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Supreme Court will rule on Trump administration's effort to add question on citizenship to 2020 Census

Supreme Court will rule on Trump administration's effort to add question on citizenship to 2020 CensusThe Trump administration's controversial effort to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 Census will be decided by the Supreme Court.



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Pentagon refuses to rule out US military deployment on Venezuela's border

Pentagon refuses to rule out US military deployment on Venezuela's borderThe Pentagon has refused to rule out military intervention on Venezuela’s border, a day after John Bolton, the US national security adviser, was photographed carrying a notepad that read: “5,000 troops to Colombia”. Patrick Shanahan, the acting defence secretary, was asked repeatedly whether Mr Bolton’s notes indicated a deployment. "I’m not commenting on it,” he said. “I haven't discussed that with Secretary Bolton." Mr Bolton on Monday would not rule out the use of US troops in Venezuela. "The president has made it clear on this matter that all options are on the table," he said. John Bolton, carrying the notepad on Monday The US military currently has about 200 troops in Colombia, which was among the first to follow the US lead last week and recognise “interim president” Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate ruler, and Colombia and the US have developed close security ties over past decades. Colonel Rob Manning, Pentagon spokesman, said the number of US military personnel in Colombia remained unchanged, and Carlos Holmes Trujillo, Colombia’s foreign minister, said Bogota had not been informed of any increase in the US military presence. "We are not aware of the significance or the reason" for Mr Bolton's notes, he said. The drum beat began on January 23 with Donald Trump’s recognition of Mr Guaido, and has only got louder in the intervening six days. Over the weekend Australia and Israel joined the 20-odd countries that now accept Mr Guaido as the interim president, and Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, told the UN security council that “the time is now” to move to oust the “illegitimate mafia state” of Mr Maduro. On Tuesday the drums got louder as the US raised the state department’s travel warning to “do not travel” – putting Venezuela in the same category as only 12 countries worldwide, among them Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. Mr Pompeo also announced on Tuesday that Mr Guaido had full control of Venezuelan assets in US federal banks. Juan Guaido, the "interim president" of Venezuela Mr Guaido is currently petitioning the Bank of England to prevent Mr Maduro getting his hands on $ 1.3 billion (£1 billion) in gold held in London vaults. Venezuela, which is struggling to provide basic services, has some $ 8 billion in foreign reserves around the world. On Monday the US placed sanctions on Venezuela’s state oil company – a move designed to cripple Mr Maduro’s regime financially, and sway the military to defect. Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Vladimir Putin – one of the main backers of Mr Maduro – said the Kremlin shares the view of the Venezuelan government that the sanctions are "illegal" and sees them as a tool of unfair competition on part of the United States. In Venezuela, meanwhile, the attorney-general – a Maduro loyalist – slapped a travel ban on Mr Guaido and froze his assets – both seen as symbolic gestures unlikely to have a significant impact. "More than a new threat against me, against this parliament, against the acting president of this republic, there's nothing new," said Mr Guaido. "I'm not dismissing the threats, the persecution at this time, but we're here, we're continuing to do our jobs."



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Pentagon won't rule out sending troops to Colombia

Pentagon won't rule out sending troops to ColombiaWASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan on Tuesday would not rule out sending U.S. military forces to Colombia or the region in connection with the ongoing political upheaval in Venezuela.



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Roger Stone decries FBI's 'Gestapo tactics' but doesn't rule out cooperating with Mueller

Roger Stone decries FBI's 'Gestapo tactics' but doesn't rule out cooperating with MuellerThe political operative says Paul Manafort associate Rick Gates is the unnamed "senior Trump campaign official" in the indictment against him.



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The Latest: Israel calls on US to recognize rule over Golan

The Latest: Israel calls on US to recognize rule over GolanJERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest developments from U.S. national security adviser John Bolton's trip to Israel (all times local):



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A Venezuelan Supreme Court Judge Has Fled to the U.S. to Protest President Maduro's Rule

A Venezuelan Supreme Court Judge Has Fled to the U.S. to Protest President Maduro's RuleJudge Christian Zerpa disavowed the government of President Nicolas Maduro



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Venezuela's Maduro defends rule as legitimate

Venezuela's Maduro defends rule as legitimateVenezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro defended his government’s legitimacy Sunday as his bid for a second six-year term has come under growing fire internationally and by the country’s opposition-controlled National Assembly. In another sign of turmoil around Maduro, who is to be sworn in Thursday, the Venezuelan Supreme Court confirmed that a justice who sat on a panel that deals with electoral issues has fled the county. News of the defection of Christian Zerpa came a day after the opposition-controlled National Assembly declared Maduro’s presidency to be illegitimate and called for a transitional government to organize democratic elections.



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Nancy Pelosi declines to rule out impeaching Donald Trump as she becomes House speaker

Nancy Pelosi declines to rule out impeaching Donald Trump as she becomes House speakerNancy Pelosi declined to rule out impeaching Donald Trump as she was sworn in as speaker for the US House of Representatives on Thursday, kicking off the Democratic Party’s control of the body.  Ms Pelosi, the 78-year-old Democrat congresswoman for California, became the first person in half a century to hold the role twice, having previously won the post during George W Bush’s presidency.  She took up the role after the Democrats managed to win back control of the House – one half of the US Congress – at the midterm elections last November.  It is a major headache for Mr Trump, with the US president’s political opponents now able to block his legislation and launch investigations into him through the chamber’s committees.  The Democrats could also use the position to impeach Mr Trump – the act of removing a sitting president from office. Nancy Pelosi nominates herself for House speaker as children react alongside during a ceremony for the opening of the 116th Congress Credit: Al Drago/Bloomberg Impeachment proceedings begin in the House and need a simple majority to pass. But the Senate, held by the Republicans, would also need to back the move for it to become binding.  Conducting a round of interview before taking up the position, Ms Pelosi, who effectively becomes the most powerful female politician in America, declined to rule out going for impeachment.  Ms Pelosi said the party would not pursue impeachment for political reasons but hinted a change in stance could come depending on what Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russian election meddling investigation, uncovers.  “We have to wait and see what happens with the Mueller report,” Ms Pelosi told NBC’s Today show in an interview broadcast on Thursday.  “We shouldn't be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn't avoid impeachment for a political reason.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York, in white, was among new congressmen taking up their seats Credit: Al Drago/Bloomberg In a sign of the enthusiasm in some quarters of the Democratic Party for the move, Brad Sherman, a congressman from California, said he would introduce articles of impeachment again in the House.  He made a similar move in 2017. There is not believed to be enough support to see the move gather real momentum, for now at least.  Ms Pelosi also queried US Justice Department guidelines that say a sitting US president cannot be indicted for a crime.  She said in an interview that the guidelines were not “conclusive”, adding: “'I think that is an open discussion in terms of the law.” The guidelines have become a point of debate after Michael Cohen, Mr Trump’s former personal lawyer, pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws over two hush money payments before the 2016 US election.  Cohen said in court that Mr Trump directed him to make the payments, given to two women who claimed affairs with Mr Trump. The allegation has raised the question of whether the president could be indicted. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the most senior Democrats in the US Senate and House of Representatives Credit: REUTERS/Leah Millis Mr Trump has denied the alleged affairs and directing the payments. He has also questioned whether the money violated laws controlling political donations. Ms Pelosi on Thursday invited Mr Trump to deliver the State of the Union address to Congress on January 29. "I invite you to deliver your State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in the House Chamber," Mr Pelosi wrote in a letter to Trump, a copy of which she posted on Twitter New congressmen who were elected in November’s elections were sworn in during a day of ceremony on Washington DC’s Capitol Hill on Thursday.  Ms Pelosi had held the position of House speaker – the most senior politician in the House, usually held by the party with a majority – between 2007 and 2011.  On Thursday she was elected once again to the role, despite grumblings from some Democratic congressmen about her age and left-wing credentials.  The accomplishment confirms her status as the highest-ranking elected woman ever in American history. There has never been another female speaker of the House and no woman has ever won the presidency. Her tenure is likely to be judged on how she handles Mr Trump and the degree to which she stands up to his demands or works with him to pass bipartisan legislation.



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Trump pushing rule making work mandatory for food stamps

Trump pushing rule making work mandatory for food stampsNO WORK, NO FOOD STAMPS: States that waived job requirements in the past won't be able to make exceptions if the proposal takes effect.



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Spurned by Congress, Trump administration seeks food stamp curbs via rule change

Spurned by Congress, Trump administration seeks food stamp curbs via rule changeThe move could inflame political divisions over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides free food to some 40 million Americans.



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