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Citing 'security concerns' due to government shutdown, Speaker Pelosi urges delay of State of the Union address

Pelosi asks Trump to delay SOTU addressHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address from later this month if the government remains shuttered – or deliver it in writing.

"Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th," Pelosi wrote in a letter to Trump Wednesday.


Civilians, US troops killed in blast in northern Syria

Civilians, US troops, Syrians killed northern Syria blast

Several people, including US troops, were reportedly killed after a blast struck near a US-led coalition patrol in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on Wednesday.

The US-led coalition confirmed on Twitter that US troops were killed during the explosion, but did not elaborate on the number of casualties. It said it was still gathering information about the attack.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Kurdish-led Manbij Military Council, which administers the town, said the attack occurred near a restaurant on Wednesday, killing several, including civilians.


William Barr won’t commit to recusing himself from Mueller probe

Bill Barr will not heed any advice to recuse himself

President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William Barr, wouldn’t commit to recusing himself from the special counsel’s probe after writing a memo that was critical of Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Sen. Pat Leahy questioned Barr during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing Tuesday about whether he would seek and follow the advice of the Justice Department’s career ethics officials about recusal.

“I will seek the advice of the career ethics personnel, but as head of the agency, I make the decision of my recusal,” he said. “At the end of the day, I would make my decision based on the law and the facts.”


The Brexit deal was defeated in Parliament. Here’s what happens next.

Brexit deal vote fails

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was just voted down by Parliament.

May’s deal lost 202 to 432, a humiliating margin that reveals just how unpopular her plan was. The outcome was somewhat anticlimactic: members of Parliament have been vocal about their opposition to the withdrawal agreement ever since May delivered it last year. The backlash forced May to postpone the vote in December, but the delay ultimately didn’t help her convince members of Parliament to support her plan.

Now, the Brexit deadline — March 29, 2019 — is just 73 days away, and the UK has no clear path forward for how to exit the EU.


Judge: Trump Administration Can’t Add Citizenship Question to Census

Census question cannot ask citizenship status

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration cannot add to the 2020 U.S. Census a question about respondents’ citizenship.

Critics had decried Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ move to include the question, arguing that it would dissuade immigrants of all kinds from responding to the decennial survey, which helps allocate congressional seats and approximately $675 billion in federal funding.


Mueller asks court to delay Rick Gates' sentencing, citing cooperation with 'several ongoing investigations'

Gates took a plea deal in February 2018, and he agreed to cooperate when he pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States and making a false statement to federal investigators.

His sentencing was delayed first in November, when the special counsel also cited ongoing cooperation.


Publicist: Broadway icon Carol Channing dies at age 97

Carol Channing dies at 97Actress Carol Channing, whose career spanned decades on Broadway and on television, has died at age 97.

Publicist B. Harlan Boll says Channing died of natural causes at 12:31 a.m. Tuesday in Rancho Mirage, California. Boll says she had twice suffered strokes in the last year.

The lanky, ebullient musical comedy star delighted American audiences over almost 5,000 performances as the scheming Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway and beyond.


Trump Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO, Aides Say Amid New Concerns Over Russia

Trump discussed pulling out of NATOThere are few things that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO, the military alliance among the United States, Europe and Canada that has deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years.

Last year, President Trump suggested a move tantamount to destroying NATO: the withdrawal of the United States.

Senior administration officials told The New York Times that several times over the course of 2018, Mr. Trump privately said he wanted to withdraw from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Current and former officials who support the alliance said they feared Mr. Trump could return to his threat as allied military spending continued to lag behind the goals the president had set.


Ivanka Trump will help pick America's next World Bank nominee

Ivanka will help choose nominee for head of World Bank

Ivanka Trump, President Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, is not a candidate to be the next president of the World Bank, but she'll "help manage the U.S. nomination process as she's worked closely with the World Bank's leadership for the past two years," a White House representative tells The Wall Street Journal.

Trump will work with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to select the U.S. nominee, following the surprise resignation of Jim Yong Kim earlier this month.


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