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Israel Holding Early Elections As Bribery Allegations Engulf Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, struggling to keep his majority together and fighting off corruption allegations, has decided to dramatically shorten the timetable for his country’s elections. Netanyahu and other coalition leaders opted Monday to hold a general election in April 2019 — an election that was originally set for November 2019. Their decision comes as the attorney general is ...

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Immigration Groups To Challenge Trump’s ‘Remain In Mexico’ Policy

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Immigration advocates plan to fight the Trump administration’s new directive of requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims are processed. Speaking Thursday before a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Secretary of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen revealed a sweeping new policy for migrants who claim asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. Dubbed the “Remain in Mexico” plan, migrants who seek asylum ...

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Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Vote To Modernize US Nuclear Fleet

Congress passed bipartisan legislation that aims to streamline the regulatory process for commercial nuclear plants, bringing relief to an industry that has witnessed decline and uncertainty. The Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act was approved in the House of Representatives by wide margins Friday, clearing the chamber by 361 to 10. The Senate had already approved the bill on Thursday ...

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Can The $13 Million-Plus GoFundMe For Trump’s Border Wall Actually Work?

A GoFundMe campaign to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall has raised over $13 million in several days.  There are lingering questions over whether the funds can be used to toward construction of the wall, with congressional approval needed to direct the money toward Homeland Security.  Trump and congressional Democrats appear ready to enter a government shutdown over funding for ...

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Trump Unveils Plan To Keep Children From Getting Lead Poisoning

Top members of the Trump administration announced the details of a federal action plan to treat and prevent childhood lead exposure. Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Health and Human Service Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday revealed the Trump administration’s “Federal Lead Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and ...

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Beto Removed From ‘No Fossil Fuel’ Pledge After Report Finds He Accepted Oil Money

Beto O'Rourke

Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke has been removed from a list of politicians who have pledged not to accept fossil fuel money after it was revealed that he had, in fact, accepted campaign cash from oil and gas executives. Outgoing Rep. O’Rourke — who became a darling of the left during his failed bid to unseat Texas GOP Sen. Ted ...

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Coal And Nuclear Closures Could Lead To Power Outages

A stress test conducted by the regulatory authority that oversees North America’s electric grid lends credibility to the Trump administration’s warnings that rampant coal and nuclear plant closures could result in power outages. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) – an international nonprofit that examines and promotes grid reliability among utility systems in the U.S. and Canada – released its Generation ...

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Years Of Bad Land Management Led To One Of California’s Most Devastating Wildfires

An in-depth investigation found that federal, state and local governments were aware of California’s vulnerability to wildfires, but failed to take the necessary steps to prevent its devastation. California residents have recently been forced to deal with some of the worst wildfires in the state’s history. Over the course of a 13-month period that began in October 2017, four major ...

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Are Russians Secretly Backing US Enviros? Lawsuit Intends To Find Out

An open records lawsuit filed against the State Department is attempting to uncover whether Russian entities attempted to financially support U.S. environmentalist causes. The Institute for Energy Research (IER) — a free-market energy group based in Washington, D.C. — filed the lawsuit on Monday. IER has requested the State Department to hand over correspondence concerning hydraulic fracturing, environmental advocacy and ...

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ConocoPhillips Putting Millions Behind Carbon Tax Push

In a major sign of how the industry is changing its response to the climate change debate, ConocoPhillips is joining other oil and gas giants lobbying Congress for carbon pricing legislation. ConocoPhillips — a multinational energy corporation based in Houston, Texas — revealed to Axios that it will be financially backingAmericans for Carbon Dividends, a self-proclaimed conservative group that is lobbying Congress to ...

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The Global Climate Summit Is Over; Here’s What They Agreed To Do

The annual global climate summit came to end over the weekend, with participating nations agreeing to several new conditions in their bid to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The 24th conference of the parties — otherwise known as COP24 — concluded after two weeks of negotiation in Katowice, Poland. Around 25,000 delegates from nearly 200 different countries participated in the summit. As ...

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Man Who Allegedly Stabbed Father Of Seven To Death Had Been Deported Six Times

It’s been discovered that a man who is currently sitting in a U.S. jail cell for a grisly murder had already been deported back to his home country of Mexico a total of six times. Local law enforcement in Pasco, Washington announced back in February that detectives, with the help of the FBI, were able to extradite Mexican national Adan Virgen-Ponce ...

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Tom Steyer Trashed House Republican In Public, and The GOP Lawmaker Threw It Right Back

Florida Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo was deemed a “pretend environmentalist” by Democrat mega-donor Tom Steyer, despite sponsoring carbon tax legislation and calling for action on climate change. “I thought that guy was ridiculous. That guy is a pretend environmentalist,” Steyer, a billionaire activist, said while he was at an annual United Nations climate conference in Katowice, Poland. The conference has attracted ...

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Former Judges Demand ICE No Longer Make Immigration Arrests In Courthouses

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A group of former judges is asking U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to limit the scope of where they can arrest suspected illegal aliens, requesting they add courthouses to their list of “sensitive locations.” “We know firsthand that for courts to effectively do justice, ensure public safety, and serve their communities, the public must be able to access courthouses safely and ...

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China is Negotiating With Trump From a Position Of Weakness and it’s Changing Beijing’s Approach

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China’s economic downturn is forcing the typically-abrasive nation to tread lightly as it continues trade negotiations with the Trump administration. The arrest of Meng Wanzhou — an executive at a major Chinese tech company and daughter of one of the most respected businessmen in the country — earlier in December brought the prospect of a new low between U.S.-China relations. U.S. ...

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