California Gov. Newsom wields executive power amid coronavirus

California no longer has one-party rule in Sacramento. It now has one-man rule. Gov. Gavin Newsom has told everyone who doesn’t have an “essential” job to stay home and protect themselves and others from the coronavirus. If they must venture out, he lectured, stay six feet from anyone. Legislating officially is an essential job, but […]

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The US operation in Iraq could come to an embarrassing end. Iran’s power will only grow

But a US withdrawal could bring even more trouble, experts say. ISIS continues its attacks in the country, and without US and other foreign troops, the group would have more room to resurge. At the same time, Iran will be able to expand its already far-reaching powers in Baghdad. Tehran and Washington have competed for […]

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Reconsidering Great Power Competition Below Armed Conflict

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Israel heads for third election and Netanyahu clings to power

The Knesset had until midnight Wednesday to agree on a politician who could command the support of 61 out of the 120 members of Israel’s parliament. When no one was able to garner the minimum backing, an election in March 2020 was automatically triggered. This time, Netanyahu will conduct his campaign while facing criminal indictment […]

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Russia commences Power of Siberia pipeline gas supplies to China

Russia started on 2 December Russian gas pipeline supplies to China via the ambitious Power of Siberia gas pipeline or so-called eastern route. Taking part in a ceremonial event via conference call were Russian President Vladimir Putin, his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, Gazprom Chairman Alexey Miller and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Chairman Wang Yilin. […]

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Trump abused power of presidency, Dems conclude in impeachment report

“[T]he president placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangered U.S. national security,” the report concludes. The Intelligence Committee is expected to approve the report along party lines Tuesday evening, ahead of the first impeachment […]

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Families would be ‘crippled by Jeremy Corbyn’s tax rises if Labour seize power – including £2,400 bill for all workers’ – The Sun

MILLIONS of families would be hit by 12 crippling tax rises if Labour seized power, the Chancellor warned last night. Sajid Javid claimed working people would have to pay £2,400 each to fill a £385billion black hole in Jeremy Corbyn’s spending plans. 3 The hidden taxes in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour spending plans have been revealed […]

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Hong Kong elections: Voters have shown not only the depths of the discontent, but also their power

Pro-democracy candidate Jimmy Sham, right, celebrates with a supporter after winning his election in the Sha Tin district, early November 25. “Today’s result represents (my constituency’s) support to protesters. The government should immediately establish the Five Demands and respond to the public’s voices,” Sham posted on Facebook, referencing a longstanding protest slogan. Pro-democracy candidate James […]

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