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Washington – Inauguration To Draw Those Ready To Celebrate, Commiserate

December 4, 2016 at 11:15 AM
Washington - One thing you can count on during inauguration season in Washington: People of all stripes will find a reason to show up — whether it's to celebrate or commiserate. There are parties and protests to attend, stars to gawk at, receptions to be worked, deals to be done, drinks to be consumed. Less than two months out from Inauguration Day, there's a different dynamic surrounding...

New York – Trump Threatens Payback For US Companies That Move Abroad

December 4, 2016 at 10:18 AM
New York - President-elect Donald Trump is threatening heavy taxes as retribution for U.S. companies that move their business operations overseas and still try to sell their product to Americans. In a series of early-morning tweets Sunday, Trump vowed a 35 percent tax on products sold inside the U.S. by any business that fired American workers and built a new factory or plant in another...

Moscow – Putin Confident Trump Will Make Responsible Decisions

December 4, 2016 at 09:45 AM
Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is confident that President-elect Donald Trump will soon realize the level of responsibility his job entails. Despite Trump's pro-Russian statements during the campaign, Russian politicians are concerned about reports that Trump is considering Mitt Romney, known for his harsh stance on Russia, to be his secretary of state. Putin said in an...

West Bank – Palestinian Fatah Party Ends Conference With Boost For Abbas

December 4, 2016 at 09:07 AM
West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tightened his hold on Fatah and shut out a key rival, according to unofficial results Sunday of leadership elections in the movement which has dominated West Bank politics for decades. The election comes at a time of intense behind-the-scenes battles among senior Fatah members to succeed Abbas once the 81-year-old decides to step down. However...

Gaza Strip – Hamas Radio: 3 Bodies Recovered From Flooded Gaza Tunnel

December 4, 2016 at 08:50 AM
Gaza Strip - Emergency workers have recovered the bodies of three Palestinians who went missing in a smuggling tunnel between Gaza and Egypt. Search efforts were still ongoing Sunday for a fourth who is still missing. The Al-Aqsa Radio, run by Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers, reported that the tunnel caved in after the Egyptian military flooded it with water. There was no comment from the...

Washington – Green Party Switches Strategy In Pennsylvania Recount Bid

December 4, 2016 at 08:35 AM
Washington - A Green Party-backed campaign changed its strategy to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and said late Saturday night that it will seek help in the federal courts, rather than the state courts. The announcement that it would seek an emergency federal court order on Monday for a recount came hours after it...

Tehran – Iran Demands That Obama Allow US Sanctions To Expire

December 4, 2016 at 08:30 AM
Tehran, Iran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani demanded Sunday that U.S. President Barack Obama not sign an extension of U.S. sanctions, saying the bill is a violation of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. On Thursday the U.S. Senate voted to extend the Iran Sanctions Act by 10 years. Speaking in an open session of Iran's parliament Sunday, Rouhani said Obama is "obliged"...

Head Of Harbor, NY – Trump Attends ‘Villains And Heroes’ Costume Party Dressed As…himself

December 4, 2016 at 01:30 AM
Head Of Harbor, NY - President-elect Donald Trump, still mulling key Cabinet positions, attended a lavish costume party Saturday night hosted by some of his most influential donors at their palatial Long Island mansion. Trump, who did not sport a costume, reveled with guests at the Mercer family estate for the annual Christmas party; this year's theme was "Villains and Heroes." When asked what...

Denver – Dean Steps Out Of DNC Race; Ellison Says He May Leave Seat

December 4, 2016 at 01:01 AM
Denver - Howard Dean took himself out of the race to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Friday, while the frontrunner in the contest, Rep. Keith Ellison, said he may leave his Minnesota congressional seat to serve in the position. The two dramatic announcements came during the first public forum in the race to lead the DNC after Democrats lost the White House in November's...

Nichols, NY – Casino Opening Marks Start Of NY’s Bet On Upstate Gambling

December 4, 2016 at 12:30 AM
Nichols, NY - The first of four planned casinos opened with a flurry of balloons, confetti and uncertain visions of economic resurgence on Friday as New York ushered in a new era of state-sanctioned gambling aimed at reversing decades of upstate decline. Big questions remain, however, as to whether the state's bet on gambling will lead to the jobs and economic activity hoped for by state and...

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