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Trump: Senate should change rules if shutdown stalemate continues

“Current Senate rules require a super-majority of three-fifths of the chamber, usually 60 out of 100, for legislation to clear procedural hurdles and pass” reports foxbusiness.com. Senate Republicans oppose changing the chamber’s rules so that legislation to fund the government and end the current shutdown could pass with a simple majority, the spokesman said. Source: foxbusiness.com Share This:

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Four Resolutions for 2018

“Whichever party pushes for creative solutions to address infrastructure, immigration, education, and labor mobility and retraining deserves to win next November” reports realclearpolitics.com. The GOP’s tax bill ended the program that allows Americans to deduct job-related moving expenses.Hope begins at the schoolhouse doors, and so does a plan to rebuild our middle class.We also need a visionary jobs bill focused on training and relocation. Source: realclearpolitics.com Share This:

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Italian navy hires out Venice’s feted Arsenale for conventions to make up for government cuts

“For centuries it was one of the most sophisticated shipyards in the world – the engine of Venice’s extraordinary maritime wealth” writes Nick Squires for telegraph.co.uk. The navy has started hiring out recently-renovated buildings for conventions and meetings in a bid to bring in cash and make up for cuts by the Italian government. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Arsenal step up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pursuit with Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap expected within 48 hours

“With the swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan set to be announced in the next 48 hours Arsenal are intensifying their efforts to sign striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang” writes Chief Football Correspondent for telegraph.co.uk. If Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang are signed it is expected to be the end of Arsenal’s recruitment this January window.Arsenal are confident that a deal can be done this month although Dortmund are pushing for a player – possibly striker Olivier Giroud – to be included as part of the transfer. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Congress appears deadlocked as government shutdown enters Day 2

“As the federal government enters the second day of a partial government shutdown, there appears to be little progress toward a deal, but deadlines are looming on the horizon” writes Bob Bryan for businessinsider.com. Senate Republicans say they are unable to bind House Republicans to any deal.House Republicans refuse to consider any deal that may appease Senate Democrats and say they are not part of the Senate negotiations.Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake — who both defied their party and voted against the funding bill on Friday — to broker a…

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A craft marijuana brand is turning a famous California winery into a Wonka Factory for weed

“A craft cannabis brand called Flow Kana is building a marijuana processing and manufacturing hub on the site of a former winery in Mendocino County” writes Melia Robinson for businessinsider.com. On January 1, recreational marijuana became fully legal in the Golden State, where medical use has been legal since 1996. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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