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DHS Boss Hit With 'S---'load Of Questions About President Trump's Language
Kirstjen Nielsen came to Capitol Hill Tuesday to talk about key issues like border security and terrorism, but the Department of Homeland Security secretary instead found herself repeatedly answering questions about President Trump’s language during a recent meeting. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sought Nielsen's description of the president's language at a White House immigration meeting she attended last week, where he reportedly referred to impoverished nations as 's---hole' countries. Fox
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Winter Storm Unloads Snow, Ice On South
A winter storm will continue to dump snow and ice across the South on Tuesday, wreaking havoc with road and air travel. The storm will take aim on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast overnight and into Wednesday. Hundreds of flights were canceled at Texas airports — including Houston, San Antonio and Austin — where frigid temperatures left runways dangerously icy. More than 835 flights had been canceled nationwide as of 11:35 a.m. ET, according to flight tracking service FlightAware.  USA Today

Trump On Immigrants: 'I Want Them To Come In From Everywhere'
President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants immigrants coming in "from everywhere" in response to questions about his alleged remarks challenging U.S. admittance of people from "shithole countries." “I want them to come in from everywhere,” Trump told reporters during a White House meeting with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The remark came as reporters shouted questions about his reported statement last week that he'd prefer the United States welcome people from countries like Norway over nations like Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. Politico


Mueller Issues Subpeona To Bannon
Fired White House chief strategist and ex-Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller, Fox News has confirmed. First reported by The New York Times, the Bannon subpoena was issued by Mueller’s team last week. Sources told Fox News that Bannon’s subpoena, requiring him to appear before a grand jury investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, was issued after the FBI was initially unable to contact him. Fox
VOA VIEW: Mueller is wasting time and money.

Danish Prosecutors Say Kim Wall Death Was Planned
Danish prosecutors have charged inventor Peter Madsen with murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall and will attempt to have him jailed for life. Her dismembered remains were found at sea on 21 August last year, 11 days after she interviewed him aboard his homemade submarine. Prosecutors accuse him of having planned the crime, either suffocating her or cutting her throat. He admits dismembering her body but denies intentionally killing her. BBC

Tillerson Opens Summit With Vow To Keep Pressure On North Korea
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that the United States would not stop joint military exercises with South Korea in exchange for North Korea freezing its nuclear weapons program, and promised to keep squeezing Pyongyang economically and diplomatically until it abandons its quest. “We must increase the costs of the regime’s behavior to the point that North Korea comes to the table for credible negotiations,” Tillerson said at the opening of a summit of 20 nations discussing ways to tighten economic sanctions against North Korea. Washington Post


Sanders: White House Wants Clean Budget Deal
Lawmakers are returning to Washington on Tuesday apparently no closer to resolving differences on the budget with just four days to go before a government shutdown. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday that the administration remained optimistic, despite major deterioration over the weekend in progress on a deal after President Donald Trump rejected a bipartisan immigration proposal.." US News & World Report

DHS Preparing To Arrest Leaders Of Sanctuary Cities
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Tuesday that her department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can lodge criminal charges against sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation efforts. “The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available,” Ms. Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It may be interesting.

DOJ To Appeal Ruling That Blocked Trump's DACA Wind-Down
The Justice Department on Tuesday announced plans to appeal a judge's ruling that blocked President Donald Trump from shuttering a program that gave protections and work permits to some people who entered the U.S. illegally as children. In a ruling last week, San Francisco-based U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup ordered the administration to resume accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA. Politico

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CDC Cancels Nuclear Talk To Focus On Flue Outbreak
Three days after a false report of a missile attack on Hawaii seemed the perfect time to help the public for a nuclear disaster. But instead, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed the top of Tuesday’s discussion to the flu epidemic. The CDC did not immediately respond to questions surrounding the topic change for the public health discussion, which had been planned for several weeks. Atlanta Journal

President Nobama
Donald Trump continues to baffle. Never Trump Republicans still struggle to square the circle of quietly agreeing so far with most of his policies, as they loudly insist that his record is already nullified by its supposedly odious author. Or surely it soon will be discredited by the next Trumpian outrage. Or his successes belong to congressional and Cabinet members, while his failures are all his own.  National Review
VOA VIEW: Obama has failed the US for 8 years.

US & China Prepare For Trade Clash Of The Titans
The last time Washington mobilized for a trade war, Ronald Reagan was president and Japan the adversary. Today, the White House is readying the same big guns—a mix of tariffs and quotas—aimed mainly at Chinese imports. It has in its sights everything from steel to solar panels and washing machines. A record Chinese annual trade surplus with the U.S., announced last week, is the potential catalyst for hostilities after a year of bluster from President Donald Trump.  WSJ


EU Still Open To Britain Changing Mind On Brexit
Leaders of the European Union institutions weighed into a new British debate on whether to hold a second referendum on Brexit by saying on Tuesday that Britons would be welcome to stay in the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May and her main opponent Jeremy Corbyn have ruled out giving voters a chance to approve whatever withdrawal treaty is agreed with Brussels before Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019. Reuters

Russia & US Engage In 'Military Base Race' In Syria
A military bases race is underway between Russia and the U.S. as each nation seeks to expand its presence in Syria and counter asymmetric threats. The U.S. has a military presence in several key locations, but there are two areas with heavy U.S. troop presence that are being transformed to military bases, according to a military source: Defense News

Fortress America Is Crumbling
As 2017 ended with billionaires toasting their tax cuts and energy executives cheering their unfettered access to federal lands as well as coastal waters, there was one sector of the American elite that did not share in the champagne celebration: Washington’s corps of foreign-policy experts. Across the political spectrum, many of them felt a deep foreboding for the country’s global future under the leadership of President Donald Trump. In a year-end jeremiad, for instance, conservative CNN commentator Fareed Zakaria blasted the “Trump administration’s foolish and self-defeating decision to abdicate the United States’ global influence—something that has taken more than 70 years to build.” The Nation

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McMaster's Secret SF Meeting On North Korean Threat
H.R. McMaster was in San Francisco on Saturday and Sunday for secret meetings about North Korea. He met with Shotaro Yachi, the director of the Japanese national security council, along with the South Koreans. Why this matters: The group agreed that resumed communications by the North Koreans are diversions and don’t have any effect on its determined pursuit of nuclear weapons. The group agreed they need to put more unified pressure on the north. Axios

Graham: Trump "Not Well-Served" By White House Staff
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters Tuesday that he doesn't think the president is being well-served by the White House staff, adding that they "missed the mark" ahead of the immigration meeting in the Oval Office last week: "Somebody on staff gave him really bad advice ... The President I saw on Tuesday is the guy I play golf with. Something happened ... This has turned into an s-show." "I think [White House Chief of Staff John] Kelly is a fine man but he's also part of the staff." Axios

Mom Of Malnourished/Shackled Children Was 'Perplexed' By Police Visit
The mother of 13 malnourished children and young adults who were held in filthy conditions, some chained to furniture, was “perplexed” when deputies arrived at the family’s Southern California home, a sheriff’s official said Tuesday. The deputies had been summoned by a 17-year-old daughter who jumped out a window and called 911. AP

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How Do You Say Shithole In Norwegian?
Norway, like the U.S., is currently facing a serious backlash against immigration. In disparaging desperately poor countries whose “wretched refuse,” in poet Emma Lazarus’s eloquent lyric, seek refuge on our shores, Donald Trump urged America to seek more immigration of the “best and the brightest,” specifically mentioning Norway. The problem, of course, is that few Norwegians want to come. American Prospect

Russia Scandal Looking More Like Watergate All The Time
It was a rather eventful week for President Trump, one that began with the nation debating whether he's mentally unstable and ended with the nation debating whether he's a racist. No reasonable person believes anymore the oft-stated hypothesis that whatever appalling thing he said today is merely a clever misdirection to distract you from some much more serious appalling thing he's up to. American Prospect

Will Russia Investigators Crack Steve Bannon ‘Like An Egg’?
At 9:30 on Tuesday morning, Steve Bannon will sit down in an uncrowded room. The former White House adviser may have been disavowed by his most generous donors, deposed as chairman of Breitbart News, and even semi-disowned by a candidate he endorsed. But there are still people interested in him—namely, the staff and members of the House Intelligence Committee, who will question him Tuesday morning. The Daily Beast

Alec Baldwin Defends Woody Allen Amid #MeToo Outcry
Alec Baldwin tweeted a strong defense of filmmaker Woody Allen on Tuesday morning as other actors who have appeared in his movies continue to denounce him for alleged sexual misconduct. “Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed. The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. The Daily Beast

Trump Can't Extend DACA Past March 5: DHS
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday that she doesn't believe President Trump will be able to extend the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program past March 5. There were some indications last year that Trump would be willing to extend DACA if Congress were unable to agree on how to legislate the program that until now was a unilateral plan put in place by former President Barack Obama. Washington Examiner

ISIS Hasn't Yet Morphed Into An Insurgency In Iraq
U.S. military commanders have warned that once the Islamic State is defeated in Iraq and Syria, the terrorist group is likely to morph into an insurgency. But a senior U.S. commander in Baghdad said that has not happened yet in Iraq. Pockets of ISIS fighters remain in Iraq, but Brig. Gen. James Glynn, the No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq, says those remaining fighters have been cornered and unable to coordinate attacks. “Washington Examiner

Another False Alarm Issued About Missile Launch
Japan’s public broadcaster on Tuesday issued a false alarm about a North Korean ballistic missile launch, just days after the same blunder terrorized residents of Hawaii for nearly 40 minutes. The broadcaster, NHK, corrected the mistake in minutes and issued an on-air apology. “The news alert sent earlier about NK missile was a mistake. NY Post

North Korea Blasts Trump's Boast Of His 'Bigger' Button
North Korea blasted President Trump’s boast that he has a “bigger nuclear button” than the reclusive regime’s leader as the “spasm of a lunatic,” according to a report Tuesday. “Trump’s bluff is regarded by the DPRK as just a spasm of a lunatic frightened by the might of Juche Korea and a bark of a rabid dog,” the state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper said, referring to the North’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. NY Post

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