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Qatar emerges from Gulf spat resolute and largely unscathed


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Sanders-Warren spat ignites debate on lessons of the #MeToo movement

Sanders-Warren spat ignites debate on lessons of the #MeToo movementAt Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders engaged in a “he said, she said” battle regarding a conversation the two progressive candidates had in 2018.



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Spain pulled into diplomatic spat between Bolivia, Mexico

Spain pulled into diplomatic spat between Bolivia, MexicoA tense diplomatic feud between Bolivia’s conservative interim government and Mexico expanded to include Spain on Friday when a confrontation broke out as Spanish diplomats visited the Mexican ambassador’s residence in La Paz, where members of the ousted leftist government have taken refuge. Bolivian Foreign Minister Karen Longaric complained that Spanish diplomats were accompanied by masked and armed men on a visit to the residence, calling that an abuse of Bolivia’s sovereignty. The interim government already has been feuding with Mexico, which not only gave refuge to the nine, but also sheltered ousted leader Evo Morales when he resigned the presidency on Nov. 10 after losing the support of the military and police following days of turbulent protests over alleged fraud in his reelection bid.



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Malaysia says trade spat with India over palm oil will not be prolonged

Malaysia says trade spat with India over palm oil will not be prolonged



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Bernie Weighed in on the 'Outrageous' Hillary-Tulsi Spat. You Won't Believe Which Side He Took.

Bernie Weighed in on the 'Outrageous' Hillary-Tulsi Spat. You Won't Believe Which Side He Took.“She’s the favorite of the Russians,” Clinton had said.



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Tulsi Gabbard elevated in Iowa by Clinton spat

Tulsi Gabbard elevated in Iowa by Clinton spatHillary Clinton’s suggestion this past week that Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is being “groomed” by Russians to act as a spoiler in the 2020 race may have had the opposite effect of what the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee intended: It’s elevated Gabbard’s candidacy and may have inspired even more ardent interest in her campaign among Clinton critics. On Saturday, Gabbard found fans among the many Clinton skeptics across Iowa, where Clinton barely won the 2016 Democratic caucuses against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.



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Rand Paul and Liz Cheney Compete for Trump’s Affections, Get Into ‘Butt-Kissing’ Twitter Spat

Rand Paul and Liz Cheney Compete for Trump’s Affections, Get Into ‘Butt-Kissing’ Twitter SpatTwo fully grown, elected members of the United States Congress have spent two days fighting on Twitter over who loves President Donald Trump more.Since at least Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Liz Cheney, both Republicans, have been trading barbs online (and on television) over foreign policy and who is in better standing with Trump.The shameless spat began when Paul shared a week-old Washington Examiner op-ed from Wyoming state legislators telling Cheney to “stop carping at Trump for rejecting endless war.”“I agree!  Why do some neocons continue to advocate for endless wars?  I stand with @realdonaldtrump on ending wars,” the libertarian senator added in light of the firing of hawkish national-security chief John Bolton. “Let’s focus on America First, not Afghanistan!”Paul’s shot at Cheney was also likely spurred on by the Wyoming congresswoman’s mild criticism earlier this week of the president’s Camp David invitation to the Taliban, which was scheduled days before the anniversary of 9/11.Cheney, meanwhile, quickly fired back by noting that while she stands with Trump and “our men and women in uniform who will never surrender to terrorists,” Paul “seems to have forgotten that today is 9/11.”Paul restarted the slap-fight on Thursday morning, insisting the president recognized Cheney’s “NeverTrump warmongering” and “pro-Bolton blathering.”“I’m just grateful for a president who, unlike you, supports stopping these endless wars,” he added.In response to Paul’s jab, Cheney fired back by reminding the libertarian-leaning senator that he was trounced by Trump in the 2016 Republican primary. She also quoted an old tweet in which Trump attacked Paul, dubbing him “truly weird.”“Hi @RandPaul I know the 2016 race was painful for you since you were such a big loser (then & now) with a dismal 4.5% in Iowa,” she tweeted in Trumpian fashion. “No surprise since your motto seems to be ‘Terrorists First, America Second.’”Not to be outdone, Paul replied by taking a shot at the congresswoman’s father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, a notoriously hawkish Republican like his daughter. “Hey ⁦@Liz_Cheney⁩ I feel like you might just be mad still about when Candidate Trump shredded your Dad’s failed foreign policy and endless wars,” he tweeted, attaching a recap from the 2016 GOP primary debates.“Weird. I don’t see you on stage here, @RandPaul,” Cheney shot back minutes later. “Oh, right. My bad – you had already lost. weirdRand”From there, Paul absolutely unloaded in a seeming effort to get the last word in vying for Trump’s affirmation, firing off a tweetstorm taking aim at the Cheney family:Not content on keeping this battle royale for Trump’s love contained to Twitter, Paul also appeared Thursday afternoon to take it to the airwaves. CNN anchor Brianna Keilar, however, confronted Paul head-on and mocked the senator to his face.“Do you worry this is devolving a bit into this butt-kissing contest that’s a little unbecoming of two members of Congress?” Keilar asked.And as if this spat couldn’t get any more insufferable, members of Paul’s and Cheney’s staffs got involved in the online dog-pile. In response to a Politico reporter snarking that the two sparring lawmakers will eventually have make-up luncheons, Cheney aide Natalie Johnson tweeted: “My boss doesn’t sit at the kid’s table.” Paul’s chief strategist Doug Stafford fired back: “Sure she does. What do you think the House is?”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Mr Never Wrong: Storm spat underscores Trump's mindset

Mr Never Wrong: Storm spat underscores Trump's mindsetPresident Donald Trump doesn’t make mistakes. Trump’s relentless justifications of his erroneous warnings that Hurricane Dorian was threatening Alabama on Sunday, which created days of ridicule and skepticism, are just the latest example of the president’s lifelong reluctance to admit an error, no matter how innocuous. Trump’s relationship with the truth and accountability threatened to, yet again, diminish the weight of any president’s words.



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'She is not a racist': Trump sides with Speaker Nancy Pelosi in spat with progressives

'She is not a racist': Trump sides with Speaker Nancy Pelosi in spat with progressivesPresident Donald Trump defended House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused her of criticizing 'women of color."



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EU to Cut the Flow of Funds to Turkey as Drilling Spat Heats Up

EU to Cut the Flow of Funds to Turkey as Drilling Spat Heats Up(Bloomberg) — The European Union is poised to freeze most high-level contacts with Turkey and cut the flow of funds to the country, while holding back for now on sanctions that could target Turkish companies involved in offshore drilling in the eastern Mediterranean.EU diplomats have agreed on the wording of a draft decision due to be formally adopted by the bloc’s foreign ministers on Monday, two officials familiar with the talks said. The draft calls for suspending negotiations on an aviation agreement with Ankara, halting scheduled ministerial meetings, reducing aid and inviting the European Investment Bank to review sovereign-backed lending to Turkey.The bloc will also reiterate that it’s working on targeted sanctions in light of Turkey’s continuing controversial drilling practices, according to the final draft of the communique seen by Bloomberg. The statement was agreed on Friday afternoon after several rounds of redrafting, and it will be rubber-stamped by EU ambassadors on Monday before ministers sign off later in the day.Turkey and Cyprus are at loggerheads over offshore gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean that are claimed by the Cypriots and disputed by Ankara. Turkey has sent exploration vessels into the area, a move Cyprus calls a violation of its sovereignty.Deep-Sea ExplorationEU leaders have squarely sided with Cyprus in the dispute, declaring last month that they’re ready to consider sanctions if Turkey continues drilling. That could target companies, individuals, and Turkey’s deep-sea hydrocarbon exploration and production sectors, though such measures weren’t officially on the menu of options debated this week.Still, the escalation marks a new low in EU-Turkey relations, which have been deteriorating since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pushed through constitutional reforms that Brussels claims weaken the country’s democratic safeguards.The European Commission says Turkey has been drifting further away from the prospect of eventual EU membership, and some member states, such as Germany and France, have considered formally shelving long-stalled accession talks.The spat with Brussels adds to a climate of uncertainty weighing on Turkish assets, following the dismissal of the country’s top central banker and the prospect of U.S. sanctions over Erdogan’s decision to purchase Russian missiles. Washington has also called on Turkey to cease drilling off the coast of Cyprus.Maintaining CommunicationDespite renewed tensions in the Mediterranean, the EU is wary of an escalation that would risk a landmark 2016 migration agreement, under which Turkey stemmed the bulk of refugee flows to Europe in exchange for financial assistance. Even though options for targeted sanctions were mandated by the bloc’s leaders last month, they are not being activated at this stage.An EU diplomat said the bloc in its Monday decision will seek a balance between sending a clear message to Ankara and agreeing on measures that won’t harm the interests of EU nations or cut all ties with Turkey. The EU wants to keep some lines of communication open in areas such as migration and terrorism, the diplomat said, asking not to be named discussing sensitive issues.\–With assistance from Viktoria Dendrinou and Jonathan Stearns.To contact the reporter on this story: Nikos Chrysoloras in Brussels at nchrysoloras@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at cthomas16@bloomberg.net, Jerrold Colten, Chris ReiterFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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