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Key senator floats new compromise for immigration talks

Senator Rob Portman floats new imigration bills

A key Republican senator is floating a new proposal to essentially codify President Obama’s 2012 executive order creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in order to break a standoff with Democrats over immigration.

The idea, floated by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in private conversations with Republican and Democratic senators, would give legal status to immigrants who entered the country illegally as children in exchange for stronger border security.

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Ex-Gov. Haley Barbour Arrested for Bringing Loaded Gun to Airport

Haley Barbour arrested for loaded gun at airportFormer Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he will pay a fine after being arrested with a loaded handgun in his briefcase as he went through an airport security checkpoint.

Barbour — Republican National Committee chairman in the mid-1990s and governor from 2004-12 — told The Associated Press on Tuesday he was trying to board a flight Jan. 2 from Jackson to Washington. He said he forgot he was carrying the gun, which he had put in his briefcase after an assistant removed it from his car days earlier.

“This was absentmindedness and nobody’s fault but mine,” Barbour said.

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Russia’s Sanctioned Spy Chief Reportedly Met CIA Director in the U.S.

Russsia's sanctioned spy chief met with CIA Director in US

Russia’s sanctioned spy chief recently visited the United States and reportedly met with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Russian state media reported Tuesday.

Sergey Naryshkin, director of Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR, was spotted aboard a commercial Aeroflot flight to the United States, Russian state-owned news channel Rossiya-1 reported. The SVR is blamed by the U.S. government for a key role in the Kremlin’s interference with the 2016 election. A reporter for the network said Naryshkin landed in New York and met with the CIA director.

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U.S. Treasury names 200 figures close to Vladimir Putin

Treasury exposes figures close  to Putin The U.S. Treasury has released a list of prominent Russian business and political figures linked to President Vladimir Putin, implementing a law aimed at punishing Russia for meddling in the 2016 election and military intervention in Ukraine.

The list, published just before midnight Monday, names 114 senior political figures with ties to Putin and nearly 100 oligarchs with a net worth of $1 billion or more -- including aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska and Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich.

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Israelis protesting pending deportation of African migrants

Israelis prtoesting pending deportation of African migrantsA government plan to deport tens of thousands of African migrants has sparked an unexpected backlash from liberal Israelis and their American Jewish allies who say Israel — established in the wake of the Holocaust — should never be turning away those in need.

The showdown could come to a head on April 1, when the state plans to start expelling Africans, some of whom have been in Israel for years and have children who know no other home, to an uncertain fate.

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Once again, Trump skips facts on climate change

Ice caps are melting, Mr. TrumpDonald Trump gave his first interview to a UK journalist on Sunday, while he was attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In a wide-ranging, but generally friendly interview, the US president gave his views on climate change.

Once again, Trump did not seem to be aware of the facts before opining to British broadcaster Piers Morgan.

"The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now, but now they're setting records," he said.

TVNL Comment:  It is so dangerous to allow a total moron to hold the office of President. So very dangerous....

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White House to Congress: Russia sanctions not needed now

Trump tells Congress he won't impost sanctions on Russia despite bill

The Trump administration informed lawmakers Monday that new Russia sanctions called for in a bipartisan bill passed last year are not necessary yet because the measure is already "serving as a deterrent."

The announcement came as lawmakers in both parties nudged the administration to implement a sanctions legislation that passed overwhelmingly in July — with only five no votes in both the House and Senate. The sanctions bill requires the imposition of penalties by Monday against entities doing "significant" business with Moscow's defense and intelligence sectors, unless Congress is notified that prospective targets are "substantially reducing" that business.

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House intelligence panel votes to release classified Nunes memo about FBI eavesdropping

Nunes memo to be releasedThe House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines Monday to to make public a classified memo about some of the government's most sensitive secrets, prompting Democrats to accuse the Republican majority of playing politics with national security to protect President Donald Trump.

Republicans have said the Republican-written memo examines how the FBI eavesdrops on suspects in national security investigations. They say it shows corruption in the FBI that is "worse than Watergate," proving that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is based on a fraud.

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Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen To Retire

Rodney Frelinghuysen, Appropriations Chair, will not seek another term Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, a 12-term Republican from New Jersey and chairman of the most sought-after committee in Congress ― the Appropriations Committee ― announced Monday that he would not run for re-election.

Frelinghuysen’s announcement was a bit of surprise, considering he could still serve as the top Republican on the powerful Appropriations Committee for another four years under House GOP rules. But faced with the prospect of a tough race ― Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in that district by only 1 point in 2016 ― as well as internal discussions about removing Frelinghuysen as chairman after he voted against the party’s tax bill, the 71-year-old GOP moderate decided to call it quits.

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