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#2 Mexico sets up new process for migrants headed toward U.S.

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico – A new caravan of some 1,800 Central Americans is making its way toward the U.S. They started crossing into Mexico from Guatemala late last week and continued arriving through the weekend.

On a bridge near the border where you enter Mexico from Guatemala, the lines of migrants extend as far as you can see. They're waiting to be officially registered by the Mexican government, reports CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz.

In a new process that started a week ago in preparation for the caravan, the Mexican government gives people wrist bands to register them, their identities are verified, and five days later they get humanitarian visas allowing them stay in Mexico for a year to work and to live. 

It's a stark contrast to last October when an earlier caravan that had more than 7,000 migrants at its height. The same bridge was packed and migrants jumped from the bridge to swim to Mexico. In that caravan, some 2,600 who reached the U.S. border and tried crossing illegally were arrested by U.S. border patrol. About 1,300 opted to return to their home countries. Roughly 2,900 received Mexican visas. Fewer than 700 are still in Tijuana along the U.S. border trying to get U.S. asylum.

Some people here have told us despite getting visas to stay in Mexico, they still plan to go to the U.S. border more than 2,000 miles away. One father saw that Diaz was American and asked her if the U.S. is letting migrants in if they are traveling with children.

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#3 Venezuela quells soldiers’ revolt, top court blasts congress

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela plunged deeper into turmoil on Monday as security forces put down a pre-dawn uprising by national guardsmen that triggered violent street protests and the Supreme Court outlawed the opposition-controlled congress' defiant new leadership.

The mutiny triggered protests in a poor neighborhood just a few miles (kilometers) from Venezuela's presidential palace. It was dispersed with tear gas as residents set fire to a barricade of trash and chanted demands that President Nicolas Maduro leave power.

The military said in a statement said that it had recovered all the weapons and captured those involved in what it described as "treasonous" acts motivated by "obscure interests tied to the far right."

It said at around 2:50 a.m. (06:50 GMT), a small group of guardsmen took captive a captain in charge of a police station in western Caracas and then moved across the capital in two military trucks to the poor neighborhood of Petare, where they stole a cache of weapons from another outpost.

They were caught a few hours later at a national guard outpost 3 kilometers (2 miles) from the Miraflores presidential palace.

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#4 Congress to pursue divergent paths to reopening government, but stalemate no closer to resolution

Congress takes up legislation this week to reopen the federal government after a new offer from President Trump, but divergent efforts in the House and Senate look destined to go nowhere, leaving the month-old stalemate no closer to resolution.

The Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), will take up a proposal announced by Trump on Saturday to reopen the government — trading temporary protections for young undocumented immigrants and other immigration provisions for $5.7 billion in border wall funding. Democrats have rejected the proposal, which would fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year and fund disaster relief efforts, so it appears unlikely to garner the 60 votes necessary to advance.

The House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), will pass a series of spending bills that would reopen portions of the government that have nothing to do with the wall. The legislation will include some security priorities supported by both parties, including a total of about $1 billion for immigration judges and ports of entry along the border. But the House legislation is dead on arrival in the Senate, where McConnell has made clear he will not advance any spending bills Trump won’t sign.

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The partial government shutdown, already the longest in U.S. history, entered its 31st day Monday.

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#5 Polar plunge: Record low temperatures roll into Midwest, East behind snowstorm

High winds and brutally cold temperatures greeted brave souls armed with shovels digging out Monday from up to two feet of snow that fell across a wide swath of the nation.

"In some cases, temperatures may plummet 40 degrees," AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

The storm has been blamed for three deaths across the country.

Adding to the temperature troubles: Wind gusts of up to 50 mph capable of knocking down tree limbs and electrical lines and disrupting power.

Temperatures across the Northeast were forecast to dip about 20 degrees below average for the time of year. The entire state of Michigan was below zero early Monday, and the wind chill temperature in Rudyard dipped to 46 degrees below, the National Weather Service reported.

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#6 Nathan Phillips, Nick Sandmann encounter: a viral video shows a different side

A video that shows white high school students in Make America Great Again hats and shirts mocking a Native American elder shocked the country, leading to widespread denunciations of the teens' behavior.

It was a moment in a bigger story that is still unfolding.

A new video that surfaced Sunday shows what happened before and after the encounter Friday in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

In the new video, another group taunts the students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky with disparaging and vulgar language. The group of black men, who identify as members of the Hebrew Israelites, also shout racist slurs at participants of the Indigenous Peoples Rally and other passersby.

The new video adds context to an encounter viewed by many as the latest sign of bigotry infecting the country. Screenshots of a smirking teen staring down Omaha tribe elder Nathan Phillips spread through the internet, sparking widespread outrage.

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#7 In Trump country, Republicans cheer on shutdown: The ‘government is our biggest enemy’

CRAIG, Colo. – Ten words in faded red ink adorn the glass door of the federal building: "Please hold mail for duration of government shutdown. Thank you."

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Here in this northern Colorado coal town, those 10 words, and the unplowed parking lot of that Bureau of Land Management facility, are among the few obvious signs that the nation's federal government is partially closed, resulting in nearly 1 million American workers not getting their taxpayer-paid paychecks.

Many of Craig's 9,000 residents are just fine with that.

In this low-slung Western town that still celebrates cowboys and cattle rustlers, Christmas and Christ, and where the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants bracket the broad valley, residents wonder aloud: Doesn't the shutdown prove their long-held argument that the federal government is too big, too powerful and too expensive?

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#8 Erykah Badu defends R Kelly: ‘I love you. Unconditionally’

Erykah Badu has defended R Kelly after a TV documentary series reiterated multiple allegations of sexual abuse against the R&B singer. Kelly has repeatedly denied all claims.

During a performance at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on 19 January, Badu told the crowd: “I dunno how everybody else feel about it but I’m putting up a prayer right now for R. I hope he sees the light of day if he done all those things that we’ve seen on TV and heard those ladies talk about. I hope he sees the light of day and comes forward.”

Then 27, Kelly allegedly marries protegée Aaliyah, then 15, in an illegal ceremony in Cook County, Chicago.

Tiffany Hawkins files lawsuit alleging injuries and emotional damage from a three-year relationship with Kelly, beginning when she was 15 - it is settled out of court.

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#10 Kamala Harris Joins Democratic Presidential FieldKamala Harris Joins Democratic Presidential Field

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#11 Kamala Harris to run for president in 2020

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#12 Kevin-Prince Boateng completes surprise loan move to Barcelona

Kevin-Prince Boateng has joined Barcelona in a shock move from the Italian side Sassuolo. The La Liga leaders have announced the arrival of Boateng on an initial loan deal with the option for an €8m (£7.05m) permanent move in the summer.

Barcelona confirmed the forward’s arrival shortly after Boateng told reporters in Italy that the transfer was complete. The 31-year-old will sign his contract on Tuesday before a photo session and press conference at Camp Nou.

“FC Barcelona and US Sassuolo have arrived at an agreement for the loan of the player Kevin-Prince Boateng for the remainder of the 2018/19 season,” a statement on Barcelona’s website read. “The agreement includes an €8m purchase option.”

“Barça, I’m coming!” Boateng told Sky Sport earlier on Monday. “I’m sad to leave Sassuolo but it’s a great chance.”

Boateng also brushed off newspaper reports that he was a Real Madrid fan when growing up. “Don’t ask me about Real Madrid … it’s just the past,” he said. “I only want to focus on Barcelona, and I hope to score at the Bernabéu [in] the next Clásico.”

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#13 Second woman carrying gene-edited baby in China: state media

A researcher who claimed to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies will face a Chinese police investigation, state media said Monday, as authorities confirmed that a second woman fell pregnant during the experiment.

He Jiankui shocked the scientific community last year after announcing he had successfully altered the genes of twin girls born in November to prevent them from contracting HIV.

He had told a human genome forum in Hong Kong that there had been "another potential pregnancy" involving a second couple.

A provincial government investigation has since confirmed the existence of the second mother and that the woman was still pregnant, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The expectant mother and the twin girls from the first pregnancy will be put under medical observation, an investigator told Xinhua.

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#14 New migrant caravan waiting in Mexico hopes to reach U.S.

Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico — A new caravan of around 1,800 Central Americans is making its way toward the U.S. The group started crossing into Mexico last weekend, and the long line to enter stretches back to a bridge on the border.

Thousands of migrants left Honduras a week ago after word about a new caravan spread on Facebook. The orderly lines are a stark contrast to October's caravan, when an influx of migrants overwhelmed the Mexican government and created a bottleneck on the same bridge. Some jumped to swim to Mexico instead, and other migrants tore down a fence to gain entry.

Where there was once a fence, there's now a gate that is wide open. But migrants have to wait on a long line. It's the result of Mexico's new open-door migration policy that is just a week old.

Every migrant that enters legally first gets a bracelet. With their wristband, they can get a humanitarian visa, which takes about five days. Once inside, migrants are photographed, interviewed, fingerprinted and get iris recognition scans to keep track of who is entering.

Marcos Alonzo, who earned $4 a day back home, left Honduras a week ago with a group. Though he could stay in Mexico for under the new policy, he's bound for the U.S. He said he has heard about President Trump's border wall, but doesn't think it will go up by the time he arrives at the border.

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#15 Singer Chris Brown detained in Paris after rape complaint

PARIS (AP) — U.S. singer Chris Brown and two other people are in custody in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint, French officials said Tuesday.

The Grammy Award-winning singer was detained Monday on potential charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions and remained in custody Tuesday, a judicial official said. Investigators have another two days to decide whether to let him go or file preliminary charges.

Brown's publicists at Sony Music would not comment Tuesday on the complaint or say what Brown, 29, was doing in Paris. His U.S. attorney, Mark Geragos, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Brown has been in repeated legal trouble since pleading guilty to the felony assault in 2009 of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. He completed his probation in that case in 2015, but has continued to have run-ins with police.

The woman who filed the Paris complaint said she met Brown and his friends overnight Jan. 15-16 at the club Le Crystal in the 8th arrondissement near the Champs-Elysees, and then they all went to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel near the Concorde Plaza in central Paris, according to the official.

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#16 U.S.’Black Muslims’ to blame for high school students’ confrontation with Native American man, mother claimsU.S. Shutdown at Day 32 as Democrats Vow to Reject Trump OfferLawyer: Suspected US spy had classified docs on himArctic blast loosening grip on eastern USGiuliani backtracks on comments Trump sought Moscow deal throughout 2016Ja Rule apologizes to Bahamian woman from the ‘Fyre’ documentary: ‘My heart goes out to this lovely lady’

The mother of a high school student among the group filmed in confrontation with a Native American man after a rally in Washington DC has blamed “black Muslims” for the encounter.

The woman’s son was reportedly alongside several wearing Make America Great Again (Maga) hats who were criticised for apparently taunting Nathan Phillips, surrounding him and chanting “build the wall, build the wall”.

But she claimed “black Muslims” had been harassing the group from the private, all-male Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky who were said to be in the capital to attend the anti-abortion March for Life.

In an email to the news website heavy.com, the woman wrote: “Did you hear the names of the people were calling these boys? It was shameful. Did you witness the black Muslims yelling profanities and video taping to get something to further your narrative of hatred??

“Did you know that this ‘man’ came up to this one boy and drummed in his face?”

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#17 U.S.4 Arizona Women Convicted for Leaving Water for Migrants

Four aid workers were convicted Friday on charges connected to their efforts to leave food and water for migrants in an Arizona wildlife refuge along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The volunteers, who are members of the faith-based humanitarian aid group No More Deaths, were caught on Aug. 13, 2017, by a Federal Wildlife officer as they left water jugs, beans and other supplies for migrants in Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, which shares a 50-mile border with Mexico. No More Deaths claims that 155 migrants have died in the refuge since 2001, and that the organization aims to save lives by providing basic supplies.

The judge, United States Magistrate Bernardo P. Velasco, ruled that three of the volunteers – Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse and Zaachila Orozco-McCormick – were convicted of entering a national wildlife refuge without a permit and abandoning personal property or possessions. A fourth volunteer, Natalie Hoffman, was convicted on an additional charge of operating a motor vehicle in a wilderness area. Each of the volunteers faces up to six months in prison.

The decision is the first conviction against humanitarian aid volunteers in a decade, the Associated Press reported.

Velasco wrote in his verdict that the women had failed to get permits for expanded access to the wildlife refuge, had gone off the roads where they are allowed to travel and left behind their belongings. The verdict said that their actions “[erode] the national decision to maintain the refuge in its pristine nature.”

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#18 WorldRussia opens civil cases against Facebook, Twitter – reportFour Volunteers Found Guilty for Leaving Food for Migrants Near Mexico BorderFour Women Convicted Of Giving Water And Food To Migrants

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's communication watchdog said on Monday it was opening administrative proceedings against Twitter and Facebook for failing to explain how they plan to comply with local data laws, the Interfax news agency reported.

Roskomnadzor, the watchdog, was quoted as saying that Twitter and Facebook had not explained how and when they would comply with legislation that requires all servers used to store Russians' personal data to be located in Russia.

The agency's head, Alexander Zharov, was quoted as saying the companies have a month to provide information or else action would be taken against them.

Russia has introduced tougher internet laws in the last five years, requiring search engines to delete some search results, messaging services to share encryption keys with security services and social networks to store Russian users' personal data on servers within the country.

At the moment, the only tools Russia has to enforce its data rules are fines that typically only come to a few thousand dollars or blocking the offending online services, which is an option fraught with technical difficulties.

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#19 PoliticsAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez responds to Aaron Sorkin’s demand for newly elected Democrats ‘stop acting like young people’Russia opens civil cases against Facebook, Twitter: reportWhy a Russian Social Media Ban Would Hurt Twitter More Than Facebook

The youngest woman ever elected to Congress has responded to producer Aaron Sorkin’s demand that the new intake of Democrats ‘stop acting like young people’ - saying if politicians do not show up and fight for them, they cannot expect their vote.

Speaking on CNN, where he was promoting his Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway, the 57-year said he liked the newly elected young Democrats in Congress, but suggested they needed to act differently.

“It’s time to do that. I think there’s great opportunity here, now more than ever, for Democrats to be the non-stupid party,” he said.

“I really like the new crop of young people who were just elected to Congress. They now need to stop acting like young people.”

He added: “It’s not just about transgender bathrooms, that’s a Republican talking point. They’re trying to distract you. We haven’t forgotten the economic anxiety of the working class, but we’re going to be smart about this. We’re not going to be mean about it.”

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#20 U.S.New details come to light of viral video of Catholic high school students and Native American manAaron Sorkin To Congressional Newbies: “Stop Acting Like Young People”; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Fires BackAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Glad The Shutdown Gives Her ‘Free Time To Make Trouble’

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#21 ‘Absolutely out of control’: Cliff Sims’s book depicts life in Trump’s White House

President Trump watched on television, increasingly angry as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan criticized his handling of the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. He held the remote control “like a pistol” and yelled for an assistant to get the Republican leader on the phone.

“Paul, do you know why Democrats have been kicking your a-- for decades? Because they know a little word called ‘loyalty,’ ” Trump told Ryan, then a Wisconsin congressman. “Why do you think Nancy [Pelosi] has held on this long? Have you seen her? She’s a disaster. Every time she opens her mouth another Republican gets elected. But they stick with her . . . Why can’t you be loyal to your president, Paul?”

The tormenting continued. Trump recalled Ryan distancing himself from Trump in October 2016, in the days after the “Access Hollywood” video in which he bragged of fondling women first surfaced in The Washington Post.

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“I remember being in Wisconsin and your own people were booing you,” Trump told him, according to former West Wing communications aide Cliff Sims. “You were out there dying like a dog, Paul. Like a dog! And what’d I do? I saved your a--.”

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#22 Trump claims media ‘smeared’ students involved in encounter with Native American man

"Looking like Nick Sandman & Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly with early judgements proving out to be false - smeared by media. Not good, but making big comeback!" Trump tweeted, before referring to a topic of discussion on Fox News host Tucker Carlson's show.

"New footage shows that media was wrong about teen's encounter with Native American," the quote tied to Carlson read.

Trump's comment that the students were treated "unfairly" comes amid the fallout from an incident involving students from a Kentucky high school and a Native American elder at the Indigenous Indigenous People's March in Washington, D.C.

Video clips passed around social media over the weekend appeared to show the students harassing and taunting the man, Nathan Phillips. The most widely-shared video featured a student, Nick Sandmann, with an expression many described as smirking as Phillips played his drum directly in front of him.

Sandmann and several other students were wearing "Make America Great Again" apparel during the encounter.

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#23 Philippine Senators oppose president’s push to lower criminal age to 9

MANILA (Reuters) - Senators in the Philippines on Tuesday joined activists and child protection groups in condemning a lower house move to reduce the age of criminal liability from 15 to nine, calling it extreme and unjust.

The proposal has President Rodrigo Duterte's support and is being revived by his Congressional allies, having been filed on his inauguration day in 2016 along with a bid to re-introduce the death penalty - moves touting his crime-busting credentials.

The plan was approved on Monday by the lower house's justice committee, but still needs several readings before a house vote. It would then require counterpart legislation and approval of the Senate, members of which appear less supportive.

"It is anti-family, anti-poor and simply unjust. Moreover, it will promote a heartless and ruthless society that has no regard for its own people," said Antonio Trillanes, one of Duterte's biggest critics.

Risa Hontiveros said the idea went against Philippines' international commitments and a global trend of raising, not lowering, the criminal age.

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#24 Oscar Nominations 2019: The Complete List

Oscar nominations for the 91st annual Academy Awards will be announced Tuesday morning from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Academy president John Bailey will be joined by “The Big Short” actor Kumail Nanjiani and “Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross to reveal the nominees in 24 categories.

Frontrunners for this year’s nominations include Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” and Golden Globe favorite “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” Adam McKay’s “Vice,” Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” are also expected to score nominations.

This year’s acting categories are less clear, but Lady Gaga, Olivia Colman, Glenn Close, and Emily Blunt all look posed to take home nominations in the best lead actress category alongside this year’s lead actor favorites Rami Malek, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and John David Washington.

The Academy Awards will air live Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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#25 Plane carrying Cardiff City soccer player Sala disappears over English Channel

PARIS (Reuters) - Newly signed Cardiff City soccer player Emiliano Sala was missing on Tuesday after the light aircraft he was traveling in disappeared between France and England the previous evening, France's civil aviation authority said. 

Rescue helicopters and boats searched more than 1,000 square miles off the Channel Islands for the single-engine Piper Malibu that was flying Sala from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff when it lost radar contact off Guernsey late on Monday.

The 28-year-old Argentine forward joined Premier League strugglers Cardiff City from FC Nantes last week for a club record fee of about 17 million euros ($19 million). He had played in France since 2012. 

"At this time no trace of the missing aircraft had been found," Guernsey police said.

A spokeswoman for the DGAC aviation authority confirmed Sala had been on board.

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#26 Who are the Black Israelites at the center of the viral standoff at the Lincoln Memorial?

In the initial media churn, they were nearly missed.

But a small band of Hebrew Israelites, members of a historic but little-known American religious movement, may actually be at the center of a roiling controversy that has gripped the nation in recent days.

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It began with a now-viral video clip, filmed Friday at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, in which high school students from a Catholic school in Kentucky appeared to be in a faceoff with a Native American elder, who was beating on a drum. The boys, some wearing red hats with President Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan, appeared in the clip to be mocking the man, a Vietnam veteran named Nathan Phillips. The clip was widely understood as being centrally about the dangers of Trumpism, and the teens were condemned.

But a longer video soon bubbled to the surface, widening the lens. It showed how a group of half a dozen Hebrew Israelites had, in fact, been goading and preaching at both the Native Americans and high schoolers, using profanity and highly provocative language, for nearly an hour. Phillips later told journalists that he was seeking to defuse tensions between the Israelite group and the high school students by stepping in between them.

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#27 Amazon will soon lose the biggest reason to pay for Prime

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Prime could lose a bit of its uniqueness this year. 

Customers love Amazon's Prime membership program, which offers a myriad of benefits. But the most important by far is its chief perk: unlimited, free two-day shipping. 

Members still overwhelmingly cite the perk as the most important of the subscription, according to a recent survey of 1,160 Prime members by The Diffusion Group. According to the report, 79% of members say free shipping is the most important part of Prime. The second-most popular response - by far - was Prime Video, with 11% saying it's the biggest perk.

Read more: There's still only one real reason why people pay for Amazon Prime

Amazon is able to offer free two-day shipping on over 100 million items due to the company's vast network of warehouses spread all around the country. Amazon spreads its inventory around in these warehouses, which lowers the cost of speedy shipping to every address in the US.

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#28 Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

NEW YORK — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for "Medicare for All," free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans.

That wasn't enough for some of his party's most liberal members.

Critics on social media quickly knocked Castro's plan to provide only two years of free higher education — instead of four — as "half measures," ''scraps" and "corporate Dem doublespeak." Aware of the backlash, the former Obama administration Cabinet member clarified his position in an interview days later.

"At least the first two years of college or university or apprenticeship program should be tuition free — and preferably four years," Castro told The Associated Press. "We're going to work toward that."

Welcome to the 2020 presidential primary. Almost no policy is too liberal for Democrats fighting to win over their party's base, which is demanding a presidential nominee dedicated to pursuing bold action on America's most pressing challenges.

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#29 Kamala Harris Is Terrible on Criminal Justice

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Democratic senator Kamala Harris has announced that she is throwing her hat in the ring to run for president in 2020 — so now is as good a time as any to remind everyone of her terrible record on criminal justice.

Thankfully, criminal-justice reform has become a bit of a popular issue these days among both Democrats and Republicans. This has allowed for some steps in the right direction toward fixing our unnecessarily punitive justice system, such as the passage of the FIRST STEP Act. As a civil libertarian, it’s my opinion that we still have a long way to go — and putting Kamala Harris in the White House would not be a step in the right direction.

Although Harris seems to have a pretty good reputation among most liberals, her record on criminal justice issues is a dismal one. As a recent piece from Lara Bazelon in the New York Times details, Harris was far from the “progressive prosecutor” that she has tried to rebrand herself as in recent days.

For example: When Harris was San Francisco’s district attorney in 2010, she was condemned by a judge for staying silent about a police laboratory technician who had been accused of stealing drugs and “intentionally sabotaging” her work. She could have and should have warned defense lawyers about this technician’s wrongdoings, but she chose not to — and even went so far as to contest the condemnation, claiming that the judge had done so only out of bias because her husband was a defense attorney. Harris eventually lost this argument, and more than 600 cases that had been handled by the technician were tossed out.

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#30 2019 Oscar Nominations: The Complete List

The 2019 Oscars might still be down a host, but at least now they have some nominees.

Netflix’s “Roma,” from writer and director Alfonso Cuarón, and Yorgos Lanthimos’ dark period comedy “The Favourite” led with 10 nominations each for the 91st Academy Awards, announced Tuesday. “Roma” became a game-changer for the streaming service as its first Best Picture nominee. 

The nominations were announced by Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross in Los Angeles at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater. 

The hit musical melodrama “A Star Is Born,” Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” and the controversial and Best Picture front-runner “Green Book” were represented across major categories ― save for a snub for Cooper for Best Director.

The academy also made history with Marvel’s box office behemoth “Black Panther” after a strong awards campaign, with the Ryan Coogler-directed blockbuster becoming the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture. 

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#31 Supreme Court allows transgender military ban to go into effect

By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter

Updated 10:08 AM ET, Tue January 22, 2019

(CNN)The Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump's transgender military ban to go into effect on Tuesday, dealing a blow to LGBT activists who call the ban cruel and irrational.

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#32 Chris Brown, Accused of Rape, Is Questioned by Paris PoliceChris Brown, Accused of Rape, Is Questioned by Paris Police

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#33 Poll: Shutdown, Russia drive Trump to all-time high disapproval

President Donald Trump's disapproval rating is at an all-time high amid a historically long partial government shutdown and concerns about the president's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.

Nearly 6-in-10 voters — 57 percent — disapprove of Trump's job performance, compared to the 40 percent that approve. In addition, 54 percent of voters blame Trump and Republicans on Capitol Hill for the government shutdown. Only 35 percent blame congressional Democrats.

There has been no progress on negotiations between Republican and Democratic leaders, as well as the president, to end the government shutdown — the longest partial government shutdown in history. Trump has not backed down from his request of $5.7 billion for his border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, which Democrats have not agreed to.

“As the government shutdown enters its second month, President Trump continues to carry the bulk of the blame among voters for the stalemate,” said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s vice president. “In this week’s poll nearly half of voters (49 percent) say the president is responsible — up 6 points since the shutdown began. At the same time, 35 percent of voters blame blame congressional Democrats, up 4 points, while 4 percent of voters blame congressional Republicans, down 3 points.”

While 43 percent support the construction of a border wall — compared to 49 percent who oppose construction — only 7 percent of voters said that they support dedicating funding to a border wall if it was the only way to end the government shutdown.

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#34 What’s in the Republican immigration bill, and why Democrats oppose it

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U.S. President Donald Trump departs with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Mike Pence after addressing a closed Senate Republican policy lunch as a partial government shutdown enters its 19th day on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young

Senate Republicans are pushing ahead with a 1,300-page funding bill that would give President Donald Trump the $5.7 billion he wants for an expansion of the southern border wall, grant temporary protections for "Dreamers" and finally end the longest government shutdown in history.

Democrats have called the bill dead on arrival, but only partly because it includes Trump's full request for wall funding. They say the protections for Dreamers are not nearly enough, and complain that the bill was stuffed with unrelated, anti-immigration measures that would dramatically expand immigration enforcement in the U.S. and cut back the ability of foreigners to request asylum.

Republicans call the bill a reasonable compromise to end the partial government shutdown that makes a sound investment toward border security. Democrats call it a "Trojan horse" that provides only short-term help for Dreamers in exchange for long-term threats against them.

A senior Department of Homeland Security official said on Tuesday that the bill, which was crafted by Senate Republicans with help from the Trump administration, was a "starting point" that is open for negotiation.

"We have no illusions that we have drafted the world’s first perfect piece of legislation, and we would be happy to have conversations with Democrats and anybody who would like to come to the table and talk about ways to improve this legislation and find a consensus to pass it," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to brief reporters on the details of the bill.

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#35 U.S. Intelligence Warns That Russia and China Are Seizing on Global Turmoil

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BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - NOVEMBER 30, 2018: China's President Xi Jinping (L) shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit. Mikhail Metzel/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)

(Bloomberg) -- Russia and China are taking advantage of changes in the “strategic environment” that has prevailed for almost a century to gain influence and undermine American objectives, according to a new strategy issued by U.S. intelligence agencies.

The document released Tuesday says global trends such as the weakening of international institutions, attacks on Western democracy and isolationist tendencies within governments have emerged as major challenges.

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“Russian efforts to increase its influence and authority are likely to continue and may conflict with U.S. goals and priorities in multiple regions,” according to the strategy released by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. “Chinese military modernization and continued pursuit of economic and territorial predominance in the Pacific region and beyond remain a concern, though opportunities exist to work with Beijing on issues of mutual concern” including North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.

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#36 Mexico screening for criminals in latest migrant caravan; Salvadoran gang member wanted in murder is nabbed

A caravan of several thousand Central American migrants has traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border.

(Pictured) Maria Lila Meza, 39, and two children run with other migrants away from tear gas in front of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico on Nov. 25.

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Mexican officials say they're actively screening for criminals and gang members in the latest migrant caravan to head north toward America —  and apprehended an 18th Street gang member from El Salvador in Tapachula, who was traveling with the caravan.

The gang member was identified as Amílcar Orlando “N,” and was caught by the Chiapas prosecutor’s office with the aid of El Salvador’s government, officials confirmed to Fox News. Tapachula is a city in the far southwest of the state of Chiapas in Mexico near the Guatemalan border.

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#37 Venezuela accuses US of trying to engineer coup

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Venezuela's vice president on Tuesday accused her US counterpart of "openly calling for a coup d'etat" ahead of a mass street protest announced by the opposition for Wednesday.

"Yankee go home! We won't let them interfere in the affairs of the homeland," Delcy Rodriguez said in televised remarks.

Her comments came in reaction to American Vice President Mike Pence, who had earlier posted a video on Twitter in which he branded Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro "a dictator with no legitimate claim to power."

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#38 Giuliani’s Media Blitz Draws Ire Of Trump And Some Allies

NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani’s latest media blitz, which was filled with a dizzying array of misstatements and hurried clarifications, agitated President Donald Trump and some of his allies, who have raised the possibility that the outspoken presidential lawyer be at least temporarily sidelined from televised interviews.

Trump was frustrated with Giuliani, according to three White House officials and Republicans close to the White House who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. The president told advisers that he felt his lawyer had obscured what he believed was a public relations victory: the special counsel’s rare public statement disputing portions of a BuzzFeed News story that Trump instructed his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie before Congress.

The president told confidants that Giuliani had “changed the headlines” for the worse and raised the possibility that Giuliani do fewer cable hits, at least for a while, according to the officials and Republicans.

Several of Trump’s influential outside allies also have begun expressing reservations about Giuliani. Some members of this informal network of advisers, whom the president frequently calls from the White House residence, urged Trump in recent days to bench Giuliani — but most stopped short of suggesting he be fired, according to four White House officials and Republicans close to the White House.

Trump has not expressed an inclination to dismiss Giuliani.

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#39 Teen In MAGA Hat: ‘I Had Every Right’ To Stand There

Nick Sandmann, the MAGA hat-wearing teen at the center of Friday’s highly publicized stand-off with Native American activist Nathan Phillips in Washington, D.C., believes his actions were “not disrespectful.”

Footage of the Covington Catholic High School student ― and his peers ― went viral following the incident, showing the group surrounding Phillips on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as he performed an American Indian Movement song.

Sandmann, who is seen in the video smiling just inches away from the Native American elder’s face, told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie he “had every right” to stand before Phillips.

“My position is that I was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips. I respect him, I would like to talk to him,” he said. “In hindsight, I wish we could have walked away and avoided the whole thing.”

Sandmann’s sit-down interview comes after an earlier statement was released on his behalf by a public relations firm in which he claimed to have been singled out by Phillips.

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#40 ‘The Devil Is Coming!!!’: Twitter Freaks Out Over Sinkhole Near White House

A sinkhole opened up near the White House on Tuesday and Twitter wags immediately brought the gags.

D.C. Police shared a photo of the depression in the ground just one block away from President Donald Trump’s official residence:

In response, Tweeters cracked jokes about the significance of the sinkhole appearing during the longest government shutdown in U.S. history and noted the many others that had formed during Trump’s time in office:

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