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BIG IDEA: Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Notice this morning that the House will vote tomorrow when it will refer the two sections to a request to the Seanad which will set out the stage to begin the trial of President Trump this week.

Even when accepting Trump's acquittal, this process could be even more sensitive than you think. After all, this is only the third time that the Seanad has held a presidential duty trial in the 232 years since the Constitution was ratified. In Trump's time, it also feels a safe bet to prevent the author. Due to the fact that Pelosi has so far refused to forward the articles passed on December 18, he recalls that it is necessary to expect the unexpected thing.

– Two stories broke overnight highlighting the unpredictable nature of tranquil investigations involving international surprises and involving several state and non-state actors.

A cyber security firm issued a report alleging this the GRU, the Russian military information service, t it did well into Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company put by Hunter Biden on the board of directors when Joe Biden was Vice President. The Trump Democrats called for the abuse of his power by allegedly imposing the president of Ukraine to investigate that company in exchange for a meeting at the White House and the release of hundreds of millions of dollars in security assistance; Congress approved but the president held the hours after his call in July 25 with Volodymyr Zelensky.

And Lev Parnas, one of Rudy Giuliani's Soviet colleagues say he was helping the president's personal lawyer with his work in Ukraine until he got captured it while trying to leave the United States with a one-way plane ticket, thousands of pages turned document and text messages to Home investigators, says his lawyer may be relevant to the redress test.

– In the context of this background, 10 ignorant are identified as the Seanad trial is mocking:

1) What did the Russians get from Burisma?

Area 1 Security, a cyber security company in California, said it had discovered on New Year's Eve that the GRU launched a successful cyber-phishing campaign against Burisma Holdings, as well as a number of subsidiaries and partners, so that hackers could access accounts. internal emails. “It is not known what material the GRU got access to, and if any of it is released,” Ellen Nakashima reports. “The GRU also focused on a media organization set up by Zelensky, the firm said.” (Read eight reports here in Area 1 here.) T

The GRU is the entity that tested the servers of the National Democratic Committee and campaign chairman Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, in 2016, releasing their emails that summer and falling at times of unsupportive strategic support to victims. If the Russian government releases materials hacked from Burisma, how does the media cover it and how would politicians work compared to four years ago? What would happen if the Russians sent approved e-mails that are similar to authenticity but are not just about disinformation about the son of a Democratic presidential leader?

2) What did the Democrats do from Parnas?

Parnas solicitor Joseph Bondy indicated that he traveled to Washington over the weekend to deliver iPhone 11 content to Democratic staff on the House Information Committee. Bondy also said that Parnas supplied materials from a Samsung phone, and added to the sharing of content from another iPad and iPhone. “After our trip to DC, we worked three nights providing Lev Parnas messages with WhatsApp, text messages and images – without being under a protection order – with (investigators), specifying interactions with some people. related to the investigation of evasion, “bondy was tweeted, adding the #LetLevSpeak and #LevRemembers sockets with it.

Parnas lawyer also provided this video with pictures of his client who had the song “U Can's Touch This,” featured by MC Hammer:

The Wall Street Journal reports that the messages include exchanges not only between Parnas and Giuliani but messages he has exchanged with the former Texas Pete Sessions colleague, currently at Florida Govantis (R) and former columnist John Solomon. Giuliani, Parnas, Sessions and Solomon were all involved in the efforts to recall Marie Yovanovitch as the US ambassador to replace Ukraine with a more flexible person.

Bondy said that he expects at least some of the things he has made public and / or shared with the Seanad. He told Axios that the president was not “helpful” and said that his client, who is currently housed, wishes to give evidence before the Conference.

3) Who will choose Pelosi as its impeachment floor managers?

The San Francisco Democrat did not nominate the floor managers during a closed door meeting with his members this morning. These people will essentially play the role of prosecutors during the Seanad trial. It is widely expected that Pelosi will select the Chairman of House Information Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) And Chairman of the Judges House Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), But other slots are to be filled.

Some Democrats were pushing her to tap to Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), For example, the Republican-turned independent to vote for clearance. However, although he was veneered in the process, he could not be predictable as well as Pelosi as Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), Who sits on Information and Judiciary committees.

How close is Pelosi keeping her cards to the vest? Steny Hoyer, Major of the House, leader No. 2 in Democratic leadership, last night reporters do not know who he chooses. “Do I have some ideas? Can. But I'm not to share them, ”said the Marylander. “Do I know all the names? No. By the end of the week, you will know. ”

4) Will the Seanad vote on a motion to dismiss the goods?

In a strategic period, Trump asked on the weekend that the Senate would promptly dismiss the charges against him as soon as they arrive in a trial place. Seanad Republicans rejected this idea yesterday, saying they do not have the votes to do so and expressing concern that the president and vulnerable manufacturers would hurt this fall if the GOP appears to have a short circulation process.

“Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Says that he wants the trial… to continue the format used 21 years ago in the trial of President Bill Clinton. In that case, the Seanad approved a resolution to enable the Seanad to vote to dismiss the charges. But senior Republicans indicated on Monday that they do not intend to include such a provision in the resolution that will begin the Trump trial, ”Seung Min Kim, Mike DeBonis and Elise Viebeck.

“A number of Republican Senators who looked closely at Monday said that they would immediately refuse to dismiss the charges against Trump, including the Receptions. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Mitt Romney (Utah) and Susan Collins (Maine). … Chatter started to dismiss the charges last week after Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) Introduced a measure to change the rules of the Seanad to allow for the removal of deducted goods, unless it failed. the House are referred to the Seanad within 25 calendar days. …

“A senior administration officer said… that the White House wants the ostaithe redundant option available to the president 'and that it did not need to be resolved in the organized solution. The official also noted that an offer of dismissal could come later in the trial, once the Senators had plenty of time to open arguments and ask questions. Any senator may move to dismiss the charges, provided it is made in writing. ”

5) How many Republican voters will vote to call witnesses?

“Senior White House officials believe… that Witnesses will vote at least four Republicans, and more likely,” CBS News reports. “Along with Senators Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, (Collins), (Romney) and possibly Cory Gardner from Colorado, the White House gives an insight into Rand Paul from Kentucky as a wild card; and (Alexander) as 'institutions'; who could vote to call witnesses, as one officer put it. ”

Collins told reporters that she wants to make sure that the process comes as close as possible to what the Senate did for Clinton. Murkowski stated that she wishes to ensure that there is the capacity to obtain additional information, including witnesses, if the initial arguments do not answer all of her questions.

6) Does John Bolton testify?

The A national security advisor said last week that he would be willing to give evidence if he received a Senate subpoena. At least four Republicans would like to take part in the Democrats to vote for witnesses to happen.

Romney said yesterday that he intends to vote against preliminary applications from the Democrats to obtain witnesses before opening arguments, but said he could vote to hear witnesses later. “I accept that I will be voting in favor of a hearing from John Bolton, perhaps among others,” he told reporters yesterday. “This may vary depending on what happens in the following days and during these arguments, but I will not vote for witnesses before the initial arguments.”

A new poll from the University of Quinnipiac finds that two-thirds of Americans want Bolton to give evidence during the Seanad trial. For a context, the survey found that 51 per cent of respondents allowed the House to vote for Trump immigrants.

7) How does Trump declare executive privilege?

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley praised Fox News this morning that the president's lawyers were likely to give executive privilege to limit evidence, especially from Bolton. “We are happy to come forward and give evidence,” said Gidley. “It is clear that there are rules of executive privilege that former administration has (requested). We will probably do the same. ”

8) If it appears to Bolton, do Republicans vote to force Hunter Biden too?

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark) said, with a conservative morning radio host, Hugh Hewitt, he can't “imagine a model” when Bolton shows but Trump's colleagues don't try to call their own witnesses whose evidence would help him. the president. “I can assure you and all your listeners that this will not be a one-sided event unless the Democrats have an opportunity to try and even call witnesses,” said Cotton with Hewitt.

Paul threatened last night to cast a vote on calling the former Vice-President's son if the Bolton Democrats succeed: t

Mr Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Also opened the possibility that more witnesses may still be called:

9) Does Giuliani Trump wish to defend the Seanad floor?

A former New York mayor told reporters that he was preparing to celebrate the Trumps at Mar-a-Lago on New Year's Eve which he intended to try the case.

“Giuliani, who is associated with Ukraine, is a key element of the collision case, lobbying the President to become a legal team on the Seanad floor during his forthcoming trial,” said CNN yesterday. “Giuliani pressed Trump to do it as part of the lawyers team who will argue the case, (according to a White House official and two sources close to the President). Giuliani insisted that he knew the case against the President. The White House refused to comment. … Sources said that they did not expect Giuliani to join the team at last and said that Trump had been informed of Giuliani's take on the facts in the heart of the case against Trump. ”

HuffPost reported that Giuliani wants to be “seriously” on behalf of Trump but is very likely.

Taking Saturday night on Fox News, Giuliani claimed that he would ask the Supreme Court to dismiss the case against Trump. This is not essential, but the president is allowing the clip:

10) Could the State of the Union be postponed?

Trump is to address a joint session of the Conference on February 4. There is a precedent that this will happen during a clearing trial: Clinton brought his State to the Union on the night of 19 January, 1999, after the lawyers spent that day defending the president in the Senate.

And Trump likes to do this. For example, his 2020 reconciliation campaign announced a rally in Iowa on Thursday night before the warnings. It will take place at Drake University, which is also hosting a Democratic debate tonight.

But some Republicans are beginning to conclude that Trump should come off until after his prospective acquittal so he could win victory. Jim Jim (R-Ind.) Said Pelosi this morning that the goods would be delayed so far that the “collision cloud hanging over the president during the launch of a Union State.” The colleague said the president should “Tell her” it shall deliver only the Union State after our country has cleared the broken clearing obstacle. ”

“America is not only watching the Union State every year,” Banks said on Twitter. “Tehran is watching. Hong Kong is watching. Taipei is watching. Each year has made it clear that they want their cities and nations to be more like the USA. Trump must deliver a message of peace, strength and unity to communities that are loyal to the world! Due to the adverse impact on the route, the stronger the message and the launch of the State of the Union! ”

– Significant commentary from Post's opinion page:

  • Dana Milbank: “Suddenly Trump has lost enthusiasm for her trial.”
  • Michael McFaul: “Be prepared to tackle a new dangerous denaturation wave during the Seanad trial.” T
  • Henry Olsen: “Nancy Pelosi did a great job on a safety trial.”
  • Jonathan Turley: “Is an attempt at power abuse so incredible as it is being done?” T
  • Eugene Robinson: “To lie or not? The answer is easy for the GOP. ”
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The National Security Agency recently found a major bug in Microsoft's Windows operating system – one that could cause significant violations or surveillance of computer users – and point the problem to the firm rather than turning it as a hacking weapon., ”Ellen Nakashima reports. “Exposure to the NSA's approach is a major change, preferring computer security before the hacking tools are built that allow the agency to view the networks of adversaries… issue Tuesday Tuesday. ”

– Louisiana State University won a national championship game over Clemson. Chuck Culpepper and Des Bieler report: “On the second team 15-0 ever since the league's football league, after Clemson last year, LSU even left Clemson (14-1), then five finalists in the final and a two-time champion with the 29-game and fourth quarter streak, Trevor Lawrence, who never lost a college game, which was expected. … LSU focused through Clemson as if he had not read CVs in recent years Clemson. He went 75 yards in five plays, 87 yards in six and 95 in 11 as halead reached lftime 28-17. The park was a great success with a stream of great football plays, mostly (Joe) Burrow passes that traveled down the stairs and went toward the right weapons and guts.

– In other big sports news: A Houston manager Astros A.J won. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow one hour after the MLB suspended them for a year for their roles in an acute signage scheme. Dave Sheinin reports: “An MLB investigation found that Astros were using cameras and video monitors to steal the signals of the receptors in the Houston Morning Park, they told their winners before parks during the regular season. 2017 and at least part of the 2018 season. Commissioner Rob Manfred charged staff $ 5 million and took the two best draft papers in 2020 and 2021. ”

2020 View:

– Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of telling her during a private dinner at her Washington condo last year. woman Trump could not beat. “I thought a woman could win; he did not agree, ”said Warren i statement last night, confirming that CNN's report came into effect on the eve of the final debate before the Iowa racuses. “I have no interest in discussing this private meeting anymore because Bernie is much more than me than the differences between ourselves and the money.” T

Sanders said that it was vexatious to say that he had not told his Massachusetts colleague that a woman could not win at dinner where she told him she intended to run. “What I said that night is that Donald Trump is a sexual man, racist and liar who would make any weapon he could do,” said Senator Vermont in a statement. “Do I believe a woman can win in 2020? Of course! After all Hillary Clinton met Donald Trump 3 million votes in 2016. ”

Two people who knew the conversation at the 2018 dinner at Warren's home with The Washington Post said Warren put the question together by asking Sanders if he believed a woman could win, ”Report of Annie Linskey and Sean Sullivan. “One of the people who know the conversation said Sanders did not say that a woman could not win but that Trump would use distinguished measures against the Democratic nominee.. … A Washington Washington Post poll received 23 per cent of independent and Democratic Parties who said a man would be more likely than a woman to overcome Trump. ”Joe Biden said during a recent incident that Clinton was facing“ unfair ”sexuality during his campaign, but then he said:“ That won't happen to me. ” T

– Pete Buttigieg is trying to stay out of Warren vs. food fight. Sanders. He does not keep gaggles so he does not need to weigh in. Instead, the grandmother is drinking methods – and some Republican – a push to close the deal in Iowa. Chelsea Janes and Holly Bailey Report: “For some time now the message it has provided in Iowa is clearly communicating to dissatisfied Republicans – or what it calls 'future Republicans' – he says he can to attract. It recommends that it be able to build a similar agreement. And he suggests, more than one candidate in the field, that Republicans have a faith co-opted, arguing that religious Americans can find a similar leader in it. … The campaign is also being doubled on its strong organized operation in the last few weeks before voting. While Buttigieg started far behind his Democratic rivals to build a land game – waiting until Labor Day to start opening field offices – he has now assembled one of the largest operations in the state. . … But that's not enough. In recent weeks, some county chairmen have detected changing perceptions of Buttigieg. "

– Sanders said that he is willing to release a shortlist of his possible pick of the Supreme Court if he becomes a Democratic nominee. He told the New York Times Editorial Board that he would only appoint judges who support "100 per cent". Roe v. Wade. (Kayla Epstein)

– Trump and his campaign launched their most persistent attacks on Sanders. Toluse Olorunnipa reports: “Trump and his allies have trained Sanders in trying to mitigate his foreign policy credentials and commander of the main appeal. … Trump colleagues say the president encourages the campaign's political strategy, recognizing that he is an enthusiastic consumer of the public poll and the cable-TV money that has documented the increased strength of Sanders… – more than one other candidate . He continued the attacks on Twitter over the weekend and on Monday… Trump has issued three statements last week specifically attacking Sanders on foreign policy. ”

Democratic debate tonight it will start at 9 p.m. East in Drake University in Des Moines. He will ventilate the CNN on the Des Moines Register website. Andrew Yang, who was staged in December, was not eligible. Mike Bloomberg cannot qualify because he does not accept donations. Also not qualified but still in the race: Representative Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), Old Michael Bennet (Colo.), Former colleague John Delaney of Maryland and former governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick.

— Most recent Monmouth University Poll it shows how fluids the race is in the remains of Hawkeye State: Biden, Buttigieg, Sanders and Warren all grouped near the top of the leader. The most significant thing is, however, that 4 out of 10 voters said that it was likely that visitors would give at least a "moderate" chance that they would support a different candidate on a warning night. That's good news for Amy Klobuchar.

– What is the best thing for voters in Iowa? From the Program: “First-time voters in the voting state are considering the position of candidates on three key issues: healthcare, climate change and education, according to the Moines Program from Iowa Polls and the most likely footballers. part of the Democrats. … Yet, other news can have a big influence on the conversation on Tuesday. Although Jews were not usually asking about the things that were involved in foreign events, it is expected that Maj will be killed. Qasm Soleimani is a major topic of conversation, with candidates submitting their foreign policy credentials. … The issue is expected to be very successful. “The latest episode in the Clare podcast series,“ Three Tickets ”, relates to how he lives in the state during the cognitive year:“ It's a strange and wonderful type ”(Listen here.) T

– “It is a break or break time for anyone who does not have a Biden named‘ or ers Sanders, ’” columnist E.J. Dionne Jr writes in his debate on the debate.

– The Post asked all the remaining Democratic candidates where they are on more than 85 policy issues. We have created a 20 question quiz that measures which of you most agree with some of the biggest flash points in the cycle.

– And if you think it is so cool, An Post Staff Opinion it also created a simulation that allows you to design your own Iowa Caucus.

– Sen Cory Booker (D-N.J.) Took out of the race after he did not qualify for the debate. Amy B Wang and David Weigel said: “Booker said, he had announced his fourth quarter fundraising goal had recently been overcome, that the money wouldn't 'go up and go'. he would continue to build a campaign that he can; particularly with the evolution of a collision Senate and his absence from Tuesday's debate. … Booker intends to run for reconciliation to the Seanad, said his campaign. … Booker is the most recent color candidate to have a historically diverse Democratic field, departing about two weeks after former HUD secretary and San Antonio mayor, Julián Castro, campaigned. suspension. "

  • Karen Tumulty: “Booker had grace in an ugly political climate. On the campaign track, voters were suspicious that the answer in 2020 was the best thing to love. ”
  • Eugene Scott: “There was never a lot of love for the Cory Booker campaign.”

Booker gave an interview last night on Rachel Maddow MSNBC. When asked if he would support him, the senator replied: “I don't know. I'm taking a break for a while. ”

– If the White House does not work out, Mike Bloomberg says he has a retrospective plan: helping Trump defeat and repeating the Democratic Party. Michael Scherer reports: “Bloomberg is running hard to win the Democratic nomination, but at the same time he is building a general election machine to overcome him (Trump), with a new structure – data, field organization, advertising and policy – which aims to elect the Democrats up and down the ballot even if party voters reject the former Mayor of New York this spring. … The president is monitoring the Bloomberg campaign, impressed with his extraordinary spending and fear he could raise it., according to Trump confidants who are the president after Bloomberg discussed them. … Bloomberg's assistants, afterwards, are delighted to find ways to get Trump's attention and increase his anxiety. "

– Updates from the 2020 battle for the control of the House: t

  • Prosecutors recommend this post-conference Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), One of the first law makers to support Trump in 2016, who receives nearly five years in prison for his inward trading conviction. It is scheduled to be cut on Friday. (Renae Merle)
  • The Democratic worker agreed to manage the Representative reconciliation campaign. Jeff Van Drew in New Jersey until it moves, the parties will now run the campaign for their Democratic challenge Amy Kennedy. (NJ.com)
  • Former Department of State Trump Department Matt Mowers d’fhógair sé go gcuirfidh sé dúshlán Fhionnuisce. Chris Pappas (D) i New Hampshire. (WMUR)
  • The Coiste Feachtais Democratic Congressional chomhdú gearán eitice i gcoinne a mhacasamhail GOP chun “lorgairí” a úsáid i bhfoirgnimh oifige an Tí. (Felicia Sonmez)

AN ORD NUA DOMHAN

– Sheol an Fhrainc, an Bhreatain agus an Ghearmáin próiseas chun cuntasacht na hIaráine a choinneáil as an déileáil núicléach a shárú. Tuairiscíonn Loveday Morris: “Dúirt an Iaráin nach gcomhlíonfadh sé aon srianta ar úráiniam a shaibhriú i ndiaidh marú spriocdhírithe Washington (Soleimani)… Laghdaigh sé de réir a chéile a ghealltanais faoin ndéileáil ó tharraing na Stáit Aontaithe siar ón margadh agus chuir siad smachtbhannaí i bhfeidhm arís in 2018. ráiteas comhpháirteach Dé Máirt, sa Bhreatain, sa Fhrainc agus sa Ghearmáin … a dúirt go raibh siad 'ag iarraidh a chur ina luí ar an Iaráin cúrsa a athrú' agus 'ag obair go dian' chun aghaidh a thabhairt ar a chuid ábhar imní. Mar sin féin, dúirt tíortha na hEorpa nach bhfuil aon rogha acu anois, mar gheall ar ghníomhartha na hIaráine, ach ár dtuairimí a chlárú inniu nach bhfuil an Iaráin ag comhlíonadh a cuid gealltanas. # 39; ” Dúirt na trí thír ina ráiteas go bhfuil siad fós ag iarraidh an déileáil a chaomhnú agus nach bhfuil siad ag dul isteach i bhfeachtas “brú an uasmhéid” Trump Administration láithreach bonn.

– D'fhógair an Iaráin inniu go ndearnadh líon neamhshonraithe gabhálacha i dtimpiste eitleáin phaisinéirí na hÚcráine a admhaíonn Tehran go raibh drochthuairisc air, agus d'iarr an tUachtarán Hassan Rouhani ar chúirt speisialta an timpiste a imscrúdú. Tuairiscíonn Kareem Fahim: “Tá an domhan ag dul chun féachaint ar an triail seo," a dúirt Rouhani, i dtuairimí a thug an ghníomhaireacht nuachta stáit. "Ba cheart dúinn a chinntiú do dhaoine nach dtarlóidh sé arís."

– Lean an fógra seo an tríú lá de agóidí suntasacha sráide i gcoinne an réimis. Tuairiscíonn Erin Cunningham, Kareem Fahim agus Adam Taylor: “Léirigh físeáin a cuireadh ar na meáin shóisialta gur bhailigh na céadta mac léinn Dé Luain i gclós ag Ollscoil Teicneolaíochta Sharif i Tehran, a raibh an fearg ag an rialtas cléireach air. Dúirt an ollscoil gur maraíodh 13 dá mic léinn agus a alumni nuair a sáraíodh an plána. … Bhí comharthaí ann go raibh an rialtas, a chuir isteach ar an gcosaint, ag leanúint ar aghaidh le cnagadh níos géire ar na taispeántais. Léirigh físeáin ó oíche Dé Domhnaigh go raibh taispeántóirí ag teitheadh ​​ó ghás cuimilte agus i gcás amháin bean ag fuiliú óna cos – créachta a dúirt lucht agóide gurbh é lón lámhaigh beo ba chúis leis. I bhfíseáin eile ar na meáin shóisialta nárbh fhéidir a fhíorú láithreach, d'fhéadfaí éisteacht le fuaimeanna na gunnaí ag agóidí i gCearnóg Azadi sa phríomhchathair, agus i gcathair Shiraz. … Shéan príomhfheidhmeannach póilíní Tehran gur lámhaigh póilíní ag lucht agóide, ag rá go bhfuil siad faoi orduithe chun srianadh a thaispeáint. ”

– Agus cé go bhfanann Trump balbh ar thaispeántais pro-daonlathais Hong Cong, tá sé ag tacú le lucht agóide na hIaráine. Déanann David Nakamura comparáid idir na freagairtí: “D'eisigh Trump sraith tweets a dhírigh ar Tehran a bhrú, ag éileamh go dtabharfaí cead do ghrúpaí cearta daonna monatóireacht agus tuairisciú a dhéanamh ar an míshuaimhneas. … Roinnt uaireanta an chloig ina dhiaidh sin i Hong Cong, diúltaíodh iontráil do Kenneth Roth, stiúrthóir feidhmiúcháin Faire um Chearta an Duine, bunaithe tar éis tuirlingt ag an aerfort. Dúirt urlabhraí de chuid rialtas na Síne i mBéising go raibh an toirmeasc nation ceart ceannasach ’na náisiún’ mar gheall ar thacaíocht na ngrúpaí sin d’ agóidí oll-daonlathais ón samhradh seo caite. Bhí Trump ciúin ar chruatan Roth. ”

– Deir ceannasaithe na Stát Aontaithe ag bonn míleata na hIaráice a dhíríonn diúracáin na hIaráine orthu go gcreideann siad go raibh sé i gceist ag an ionsaí pearsanra Mheiriceá a mharú. Tuairiscíonn Louisa Loveluck: “D'fhág an bairille diúracáin an tseachtain seo caite i gcoinne bonn aeir uafásach Ain al-Asad in iarthar na hIaráice fáisceáin dhomhain agus an raicín cráiteach na n-áitreabh cónaithe agus suíomh lainseála héileacaptair. Caitheadh ​​dhá shaighdiúir ar a laghad tríd an bhfuinneog de thúr ard-mhéadair, agus déileáladh le roinnt saighdiúirí dosaen ina dhiaidh sin mar gheall ar stailceanna diúracáin, dúirt oifigigh mhíleata ar an mbonn. "

– Deir Trump go raibh Tehran ag plota chun ceithre ambasáid de chuid na Stát Aontaithe a bhuamáil. Is teoiric gan bhunús é ar an mbealach is fearr. Philip Rucker, John Hudson, Shane Harris and Josh Dawsey report: “At each turn in the commander in chief’s rapidly evolving narrative of why he authorized the Jan. 3 drone strike that killed (Qasem Soleimani), the machinery of government scrambled to adapt and respond. The result is a credibility crisis … Inside the Pentagon and elsewhere in the government, there was skepticism about the president’s claim, as well as about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement that the threat from Soleimani was ‘imminent’ and that hundreds of American lives were at risk. One senior administration official said the remarks from both men were unnecessary distractions from what many officials believed was a defensible policy decision. …

Despite Trump’s claim that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was one of four facilities under threat of attack, some embassy officials there said they did not receive an alert commensurate to the threat Trump described … Pompeo pushed back Monday against the charge that a notification was not sent, but he did not specify when or how it was transmitted. … But there is no indication that embassy employees were warned of a credible threat, and the State Department did not respond to questions about whether the embassy in Baghdad took other measures that are typical when a specific threat is uncovered. With the question of imminence dogging the administration’s public defense of the Soleimani strike, other senior administration officials have shifted to vouching for the quality of the intelligence, rather than what it said about timing or particular targets. None of them has backed up Trump’s claim that four embassies were being targeted. Even if evidence of Trump’s claim exists, there was no interagency process or decision made to release such information or for the president to say what he said, according to a senior administration official.”

— In a tweet, Trump claimed it “doesn’t really matter” after all whether Soleimani posed an imminent threat because of his “horrible past.” Karen DeYoung reports: “In a separate tweet, Trump emphasized Soleimani’s past actions rather than the threat of future attacks. ‘The Democrats and Fake News are trying to make terrorist Soleimani into a wonderful guy, only because I did what should have been done for 20 years,’ he wrote."

— Trump also retweeted a volley of incendiary tweets about Pelosi, falsely accusing the House speaker of downplaying protests in Iran and supporting the regime. Brittany Shammas reports: “One of them, a fake photo of Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) wearing photoshopped Islamic head coverings and standing in front of the Iranian flag, drew swift condemnation. ‘DEMOCRATS 2020’ read the text below the image, which was originally tweeted by an anonymous user with the caption, ‘The corrupted Dems trying their best to come to the Ayatollah’s rescue.’ … Schumer soon weighed in. ‘President Trump: How low can you go?’ he tweeted. … Asked about the criticism during a Fox News appearance, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham backed Trump’s decision to amplify the tweet. She said he did so to make a point.”

— Pompeo has refused an invitation to discuss the Iran situation with the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.) said that ‘each passing day raises new questions’ about the Jan. 3 drone strike," John Wagner reports.

­– Now that Pompeo announced his decision not to run for Senate, Democrats see an opportunity to capture Kansas’s open seat. Annie Gowen reports: “Since Pompeo bowed out of the race, the leading Democratic contender, state Sen. Barbara Bollier, has announced that she raised more than $1 million in her first quarter in the contest, unprecedented for a Democratic Senate hopeful in Kansas. … Pompeo was courted by (McConnell) for months and would have entered the race as a hands-down favorite for the seat. Now Republicans face a bruising primary battle between Kris Kobach, a former secretary of state and ally of (Trump) who lost the governor’s race a year ago, and a host of ho-hum establishment candidates who have not inspired confidence in the Republican leadership.”

— Attorney General Bill Barr declared that the December shooting that killed three U.S. sailors on a Florida naval base was an act of terrorism, and he publicly called on Apple to help unlock phones for the government. Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky report: “Barr said investigators had found evidence that Ahmed Mohammed al-Shamrani, a Royal Saudi Air Force member training at the base, was motivated by ‘jihadist ideology’ and had posted anti-American messages on social media about two hours before his attack. FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich said that during the attack, Shamrani fired shots at pictures of  (Trump) and a past U.S. president, and witnesses at the scene said he made statements critical of American military actions overseas. Bowdich said that while Shamrani did not seem to be inspired by one specific terrorist group, he harbored anti-American and anti-Israeli views and felt ‘violence was necessary.’ Bowdich said the gunman’s social media comments echoed those of Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Yemeni American cleric tied to the terrorist group al-Qaeda who was killed in a drone strike in 2011. …

Investigators have been stymied in trying to access two key pieces of evidence — the gunman’s iPhones. Standing before giant photographs of two severely damaged devices, the attorney general publicly urged Apple to act. ‘So far, Apple has not given us any substantive assistance,’ Barr said, though aides later clarified that Apple had, in fact, given investigators access to cloud data linked to the gunman. … Barr did not say whether the Justice Department would seek a court order to force Apple’s compliance. The department filed legal papers on a similar case in 2016, but the issue was never resolved by a higher court. … In a lengthy statement, Apple disputed the attorney general’s description of its role, saying the company began responding within hours of the first FBI request on Dec. 6, and has turned over ‘many gigabytes’ of data in the case. … Even without the phone data, investigators were able to review Shamrani’s social media postings, which were critical to the officials’ determination. … Justice Department officials … said that while officials were confident Shamrani had no U.S.-based co-conspirator, they were still interested in potential interactions he might have had with those in Saudi Arabia. Barr said investigators had found evidence that 17 Saudis had through social media shared ­jihadist or anti-American material and 15 — including some of those who had shared anti-American material — were found to have had contact with or possessed child pornography.”

— George Nader, a key witness in special counsel Bob Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, admitted to bringing a 14-year-old boy to the United States for sex and to possessing child pornography. Rachel Weiner reports: “A wealthy Lebanese American businessman with long-standing political influence in Washington and the Middle East, Nader faces at least a decade in federal prison after his guilty plea in federal court in Alexandria, Va. While the charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years, prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia agreed to recommend the mandatory minimum of 10 years. … He already has a conviction in the same court for transporting child pornography in 1991, for which he served six months in prison. …

Nader still faces charges in Washington federal court of conspiring to funnel illegal campaign contributions to both Democrats and Republicans. As an adviser to the leadership of the United Arab Emirates, Nader met several times with officials and associates of (Trump) during the early days of the administration. He helped set up a January 2017 meeting between Trump associate Erik Prince and a Russian official close to Russian President Vladimir Putin that was closely scrutinized” by Mueller.

— France’s Emmanuel Macron will deploy more soldiers to West Africa, where terrorist groups are growing. Danielle Paquette reports: “The leaders of Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania met their French counterpart in southwestern France, where they agreed to build a shared command structure with the European power that once colonized much of West Africa. … France, which has roughly 4,500 troops in the region — the most of any outside nation by far — plans to deploy another 220 soldiers, Macron said alongside the West African presidents. In a joint statement, the leaders said they would keep working together to protect civilians and ‘prevent an extension of the terrorist threat.’”

— A U.S. citizen died in an Egyptian jail after a lengthy hunger strike. Carol Morello and Kareem Fahim report: “Mustafa Kassem, who was 54, died of heart failure following his hunger strike, according to Pretrial Rights International, a nonprofit organization that represented Kassem. David Schenker, the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, confirmed Kassem’s death and expressed the U.S. belief that the terrorism charges against him were meritless. Schenker told reporters he was saddened at Kassem’s death in custody, calling it ‘needless, tragic and avoidable.’ He vowed to continue raising U.S. concerns about human rights abuses in Egypt and Americans detained in the country.”

— The Syrian army is urging civilians to leave the last rebel enclave while the Russian Defense Ministry is offering them three ways out. Sarah Dadouch reports: “The warning was issued on the day that a cease-fire brokered by Turkey and Russia took effect, as Russia and its allies promised to halt airstrikes. Russia has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main ally, alongside Iran, during the war, which started in 2011 as a revolt against the government. … The cease-fire follows a series of broken truces, and few expect the respite to last. Artillery fire continued Monday, the head of the Idlib branch of Syrian Civil Defense — a volunteer organization more commonly known as the White Helmets — told The Washington Post.”

— The Treasury Department dropped China’s designation as a “currency manipulator,” greasing the wheels for the scheduled signing of a U.S.-China trade deal tomorrow. David J. Lynch reports: “In a semiannual report, department officials said no countries met the standards set by Congress for the ‘manipulator’ label. But the political context for the decision was hard to miss. … The move reversed the department’s decision in August to add China to the list.”

— Talks are underway for Trump to visit India as early as next month, possibly during the impeachment trial. Joanna Slater reports: "If finalized, the visit would be Trump’s first to India as president. The United States has sought to cultivate India as a partner and potential counterweight to China, and Trump has spoken of his ‘great admiration’ for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. … The ‘two sides are in touch’ and ‘trying to work out a mutually convenient date,’ said one Indian official. Another said the visit could take place in February or March.”

— Queen Elizabeth II agreed to a “period of transition” in which Harry and Meghan get to spend time in Britain and Canada. Karla Adam and William Booth report: “In a statement, the queen wrote: ‘Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.’ The queen acknowledged that Harry and Meghan — she omitted their royal titles — ‘made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives,’ but she did not describe their new duties or ventures.”

— Oceans are warming at the same rate as if five Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs were dropped in every second, a new study shows. From CNN: “An international team of 14 scientists examined data going back to the 1950s, looking at temperatures from the ocean surface to 2,000 meters deep. The study, which was published in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, also showed that the oceans are warming at an increasing speed. While the past decade has been the warmest on record for global ocean temperatures, the hottest five years ever recorded all came in the last five. … The study shows that while the oceans warmed steadily between 1955 and 1986, warming has accelerated rapidly in the last few decades. Between 1987-2019, ocean warming was 450% greater than during the earlier time period.”

— Australia is seeing sci-fi weather. Andrew Freedman and Sarah Kaplan report: “Climate change has pushed natural phenomena, such as wildfires, to mutate into more disastrous and deadly versions of themselves. Temperatures are soaring to heights scientists did not expect to see for decades. Landscapes that are usually resistant to fire — including rainforests home to rare, vulnerable species — are going up in flames. The blazes are so big they generate their own hellish weather. Fire tornadoes, formed when spinning winds generate a massive rotating column of fire, ash, vapor and debris, are impossible to control. A volunteer firefighter in New South Wales was killed on Dec. 30 when one of these twisters overturned his truck.”

— Microscopic grains of dead stars are the oldest known material on the planet – older than the moon, Earth and the solar system itself. Ben Guarino reports: “By examining chemical clues in a meteorite’s mineral dust, researchers have determined the most ancient grains are 7 billion years old — about half as old as the universe. Rocks don’t get much more classic than this.”

DOMESTIC DEVELOPMENTS THAT SHOULD NOT BE OVERSHADOWED:

— The Trump administration is planning on diverting an additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funds for the border wall, five times what Congress authorized the president to spend on the project in the 2020 budget. Nick Miroff reports: “The Pentagon funds would be extracted, for the second year in a row, from military construction projects and counternarcotics funding. According to the plans, the funding would give the government enough money to complete about 885 miles of new fencing by spring 2022, far more than the 509 miles the administration has slated for the U.S. border with Mexico. … The move would bring the total amount of federal funds allocated to border fencing to $18.4 billion under Trump … The Trump administration has completed 101 miles of new barriers so far, according to the latest figures, far less than the 450 miles the president has promised to erect by the end of the year.”

— The U.S. is putting asylum seekers on planes to Guatemala – often without telling them where they’re going. Kevin Sieff reports: “When the migrants land in Guatemala City, they receive little information about what it means to apply for asylum in one of the hemisphere’s poorest countries. Those who don’t immediately apply are told to leave the country in 72 hours. The form is labeled ‘Voluntary Return.’ ‘In the U.S., the agents told us our cases would be transferred, but they didn’t say where. Then they lined us up to get on the plane,’ said Marta, 43, from Honduras. She sat in a migrant shelter here with her 17-year-old son, who nursed a gunshot wound in his left cheek — the work, mother and son say, of a Honduran faction of the MS-13 gang. ‘When we looked out the window, we were here,’ she said. ‘We thought, ‘Where are we? What are we supposed to do now?’’”

— Texas became the first state to take up Trump’s offer to let governors close their borders to new refugees. Columnist Catherine Rampell shares the story of an Iraqi refugee who’s resettled in a state that now wants to shut out people like her: Marwa Sabah “is one of nearly 57,000 refugees who have resettled in Texas over the past decade, of whom about 12,000 are from Iraq. Like most refugees, she didn’t want to leave behind nearly everyone and everything she knew. But facing death threats, she and her husband had no choice. They requested refuge in the United States and specifically asked to be resettled in Fort Worth. … (On Friday), Republican Gov. Greg Abbott declared that Texas was full. … He suggested that Texas lacks the resources to absorb additional refugees, playing into stereotypes of refugees as dangerous, destitute and typically on the dole. Perhaps if he got to know refugees such as Sabah, he’d think differently.”

— The Trump administration’s restrictions on fetal tissue research have unsettled scientists and disrupted key studies in ways that could undermine public health. Amy Goldstein reports: “The controversial federal funding rules, announced seven months ago, are reshaping scientists’ research paths and the grants they seek from the National Institutes of Health. Graduate students cannot get training grants if their research involves fetal tissue. Senior researchers are cautioning emerging scientists to avoid this type of research. And a university program that produces and sells mice containing human fetal tissue is forgoing the federal funding it has relied on for nearly three decades, imperiling the work of scores of biomedical researchers who depend on these lab animals. The disruption is occurring, in part, because the administration has imposed an extra requirement for NIH grant applications that is not yet possible to meet. Under the rewritten rules that took effect early in the fall, a new ethics advisory board must assess all grant requests involving fetal tissue — but the board has not yet been established, and it may not be convened for many months.”

— Trump falsely claimed, nearly 70 times through Dec. 10, that he has sought to protect patients with preexisting conditions through his various efforts to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. Fact Checker Glenn Kessler says the president’s tweets about the subject on Monday were something more — “a virtual traffic jam of false claims.”

— Product recalls under the Trump administration have fallen to their lowest level in 16 years, but there are signs that the new head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission plans a more aggressive approach to companies selling potentially unsafe products. Todd C. Frankel reports: “The 2019 total was down 7 percent from 2018, which itself was 8 percent lower than in 2017. That’s the year that Republican Ann Marie Buerkle took over as the commission’s acting chairwoman … Now, with a new acting chairman running the CPSC, Democrat Robert Adler, the agency is trying a different tactic to force the hand of reluctant companies. The CPSC last Wednesday issued a rare product safety alert — and made it clear the agency wanted the product taken off the market. The warning said a four-drawer dresser made by Hodedah was a tip-over risk and that the CPSC ‘intends to continue pressing the case for a recall with Hodedah.’ The notice was unusual because it acknowledged that the agency and company disagreed about the need for a recall. Negotiations over recalls normally are not revealed to the public, giving companies considerable leverage.”

— Four gun-control bills advanced in Virginia’s newly gun-free Capitol. In a show of opposition to the bills, gun rights activists swarmed the Capitol, but the state Senate's Judiciary Committee advanced most of the gun legislation proposed by Democrats. (Laura Vozzella and Gregory S. Schneider)

— Lawyers allege that the California scuba boat fire that killed 34 last year was a result of safety violations and a charging station that was not up to code. (Miranda Green)

— St. Louis’s first black chief prosecutor, claiming a racist conspiracy, is suing the city under a law created to fight the Ku Klux Klan. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Garden alleges that her agenda to “redress the scourge of historical inequality and rebuild trust in the criminal justice system among communities of color” has been thwarted by a campaign of “collusive conduct” aimed at removing her from office. (Antonia Noori Farzan)

— The Supreme Court will not review the conviction of Michelle Carter, the woman who went to jail for encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself. (Ann E. Marimow)

— An off-duty Secret Service agent shot and killed a dog on a leash in Brooklyn. The female Belgian shepherd was being walked by her owners when she startled the agent, officials said. (New York Daily News)

SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) weighed in on behalf of Sanders over Warren:

Mandy Moore, a star in NBC’s “This is Us,” showed up in Iowa last night to support Pete Buttigieg:

Cory Booker joked about a headline on his departure from the presidential race:

The president’s claims about Saudi Arabia on Fox News are specious:

This is how the White House press secretary defended Trump retweeting a doctored image of Democratic leaders in Islamic garb:

Views of the Confederate flag vary widely across the South:

VIDEOS OF THE DAY:

A man whose remote cabin burned down was rescued by Alaska State Troopers after surviving subzero temperatures for 23 days:

Stephen Colbert took a look at the different explanations members of the Trump administration have given for Soleimani’s killing:

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Trump’s team appears to be borrowing directly from George W. Bush’s playbook, argued Seth Meyers:

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Trevor Noah did an explainer on the scandal unraveling in England:

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And Jimmy Kimmel pointed out that there are more minorities in Trump’s Cabinet than among the Oscar nominees:

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In case you missed it, here's a complete list of the Oscar nominees:

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