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France opposes EU membership talks with North Macedonia, Albania – diplomats

France opposes EU membership talks with North Macedonia, Albania - diplomatsFrance told its European Union peers this week it was against launching membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania for now, diplomatic sources told Reuters, casting a shadow over the countries’ ambition to integrate with the West. More than half of the EU’s 28 member states, as well as its top officials in Brussels, are pushing to reward the two Balkan states for reforms by agreeing to start accession talks.



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Beto O’Rourke: Buttigieg Opposes Gun Confiscation Because He’s ‘Afraid to Do the Right Thing’

Beto O’Rourke: Buttigieg Opposes Gun Confiscation Because He’s ‘Afraid to Do the Right Thing’Democratic presidential candidates Beto O’Rourke and Pete Buttigieg sparred over the merits of mandatory gun confiscation during a gun control advocacy event in Las Vegas on Wednesday.During a one-on-one with Today Show anchor Craig Melvin, Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., was asked a question about mandatory assault weapon "buybacks," to which he responded that “as a policy, it’s had mixed results. It’s a healthy debate to have, but we’ve got to do something now.” Buttigieg went on to say the issue could potentially distract Democrats from areas where they could make real advances in gun control.Buttigieg has called for a ban on the sale of certain semi-automatic rifles, but has joined the rest of the Democratic primary field in resisting O'Rourke's call for a "mandatory buyback," which would require gun owners to sell their semi-automatic rifles to the government and hold those who refuse criminally liable.Later in the event, Beto O’Rourke, who has made past headlines with his outspoken support of mandatory gun confiscation, challenged Buttigieg as a candidate “worried about the polls” and who “probably wants to get to the right place, but is afraid of doing the right thing right now.”After the event in a news conference with reporters, O’Rourke went further.“What Pete has been saying is that a mandatory buyback is the ‘shiny object’ that is distracting us. How in the world can you say that to March for Our Lives? How can you say that to survivors of mass shootings across this country?” O’Rourke stated. “How can you say that to the majority of Hispanics in America, certainly in Texas, who fear that they will be the victims of a mass shooting inspired by racism and hatred that has been welcomed into the open by this president, and has been armed with weapons of war.“I was really offended by [Buttigieg’s] comments. I think he represents a kind of politics that is focused on poll testing and focus group driving, and triangulating, and listening to consultants before you arrive at a position," he continued. "I think our politics has to be about doing the right thing, saying the right thing.”According to the latest RealClear Politics national polling average, Buttigieg leads O’Rourke by just over three percentage points.



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Justice Dept. opposes House request for Mueller materials

Justice Dept. opposes House request for Mueller materialsThe Justice Department told a judge Friday that the House Judiciary Committee shouldn’t get access to secret grand jury material amassed during the special counsel’s Russia investigation, even as it weighs whether to pursue impeachment. The response comes nearly two months after the committee filed a petition in federal court arguing that lawmakers need to obtain the grand jury material in order to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment. In court papers filed in federal court in Washington, the Justice Department argued the committee hadn’t provided a sufficient explanation about how the material would help in the panel’s investigations of President Donald Trump .



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Poll: Majority Backs Banning Assault-Style Rifles, Opposes Federal Gun-Confiscation Program

Poll: Majority Backs Banning Assault-Style Rifles, Opposes Federal Gun-Confiscation ProgramA majority of Americans supports banning the future sale of assault-style rifles but is against a federal gun-confiscation program that would force current owners to forfeit such weapons, according to a new Monmouth University poll.About 56 percent of respondents in the Monmouth poll supported banning assault-style weapons, while 38 percent opposed it. Only 43 percent of respondents supported a "mandatory buyback program," in which the federal government would confiscate such weapons from current owners, while 53 percent of respondents opposed such a program.“An assault weapons sales ban has majority support but there are deep pockets of opposition among gun-owning Americans," said poll director Patrick Murray. "There is even greater opposition to programs that would try to take these weapons out of the hands of people who already own them.”Other gun-control measures tested in the poll garnered more significant bipartisan support. 83 percent of those polled said they support comprehensive background checks for gun purchases. About 75 percent of respondents, including 59 percent of those who are NRA members, said they support "red-flag laws," which allow those close to an individual, such as family members, to petition a court to temporarily restrict the individual's access to firearms if they believe the he poses a threat of violence. 62 percent also said they support establishing a national gun registry, a database of all guns in the U.S.The poll of 800 American adults was conducted by telephone between August 16 and August 20, several weeks after a gunman opened fire in an El Paso, Texas Walmart, killing 22, and another shooter opened fire a day later in Dayton, Ohio, killing 10.



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Doubling down on racist comments, council candidate says she opposes interracial marriage

Doubling down on racist comments, council candidate says she opposes interracial marriageMarysville, Michigan mayor Dan Damman has called for city council candidate Jean Cramer to withdraw. She says she doesn't plan to.



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Mexico president opposes prosecuting predecessors

Mexico president opposes prosecuting predecessorsMexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador repeated Friday his opposition to prosecuting former presidents even as he said that a president would know everything that happened during his administration. The question of prosecuting ex-presidents has taken new life with prosecutors’ pursuit of Rosario Robles, an ex-Cabinet minister of former President Enrique Peña Nieto. This week a judge ordered that Robles be held in jail pending trial for allegedly knowing about the diversion of $ 260 million of public funds going back to 2014 and not doing anything.



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House opposes Israel boycott in bipartisan vote

House opposes Israel boycott in bipartisan voteThe House overwhelmingly approved a resolution Tuesday opposing an international effort to boycott Israel, a rare bipartisan vote as Democrats try to tamp down increasingly heated political rhetoric over differences with the longtime U.S. ally. Liberal lawmakers, most notably Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., two newly elected Muslim Americans, have spoken out about the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement, known as BDS, as they criticize Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, particularly in the occupied territories. Republicans have amplified the views of the left flank to portray Democrats as deeply divided and at odds with Israel.



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Cain's Fed chances in peril as fourth Republican opposes Trump pick

Cain's Fed chances in peril as fourth Republican opposes Trump pick“If I had to vote today, I would vote no,” Senator Kevin Cramer said in a statement. If all of the Senate’s Democrats and the two independents aligned with them were to vote against Cain, he would fall short of the majority support he needs. Cain could not be reached for comment.



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The Latest: Russia FM opposes attempts to lay blame in Libya

The Latest: Russia FM opposes attempts to lay blame in LibyaCAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments in Libya (all times local):



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Top Senate Democrat opposes AG nominee over concerns about Russia probe

Top Senate Democrat opposes AG nominee over concerns about Russia probe(This January 16 story corrects sixth paragraph to say Republicans hold 53 rather than 52 seats in the 100-seat Senate.) By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer said on Wednesday he will oppose President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee, William Barr, saying he is not convinced that Barr will protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe or provide Congress with a full report on Mueller’s findings. “We do not have the kind of strong and clear commitments to the report being issued and there being no interference in the investigation that are needed, particularly now, with President Trump treating the Justice Department as he has,” Schumer told reporters following a private meeting with Barr.



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