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Turn in your smartphones! How Mueller kept a lid on Trump-Russia probe

Turn in your smartphones! How Mueller kept a lid on Trump-Russia probeOperating in secrecy in a nondescript glass-and-concrete office, the team of prosecutors and investigators since May 2017 has unearthed secrets that have led to bombshell charges against several of President Donald Trump’s aides, including his former national security adviser, campaign chairman and personal lawyer, who have pleaded guilty or been convicted by a jury. To protect those secrets from prying ears, the whole of the office suite in southwest Washington has been designated a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), U.S. spy speak for an area that has restrictions to ensure secret information stays secure. The restrictions, while not surprising given the team was investigating whether a hostile foreign power tried to help Trump win the 2016 election and whether his campaign conspired in the effort, have not been previously reported.



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Flight to Malaysia forced to turn around after mother leaves baby at airport

Flight to Malaysia forced to turn around after mother leaves baby at airportA young mother on a flight from Saudi Arabia to Malaysia reportedly had the shock of her life when she realised she had accidentally left her baby behind in the airport terminal.  The Saudi Arabian Airlines flight to Kuala Lumpur returned to its gate in King Abdulaziz airport, Jeddah after the panicked woman alerted cabin crew that she had forgotten to bring her child.  A video of the pilot requesting Air Traffic Control in Arabic and English for permission to return has gone viral on social media.  “May God be with us. Can we come back or what?” he is heard asking. One of the surprised controllers can then be heard telling a colleague: “This flight is requesting to come back…a passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing.” He then adds: “OK, head back to the gate. This is totally a new one for us!” The Gulf News reported that the bizarre incident took place over the weekend, implying that the plane was already in the air. However, some reports have suggested that the flight had not yet taken off, and the sequence of events is unclear from the video.  The story ended happily, with the mother and baby reunited.  The circumstances that led to her forgetting the baby are not known, but it would not be the first high-profile story of a parent unwittingly leaving a child behind.  Former British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha had a heart-stopping moment in 2012 when they realised they had left a Buckinghamshire pub without their daughter Nancy, 8. After meeting friends at the pub, they left in separate cars, only to realise at their destination that Nancy was not in either of them.  When the prime minister’s wife rushed back distraught to the venue, she found her daughter safe and well and helping the staff.    Sign up for your essential, twice-daily briefing from The Telegraph with our free Front Page newsletter. Have you accidentally left your child somewhere?  Or did your parents ever do it to you? Tell us in the comments section below. To join the conversation log in to your Telegraph account or register for free, here.



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Asked about Ilhan Omar, Democrats Turn Focus to GOP

Asked about Ilhan Omar, Democrats Turn Focus to GOPHouse Democrats appear to have scuttled plans to pass a resolution this week condemning anti-Semitism after members rebelled at a caucus meeting on Wednesday.The measure, which was being considered following freshman Democrat Ilhan Omar’s comments about pro-Israel Americans having an “allegiance to a foreign country,” initially “targeted only anti-Semitism, with some Democrats pushing for a direct rebuke of Omar, but by Tuesday night — facing backlash from members not on board with the plan — leaders decided to expand it to include anti-Muslim bias,” the Washington Post’s Mike DeBonis and Rachel Bade reported. But on Wednesday, Democratic leaders said it was unclear that any resolution would come to the floor this week after many members of their caucus said that it was unfair to single out Omar or specifically condemn anti-Semitism without condemning many other forms of bigotry — and the Republican party too.“I think my real concern here is that there’s a disturbing pattern of these remarks coming from the Republican party. It’s not treated the same way,” congresswoman Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez told National Review Wednesday afternoon when asked if the House should vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in the wake of Representative Omar’s remarks.“I think there ought to be a resolution that ought to be condemning all the -isms,” Democratic congressman Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri told National Review. “Just think about it, we’ve had people calling people names probably more over the last two years than over the last 20. If we’re going to start condemning, let’s condemn sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, everything.”But Republican leaders stripped Iowa GOP congressman Steve King of his committee assignments, and the whole House passed a resolution specifically naming King and condemning white nationalism just two months ago. “Whereas, on January 10, 2019, Representative Steve King was quoted as asking, 'White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?’” the resolution began.So what’s the difference between Omar and King? When I posed that question to Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday afternoon, she replied: “How many years was Steve King — ,” cutting off her remark mid-sentence as she entered an elevator. Asked if she cared to finish the thought, the New York Democrat declined. King has had a history of making degrading remarks about illegal immigrants, and those remarks became increasingly worse over the years. In November, King referred to immigrants “dirt” at a campaign event, as Adam Rubenstein reported.Omar’s comment isn’t her first offense, either. But Democratic leaders reject the comparison to King.“I don’t make an analogy between Steve King and Congresswoman Omar,” House Democratic majority leader Steny Hoyer told reporters Wednesday. “I don’t think she’s anti-Semitic.”Cleaver, the Missouri Democrat, said he didn’t “have enough time” to mention all the bigoted comments by President Trump but focused on the president’s “remarks in Charlottesville, when he denied knowing who David Duke was and what David Duke stood for . . . when he picked several African-Americans to question their intellect. Maxine Waters was one. Frederica Wilson was the second.”“I don’t think she made a statement of hate. I think she was saying, the last thing was something about lobbying,” Cleaver said of Omar. “I don’t think she started saying, you know, Jews — ahhhh — any of that stuff.”Asked if an accusation of dual loyalty was anti-Semitic, Cleaver said: “It may or may not be. I haven’t thought deeply about it.”“The problem isn’t that [Omar] criticized Israeli policies. The problem is that she has repeatedly used age-old anti-Semitic tropes that have marginalized & persecuted Jews for centuries, before Israel even existed,” Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “When prominent people use anti-Semitic rhetoric, it greenlights more of it. That's why we've called out elected officials in both parties when they spew hate. Congress must send a clear, unambiguous message: there is no place for anti-Semitism in the US.”



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As 2020 candidates turn left, some Democrats worry about the center

As 2020 candidates turn left, some Democrats worry about the centerParty activists have been energized as Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and other candidates endorsed plans to provide Medicare coverage to every American, some form of tuition-free college, a national $ 15 minimum wage and the so-called “Green New Deal” advocated by U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Some Democrats fear the argument has potency.



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Government shutdown: US federal workers turn to pawn shops for cash as stalemate goes on

Government shutdown: US federal workers turn to pawn shops for cash as stalemate goes onUS federal workers who are not getting paid during the longest government shutdown in the country’s history are increasingly turning to pawnbrokers for short-term loans, according to shop owners. The turnout is small – a few people per day – pawnbrokers said, but many expect the numbers to increase amid the stalemate. About 800,000 federal workers have missed a paycheck during the nearly month-long shutdown.



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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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In third year, U.S. women's marches turn to 2020 elections

In third year, U.S. women's marches turn to 2020 electionsMillions of people took part in the women’s marches in Washington and other cities in the United States and abroad on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after the Republican president was sworn in. Vanessa Wruble, a co-founder of the original Women’s March on Washington who left to start March On, a separate grassroots coalition, said the movement has evolved from being a reaction to Trump’s presidency. Women’s March, a national nonprofit organization that evolved from the initial Washington march, is using its #WomensWave marches in Washington and elsewhere on Saturday to roll out a 10-part policy platform that includes raising the federal minimum wage and protecting reproductive rights.



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Pope urges predator priests to turn themselves in

Pope urges predator priests to turn themselves in“To those who abuse minors I would say this: convert and hand yourself over to human justice, and prepare for divine justice,” Francis said in his Christmas address to the Curia, the Vatican’s central administration. This time, he concentrated on the global sexual abuse crisis. When the pope has made similar promises of zero tolerance in the past, victim groups have scoffed, saying the Church has to come up with a clear policy to make bishops themselves accountable for the mishandling of abuse cases.



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Pope Francis calls predator priests 'vicious wolves' and urges them to turn themselves in

Pope Francis calls predator priests 'vicious wolves' and urges them to turn themselves inCatholic priests who sexually abuse children are “vicious wolves” who should turn themselves into the authorities, Pope Francis said on Friday. His remarks came at the end of a year in which he was accused of mishandling an abuse scandal in Chile and in which the Vatican’s third most senior figure, economy minister Cardinal George Pell of Australia, was put on trial in Melbourne for sexually abusing boys. Any priest who abused a child was “a vicious wolf ready to devour innocent souls”, the Pope said in his annual address to the Curia, the Vatican’s governing body. Survivors of clerical abuse have long accused the Pope of coming out with strong rhetoric to condemn the rape of children but of failing to take concrete steps to address the scandal. In his address, the Pope acknowledged that the Catholic Church had hugely underestimated the phenomenon and failed to punish predatory priests and the bishops who cover up for them, often by moving them from parish to parish rather than reporting them to the police. Pope Francis made the remarks in an address to the Curia at the Vatican  Credit: Filippo Monteforte/AP "It is undeniable that some in the past, out of irresponsibility, disbelief, lack of training, inexperience, or spiritual and human short-sightedness, treated many cases without the seriousness and promptness that was due," he said. All that would change, he pledged, speaking two months before a landmark Vatican summit which will be convened in February to address the issue. He promised to make "past mistakes opportunities for eliminating this scourge". "To those who abuse minors I would say this: convert and hand yourself over to human justice, and prepare for divine justice," the leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Roman Catholics said. "Let it be clear that, faced with these abominations, the Church will spare no effort to do all that is necessary to bring to justice whoever has committed such crimes. “The Church will never seek to hush up or not take seriously any case," he said. “This must never happen again.” Victims’ groups are deeply sceptical that the conference in February, which will see bishops from around the world gather in Rome, will produce tangible results. But the Pope appears to recognise the enormous damage that has been done to the Catholic Church’s moral authority by years of abuse revelations from around the world, from Ireland to the US, Australia, Germany and Latin America. Just this week, the attorney general of the state of Illinois accused Catholic dioceses of failing to release the names of at least 500 clergy accused of sexually abusing children. And the Pope accepted the resignation of an auxiliary bishop in Los Angeles, Monsignor Alexander Salazar, following an allegation of sexual misconduct with a child in the 1990s. A protest placard in Dublin ahead of the Pope's visit to Ireland in August Credit: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters Francis went out of his way to thank journalists for uncovering abuse scandals. "I would like to give heartfelt thanks to those media professionals who were honest and objective and sought to unmask these predators and to make their victims’ voices heard,” he told the Curia. He also launched an attack on his enemies within the Church who have attacked his papacy, either openly or anonymously through leaks. He likened them to Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus for “thirty pieces of silver”. The Pope has come under sustained attack from conservatives within the Church who are bitterly opposed to the openness he has shown to formerly shunned groups, including homosexuals and remarried divorcees wanting to take communion. He said there are, within the Church hierarchy, “those who hide behind good intentions in order to stab their brothers and sisters in the back and to sow weeds, division and bewilderment.”



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Canadian held in China questioned daily, no lawyer, can't turn off light: sources

Canadian held in China questioned daily, no lawyer, can't turn off light: sourcesMichael Kovrig, a former diplomat and an adviser with the International Crisis Group (ICG) think-tank, and businessman Michael Spavor – after Canadian police arrested Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s [HWT.UL] chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, on Dec 1. Canada arrested Meng at the request of the United States, which is engaged in a trade war with China.



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