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Al Sharpton Warns Democrats over Impeachment Focus: ‘Deal with Kitchen-Table Issues’

Al Sharpton Warns Democrats over Impeachment Focus: ‘Deal with Kitchen-Table Issues’Reverend Al Sharpton cautioned Democrats on Friday over ignoring “kitchen-table issues” in the race to defeat Donald Trump, saying “right now we cannot say with any comfort that Donald Trump would not be re-elected.”Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss impeachment, Sharpton warned that a hyper-focused Democratic effort to impeach Trump could distract from a vision of “how we move forward.”“Where a lot of the Democrats have made a mistake is they’ve fed into a narrative that Trump is dictating, rather than saying ‘okay, let them do that — I’m back, involved in trying to make you and your life work,’” Sharpton said. “That’s the person that could beat Donald Trump.”Sharpton urged that Democrats needed to frame the discussion in order to have “Trump react to that, rather than we react to Trump,” arguing that the president feeds of the negative attention he receives.> Underlining the need for 2020 Dem contenders and the media to stop focusing on Trump, instead we need to focus on a better agenda for America. MorningJoe pic.twitter.com/9A5nYxs0Ix> > — Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) December 27, 2019 He also pointed to the danger that an election driven by impeachment could devolve into “wonderland” and “nerd politics.”“The election is about me, my house, food on my table, my kid’s tuition.” Sharpton said. “If they can’t address that, they’re going to miss everybody.”“. . . I think voters really that are struggling, which are a lot of the base, which is a lot of base of the Democratic Party, are really trying to deal with kitchen-table issues,” Sharpton continued. That’s what we’ve got to address, particularly while you have a president that’s bragging about the economy. Right now we cannot say with any comfort that Donald Trump would not be re-elected. That should make us uncomfortable.”A Friday article from the Wall Street Journal showed wages for low-skilled workers are rising at the fastest rate in more than a decade amid a tight labor market, while in recent months unemployment hit its lowest rate since 1969 and record lows for minorities.



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U.S. military to shift focus to competing with China and Russia: Esper

U.S. military to shift focus to competing with China and Russia: EsperDefense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday he still plans to shift the military’s focus to competing with China and Russia, even as security threats pile up in the Middle East.

Esper outlined his strategic goals and priorities in a speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum, an annual gathering of government, defense industry and military officials.



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Pentagon chief plans to shift US focus to China and Russia

Pentagon chief plans to shift US focus to China and RussiaDefense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday he still plans to shift the American military’s focus to competing with China and Russia, even as security threats pile up in the Middle East. Esper outlined his strategic goals and priorities in a speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum, an annual gathering of government, defense industry and military officials. Esper, who became Pentagon chief in late July, said he is sticking to the national defense priorities set by his predecessor, Jim Mattis, who was sitting in his audience at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.



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Perry defends urging Trump to make call in impeachment focus

Perry defends urging Trump to make call in impeachment focusOutgoing U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Saturday that he asked President Donald Trump to make the phone call at the center of the impeachment inquiry because it was “important” for the country’s energy needs and had nothing to do with former Vice President Joe Biden or his son Hunter. Perry told The Associated Press that he urged Trump to call Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to offer Ukraine “an alternative to Russian gas” and said he never once heard the word Biden or Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company that once employed Biden’s son. The impeachment inquiry is investigating whether Trump was withholding military aid unless Zelenskiy went public with a promise to investigate the Bidens.



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After withdrawal, Trump shifts focus to Syria's oil fields

After withdrawal, Trump shifts focus to Syria's oil fieldsAs Russian and Turkish leaders divvy up security roles in northeast Syria following an abrupt U.S. troop withdrawal, President Donald Trump is focused on oil fields elsewhere in the war-torn country. Trump spurred a fresh wave of criticism Thursday with a tweet noting that he had spoken with Syrian Kurdish military chief Mazloum Abdi and observing that perhaps “it is time for Kurds to start heading to the Oil Region,” an apparent reference to oil fields in Deir el-Zour province of Syria. “We’ve secured the oil, and, therefore, a small number of U.S. troops will remain in the area where they have the oil,” Trump said Wednesday while discussing the pullout of all but 200 to 300 U.S. troops in Syria.



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Trump shifts focus to Medicare amid fallout over impeachment inquiry

Trump shifts focus to Medicare amid fallout over impeachment inquiryTrump traveled to Florida on Thursday to promote proposed changes to Medicare designed to offer more affordable options.



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GM-UAW contract talks focus on temp workers

GM-UAW contract talks focus on temp workersThe union approved the occasional use of temporary workers by U.S. automakers during the last contract talks in 2015, when the two sides agreed to gradually phase out the existing two-tier wage structure. Temporary workers represent about 20% of the workforce at Japanese automakers in the United Sates and are paid an average of $ 50 an hour, according to figures compiled by Automotive News and the Center for Auto Safety. In comparison, GM pays its workers an average $ 63 an hour.



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US Congress returns after a bloody August sharpens focus on guns

US Congress returns after a bloody August sharpens focus on gunsThe US Congress convenes Monday for the first time since recent mass shootings left Americans distraught over surging violence, but the Senate’s Republican leader stressed he would not consider gun legislation without President Donald Trump’s backing. Lawmakers scheduled a forum Tuesday to demand Senate action, and some Democratic presidential candidates have called for a ban on military-style assault weapons like those used in recent massacres.



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Epstein's purported madam now a focus in sex abuse cases

Epstein's purported madam now a focus in sex abuse casesShe's been called Jeffrey Epstein's madam, the woman who recruited girls for his sexual appetites, and at times his social planner and household organizer in places ranging from New York to Palm Beach, Florida. Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of a British publishing magnate who died under mysterious circumstances, is one of the most prominent figures left from the Epstein orbit after his suicide in jail while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges . An attorney for Maxwell did not respond Friday to a request for comment.



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The NRA issued a statement supporting Trump's call to focus on mental illness to reduce gun violence after the shootings in El Paso and Dayton

The NRA issued a statement supporting Trump's call to focus on mental illness to reduce gun violence after the shootings in El Paso and DaytonThe NRA backed Trump's call to focus on mental illness after the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, despite research showing no link between them.



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