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Trump refuses to hand over ‘Kushner clearance’ documents to Congress: ‘It’s a disgrace’

Trump refuses to hand over ‘Kushner clearance’ documents to Congress: ‘It’s a disgrace’Donald Trump has refused efforts by Democrats in Congress to obtain files related to his son-in-law’s White House security clearance, calling the probes into his campaign and administration a “witch hunt”, and a “shame” for the United States. The comments came as House oversight committee chairman Elijah Cummings said on Tuesday that he and his colleagues would consider their “next steps” after the White House refused to hand over documents related to Jared Kushner’s security clearance. Mr Cummings had requested the documents after reports indicated Mr Trump had himself ordered his former chief of staff to grant Mr Kushner a security clearance in spite of concerns from US intelligence agents.



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Mike Pence: ‘It’s Time’ for World Leaders to Confront Maduro

Mike Pence: ‘It’s Time’ for World Leaders to Confront MaduroVice President Mike Pence on Monday called on world leaders to levy sanctions against the government of Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro."To leaders around the world: It's time. There can be no bystanders in Venezuela's struggle for freedom," Pence said in Bogota, Colombia at a meeting of the Lima Group, a group of mostly Latin American leaders. “The day is coming soon when Venezuela’s long nightmare will end and Venezuela will once more be free.”"Nicolas Maduro is a usurper with no legitimate claim to power, and Nicolas Maduro must go," the vice president continued. “Our message today very much was intended to say to Mexico, to Uruguay, to nations across the eastern Caribbean that they need to come off the sidelines.”Pence also announced new U.S. sanctions on Venezuela intended to cripple Maduro's regime, including cracking down on several governors who back him. The U.S. already enforces heavy sanctions on Venezuela's mammoth state-owned oil and natural-gas company, PDVSA, which is one of the government's keys to monetizing the country's vast oil reserves, the largest in the world."In the days ahead, the United States will announce even stronger sanctions on the regime's corrupt financial networks," Pence promised. "We will work with all of you to find every last dollar they have stolen and work to return it to the Venezuelan people."Pence pledged nearly $ 56 million in additional aid to "our partners in the region as they come to the aid of the Venezuelan people," and urged them to support Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader recognized by the U.S. and dozens of other countries as Venezuela's rightful leader, with whom he met before his speech.Over the weekend, Maduro's troops skirmished with opposition forces and destroyed foreign food and medical aid at border points, killing at least four people and injuring hundreds.“Today’s events force me to make a decision: to formally propose to the international community that we must have all options open to secure the freedom of our country,” Guaidó wrote on Twitter after the violent clashes."These men worked to block aid for people in need and suppress peaceful protests. Their actions will not go unpunished," Pence said. "We hope for a peaceful transition to democracy, but as President Trump has made clear, all options are on the table."



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2020 Vision: Buckle up America! It’s gonna be a long, crowded campaign

2020 Vision: Buckle up America! It’s gonna be a long, crowded campaignIf this week was a preview, the 2020 presidential cycle will make the last one seem tranquil.



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It’s So Cold Throughout Much of the Country, the Postal Service Will Not Deliver Mail in Many States

It’s So Cold Throughout Much of the Country, the Postal Service Will Not Deliver Mail in Many StatesA "record arctic air mass" is bringing dangerously low temperatures



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The U.S. Failed in Venezuela Last Time. It’s a Different World Now

The U.S. Failed in Venezuela Last Time. It’s a Different World NowThe decision by Washington to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the nation’s legitimate president could see a repeat, if Chavez-heir Nicolas Maduro should cling onto power. Venezuela’s economy is in a tailspin, prompting millions to flee to neighboring states that have backed the U.S. in refusing to recognize Maduro’s 2018 re-election, widely seen as fraudulent.



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It’s not just Apple: Baidu CEO warns employees that ‘winter is coming’

It’s not just Apple: Baidu CEO warns employees that ‘winter is coming’As China continues to suffer an economic slowdown as trade-related tensions with the US drag on, the CEO of what is essentially the Google of China has sent out a letter to his employees with an ominous warning drawn from pop culture: Winter is coming.

Baidu CEO Robin Li wrote in his letter that the Beijing-based search engine company earned 100 billion yuan (the US equivalent of $ 14.6 billion) in revenue last year. But analysts, according to The South China Morning Post, had forecast 101.45 billion yuan, with the revenue miss coming as the second-largest economy in the world continues to be saddled with its slowest growth in decades, blamed in large measure on the US trade war, which has spurred hiring freezes and job cuts in China.

Apple CEO Tim Cook released a letter of his own to investors Wednesday that landed like a bombshell, thanks to its revision downward of the company's revenue forecast for the typically busy holiday quarter. Analysts spent the subsequent news cycle pondering whether this was an Apple-specific problem or emblematic of a larger issue — with the letter from Baidu's chief executive arguably answering that question.

Following up on his warning, Li wrote that the inevitability of economic slowdowns is "as cold and real as winter to every company," and then shifted toward a more optimistic note: "Only when the year grows cold do we see the qualities of the pine and the cypress … It's high time that Baidu stepped forward as a platform company."

In his letter, Li in addition to prodding employees to step up their game also praised the potential of artificial intelligence, saying its benefits include helping bring down costs among Baidu's customers. And that the "historical transformation of AI is penetrating various industries, unleashing enormous growth potential and room for upgrade."

According to a CNBC report today, the trade war between the US and China is the reason growth estimates for China for 2019 have been cut from 6.5 percent to 6.3 percent already. And companies ranging from Apple to Ford have publicly expressed concern about the country's economy over the near term.

Baidu was founded by Li in 2000 and, like Google, makes most of its money from advertising.



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Melania Trump Knows It’s Ironic That She Advocates Against Bullying

Melania Trump Knows It’s Ironic That She Advocates Against BullyingMelania Trump acknowledged the irony that she is advocating against bullying



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It’s Election Day: Will your vote count?

It’s Election Day: Will your vote count?From rogue hackers to foreign government interference to campaigns of misinformation, America's electoral system is under siege.



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Pittsburgh Reverend Shouts At Trump: ‘It’s Not About You'

Pittsburgh Reverend Shouts At Trump: ‘It’s Not About You'Rev. Susan Rothenberg wasn't the only Squirrel Hill resident protesting Donald



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What It’s Worth: $250,000

What It’s Worth: $  250,000Whether you’re in the biggest city or smallest suburban town, every map dot in



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