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Crosstalk 2-15-2019 News Round-up CD

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Again, the spectrum of stories was broad as Jim presented another edition of the 'Round-Up'. Here's a sample of stories mentioned:


--President Trump to tap into executive powers and declare a national emergency at the southern border in a bid to divert billions toward construction of a wall.

--President Trump plans to draw 3.6 billion dollars from military construction accounts, the portion of funding that requires a national emergency declaration.

--Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez says she will introduce a bill with fellow Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro to stop the president's planned emergency declaration.

--Republicans in the House of Representatives voted 109-87 not to approve the appropriations bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security and 8 other federal agencies.

--Nancy Pelosi says that a Democrat president could declare a national emergency

on gun violence.

--Drug Enforcement Agency agents busted a large and sophisticated meth lab near Atlanta, Georgia, they say is run by a Mexican drug cartel.

--Ted Cruz has introduced a bill to use the assets that were seized from the drug lord El Chapo to pay for the border wall.

--Judicial Watch has sent an official complaint to the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General, calling for investigations into leaks of information about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

--After two years of investigating and 200 interviews, the Senate Intelligence Committee has found no direct evidence of Trump/Russia collusion.

--The Senate voted yesterday to approve William Barr as attorney general.

--Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was back at the Supreme Court today for the justices' private conference.

--Brock Long, the administrator of FEMA, announced last week that he's resigning from his position saying it's time for him to go home to his family.

--President Donald Trump signed an executive order launching a new artificial intelligence initiative geared toward creating cutting edge technology.

--An independent investigation confirmed that a group of Covington Catholic teens told the truth about their now viral confrontation with a Native American man in January in Washington.

--The Los Angeles City Council passed a law requiring companies that want city contracts to disclose whether they have ties to the National Rifle Association.

--Some sheriffs in several conservative Washington counties have refused to enforce the state's sweeping restrictions on semi-automatic rifles until the courts decide whether they are constitutional.

--A former U.S. Air Force counter-intelligence agent was charged with espionage after giving classified information to Iran.

--A senior Iranian official says that the Islamic Republic has the chemical and technical know-how to produce a nuclear weapon.

--Vice President Mike Pence told a conference of European and Middle East leaders that Iran is plotting to eliminate Israel from the face of the earth.

--The fallout from Amazon's decision to walk away from it's planned headquarters in New York is ratcheting up after a company spokesman publically blasted Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and other lawmakers.




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