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EU-UK leaders seek way out of Brexit trade impasse


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McConnell tells Pelosi she can 'go right ahead' and hold onto impeachment papers amid impasse

McConnell tells Pelosi she can 'go right ahead' and hold onto impeachment papers amid impasseDemocrats and Republicans are headed into the holidays while facing an impeachment impasse.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reiterated Monday she can't select impeachment managers until she knows "what sort of trial the Senate will conduct," while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called her position "absurd," The Washington Post reports.After the House of Representatives last week passed two articles of impeachment charging President Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, the rules of the Senate's trial still need to be agreed upon. Pelosi indicated last week she wouldn't appoint impeachment managers, a step necessary for the trial to move forward, "until we see what the process is on the Senate side." She added, "So far we haven't seen anything that looks fair to us."Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) has called for White House witnesses like acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to testify at the trial, CBS News reports. Though McConnell has resisted these calls, he did say Monday that Republicans "haven't ruled out witnesses" while telling Pelosi, "I'm not anxious to have this trial, so if she wants to hold onto the papers, go right ahead."Trump, meanwhile, accused Pelosi in a tweet Monday of "crying for fairness in the Senate, and breaking all rules while doing so."Don't expect any major immediate progress to be made on the issue, with McConnell saying Monday, "Look, we're at an impasse. We can't do anything until the speaker sends the papers over, so everyone enjoy the holidays."More stories from theweek.com How a 'legislative terrorist' conquered the Republican Party The West was profoundly wrong about Modi Why do we hang stockings for Christmas?



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Chicago teachers strike continues after talks fail to break impasse

Chicago teachers strike continues after talks fail to break impasseClasses were canceled for about 300,000 students in Chicago for an eighth day on Monday as the teachers' union and public school district failed over the weekend to resolve a deadlock in contract talks over class sizes, support staff levels and pay. Each side blamed the other for the impasse in the third-largest U.S. school district, where the strike began on Oct. 17, and the union, which represents the city's 25,000 teachers, has been without a contract since July 1. The strike is the latest in a wave of work stoppages in U.S. school districts in which demands for school resources have superseded calls for higher salaries and benefits.



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Iran says views converging with France on breaking impasse

Iran says views converging with France on breaking impasseIran said Monday its views have been converging with those of France on ways to save a nuclear deal at risk of unravelling since the US withdrew last year. Government spokesman Ali Rabiei also suggested President Hassan Rouhani could meet US counterpart Donald Trump if it served Iran’s interests, while cautioning there was no need to meet an “agitator” in the current circumstances. Rouhani has had a series of phone calls with French President Emmanuel Macron in recent weeks aimed at salvaging the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.



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Iran says views converging with France on breaking impasse

Iran says views converging with France on breaking impasseIran said Monday its views have been converging with those of France on ways to save a nuclear deal at risk of unravelling since the US withdrew last year. Government spokesman Ali Rabiei also suggested President Hassan Rouhani could meet US counterpart Donald Trump if it served Iran’s interests, while cautioning there was no need to meet an “agitator” in the current circumstances. Rouhani has had a series of phone calls with French President Emmanuel Macron in recent weeks aimed at salvaging the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.



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Prosecutors call for Flynn sentencing amid impasse with defense attorneys

Prosecutors call for Flynn sentencing amid impasse with defense attorneys"The defendant's cooperation has ended," prosecutors said in a filing.



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May's Bid to Break Brexit Impasse Stalls as Labour Disappointed

May's Bid to Break Brexit Impasse Stalls as Labour DisappointedPrime Minister Theresa May’s attempt to break the deadlock over Brexit stalled after the opposition Labour Party said she hasn’t offered “real change” to her policy. The stalemate will make it harder for May to argue at a summit next week that she needs only a short extension to Britain’s EU membership to get a Brexit deal approved at home. May has failed to get the accord she negotiated with EU leaders ratified by a divided Parliament and so has turned to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for help.



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Pound Slides as Parliament Fails to End Brexit Impasse Once More

Pound Slides as Parliament Fails to End Brexit Impasse Once MoreThe failure of May’s last-ditch effort to get her deal through Parliament leaves the U.K. with the choice between crashing out of the European Union without a deal in two weeks and seeking a long extension of its departure date. The British parliament will vote Monday on various alternatives to May’s agreement. Implied volatility on two-week pound-dollar options, which cover the current April 12 deadline for the U.K.’s exit, have surged to the highest level since the immediate aftermath of the 2016 Brexit referendum amid increased anxiety about a no-deal outcome.



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Trump Declares Border ‘Crisis’ Without New Plan to End Impasse

Trump Declares Border ‘Crisis’ Without New Plan to End Impasse“The only solution is for Democrats to pass a spending bill that defends our borders and reopens our government,” Trump said Tuesday during a roughly 10-minute televised speech from the Oval Office, employing for the first time in his presidency a format traditionally used to explain major military actions or to calm the nation during times of crisis. “This is a humanitarian crisis,” Trump said. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer rejected Trump’s description of a crisis on the Mexican border in their televised response to the president’s address.



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As shutdown impasse drags on, DACA protections-for-border-wall deal resurfaces

As shutdown impasse drags on, DACA protections-for-border-wall deal resurfacesAs congressional leaders left the White House on Wednesday with little progress on ending the government shutdown, some lawmakers appeared ready to try to resurrect a deal that would secure billions for the construction of a border wall in exchange for protections for children of immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally.



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