to breach and scale the eight models in San Diego, using jackhammers, saws, torches and other tools and climbing devices, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not authorized…

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Battle over legal marijuana: a monumental moment for states’ rights

West Hollywood is painted with rainbow flags. Known as “The Creative City,” this counterculture hub is set in rolling hills, thrumming with thrift stores, vegetarian restaurants, and, since Jan. 1, four dispensaries selling recreational cannabis. The most populous state in the union, with 39 million people, started allowing legal recreational pot sales three days before the Justice Department threatened to step up enforcement of federal prohibition.  As people waiting in a line outside West Hollywood’s MedMen brush off a rainstorm, Iain McDonald, an actor and Lyft driver from Australia, says he’s puzzled…

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Donald Trump WILL meet Theresa May at Davos World Economic Forum, says White House

The Prime Minister had wanted to clear the air with the US President following his aborted visit to the UK. But it had been suggested that Donald Trump was too busy to see her, despite having a chat pencilled in with Emmanuel Macron. However the White House said this evening a meeting would go ahead. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said they would have a discussion on the sidelines of the meeting. And she said Mr Trump wants to further strengthen the “US-UK special relationship.” This year’s forum will be…

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Trump at one year: From ‘hopeful’ to ‘disgusted’

First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day’s most important political stories and why they matter. WASHINGTON — It’s almost fitting that, on the final day of President Trump’s first year in office, Washington is facing the real possibility of a partial government shutdown — especially given all of the stunning news events and chaos since Jan. 20, 2017. The “American Carnage” inaugural address. “Alternative facts.” The Comey firing. The Mueller probe. Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation. The legislative defeat on health care.…

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