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Pompeo rebukes senators who voted to end US involvement in Yemen civil war

“The senators who voted ‘aye’ say they want to end the bombing in Yemen and support human rights” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Pompeo took a defiant posture two days after a bipartisan majority of the Senate called for President Trump to end U.S. involvement in airstrikes launched by the Gulf coalition that has intervened in the war.”The civil war in #Yemen has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis w/ nearly 16 million people on the verge of starvation- almost 2.5 times the population of [Indiana],” Sen.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday…

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U.S. senators seek probe of Trump admin nuclear energy talks with Saudi Arabia

“They also asked the GAO to review executive branch negotiations with Saudi Arabia on nuclear energy since 2009, when Democrat Barack Obama was president” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has had quiet talks with Saudi officials, including his friend, Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih, on nuclear power.WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic U.S. senator and his Republican counterpart on Friday asked Congress’ investigative arm to probe Trump administration talks with Saudi Arabia over sharing nuclear power technology. Source: 95kqds.com

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US senators say the Pentagon’s budget plan would use a ‘slush fund’ for Trump’s border wall

“The Pentagon’s budget request included $165 billion in OCO funding” writes Mike Stone for businessinsider.com. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic US senators berated top Defense Department officials on Thursday over the Trump administration’s plan to sidestep Congress by using money intended for ongoing wars to finance the president’s long-desired border wall with Mexico.Last year’s OCO request was only $69 billion with no separate funding broken out.On top of the extra OCO request, another $9 billion would be put in an “emergency” account that could be used to fund a US-Mexico border…

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Senators want to know when they’ve been hacked

“When a company is hacked, you’ll likely get an email warning you that your information might have been stolen” writes Alfred Ng for cnet.com. Bill Nelson announced his personal computers were compromised.The hope is that if this information is regularly disclosed, senators would start taking their cybersecurity more seriously.Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, the senators ask Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger to provide an annual report on the number of times Senate computers have been hacked, and incidents where hackers were able to access sensitive Senate data. Source: cnet.com

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Senators ask U.S. border agency about reported tracking of journalists

“They cited news reports alleging the border agency and the Department of Homeland Security “inappropriately flagged for scrutiny seven American journalists.”” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two senior U.S. senators asked U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Monday to provide information on a report that the agency inappropriately tracked seven American journalists covering the migrant caravan from Central America last year.Representatives of the agency did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment on Monday. Source: 95kqds.com

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Senators push Trump on emergency legal status for 74,000 Venezuelans

“The effort comes as the president’s team, tasked with enforcing the president’s restrictive immigration platform, has started revoking the legal status from hundreds of thousands of the program’s beneficiaries” reports washingtonexaminer.com. President Trump’s top congressional allies in the Venezuela crisis are urging him to grant emergency legal status to thousands of people who have fled strongman Nicolas Maduro’s rule. “It is obviously too dangerous for Venezuelan nationals to return to their country,” Sen.President Trump’s team has been mulling the possibility of granting Temporary Protected Status, a legal protection from deportation…

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American voters overwhelmingly oppose President Trump’s emergency declaration to build wall, poll finds

“Rand Paul told reporters Tuesday that he and about nine of his GOP colleagues will vote to block the emergency order when it comes up for a vote in the coming weeks” writes Chris Sommerfeldt for nydailynews.com. Only four Republican senators need to break ranks in order for the measure to pass, assuming all Democrats approve it. Source: nydailynews.com

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U.S. senators pledge to push Trump on Saudis, journalist’s death

“The Trump administration missed a February deadline to report to Congress on who was responsible for Khashoggi’s death” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The report was required after lawmakers last year triggered a provision of the 2016 Global Magnitsky human rights act requiring that a Trump administration investigation.Otherwise, Global Magnitsky will have no consequence and any administration, this one or another, can just ignore it,” Menendez said. Source: 95kqds.com

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Eli Lilly seeks to quell drug price anger with cheaper insulin

“The Indianapolis-based drugmaker said it had spoken to various “stakeholders” about the price of insulin, including diabetes patients, doctors, advocacy groups, wholesalers and lawmakers” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. (Reuters) – Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co announced plans on Monday to sell a half-price version of its popular insulin injection Humalog, as it fends off criticism about rising drug prices in the United States.Two U.S. senators last month launched an investigation into rising insulin prices, writing to Lilly and two other leading manufacturers, asking them why the cost of…

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