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Trump Awards Medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss and Others

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump on Thursday honored an Oscar-winning actor, a bluegrass-country singer, a conservative think tank and others with two of the most prestigious national awards in the arts and humanities. It was first time Trump has awarded the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal. Honorees included Jon Voight, a Hollywood actor who is an outspoken backer of Trump. Voight, one of four winners of the National Medal of Arts, later accompanied Trump to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to pay tribute to the remains of two U.S. service members who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan this week. “Each of todays recipients has made an outstanding contribution to American society, culture and life,” Trump said. “They exemplify the genius, talent and creativity of our exceptional nation.” Voight, who stars in the Showtime drama “Ray Donovan,” won the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of a troubled Vietnam War veteran in the 1978 film “Coming Home”..

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Trump Signs Short-Term Spending Bill to Avert Government Shutdown

President Donald Trump signed a short-term spending measure to avert a government shutdown—just hours before the midnight deadline. Trump signed the bill to fund the federal government through Dec. 20. The House had passed the continuing resolution earlier this week before sending it to the Senate, which approved the bill before it was sent to Trumps desk on Thursday evening. The Senate passed it 74-20 earlier in the day. Some lawmakers have remarked to media outlets that with the Thanksgiving holiday looming, they will only have about 15 working days to come up with a new deal before the Christmas break. Last December, a battle over border wall funding, which Democrats largely oppose, triggered a 35-day government shutdown that lasted until the next year. “I am optimistic that the passage of the continuing resolution today is something Congress can build from, a sign that appropriators from both sides of the aisle are ready to work together to settle government funding by the end..

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California Cant Force Trump to Release Tax Returns, State Supreme Court Says

Californias Supreme Court ruled unanimously Nov. 21 that a law requiring presidential and gubernatorial candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the primary ballot there violates the states constitution. Senate Bill 27, which was sponsored by Democrats and became chapter 121 of the California Elections Code after being signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on July 30, requires presidential candidates to file their income tax returns for the five most recent taxable years with the secretary of state in order to have their names listed on a primary election ballot. The secretary of states office would make redacted versions of the returns available to the public on its website within five days. The bill lays out the same requirements for the candidates for governor but applies to primary elections, not general elections. California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye delivers her State of the Judiciary address before a joint session of the Legislature at the Ca..

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After Weeks of Hearings, Impeachment Evidence Still Limited to Hearsay and Presumptions

U.S. lawmakers conducting the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry have yet to discover any direct evidence of the central allegation against President Donald Trump, even after a parade of witnesses and weeks of depositions and hearings. The leader of the inquiry, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), has long alleged that Trump sought to boost his reelection chances by withholding foreign aid from Ukraine to pressure the nations leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. The evidence that witnesses have shared to date adds up to a pyramid of hearsay that rests primarily on just two original sources: U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker. Under cross-examination on Nov. 20, Sondland said that no one had told him that the hold on aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations and that he simply presumed that the connection existed. Volker, who had contact with both..

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White House Official: Trump Wants Senate Impeachment Trial, Expects Biden to Testify

In an unprecedented move, a White House spokesperson said President Donald Trump wants the impeachment trial to go forward in the Senate because he would receive due process and hopes Vice President Joe Biden will be a witness. “President Trump wants to have a trial in the Senate because its clearly the only chamber where he can expect fairness and receive due process under the Constitution,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement, reported the Reuters news agency on Thursday evening. “We would expect to finally hear from witnesses who actually witnessed, and possibly participated in corruption—like Adam Schiff, Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and the so-called whistleblower, to name a few,” Gidley added, referring to House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff (D-Calif.), the leader of the impeachment inquiry into the president. The focus of the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry is a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Z..

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2020 Candidate Deval Patrick Cancels Campaign Event After Only 2 People Show Up

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who launched his Democratic presidential bid last week, canceled a campaign event after only two people showed up. Patrick arrived at Morehouse College in Atlanta on Wednesday night for a campaign event hosted by New Deal Democrats, according to ABC News. He was told almost no one had shown up for his scheduled talk. The two who did show up in the audience told ABC they were asked to attend by the event organizers. Julian Hemmings, the president and founder of the New Deal Democrats, confirmed with Newsweek via email that only two people showed up at the event, adding that the two did not include organizers and members of the press. According to an earlier campaign announcement, Patrick was expected to meet with student leaders and editorial boards of Atlantas student newspapers at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, just 75 minutes before the fifth Democratic primary debate began at Tyler Perry Studios, which is not far from Morehouse College. Hemming..

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McConnell: Pelosi Has Refused to Allow a Vote on USMCA Trade Deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) decried House Democrats obstruction of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal, alleging that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has repeatedly promoted the idea that the deal is close to being voted on. “Speaker Pelosi has refused to allow a vote,” McConnell said from the Senate floor, reported The Hill. “In public, House Democrats insist and insist and insist that they care about more things than simply impeaching the president. They insist that they want to work together and legislate. But actions speak louder than words.” “This has been the House Democrats wild goose chase. … Every time the Trump administration meets the Speaker halfway, she tries to move the goalpost another 10 yards,” he added. Democrats are focused on impeaching President Donald Trump and are struggling with other measures, the top Republican in Congress said. “It appears theres no governing priority, no matter how bipartisan, no matter how beneficial to American f..

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Pompeo Did Not See Sondlands Testimony, Says Hes Proud of US Policy on Ukraine

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he did not watch the impeachment testimony given by Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union. “I didnt see a single thing today. I was working…Im not going to recuse myself from this. I know precisely what American policy was with respect to Ukraine. I was working on it, and Im incredibly proud of what we accomplished,” Pompeo told reporters in Brussels after a NATO meeting on Nov. 20. “We delivered remarkable outcomes for the Ukranian people and I hope that were able to continue to do so. We got them the defensive systems they needed, we got them the resources, the previous administration refused to do that.” Pompeo said that he was proud of what the Trump administration has accomplished, singling out President Donald Trump. “Im proud, Im proud that President Trump led that effort to get our policy on Ukraine right. We not only planned for it, we not only laid out a plan forward, but we executed and delivered on it. Well c..

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Senate Approves Stopgap Bill to Prevent Government Shutdown

The Senate approved a stopgap bill to avert a government shutdown that was slated to begin on Friday, sending the measure to President Donald Trumps desk just hours before the deadline is to begin. Senators voted 74-20 on the continuing resolution that would fund the federal government until Dec. 20. The House passed the measure on Tuesday. There have been reports saying that Trump is expected to sign the bill. “These are things we must do,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), while lamenting the lack of a full-year spending package. “There are plenty of optional things that arent being done because we cant philosophically agree on them,” he told reporters on Wednesday, “But government spending, the defense bill we passed each year since 1961, the trade agreement with Mexico and Canada sitting there un-acted upon? Really, this is outrageous and needs to come to a stop.” The reason for the lack of a funding bill is mainly due to the partisan divide over funding the U.S.-Mexico borde..

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Michael Bloomberg Files FEC Paperwork for Presidential Run

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg filed paperwork with the Federal Election Committee (FEC) on Thursday to declare his candidacy for president. According to the filing (pdf), “I hereby designate the following named political committee as my Principal Campaign Committee for the 2020 election(s).” It named “Mike Bloomberg 2020, Inc.” as the committee and “Democratic Party” as his affiliation. An aide close to the billionaire media mogul told CBS News that it “is another step towards running but not a final decision or announcement.” Bloomberg has filed to appear on the Democratic primary ballot in Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas in recent weeks. The three states hold primaries on March 3, which is known as Super Tuesday. Reports have said that he is working to get signatures to get on the ballot in Tennessee. The Associated Press reported that Bloomberg is planning to spend about $15 million to $20 million on a voter registration drive to impede in Trumps reelection chances ..

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