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President Trump arrives in California to survey wildfire damage after hammering 'poor' forest management
President Trump arrived Saturday in Northern California to see the devastation from the California wildfires that have left at least 71 dead and more than 1,000 people missing -- saying it’s time “to pull together for the people of California.” Trump was traveling with Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., and Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., and will meet with residents, firefighters, first responders and FEMA officials. "The first responders, they have been incredible," he told reporters as he departed Washington.  Fox
VOA VIEW: A bad loss.

Cindy McCain says US needs 'a strong leader, not a negative Nancy’
Cindy McCain, in an interview broadcast Friday, said that she hopes President Trump learns from the midterm elections and realizes that “our country needs a strong leader, not a negative Nancy.” "It's very humbling to lose and I hope he learns from it," McCain, whose late husband, Sen. John McCain, sparred regularly with Trump, told CBS News. She said she hopes the midterm results will take Trump "back to basics." "I hope he learns from it and realizes that our country needs a strong leader and not a negative Nancy, if I can put it in such a basic term," she said. "We need our president. Fox
VOA VIEW: The US does not need a negative Cindy.

Trump says 'good time' for a government shutdown if no money for border wall
President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House Saturday that this would be a "good time" for a government shutdown if he doesn't get funding from Congress for his border wall. "I think probably, if I was ever going to do a shutdown over border security, when you look at the caravans, when you look at the mess, when you look at the people coming in, this would be a very good time to do a shutdown," Trump said. Trump added, however, that he didn't think a shutdown would "be necessary, because I think the Democrats will come to their senses." CNN
VOA VIEW: A good point.

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Trump to hold rallies in Mississippi on eve of Senate runoff election
President Donald Trump will hold two campaign rallies in Mississippi to campaign for Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith on November 26, the day before her runoff election against Democrat Mike Espy. The runoff was triggered when neither candidate received 50% of the vote on November 6. Hyde-Smith was appointed in April to fill the Senate seat vacated by Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, who stepped down due to health reasons. Trump endorsed Hyde-Smith in August, tweeting that she would help him "Put America First!" Hyde-Smith said in a statement that she is "very excited" that Trump is returning to Mississippi to rally support for her. CNN
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, there will be a Smith win.

Trump: ‘We’re Writing Up Rules and Regulations’ for Reporter Decorum at Press Conferences
"People have to behave,” President Donald Trump said when asked about Friday’s ruling by U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia Judge Timothy J. Kelly giving CNN a temporary restraining order requiring the White House to return CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass. “We're writing up rules and regulations,” Trump told reporters after signing a bill on cybersecurity and infrastructure security. “I think you were treated very unfairly. Both of you. Because you had somebody interrupting you. With the rules and regulations, we will end up back in court, and we will win."  CNS

There are dozens of sealed criminal indictments on the DC docket. Are they from Mueller?
More than three dozen sealed criminal indictments have been added to the federal court docket in Washington, D.C. since the start of 2018. Sealed criminal court files are assigned a case number, but do not indicate the identity of the parties or the nature of the charges, so it is impossible for the public to discern what those sealed cases contain. But several legal experts told ABC News the number of sealed cases awaiting action right now is unusual. ABC

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Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman says military's job at border is "not to deny access to migrants"
Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the Halifax International Security Forum Saturday that the increased presence of military troops at the U.S.-Mexico border is "not to deny access to migrants." President Trump said before the midterm elections that he would order the deployment of up to 15,000 military personnel to the border as a show of force against a caravan of migrants approaching the southern border. More than 5,000 troops have been deployed so far. Dunford said military personnel were there to provide engineering support to points of entry, and to provide logistical and medical support to customs and border police. "The tasks that we are providing are in support of the Department of Homeland Security. And nothing that we are doing is illegal," Dunford said. CBS

Mike Pence laughs off reports that Trump questioned his loyalty
Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday laughed off the suggestion that President Donald Trump has recently questioned his loyalty, saying that he “was tempted not to dignify it with a comment.” A New York Times story on Friday reported that multiple aides and outside advisers to the president had said Trump was openly asking whether Pence was loyal to him. Earlier in the week at a White House press conference, Trump was asked about Pence and had his vice president stand as he responded that he felt “very fine” about having Pence be on his 2020 ticket. While talking to reporters overseas on Saturday, Pence acknowledged talking with Trump in a phone call earlier in the day about the article but said that Trump made clear to him that he had never questioned Pence’s loyalty. NBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal media  propaganda.

Judge rules would-be Reagan assassin John Hinckley can move out of his mother's house
The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan can move out of his mother’s house in Virginia and live on his own, a federal judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman granted John Hinckley Jr. the largest measure of freedom he’s had since shooting and wounding Reagan and three others outside a Washington hotel in 1981. Hinckley was confined for decades to St. Elizabeths Hospital in the nation’s capital. Starting in 2006, he began to make trips to visit his mother, who is now in her 90s and lives in a gated community in Williamsburg. He moved in with her in 2016. NBC

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Extinction Rebellion protests block London bridges
Protesters blocked off five major bridges in central London as part of a so-called "rebellion day". Organisers said thousands gathered in central London to demand the government take greater action on climate change. Demonstrators occupied Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth bridges for most of the day, after a week of action by campaign group Extinction Rebellion. They later moved on from the crossings to a rally in Parliament Square. Large groups of people holding banners began congregating on the five bridges from 10:00 GMT before blocking off the traffic. BBC

Democrat Andrew Gillum concedes to Ron DeSantis
Democrat Andre Gillum has admitted defeat to his Republican rival in the race to be named Florida's governor - for the second time. Mr Gillum congratulated Ron DeSantis in a tweet on Saturday, 10 days after he first conceded the 6 November election. He withdrew the initial concession after Mr DeSantis's lead narrowed to 0.41%, triggering a recount in accordance with state law. A recount has also been ordered in Florida's Senate race.  BBC
VOA VIEW: It is about time.

Pence vows no end to tariffs until China bows
The United States will not back down from its trade dispute with China, and might even double its tariffs, unless Beijing bows to U.S. demands, Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday. In a bluntly worded speech at an Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea, Pence threw down the gauntlet to China on trade and security in the region. “We have taken decisive action to address our imbalance with China,” Pence declared. “We put tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods, and we could more than double that number.”  Reuters

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President Trump receives CIA briefing on Jamal Khashoggi murder, as reports link Saudi prince to killing
President Donald Trump was briefed Saturday on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a day after multiple reports linked the murder to Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The president was given an update by CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary on State Mike Pompeo on the killing of the Washington Post columnist as he was headed to California to assess the deadly and destructive wildfires. ABC

Is Bill and Hillary's tour a sideshow the Democrats don't need?
It is a plan that has critics asking: when will the Clintons take a hint? Bill Clinton, the former US president, and his wife Hillary, the ex-secretary of state and presidential candidate, embark on a speaking tour of 13 cities later this month but a warm reception is far from guaranteed. Bill, 72, has seen his stock plummet since the rise of the #MeToo movement. He was persona non grata among Democratic candidates during the midterms and, with uncomfortable timing, the tour coincides with the 20th anniversary of his impeachment over the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Hillary, 71, is seeking redemption of her own after losing the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump, a reality TV star with zero political experience and a record high disapproval rating.  Guardian

Trump: Sending cleric to Turkey 'not under consideration'
President Donald Trump says extraditing a Turkish-born Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey for engineering a 2016 military coup attempt is "not under consideration."
Fethullah Gulen (FEH'-too-lah goo-LEN') has lived for nearly 20 years in self-exile at an Islamic retreat in the Pocono Mountains. He denies the allegations made by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn). The U.S. has told Turkey it must present convincing evidence for any extradition proceeding to go forward. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Liberal media propaganda.

Relentless California wildfires leave 79 dead, nearly 1,300 others still missing
The number of people who remain missing in the wake of a pair of ferocious wildfires that have been blazing across both ends of California for more than a week spiked to nearly 1,300 late Saturday. The two monstrous blazes which both ignited last week have claimed a total of 79 lives while laying waste to a total area of nearly 400 square miles, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials said that 63 of the remains have been positively identified so far. The vast majority of the deaths -- 76 total -- were due to the Camp Fire in Northern California's Butte County, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildland fire in the state's history. ABC

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Florida sues drugstores Walgreens and CVS for alleged role in opioid crisis
Florida is suing the nation’s two largest drugstore chains, Walgreens and CVS, alleging they added to the state and national opioid crisis by overselling painkillers and not taking precautions to stop illegal sales. The state attorney general, Pam Bondi, announced late on Friday that she had added the companies to a state-court lawsuit filed last spring against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and several opioid distributors.  Guardian

‘Let the children live’: UN prepares to ramp up food aid to Yemen as famine risk grows
As the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) prepares to ramp up aid to Yemen, in the face of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, David Beasley, Executive-Director of the agency, issued a heartfelt plea for all warring parties to end “this horrible war.” Mr. Beasley was speaking on his return from a three-day visit to the country, which included  Hudaydah, a port town critical to the humanitarian effort in Yemen, as the gateway for 70 per cent of the food, fuel and medicine imports on which the majority of the population depends. UN

Tomi Says Dems Will 'Fall in Line' With 'Chief Fundraiser' Pelosi
Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren said Saturday that Democrats who oppose the nomination of Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker will eventually "fall in line." Pelosi (D-Calif.), who served as Speaker from 2007 to 2011, has seen a growing number of Democrats oppose her bid for the speakership. At least 17 House Democrats, including incumbents and incoming members, have signed on to a document saying they will not support her. Fox
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

Fight for House speaker explodes into national political campaign
Music legend Barbra Streisand retweeted a list of Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s biggest legislative achievements. Film director Rob Reiner called her “the smartest, toughest strategic thinker in our party.” And tennis champ Martina Navratilova wondered aloud why Pelosi’s job was at risk but her Senate counterpart’s position was in no such trouble. “Go figure,” Navratilova tweeted. “A man loses and keeps his place, a woman wins and gets booted?!?” While congressional leadership fights have historically revolved around insular matters such as committee assignments and rules changes, the battle over who will lead the newly empowered House Democrats has exploded into a national political campaign. Washington Post

In Mississippi, Republican concern rises over a U.S. Senate runoff that should have been a romp
A U.S. Senate runoff that was supposed to provide an easy Republican win has turned into an unexpectedly competitive contest, driving Republicans and Democrats to pour in resources and prompting a planned visit by President Trump to boost his party’s faltering candidate.  Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith stumbled recently when, in praise of a supporter, she spoke of her willingness to sit in the front row of a public hanging if he invited her — words that, in the South, evoked images of lynchings. She has struggled to grapple with the fallout, baffling members of her party and causing even faithful Republicans to consider voting for her opponent, former congressman Mike Espy. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Dems and liberals want to get blacks elected, regardless of capabilities.

Trump surveys California wildfire devastation after 76 killed
Against a smoky, hazy backdrop Saturday, President Donald Trump visited this burned-out retirement community, which was hardest hit in the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century. Trump, wearing a windbreaker and a black cap emblazoned with "USA," surveyed a scene of charred cars and the remains of houses incinerated in the Camp Fire, which has left at least 76 people dead, growing by five victims Saturday. At one point, the presidential motorcade pulled into a mobile home and RV park, stopping in front of an American flag hanging from what was left of a burned structure.  USA Today

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Man blames Trump immigration policies, heavy drinking for 'Fiddler on the Roof' outburst
A man who yelled “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” at a theater performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” in Baltimore says he’s sorry for the outburst. The Baltimore Sun reports that Anthony M. Derlunas II said in an interview with the newspaper that his comments were “beyond a mistake.” The 58-year-old said he’d been drinking heavily before the show. Derlunas said the classic play set in a Jewish village in czarist Russia reminded him of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, which prompted his outburst. The comments sparked panic in the Hippodrome Theatre and a few dozen people began running for the exits. The scare came a few weeks after a gunman fatally shot 11 people inside a Pittsburgh synagogue. Washington Times

Trump says White House will 'throw out' Acosta if he misbehaves again
President Trump said Friday that he’ll toss out CNN reporter Jim Acosta or stop a press conference if he or another journalist “misbehaves.” In an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News, Mr. Trump said it was “not a big deal” that a Trump-appointed federal judge ordered the White House to return Mr. Acosta’s press badge and allow him access to the grounds. “We have to create rules and regulations for conduct, etc., etc.,” Mr. Trump said. “We’re doing that; we’re going to write them up right now. It’s not a big deal and, if he misbehaves we’ll throw him out or we’ll stop the news conference.” The White House suspended Mr. Acosta’s credentials after he refused to give up a microphone during a news conference and persisted asking the president questions when Mr. Trump had called on another journalist. Washington Times

Trump administration makes it easier for employers to dodge birth-control mandate
The Trump administration is making it easier for employers to exclude birth control from health-insurance benefits provided under the Affordable Care Act, and it has come up with a new justification, saying female employees can obtain contraceptives at family planning clinics for low-income people. That, in turn, could increase demand for services at clinics, which are already squeezed. The plan is one of several recent proposals that could affect access to birth control, such as requiring the physical separation of services at clinics and strict new rules about insurance payments. The health law generally requires employers to cover preventive health services, and the government says those include contraceptives for women.  Seattle Times

4 Washington cities make nation’s top 50 urban areas for access to parks, public lands
REI Co-op and the Trust for Public Land (TPL) released a list highlighting the top 50 large urban centers in the U.S. where public lands and parks are widely available. Seattle, Bellevue, Spokane and Vancouver were among them. While the top 50 cities focuses on urban centers with strong park systems, the data also reveals that 2 in 3 city-dwelling Americans do no have easy access to the outdoors, according to a news release sent by REI on Wednesday. “Last year, 150 million Americans didn’t do anything active outdoors.  Seattle Times

Trump endorses Pelosi for House speaker: ‘Can you believe it?’
She’s the Republicans’ whipping gal — but President Trump said Saturday that he endorses Nancy Pelosi wholeheartedly as House speaker. “I can get Nancy Pelosi as many votes as she wants in order for her to be Speaker of the House,” Trump tweeted. “She deserves this victory, she has earned it,” he tweeted. “But there are those in her party who are trying to take it away. She will win!” He later called her “tough” and “smart,” gushing to reporters, “I like her, can you believe it?” He also told reporters that it’s “a good time” for a government shutdown — if he doesn’t get funding for Congress for a wall along the border with Mexico. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Trump does allow his mouth to get him in trouble.

Mark Zuckerberg, Nancy Pelosi latest to be mocked by 'SNL'
The last "Saturday Night Live" episode before Thanksgiving saw a return of Kate McKinnon's Laura Ingraham -- and a number of targets to be mocked: Jeanine Pirro, Nancy Pelosi and Mark Zuckerberg. First, Ingraham's doppleganger opened with her "facts," including "Hispanics all voted twice" and "Latinos can have babies every three months." She then tossed to Pirro, again played by Cecily Strong, who responded: "I hate them, Laura." "Who?" she responded. "Oh, sorry, that's my vocal warmup," Pirro responded. ABC
VOA VIEW: SNL is a loser.

Migrants met with fear, disdain in Tijuana, Mexico
In 2016, when as many as 3,000 Haitians who fled Hurricane Matthew ended up stuck in Tijuana without a legal way north, locals and leaders offered housing, clothing and jobs. “It’s something people in Tijuana would cite with pride,” said Everard Meade, director of the Trans Border Institute at the University of San Diego. He summarizes Tijuana’s response: “The United States couldn’t do anything for them, but we did.” Mexico has long been a welcoming crossroads of the Americas with Tijuana its northern beacon.  NBC

Bill Nelson needed a machine error to have a chance in Florida. He didn't get it.
It was the ballots, not the machines. To have a chance at overcoming Gov. Rick Scott's 12,603-vote lead in their Senate race, incumbent Bill Nelson, D-Fla., desperately needed a manual statewide recount to show that tens of thousands of votes here in Democrat-heavy Broward County had been misread by scanners. That didn't happen. And Nelson's chances of holding his Senate seat went from very slim to virtually nonexistent. NBC News

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