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BUDGET BREAKDOWN CONTINUES…

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic senators raced on Sunday to try to break an impasse and hammer out a deal that would end a two-day-old U.S. government shutdown before the start of the work week” writes Min Read for reuters.com. But several senators said on Sunday the vote could be accelerated. “We’re going to open the government and solve immigration at the same time,” said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. Source: reuters.com Share This:

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Live on the Senate floor, a shutdown drama of personalities and power

“It was a vivid drama of personalities and power, shifting alliances and clashing egos, played out live on the Senate floor as the government barreled toward a shutdown” reports washingtonpost.com. With television cameras rolling late Friday night, senators talked, wrangled, grinned and growled through a sequence of 11th-hour negotiations, ultimately fruitless but revealing to the end. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Lindsey Graham boasts ‘growing momentum’ after four more GOP senators back bipartisan immigration deal

“Lindsey Graham on Wednesday boasted of “growing momentum” among GOP senators for a bipartisan immigration deal on Capitol Hill, despite pushback from the White House” writes Katie Leach for washingtonexaminer.com. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; Tom Cotton, R- Ark.; and David Perdue, R-Ga., put out a joint statement expressing their concerns over the bipartisan immigration proposal.The bipartisan deal was devised in part by a contingent of Democrats too, led by Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill.They join Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Corey Gardner, R-Colo., who already support the deal. “I’m very pleased that…

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers believe their immigration deal with Trump was hijacked by hardline conservatives within a period of 2 hours

“But when Graham and Durbin arrived two hours later at the White House to follow up, Trump was accompanied by several other Republican lawmakers and immigration hardliners, and dismissed their deal entirely” writes Michelle Mark for businessinsider.com. Several lawmakers who helped craft a bipartisan deal resolving the fate of young unauthorized immigrants said Tuesday they were on the verge of bringing President Donald Trump aboard when suddenly, within hours, he changed his tune entirely.Dick Durbin of Illinois, who was also part of the bipartisan group of lawmakers, said the group…

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U.S. rising as world’s ‘undisputed’ energy leader, global chief tells senators

“The U.S. is a IEA member state and a contributor to the international energy body” writes John Siciliano for washingtonexaminer.com. At the same time, Birol told senators that China’s demand for new energy resources will put the U.S. in the back seat for nuclear energy.The U.S.’s biggest customer for natural gas will be China, as a result of America’s energy development.That means China will be using more natural gas during the transition, so demand from Asia for U.S. energy will surge, Birol said.”The U.S. is becoming the undisputed leader of…

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NHL Rumor Roundup: Jack Johnson adds to growing D-man market with trade…

“Portzline added Johnson asked to be dealt several weeks ago in hopes of getting something done by the trade deadline” reports sportingnews.com. Each week before the Feb. 26 trade deadline, Lyle Richardson’s Rumor Roundup column serves as a one-stop guide to the latest rumblings around the league.It’s NHL trade rumor season.However, Montreal’s playoff hopes are fading, potentially turning them into sellers by the trade deadline.With the NHL’s Feb. 26 trade deadline less than six weeks away, the Blue Jackets could be parting ways with their most experienced defenseman. Source: sportingnews.com Share This:

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NHL Trade Rumors: Leafs on different path from Canadiens, Senators before deadline

“The names of team captain Max Pacioretty and winger Alex Galchenyuk continue to be mentioned as possible trade chips” reports sportingnews.com. Vancouver’s injured Chris Tanev and Arizona’s Niklas Hjalmarsson (both are under contract past this season) have also been rumored to be of interest to the Leafs. Source: sportingnews.com Share This:

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Trump denies he called countries s—holes, rejects senators’ DACA deal

“Six bipartisan senators announced Thursday that they reached a deal in principle on legislation that would shield hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. Trump attacked the immigrant protection proposal under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in further tweets, after the White House denied that a deal had been reached to extend the program. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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A Tentative DACA Deal in the Senate

“Nor is it clear yet that the Senate deal will form the basis for a final legislative pact” writes Russell Berman for theatlantic.com. At multiple points, he said he’d sign whatever immigration legislation Congress sent him.But at others, he reiterated his demand that any deal include funding for the wall, which Democrats oppose and which Trump had said would be paid for by Mexico. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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British ex-spy behind lurid Trump dossier should be criminally investigated, Republican senators demand

“The former British spy who compiled a dossier of lurid claims against Donald Trump should be criminally investigated, two powerful Republican senators have demanded” writes Rozina Sabur for telegraph.co.uk. It was unclear exactly what Mr Steele said that the senators judged to have been misleading.The demand came in a letter from the senators to the Justice Department – the first known criminal referral from Congress over the Russian election meddling scandal. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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