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GOP Rep. Mia Love hits Trump in concession speech: He has ‘no real relationships’
Republican Utah Rep. Mia Love slammed President Trump during her concession speech Monday, saying he has “no real relationships, just convenient transactions.”
Love narrowly lost her re-election bid to Democrat Ben McAdams earlier this month – and Trump was quick to call her out for not embracing him more on the campaign trail. As she conceded, Love said she was initially surprised Trump “took a jab at me,” but she later wondered “what did he have to gain by saying such a thing about a fellow Republican?”  Fox
VOA VIEW: Love would have won had she embraced Trump - foolish move, this is even more.

Tom Arnold confirms Secret Service visited him over Donald Trump threat after video leaks
The Secret Service paid a visit to Tom Arnold last month after he tweeted challenging Donald Trump to a fight, the actor confirmed Monday. In a video Arnold sent to Mother Jones published on Monday, the "True Lies" star is seen speaking with agents in his Los Angeles home on Oct. 25. "We're not the First Amendment police," one agent says in the clip. "You're free to say whatever you want ... [but] once a certain line is crossed ... what we're concerned with is the type of audience it could reach, that it could incite somebody." Arnold was cooperative with the agents and explained that he understood the ramifications of his posts. Fox
VOA VIEW: Arnold acted like a fool.

NASA's InSight lander has touched down on Mars
After seven months of traveling through space, the NASA InSight mission has landed on Mars. A few minutes after landing, InSight sent the official "beep" to NASA to signal that it was alive and well, including a photo of the Martian surface where it landed. Mission Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory exploded into celebratory applause and cheers after the touchdown was confirmed. The landing was watched around the world and even broadcast live on the Nasdaq Stock Market tower in New York City's Times Square. CNN
VOA VIEW: Great news.

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Saudi entrepreneur and Amish farmers bring camel milk to US
Camel milk has been drunk in the Middle East for thousands of years, but will it catch on in the US? Cow milk is one of the top eight food allergens in the United States. Allergic reaction to milk proteins can cause digestive pain, rashes and trouble breathing. Furthermore, an estimated 36% of Americans over the age of ten are lactose intolerant and unable to break down the sugar in milk. Symptoms are typically less severe, but still unpleasant. As a result, the market is awash in dairy alternatives including almond, oat, coconut, rice and soy milks. But none of these options is an ideal substitute, says Abdul-Wahab, because they are either nutritionally suboptimal or less tasty than cow's milk, in his opinion.  CNN

Trump on Monday: 'We Will Close the Border Permanently If Need Be'
President Trump began his work-week very early Monday, tweeting before 6:30 a.m.: "Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!" Television footage on Sunday showed a crowd of illegal immigrants trying to storm the U.S. border in Tijuana, near San Diego. The rushing of the border prompted U.S. Border Patrol agents to close the San Ysidro port of entry to both foot and vehicular traffic on Sunday morning through late Sunday afternoon. CNS
VOA VIEW: The borders should be closed if that protects the country.

42 Caravan Members Arrested on U.S. Soil Sunday;
Rodney Scott, the chief Border Patrol agent for San Diego Sector, told CNN on Monday that the migrant protests in Tijuana on Sunday were not exactly peaceful; that the majority of those rushing the U.S. border were men, some of whom pushed women and children ahead of them; and that 42 people were arrested after making it onto U.S. soil illegally, never stopping to request asylum. Scott also defended his agents' use of tear gas after some in the crowd threw rocks at Border Patrol agents. We ended up making about 42 arrests. Only eight  of those were females and there were only a few children involved. The vast majority of the people we're dealing with are adult males.  CNS
VOA VIEW: Madness!

It’s OK to eat some romaine, look for labels
It’s OK to eat some romaine lettuce again, U.S. health officials said. Just check the label. The Food and Drug Administration narrowed its blanket warning from last week, when it said people shouldn’t eat any romaine because of an E. coli outbreak. The agency said Monday the romaine linked to the outbreak appears to be from the California’s Central Coast region. It said romaine from elsewhere should soon be labeled with harvest dates and regions, so people know it’s OK to eat. People shouldn’t eat romaine that doesn’t have the label information, the FDA said. For romaine that doesn’t come in packaging, grocers and retailers are being asked to post the information by the register. Seattle Times

EU will not renegotiate Brexit deal, says May deputy
There would be no point in sending Brexit negotiators back to Brussels or extending article 50 because no other withdrawal deal is on offer, Theresa May’s de-facto deputy has said. David Lidington said critics in his own party and on the Labour benches who thought a better deal could be struck were wrong. “There is no point in sending negotiators back, when negotiators on the other side are making clear that this is the deal on the table, this is the choice,” the cabinet office minister told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Guardian

Fox Nation: the streaming service for those who can't get enough Trump
Can’t get enough Fox News? Starting today, devotees of Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson can sign up for a streaming service that will give Fox “superfans” on-demand access to exclusive online content from the channel’s rightwing stable of TV personalities. Fox Nation is the latest streaming service to be launched by established news organizations who are worried their aging audience is ditching cable TV for online content. But while the service may be aimed at a younger – or at least more tech savvy – demographic than Fox’s traditional audience , it will stay true to Fox’s Trumpian aesthetic. The service will eschew news for comment. Alongside Trump favorites Hannity and Carlson,  Guardian

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Democrats flip 39 seats in final tally as losing GOP
Democrats made a net gain of 39 House seats in this year's midterm elections, NBC News has concluded, after Democrat Ben McAdams defeated GOP Rep. Mia Love in Utah's 4th Congressional District. That race was NBC News' lone remaining uncalled contest. The gains that propelled Democrats to retake the majority in the House come on the back of the largest margin of victory, in terms of total votes, that either party has seen in a midterm election. Democrats held the prior record for vote margin, which came in 1974 with the backdrop of the Watergate scandal. Though President Donald Trump's first midterm election was not particularly kind to him, it is common for the party not in control of the White House to make significant gains in that initial midterm. On the House side, President Barack Obama saw Republicans make a 63-seat net gain in 2010, while President Bill Clinton watched as the GOP picked up 54 seats in 1994. NBC News
VOA VIEW: There was no blue wave - Dems had fewer wins in a midterm election.

Honduran president's brother charged in U.S. drug conspiracy
A brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez has been charged in the U.S. with scheming to bring tons of cocaine into the country. Federal prosecutors in New York announced drug conspiracy and other charges against Antonio "Tony" Hernandez on Monday. He has previously denied involvement in any illegal activities.
The former Honduran congressman was appearing in court in Miami, where he was arrested Friday. His lawyer's name wasn't immediately available. An indictment accuses the 40-year-old Tony Hernandez of being "a large-scale drug trafficker" so involved in the cocaine trade that the drug was sometimes stamped with his initials.
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Mexico deports group that stormed US border
Mexico says it has deported nearly 100 Central American migrants a day after they tried to storm the US border. The group, among thousands of migrants heading towards the US, was rounded up after trying to cross the border "violently" and "illegally" on Sunday, said the interior ministry. Video footage shows dozens of people running towards the border fence near the city of Tijuana. US border officers used tear gas to repel them and said some threw rocks. US President Donald Trump has reiterated a threat he made last week to close the border completely. BBC

Beto O’Rourke now says he won’t rule out 2020 presidential run
Democrat Beto O’Rourke said Monday he isn’t ruling out a potential 2020 presidential run, walking back earlier pronouncements that he wouldn’t seek the White House regardless of the outcome of his Senate campaign in Texas. O’Rourke, a three-term congressman who lost to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz this month, was asked during a town hall in his native El Paso about whether he was considering a presidential bid. New York Post
VOA VIEW: O'Rourke is a fool.

4 US law enforcement officers killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2-day span
In a tragic weekend for U.S. law enforcement, three police officers and a sheriff's deputy were killed in the line of duty while responding to emergency calls. The unrelated fatal incidents occurred between Saturday and Sunday and left officers in California, Virginia, Utah, and Mississippi mourning their lost colleagues. "This is inherent of what officers do for us each and every day. They put their lives at risk for the safety and protection of others," Craig Floyd, president of the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, told ABC News. Floyd noted that three of the officers killed over the weekend died in single-car crashes while responding to emergency calls. The fourth officer was intentionally run over by a burglary suspect he was trying to apprehend. In 2018, 45 law enforcement officers have died in traffic-related incidents, up five percent from 2017, according to the memorial fund's website.  ABC

Trump casts doubt on UK's ability to trade with US post-Brexit
US President Donald Trump has added himself to the chorus of skeptics doubting British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan, saying it isn't clear if the agreement will allow a US-UK trading partnership. "I think we have to take a look at seriously whether or not the UK is allowed to trade. Because you know, right now, if you look at the deal, they may not be able to trade with us," Trump said on the White House's South Lawn. All 27 remaining European Union leaders approved Britain's Brexit agreement on Sunday but May is yet to convince UK Parliament to sign off on the deal. CNN

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Trump says he expects to raise China tariffs
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he expected to move ahead with raising tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports to 25 percent from the current 10 percent. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump said it was “highly unlikely” he would accept China’s request to hold off on the increase, which is due to take effect on Jan. 1. “The only deal would be China has to open up their country to competition from the United States,” Trump told the Journal. “As far as other countries are concerned, that’s up to them.” Trump, who is due to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires this week, said that if negotiations were unsuccessful, he would also put tariffs on the rest of Chinese imports. Reuters
VOA VIEW: China will give up when they realize they will not win a trade war.

Associate of Trump ally says to reject Mueller plea deal
An associate of political operative Roger Stone, a long-time ally of U.S. President Donald Trump, said on Monday he will reject what he claims is a plea deal offered to him by the special counsel probing Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Jerome Corsi, a right-wing commentator known for promoting conspiracy theories, said the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller wanted him to plead guilty to one felony count of knowingly providing false information in return for a lighter sentence. At issue in the plea talks were two separate email exchanges from 2016 in which Stone and another associate encouraged contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to Corsi, who said he has never communicated with Assange. Corsi said he had forgotten about the emails when he initially told Mueller’s team there was never any intention to contact Assange. He said Mueller allowed him to amend his testimony to reflect the content of the emails. Reuters

Revealed: Matthew Whitaker favors hardline anti-abortion policies
As Republicans prepared to battle Barack Obama’s re-election in 2011, Matthew Whitaker bounded on to a stage in Washington to rally the party’s troops on the “culture wars” between conservatives and liberals on social policy. "They’re not over,” Whitaker assured his audience, at an event convened by Steve King, the rightwing Iowa congressman. “We’re still fighting.” Whitaker and his allies lost ensuing battles on issues such as same-sex marriage. But civil rights activists fear that having now been installed as Donald Trump’s acting attorney general, Whitaker is readying a counterattack.  Guardian

Lindsey Graham slams Ocasio-Cortez for comparing migrants to Jews fleeing Nazis
Sen. Lindsey Graham slammed newly elected New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for comparing Central American asylum seekers in the migrant caravan to Jews fleeing Nazi Germany during WWII. “I recommend she take a tour of the Holocaust Museum in DC,” Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, tweeted Monday. “Might help her better understand the differences between the Holocaust and the caravan in Tijuana.” Graham was responding to a tweet sent by Ocasio-Cortez, in which she compared previous refugee groups — including Jews during WWII — to the current migrants fleeing Central America. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Cortez is an idiot.

Saudi daily oil output surpasses record 11 million barrels
Saudi Arabia is pumping more crude than at any time since its first barrel was extracted 80 years ago, responding to pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to keep driving oil prices lower. Saudi daily output reached 11.2 million barrels a day, from 10.8-10.9 million barrels earlier this month, according to a person familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because the data is private. While Brent crude, the global benchmark, already tumbled as much as 33 percent since early October, Trump a week ago tweeted: "Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower!" Houston Chronicle

Government shutdown looms as Trump demands border security money
The midterm election is over but before Democrats can assert their authority as a legislative check against President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, lame-duck lawmakers must strike a bipartisan funding deal to avert a partial government shutdown early next month. Congress has already succeeded with the low-hanging fruit -- sending Trump bipartisan legislation to fund five of 12 areas of appropriations. But there are still seven bills that have not advanced all the way through Congress and require consideration by Dec. 7, when current funding expires. ABC

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Nooses found by Mississippi Capitol day before Senate runoff
Mississippi police are investigating two nooses and six signs that were found on the grounds of the state Capitol on Monday, a day before a U.S. Senate runoff that has focused attention on the state's history of racist violence. Mississippi is preparing for a U.S. Senate runoff Tuesday between Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy in a contest that has increasingly taken on racial overtones. Chuck McIntosh, a spokesman for the MS Dept. of Finance and Administration, which oversees the Capitol, said the nooses and signs were found shortly before 8 a.m. Monday on the south side of the Capitol in downtown Jackson. He said the matter is under investigation by the Mississippi Capitol Police, and he did not immediately know what was on the signs. ABC

After Haley condemns Russian escalation, Trump says US doesn't 'like' new tensions with Ukraine 'either way'
One day after Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels in waters between the two countries, President Donald Trump weighed in to say the U.S. does "not like what's happening." Just hours earlier, his ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blasted Russia's "violation under international law," saying it was "yet another reckless Russian escalation" and "no way for a law-abiding civilized nation to act." She did not mention Russian President Vladimir Putin by name, but she made clear before the U.N. Security Council that the U.S. supported Ukraine against what it saw as Russian aggression amid fears of a dangerous escalation between the two countries after years of conflict. ABC

GM to halt production at 5 plants in U.S. and Canada
General Motors will lay off up to 14,000 factory and white-collar workers in North America and consider closing up to five major plants as the auto giant restructures to cut costs and focus more on electric vehicles and autonomous cars. The company-wide restructuring was announced Monday. GM said it would halt production at three assembly plants: Lordstown Assembly in Warren, Ohio; Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Michigan and Oshawa Assembly in Ontario, Canada. It also plans to close transmission plants next year in White Marsh, Maryland, and Warren, Michigan, the company said in a news release. ABC
VOA VIEW: Not a good sign.

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Trump on climate change report: 'I don't believe it'
US President Donald Trump has cast doubt on a report by his own government warning of devastating effects from climate change. Asked outside the White House about the findings that unchecked global warming would wreak havoc on the US economy, he said: "I don't believe it." The report found that climate change will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars and damage human health. The Trump administration has pursued a pro-fossil fuels agenda. The world's leading scientists agree that climate change is human-induced and warn that natural fluctuations in temperature are being exacerbated by human activity. He told reporters on Monday that he had "read some of" Friday's report, which was compiled with help from US government agencies and departments. BBC
VOA VIEW: There is a lot of BS.

Take-home pay growing at lowest level since 2008, as gender-gap persists
Wages grew higher and faster in less well-off countries last year than in richer nations, but salaries are still far too low in the developing world, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Monday, with growth overall at its lowest since the 2008 global recession. According to the Global Wage Report 2018/19, pay rose by just 0.4 per cent during last year in advanced economies, but grew at over four per cent in developing countries. “We are seeing some degree – I don’t want to exaggerate it - of convergence,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, noting that “wages in developing countries are increasing more quickly than those in higher-income countries.”   UN

Dow Jones climbs 354 points as stock market bounces back
Stocks bounced back Monday after a difficult October and November pushed the major indexes into correction territory. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 354.29, or 1.46 percent, back to 24,640.24 points, while the S&P 500 rose 1.55 percent and the Nasdaq Composite shot up 2.06 percent after each index fell about 4 percent last week. Monday's bounceback was driven by the same oil stocks that drove the decline last week. U.S. crude futures increased nearly 3 percent above $51 a barrel and Brent crude climbed more than 3 percent to above $60 a barrel, Market Watch reported. UPI

Ocasio-Cortez seeks Energy and Commerce seat despite clash with Pallone
Incoming Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) is seeking a seat on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee even after she clashed with the next chairman of the panel over climate change. And this comes as Ocasio-Cortez has thrown her support to Nancy Pelosi for speaker, saying on Twitter last week that “so long as Leader Pelosi remains the most progressive candidate for Speaker, she can count on my support." As House Democratic leader, Pelosi will have a big say on committee assignments heading into the next Congress. Politico

Few charged despite thousands of active FBI terrorism investigations
The FBI says it has thousands of active terrorism investigations, but few are resulting in criminal charges. Only nine people have been publicly charged with crimes related to involvement with major terrorist groups this year, according to the Center on National Security at Fordham University, suggesting a major disconnect between the scope of the investigations and the criminal activity discovered. Five cases associated with the Islamic State have been prosecuted this year, compared with 17 last year and 35 in 2016.  Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Washington is in a political mess.

Problem Solvers win concessions as Nancy Pelosi clings to power
Rep. Nancy Pelosi has offered to make rules changes that would open the House to more bipartisan cooperation, giving rank-and-file members more input on bills and committee action, as she seeks to strike deals and earn enough votes to lead the new Congress. Her chief goal with the changes is to try to win over nine Democrats who are part of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, and who have said they would only vote for a new speaker who agreed to a lengthy list of changes. Mrs. Pelosi has not agreed to the list, but has made some significant overtures, including allowing more time to read bills before they receive a vote and ensuring legislation generally goes through the committee process rather than be written by leaders behind closed doors. Washington Times

Gene-edited baby claim by Chinese scientist sparks outrage
Scientists and bioethics experts reacted with shock, anger and alarm Monday to a Chinese researcher’s claim that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies. He Jiankui of Southern University of Science and Technology of China said he altered the DNA of twin girls born earlier this month to try to help them resist possible future infection with the AIDS virus — a dubious goal, ethically and scientifically. There is no independent confirmation of what He says he did, and it has not been published in a journal where other experts could review it. He revealed it Monday in Hong Kong where a gene editing conference is getting underway, and previously in exclusive interviews with The Associated Press. In this Oct. 10, 2018 photo, . Seattle Times

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Mueller says Manafort lied after pleading guilty, should be sentenced immediately
Prosecutors with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III said Monday that Paul Manafort breached his plea agreement, accusing President Trump’s former campaign chairman of lying repeatedly to them in their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Manafort denied doing so intentionally, but both sides agreed in a court filing that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District should set sentencing immediately. The apparent collapse of Manafort’s cooperation agreement is the latest stunning turnaround in his case, exposing the longtime Republican consultant to at least a decade behind bars after he pleaded guilty in September to charges of cheating the Internal Revenue Service, violating foreign-lobbying laws and attempting to obstruct justice.  Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Manafort is facing a long jail time.

Melania Trump didn’t show up to explain her spooky Christmas decorations
First lady Melania Trump skipped the traditional press preview of the White House holiday decorations Monday, tweeting out a 56-second video of herself wandering through the glittery, dressed-up rooms in a dark coat and boots. Was she upstairs baking Star Sugar Cookies using her recipe, which appears in the official White House holiday printed program? Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said Trump decided “to let the decorations speak for themselves.” Washington Post

Monday flight woes: 2,800+ cancellations, 7,000 delays
Travelers faced more flight woes on Monday as a winter storm wreaked havoc on flights across the Midwest. The wintry weather compounded problems that began for air travelers on Sunday, when more than 1,285 flights were canceled across the USA. Major airlines were waiving rebooking fees at a number of airports across the region. On Monday, more than 2,800 flights had been canceled nationwide and another 7,071 delayed as of 11:45 p.m. ET, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.com. Most of those came in the Midwest, where wintry weather that began Sunday continued to affect major hubs in the region. In Chicago, more than 1,300 combined arrivals and departures had been grounded Monday at the city’s busy O’Hare airport. USA Today

Trump blasts GM plan to cut plants, says he was 'tough' on CEO Mary Barra
President Donald Trump blasted a proposal by General Motors on Monday to sharply reduce the company's workforce and close plants in Ohio, Michigan and other states where the president has touted the auto industry's strength. "This country has done a lot for General Motors," Trump said as he departed the White House for a series of campaign events in Mississippi. "They better get back to Ohio and soon. So we have a lot of pressure on them." USA Today

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