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Author, activist Jewish convert Julius Lester dies at 78

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:09

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - An author, musician, civil rights activist and professor who made a late-life conversion to Judaism, has died. Julius Lester was 78.

Lester's daughter, Lian Amaris, posted on her father's Facebook page that he "passed peacefully, surrounded by family" on Thursday.

Lester had written on Facebook about ...

Oregon Democratic senator won't back stopgap spending bill

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:05
Sen. Jeff Merkley said he will vote against the short-term spending measure Republicans put forth to fund the government and avert a shutdown before the Friday midnight deadline.

Shutdown looms; blame game already in full swing

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:04
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported. 2018-01-19T05:50:00-05:00 2018-01-19T10:50:57-05:00

Mattis: US military advantage over China and Russia 'eroding'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:03
The U.S. military's advantage over Russia and China is "eroding," according to an unclassified summary of the Pentagon's new National Defense Strategy unveiled Friday by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Washington. The document also says that ISIS no longer remains a top threat.

DoD Issues Guidance for Potential Government Shutdown

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:00
The Defense Department has issued guidance to its military and civilian leadership on how to proceed if the federal government should shut down, according to a memorandum from Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan.

Former Trump appointee apologizes for racist and other inflammatory comments that led to his resignation

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:55
Former Trump administration appointee Carl Higbie apologized Friday for the racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT comments he made on the radio.

El Fenix Tex-Mex restaurants mark 100 years of food, fun

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:48

DALLAS (AP) - Any 100th birthday bash deserves considerable thought. But it takes extra-special preparation when the celebration involves the international mecca of Tex-Mex.

Founded in 1918 by Miguel "Mike" Martinez, an immigrant laborer from Mexico, El Fenix is more than a place to eat. It's part of Dallas' psyche.

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Major report finds 'chaos' in Trump's first travel ban

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:42

Homeland Security was "caught by surprise" when President Trump issued his first travel ban last January, the department's inspector general said in a new report Friday that details the chaotic first days after the inauguration last year.

The new White House short-circuited the usual full legal review from the Justice ...

Marc Short says Donald Trump 'very engaged' in talks to avoid a government shutdown

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:38

White House Legislative Director Marc Short said Friday that the administration is in constant contact with leaders on Capitol Hill to try to avoid a government shutdown.

"I think the president is in close communication with Mitch McConnell," Mr. Short said on MSNBC.

"The president is very engaged. He's doing ...

Shutdown looms; blame game already in full swing

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported. 2018-01-19T05:31:00-05:00 2018-01-19T10:31:36-05:00

The Latest: WH budget director addresses shutdown prospects

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local): 2018-01-19T05:27:00-05:00 2018-01-19T10:27:33-05:00

Paul Ryan: Lawmakers close to DACA deal, need government funded

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:35

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Friday that lawmakers could come to a deal on DACA soon, but they need to pass this funding bill to move ahead with the process.

"The bill that we passed, they support it. The CHIP extension bill, the Democrats support that. Keeping the government ...

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Why no one knows anything as the government nears a shutdown

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:31
The federal government will run out of money and shut down at midnight. And, right now, no one in Washington has the slightest clue how to stop that from happening.

Shutdown looms; blame game already in full swing

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:31

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.

Democrats in the Senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, ...

Democratic Rep. Al Green offers second Trump impeachment measure

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:26
The Texan’s previous bid to impeach Trump fell short on a bipartisan vote.

Thorny global issues abound a year into Trump presidency

AP POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:23
With a sharp departure from years and sometimes decades of U.S. foreign policy, President Donald Trump has made a seismic global impact during his first year in office. 2018-01-19T05:12:00-05:00 2018-01-19T10:12:35-05:00

Clock running out to avert U.S. government shutdown as Trump blames Democrats

REUTERS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:18
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump postponed plans to leave Washington on Friday while the U.S. Congress faced a midnight deadline to come up with funding legislation to avoid federal agency shutdowns.

White House says odds are '50-50' for a government shutdown Friday night

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:15

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Friday the chances of a partial government shutdown are "50-50."

"We were operating under sort of a 30 percent shutdown [assumption on Thursday]. ... I think we're ratcheting it up now," Mr. Mulvaney told reporters.

He said White House officials had a teleconference ...

Here's what to watch in Congress: 'This is going to get worse before it gets better'

CNN POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:14
The government will shut down at 12:00:01 a.m. ET, Saturday morning. Nobody on either side -- Senate or House; Republican or Democrat -- sees a different path at this point.

Sen. Chuck Schumer meets with President Trump amid budget logjam after White House blasts 'Schumer Shutdown'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:14
The White House coined a decidedly Trumpian phrase Friday in the battle to assign blame for the looming budget standoff, branding it the "Schumer Shutdown."

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