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NEWS     FRIDAY,  DECEMBER   14, 2018    NEWS

GM won’t be treated well after plant closures, Trump warns
President Trump railed against the CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra, on Thursday, calling her “nasty” and saying the auto manufacturer would not be treated well moving forward, regarding its decision to slash 15 percent of its North American workforce and halt production at several plants. “I don’t like what she did,” Trump said during an interview with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner. “It was nasty. Ohio is going to replace those jobs in two minutes.” The closures of five GM facilities in Ohio, Michigan, Maryland and Ontario -- announced at the end of November -- came as the largest American auto manufacturer looks to cut costs amid restructuring. It could affect up to 14,000 employees. Fox
VOA VIEW: GM will lose.

First Lady OK With a 2nd Term; Husband Is 'Fighting for America Every Day'
Politics is a "tough business" that requires a "very thick skin," First Lady Melania Trump told Fox News's Sean Hannity Wednesday night. But she said she wouldn't mind staying on for a second term. "I think my husband is doing an incredible job. The country does best ever. So yes, I think I want the country to continue to do well."
Hannity asked Mrs. Trump what she would like the country to know about her husband that a hostile media would never report. "That he's fighting for America and American people every day -- every day," Mrs. Trump said. CNS
VOA VIEW: A second term is a natural win.

Feds Collect Record Taxes Through November; Still Run $305.4B Deficit
The federal government collected record total tax revenues of $458,653,000,000 in October and November, the first two months of fiscal 2019, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today. Even with these record tax collections, however, the government still ran a deficit of $305,394,000,000 for the first two months of the fiscal year. That is because while collecting that record $458,653,000,000 in taxes, the government spent $764,046,000,000. The record $458,853,000,000 in federal taxes in October and November was up $5,280,090,000 from the $453,372,910,000 in total taxes in constant November 2018 dollars that the federal government collected in October and November of fiscal 2018. CNS

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi says she is praying for President Donald Trump as shutdown looms
As a partial government shutdown looms, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi flatly dismissed President Donald Trump’s demands for $5 billion towards a border wall, scoffed at his claim that Mexico is implicitly paying for the wall as a result of the renegotiated trade agreement and revealed that she told him on Tuesday, after a public confrontation at the White House, that she is praying for him.  ABC
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is an idiot.

New 'no escape' Meteor missiles boost fighter jets' firepower
There is no escape for enemy aircraft when up against fighter jets armed with the incredibly fast, powerful and extremely destructive Meteor missiles. The Meteors are made to excel at hunting and destroying enemy threats at long ranges no matter the environment or weather conditions. To ensure maximum destruction, the Meteor’s fragmentation warhead detonates on impact or at the optimum point of intercept. Powered by air-breathing ramjets, these new missiles can reach ultra-fast speeds exceeding the speed of sound. Further boosting the destructive power, the ramjets provide the missile with thrust all the way through to the strike.  Fox

Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina pleads guilty to engaging in conspiracy against US
Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday morning to attempting to infiltrate Republican political circles and influence US relations with Russia before and after the 2016 presidential election. Butina, 30, attended conferences of groups such as the National Rifle Association and the National Prayer Breakfast, and orchestrated gatherings where influential Americans could meet with Russians. "Butina sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over US politics," prosecutors said. Butina admitted to acting "under direction of" a Russian official whom CNN has identified as Alexander Torshin, the recently retired deputy governor of the Central Bank of Russia. CNN

Court: Trump can’t let companies deny birth control coverage
A divided U.S. appeals court Thursday blocked rules by the Trump administration that allowed more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. The ruling, however, may be short lived because the administration has adopted new rules on contraceptive coverage that are set to take effect next month and will likely prompt renewed legal challenges. Thursday’s ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concerned changes to birth control coverage requirements under President Barack Obama’s health care law that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued in October 2017. Seattle Times

Trump denies he 'directed' Michael Cohen to break the law as prosecutors contend
In his first reaction since his longtime personal -- and now former-- attorney and fixer was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for crimes committed while working for him, President Donald Trump again attempted to distance himself, repeating legal arguments and saying he "never directed Michael Cohen to break the law," contrary to what federal prosecutors contend.  "He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called 'advice of counsel,' and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid," Trump said in an early morning series of tweets on Thursday. ABC
VOA VIEW: Cohen better have tapes - he is a liar.

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says Trump knew it was wrong to make hush-money payments during campaign
Trump knew hush-money payments were wrong, Cohen says. Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to arrange hush-money payments with two women because then-candidate Trump “was very concerned about how this would affect the election” if their allegations of affairs became public, the president’s former personal attorney said in an exclusive interview with ABC News. Cohen’s comments are his first since being sentenced earlier this week to three years in federal prison for financial crimes, lying to Congress and two campaign finance violations in connection with the deals with the women, Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels, who claim past affairs with Trump. ABC
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.

Canada is caught between China and U.S., and feeling alone
First President Donald Trump attacked Canada on trade. Then Saudi Arabia punished it for speaking up for human rights. Now China has the country in its cross-hairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the United States. Canada is caught between two super powers and taking the punishment — and its ally to the south has been conspicuously absent in coming to its aid. "We've never been this alone," historian Robert Bothwell said. "We don't have any serious allies. And I think that's another factor in what the Chinese are doing. ... Our means of retaliation are very few. China is a hostile power." NBC

U.S., South Korea can't agree on splitting the bill after Trump's criticism
The United States and South Korea have failed to agree on a bigger South Korean share of the cost of maintaining U.S. troops, an official said on Friday, as the U.S. military warned Korean workers they might be put on leave if no deal is reached. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that South Korea should bear more of the burden for keeping some 28,500 U.S. troops in South Korea, where the United States has stationed forces since the 1950-53 Korean War. Senior officials from both sides held three-day talks in Seoul from Tuesday to hammer out an accord to replace a 2014 deal due to expire this year, which requires South Korea to pay about $850 million this year. NBC

Trump insists FBI determined 'great person' Flynn 'didn't lie,' Mueller pushed the claim
President Trump insisted on Thursday that his former national security adviser Michael Flynn didn’t lie to the FBI and it was Special Counsel Robert Mueller who pushed the charge. The president briefly spoke about Flynn at a White House meeting with governors-elect, where he suggested the FBI never accused Flynn of lying as part of its probe into the alleged collusion between Russia's government and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential campaign. “Well, the FBI said Michael Flynn, a general and a great person, they said he didn’t lie,” Trump said at the meeting. “And Mueller said: ‘ Fox

Dems, progressives quick to politicize death of migrant
Potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and progressive activists spent Thursday weaponizing the death of a 7-year-old migrant girl who reportedly died in U.S. Border Patrol custody -- though officials say she hadn’t eaten or consumed water for several days before the arrest. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a likely leading 2020 contender, immediately jumped on the news, calling for the investigation. “This is tragic. We need a full and thorough account of what happened before this 7-year-old girl died of dehydration and exhaustion in CBP custody,” Harris wrote in a tweet. Fox

Trump offers new alternative facts to explain his problems, but ...
President Donald Trump sought the open arms of Twitter and Fox News to creatively explain away inconvenient facts about his legal peril and his promised border wall before GOP senators dragged him back to reality with a rebuke from his own party for ignoring a cold-blooded murder OK'd by a foreign colleague. In Trump's universe, Mexico is already paying for the wall. And the crimes for which Michael Cohen is going to jail aren't crimes after all; they were added to his rap sheet by prosecutors as a dig at Trump. But alternative facts go only so far, as Trump learned Thursday afternoon when Republican senators lobbed at him a resolution condemning Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. CNN

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Del Monte recalls canned corn in 25 states, 12 nations, due to botulism risk
Del Monte Foods is recalling more than 64,000 cases of incompletely sterilized canned corn that could cause life-threatening illness if consumed. Walmart and Target are among the retailers in 25 states and 12 countries that sold the recalled product, the food producer said. The recall of 64,242 cases of "Fiesta Corn" seasoned with red and green peppers was due to under-processing, the company said in a notice posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The missed steps from the commercial sterilization process could result in spoilage and possible contamination with life-threatening pathogens, if eaten, Del Monte warned. CBS

Trump says he has a short list for chief of staff position
During a White House meeting with a number of incoming governors Thursday afternoon, President Trump said there are five "well-known" and "terrific" people on his short list of candidates to replace outgoing chief of staff John Kelly. "We're interviewing people," he told reporters. When asked about a federal judge's order to have Michael Flynn and special counsel Robert Mueller turn over investigative records from Flynn's interviews with FBI agents in 2017, Mr. Trump praised his first national security adviser. "Well, the FBI said Michael Flynn, a general and a great person, they said he didn't lie. CBS

US unveils new Africa policy to counter 'predatory' Russia and China
The Trump administration has unveiled a new Africa policy focused on combating the “predatory” practices of China and Russia, and ending what it calls “indiscriminate assistance” and “unproductive, unsuccessful and unaccountable” UN peacekeeping missions. Announcing the new policy, the national security adviser, John Bolton, said it would put US interests first, so would be built around trade and countering the threat terrorist groups like Isis and al-Qaida could pose to the US.
Bolton said that Trump had approved the policy on Wednesday and the administration would begin executing it immediately. That is likely to have a rapid impact on UN peacekeeping missions. Guardian

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Yemen's warring parties agree ceasefire in Hodeidah
Talks in Sweden between Yemen's warring parties on Thursday led to a major breakthrough in blunting a devastating war that has killed thousands and driven the country to famine, with both sides agreeing on a ceasefire in a key port that acts as a lifeline for millions. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced that the Iran-linked Houthi rebels, who control Hodeidah port, had reached a ceasefire there with the Saudi-led coalition that was massing troops in the Red Sea city ahead of a final push into the port. In a statement released near the end of peace talks this week in Sweden, Mr Guterres said that UN troops would be dispatched to Hodeidah, where the organisation will also help distribute much-needed aid. Telegraph

Climate change also wiped out life on Earth 252 million years ago
In addition to detailing the demise of Permian-era life, the new research can be used to better understand the impacts of warming ocean temperatures on modern species. Some 252 million years ago, nearly all live on Earth vanished. The fossil record suggests some 96 percent of all marine life disappeared, and scientists suspect the magnitude of losses on land was similar. But until now, scientists weren't sure what exactly caused the massive Permian Period extinction, an event known as the Great Dying. UPI

Senate to vote Monday to advance criminal justice overhaul
The Senate will vote on Monday to advance a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, putting the legislation on track to be completed next week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) moved on Thursday to set up votes to open up debate on the legislation, which will then be followed by a limited amount of amendments. McConnell's parliamentary move fulfills a promise to President Donald Trump to consider the bill in the lame duck after the GOP leader publicly and privately surmised that the Senate didn't have enough time to complete it. After the Senate begins debating the bill, it will take 60 votes ultimately to pass it. And an amendment from bill opponent Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) will require just 50 votes in the narrowly divided Senate. Politico

Trump says he’ll do ‘whatever it takes to get border security’ as shutdown looms
President Trump pledged Thursday to do “whatever it takes to get border security,” deepening an impasse over border wall funding barely a week from a crucial deadline for a partial government shutdown to begin. In a video posted on Twitter, Trump attacked Democrats as “absolute hypocrites” and claimed they’ve supported funding border barriers in the past but won’t do so now because of their opposition to him. The video showed images of people rushing the border and included clips of Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former president Barack Obama speaking in opposition to illegal immigration and in favor of border security.  Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Trump has to get the Wall money, or shut down the government.

N.C. congressional candidate sought out aide, despite warnings over tactics
North Carolina congressional candidate Mark Harris (R) directed the hiring of a campaign aide now at the center of an election-fraud investigation, according to three individuals familiar with the campaign, despite warnings that the operative may have used questionable tactics to deliver votes. Harris sought out the operative, Leslie McCrae Dowless, after losing a 2016 election in which Dowless had helped one of Harris’s opponents win an overwhelming share of the mail-in vote in a key county.
State and local investigators say that whether Harris knew that his campaign may have engaged in improper tactics has become a focus of the expanding probes into whether election irregularities affected the 9th District election, in which Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. Washington Post

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Trump: 'I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law'
US President Donald Trump has said he never directed his former private lawyer to break the law, a day after he was sentenced to prison. "He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law." Mr Trump tweeted of Michael Cohen, adding that he pleaded guilty "to embarrass the president". His comments came a day after Cohen received a three-year jail sentence for campaign finance and fraud crimes. Cohen had blamed Mr Trump's influence and "dirty deeds" at his sentencing. In a series of tweets on Thursday, Mr Trump also insisted that he "did nothing wrong" in regards to campaign finance laws. BBC

Pimco Sees ‘Flashing Orange’ U.S. Recession Signal as Cycle Ages
U.S. growth will slow and the risks of a recession climb in 2019 as the near-decade-long economic cycle ages, according to Pacific Investment Management Co. “The probability of a U.S. recession over the next 12 months has risen to about 30 percent recently and is thus higher than at any point in this nine-year-old expansion,” Pimco economist Joachim Fels and Andrew Balls, global fixed-income chief investment officer, wrote in an outlook released Thursday. “Even so, the models are flashing orange rather than red.”  Bloomberg

Senate votes to end US military support for Saudis in Yemen
The Senate has passed a resolution calling for an end to US military support to the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen war, and asserting Congress’s right to decide on matters of war and peace. The measure, which passed by 56 votes to 41, marked the first time the Senate had invoked the 1973 War Powers Resolution to seek to curb the power of the p“Today we declare we will not long participate in the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen which has caused the worst humanitarian crisis on earth, with 85,000 children starving to death. Today we tell the despotic regime in Saudi Arabia that we will no longer be part of their military adventurism.” Sanders went on: “The War Powers Act was passed 45 years ago. Theresident to take the US into an armed conflict. Guardian

7-year-old migrant girl dies after Border Patrol arrest
A 7-year-old girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol, federal immigration authorities confirmed Thursday. The Washington Post reported the girl died of dehydration and shock more than eight hours after she was arrested by agents near Lordsburg, New Mexico. The girl was from Guatemala and was traveling with a group of 163 people who approached agents to turn themselves in on Dec. 6. It's unknown what happened to the girl during the eight hours before she started having seizures and was flown to an El Paso hospital.In a statement, Customs and Border Protection said the girl had not eaten or consumed water in several days. USA Today
VOA VIEW: The father is at fault.

Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take the last Islamic State-held town
U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters captured the last town held by the Islamic State group on Friday, after days of intense battles in the militants’ single remaining enclave in eastern Syria, activists said. The fall of Hajin is a blow to the extremists. The town was their main stronghold in the last pocket of land they control in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border. IS still holds some villages nearby. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been fighting to take Hajin and the surrounding villages in Deir el-Zour province for over three months. USA Today

Employee scams Defense Department out of $1.4 million in bogus overtime pay
A Defense Department employee in Virginia managed to scam the government out of $1.4 million in overtime pay, eluding detection for more than 17 years while claiming to have worked a near-impossible 90 hours a week, 52 weeks a year. The fraud has sent government agencies scrambling to try to figure out how she did it — though they clammed up Thursday when The Washington Times asked why they missed the scheme for so long and whether they’ve been able to plug the holes.
Michelle M. Holt pleaded guilty Wednesday to computer fraud and theft of government property. She faces up to 15 years in prison, though prosecutors said she’s likely to get less and her lawyer said she has been fully cooperating with investigators to explain how she did it. Washington Times

Gowdy puts Comey on blast after FBI ex-chief's snarky 'search for the truth' tweet
Twitter snark by former FBI Director James B. Comey toward Rep. Trey Gowdy did not go unnoticed on Thursday. The author of “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” was not happy with the South Carolina Republican for comments to Fox News regarding his closed-door hearing with two House committees — Judiciary, and Oversight and Government Reform. Mr. Comey’s anger, displayed via sarcastic tweets about the process, received a barbed response shortly thereafter by Mr. Gowdy. . Washington Times

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Suspect in mass shooting in Strasbourg, France, is killed by police
The suspect in the Strasbourg shooting that left three dead and 13 injured has been killed by police in that city, French authorities said Thursday. The announcement of the death of 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt comes after an intense manhunt involving hundreds of officers since the shooting Tuesday night outside the Strasbourg's Christmas market. He had been on the run since the attack near the popular tourist attraction. The Paris prosecutor's office said the prosecutor was on the way to the site where Chekatt was killed. French security forces were trying to catch Chekatt dead or alive, an official said earlier Thursday. NBC

Bernie Sanders addresses 2020 speculation
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said on Thursday that "if" he decides to run for president again in 2020, he knows the issues he'll campaign on. Addressing speculation that he could enter the wide-open Democratic field, Sanders, 77, told NBC News' Andrea Mitchell that he would "make that decision when I think it's appropriate." "If, and that is an if, I do decide to run, we're going to be taking on the pharmaceutical industry and the insurance industry, and Wall Street. And all of the powerful special interests who now control much of what goes on in Congress," he said. NBC
VOA VIEW: Good for ego, but no chance of a win.

Senators vote to end US backing for Saudi war on Yemen
Members of President Donald Trump's Republican party joined Democrats by 56-41 to rebuke the longtime US ally over reporter Jamal Khashoggi's death. Mr Trump has vowed to veto the largely symbolic measure, and it is unlikely to pass the House of Representatives. Experts say Yemen is experiencing the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The non-binding "war powers resolution" also calls on Saudi Arabia to "moderate its increasingly erratic foreign policy". The US chose to cease refuelling Saudi war planes last month, and Thursday's resolution - if it were passed into law - would prohibit that practice from resuming.  BBC

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Trump claims, without evidence, that Mexico will pay for border wall via trade deal
After threatening to shut down the government if Congress does not allot $5 billion for a wall across the southern border, President Trump now says Mexico will be paying for the wall using money the U.S. would "save" from the new United States Mexico Canada Agreement. The president tweeted, “I often stated, “One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.” This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!" ABC

Bomb threats emailed to multiple locations across the country
Dozens of institutions across the country received email threats Thursday afternoon, prompting evacuations and sweeps of buildings. At this time it unclear if the threats -- which have been received at locations throughout San Francisco, at the University of Washington in Seattle, and at Penn State University in Pennsylvania, among other places -- are connected. The FBI said it is aware of the threats and is working with law enforcement to provide assistance. "As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety," the FBI said. In Seattle, UW noted in a campus-wide alert that the FBI had "advised that the email is not a credible threat." CNN

Nancy Pelosi takes aim at Trump’s taxes
Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that a House committee will “take the first steps” toward obtaining President Trump’s tax returns once Democrats take control of the House. Pelosi, who is expected to become the Democrats’ next speaker of the House, said the process could be “challenging” as Trump has vowed to resist their requests. “There is popular demand for the Congress to request the president’s tax returns,” Pelosi told reporters. “I’m sure the White House will resist, so the question is, ‘Where do we go from there?’” Democratic Rep. Richard E. Neal, the next chairman of the tax panel, plans to insist that Trump release his tax returns, according to The Washington Post. If the president does not voluntarily hand them over, Neal said he would make a request to the Treasury Department. New York Post

Jared Kushner reportedly could be the next chief of staff
President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is on the short list to become the next chief of staff, reports said. Kushner, a top White House adviser, met with the president about the job on Wednesday and believes his ability to work with Democrats will be an asset to the position, according to The Huffington Post. “I don’t know why he thinks that, when the Democrats are mainly going to be coming after Trump,” a source told the website. The current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave the position at the end of the year. Reports about Kushner’s interest in the gig came as North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows and Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff Nick Ayers both withdrew themselves from consideration. New York Post
VOA VIEW: It would be interesting - time will tell.

Is this Fed fight round over?
Don’t get into a fight with anyone who is bigger, and judges success differently, than you. In other words, don’t fight the Fed. For the past year, the Fed has been fighting to get its target interest rate back into what it considers a more normal range and cut back on its massive portfolio of mortgage-backed bonds. It has been talking about returning to normal after the Great Recession for at least four years. A raging bull market in stocks is not its goal. In the week ahead, its effort will continue with the agency widely expected to raise the high-end of its target short-term interest rate to 2.5 percent. That gets the Fed closer to normal, but still at historically low borrowing rates. Stock investors didn’t pay a price by fighting the Fed over the past year – until they did. Stocks tied to interest rates – banks, brokers, insurance companies – have weighed heavily on the S&P 500 over the past three months. Miami Herald

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