• Ocasio-Cortez throws her support to Bernie Sanders
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    Ocasio-Cortez throws her support to Bernie Sanders

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez officially announced her backing of Sen. Bernie Sanders for president on Saturday, calling him an inspiration for her own grassroots campaign. Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., lauded as a superstar among progressives, received a raucous reception from the crowd at Queensbridge Park, in Queens, N.Y., as she outlined her working-class upbringing and the effect of Sanders's 2016 primary campaign. Ocasio-Cortez introduced Sanders as her “tio” (uncle in Spanish), and he emerged to AC/DC's “Back in Black.” The New York City legislator was the last in a long series of speakers tasked with giving their official stamp of approval to Sanders, who is recovering from a recent heart attack.

  • Turkey wants Syrian forces to leave border areas, aide says
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    Turkey wants Syrian forces to leave border areas, aide says

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants Syrian government forces to move out of areas near the Turkish border so he can resettle up to 2 million refugees there, his spokesman told The Associated Press on Saturday. The request will top Erdogan's talks next week with Syria's ally, Russian President Vladimir Putin. Arrangements along the Syrian-Turkish border were thrown into disarray after the U.S. pulled its troops out of the area, opening the door to Turkey's invasion aiming to drive out Kurdish-led fighters it considers terrorists.

  • Thomas D'Alesandro III, ex-Baltimore mayor and brother to Nancy Pelosi, dies at 90
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    Thomas D'Alesandro III, ex-Baltimore mayor and brother to Nancy Pelosi, dies at 90

    Former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro III, brother of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, died Sunday at age 90 after complications from a stroke, Pelosi's office said in a statement announcing the speaker was "devastated by the loss." "Tommy was the finest public servant I have ever known. His life and leadership were a tribute to the Catholic values with which we were raised: faith, family, patriotism," Pelosi said.

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    The Week

    Defense secretary says U.S. troops in Syria to transfer to Iraq, Trump maintains they're coming home

    It appears U.S. troops leaving Syria won't be coming home — at least not yet — as President Trump had indicated last week, and reiterated today. Instead, defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that all U.S. troops leaving northern Syria will be re-stationed in western Iraq where they will reportedly defend the country and continue to conduct preventative operations against the Islamic State, as the cease-fire brokered with Turkey in northern Syria mostly seems to be holding. Esper also did not rule out counterterrorism missions from Iraq into Syria.

  • Trump calls Mexico's president to express 'solidarity'
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    Trump calls Mexico's president to express 'solidarity'

    Mexico's president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said on Saturday that President Trump called him to express his "solidarity" following an attempt to arrest a drug kingpin's son that prompted a wave of violence in the city of Culiacan.

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    Reuters

    Egypt unveils biggest ancient coffin find in over a century

    Egypt on Saturday unveiled the details of 30 ancient wooden coffins with mummies inside discovered in the southern city of Luxor in the biggest find of its kind in more than a century. A team of Egyptian archaeologists discovered a "distinctive group of 30 coloured wooden coffins for men, women and children" in a cache at Al-Asasif cemetery on Luxor's west bank, the Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement on Saturday. "It is the first large human coffin cache ever discovered since the end of the 19th century," the Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany was quoted as saying during a ceremony in Luxor.

  • 7 Things To Do With Your Old Smartphone
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    Popular Mechanics

    7 Things To Do With Your Old Smartphone

    Put those outdated gadgets to good use. From Popular Mechanics

  • Four killed as police fire on Bangladesh protesters
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    Four killed as police fire on Bangladesh protesters

    At least four people were killed and nearly 50 injured Sunday after police fired on thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims protesting a Facebook post by a Hindu who allegedly defamed the Prophet Mohammed, officials said. Mob attacks over Facebook posts perceived to be blasphemous have emerged as a major headache for security forces in Bangladesh, where Muslims make up some 90 percent of the country's 168 million people. Some 20,000 Muslims demonstrated at a prayer ground in Borhanuddin town on the country's largest island of Bhola to call for the execution of the young Hindu man, who was arrested Saturday over charges of inciting religious tension.

  • Andrew Yang’s ‘Freedom Dividend’ Echoes a 1930s Basic Income Proposal that Reshaped Social Security
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    The National Interest

    Andrew Yang’s ‘Freedom Dividend’ Echoes a 1930s Basic Income Proposal that Reshaped Social Security

    Entrepreneur and political novice Andrew Yang is hoping a wild gambit will help him win the Democratic presidential nomination: give 10 American families US$1,000 a month. The announcement of a test run of his signature universal basic income proposal, which Yang argues is necessary to counter automation's threat to millions of American jobs, garnered cheers from the student audience at the September debate and gave his candidacy a boost. At least half a million people have entered Yang's basic income raffle.

  • 'Too much power': it's Warren v Facebook in a key 2020 battle
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    'Too much power': it's Warren v Facebook in a key 2020 battle

    More than two hours into the Democratic debate in Ohio on Tuesday night, after discussions on healthcare, gun control and foreign policy, the moderators turned to another issue that sharply divided the candidates: is it time to break up Facebook? The question was framed slightly differently: is Elizabeth Warren right? Over the last year, the Massachusetts senator has been at the vanguard of the debate about breaking up big tech companies, helping move the issue on to the political agenda.

  • Hondurans call for president to step down after drug verdict
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    Associated Press

    Hondurans call for president to step down after drug verdict

    Opposition groups called Saturday for more protests to demand that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández be removed from office after his younger brother was convicted of drug trafficking in a New York court. Thousands of Hondurans protested into the early hours of the morning after Juan Antonio "Tony" Hernández was convicted Friday in what U.S. prosecutors described as a conspiracy that relied on "state-sponsored drug trafficking." Protesters blocked key roads in half of the country's 18 provinces, setting barricades ablaze, while some took advantage of the disturbances to loot stores.

  • 8 tornadoes later, Nestor's rains are helping more than hurting parched Southeast, East
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    8 tornadoes later, Nestor's rains are helping more than hurting parched Southeast, East

    Nestor, a once feared and fierce tropical storm, was helping more than hurting Sunday as it nudged north while spreading much-needed rain over a wide swath of the East. The storm triggered at least eight tornadoes in Florida and Georgia on Friday and Saturday, and Nestor still packed enough punch when it reached South Carolina late Saturday to damage a few homes in Myrtle Beach. On Sunday, however, Nestor's remnants were bringing relief to rain-starved areas as far north as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said.

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    The Daily Beast

    Mick Mulvaney Melts Down Under Brutal Grilling By Fox’s Chris Wallace

    Days after his disastrous White House press briefing in which he admitted President Donald Trump was seeking out a quid pro quo with Ukraine before saying never mind, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney struggled to walk back his comments under the intense and relentless grilling of Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace. Almost immediately during the Sunday morning broadcast, Wallace pressed Mulvaney on his remarks, asking why he said during the press conference that military aid to Ukraine depended on investigating the actions of Democrats during the 2016 election, prompting Mulvaney to assert that he never actually said that.

  • Deadly protests in Guinea as Russia calls for change of rules to keep despot in power
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    Deadly protests in Guinea as Russia calls for change of rules to keep despot in power

    When police shot dead nine pro-democracy protesters in Guinea this week, Western embassies quietly shared their misgivings with the country's president, Alpha Conde. François Patuel of Amnesty International denounced “a shameful attempt by Guinean authorities to stifle dissent by any means necessary”. Mr Conde's ruthless response to protests against his apparent efforts to cling to power not only suited Russia, it seems probable that they were tacitly endorsed by the Kremlin.

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    Indian soldiers, Pakistani civilians among dead in Kashmir clash

    India said on Sunday two soldiers and a civilian were killed in cross-border shelling with Pakistan in the disputed Kashmir region, while Islamabad said six died on its side, making it one of the deadliest days since New Delhi revoked Kashmir's special status in August. Three Indian civilians were injured and some buildings and vehicles destroyed because of several hours of heavy shelling by both sides in the Tanghdar region in northern Kashmir late on Saturday night, a senior police official said. Pakistan said 6 of its civilians were killed and 8 wounded in the clash.

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    Bloomberg

    U.S. Proposed to Help North Korea Build Tourist Area: Report

    U.S. officials proposed a long-term plan to help North Korea construct a tourist area in return for denuclearization during recent working-level talks in Stockholm, Hankook Ilbo newspaper reported. U.S. negotiators prepared plans on the development of the Kalma tourist area, the paper said, citing an unidentified senior South Korean diplomat familiar with the talks in Stockholm. The paper didn't say how North Korea reacted to the proposal.

  • Ousted Communist leader Zhao Ziyang is buried: family
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    AFP

    Ousted Communist leader Zhao Ziyang is buried: family

    A former Chinese Communist Party leader ousted after he opposed the use of force to quell 1989 democracy protests was buried over a decade after he died, his family said, in a service ignored by state media. Zhao Ziyang, who is a revered figure among Chinese human rights defenders, is still a sensitive topic in the country, where commemorations of his death are held under tight surveillance or prevented altogether. There was no mention of his burial ceremony Friday on state media, and searching for his name on social media returned no results.

  • FACT: Cuba Hosted Russian Spy Planes to Use Against America
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    The National Interest

    FACT: Cuba Hosted Russian Spy Planes to Use Against America

    Key point: Russia wanted to be able to spy on America and gain an advantage in case of war. On December 10, 2018, two Russian Tu-160 supersonic bombers with huge condor-like swing-wings swooped down to land at Simón Bolívar International Airport in Caracas, Venezuela. Over the next few days the huge, pointy-nosed bombers flew two ten-hour patrols over the Caribbean, at times escorted by Venezuelan F-16 and Su-30MK2 multirole jets, then flew back to Russia on Dec. 14.

  • Detroit-area men who sent millions to Yemen spared prison
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    Detroit-area men who sent millions to Yemen spared prison

    A group of Detroit-area men opened bank accounts to move millions of dollars to Yemen, their war-torn native country. One by one, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn declined to send them to prison, despite guidelines that call for a few years or more behind bars. The Detroit area is believed to have the highest U.S. population of Yemenis, a demographic that has risen amid war in Yemen that has killed tens of thousands of people and left millions more with food and health care shortages.

  • The Chicago teachers' strike shows how to go on offense against neoliberalism
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    The Chicago teachers' strike shows how to go on offense against neoliberalism

    Seven years ago, Rahm Emanuel had just been elected mayor and was looking to deal the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), who he saw as a barrier to privatizing the city's education system, a crushing defeat. That agenda was shared by both Republicans and Democrats across the country, with a barrage of attacks on teachers' unions, devastating budget cuts to schools and charter school networks – intended to undercut public schools and do an end run around their unions – rapidly multiplying.

  • School apologizes after photo showing students with cardboard boxes over their heads during exam goes viral
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    School apologizes after photo showing students with cardboard boxes over their heads during exam goes viral

    An school in India has issued an apology after a bizarre image of students wearing cardboard boxes on their heads went viral. The images were taken during a chemistry exam at Bhagat Pre-University College in the town of Haveri.

  • How Buttigieg's 'beta city' approach as mayor highlights his differences with Biden, Warren and Sanders
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    How Buttigieg's 'beta city' approach as mayor highlights his differences with Biden, Warren and Sanders

    WASHINGTON – Four years before Pete Buttigieg launched his attempt to become the first person to leap from a mayor's office to the White House, he was invited to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. At a forum for “smart cities,” Buttigieg helped launch a new initiative to spur innovative solutions to local problems. “The dream is to actually have a real-life version of Sim City at my fingertips,” he told Fortune magazine after the White House launch of the MetroLab Network in 2015.

  • Russian Media Cheers Trump’s Moves in Syria: ‘Putin Won the Lottery!’
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    The Daily Beast

    Russian Media Cheers Trump’s Moves in Syria: ‘Putin Won the Lottery!’

    Appearing on the nightly television show The Evening with Vladimir Soloviev, political analyst Evgeny Satanovsky recounted many ways in which Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria and abandon the Kurds has hurt the image and standing of the United States: “America betrayed everyone... Trump also strengthened the anti-American mood in Turkey, when he promised to destroy the Turkish economy. Satanovsky opined that now any economic problems or currency fluctuations in Turkey can be blamed directly on the United States, prompting textile, tobacco, steel and other industries to turn away from America.

  • Boeing Pilot Complained of 'Egregious' Issue With 737 Max in 2016
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    The New York Times

    Boeing Pilot Complained of 'Egregious' Issue With 737 Max in 2016

    For months, Boeing has said it had no idea that a new automated system in the 737 Max jet, which played a role in two fatal crashes, was unsafe. But on Friday, the company gave lawmakers a transcript revealing that a top pilot working on the plane had raised concerns about the system in messages to a colleague in 2016, more than two years before the Max was grounded because of the accidents, which left 346 people dead. In the messages, the pilot, Mark Forkner, who played a central role in the development of the plane, complained that the system, known as MCAS, was acting unpredictably in a flight simulator: “It's running rampant.

  • China Calls for Tech Collaboration While Criticizing U.S. Action
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    Bloomberg

    China Calls for Tech Collaboration While Criticizing U.S. Action

    Such moves cast uncertainty and even antagonism over cyberspace,” he said, without naming the U.S. Technology has come increasingly to the fore of a confrontation between the U.S. and China that began with trade and has since spread to 5G mobile networks and artificial intelligence. Washington has lobbied countries to not use gear from Huawei Technologies Co. in their 5G plans, arguing it could facilitate spying by Beijing, and the U.S. blacklisted some of China's leading AI companies, citing their links to the detention of ethnic minorities.