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After a week of back and forth, President Trump has conceded to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and will not deliver his 2019 State of the Union, originally slated for January 29, until the government shutdown is over. Beginning with a letter from Speaker Pelosi on January 16, where she requested that Trump “determine another suitable date after the government has re-opened,” for the State of the Union and finally ending with a series of tweets from...

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New research from the National Association of Realtors found that existing home sales have hit a three year low. 2018 was the worst year for sales of previously-owned homes since 2015. The month of December 2018 was especially bad for the housing market. Sales of previously-owned homes, which make up the vast majority of housing sales, were down 6.4% for the month and 10.3% lower than December 2017. At the same time, stocks fell the most in almost...

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Online news outlet BuzzFeed came out late last week with an explosive story about collusion between Russia and President Trump, claiming that Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who previously admitted that he lied to Congress about the duration of the Trump Organization’s talks about building a Trump Tower Moscow, was directly instructed to lie by President Trump himself. The story cited two federal law enforcement agents involved with the investigation but hasn’t been independently verified by other...

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Democrats in Iowa are bracing for massive turnout in their first-in-the-nation presidential caucus, which by all accounts was a bit of a mess in 2016, when there were only three candidates in the mix—Sanders, Clinton, and O’Malley. Hillary Clinton was able to eke out the narrowest of victories. Now that the Democratic field looks likely to be more like 20 candidates, the caucuses are likely to be even more raucous and contentious and organizers are...

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Tens of thousands of Los Angeles public school teachers have spent the school week outside of the classroom and on the picket lines. The more than 30,000 educators on strike are demanding smaller class sizes, increased staffing and higher teacher salaries. Many Los Angeles classrooms have more than 40 students to a single teacher. The current cap for high school class sizes in L.A. is 46. Aerial footage shows massive teacher strike as tens of...

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Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, a 2016 Democrat presidential candidate and likely 2020 contender, met with a group of former campaign staffers and volunteers urging him to address a culture of sexual harassment and violence on his 2016 campaign should he decide to make another White House run. About 30 people attended the meeting with Sanders and his wife Jane. It followed the delivery of a letter staffers used to request the meeting to “discuss the issue of sexual violence...

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Speaking at his confirmation hearing to succeed Jeff Sessions as attorney general of the United States, William Barr testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he doesn’t believe special prosecutor Robert Mueller “would be involved in a witch hunt.” Barr, who previously served as attorney general under George H.W. Bush and is likely to be confirmed for the post again, faced the line of questioning on the back of a 19-page memo that was critical of the...

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A former associate of the Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman claimed in court that Guzman paid former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto a bribe of $100 million. The associate, Alex Cifuentes, testified that Nieto asked Guzman for $250 million while he was president-elect in 2012 and that Nieto had sent Guzman a message that he no longer had to live in hiding. Nieto has previously denied that he’d accepted bribes from drug traffickers and...

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In a tragic development in Syria, ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack that left four American soldiers dead on Wednesday. Critics of President Trump’s hasty decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and declare victory on ISIS, including prominent military leaders and GOP lawmakers, pointed out that ISIS still claimed thousands of fighters in Syria and while the militants no longer held much territory, they could still use lethal force to destabilize the fragile...

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At least one person is dead after gunmen brutally attacked a hotel and office complex in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday, with suspicions rising that the number killed will soon cross a dozen as bodies are identified. According to Kenya National Police chief Joseph Boinnet, the attack began with “a suicide explosion in the foyer of DusitD2 hotel, where a number of guests suffered severe injuries.” Al-Shabab, a Somali militant group, soon claimed to have been...