The Massachusetts senator launched an exploratory committee for 2020. On the heels of announcing last week an exploratory committee for a presidential run in 2020, Sen. Elizabeth Warren kicked off a 3-day tour of Iowa on a mission to fight. ABC
VOA VIEW: Fool and idiot.
The president will spend one day at the retreat. President Donald Trump and his senior staff are headed on a group vacation -- all at the direction of new acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. White House senior staffers will spend the weekend at Camp David in Hauvers, Maryland, a rural retreat for the office of president. Trump will visit the retreat and lead meetings, but only on Sunday. ABC
VOA VIEW: All have to stand talk for the wall and at least $5B.
Ex-US marine Paul Whelan was arrested last month on suspicion of spying - claims his family denies. Paul Whelan, 48, was detained in Moscow last month. His family says he was simply visiting Russia to attend a wedding. His lawyer had raised the possibility of a prisoner exchange, telling ABC News that "it is not excluded" as a means of resolving the case. But a Russian minister now says that it was "incorrect" to suggest this idea. BBC


"These deployed personnel will remain in the region until the security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo becomes such that their presence is no longer needed" President Trump announced Friday evening that U.S. troops had been sent to Gabon to protect U.S. assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is awaiting the first results of its presidential election. CBS
The partial government shutdown glided into its third week Saturday with no end in sight. The partial government shutdown glided into its third week Saturday with no end in sight. If the government is not reopened before February, millions of Americans who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- the nation's food stamp program -- could have their assistance disrupted. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems are and will be hurting their own.
Tony Robbins gives tips on how ordinary investors can succeed in today's volatile marketplace. His No. 1 rule: Don't overreact and let emotions guide your decisions. There will always be boom-and-bust cycles, so focus on your long-term strategy. Tony Robbins, renown life and business strategist who has coached more than 50 million people, has dedicated himself to spreading personal finance literacy across America. And his mantra is timely: Don't sit on the sidelines in fear or make rash decisions because of stock market volatility. CNBC
More TSA agents are calling in sick, the TSA said, while some workers are fretting about getting paid. Airport screeners are calling out sick in increasing numbers, while some workers are fretting about where their next paycheck will come from as a partial U.S. government shutdown enters its third week. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Fools!
Rep. Steve Cohen has proposed two constitutional amendments, one that would abolish the Electoral College and another that would prohibit presidents from pardoning themselves, their families, members of their administration or their campaign staffs. Rep. Steve Cohen has proposed two constitutional amendments, one that would abolish the Electoral College and another that would prohibit presidents from pardoning themselves, their families, members of their administration or their campaign staffs. CNN
VOA VIEW: Idiot!
Progress in talks to reopen the government remains at a standstill after Saturday's meeting with Trump administration officials and congressional staff, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Saturday. Mulvaney told CNN's Jake Tapper that they "did not make much progress" at the meeting, adding that he thought Democrats were "actually, in my mind, there to stall." CNN


The New York Times and a member of its editorial board are requesting a federal judge dismiss a libel lawsuit filed by former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Apario over an August opinion column he claims damaged his reputation. FOX News
Pence and Kushner lead talks with Democratic aidesOpinion: Trump will lose ‘bigly’ on immigrationSaturday was day 15 of a partial government shutdown that Donald Trump said could go on for months or years, if he is not given funding for a wall on the Mexican border. As new talks were held without result, potentially devastating effects of the standoff were coming into focus. Related: Shutdown over border wall is crucial test for Trump's presidency Guardian
VOA VIEW: Dems are being foolish.
Talks begin this week in Beijing to end the trade war – and even titans such as Apple are feeling its impactIt epitomises China’s position in the global economy that a seismic warning about its health last week came from a US company: Apple. The iPhone maker cut sales forecasts, citing the unforeseen “magnitude” of the economic slowdown in China – a vital growth market. At the same time the head of Baidu, China’s biggest search engine, warned his employees that “winter is coming” in the world’s second-largest economy. Guardian
VOA VIEW: China will lose any trade war.
US President Donald Trump “made the decision that we will withdraw our military forces from Syria, but that it will be done in a deliberate, heavily coordinated way with our allies and partners.” Jerusalem Post

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Together with other prominent new Democratic members, Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib have become the public face of the most diverse, youthful and female Congress in American history. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Dems will lose big in 2020.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would pass new legislation to try to reopen parts of the government next week after talks between the Trump administration and Democratic negotiators on Saturday failed to end a two-week partial government shutdown. Reuters
Leonardo DiCaprio has made a secret appearance before a US grand jury investigating a multibillion-dollar fraud surrounding a Malaysian government investment fund, according to US media reports. The Hollywood actor gave closed-door testimony to the jury in the international scandal which included the funding of the blockbuster film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ in which Mr DiCaprio starred, the Washington Post reported. Telegraph


More than 40 civilians have been reportedly killed during intercommunal clashes this week in northern Burkina Faso, prompting UN Secretary-General António Guterres to issue a statement on Friday night condemning the violence and “deteriorating security situation” in parts of the West African country. UN News
Vice President Mike Pence conveyed White House, congressional staffers to findway to endimpasse on federal funding over a border wall that has caused shutdown. As the closure of 25 percent of agencies entered its 15th day, mainly staff-level officials met more than two hours in the vice president's ceremonial office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Earlier, Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen conducted a briefing in the White House Situation Room. UPI

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