Trump calls emergency declaration ‘the easy way out’

Trump calls emergency declaration ‘the easy way out’

On Day 21 of the partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump signaled Friday he’s not inclined to declare a national emergency “so fast” – calling that “the easy way out” – even as he continued to assert he has the “absolute right” to do so if congressional Democrats keep refusing to pay for the wall Trump wants on the U.S. border with Mexico. On Saturday, the shutdown becomes the longest ever. “What we’re not looking…

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Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she is running for president in 2020

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she is running for president in 2020

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is running for President in 2020. The Democrat and Iraq War veteran who was first elected to Congress in 2012 told CNN’s Van Jones in an interview slated to air Saturday evening that a formal announcement of her candidacy will come shortly. “I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” Gabbard said. Gabbard, who is also the first Hindu member of Congress, is…

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Weekly Fact Check: Trump’s factual emergency

Weekly Fact Check: Trump’s factual emergency

As of Saturday, at 22 days in, the government shutdown over a border wall becomes the longest in U.S. history. And as President Donald Trump dominated the media narrative this week with a prime-time speech from the Oval Office, a trip to the border, and nearly a dozen gaggles with reporters, he said plenty that’s not making it through this checkpoint without close factual inspection. Welcome to Fact Check Friday. So far, the answer to…

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Judge: Women would lose birth control coverage under rules

Judge: Women would lose birth control coverage under rules

A “substantial number” of women would lose birth control coverage under new rules by the Trump administration that allow more employers to opt out of providing the benefit, a U.S. judge said at a hearing on Friday. Judge Haywood Gilliam appeared inclined to grant a request by California and other states that he block the rules while the states’ lawsuit moves forward. He said he would rule before Monday, when the rules are set to…

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GOP senator: Rep. King’s white supremacy remarks hurt nation

GOP senator: Rep. King’s white supremacy remarks hurt nation

Iowa Republican congressman Steve King says he’s not a racist, but he faced intensifying criticism Friday over his remarks about white supremacy, including from a black GOP senator who said such comments are a blight on the nation and the party. For the second time in two days, King insisted that he is an advocate for “Western civilization,” not white supremacy or white nationalism. But he didn’t deny remarks published a day earlier in The…

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Sandy Hook shooting victims’ families win legal victory against InfoWars, Alex Jones

Sandy Hook shooting victims’ families win legal victory against InfoWars, Alex Jones

Six families of victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School won a legal victory Friday in their fight against controversial radio and internet personality Alex Jones. A judge in Connecticut has granted the families’ discovery requests, allowing them access to, among other things, Infowars’ internal marketing and financial documents. The judge has scheduled a hearing next week to decide whether to allow the plaintiffs’ attorneys to depose Jones. The plaintiffs include the parents of five…

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‘I need help,’ missing girl told dog walker after she escaped alleged captor’s home

‘I need help,’ missing girl told dog walker after she escaped alleged captor’s home

Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who was reported missing after her parents were found shot to death in October, told the woman who initially found her that she was able to escape her alleged captor after he left his home, the woman said. Jeanne Nutter told ABC News that she was walking her dog along the side of an ice-glazed and snowy road near her cabin when Closs, who looked disheveled, cold and thin,…

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475 passengers sickened by norovirus on Royal Caribbean cruise ship

475 passengers sickened by norovirus on Royal Caribbean cruise ship

The Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas cruise ship is cutting its journey short after 475 passengers and crew members have been infected with a norovirus, Royal Caribbean Cruises announced Thursday. The cruise line initially reported on Thursday that more than 250 passengers had fallen ill. “We think the right thing to do is to get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health” the cruise line said in a statement, adding…

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Woman who allegedly struck, killed manicurist after skipping out on $35 bill arrested

Woman who allegedly struck, killed manicurist after skipping out on $35 bill arrested

The woman who allegedly hit and killed a manicurist after skipping out on her $35 bill has been arrested, according to police. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced that Krystal Whipple, 21, was arrested in Glendale, Arizona, Friday morning after investigators learned about her whereabouts. Whipple’s mother, Sharon Whipple, and grandmother, Carol Whipple, told ABC News that she was spotted and recognized by a civilian in Arizona, who then called authorities. On Dec. 29,…

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Supreme Court says Justice Ginsburg’s recovery is ‘on track’

Supreme Court says Justice Ginsburg’s recovery is ‘on track’

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recovery from surgery to remove malignant nodules from her left lung is “on track,” a Supreme Court spokesperson said Friday, but she will continue to work from home and miss oral arguments at the court next week. “Her recovery from surgery is on track. Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required,” said spokesperson Kathy Arberg. In November, Ginsburg was hospitalized after suffering fractured ribs…

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