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Frigid with clouds for Monday, then light snow is expected Tuesday


THIS AFTERNOON: Storm system departs around daybreak, but chilly temperatures remain. The weather service says there's potential for hazardous conditions for the Wednesday morning commute due snow and limited visibilities throughout Northern Virginia, including Fauquier and Prince William counties. Read More »

Senators spar over Trump's words while trying to save DACA negotiations

Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., asked her specifically if she heard the vulgarity used or a "substantially similar word" to describe certain countries. Left to its own devices, the State Department came up with its own talking points to be used by USA missions in Africa working to stem the damage, said a US official, who wasn't authorized to disclose internal deliberations and demanded anonymity. Read More »

Durbin, Trump Spar Over Vulgar Language Used to Describe Immigrants


Trump took particular issue with the idea that people who'd fled to the USA after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti would be allowed to stay as part of the deal, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly describe the discussion. Read More »

Donald Trump pitches for merit-based immigration system

Trump said he hoped there wouldn't be a government shutdown . Such a border-long wall is no longer President Trump's vision, though it's not clear how much difference a shorter amount of fencing would make in polling. But he repeated his demand that any deal include funding for a border wall with Mexico, which Democrats have resisted. "If they want to resolve these issues, they can do it", Markey said. Read More »

Trump defends self after comments, says: 'I'm not a racist'


Trump denied making the disparaging remarks on January 12, although U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, who was in the White House meeting, said the president had used the term. Trump received the assessment as the release of the book " Fire and Fury , " a gossip-laden inside account of his presidency, stirred questions about his mental fitness that the White House has struggled to contain. Read More »

World approval of Donald Trump's USA leadership drops to new low


The President's average approval rating of 39% is the lowest after a full year - even his "believers" appear to be dropping off. The 43% average disapproval, up 15 points from the previous year, sets a new record not only for the U.S. Germany, by contrast, has not seen support of its public leaders fall below 40 percent mark - nor rise above 50 percent - once over the past decade, with the stewardship of Chancellor Angela Merkel registering 41 percent approval a year ago. Read More »

White House doc to provide more details about President's health


The president, in the meeting, also questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the US, according to people who were briefed on the conversation but were not authorized to describe the meeting publicly. "I think he saw doing the physical as an opportunity to put some of that to rest", Jackson said. "I have no reason whatsoever to think that the president has an issue with his thought process". Read More »

Pope Francis marries flight attendant couple on Chile flight


They eventually had a civil service, but had yet to be formally married in the eyes of the Catholic Church. They previously tied the knot in a 2010 civil ceremony but were unable to follow through with their plans for a church ceremony in their native Santiago because of the devastating natural disaster that struck their country the same year. Read More »

African nations issue extraordinary response to Trump's racist comments, demand apology


African UN ambassadors and the African Union have called for "a retraction and an apology" from Donald Trump after the United States president reportedly described them as "s***hole" countries. Lawmakers and the White House are seeking a deal that would prevent the deportation of young immigrants known as Dreamers who under President Obama could apply for permission to work and stay in the United States legally. Read More »

Korean Diplomat Rejects Sanctions Talk, Says Ready for 'Successful' Olympics


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that North Korea is responsible for the suffering of North Korean people from worldwide economic sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons. "They've talked for 25 years and they've taken advantage of our presidents, of our previous presidents", he said. "For that matter, if that is significant help no matter the pressure we put on Russian Federation, it means that North Korea will likely escape any economic collapse and be able to ... Read More »

In the Senate, a potential shutdown looms larger


The House Republican leadership, meanwhile, has offered a plan that doesn't address that issue in a stopgap spending bill, but does include funding to keep CHIP - which provides subsidized health coverage for youngsters in low-income households - in business. Read More »

Democrats Just Admitted Their Goal is to Shutdown the Government


Without a funding deal, the government will shut down Friday. "I have confidence we'll pass this because I think members understand, why on earth would we want to have a government shutdown , hurt the military . But Democrats are under heavy pressure to oppose any spending bill that does not protect the young immigrants, known as Dreamers , who are now shielded from deportation from an Obama-era initiative that Trump rescinded. Read More »

Israeli forces kill suspect in rabbi's murder in West Bank raid


Israeli forces killed a Palestinian gunman and captured another in a clash in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, saying they were part of an Islamist Hamas cell responsible for an ambush in which a Jewish settler was shot dead. An adult found guilty of assaulting a soldier could be jailed for up to 10 years, but such an outcome would be unlikely for a minor. Calling for Tamimi's immediate release, Amnesty International said on Monday that nothing Tamimi had done to the armed soldiers ... Read More »

Mueller Team Investigating Whether Russia Funneled Money to Trump Campaign Through NRA


Two sources familiar with the matter told the outlet that the FBI is investigating the activities of Aleksander Torshin , the deputy governor of Russia's central bank. The rest of the world views this as money laundering. There is no reporting about how much Torshin allegedly sent to the NRA. On Wednesday, a lawyer for President Trump told CBS News that the president was "very eager" to talk to Mueller about the Russian Federation investigation and "put the matter to rest". Read More »

Trump says he wants more immigrants from 'everywhere'


A top attack line for mainstream media went down in flames Tuesday when President Trump's doctor declared him "mentally very sharp" and in " excellent health ". " The president has acknowledged he'd be healthier if he lost a few pounds ", Jackson said. Jackson said future cognitive testing would be up to the president, and that he personally wouldn't have recommended it this year. Read More »

Californian shackled siblings' parents charged with torture, sexual abuse


David and Louise Turpin are facing life in prison 12 counts of torture and false imprisonment and seven accounts of abuse of a dependent adult after police discovered horrific conditions at their home in Riverside, California. They moved into their current home in Perris, about 70 miles from Los Angeles, in 2014. Neighbors in Perris said they were stunned by the arrests. Deputies said some siblings were shackled to furniture in the foul-smelling home in suburban Riverside County. Read More »

Nopetenyahu: Trump Contradicts Israeli PM on US Embassy Move Timing


The Egyptian presidential spokesman said el-Sissi reassured Abbas of Egypt's continued efforts toward the creation of an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital. No countries now have their embassies in Jerusalem, instead keeping them in the Israeli commercial capital Tel Aviv. It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognized by the global community. Read More »

Georgia Tech Basketball: Turnovers doom Jackets in loss to UVA


Hunter, a redshirt freshman, had his fourth double-digit scoring game in ACC play, finishing with a game-high 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor in 26 minutes off the bench. Virginia Tech's meeting against Notre Dame will be one of the upcoming season's marquee non-conference matchups involving programs from the ACC, which will also feature Louisville facing reigning national champion Alabama on September 1 in Orlando, Fla, Miami playing Louisiana State on September 2 in Arlington, ... Read More »

USA military presence in Syria act of aggression: Foreign Ministry


Separately, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg late Tuesday and said his country will take all necessary measures to counter any threats to its national security. The YPG, which advocates for a free Kurdistan, cooperated significantly with the United States in operations against the Islamic State and has minimal contact with the Syrian dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad. Read More »

Timm Klose admits Chelsea's Willian deserved penalty


Antonio Conte had obviously made it clear that he wanted his side to get the job done as soon as possible and Willian was denied a stonewall penalty in the first minute of extra time, without even using VAR . "We can improve it for sure but we need to try to take the best solution". "We have been using it in Italy for six months, and you can reduce a lot of the referee's mistakes". Read More »

'Israel loves Bollywood, I love Bollywood': Netanyahu

Mumbai : Almost a decade after he narrowly survived the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, the orphaned Moshe Holtzberg arrived in Mumbai on a cool Tuesday morning on his first visit to India. "My heart beats, my heart is moved, to return to my parents' home, the Chabad House that has been rebuilt and refurbished", the boy said . "The world knows about iPod, they know about iPad, well there's one more "I" that the world needs to know about - iCreate", Netanyahu said while ... Read More »

British MPs pass European Union withdrawal bill


A cross-party group of MSPs is to have talks with MPs and peers at the House of Lords to avert a "constitutional crisis" over the EU Withdrawal Bill. The mammoth EU (Withdrawal) Bill to put Brexit into effect finally cleared the House of Commons last night after another marathon debate. Read More »

Trump goes after the Dem who surfaced his immigration remark

Trump defended himself on Sunday, telling reporters "I am not a racist" as he arrived for dinner at his private golf club with the House majority leader, Kevin McCarthy . He said Durbin and Graham had been mistaken. Aiyi'nah Ford was more blunt: "I think he's the epitome of racism, homophobia, so many things". Trump has faced claims of racism throughout his adult life. Read More »

Republicans are trying to save DACA; Democrats need to act

Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.) speaking on ABC News' This Week on January 14, expressed the view of many Democrats when he said that he would not vote for any government funding measure until the DACA issue is settled. Graf has also been a controversial figure among Latino community leaders because, ironically, he supports some of Trump's more extreme proposals. Read More »

Auto plows into crowd in Rio de Janeiro, numerous injuries reported


Local media has reported that a woman is in a critical condition in hospital, while two other children have also been rushed to the emergency department. He said: "It was shocking, we do not have a reaction at a time like this". When the police arrived on the scene they revealed that there was a lot of aggression being directed at the driver by bystanders. Read More »

Entire China could soon be within India's N-strike zone


Three consecutive success of the canisterized version of the missile has proved the designs are just flawless and the system is matured. Citing Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Indian Express reported that the test-fire of the surface-to-surface missile, Agni-V, was conducted off a test range from an island in Odisha, an eastern Indian state on the Bay of Bengal. Read More »

Trump defends himself anew against charges that he is racist


Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations in such vulgar terms , tweeting: "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". The African Union, a group representing the continent's countries, and African ambassadors to the United Nations Friday sharply denounced Trump's reference to African nations as "shitholes" and called on him to retract his statement and apologize. Read More »