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Report: U.S.-Backed SDF Close to Defeating Last ISIS Stronghold

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UPDATED 1:22 PM PT — Sat. Feb. 16, 2019

U.S.-backed forces in Syria discuss the progress in the campaign against the Islamic State, which is nearing its end after years of unrest in the country.

On Saturday, a commander with the Syrian Democratic Forces said the final push to retake the last territory held by ISIS is underway.

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters sit outside a building as fight against Islamic State militants continue in the village of Baghouz, Syria, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

The announcement follows a week of intense airstrikes as the rebel-held territory has been reduced to less than one square mile.

This marks the final stages of a four year campaign to defeat the so-called caliphate, which once held a large amount of territory in Iraq and Syria.

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U.S., China Trade Talks Expected to Resume in Washington Next Week

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UPDATED 10:48 AM PT — Sat. Feb. 16, 2019

In an effort to end the ongoing trade war, trade talks between the U.S. and China are slated to continue in Washington D.C. next week.

On Friday, White House officials said the two sides plan to resume discussions to reach an agreement prior to the March 1st deadline.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, second from left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, left, and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, right, look on before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)

The Washington talks are expected to be led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, along with China’s Vice Premier and Chief Trade Negotiator.

This comes after President Trump floated the idea of extending the deadline if it will bring the nations closer to a deal and prevent tariffs from rising on Chinese goods.

Meanwhile, tariffs are expected to increase from 10% to 25% if no deal is reached.

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U.S., China Trade Talks Expected to Resume in Washington Next Week

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UPDATED 10:48 AM PT — Sat. Feb. 16, 2019

In an effort to end the ongoing trade war, trade talks between the U.S. and China are slated to continue in Washington D.C. next week.

On Friday, White House officials said the two sides plan to resume discussions to reach an agreement prior to the March 1st deadline.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, second from left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, left, and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, right, look on before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)

The Washington talks are expected to be led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, along with China’s Vice Premier and Chief Trade Negotiator.

This comes after President Trump floated the idea of extending the deadline if it will bring the nations closer to a deal and prevent tariffs from rising on Chinese goods.

Meanwhile, tariffs are expected to increase from 10% to 25% if no deal is reached.

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V.P. Mike Pence Calls for Europe to Leave Iran Nuclear Deal, Support Guaido

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UPDATED 8:24 AM PT — Sat. Feb. 16, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence urges the European Union to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal.

On Saturday, Pence delivered a speech to world leaders at the Munich Security Conference, calling for European countries to join the U.S. in pressuring the Iranian regime to give the people the peace and freedom they deserve.

United States Vice President Mike Pence delivers his speech during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

He also warned of the threat posed by telecoms equipment supplied by Chinese provider Huawei.

Pence also addressed a terrorism issue and said the U.S. will continue fighting the Islamic State.

Additionally, Pence asked the leaders in the room to support Venezuela in its struggle for democracy and recognize Juan Guaido as the only legitimate President of Venezuela.

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V.P. Mike Pence Calls for Europe to Leave Iran Nuclear Deal, Support Guaido

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UPDATED 8:24 AM PT — Sat. Feb. 16, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence urges the European Union to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal.

On Saturday, Pence delivered a speech to world leaders at the Munich Security Conference, calling for European countries to join the U.S. in pressuring the Iranian regime to give the people the peace and freedom they deserve.

United States Vice President Mike Pence delivers his speech during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

He also warned of the threat posed by telecoms equipment supplied by Chinese provider Huawei.

Pence also addressed a terrorism issue and said the U.S. will continue fighting the Islamic State.

Additionally, Pence asked the leaders in the room to support Venezuela in its struggle for democracy and recognize Juan Guaido as the only legitimate President of Venezuela.

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V.P. Mike Pence Calls for Europe to Leave Iran Nuclear Deal, Support Guaido

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UPDATED 8:24 AM PT — Sat. Feb. 16, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence urges the European Union to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal.

On Saturday, Pence delivered a speech to world leaders at the Munich Security Conference, calling for European countries to join the U.S. in pressuring the Iranian regime to give the people the peace and freedom they deserve.

United States Vice President Mike Pence delivers his speech during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

He also warned of the threat posed by telecoms equipment supplied by Chinese provider Huawei.

Pence also addressed a terrorism issue and said the U.S. will continue fighting the Islamic State.

Additionally, Pence asked the leaders in the room to support Venezuela in its struggle for democracy and recognize Juan Guaido as the only legitimate President of Venezuela.

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National Emergencies not unprecedented

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UPDATED 1:32 PM PT — Friday, February 15, 2019

The first declaration under the National Emergencies Act of 1974 came during the Iran hostage crisis, which is a national emergency that is still active today. Former President Jimmy Carter blocked Iranian government property from entering the country, a move which has been renewed each year by all presidents since then.

“The steps I’ve taken today are those that are necessary now, other action may become necessary if these steps don’t produce the prompt release of the hostages,” President Carter stated the day he declared it.

President Trump has already issued three national emergency declarations during his tenure. The most prominent one is meant to punish foreign actors who interfere in U.S. elections. He’s also invoked his emergency powers to slap sanctions of human rights abusers around the world as well as on members of the Nicaraguan government amid corruption charges.

In his eight years office, former President Barack Obama declared 12 states of national emergency. These declarations touched on subjects from the H1N1 virus and blocking property transfers to people with connections to certain countries. Nearly all of his national emergencies are still active today.

Before that, former President George W. Bush declared 13 emergencies and former President Clinton declared 17 national emergencies, most of which are still active today.

President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

In President Trump’s case, there’s two statutes that come to mind which allow the redirection of military construction funds. Questions remain as to whether building a border wall is actually a military construction project or whether the president can declare eminent domain over private property. However, even Democrat lawmakers have said he does, indeed, have the power to do so.

“Well unfortunately, the short answer is yeah, there is a provision in law that says the president can declare an emergency, its been done a number of times, but primarily its been done to build facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq,” stated Representative Adam Smith.

The problem for Democrats is many legal scholars aren’t sure who, if anyone, would have the legal standing to challenge such a declaration with a lawsuit.

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President Trump declares a National Emergency at the southern border because of “invasion”

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UPDATED 8:56 AM PT — Friday, February 15, 2019

President Trump said the U.S. is confronting a crisis at home, while declaring a national emergency over the issues at the border.

During a speech at the White House Friday, the president said the U.S. must handle what he described as the national security crisis at our southern border. He said he isn’t taking the action to fulfill a campaign promise, but rather because the country needs it.

The president said there’s an invasion of drugs, gangs and people coming into our country, and by signing the national emergency he is doing his part to try and stop it.

President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

“We’re talking about an invasion of our country, with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs,” explained President Trump.

Democrat leadership responded to the declaration by calling it unlawful. The president indicated it’ll likely get challenged in court, but he said he’s dealt with that before.

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House Democrats attempt to block president’s National Emergency declaration

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UPDATED 11:20 AM PT — Friday, February 15, 2019

Two Democrat representatives said they are co-sponsoring a bill to stop President Trump’s National Emergency declaration. The proposal by New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Texas congressman Joaqin Castro is an attempt to block the president’s move to secure additional border funding.

On Thursday, Castro called the declaration a “fake emergency,” saying he would be filing a joint-resolution under the National Emergency Act to terminate the declaration.

“There have been very critical comments that have been made by senators, including Republican senators, about the president’s ability and wisdom of declaring a National Emergency for this purpose,” he stated.

U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro. 9Photo/TOM WILLIAMS/AP)

In a recent tweet, Ocasio-Cortez said she and Castro aren’t going to let the president declare an emergency without a fight.

The House would have to vote on the resolution before it headed to the Senate.

When the bill would be introduced is still unknown as Congress has already adjourned, and will be out next week for the President’s Day holiday.

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House Democrats attempt to block president’s National Emergency declaration

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UPDATED 11:20 AM PT — Friday, February 15, 2019

Two Democrat representatives said they are co-sponsoring a bill to stop President Trump’s National Emergency declaration. The proposal by New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Texas congressman Joaqin Castro is an attempt to block the president’s move to secure additional border funding.

On Thursday, Castro called the declaration a “fake emergency,” saying he would be filing a joint-resolution under the National Emergency Act to terminate the declaration.

“There have been very critical comments that have been made by senators, including Republican senators, about the president’s ability and wisdom of declaring a National Emergency for this purpose,” he stated.

U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro. 9Photo/TOM WILLIAMS/AP)

In a recent tweet, Ocasio-Cortez said she and Castro aren’t going to let the president declare an emergency without a fight.

The House would have to vote on the resolution before it headed to the Senate.

When the bill would be introduced is still unknown as Congress has already adjourned, and will be out next week for the President’s Day holiday.

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House Democrats attempt to block president’s National Emergency declaration

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UPDATED 11:20 AM PT — Friday, February 15, 2019

Two Democrat representatives said they are co-sponsoring a bill to stop President Trump’s National Emergency declaration. The proposal by New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Texas congressman Joaqin Castro is an attempt to block the president’s move to secure additional border funding.

On Thursday, Castro called the declaration a “fake emergency,” saying he would be filing a joint-resolution under the National Emergency Act to terminate the declaration.

“There have been very critical comments that have been made by senators, including Republican senators, about the president’s ability and wisdom of declaring a National Emergency for this purpose,” he stated.

U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro. 9Photo/TOM WILLIAMS/AP)

In a recent tweet, Ocasio-Cortez said she and Castro aren’t going to let the president declare an emergency without a fight.

The House would have to vote on the resolution before it headed to the Senate.

When the bill would be introduced is still unknown as Congress has already adjourned, and will be out next week for the President’s Day holiday.

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Conservative lawmakers praise the President’s decision to declare a National Emergency

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UPDATED 10:27 AM PT — Friday, February 15, 2019

Top conservatives are praising the president’s decision to declare a National Emergency at the southern border.

Representative Mark Meadows tweeted Friday, saying he is seeing speculation Congress could override a presidential veto with GOP votes. However, he said that will not happen, because the votes aren’t there.

Meadows also said there is broad Republican and American support for the president to take legal action to protect families.

Meanwhile Representative Jim Jordan also chimed in by simply tweeting out “of course it’s a national emergency.” He then listed reasons why, which included caravans and angel families losing loved ones.

The lawmaker also asked what will it take for the left to acknowledge the crisis at the border.

Central American immigrants line up to register with Mexican Immigration officials at a shelter in Piedras Negras, Mexico, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (Jerry Lara/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

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President Trump could have first 2020 GOP challenger

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UPDATED 9:46 AM PT — Friday, February 15, 2019

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld on Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

President Trump may soon have a 2020 challenger on the GOP side. On Friday, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld announced he is launching an exploratory committee as he eyes a possible White House run.

Weld would be the first Republican candidate to announce a bid against the president as all major polls indicate President Trump would crush any GOP opponent in a hypothetical 2020 primary.

Weld looks to be trying to frame himself as a candidate who moderate Republicans and Independents can get behind, but still maintains the president has skills others will never have.

“He may have great energy and considerable raw talent, but he does not use them in ways that promote democracy, truth, justice and equal opportunity for all,” he stated when referencing President Trump.

Weld decided earlier this month to rejoin the Republican Party after switching to the Libertarian Party in 2016. He served as Massachusetts governor from 1991 to 1997.

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Maduro alleges secret meetings with U.S. special envoy, invites him to Venezuela

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UPDATED 6:31 AM PT — Friday, February 15, 2019

Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is inviting a U.S. special envoy to the country, following alleged “secret talks” with the U.S.

During an interview Thursday, Maduro claimed US. Special Envoy Elliott Abrams privately met with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza in two separate meetings. He went on to allege the U.S. threatened military action and severe sanctions during the talks, however, his claims have not been confirmed.

Maduro said he would gladly meet with Abrams, and even said he hopes to meet with President Trump in the near future to discuss America’s recognition of Juan Guiado as Venezuela’s leader.

“I can tell you that we have had two meetings already with Mr. Elliott Abrams in New York, our Chancellor has met twice with Elliott Abrams — the first meeting lasted two hours, the second three hours, a few days ago,” claimed Maduro. “I invited Elliott Abrams to come to Venezuela in private, in public, in secret or if he wants to meet, let him say when, how, where, and I will be there.”

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

The embattled Venezuelan president continued by reaffirming he would not step down from power despite increasing pressure from across the globe.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Juan Guaido has said humanitarian aid will enter the country despite Maduro’s efforts to block it. At a rally this week, Guaido”said he will organize relief so supplies can be brought into the country next week.

Truck loads full of food and medicine arrived last week, but Maduro has continued to resist foreign efforts to help the country’s people who are suffering from rising hunger. More than two million people have fled Venezuela over the past two years due to soaring hyperinflation and severe food and medical shortages.

“Because the humanitarian crisis, the humanitarian aid…it’s not a box, it’s not a blister. It is a mother in Anzoategui who lost her baby boy to dehydration. It is a grandfather who can’t get his medicine. It is a mother who doesn’t have anything to give her son for lunch, and we say enough already, enough already.”

— Juan Guaido, self-proclaimed interim President – Venezuela

Venezuelans living in Colombia protest the government of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, and its blocking the entry of humanitarian aid in Cucuta, Colombia, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, on the border with Venezuela. The sign reads in Spanish “Urgent. The entry of humanitarian help is needed now. There are Venezuelans at risk of dying.” (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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North and South Korea to launch joint bid to host 2032 Summer Olympics

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UPDATED 8:06 AM PT — Friday, February 15, 2019

Delegates from both North Korea and South Korea have arrived in Switzerland ahead of talks for a potential bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics. The two Koreas are expected to discuss their plans to co-host the games in both Seoul and Pyongyang.

The mayor of Seoul claimed the event would be the “last stop to establish peace” between both countries, but any athletic feats may be overshadowed by the political achievements needed to make the games happen.

In order to make Olympic history, experts are saying the bid would need to overcome international sanctions against North Korea as well as decades of mistrust between Seoul and Pyongyang. The two countries are still at war over wide political and economic differences.

North Korea’s Olympic Committee President and sports minister Kim Il Guk, left, talks to South Korean Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan, right, at the meeting with the IOC for their bid to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics, at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday, February 15, 2019. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

“Since we’re a single team, you can’t go it alone. — North and South have to be in it together,” said Lee Kee-Hong, president of the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee. “For example, there are events where the South has a team, but the North doesn’t have athletes, so in those situations, we would have further discussions and the IOC said they would be open about it.”

If the bid is granted, the event would mark the first time the Olympics takes place in two locations.

“If we can figure out which events we can have good synergy in, then I think the results will be better than Pyeongchang,” stated Ryu Seung-Min, member of the International Olympic Committee.

The meeting in Switzerland on Friday comes ahead of a second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump in Vietnam, which could set an example of how Pyongyang will work alongside world leaders in the future.

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North and South Korea to launch joint bid to host 2032 Summer Olympics

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UPDATED 8:06 AM PT — Friday, February 15, 2019

Delegates from both North Korea and South Korea have arrived in Switzerland ahead of talks for a potential bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics. The two Koreas are expected to discuss their plans to co-host the games in both Seoul and Pyongyang.

The mayor of Seoul claimed the event would be the “last stop to establish peace” between both countries, but any athletic feats may be overshadowed by the political achievements needed to make the games happen.

In order to make Olympic history, experts are saying the bid would need to overcome international sanctions against North Korea as well as decades of mistrust between Seoul and Pyongyang. The two countries are still at war over wide political and economic differences.

North Korea’s Olympic Committee President and sports minister Kim Il Guk, left, talks to South Korean Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan, right, at the meeting with the IOC for their bid to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics, at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday, February 15, 2019. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

“Since we’re a single team, you can’t go it alone. — North and South have to be in it together,” said Lee Kee-Hong, president of the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee. “For example, there are events where the South has a team, but the North doesn’t have athletes, so in those situations, we would have further discussions and the IOC said they would be open about it.”

If the bid is granted, the event would mark the first time the Olympics takes place in two locations.

“If we can figure out which events we can have good synergy in, then I think the results will be better than Pyeongchang,” stated Ryu Seung-Min, member of the International Olympic Committee.

The meeting in Switzerland on Friday comes ahead of a second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump in Vietnam, which could set an example of how Pyongyang will work alongside world leaders in the future.

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