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Hamas backs Egypt proposal for calm on Israel border: officials

Hamas backs Egypt proposal for calm on Israel border: officialsThe Gaza Strip’s Islamist rulers Hamas have backed an Egyptian proposal to foster calm on the Israel border ahead of major expected protests, two Hamas officials said Friday. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli side on the potential agreement. Tens of thousands of Palestinians are expected to gather Saturday for the first anniversary of the often violent protests along the border, which Hamas has strongly backed.



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Green New Deal: Senate defeats proposal as Democrats unite in protest

Green New Deal: Senate defeats proposal as Democrats unite in protestNon-binding proposal spearheaded by progressives aims to reduce greenhouse gases and lessen social inequity The US Senate defeated a motion to take up the Green New Deal, the non-binding proposal spearheaded by progressive Democratic lawmakers to radically reduce greenhouse gases and try to lessen social inequity. Republican leaders in the Senate had scheduled Tuesday’s vote in an effort to turn the proposal into a wedge issue in the 2020 elections, hoping to force Democrats on the record about their support – or opposition – for a proposal that is popular among the Democratic base but has been criticized by many conservatives. Democrats called the efforts by the Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell a “sham”, and 43 of them voted “present” rather than casting an up-or-down vote. Lawmakers ultimately voted 57-0 against the proposal. Three Democrats and independent senator Angus King of Maine ultimately joined all 53 Republicans in opposing the plan. The Green New Deal aims to virtually eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and calls for the US to shift away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal. It also urges national healthcare coverage and job guarantees, high-quality education and affordable housing, as well as “upgrading all existing buildings in the United States” to be energy-efficient. The proposal has broad support among Democratic activists, and all six of the 2020 presidential contenders serving in the Senate have signed on as cosponsors, putting it at the forefront of the party’s sprawling primary race. Republicans say the plan would devastate the economy and lead to a huge tax increase. They call it more evidence of the creep of “socialism” in the Democratic party, along with “Medicare for All” and a sweeping elections reform package that would allow public financing of congressional campaigns. McConnell said the proposal “might sound like a neat idea in places like San Francisco or New York” but would result in communities across the country being “absolutely crushed”. He argued the deal would “kill off entire domestic industries” and eliminate millions of jobs. Donald Trump also weighed in against the plan, which the White House called “job crushing”. At a luncheon with Senate Republicans, Trump urged lawmakers to keep the Green New Deal alive as an issue to use against Democrats. Mike Lee, a Republican senator from Utah, called the Green New Deal “ridiculous” and displayed pictures of dinosaurs, cartoon characters and babies as he derided the plan. He said he was treating it “with the seriousness it deserves”. Democrats derided the GOP moves and said they carried their own political risk by mocking an issue – climate change – that a growing number of Americans care deeply about. Climate change, they said, is deadly serious, citing floods in the midwest, wildfires in the west and hurricanes in the south. “Climate change is not a joke,” said Ed Markey, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts and the resolution’s lead Senate author. “Mocking it is shameful.” “The GOP’s climate delaying is costing us lives [and is] destroying communities,” congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the plan’s sponsor in the House, tweeted. The GOP’s climate delaying is costing us lives + destroying communities.Iowa, Nebraska & many in the Midwest are catastrophically flooded right now, in one of the 1st major climate change disasters of 2019.A #GreenNewDeal urges us to pursue a plan on the scale of the problem. t.co/dWXe44hxWX— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 26, 2019 Ocasio-Cortez also said she had encouraged fellow Democrats to vote present, and questioned Republicans’ reluctance to schedule major hearings on the effects of climate change. Separately, speaking at a hearing of the House financial services committee on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez sharply criticized the suggestion that concerns about the environment were “elitist” and condemned past inaction. “You want to tell people that their concern and their desire for clean air and clean water is elitist? Tell that to the kids of the South Bronx, which are suffering from the highest rates of child asthma in the country,” she said. “This is about our lives, and this should not be partisan,” she added. “Science should not be partisan.” By Tuesday evening, the clip of her comments had been shared thousands of times. Watch every second of this… @AOC is so incredibly spot on. pic.twitter.com/ESP4dC5TTo— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) March 27, 2019 The New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand, one of a half-dozen senators seeking the Democratic nomination for president, said Republicans treat climate change “as a game” and said Democrats “will not fall for this stunt”. Slowing climate change “should be our nation’s moonshot” in the 21st century, Gillibrand argued. “We don’t know if we can get to net-zero carbon emissions in 10 years, but why not try?” she said at a rally before the Senate vote.



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Erdogan proposal to make Hagia Sophia a mosque irks Greece

Erdogan proposal to make Hagia Sophia a mosque irks GreeceANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Greek government voiced opposition Monday to the suggestion from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Istanbul's Hagia Sophia — a Byzantine-era cathedral that now serves as a museum — could be reconverted into a mosque.



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Elizabeth Warren’s Tax Proposal Aims at Assets of Wealthiest Americans

Elizabeth Warren’s Tax Proposal Aims at Assets of Wealthiest AmericansWarren, a Massachusetts senator who recently established an exploratory committee for the 2020 Democratic nomination, said she would use the revenue to rebuild the middle class, potentially by using the money to pay for child care or relieve student debt. The proposal underscores Warren’s economic populist message at the heart of her campaign to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. A former Harvard law professor, she has written extensively about the shrinking middle class and made enemies on Wall Street for pinning the blame for rising income inequality on the wealthy and large corporations.



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The Latest: Shutdown proposal unlikely to break logjam

The Latest: Shutdown proposal unlikely to break logjamWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local):



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Can Democrats afford to turn down a border security proposal that includes a DACA deal?

Can Democrats afford to turn down a border security proposal that includes a DACA deal?Democratic strategist Joel Rubin and District Media Group president Beverly Hallberg weigh in on whether or not Democrats will agree to Trump’s new border security deal.



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California Couple in Viral Yosemite Proposal Pic Say They Didn't Recognize Themselves at First

California Couple in Viral Yosemite Proposal Pic Say They Didn't Recognize Themselves at FirstMelissa and Charlie said they stumbled on the famous image online.



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Trump's Reported Proposal To Redefine Gender, Eliminate Trans Rights Prompts Mass Protests

Trump's Reported Proposal To Redefine Gender, Eliminate Trans Rights Prompts Mass ProtestsHundreds of protesters gathered in New York City's Washington Square Park on



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EU Chief Says U.K. Prime Minister's Brexit Proposal 'Won't Work'

EU Chief Says U.K. Prime Minister's Brexit Proposal 'Won't Work'Britain's will depart from the EU on March 29, 2019



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Mickey Mouse unimpressed as Minnie accepts another man's marriage proposal

Mickey Mouse unimpressed as Minnie accepts another man's marriage proposalLovestruck fan proposes to Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World in Orlando — and Mickey is clearly not impressed.



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