December 14, 2019
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U.S. Blacklists 28 Chinese Entities Over Abuses in Xinjiang – The New York Times

The Trump administration said Monday that it had added 28 Chinese organizations to a United States blacklist, effectively blocking those entities from purchasing American products. The 28 organizations have all been implicated in human rights violations and abuses in China’s campaign targeting Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities in the autonomous region of Xinjiang, according to a Commerce Department filing.
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North Korea warns U.S., Europeans against raising its missile tests at U.N. – Reuters Canada

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea warned the United States, Britain, France and Germany on Monday that raising the issue of Pyongyang’s missile tests at the United Nations Security Council would “further urge our desire to defend our sovereignty.”

North Korean ambassador to the United Nations Kim Song speaks during a news conference in New York, U.S., October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The 15-member council is due to meet behind closed doors on Tuesday after North Korea said it had test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile last week. The discussion was…

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Amid Iraqi protests, Kurdish region balances Iran’s IRGC – The Defense Post

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By Seth J. Frantzman and Dr. Eric Mandel

At the Black Tiger Base in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq the concerns of Kurdish Peshmerga who have spent five years fighting Islamic State have now turned to the rise of Iran-backed militias.

“ISIS is infiltrating these Sunni Arab areas where locals have a bad relationship with the Hashd al-Shaabi,” a local commander told us last month, referring to the largely Shiite militias who operate checkpoints and control parts of rural Iraq.

In the Kurdish autonomous region, a stable and prosperous part of Iraq that has been a key partner of the…

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A pledge to boost biofuel | Agri News – PostBulletin.com

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is taking action to boost U.S. demand for corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel, as the president seeks to temper criticism from farmers and Midwest politicians before next year’s election.

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture on Oct. 4 outlined several steps to aid those renewable fuels, committing to boost annual biofuel-blending quotas to make up for waivers exempting some small refineries from the mandates. The shift, which still must be formally proposed and codified, would…

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Homeless Shelters Coming To Milford This Winter – Patch.com

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MILFORD, MA — Several temporary homeless shelters are set to open in Milford this winter to help unsheltered people escape cold, snowy conditions. At least three local churches are trying to open shelters, supervised by several town departments and police.

Trinity Church, The Way, and St. Mary’s are all in the process of getting town approval or have already received it, according to city officials. The shelters would open at those locations when the temperature drops below or feels like freezing.

The Milford Buildings, Fire, and Health departments are overseeing the approval process…

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Politico: Impeachment a Flop in Key Suburban Swing District – Breitbart
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Politico: Impeachment a Flop in Key Suburban Swing District – Breitbart

Casten defeated long-term incumbent Republican Peter Roskam last fall in the 6th congressional district of Illinois, in the far western suburbs of Chicago, as part of a nationwide Democratic sweep of suburban districts. But his left-wing policies and bare-knuckle style were never a good fit — and now he is facing pushback.....
Michigan Dem Booed By Constituents for Supporting Impeachment – Washington Free Beacon
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Michigan Dem Booed By Constituents for Supporting Impeachment – Washington Free Beacon

Freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D., Mich.) was greeted with jeers for publicly backing the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Several constituents gathered at the American Legion Hall in Rochester, Mich. could be heard booing as she spoke. Some in the audience then began chanting, "Four more years," according to a clip flagged by the pro-Trump Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC.
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Sen. Susan Collins is an endangered Republican. Impeachment could make her more so. – NBC News

Susan Collins has built a brand as a moderate senator who isn't afraid to buck her party. But the Maine Republican is now facing her toughest challenge yet as she prepares to run for a fifth term in a blue state — the potential impeachment of a president she didn't vote for. While Maine's GOP chairwoman dismissed the Ukraine scandal as "another witch hunt," Collins on Saturday called Trump's public request to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden "completely inappropriate." But Collins has said she can't take a position on impeachment because she might be asked...
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Rep. Omar files for divorce – MinnPost

The rumors were true. The Sahan Journal reports: “Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has filed for divorce from her husband, Ahmed Hirsi. … Ilhan officially filed for divorce on Oct. 4 — her birthday — in Hennepin County District Court. The divorce filing cites an “irretrievable breakdown” of their marriage relationship. … Ilhan and Ahmed were married to each other religiously for nearly two decades. They legally married on Jan. 5, 2018.”
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Mailer advertising white supremacist event at Belfast library a hoax – Bangor Daily News

No, the Maine Green Independent Party is not hosting a white supremacist gathering later this month at the Belfast Free Library. But an anonymous flyer mailed to some homes in the Somerset County town of Canaan is advertising otherwise. “It was a little surprising,” said Andrew Bourassa, a Skowhegan man who says he was sent a photo of the flyer Monday. “And kind of discouraging, as a lifelong Mainer.”
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New federal rules target Michigan’s Line 5 safety concerns – Interlochen

The federal agency that regulates pipelines across the United States announced new rules Tuesday. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) implemented regulations that increase inspections and leak detection technology on pipelines, while also increasing oversight on damaged pipelines.
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McSally sidesteps questions about Trump’s Ukraine call – Kansas City Star

Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona declined to say Monday whether she's troubled by President Donald Trump's efforts to get foreign governments to investigate his political rival. Asked repeatedly by reporters whether the president acted appropriately, McSally said she wants to wait until all the facts are gathered.
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Despite opposition, plans move ahead for Somali mall in Minneapolis – Star Tribune

Abdi Warsame came to the community center to talk about his vision for Africa Village, his long-envisioned mall for Minneapolis’ East African hub. He never got the chance. Protesters shouted and hoisted signs the moment the two-term City Council member entered the crowded room that night in August. He stood above his supporters in an attempt to address them, but gave up within a few minutes. A month later, at a coffee shop downtown, Warsame dismissed the opposition that night as “a little passionate discourse between the community.”
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A Trump Policy Shift Gives Farmers in Key 2020 States ‘Exactly What We Wanted’ – The New York Times

.....Midwestern farmers and politicians delivered a message to President Trump: Fix the policies hurting corn prices and prompting ethanol plants to close, or risk alienating one of the most loyal parts of your political base. And last week, after a flurry of pressure from senators and criticism from agricultural groups, the Trump administration relented, saying that it would put forth rules designed to increase ethanol demand
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The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether LGBT workers are legally protected – Chicago Tribune

The state Human Rights Department investigates private companies, state units, local governments, unions and staffing agencies. Starting July 1 of next year, the agency will be able to investigate employers with as few as one worker. Arthur Ehrlich, an attorney who works on employment discrimination cases, said people who live outside of the state but have jobs in Illinois are protected under the law; however, Illinois residents with jobs outside of the state are not.
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Ancestral remains to be returned to Navajo and Hopi nations – High Country News

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Finland will repatriate more than 600 items to 26 tribes.

An Arizona State Museum worker points to baskets in the museum’s collection in this 2015 file photo. These were not excavated from Native American graves, as the items in Finland were, but are the type of objects typically found in burial settings.

Photo by Kristen Hwang/Cronkite News

The Hopi and Navajo are among 26 tribes that will see the return of ancestral remains from Finland, where the items have been held in a museum after being taken from Colorado almost 130 years ago.

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While Congress Fiddles, LGBT Workers Turn To The U.S. Supreme Court For Protection – Forbes

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will confront a difficult issue of statutory construction involving the language of the nation’s premier civil rights law.

The Court will decide whether discrimination because of an individual’s sexual orientation and gender identity constitutes discrimination “because of … sex” under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Under the American separation of powers doctrine, the U.S. Congress is the institution that is charged with making new laws. However, Congress, hopelessly mired in partisan politics, has made no effort to amend…

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This Chef Says He’s Faced His #MeToo Offenses. Now He Wants A Second Chance – NPR

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After the allegations of sexual harassment surfaced, chef Charlie Hallowell issued an apology, saying he was “deeply ashamed and so very sorry.”

 

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After the allegations of sexual harassment surfaced, chef Charlie…

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Republican TV ads target Stevens, Slotkin on impeachment stances – The Detroit News

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Republicans are attacking two Michigan Democrats who flipped GOP House seats in 2018 with an advertisement wave sparked by the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, but the House speaker plans a counter-offensive to bolster them.

The Republican National Committee last week began airing television ads in Metro Detroit targeting Democratic U.S. Reps. Elissa Slotkin of Holly and Haley Stevens of Rochester Hills, criticizing their support for “endless investigations” and “endless hearings” to the detriment of “fixing health care” and “lowering drug prices.”

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WCBC » Blog Archive » Cardin, Van Hollen File Brief Supporting DACA – WCBC Radio

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October 7th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.), together with 49 senators and 123 U.S. Representatives and former lawmakers have filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  The Supreme Court will hear arguments on DACA on November 12, 2019.  President Trump terminated the DACA program on September 5, 2017, throwing the lives of nearly 800,000 Dreamers into chaos.

 

“DACA recognizes that we should not hold hardworking,…

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Democrat Amy Klobuchar raises $4.8M for presidential bid – WTOP

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Amy Klobuchar said Monday that she raised $4.8 million in the third quarter for her 2020 presidential campaign, a total…

Amy Klobuchar said Monday that she raised $4.8 million in the third quarter for her 2020 presidential campaign, a total that places the Minnesota senator in the middle of the Democratic field in fundraising for the third straight quarter.

Klobuchar has raised more than some rivals but less than top-tier candidates such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, who raised $25.3 million last quarter, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who raised $24.6 million.

Klobuchar said…

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Jon Ossoff, Clarkston mayor Ted Terry make appearances on Georgia Southern campus ahead of senatorial race – The George-Anne

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STATESBORO — The Bulloch County Democratic Party hosted several senatorial candidates running against David Perdue in 2020 in the Williams Center multipurpose room on Friday night.

Johnathan McCollar, the mayor of Statesboro, said in his opening address that citizens should be involved in the political process by not only voting, but by being active attendees of local political meetings.

“Once you vote, show back up at the city council meetings, the county commission meetings, the board of education meetings,” McCollar said. “Let those individuals…

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Huxley Man Gifts Carson King a Year’s Supply of Busch Light – WHO TV Des Moines

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ALTOONA, Iowa — After raising millions of dollars for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, Carson King will end up with a year’s supply of Busch Light after all.

Mike Schonhorst of Huxley personally bought 30 cases of Busch Light and delivered it to King on Monday. That is 720 cans of beer, which means King can average about two beers a day for a whole year.

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Schonhorst, who owns General Insurance Agency in Huxley, said he didn’t do it to gain recognition. He wanted to give…

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2 local lawmakers criticize decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria – WZZM13.com

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WASHINGTON — The White House published a rare Sunday night press release this week. It said that U.S. troops in northeast Syria will move out of that region, which opens the door for Turkey to launch an assault on Kurdish troops there. 

For years, American forces have worked alongside Kurdish fighters to defeat ISIS in the region. There are about 1,000 U.S. troops in northern Syria who were patrolling the Turkey-Syria border. 

U.S. troops “will not support or be involved in the operation” and “will no longer be in the immediate area,”…

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Voter registration deadline set for Friday – Wakeweekly

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From staff reports

The final day to register to vote in Wilson County’s Nov. 5 municipal elections is this Friday. 

Applications are due for residents who: have not previously registered in Wilson County, have had a name change, want to change party affiliation, have been placed in an inactive voter registration file or have moved within Wilson County since previous registration. 

Forty-two candidates are vying for 42 seats in Wilson County cities and towns including Wilson, Black Creek, Elm City, Lucama, Saratoga, Sharpsburg, Sims and Stantonsburg.

Registration…

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John Hickenlooper posts Colorado fundraising record in his first six weeks as U.S. Senate candidate – The Colorado Sun

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John Hickenlooper raised more than $2.1 million for his U.S. Senate campaign in less than six weeks, a record haul in Colorado that affirms his Democratic front-runner status in a top-tier race.

The cash total positions the former two-term governor as the top fundraiser in his party primary but it falls short of Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who will report raising $2.45 million for his reelection bid in the three-month period that ended in June.

The Hickenlooper campaign told The Colorado Sun that 95% of the contributions from his announcement Aug. 22 through the Sept. 30…

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