NEWS - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2019 - NEWS
At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, the Justice Department’s inspector general recounted egregious problems with wiretap files. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The FBI showed a bias and deception.
The House Judiciary Committee opened a two-day markup session to debate two articles before they are sent to the full House for a vote. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Dems may not vote in totality against Trump.
For the first time, U.S. officials have begun pushing even asylum-seeking families who are not from Guatemala to that country, the Los Angeles Times has learned. The Trump administration had said a new policy effectively ending asylum at the U.S. southern border and removing asylum seekers to Central America would initially only be applied to single adults. LA Times
Social justice ideology is turning higher education into an engine of progressive advocacy, according to a new report by the National Association of Scholars. Left-wing activists masquerading as professors are infiltrating traditional academic departments or creating new ones — such as “Solidarity and Social Justice” — to advance their cause. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal High education is devastating the nation.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Wednesday that his lengthy investigation into the origins of the probe into Russia and President Trump’s campaign didn’t vindicate the former FBI chief James Comey — or anyone else. “I think the activities we found here don’t vindicate anybody who touched this,” Horowitz said during a Senate Judiciary... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Comey is a liar and fraud.
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A nonprofit group filed a lawsuit challenging the controversial pay raise for Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved last year, arguing the hikes are illegal. Last December, an executive and legislative compensation committee formed by Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders decided to give state lawmakers, Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Tish James and Comptroller Tom... New York Post
A suspect in the deadly attack on a kosher market in Jersey City was connected to the Black Hebrew Israelites, which has been labeled a hate group. New York Times
With an executive order, he makes clear that anti-Semitism is not to be tolerated. New York Times
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to meet with top trade advisers on Thursday to discuss planned Dec. 15 tariffs on some $160 billion in Chinese goods, three sources familiar with the plans said, as markets braced for potential negative impacts. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Higher tariffs against China will be good in the long run.
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Voters go to the polls on Thursday in an election that will pave the way for Brexit under Prime Minister Boris Johnson or propel Britain toward another referendum that could ultimately reverse the decision to leave the European Union. Rueters
The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Wednesday a $738 billion defense policy bill providing the first paid family leave for all federal workers and the creation of a Space Force, a top military priority for President Donald Trump. Rueters
Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said Congress must act or lawmakers will be responsible if Trump continues his alleged misconduct.
VOA VIEW: Nadler is a detriment to the nation.
We know high crimes and misdemeanors when we see them, and this isn't it, writes Rep. Doug Collins, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.
VOA VIEW: The truth is upsetting to Dems.
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The poll also found opposition to President Donald Trump's impeachment growing slightly in Iowa, where half of voters said they oppose impeachment.
VOA VIEW: As it is nationwide.
The FBI's four wiretap affidavits to a federal judge in 2016-17 deliberately hid a part of Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page's professional life that would have revealed his patriotic role as a CIA informant instead of the bureau's nefarious depiction, the Justice Department inspector general's report shows. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The FBI looks bad.
DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz defended his Russia investigation report Wednesday against Attorney General William Barr's criticism of the FBI probe. ABC
VOA VIEW: Horowitz made a weak report.
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Two federal judges have issued nationwide blocks on the Trump administration's use of $3.6 billion military construction funds to build its border wall. ABC
Video shows that a deadly attack on a Jewish deli in Jersey City, New Jersey was "targeted," according to officials. ABC
The party leaders talk to the BBC in the final hours before polls open on Thursday morning. BBC
VOA VIEW: Johnson should win.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham disclosed during the hearing on the DOJ IG report that an email from the CIA used by the FBI to justify surveillance of Carter Page was allegedly altered to say the opposite of what it originally stated. CBS
VOA VIEW: Most would go to jail for perpetuating this kind of fraud.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma have been fighting for months over an Obamacare replacement and other health care issues. CBS
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley reassured lawmakers that Trump's intervention in war crimes cases including that of Edward Gallagher won't turn military "into a gang raping and burning and pillaging." CBS
The Fed indicates that no action is likely next year amid persistently low inflation. CNBC
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Detecting illegal trading is part of the job for the Securities and Exchange Commission, and this year it has brought 862 enforcement actions. CNBC
Michael Cohen, 53, pleaded guilty in 2018 to multiple financial crimes, and to violating campaign finance laws in connection with hush money payments to two women who claim to have had sexual affairs with Trump. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Cohen should stay where he is.
Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg on Monday released a new proposal that would give a boost to lower-income workers by increasing tax credits for earned income and child care. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Typical spend Dem.
The legal team for the whistleblower whose account kicked off the impeachment inquiry is preparing for the possibility that lawmakers will call their client to testify in the Senate, two people familiar told CNN. CNN
Ex-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe explains why the photograph tweeted by President Trump of his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office is so extraordinary. CNN
While the Virginia state Democratic lawmakers are making an effort to pass strict gun control legislation, a sheriff is taking matters into his own hands. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good - the Second Amendment should prevail.
It's possible that instead of securing victory in 2020, these impeachment efforts could be leading the Democrats into a catastrophe. FOX News
Senate foreign relations committee voted unanimously for bill which will now await a slot to go to the Senate Legislation to stop Donald Trump from withdrawing the US from Nato has been approved for a Senate vote, amid uncertainty over the president’s intentions towards the alliance.The Senate foreign relations committee on Wednesday voted unanimously for the bipartisan bill which will now await a slot to go to the Senate. Senator Tim Kaine, the draft legislation’s lead Democratic sponsor, said it was a response to fears that the Trump administration is actively considering withdrawal. Guardian
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives moved closer on Wednesday to impeaching Donald Trump, as the president and senior Republicans appeared to converge on the idea of a shorter trial once the charges come to the Senate in the new year. Reuters
Israel headed on Wednesday toward a third national election in less than a year with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing the fight of his life for political survival after a criminal indictment. Reuters
Non-border immigration arrests in the United States fell by 10 percent in the year to September from a year earlier, the latest U.S. data shows, a drop that the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said was partly due to the diversion of the agency's resources to the border. Reuters
Recent developments concerning North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes are “deeply troubling”, the UN’s Assistant Secretary-General for the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific said on Wednesday, briefed the Security Council. UN News
VOA VIEW: NK is looking for trouble.
Consumer prices climbed during the month of November more than experts projected, the U.S. Labor Department said Wednesday in its monthly report. UPI
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