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Trump Wants a Military Parade. But Not Everyone Is in Step.
Not all of the extra spending is ill advised. That the deal raises defense-spending caps by $160 billion is welcome news; the military has been painfully squeezed by the sequester, and restoring its funding to proper levels would be a significant achievement. To secure that money, however, Republicans had to dangle $128 billion in domestic spending.

Senator John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana, was just as blunt. “I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud,” Mr. Kennedy told reporters. “America is the most powerful country in all of human history, everybody knows it, and we don’t need to show it off.”

“I just never thought that Speaker Ryan — with his history and his background in budget issues, and his concern with the debt and deficit issue — I just never thought that this would be something that the Congress would put forward,” Jordan said.

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Trump Wants a Military Parade. But Not Everyone Is in Step.
Trump Wants a Military Parade. But Not Everyone Is in Step.
Demonstrators gathered on Capitol Hill on Feb. 7 to demand a budget deal that includes an alternative for DACA, an Obama-era program that protects roughly 690,000 undocumented immigrants. (Reuters) “Why should we in the House be treated in such a humiliating way when the Republican Senate leader has given that opportunity in a bipartisan way to his membership? What’s wrong? There’s something wrong with this picture,” Pelosi said.The conservative opposition could make passage difficult. While the budget deal is expected to easily clear the Senate, House GOP leaders know they’ll struggle to get votes and will have to rely on Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democrats to pass the agreement. Pelosi, for her part, spent hours on the House floor Wednesday demanding legislative action on Dreamers, the undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. President Donald Trump has ended the program protecting them from potential deportation, and Democrats have demanded to address the problem for month.
It’s unclear whether President Trump will get the military parade he so keenly desires. My colleagues first reported Tuesday that the White House is pushing the Pentagon to stage a grand spectacle down Pennsylvania Avenue in the same vein as France’s Bastille Day parade — which Trump not coincidentally attended and admired last year. In the same week we heard the president call his political opponents “treasonous” for not clapping at the State of the Union address, we now contemplate his excitement for the sort of martial display these days more associated with single-party states and irredentist autocrats.(CNN)Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday night that he is “legitimately concerned” about the future of NAFTA, but he maintained that his nation will not be cowed into taking a disadvantageous deal for the sake of preserving the trade agreement.We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, confirmed Wednesday that Russia successfully hacked voter registration rolls in the 2016 presidential election.  (Reuters)”We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated,” Manfra told NBC.

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The temblor was felt as far away as the capital, Taipei, about 120 kilometers (74 miles) to the north, according to reports sent to the US Geological Survey.

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The letter, dated Feb. 5, was hand-delivered to Massimo Franco, a columnist for Corriere della Sera, the most prestigious newspaper in Italy, which takes the role of “newspaper of record” that the New York Times does in the United States.

Continue reading the main story “I came back and one of my early calls were, ‘I think we are going to have to start looking at that ourselves,’” Mr. Trump recounted of his conversation with Mr. Macron months later, at the United Nations in September. “We are actually thinking about Fourth of July, Pennsylvania Avenue, having a really great parade to show our military strength.”

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“I am reminded that there are members who come to this great chamber to make speeches, and there are those who come to make laws,” an irritated-sounding Representative Jeb Hensarling, Republican of Texas, said when Ms. Pelosi wrapped up. “When it comes to speeches, I would note that the Gettysburg Address came in at two minutes, and Americans may think it had greater eloquence.”U.S. intelligence official Jeanette Manfra told NBC News her department saw a small number of states where Moscow was “successfully” able to hack voters systems, despite there being no evidence that registration rolls were altered in anyway.

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This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.A two-year spending deal means Republicans probably won’t go to the trouble of passing a formal budget for 2019. That would mean no chance for a so-called reconciliation process that could allow them to enact meaningful legislation with only 50 votes in the Senate. If Republicans accept this deal and then forgo the reconciliation process, they will have given up their chance to pass a law without Democratic support, and measures such as easing the Obamacare regulations that will contribute to higher premiums in the coming years or reforming welfare will stand no chance of making it through Congress. With this deal, Republicans are hurting the chance to add to their ledger of accomplishments prior to November.
US-Led Coalition Strikes Kill 15 Civilians in Deir ez-Zor - Syrian State Media
US-Led Coalition Strikes Kill 15 Civilians in Deir ez-Zor – Syrian State Media

Ms. Pelosi has said she will not vote for the measure. She was protesting its lack of protection for the Dreamers, young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children and have been shielded from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, an Obama-era initiative that President Trump has suspended.“I’ve got to get more details on it, but I’m concerned about the increase in deficits and debt this may create,” said Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.).Emmanuel Macron to Angela Merkel.

“This is not the relationship that we want,” says Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI spoke about the “slow waning” of his physical strength and his “pilgrimage towards Home” in a letter sent to an Italian newspaper on Tuesday.

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But the United Nations Command (UNC) officers who help oversee operations here and elsewhere along the 250-km (155-mile) DMZ say they are cautiously hopeful the recent flurry of talks and Olympics-related exchanges between the two Koreas will make their jobs less stressful.

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Eight hours and seven minutes later, she quit talking.”It’s easy to forget about those things if you’re not reminded,” said Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, which promotes local jobs and economic opportunity.“The North Koreans certainly seem to be on their best behaviour,” Royal Canadian Navy Commander Robert Watt, chief of staff for the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission, told Reuters as he stood just steps from the border on Wednesday.
Trudeau’s forays onto the social-justice battlefield have distracted us before. Trudeau has earned accolades for penning an essay for Marie Claire about how “our sons” can change sexism, shouting out #MeToo at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and assembling a half-female cabinet. He won hearts when he apologized to victims of Canada’s so-called “gay purge,” offering them $85 million in compensation, and when he welcomed to his country those immigrants President Trump swore to keep out.Forty-seven people connected to the Yun Men Tsui Ti building were unaccounted for early Thursday, officials said. That includes 10 people who’d been staying at a bed-and-breakfast called the Beauty Inn inside the building, and an additional 37 registered residents.

They not only insisted that half the events be held in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, but they also wanted top billing, pressing for the Games to be renamed the Pyongyang-Seoul Summer Olympics, with the opening ceremony in Pyongyang. When South Korea said no, the North Koreans refused to attend.

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“It is not an impossible dream,” South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, said at the United Nations in September. He said the coming Olympics, which are being held in the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang, “will become a candle that sheds light on peace.” magnitude 6.4 quake struck late Tuesday 22 kilometers (13 miles) north of the city, killing at least eight people and injuring 262 others, authorities said. It also damaged bridges and buckled roads in and around Hualien, a city on the island’s northeastern shores.
the difference between France’s yearly spectacular and Trump’s own ambitions, my colleague Rick Noack argued that Trump’s imagined parade is ultimately about his own brand of showboating nationalism, but that the French ceremonies nowadays commemorate something a bit more inclusive.Letter sent by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI to an Italian newspaper this week. (Credit: Corriere della Sera.)
in an interview with the BBC, “but I’m confident that America will be able to have a free and fair election [and] that we will push back in a way that is sufficiently robust that the impact they have on our election won’t be great.”
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Of course, there are few public events as time-honored as the military parade. The tradition of military “triumphs” can be traced to the kingdoms and empires of antiquity, etched on friezes in Mesopotamian palaces and memorialized by Roman chroniclers. It is the primordial act of a state asserting its power and legitimacy, a spectacle to spark pride in the hearts of a leader’s followers and fear in his enemies.CNNMoney’s Patrick Gillespie contributed to this report.

Mr. Trump and his advisers first floated the idea of a parade of military convoys through Washington soon after he was elected. The committee planning his inaugural ceremony reportedly explored, but rejected, the idea of highlighting military equipment in the traditional parade, from the Capitol to the White House, after Mr. Trump was sworn in.
Russians penetrated US voter systems, DHS cybersecurity chief tells NBC
Russians penetrated US voter systems, DHS cybersecurity chief tells NBC

Instead, Democrats’ ineffectiveness has angered those same activists and the voters critical in a midterm election year with control of the House at stake.

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In the late 1990s, South Korea persuaded the North to resume sports exchanges with the help of economic aid from a private citizen, Chung Ju-yung, the billionaire founder of South Korea’s Hyundai conglomerate. In 1999, the two Koreas played friendly basketball matches in Pyongyang and Seoul after ground was broken for an arena Mr. Chung donated in the North Korean capital.

And we are skeptical that the deal will include any meaningful budget offsets. Budget-cap agreements in the past have come with offsets that tend to manifest as accounting gimmicks rather than actual spending cuts. Even small changes in the future growth of entitlements would counteract the new spending in this bill, but there is no serious appetite for that within the GOP.


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