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ALSO: Jeremy Corbyn To Tell EU Leaders Parliament Will Not Allow No-Deal Brexit

“Corbyn said he would use the meetings with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and others on Thursday to stress that a no-deal Brexit does not command a majority in parliament” writes Assistant News Editor for huffingtonpost.com. Ahead of the discussions with EU figures, the Labour leader called on Prime Minister Theresa May to abandon her Brexit “red lines” to secure a workable deal. She should abandon her damaging red lines and finally work with Labour to reach a deal which works for our country.” Corbyn will be joined in Brussels…

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Cruz, Grassley: Hezbollah terrorists could use Venezuela connections to sneak over southern border

“Ted Cruz and Chuck Grassley have asked top national security officials to brief lawmakers following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s pronouncement that Hezbollah terrorists have active cells in Venezuela and could use connections in Central America to enter the United States via the southern border” reports washingtonexaminer.com. “Effective border security not only addresses the ongoing problem of illegal immigration, but also prevents the cross-border movement of Special Interest Aliens (SIAs) and known or suspected terrorists (K/STs). Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Nobody wants to be defense secretary, and Trump may be the one keeping them away

“But they also appear to be tied to the personality of the person the defense secretary currently serves” writes Foreign Policy for businessinsider.com. An Office of the Director of National Intelligence spokesperson pushed back strongly on the notion that Coats had been offered the defense secretary job.Privately, Coats disagrees with the president’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan, the former senior administration official said.”Heather Wilson would bring extraordinary qualifications to the job of defense secretary,” said Thompson, of the Lexington Institute. Source: businessinsider.com

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Isil bride Shamima Begum has British citizenship revoked by Home Office

“The letter read: “Please find enclosed papers that relate to a decision taken by the Home Secretary, to deprive your daughter, Shamima Begum, of her British citizenship” writes Tom Harris for telegraph.co.uk. It is understood the teenager, who grew up in Bethnal Green east London, has dual Bangladeshi nationality, meaning the move will not render her stateless.In a letter sent to her family in east London, officials said the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, had made the decision in “light of the circumstances”. “In light of the circumstances of your daughter,…

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Cabinet row breaks out over Huawei’s alleged links to Chinese intelligence 

“Tensions have emerged in Cabinet over how to respond to the security risks posed by the Chinese Telecoms giant Huawei amid signs that spy chiefs believe any problems posed by the company are manageable” writes Vernon Bogdanor for telegraph.co.uk. The Commons science and technology committee wrote a month ago to Jeremy Wright, the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, and Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary, to seek reassurances about the risks from the firm. Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat chairman of the committee, asked each of them if they…

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Shanahan said he has a great deal of discretion in deciding how to use the power granted to him by Trump’s declaration.

“The former Boeing executive said he would be working out details starting Sunday, emphasizing that his mission is to support the border security needs of the Department of Homeland Security” reports huffpost.com. The law allowing a repurposing of military construction funds during a national emergency says the secretary of defense is authorized “to determine whether border barriers are necessary to support the use of the armed forces” in an emergency.It was his first trip abroad as the acting secretary of defense. Source: huffpost.com

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President Trump plans to meet with members of his trade team Saturday to receive an update on ongoing negotiations with China, the White House said.

“President Trump plans to meet with members of his trade team Saturday to receive an update on ongoing negotiations with China, the White House said” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump will meet at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida with Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and trade adviser Peter Navarro.Trump has pledged to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods — to 20 percent, compared to 10 percent currently — if the U.S. and China cannot reach an…

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Texas secretary of state apologized for inaccurate claim of 95,000 non-citizen voters that Trump tweeted as evidence of voter fraud

“David Whitley, the Texas secretary of state, apologized for a misleading claim that tens of thousands of non-citizens were registered to vote” writes Ellen Cranley for businessinsider.com. Of these, according to the Texas Tribune, the secretary of state’s office said about 58,000 individuals cast a ballot in one or more elections since 1996. Source: businessinsider.com

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Hammond’s China trip scuppered after Williamson remarks

“Philip Hammond is not going to China this weekend for trade talks, following reports that Beijing scuppered advanced preparations for a meeting after the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, threatened to deploy a warship in the Pacific” writes Mattha Busby for theguardian.com. It is believed that there is an internal row brewing between the Treasury and the defence department over Williamson’s remarks, which the former chancellor George Osborne described as a throwback to an era of “gunboat diplomacy”. Source: theguardian.com

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Here’s the full text of Trump’s national emergency declaration to build his border wall

“President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday to unilaterally build additional physical barriers along the United States border with Mexico” writes Joe Perticone for businessinsider.com. Below is the full text of his official declaration informing Congress of the decision, which was sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: Read more:Here’s what you need to know about the border security compromise that could avert another government shutdown Pursuant to section 201 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1621), I hereby report that I have exercised my authority to declare…

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