Stembridge News Digest

  • Qatar says Gulf Arab bloc needs reform to give it teeth Sat, 15 Dec 2018 04:49:11 -0500
    Qatar said on Saturday it remained committed to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) but the bloc needed to enforce its own rules better, signaling a reformed alliance could help end a row between Doha and some of its neighbors.

  • Australia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel's capital but embassy not moving yet Sat, 15 Dec 2018 04:14:44 -0500
    Australia formally recognizes 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.

  • Federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:53:50 -0500
    A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was unconstitutional based on its mandate requiring that people buy health insurance, a decision in a case that could reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • China should free Canadians held after Huawei arrest, U.S.'s Pompeo says Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:35:56 -0500
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday China should free two Canadian citizens who were detained this week after authorities in Canada arrested a senior Chinese technology executive on a U.S. extradition warrant.

  • Trump picks Mulvaney as chief of staff - for now Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:43:07 -0500
    U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday moved to end speculation that he was having a hard time finding a new chief of staff, naming his budget chief Mick Mulvaney to the top post on a temporary basis.

  • North Carolina Republican says he hired consultant at heart of fraud probe Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:10:29 -0500
    The North Carolina Republican embroiled in a vote fraud controversy said on Friday he hired the political operative at the center of a probe into possible absentee ballot irregularities in a disputed U.S. congressional election.

  • Exclusive: T-Mobile, Sprint see Huawei shun clinching U.S. deal - sources Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:07:02 -0500
    T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp believe their foreign owners' offer to stop using Huawei Technologies equipment will help with the United States clearing their $26 billion merger deal, sources said, underscoring the lengths to which Washington has gone to shut out the Chinese company.

  • Mueller rebukes Flynn, saying he knew better than to lie to FBI Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:50:04 -0500
    President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn knew better than to lie to the FBI and does not deserve sentencing leniency because he was not warned that lying to federal agents was a crime, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.

  • Global growth worry hits stocks, but U.S. data lifts dollar Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:46:07 -0500
    A gauge of global stocks tumbled on Friday after weak economic data from China and Europe intensified global growth worries as investors weighed the broader impact of the trade dispute between the United States and China.

  • CVS defends settlement that allowed Aetna merger as judge assesses Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:31:45 -0500
    CVS Health Corp defended on Friday an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department which allowed it to purchase health insurer Aetna for $69 billion, a settlement that a federal judge is still assessing.

  • U.S. government watchdog to probe child's death after border arrest Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:21:19 -0500
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog will investigate the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant which occurred after she was detained by U.S. border agents, officials said on Friday.

  • Lame-duck Wisconsin governor signs bill undercutting incoming Democrat Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:15:48 -0500
    Outgoing Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker on Friday signed legislation that will weaken the powers of his newly elected Democratic successor, dismissing critics who called the move a last-minute partisan power grab.

  • U.S. sets new March 2 date for China tariff increases amid talks Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:12:27 -0500
    The U.S. Trade Representative's office on Friday officially changed the scheduled date of a tariff rate increase on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 12:01 a.m. EST (0501 GMT) on March 2, 2019 as the United States and China pursue talks on trade and intellectual property.

  • Challenging judges' orders, Trump aims to enlist Supreme Court Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:01:44 -0500
    President Donald Trump's administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court this week to suspend nationwide orders by federal judges blocking two of his major policies in an unusual step but one in line with an aggressive White House litigation strategy.

  • U.N. climate talks go into overtime as negotiators grapple with text Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:52:20 -0500
    The United Nations' climate talks went into overtime early Saturday morning as negotiators from nearly 200 nations grappled with disagreements over parts of a package of rules to implement a landmark agreement to combat global warming.

  • A bipartisan coalition could pass a lot more than just the First Step Act Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:54:40 GMT
    Yesterday's messy display of bickering between President Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and presumptive incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., didn't inspire much hope in the public for the next two years. But as Senate Majority Leader pushes forward with the Trump-backed First Step Act, the passage of criminal justice reform could paint a blueprint for how a bipartisan government, even one as divided as the radicalized Democratic Party and our populist president, could progress.
  • Ousted California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher moving to Maine Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:30:04 GMT
    After three decades in Congress, ousted Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is starting over.
  • Democracy is messy — we like it that way Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:28:39 GMT
    The image of hands wringing themselves had already become the emblem of the Trump era long before this week. But Tuesday's fracas in the Oval Office seems to have set off an especially intense bout of this activity, especially among the press. We discourage this, as in excess it may lead to carpal tunnel or the dreaded tennis elbow.
  • This White House needs a Bossie chief of staff Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:29:06 GMT
    Every American – Trump-lovers and -haters alike – should want his next White House chief of staff to be competent, tough, steady and honest. Every Republican should also want the new guy to be politically savvy, in order to advance conservative principles.
  • House Republicans clash over Trump's role in downfall, look to 2020 Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:04:48 GMT
    Five weeks after their Election Day thumping, Republicans in the House of Representatives are still arguing internally over President Trump’s role in the 40-seat thrashing of their majority.
  • David Bossie: Next chief of staff must be ready for war with House Democrats Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:46:12 GMT
    David Bossie, a contender to be President Trump's next chief of staff, said Tuesday that whoever gets the job must be prepared for constant battle with House Democrats.
  • Republicans in Michigan, Wisconsin resort to lame-duck sore-loserism Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:05:03 GMT
    The election of 1800 was a bitter, partisan fight – so much that it is sometimes known as the “Revolution of 1800.” The contest between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams was marked by personal attacks, rumors, and arguments that either the Federalists or the Democratic-Republicans were going to destroy the country. There was a new system of electoral votes and contested results necessitating a vote in the House of Representatives.
  • Wisconsin Senate passes bill limiting governor’s powers Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:02:30 GMT
    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Senate voted early Wednesday to pass a sweeping measure designed to empower the Republican-controlled Legislature and weaken the Democrat replacing Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
  • It's a lie — except when Obama says it Wed, 05 Dec 2018 13:13:20 GMT
    "The Truth Matters Now More Than Ever" is not just the design on a $300 graphic tee, it is also a new motto the New York Times adopted after former President Barack Obama left office. This timing highlighted the unavoidable truth that the news media slumbered through the Obama years.
  • Michael Avenatti becomes the last person in America to realize he isn't actually running for president Tue, 04 Dec 2018 20:31:05 GMT
    Even Chris Cillizza beat him to the take. Creepy porn lawyer and accused woman-beater Michael Avenatti conceded in a public statement today that he will not run against Donald Trump for the presidency.

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