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September 18, 2018 4:47 PM Turkish delight for Venezuela’s Maduro draws opponents’ fury

But by that time the videos had already generated a maelstrom of criticism for Maduro, who was forced to put a lighter spin on the dining experience. Appearing on television Monday night, Maduro called the meal a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” and thanked Gokce for his hospitality, saying he hoped to see him soon in Caracas. “While Venezuelans suffer 8

September 5, 2018 11:15 PM Alex Jones calls Marco Rubio ‘frat boy’ in heated exchange

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones unloaded on Sen. Marco Rubio, calling him a “frat boy” as he ranted and raved his way through the halls of U.S. Congress Wednesday ahead of Senate hearings on social media. Jones, a radio host who has been banned from several social media platforms for spreading hate speech, crashed a Rubio interview and berated the Florida 14

September 4, 2018 1:12 AM Trump’s NAFTA threat leaves Trudeau locked in high-stakes game of poker

That’s because Trudeau has leverage, too. It comes, in part, from members of Congress who want Canada in the deal. Trudeau could stand firm if he were willing to bet either that Trump would not submit a Mexico-only agreement to Congress or that Congress would not be willing to approve such an agreement. “I think it’s a dicey congressional atmosphere 20

August 20, 2018 12:20 PM Republicans must rally behind Donald Trump to survive, ex-aide Steve Bannon says

Bannon said his new venture will focus on rapid response and polling with the goal of framing the election as an “up or down vote” on Trump and impeachment. He is also releasing a movie about the president, Trump@War, geared at Trump supporters. Bannon said he was being backed by private donors, but he did not detail who was funding the effort or how much he had raised 14

August 13, 2018 2:54 AM U.S. Pentagon chief defends his reversal on Space Force

BRASILIA, BRAZIL—U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday he is satisfied that creating a Space Force as a separate military service is the right way to reorganize the Pentagon’s approach to space. Mattis, who last year opposed moves in U.S. Congress to create a separate space service, said his emphasis then was on establishing a consensus about 18

July 31, 2018 1:28 AM U.S. senators want investigations into allegations of immigrant abuse

WASHINGTON—The Republican chairman and top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee want federal investigators to examine allegations that immigrants have suffered sexual, physical and emotional abuse at two government agencies’ detention centres. Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and California’s Dianne Feinstein have written to the inspectors general 21

July 25, 2018 7:04 PM Republican congressman accuses Canada of ‘economic terrorism’

WASHINGTON — A Republican congressman says Canada has committed “economic terrorism” by imposing tariffs on U.S. agricultural products. “We knew that Europe, China, Canada and Mexico would go after American ag. That’s how they try to take us down. This is, I think, economic terrorism in a way,” Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy said on Fox News on Wednesday 18

July 11, 2018 5:33 PM Republicans take ‘baby step’ in opposition to Trump’s tariffs

WASHINGTON — Republicans have made a gentle, symbolic move toward reining in President Donald Trump on tariffs. But it’s unclear whether they’re willing to go any further than that. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 88 to 11 on Wednesday to pass a non-binding motion in favour of giving Congress “a role” in deciding on tariffs imposed under a “national 16

July 8, 2018 4:33 PM Trump administration freezes payments under Obamacare program protecting insurers

Serota noted that the payments are required by law, and said he believes the administration has the legal authority to continue making them despite the court cases. He warned of “turmoil” as insurers finalize their rates for 2019. America’s Health Insurance Plans, the main health insurance industry trade group, said in a statement that it is “very discouraged 15

July 6, 2018 3:16 PM Portuguese lawmakers overwhelmingly reject proposal to ban bullfighting

LISBON, PORTUGAL—Portugal’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly against a bill banning bullfights, which are a traditional summer event. A lone lawmaker with the People-Animals-Nature party tabled the bill Friday, but it earned just 31 votes in the 230-seat Republican Assembly, Portugal’s parliament. Unlike in Spain, bulls are not killed in the ring in Portugal 41