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Rep. Elijah Cummings, the new Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, announced Wednesday that he's launching an investigation into the White House and Trump Transition Team security clearance process, claiming some of the highest-profile officials mishandled government secrets. Cummings sent a letter to the White House Counsel Wednesday, requesting documents pertaining to the security clearances of multiple White House officials, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., senior adviser Jared Kushner, former Staff Secretary Rob Porter, and former Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka.
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Attorneys for Trump’s one time campaign chairman Paul Manafort sought Wednesday to downplay allegations lodged by Mueller’s office that their client lied to investigators. Many of these events occurred years ago, or during a high-pressure U.S. presidential campaign he managed when his time was extraordinarily limited," Manafort’s defense counsel wrote in heavily-redacted court documents adding that some of the events took place "during the difficult time that followed his departure from the 2016 presidential campaign because of the allegations leveled at him and the investigations that followed.” ABC
Skygazers in some U.S. states and Canada may get a rare glimpse of the aurora borealis. Days after a super blood wolf moon lit up the night sky, skygazers in parts of northern U.S. and Canada may be able to witness the aurora borealis, or northern lights, late Wednesday into early Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center issued an alert that said, "G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storms are likely on Jan 24 due to influence from a recurrent, positive polarity CH HSS," which stands for coronal hole high speed stream. CBS
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23 cases of measles have been confirmed and health officials are investigating two more suspected cases in Clark County, Washington. A public health emergency has been declared in Clark County, Washington, as a result of an ongoing measles outbreak. According to the latest update from the county's Department of Health, 23 cases of measles have been confirmed and health officials are investigating two more suspected cases. CBS
A sudden escalation in long-burning tensions between the United States and Venezuela could have far-reaching ramifications in the oil market. A sudden escalation in long-burning tensions between the United States and Venezuela could have far-reaching ramifications in the oil market, where the Bolivarian Republic remains a significant player despite its plunging output. CNBC
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A senior official told CNBC in a statement that "prudent management means planning and preparing for events without known end-dates." The Trump administration wants a list of programs that could be impacted as the longest ever government shutdown drags on, a senior official at the Office of Management and Budget told CNBC on Wednesday. The official said in a statement that "prudent management means planning and preparing for events without known end-dates." CNBC
While addressing the Conference of Mayors, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said she was concerned about President Donald Trump using government shutdowns in the future if he doesn't get his way. CNN
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A dozen protesters, including several government union leaders, were arrested outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office following a protest demanding that he take action to end the partial government shutdown. CNN's Manu Raju reports. CNN
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What to know about the Black Hebrew Israelites. The Black Hebrew Israelites, members of which identify themselves as a historic religious group, has taken center stage after some of its members appeared to be part of a controversial confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. over the weekend. A video of high school students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky and Native American activist Nathan Phillips went viral.
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Suspect, 21, in custodyIncident occurred just after 12.30 pm in Sebring. At least five people have been killed at a Florida bank and the suspect is in custody, authorities said.The 21-year-old suspect, identified as Zephen Xaver, walked into the SunTrust Bank in Sebring, south Florida, just after 12.30 pm local time, and began shooting, the Sebring police chief, Karl Hoglund, said at a news conference. Guardian
"Right-wing extremists were linked to all of the 50 extremist-related deaths in 2018– making them responsible for more deaths than in any year since 1995," the ADL said in a statement on the study. Jerusalem Post
The fund, which will manage $30 million in capital, will invest in medical and agricultural applications for cannabis technology, in retail and e-commerce and in pure research. Jerusalem Post
Ford Motor Co on Wednesday posted a lower operating fourth-quarter profit as losses in every global region except North America weighed on results. Reuters
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Boeing Co said on Wednesday its flying car prototype hovered briefly in the air during an inaugural test flight, a small but significant step as the world's largest planemaker bids to revolutionize urban transportation and parcel delivery services. Reuters
In response to the growing health needs of people in north-east Syria, the World Health Organization (WHO) has airlifted urgent medical supplies to the region, for the second time this month. “Hundreds of thousands of Syrians in the northeast are in desperate need of health care services”, Elizabeth Hoff, WHO Representative in Syria said on Wednesday. UN News
The U.S. Air Force announced it is planning future experiments involving laser and microwave energy weapons after successes at the White Sands Missile Range. The U.S. Air Force announced it is planning future experiments involving laser and microwave energy weapons after recent successes in testing sessions. Future experiments in the Directed Energy Experimentation Campaign are planned at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the Air Force said Tuesday in a statement.
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Farm Service Agency offices will reopen Thursday to provide services from the U.S. Department of Agriculture deems emergencies, as the government shutdown drags on. "The FSA provides vital support for farmers and ranchers and they count on those services being available," U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said in a statement. "We want to offer as much assistance as possible until the partial government shutdown is resolved." UPI
The streaming firm leaves the Internet Association, a tech industry group, and joins the MPAA, underscoring its growth as a content creator. Wired
The social network announced a policy change to allow for removing entire groups of fraudulent pages at once—even when they all haven't broken the rules. Wired
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