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Ken Starr: Written Answers to Mueller Probe Are a 'Symbolic Victory' for Pres. Trump
Kenneth Starr said he doesn't think it's likely that the written answers President Trump has provided to Robert Mueller would conflict with any evidence the special counsel has already collected. Trump submitted written answers to Mueller's Russia probe last Tuesday and told reporters outside the White House that he completed "written answers to the witch hunt that's been going on forever." Starr, who served as independent counsel during the Clinton era, said on "Cavuto Live" that asking the president for written answers represents a "symbolic victory" for Trump. "Written questions, written answers and so forth are a safe and secure way of providing information to the special counsel," he said. Fox
VOA VIEW: The American people want an end to this madness.

Trump administration makes tentative deal to force asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico
The Trump administration has reportedly made a deal with Mexico’s incoming government to require all asylum-seekers coming from the south of the border to wait in Mexico while their asylum claims go through court. The Washington Post, citing Mexican officials and senior members of president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s transition team, reported Saturday that the Remain in Mexico plan would require asylum applicants to stay in Mexico, therefore ending the "catch-and-release” practice whereby those seeking asylum are allowed to stay in the U.S.  Fox
VOA VIEW: Liberals and Dems will fight to keep illegals in the US.

Doctors start movement in response to NRA, calling for more gun research
The feud between the National Rifle Association and the medical community still rages on, with the latest round coming from physicians who released an editorial saying they disagree with the NRA, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday. In a tweet this month, the NRA told "anti-gun" doctors to "stay in their lane" after a series of research papers about firearm injuries and deaths was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, including new recommendations to reduce gun violence. CNN

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Syrian radio host who satirized Assad and ISIS shot dead
A Syrian radio host who satirized both President Bashar al-Assad and opposition insurgents including ISIS has been shot dead in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province, the Syrian Journalists Association said Saturday. Raed Al Fares and another activist and journalist, Hamoud Junaid, were killed Friday in the town of Kafr Nabl after being hunted by extremist groups, the journalist group said. "Both of the men who were killed were pioneers of civil society and brought the free voice to the world through the famous banners of Kafr Nabl," a statement from the group said. CNN

Trump Calls for ‘Major Border Security Package
President Donald Trump sent out a tweet this morning calling for Republicans and Democrats to unite in enacting border security legislation that will include funding for the border wall he promised in his 2016 campaign. “Republicans and Democrats MUST come together, finally, with a major Border Security package, which will include funding for the Wall,” Trump said. “After 40 years of talk, it is finally time for action,” he said. “Fix the Border, for once and for all, NOW!” CNS
VOA VIEW: The time to act is now.

Obama: ‘We Are Still Confused, Blind, Shrouded With Hate, Anger, Racism, Mommy Issues’
Former President Barack Obama said on Monday at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago that the reason “we” are not doing what is necessary to solve the “climate change” problem is because people are the problem. “The reason we don’t do it is because we are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism, mommy issues,” Obama said. Here is the excerpt from his remarks were he explained why he believes people are not dealing correctly with climate change: "Climate change, we are going to have to come up with some new technologies to solve the problem as much as we need to. CNS
VOA VIEW: Obama is an idiot.Syrian radio host who satirized Assad and ISIS shot dead
A Syrian radio host who satirized both President Bashar al-Assad and opposition insurgents including ISIS has been shot dead in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province, the Syrian Journalists Association said Saturday. Raed Al Fares and another activist and journalist, Hamoud Junaid, were killed Friday in the town of Kafr Nabl after being hunted by extremist groups, the journalist group said. "Both of the men who were killed were pioneers of civil society and brought the free voice to the world through the famous banners of Kafr Nabl," a statement from the group said. CNN

Trump Calls for ‘Major Border Security Package
President Donald Trump sent out a tweet this morning calling for Republicans and Democrats to unite in enacting border security legislation that will include funding for the border wall he promised in his 2016 campaign. “Republicans and Democrats MUST come together, finally, with a major Border Security package, which will include funding for the Wall,” Trump said. “After 40 years of talk, it is finally time for action,” he said. “Fix the Border, for once and for all, NOW!” CNS
VOA VIEW: The time to act is now.

Obama: ‘We Are Still Confused, Blind, Shrouded With Hate, Anger, Racism, Mommy Issues’
Former President Barack Obama said on Monday at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago that the reason “we” are not doing what is necessary to solve the “climate change” problem is because people are the problem. “The reason we don’t do it is because we are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism, mommy issues,” Obama said. Here is the excerpt from his remarks were he explained why he believes people are not dealing correctly with climate change: "Climate change, we are going to have to come up with some new technologies to solve the problem as much as we need to. CNS
VOA VIEW: Obama is an idiot.

Donations to Clinton Foundation plunged after Hillary’s defeat
In the year after Hillary Clinton’s presidential defeat, donors seemed to abandon the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, with contributions plummeting nearly 58 percent. The $36 million nosedive in donations has come to light as Republican legislators plan to hold hearings on the results of a federal corruption investigation into the non-profit next month. Federal authorities have long been probing the non-profit over allegations of “pay to play.” Specifically, the FBI investigation focused on whether any donations made to the foundation were linked to policy decisions made while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, according to published reports. The foundation has vigorously and repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. Contributions plunged from $62,912,331 in 2016 to $26,566,825 in 2017, recently released federal tax filings show. . New York Post

Associate of Trump confidant says he's mulling a plea deal
A conservative writer and associate of Trump confidant Roger Stone said he is in plea talks with special counsel Robert Mueller's team. Jerome Corsi told The Associated Press on Friday that he has been negotiating a potential plea but declined to comment further. He said on a YouTube show earlier this month that he expected to be charged with lying to federal investigators, though he said at the time that he was innocent of wrongdoing. Mueller's team questioned Corsi as part of an investigation into Stone's connections with WikiLeaks.  Houston Chronicle

California's Camp Fire now almost completely contained, officials say
After more than two weeks of catastrophic infernos that indiscriminately devoured thousands and thousands of homes and structures and claimed scores of lives, both of California’s wildfires are now almost completely contained. Northern California fire officials reported late Saturday night that the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County is 98 percent contained, just days after their counterparts in Southern California pronounced the Woolsey fire that tore through Malibu and other areas is 100 percent contained. ABC

Chicago defends location of Obama library in federal court
The city of Chicago made its first full-throated response this week to a lawsuit seeking to stop construction of the Obama Presidential Center, saying the buildings would sit on land that wasn't subject to restrictive public-trust laws. City attorneys made those and other legal arguments in a federal court motion to dismiss a May lawsuit filed by an environmental group opposed to the project in Chicago's historic Jackson Park, chosen as the site for the $500 million presidential museum and library by former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. ABC

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Former top DOD official Michael Vickers says U.S., China battling to control "industries of the future"
The U.S. and China are vying for worldwide dominance in two arenas, said the Pentagon's former head of intelligence, Michael Vickers. "Unlike the Cold War, it's about who is going to be the global leader – first with the biggest economy, and out of that will come political influence," Vickers told CBS News Wednesday. "But then secondarily – who is the most innovative economy and creating the industries of the future." "Ultimately it's an economic and technological competition," he added.
In an interview with Intelligence Matters host and CBS News senior national security contributor Michael Morell, Vickers, who served as under secretary of defense for intelligence during the Obama administration, called China "by far the greatest, most challenging long-term threat" to the U.S. CBS
VOA VIEW: China is the biggest threat to the US.

Everybody knows these Democrats will probably run for president — so why won't they just say it?
They're traveling to New Hampshire, interviewing campaign teams, and honing their stump speeches. They're angling to take on a president who made his own 2020 intentions official nearly two years ago. So why won't the two dozen or so Democrats we all know are likely to run for president just come out and admit it? It turns out that that, like saying Beetlejuice's name too many times, uttering the magic words “I’m running for president” triggers a host of headaches — in this case, legal and political complications. So most potential candidates won't say it until they have to, even if they aren’t fooling anyone — except maybe the willfully fooled Federal Elections Commission. NBC

How Brenda Snipes and other black election workers got falsely targeted by Trump
Most weeks the Broward County Elections Office, nestled in the Lauderhill Mall just off US 441 in Lauderhill, Florida, isn’t the kind of place that draws a crowd. But on Election Day earlier this month, as Bob Henry Sr. stood in the parking lot closest to the county office, what he saw looked like something just short of a mob. The parking lot had become a locus for the frustrated, the distrustful, the accusatory, and the truly angry. “Lock her up,” seemed to have become the day’s favored refrain.
The “her” in question was Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes. NBC

Al Gore says Trump administration seeks to "bury" climate report by releasing it on Black Friday
Environmental groups and activists blasted the White House this week, saying it was trying to "bury" a long-awaited government report on climate change by releasing it on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Among those who spoke out was former Vice President Al Gore, who became the face of the climate debate with the 2006 documentary "An Inconvenient Truth." "Unbelievably deadly and tragic wildfires rage in the west, hurricanes batter our coasts — and the Trump administration chooses the Friday after Thanksgiving to try and bury this critical U.S. assessment of the climate crisis," Gore said in a statement Friday.  CBS

Dad who lived in North Carolina church for a year arrested by ICE
An immigrant who sought refuge from deportation in a North Carolina church for 11 months was detained Friday at a scheduled appointment with immigration officials, prompting more than a dozen supporters to block a law enforcement van and wind up under arrest themselves. Mexican national Samuel Oliver-Bruno, 47, was detained at a Raleigh-area immigration office, according to a U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement news release. The advocacy group Alerta Migratoria NC said in a statement that Oliver-Bruno went to have fingerprints taken so he could apply to stay in North Carolina with his wife and son. CBS

Overstock CEO backpedals firm date to sell retail arm
Overstock founder and CEO Patrick Byrne backpedaled on Friday an exact timeline of when he plans to sell the retail arm of his e-commerce company to focus solely on his other blockchain startups. On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Byrne is so gung-ho about blockchain’s technology that he plans to complete this sell of his e-commerce business by as early as February 2019. That report boosted the company’s shares more than 20 percent on Friday. But in a statement to FOX Business, Byrne suggested the sale may not take place that soon.  Fox Business

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Turkey uneasy about U.S. plan for observation posts on Syria border: minister
Turkey is uneasy about U.S. plans to set up “observation posts” in Syria along parts of its border with Turkey, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday the United States was setting up the posts to help keep the focus on clearing the final Islamic State militant strongholds in Syria. The United States has long complained that tension between Turkey and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - which includes the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia - has at times slowed progress on the fight against Islamic State. Reuters

Trump denies report he is unhappy with treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin
US president Donald Trump has said he is quite happy with Steven Mnuchin’s performance despite reports he was dissatisfied with the treasury secretary. “I am extremely happy and proud of the job being done by @USTreasury Secretary @stevenmnuchin1,” Trump said in a tweet. The Wall Street Journal reported Trump blames Mnuchin for the appointment of Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell, who has been steadily raising US interest rates. Trump is concerned higher rates could undercut economic gains before his 2020 reelection bid, the newspaper reported. Guardian
VOA VIEW: More fake news.

USS Abraham Lincoln CSG surface combatants conduct live fire SM-2 missile exercise
Surface combatants from the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, including a cruiser and three destroyers, participated in a Live Fire With a Purpose exercise Sunday with SM-2 Block III surface-to-air missiles. The Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Leyte Gulf and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Bainbridge, USS Mason and USS Nitze all engaged in the LFWAP, which is more intensive and involves more coordination between ships than a standard missile exercise. UPI

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Donald Tusk tells European Union to approve deal
European Council President Donald Tusk has recommended that the EU approve the Brexit deal at a summit on Sunday. It comes after Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez received assurances from the UK government over Gibraltar, and dropped his threat to boycott the summit. He said he had received the written guarantees he needed over Spain's role in the future of the British territory. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has arrived in Brussels and held talks with top EU officials, ahead of the summit.
Meanwhile, former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the UK would become a "satellite state" under the deal.  BBC

Democrats going nuclear to rein in Trump's arms buildup
Democrats preparing to take over the House are aiming to roll back what they see as President Donald Trump's overly aggressive nuclear strategy. Their goals include eliminating money for Trump’s planned expansion of the U.S. atomic arsenal, including a new long-range ballistic missile and development of a smaller, battlefield nuclear bomb that critics say is more likely than a traditional nuke to be used in combat. They also want to stymie the administration's efforts to unravel arms control pacts with Russia. And they even aim to dilute Trump's sole authority to order the use of nuclear arms, following the president’s threats to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea and other loose talk about doomsday weapons.  Politico
VOA VIEW: Dems are about to lose 2020 before they take charge of the House.

Can House Democrats really protect Obamacare?
House Democrats who swept back into power on the promise to protect people with pre-existing conditions face tough legal and political choices as they try to make good on that vow. Those promises galvanized millions of voters. But now, like the Republicans previously elected on promises to repeal and replace Obamacare, they face the formidable challenge of turning campaign rhetoric into reality. And with the Senate and White House still in Republican hands, Democratic leaders have only one surefire weapon in their arsenal: a resolution to jump into the court fight over Obamacare’s consumer protections. That would empower the House Counsel to intervene in the lawsuit brought by 20 conservative state attorneys general that threatens to abolish the health care law. Politico

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California wildfires death toll climbs to 87, almost 500 still unaccounted for
Hundreds of people remain missing in the wake of a pair of deadly wildfires that have been burning across both ends of California. The two monstrous blazes, which both ignited earlier this month, have claimed at least 87 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 the remains of at least 54 people have been positively identified so far. The vast majority of the deaths -- 84 in 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

Iran's Rouhani calls Israel a 'cancerous tumor'
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday called Israel a "cancerous tumor" established by Western countries to advance their interests in the Middle East. Iran's leaders frequently condemn Israel and predict its demise, but Rouhani, a relative moderate, rarely employs such rhetoric. Addressing an annual Islamic Unity Conference on Saturday, Rouhani said "one of the ominous results of World War II was the formation of a cancerous tumor in the region." He went on to refer to Israel as a "fake regime" set up by Western countries. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded later Saturday, saying "Rouhani's slander, which calls for the destruction of Israel, proves yet again why the nations of the world need to join in the sanctions against the Iranian terrorist regime which threatens them." ABC
VOA VIEW: Rouhani is a idiot.

Alleged SS guard charged as accessory to 36,000 deaths at Nazi camp
A 95-year-old man has been charged with more than 36,000 counts of being an accessory to murder on allegations that he served as a guard at the Nazis' Mauthausen concentration camp, Berlin prosecutors said Friday. Hans Werner H., whose last name wasn't released because of privacy regulations, is accused of serving as an SS guard in the camp in northern Austria from mid-1944 to early 1945. During that time, 36,223 people were killed at Mauthausen, primarily by gassing, but also by lethal injection, shootings, starvation or exposure, prosecutor Martin Steltner said. CBS

First caravan-related violence reported in U.S. as rocks thrown at Border Patrol
The Border Patrol reported the first major instance of migrant caravan-related violence Saturday, saying a Honduran man threw rocks at agents to try to keep from being arrested Friday in Arizona. The 31-year-old, whom authorities didn’t name, had climbed a tree to try to avoid capture, then lit the tree afire and began to throw rocks at the agents as well as a helicopter called in to help track him. Neither the agents nor the helicopter were hit by the projectiles. The man was eventually arrested, and agents said he told them he was part of the migrant caravan that had been in the news. They said he had previous arrests in the U.S. Washington Times

Protesters march after death of man who wasn’t mall shooter
Protesters on Saturday marched through an Alabama shopping mall where police killed a black man they later acknowledged was not the triggerman in a Thanksgiving night shooting that wounded two people. An officer shot and killed 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr. of Hueytown while responding to the Thursday mall shooting. Police said Bradford was fleeing the scene with a handgun. Hoover police initially told reporters Bradford had shot a teen at the mall, but later retracted the statement. “We knew that was false,” said stepmother Cynthia Bradford when she heard police were blaming him for the shooting. She described her stepson, who went by E.J., as a respectful young man whose father worked at a jail for the Birmingham Police Department. Seattle Times

Afghans clash with police after arrest of militia leader
Hundreds of protesters have clashed with police in the Afghan capital after the arrest of a Shiite militia commander. Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid says three policemen were shot and wounded and another 20 were hit by stones thrown by the protesters, who torched two police checkpoints. The demonstrations erupted after the arrest of Alipoor, who leads a Shiite militia in the western Ghor province and who goes by one name. It was not immediately clear what he is charged with, but state-allied militias are often accused of extortion and other mafia-like behavior.  Seattle Times

White House turns away foreign students on tour with class
New Jersey schoolkids got a lesson in presidential security when three classmates who hail from other countries were barred from joining a White House tour. A group of seventh-graders from Henry Hudson Regional School in Highlands braved a snowstorm on Nov. 15 for a long-awaited bus trip to Washington DC. The bad weather and treacherous road conditions added hours to the drive and left no time for anything but their visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Even lunch on the White House lawn was canceled. But the snafus didn’t stop there. Months in advance, the school had to send the White House visitors office a list of all students and adults expected to take the tour. New York Post

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New book by Trump advisers alleges that the president has ‘embedded enemies’
Two of the president’s longest-serving advisers allege in a new book that scores of officials inside the White House, Congress, the Justice Department and intelligence agencies are “embedded enemies of President Trump” working to stymie his agenda and delegitimize his presidency. The authors, Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie, are both Republican operatives who do not work in the administration but are close to Trump and fashion themselves as his outside protectors. They portray the president as victim to disloyalty onV his staff and “swamp creatures” intent on extinguishing his political movement. Their book, “Trump’s Enemies: How the Deep State Is Undermining the Presidency,” which is being released Tuesday and was obtained in advance by The Washington Post, paints a dark and at times conspiratorial portrait of Trump’s Washington. The authors identify by name a number of Trump appointees who they claim have formed a “resistance” inside the government during the first two years of Trump’s presidency. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: If true, Trump should oust the traitors.

House results underscore that what’s good for Trump isn’t so good for the GOP
When President Trump won the White House in 2016, he did it by hijacking the Republican Party. Now, after what happened in the midterm elections, it’s clearer than ever that the president’s fortunes and his party’s future are at odds. During the final weeks of the fall campaign, Trump put the Republican Party on his back, ensuring that the elections would become even more of a referendum on his performance than the typical midterms in a president’s first term. As a result, Republicans paid a hefty price, with potentially longer-term implications. Yes, Republicans added to their narrow majority in the Senate. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Ryan failed the House and so did Republicans - Trump did his best.

Researcher: Alzheimer's vaccine could cut dementia in half, human trials may be next
An experimental vaccine that could hold off Alzheimer's disease is showing results in animal testing, according to researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Testing in mice has shown that the vaccine safely prevents the buildup of substances in the brain associated with the fatal disease, the team reported this week in the journal Alzheimer's Research & Therapy. Following previous research in monkeys and rabbits, the researchers now hope that the vaccine will progress to human trials. If the vaccine proves safe and effective in humans it could slice the number of dementia diagnoses in half, the study's senior author told USA TODAY.

Finland, Denmark and Germany stop arm sales to Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi's death
Three countries have halted arms sales to Saudi Arabia while the U.S. has stuck by the kingdom after the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Finland and Denmark joined Germany this week in halting all future arms sales and sending of military equipment to the Saudi government. Germany and Denmark cited the killing of Khashoggi while Finland said in a statement much of its decision was related to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The October killing of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul sparked criticism by both Republicans and Democrats and put intense pressure on President Donald Trump to criticize a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.  USA Today

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