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Meet The House Democrats Who Will Be Running The Show

Now that Democrats have captured control of the House for the next two years, the party’s most senior members are poised to regain the wide-ranging power of committee chairmanships.

While some of the Democrats have gained fame in feuds with President Donald Trump, others are relatively little-known outside of Capitol Hill.

A look at the Democratic lawmakers expected to wield the gavels and shape the party’s top priorities:

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NITA LOWEY

Appropriations Committee

Lowey, 81, would be the first woman to oversee the committee that determines where the federal government spends its money.…

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North Korea Possibly Hiding Secret Missile Bases Despite Denuclearization Pledge

U.S. analysts said Monday they have located more than half of an estimated 20 secret North Korean missile development sites, highlighting the challenge the Trump administration faces in ensuring that North Korea complies with any eventual agreement to end its nuclear and missile programs.

The findings, which were released amid signs the administration’s negotiations with the North have stalled, draw on commercial satellite imagery and identify 13 secret facilities used to produce missiles and related technology.…

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Miriam Adelson Among 7 To Receive Presidential Medal Of Freedom

President Donald Trump has announced his first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and they include the wife of a major Republican Party donor, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth.

Trump will also posthumously recognize the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Medals are going to Miriam Adelson, a doctor and wife of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a Republican donor; Utah Sen.…

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Trump Joins World Leaders To Mark 100 Years Since End Of WWI

For President Donald Trump in Paris, America First meant largely America alone.

At a weekend commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the president who proudly declares himself a “nationalist” stood apart, even on a continent where his brand of populism is on the rise.

He began his visit with a tweet slamming the French president’s call for a European defense force, arrived at events alone and spent much of his trip out of sight in the American ambassadors’ residence in central Paris.…

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Michelle Obama Rips Trump In New Book

Former first lady Michelle Obama blasts President Donald Trump in her new book, writing how she reacted in shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to “block it all out.”

She also denounces Trump’s “birther” campaign questioning her husband’s citizenship, calling it bigoted and dangerous, “deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.”

In her memoir “Becoming,” set to come out Tuesday, Obama writes openly about everything from growing up in Chicago to confronting racism in public life to her amazement at becoming the country’s first black first lady.…

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Dutch Man, 69, ‘Identifys’ As 49; Wants It Legally Recognized

Self-styled positivity guru Emile Ratelband thinks age is just a number. And his is a number the Dutchman wants changed.

The 69-year-old television personality has asked a court in the Netherlands to approve his request for a new birthday that officially would make him 49.

Ratelband says his legal appeal is consistent with other forms of personal transformation that are gaining acceptance and government recognition in the Netherlands and around the world.…

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Report: Google Planning Big New York City Expansion

Google is planning a major expansion in New York City, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal .

The newspaper reported Wednesday that the company plans to add space for more than 12,000 additional New York workers. The Journal cited anonymous people familiar with the plans.

The paper said Google has New York real estate deals in the works that would give it room for nearly 20,000 workers.…

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MASS SHOOTING: 12 Dead Including Cop in Shooting at California Bar

A hooded gunman dressed entirely in black opened fire on a crowd at a country dance bar holding a weekly “college night” in Southern California, killing 12 people and sending hundreds fleeing including some who used barstools to break windows and escape, authorities said Thursday. The gunman was later found dead at the scene.

The dead from the shooting Wednesday night also included 11 people inside the bar and a sheriff’s sergeant who was the first officer inside the door, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.…

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Smartphone Makers Bet On Foldable Screens As Next Big Thing

For the past few years, the smartphone industry has been searching for a breakthrough to revive a market mired in an innovation lull and a sales slump. A potential catalyst is on the horizon in the form of flexible screens that can be folded in half without breaking.

Samsung and several rivals are preparing to roll out such screens to make devices more versatile for work and pleasure.…

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HE’S OUT: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Forced to RESIGN – Effective Immediately

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday as the country’s chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation.

Sessions told the president in a one-page letter that he was submitting his resignation “at your request.”

Trump announced in a tweet that he was naming Sessions’ chief of staff Matthew Whitaker, a former United States attorney from Iowa, as acting attorney general.…

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‘Reprehensible’ Anti-semitic Flyers Found At University

Officials at the University of Rochester say dozens of anti-Semitic flyers have been found on campus.

WHAM-TV reports the flyers were found Monday morning on a printer at the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies on the university’s River Campus.

University spokeswoman Sara Miller says the messages are “reprehensible and cowardly, and they are contrary to the university’s values.”

Miller says the university’s Department of Public Safety is working with law enforcement to investigate.…

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BREAKING IN FLORIDA: Nelson, Scott Race Headed To Recount

Sen. Bill Nelson’s campaign announced Wednesday morning that his race against Gov. Rick Scott is headed to a recount.

Of the 8.1 million votes cast, Scott leads by just 34,537 votes, which is less than one-half point, the threshold for a state-mandated recount.

“We are proceeding to a recount,” Nelson said Wednesday in a statement.

The three-term Democratic senator released a statement at 1 a.m.…

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New Chinese Tech IDs People By How They Walk, Even If Face Is Hidden

Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: “gait recognition” software that uses people’s body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras.

Already used by police on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, “gait recognition” is part of a push across China to develop artificial-intelligence and data-driven surveillance that is raising concern about how far the technology will go.…

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Election Day A Test Of Democrat Resistance To Trumpism

There were first-time voters and straight-ticket voters and some who, this go-around, switched sides. They went to the polls considering the caravan of migrants trudging across Mexico, their health insurance and their paychecks, an impotent Congress and the nation’s poisonous political culture that has divided even families and friends along party lines.

More than anything on this Election Day in America, in a midterm contest like no other before it, voters cast their ballots with one man in mind: President Donald Trump.…

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Report: Amazon To Open Massive Headquarters In Queens, NY

After a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon is now reportedly looking to build offices in two cities instead of one, a surprise move that could still have a major impact on the communities it ultimately selects.

Virginia officials and some state lawmakers were recently briefed by the head of the state’s economic development office that Amazon was considering splitting up its second headquarters, according to a person familiar with the matter.…

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Israeli Police Want to Question Billionaire Lev Leviev in MASSIVE Diamond Smuggling Case; Family Members Arrested

Israel Police of Lahav 433, the Major Crimes Unit, working with agents of the Tax Authority and Customs agents, arrested six suspects on Monday morning, 27 Marcheshvan, believed involved in the smuggling of diamonds to avoid paying the relevant taxes.

Russian-Israeli diamond billionaire and philanthropist Lev Leviev’s family are among those arrested. Leviev’s son and brother were among the six suspects.…

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Website Used By Suspect In Pittsburgh Massacre Is Back Online

Social media platform Gab, where the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre spewed anti-Semitic messages, is back online roughly one week after domain registrar GoDaddy and other internet services dropped the site.

Gab returned on Sunday after a Seattle-based company, Epik, accepted the site’s domain registration.

Gab suspended the account belonging to Robert Gregory Bowers, the man charged with killing 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue last month, shortly after the attack.…

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A More Chareidi Friendly Version Of The Draft Law Seems To Be Advancing In Knesset

The chareidi parties feared early elections were on the agenda for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who clearly did not wish to find himself negotiating with coalition partners over an IDF draft law that is acceptable to Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his Yisrael Beitenu party, as well as to the Shas and Yahadut Hatorah parties.

According to a BeChadrei Chareidim report, members of the special committee addressing a new draft law, were informed on Sunday, that they will be convening on Thursday, 30 Marcheshvan, for a first time since the Knesset Winter session convened.…

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Iran President Warns Of ‘War Situation’ As Sanctions Resume

Iran greeted the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Monday with air defense drills and a statement from President Hassan Rouhani that the nation faces a “war situation,” raising Mideast tensions as America’s maximalist approach to the Islamic Republic takes hold.

The sanctions end all economic benefits America had granted Tehran for its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, though Iran for now continues to abide by the accord that saw it limit its enrichment of uranium.…

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Trump Administration Reimposes ALL Iran Sanctions Lifted By Obama Under Nuclear Deal

The Trump administration is announcing the reimposition of all U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.

The sanctions cover Iran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors. They’re the second batch of penalties reimposed since President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in May.

The sanctions that’ll come into force Monday penalize countries that don’t stop importing Iranian oil and foreign companies that do business with blacklisted Iranian entities.…

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