2018-12-15

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Trump says Interior Secretary Zinke leaving administration – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year’s end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. Trump, in tweetin…

Trump pushes Congress for new health law after court ruling – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a federal judge ruled that the Obama-era health overhaul was “invalid,” President Donald Trump is looking to congressional leaders to come up with a replacement even as the White House says the current law will remain in place for now.…

Ballot security was a worry long before disputed House race – (Associated Press)
BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — Six months ago, election officials in rural North Carolina’s Bladen County resolved to tighten security at their headquarters and protect the ballots stored there by installing an alarm and video cameras and securing an unlocked door t…

You’re Hired! You’re Fired! Yes, the Turnover at the Top of the Trump Administration Is … “Unprecedented.” – (The New York Times)
Since President Trump’s inauguration, White House staffers and cabinet officials have left in firings and resignations, one after the other.

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, embassy not moving yet – (Reuters)
Australia formally recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but will not move its embassy there immediately, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday.

The Latest: Schumer: Cabinet to be ‘less foul’ without Zinke – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the departure of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (all times local): 10:55 a.m. The top Democrat in the Senate is calling Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke “one of the most toxic members” of the Cabinet and says the Cabinet “will be a…

Trump’s interior secretary Zinke to step down amid ethics probes – (Reuters)
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has sought to open U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling despite environmental protests, will be leaving his post at the end of the year, President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday, the latest high-profile depart…

US interior secretary Zinke to stand down – (BBC News)
Former Navy Seal Ryan Zinke has been embroiled in a series of alleged ethics violations.

Thousands of French ‘yellow vests’ protest for fifth Saturday – (Reuters)
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of French cities on Saturday in the fifth weekend of nationwide demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron’s government, despite calls to hold off after a gun attack in Strasbourg earlier this week.

A Guide to the Ryan Zinke Investigations – (The New York Times)
Ryan Zinke has faced more than 15 ethics inquiries since taking over the Interior Department. At least six are ongoing.

Ryan Zinke, Face of Trump Environmental Rollbacks, Is Leaving Interior Department – (The New York Times)
Mr. Zinke is the latest Trump administration official to exit his position facing questions of ethical conflict.

‘A real mess’: Brixton residents decry Britain’s Brexit chaos – (Al Jazeera English)
In Brixton, a pro-EU stronghold in south London, voters speak of dismay as the UK stumbles towards exiting the EU.

The Latest: Paris police fire tear gas on Champs-Elysees – (Associated Press)
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France protests (all times local): 3:20 p.m. French police have fired tear gas across the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris and protesters have scuffled with police outside the city’s Opera house amid the fifth straight weekend of prot…

Stand-off continues in climate talks – (BBC News)
Climate talks are in an extra day as negotiators try to agree the next steps for the Paris agreement.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump floats fictions about the border – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s relationship with the truth tends to be borderline, at best, when it comes to the border. So it was this past week when he made a flurry of false or unsupported statements about immigration. He said, with no evidence…

Israeli army razes home of five jailed Palestinian brothers – (Al Jazeera English)
At least 56 Palestinians have been injured in the protests against the demolition.

For 76-year-old Joe Biden, age a factor as he mulls 2020 run – (Associated Press)
As he considers running for president, Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether, at 76, he’s too old to seek the White House, according to several sources who have spoken with the former Democratic vice president. The discussion…

Europe must fight illiberal forces, Draghi warns – (Reuters)
The spread of illiberal ideology is threatening the euro but it is an illusion that leaving it would offer an easier path, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Saturday.

Indian forces kill civilians and rebels in Kashmir – (Al Jazeera English)
At least seven civilians, three rebels, and Indian soldier die in Indian-administered Kashmir’s Pulwama.

US returns looted bells to Philippines – (BBC News)
The three Balangiga church bells return to the Philippines after 117 years in US possession.

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From various sources

Trump speaks to Turkish President to avert Syria crises – (The Jerusalem Post)
US policy in Eastern Syria is being challenged by Turkey as Ankara claims ISIS is no longer a threat and accuses Washington of shielding Kurdish groups it accuses of terrorism.

PA: Security Coordination with Israel remains despite West Bank violence – (The Jerusalem Post)
Egyptian intelligence officials visited Ramallah, where they held talks with Abbas on ways of calming the situation in the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians.

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IDF demolishes home of Palestinian who killed elite soldier – (The Jerusalem Post)
St.-Sgt. Ronen Lubarsky was hit on the head by a marble slab in May during operational activity.

Dems, environmentalists cheer Zinke’s departure – (The Hill)
Democratic lawmakers joined conservation groups Saturday in cheering President Trump’s announcement that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is leavi

Amy Schumer Has Been Very Honest About Her Very Rough Pregnancy – (Buzzfeed)
“Am I glowing?”

Hannover 0 Bayern Munich 4: Gnabry and Kimmich star in crushing win – (FourFourTwo)
Serge Gnabry and Joshua Kimmich starred as Bayern Munich swept Hannover aside with ease, winning 4-0 in the Bundesliga.

I admire Sterling – Guardiola – (FourFourTwo)
Raheem Sterling scored with his first touch of the ball against Everton and Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola praised his attitude.

Trump says Interior Secretary Zinke leaving administration – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year’s end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. Trump, in tweetin…

Eagles officially rule Carson Wentz (back) out vs. Rams – (NFL News)
The Philadelphia Eagles made it official on Saturday afternoon: Carson Wentz will not play against the Los Angeles Rams. The quarterback is suffering a fracture in his back.

Amb. Grenell on what unrest in France means for US – (Fox News)
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell weighs in.

Rep. Brady on whether a government shutdown can be avoided – (Fox News)
Short-term budget will keep government open until December 21; insight from House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady.

Megachurch pastor criticized for buying wife $200G Lamborghini – (Fox News)
John Gray, the pastor of Relentless Church in Greenville, S.C., tearfully defended buying his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini as an anniversary present after he was criticized for the purchase.

Carnival Cruise passenger reported as missing, Coast Guard search underway – (Fox News)
The Coast Guard is searching for a 26-year-old male Carnival Cruise Victory passenger who reportedly went overboard approximately 35 miles south of Islamorada, Fla.

Donald Trump announces departure of interior secretary – (Financial Times)
Ryan Zinke is third departure from US administration since the midterm elections

Carson Wentz Officially Ruled Out vs. Rams with Back Injury – (Bleacher Report)
The Philadelphia Eagles will play Sunday’s game without the services of quarterback Carson Wentz . Per an official announcement from the team , Wentz has been downgraded to out against the Los Angeles Rams due to his back injury…

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All about Trump

Trump speaks to Turkish President to avert Syria crises – (The Jerusalem Post)
US policy in Eastern Syria is being challenged by Turkey as Ankara claims ISIS is no longer a threat and accuses Washington of shielding Kurdish groups it accuses of terrorism.

Dems, environmentalists cheer Zinke’s departure – (The Hill)
Democratic lawmakers joined conservation groups Saturday in cheering President Trump’s announcement that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is leavi

Trump says Interior Secretary Zinke leaving administration – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year’s end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. Trump, in tweetin…

Donald Trump announces departure of interior secretary – (Financial Times)
Ryan Zinke is third departure from US administration since the midterm elections

Rode in on a horse, Interior Secretary Zinke set to ride out of Trump administration at year-end | CBC News – (CBC News)
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year’s end, President Donald Trump said Saturday.

President Donald Trump’s poll numbers are bad, but here’s why he could win in 2020 – (CNN)
If the economy has the same job growth over the final two years of Trump’s first term as it did over the first two years, history suggests Trump would be favored to win reelection by a few points.

Trump pushes Congress for new health law after court ruling – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a federal judge ruled that the Obama-era health overhaul was “invalid,” President Donald Trump is looking to congressional leaders to come up with a replacement even as the White House says the current law will remain in place for now.…

White House: Obamacare remains intact. Ruling that struck it down is likely to be appealed – (USA Today)
Trump hails as ‘great news for America’ a ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

You’re Hired! You’re Fired! Yes, the Turnover at the Top of the Trump Administration Is … “Unprecedented.” – (The New York Times)
Since President Trump’s inauguration, White House staffers and cabinet officials have left in firings and resignations, one after the other.

Trump’s interior secretary Zinke to step down – (RTE)
US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has sought to open US offshore waters to oil and gas drilling despite environmental protests, will be leaving his post at the end of the year, US President Donald Trump tweeted today.

Trump’s Interior Secretary will step down at the end of the year – (The Verge)
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will step down from his post at the end of the year, according to President Donald Trump, who tweeted the announcement this morning. As secretary, Zinke oversaw the shrinking of national monuments and rolled back several O…

$1 Billion a Month: The Cost of Trump’s Tariffs on Technology – (Fortune)
The tariff costs rose more than seven-fold

Behind the scenes of Mick Mulvaney’s move to chief of staff – (Axios)
You can tell so much about West Wing dynamics by the way Trump announced him.

Trump’s interior secretary Zinke to step down amid ethics probes – (Reuters)
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has sought to open U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling despite environmental protests, will be leaving his post at the end of the year, President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday, the latest high-profile depart…

Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke stepping down, President Trump says, amid ethics cloud – (USA Today)
Zinke, a former Montana congressman, faces numerous investigations looking into whether he used his office for personal gain.

Here’s how Trump hobbled Obamacare and drove enrollment down this year – (CNBC)
While President Donald Trump didn’t repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, more commonly known as Obamacare, he was able to dismantle key parts of it that health policy researchers are blaming for a big drop in enrollme…

Here’s how Trump hobbled Obamacare and drove enrollment down this year – (Google News)
While President Donald Trump didn’t repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, more commonly known as Obamacare, he was able to dismantle key parts of it that health policy researchers are blaming for a big drop in enrollme…

Trump Praises Overturn of Obamacare as ‘Great News for America’ – (Fortune)
“Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!”

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to leave Trump administration amid scrutiny over travel, land deal – (CNBC)
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be leaving the administration at the end of the year after serving for almost two years,

The high-profile Trump White House departures – (Axios)
The revolving door of Cabinet officials is not normal.

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