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Top Republicans blast Mueller probe transparency vote as a failed attempt by Democrats to divide party

Top Republicans blast Mueller probe transparency vote as a failed attempt by Democrats to divide partyDemocrats warn more transcripts to be released; Todd Piro reports from New York.



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Democrats Blast Manafort’s Light Prison Sentence

Democrats Blast Manafort’s Light Prison SentenceDemocratic lawmakers on Friday harshly criticized the lighter-than-expected prison sentence handed down to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III Thursday night.Federal sentencing guidelines recommended that Manafort serve between 19 and 24 years behind bars after being convicted on eight felony counts, including tax and bank fraud. Ellis sentenced him to 47 months, calling the guidelines "excessive.""The prosecution was well deserved in trying to seek a longer term. Obviously, the judge demonstrated some hostility before now to Robert Mueller," said Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. "This sentence, in my view, failed to do justice to the very serious crimes that Manafort has committed, as well as his utter disrespect for the law."Manafort, 69, also pled guilty in a separate Washington, D.C. trial in September to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice after he attempted to tamper with witnesses. The plea was part of a deal with prosecutors that hinged on Manafort's cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, but last month Judge Amy Berman Jackson voided the deal after Mueller's team contended that Manafort had violated it by lying to investigators. He now faces up to ten years in prison in the case.Prosecutors have devoted special scrutiny to Manafort's contacts with Russians and Ukrainians before the campaign. Manafort resigned from the Trump campaign after about five months when those contacts came to light in August, 2016.Representative Adam Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, accused Manafort's lawyer of angling for a presidential pardon by noting after the sentencing that Manafort had not been found guilty of collusion."The statement by Paul Manafort's lawyer after an already lenient sentence — repeating the President's mantra of no collusion — was no accident. It was a deliberate appeal for a pardon," Schiff wrote on Twitter.Freshman House democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Veronica Escobar of Texas also excoriated the judge's decision."Paul Manafort getting such little jail time for such serious crimes lays out for the world how it's almost impossible for rich people to go to jail for the same amount of time as someone who is lower income," Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. "In our current broken system, 'justice' isn't blind. It's bought.""White collar criminals who betray their country can obviously get preferential treatment in Judge Ellis's courtroom. Disgraceful," Escobar tweeted.



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Warmbier parents blast 'evil' North Korea regime after Trump praises Kim

Warmbier parents blast 'evil' North Korea regime after Trump praises KimThe parents of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died after 17 months in a North Korean prison, blamed Kim Jong Un’s “evil regime” on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he believed the leader’s claim not to have known how their son was treated. Warmbier’s parents said they had held off commenting during the second summit between Trump and Kim in Hanoi, which was cut short on Thursday after the two sides failed to reach a deal for the reclusive communist nation to give up its nuclear weapons. “Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto,” Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement.



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Warmbier parents blast 'evil' North Korea regime after Trump praises Kim

Warmbier parents blast 'evil' North Korea regime after Trump praises KimThe parents of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died after 17 months a North Korean prison, blamed Kim Jong Un’s “evil regime” on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he believed the leader’s claim not to have known how their son was treated. Warmbier’s parents said they held off commenting during the second summit between Trump and Kim in Hanoi, which was cut short on Thursday after the two sides failed to reach a deal for the reclusive communist nation to give up its nuclear weapons. “Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto,” Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement.



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Mine blast kills more than 20 civilians in Syria

Mine blast kills more than 20 civilians in SyriaMore than 20 civilians were killed Sunday in central Syria when a landmine left behind by jihadists exploded under a van, the state news agency SANA said. The ordnance left behind by the Islamic State group in the town of Salamiyeh killed farmworkers who were heading to a region in the Hama province to pick truffles, SANA said, citing local police. It was the second such incident since February 8 when a landmine that had been planted by IS in rural Hama exploded killing seven civilians, SANA said.



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Pakistani PM warns India against attack, urges talks on Kashmir blast

Pakistani PM warns India against attack, urges talks on Kashmir blastKhan added that he wanted to cooperate in investigating the suicide bombing on Thursday, when 40 Indian paramilitary police were killed in an attack claimed by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group. Tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors has risen sharply over the killing in the Indian-controlled part of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. Pakistani authorities have denied any involvement in the attack and called for United Nations intervention.



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U.S. Midwest braces for record-breaking cold blast

U.S. Midwest braces for record-breaking cold blastIn the Chicago area, snow will begin on Sunday night. Then the “coldest air mass in years” will hit the region on Tuesday with extreme cold lasting through Friday, the weather service said. “I cannot stress how dangerously cold it will be,” said Mike Doll, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.



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Death toll in Mexico gasoline pipeline blast climbs to 94: officials

Death toll in Mexico gasoline pipeline blast climbs to 94: officialsMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The number of people who died from a gasoline pipeline explosion in central Mexico last week has risen to 94, government officials said on Tuesday, from 91 reported a day earlier reut.rs/2FGojjO. The explosion last Friday occurred as about 800 people in Hidalgo state's Tlahuelilpan district were collecting gasoline that was gushing from a pipeline leak near a major refinery. …



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Death toll in Mexico gasoline pipeline blast climbs to 94: officials

Death toll in Mexico gasoline pipeline blast climbs to 94: officialsMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The number of people who died from a gasoline pipeline explosion in central Mexico last week has risen to 94, government officials said on Tuesday, from 91 reported a day earlier reut.rs/2FGojjO. The explosion last Friday occurred as about 800 people in Hidalgo state's Tlahuelilpan district were collecting gasoline that was gushing from a pipeline leak near a major refinery. …



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Photos: Niagara Falls transforms into majestic winter wonderland following Arctic blast

Photos: Niagara Falls transforms into majestic winter wonderland following Arctic blastThe frigid conditions in recent weeks have covered the Niagara Falls with snow and ice. Despite the cold, many tourists have visited and have snapped breathtaking photos of the winter display.



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