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Dutch Cabinet Gets Emergency Powers in Case of No-Deal Brexit

Dutch Cabinet Gets Emergency Powers in Case of No-Deal BrexitA majority of lawmakers in the parliament’s lower house in The Hague granted the cabinet a six month period — rather than a year as the government had proposed — to use special powers as the country of about 17 million prepares for the eventuality of the U.K. leaving the European Union without a divorce agreement. Under the new legislation, the government will have to submit emergency measures to parliament within ten weeks after implementing them. If the government fails to submit within the set time-frame, the measures will be scrapped.



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May to Brief Cabinet on Where She Goes Next: Brexit Update

May to Brief Cabinet on Where She Goes Next: Brexit Update(Bloomberg) — Theresa May is preparing to set out where Brexit goes next after the overwhelming rejection of her deal a week ago. She’s due to present a plan to Parliament on Monday, where members are already working on plans to take control of the process.



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Julian Castro, a Texas Democrat and former Obama cabinet member, announces 2020 bid for president

Julian Castro, a Texas Democrat and former Obama cabinet member, announces 2020 bid for presidentJulian Castro, a former Obama cabinet member and San Antonio mayor, officially threw his hat in the ring on Saturday and announced he would run for president.



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For Shanahan, a very public debut in Trump's cabinet

For Shanahan, a very public debut in Trump's cabinetShanahan, a former Boeing executive, sat silently at Trump’s side, often expressionless, as television cameras rolled. Trump suggested that former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis – who abruptly resigned last month over policy differences with Trump – had been essentially fired and that Mattis had failed in Afghanistan, where Taliban insurgents are becoming increasingly confident of ending the 17-year-old war on terms favorable to them. “I’m not happy with what he’s done in Afghanistan and I shouldn’t be happy,” Trump said.



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For Shanahan, a very public debut in Trump's cabinet

For Shanahan, a very public debut in Trump's cabinetShanahan, a former Boeing executive, sat silently at Trump’s side, often expressionless, as television cameras rolled. Trump suggested that former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis – who abruptly resigned last month over policy differences with Trump – had been essentially fired and that Mattis had failed in Afghanistan, where Taliban insurgents are becoming increasingly confident of ending the 17-year-old war on terms favorable to them. “I’m not happy with what he’s done in Afghanistan and I shouldn’t be happy,” Trump said.



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Trump Ordering His Cabinet To Search For Spare Change To Fund His Wall

Trump Ordering His Cabinet To Search For Spare Change To Fund His WallWASHINGTON — Frustrated that neither Mexico nor Congress will pay for his



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President Trump's cabinet shake-up continues: Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke out amid ethics cloud

President Trump's cabinet shake-up continues: Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke out amid ethics cloudZinke, a former Montana congressman, faces numerous investigations looking into whether he used his office for personal gain.



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Pope cuts 2 cardinals from cabinet named in abuse scandal

Pope cuts 2 cardinals from cabinet named in abuse scandalVATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has removed two cardinals from his informal cabinet after they were implicated in the Catholic Church's sex abuse and cover-up scandal, shedding embarrassing advisers ahead of a high-stakes Vatican summit on abuse early next year.



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Netanyahu heads into cabinet showdown as allies demand early Israeli elections

Netanyahu heads into cabinet showdown as allies demand early Israeli electionsBenjamin Netanyahu faces a showdown with his coalition government partners on Sunday as he tries to stop them from forcing early elections in the wake of his unpopular decision to agree to a ceasefire with Hamas.  Three of the smaller parties in the Israeli prime minister’s coalition have demanded elections as soon as possible and want to use today’s cabinet meeting to formally agree on a date for the vote.  However, Mr Netanyahu said he wants to keep the government together and is eager to push the date of the elections off for several more months.  “Prime Minister Netanyahu stressed that it is important to make every effort to preserve the Right-wing government,” said a spokesman for his Likud party. Mr Netanyahu on Saturday said he wanted his government to see out the end of its term, blaming the centre-Right Kulanu party for the turmoil. "If the Kulanu faction doesn't bring the government down – there is a government," he said on Twitter. "All Likud members want to keep serving the country for another whole year until the end of the term in November 2019."   Education Minister Naftali Bennett demanded to be given the defence portfolio, threatening to withdraw his eight seats from Mr Netanyahu's governing coalition Credit: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images He is hoping a delayed election will leave more time for the Right-wing voters of his base to forget about last week’s ceasefire agreement with Hamas to stop fighting in Gaza.   Many Israelis on the Right wanted to see Israeli forces move more aggressively against the Islamist militants, who fired around 460 rockets and mortars into southern Israel during the fighting.  Mr Netanyahu’s defence minister resigned over the ceasefire and civilians in the southern city of Sderot, which is regularly targeted by Hamas rockets, burned tyres and blocked streets in protest. If the prime minister holds his ground and refuses to grant elections then coalition party leaders face a choice: they can stay in the government and allow Mr Netanyahu to limp on or leave the government and bring the coalition crashing down.  The smaller parties may be loathe to bring down the government because it will allow Mr Netanyahu to present himself as a responsible leader who tried to maintain Israel’s stability while other parties clamored for elections.  Profile | Benjamin Netanyahu The two sides may reach a compromise where Mr Netanyahu agrees to elections but on a longer timetable, possibly with elections in late March, which favours his own political interests.   Mr Netanyahu goes into the cabinet facing off against three of his own ministers. His main irritant is Naftali Bennett, the 46-year-old education minister and leader of the Right-wing Jewish Home party.  Mr Bennet, who was once Mr Netanyahu’s chief of staff, is trying chip away Right-wing voters from the Likud by promising a tougher line against Hamas.  The two men have a frosty personal relationship, with Mr Netanyahu’s allies accusing Mr Bennett of leaking material from cabinet meetings to undermine the prime minister.  Despite the chaos in the coalition and the corruption scandal swirling around him and his wife, Mr Netanyahu appears well placed to win an election and form a new Right-wing government.  A poll for Israel’s Channel 2 found that Mr Netanyahu’s Likud would win 29 seats in an election, making it by far the biggest party. The centrist Yesh Atid party would take 18 seats while the centre-Left Zionist Union would win only 11.  Mr Netanyahu has been prime minister since 2009 and served a brief three-year stint as prime minister in the late 1990s. If he is still prime minister in July next year, he will have overtaken David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, as the longest-serving leader of Israel.  The current government could continue serving until November 2019 but Israel’s coalition governments rarely serve out their full four-year terms.  The current coalition has 61 seats in the 120 parliament, known as the Knesset. One of Mr Netanyahu’s Likud MPs, Oren Hazan, was suspended for six weeks this week after insulting a defence ministry official.  Mr Hazan, who previously embarrassed the prime minister by taking a selfie with Donald Trump, can still vote but is barred from any other parliamentary activity. His suspension gives Mr Netanyahu’s weakened government even less room for manoeuvre.     



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Maxine Waters Warns Trump Cabinet: Steel Yourself For More Public Confrontations

Maxine Waters Warns Trump Cabinet: Steel Yourself For More Public ConfrontationsRep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) warned members of Donald Trump's Cabinet to be



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