Democrats huddle to draft impeachment charges against Trump

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives met on Saturday to prepare for what could be the final week of their months-old impeachment inquiry that has imperiled Donald Trump's presidency.

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07.Dec.2019


Buttigieg pledges billions to curb education disparities

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg vowed on Saturday to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to improve public education if elected, with a plan that boosts funds for "underserved children" and expands early childhood learning.

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07.Dec.2019


Saudi airman may have become radicalized before U.S. Navy base attack

The Saudi airman accused of killing three people at a U.S. Navy base in Florida appeared to have posted criticism of U.S. wars and quoted slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on social media hours before the shooting spree, according to a group that tracks online extremism.

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07.Dec.2019


United States and Iran swap prisoners in rare act of cooperation

The United States and Iran each freed a prisoner on Saturday in a rare act of cooperation between two longtime foes whose ties have worsened since President Donald Trump took office.

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07.Dec.2019


U.S. defense secretary can't label U.S. base attack 'terrorism' at this point

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that he was not prepared at this point to label as "terrorism" the attack a day earlier at a U.S. Navy base in Florida, where a Saudi airman is accused of killing three people.

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07.Dec.2019


Factbox: Reactions to Iran-U.S. prisoner swap

The United States and Iran swapped prisoners - an American detained for three years on spying charges and an imprisoned Iranian - on Saturday in a rare act of cooperation between two longtime foes.

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07.Dec.2019


Factbox: Rise in U.S.-Iran tensions precedes prisoner swap

In a year of heightened tensions between Iran and the United States that brought the longtime foes to the brink of military conflict, a swap of prisoners on Saturday was a rare act of cooperation.

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07.Dec.2019


U.S. hopes U.S. citizen's release means more progress possible with Iran

The United States is hopeful that the release of U.S. citizen Xiyue Wang by Iran will lead to the freeing of other Americans held there and is a sign Tehran is willing to come to the table to talk about other issues, a senior U.S. administration official said on Saturday.

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Saudi airman in U.S. for training suspected in deadly shooting at Florida naval base

(This December 6 story corrects first paragraph to show gunman killed three people, not four; corrects paragraph 14 to show three people slain, not two)

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07.Dec.2019


U.S. health spending recovers after two slow years: CMS

(This Dec. 5 story corrects first paragraph to say growth was slower not declined in previous years, removes reference to projected spending in eighth paragraph)

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07.Dec.2019


Bankrupt PG&E reaches $13.5 billion settlement with California wildfire victims

California's bankrupt power producer PG&E Corp said on Friday it had reached a $13.5 billion settlement with victims of some of most devastating wildfires in the state's modern history.

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07.Dec.2019


U.S. Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to resume federal executions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request by President Donald Trump's administration to proceed with plans to carry out the first executions of federal death row inmates since 2003.

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06.Dec.2019


Trump says U.S. will finalize new fuel efficiency rules next year

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that his administration will finalize its rollback of Obama-era vehicle emissions standards next year and expected it would provoke a new legal challenge by California.

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06.Dec.2019


U.S. EPA proposed biofuel blending requirements 'similar' to October plan - EPA official

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has delivered a proposal on biofuel blending requirements for 2020 to the White House Office of Management and Budget, an EPA official said on Friday.

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06.Dec.2019


U.S. Supreme Court takes up fight over Delaware judicial appointments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether the state of Delaware's system of requiring ideologically balanced courts is lawful.

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06.Dec.2019


Prosecutors seek to up Harvey Weinstein's bail, citing violations

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has at times failed to wear a required electronic tracking device, New York prosecutors said Friday, asking a judge to increase his bail to $5 million, from $1 million, as he awaits trial on sexual assault charges.

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06.Dec.2019


Trump takes aim at trickle-down toilets, faucets

President Donald Trump said on Friday he has directed his environmental regulators to find answers to what he said is a big problem - water-conserving showers, faucets and toilets.

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06.Dec.2019


"All clear" given at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida after bomb threat

An "all clear" signal was given at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida on Friday an hour after a bomb threat forced authorities to evacuate the area, the base said in a tweet.

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06.Dec.2019


Disappearing frontier: Alaska's glaciers retreating at record pace

Alaska will soon close a year that is shaping up as its hottest on record, with glaciers in the "Frontier State" melting at record or near-record levels, pouring waters into rising global seas, scientists said after taking fall measurements.

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06.Dec.2019


Saudi king orders security services to cooperate with U.S. in probe of Florida shooting

Saudi Arabia's King Salman told U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday he has directed his security services to cooperate with U.S. authorities investigating the deadly shooting at a Florida military base and assured him the "perpetrator of this heinous crime" does not represent the Saudi people.

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06.Dec.2019


Politics

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  1. Buttigieg pledges billions to curb education disparities

    Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg vowed on Saturday to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to improve public education if elected, with a plan that boosts funds for "underserved children" and expands early childhood learning.
  2. Democrats huddle to draft impeachment charges against Trump

    Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives met behind closed doors on Saturday to prepare for what could be the final week of their months-old impeachment inquiry that has imperiled Donald Trump's presidency.
  3. U.S. Justice Ginsburg puts temporary hold on Trump financial records dispute

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday put a temporary hold on a court ruling that would require records held by Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp to be handed over to Democratic-led congressional panels.
  4. White House tells Democrats it will not participate in Trump impeachment hearing

    The White House said on Friday it would refuse to take part in hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives set for next week that will consider what articles of impeachment to bring against President Donald Trump.
  5. Explainer: Why putting Trump on trial in the U.S. Senate could get complicated

    U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to engage with the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry but is expected to adopt a very different strategy in the likely event of a trial in the Senate.
  6. White House tells Congress it will refuse to participate in impeachment hearings

    The White House informed the U.S. Congress on Friday that it will refuse to participate in impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump in the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee next week.
  7. Republicans want Hunter Biden, Rep. Schiff and whistleblower to testify on impeachment

    Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee want Hunter Biden, Democratic congressman Adam Schiff and a whistleblower to be among the witnesses they want to testify at impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump, the top Republican on the panel said in a letter on Friday.
  8. California congressman Duncan Hunter announces resignation after corruption plea

    U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter will resign from Congress following his guilty plea to a federal charge of conspiring to misuse campaign funds, he said on Friday.
  9. Bloomberg on his Democratic rivals: 'Trump will eat 'em up'

    Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg said on Friday that Donald Trump would easily defeat any of his Democratic White House rivals in next year's election, bluntly declaring: "Donald Trump would eat 'em up."
  10. U.S. lawmakers near deal on massive must-pass annual defense policy bill

    U.S. lawmakers are close to compromise on a $700 billion military policy bill, congressional aides said on Friday, easing fears that Congress could fail to pass the measure before year-end for the first time in nearly six decades.
  11. Kerry joins Biden in Iowa, making a foreign policy pitch

    Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned in Iowa on Friday with John Kerry, the former U.S. secretary of state and presidential nominee, seeking to bolster his case that he can set right a world turned topsy-turvy by President Donald Trump.
  12. Vulnerable Democrats in U.S. Congress eager to move beyond impeachment

    Politically vulnerable Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are eager to move quickly on the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump, and focus on other topics such as healthcare costs and repairing infrastructure.
  13. White House hopeful Warren releases medical report showing 'excellent health'

    Elizabeth Warren on Friday became the first 2020 Democratic White House contender to release the results of a recent medical exam, showing the U.S. senator from Massachusetts is in "excellent health," according to her longtime doctor.
  14. U.S. Democratic contender Sanders proposes $150 billion for 'high-speed internet for all'

    U.S. Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders launched a plan on Friday to provide high-speed broadband for every U.S. household at a cost of $150 billion, pledging to use antitrust powers to take on internet, telecom and cable companies.
  15. Biden finally finds social media buzz with viral Trump video, voter spat

    For a candidate who has struggled at times to get noticed on social media, Joe Biden finally got some online attention on Thursday - for better or worse.
  16. Pelosi pursues articles of impeachment against Trump, says democracy at stake

    Warning that U.S. democracy is at stake, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi directed a congressional committee on Thursday to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a historic step setting up a fight over whether to oust him from office.
  17. Support for Elizabeth Warren drops to lowest since August in White House race: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    Support for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren dropped nationally to its lowest level in four months, and nearly one in three potential Democratic primary voters say they do not know which candidate to pick with the first nominating contests less than two months away, according to a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll.
  18. Factbox: Key quotes from U.S. House Speaker Pelosi's statement on impeachment

    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday announced that House Democrats would move forward to impeach President Donald Trump by drafting formal charges known as articles of impeachment, saying the Republican president had "seriously violated the Constitution."
  19. Explainer: How impeachment works and why Trump is unlikely to be removed

    U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday instructed the House Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for pressuring Ukraine to investigate a political rival. [nL1N28F0C8]
  20. Factbox: What are the articles of impeachment Trump may face?

    With U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday having instructed the House Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment, here are potential offenses that President Donald Trump might face.