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Michael Bloomberg is relying on powerful city leaders as allies in his presidential campaign. Several have received grants, training and support packages totaling millions from his foundation. New York Times
Nine presidential candidates have signed a letter urging the D.N.C. to adjust its qualification criteria for January and February. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Changing the rules if they don't meet your performance.
The aide, John McEntee, had been dismissed in 2018 on the orders of the chief of staff at the time, John F. Kelly. New York Times
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The consulting company chases after government contracts, but it has a habit of evading the oversight that comes with them. New York Times
VOA VIEW: McKinsey is a corrupt company.
Mexico's deputy foreign minister, Jesus Seade, said on Saturday he sent a letter to the top U.S. trade official expressing surprise and concern over a labor enforcement provision proposed by a U.S. congressional committee in the new North American trade deal. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Dems may cause the loss of a deal.
Russia was still manipulating test data from Moscow lab in January 2019, making it impossible to bring doping cases against as many as 145 athletes
Mexico won't accept foreign inspectors on its soil out of sovereignty principles ABC
VOA VIEW: Mexico better take what they can.
The Riverside County, California, sheriff’s department claims that two of its deputies were refused service at a Starbucks location on Thursday night. ABC
VOA VIEW: Starbucks is hiring some wacky people.
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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham dismissed the impeachment probe against President Trump, calling it “a crock." CBS
The holiday classic “The Nutcracker" has been performed by the New York City Ballet for more than 50 years. But this year, the timeless production actually features something new. Charlotte Nebres, 11, is the first black dancer to win the coveted role of Marie, the young heroine of the story. And her story is just one example of the changing face of the world of classical dance. CBS
Since 1928, the S&P has only showed a gain of between 5-10% six out of the 91 calendar years. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Trump changes history.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC that the deal with China is about having more reciprocal trade with Beijing. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Depends on the deal.
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Buttigieg's move to open up his fundraisers to the press and disclose the names of his bundlers come amid a series of disclosures that included the release of his client list from when he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Buttigieg is running scared.
In fast food, Chick-fil-A has long dominated the chicken sandwich, which has helped it become the third-biggest fast food chain in the United States. CNBC
Finally completing the Brexit divorce deal between the EU and the U.K. will provide much needed stability for the British economy, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC Saturday. CNBC
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New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a freshman Democrat who strongly opposes impeachment, is expected to switch to the Republican Party and is telling colleagues his intentions, according to a senior Democratic aide. CNN
In an interview on Fox News, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said there was "no chance" President Trump would be removed from office after an impeachment trial in the Senate. CNN
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Judiciary Committee and a close ally of President Donald Trump, said he will do everything in his power to quickly end an expected impeachment trial in the Republican-led Senate. CNN
North Korea said it had successfully conducted another test at a satellite launch site, the latest in a string of developments aimed at "restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.", state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: NK is looking for big trouble.
A senior North Korean military official said that recent tests of defense technology are aimed at subduing nuclear threats from the United States, state media reported on Saturday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: NK is no match for Trump and the US.
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China and the United States' "phase one" trade agreement is good news for all and will "provide stability in global trade", the Chinese government's top diplomat Wang Yi said during a visit to Slovenia on Saturday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Time will tell - China does not keep its deals.
President Donald Trump's private lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was at the White House on Friday, the same day that a Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives panel approved impeachment charges against Trump. Reuters
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam visited Beijing on Saturday for her first trip to the Chinese capital since her government was handed a crushing defeat in local elections last month, prompting speculation about changes to her leadership team. Reuters
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The Google Earth platform has now been able to cover 98 percent of the world's populated areas. UPI
VOA VIEW: Big eye in the sky.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced his gun safety proposals Saturday, the seventh anniversary of the fatal shooting of 20 first graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden and his plan are foolish.
A federal appeals court ruled against Mississippi's law banning abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy more than a year after the governor signed it into law. UPI
VOA VIEW: A tough ruling.
A parade of storms is expected to sweep across the country throughout the middle of the month, and the next one in line threatens to deliver a dose of wintry weather to tens of millions of Americans. UPI
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Hopefully, Trump did not give up much. President Trump claims the U.S. has agreed to a "Phase One Deal" with China on trade, which the president says will lead to structural changes and agricultural product purchases, among other things. The president also announced tariffs on $160 billion in Chinese imports won't go into effect on December 15.
The Trump administration had already claimed they reached a "phase one" deal with China in October, but the countries have now agreed on the text of such a deal. The president's announcement came minutes after the House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment, sending those articles to the House for a floor vote. Mr. Trump also said negotiations will begin for a "Phase Two Deal immediately," instead of after the 2020 presidential election. The Chinese are also holding a press conference to announce some sort of agreement.