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Russia has doubts Trump will leave Syria – Washington Examiner

Russia has doubts Trump will leave Syria – Washington Examiner

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Russia isn't sure President Trump will make good on his promise to withdraw troops from Syria, in part because of past broken promises from the U.S. to withdraw troops from other regions. "Of course, we need to look at what will happen in reality," said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Let’s recall the previous U.S. president and those promises concerning the withdrawal from Afghanistan, which were made six or seven years ago, and compare them to reality." "That's why we prefer to wait patiently and analyze what is happening in actual fact," Peskov said. Peskov was apparently referencing former President Barack Obama, who said he would withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. He later postponed that decision to avoid a further deterioration
Here are 3 good replacements for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis – Washington Examiner

Here are 3 good replacements for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis – Washington Examiner

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The challenge of replacing Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is twofold: His replacement needs to retain President Trump's trust, but the person must also be willing to offer honest advice. Relatively few individuals could fill that role. But here are three that spring to mind. 1) Jon Huntsman A former governor of Utah, former ambassador to China, former ambassador to Singapore, and former U.S. trade representative, Huntsman currently serves as ambassador to Russia. Extremely well-versed in national security policy and fluent in Mandarin, Huntsman's dual-experience in China and Russia would allow him to continue Mattis' reforms towards better preparing America for great power struggles. Huntsman's particular knowledge of and experience with the Chinese would be of instrumen...
On Politics: Mattis Resigns Over Syria Plan, While Putin Praises It – The New York Times

On Politics: Mattis Resigns Over Syria Plan, While Putin Praises It – The New York Times

Politics
Supported byOn Politics: Mattis Resigns Over Syria Plan, While Putin Praises ItDec. 21, 2018Good Friday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today._____________________• Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has resigned. He went to the White House to convince Mr. Trump to keep American troops in Syria, officials said, and told the president he was resigning after he was rebuffed. Here are more details, and here’s Mr. Mattis’s full letter of resignation.• Mr. Trump defended his plan to withdraw American troops from Syria, saying that the United States should not be “the Policeman of the Middle East.”• President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia hailed Mr. Trump’s decision on Syria. It was a tactical victory for Mr. Pu...
The nation's cartoonists on the week in politics – POLITICO

The nation's cartoonists on the week in politics – POLITICO

Politics
Cartoon Carousel Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here's an offering of the best of this week's crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere. Edited by Matt Wuerker. By POLITICO STAFF 12/21/2018 05:12 AM EST Le...
Political chaos reaches DEFCON 2 in Washington – NBC News

Political chaos reaches DEFCON 2 in Washington – NBC News

Politics
Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEDec. 21, 2018 / 1:35 PM GMTBy Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie DannWASHINGTON — Only in Donald Trump’s Washington is a looming government shutdown not the lead political story in America today — but just one of several chaotic events in the last 24 hours.The secretary of defense resigned, citing his policy disagreements with President Trump. (“You have the right to have a secretary of defense whose views are better aligned with yours,” James Mattis said in his resignation letter.)The federal government is hurtling towards a government shutdown tonight after the U.S. House passed a spending measure containing more than $5 ...
Miley Cyrus turns 'Santa Baby' into a feminist anthem – CNN

Miley Cyrus turns 'Santa Baby' into a feminist anthem – CNN

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Given the recent debate over songs such as "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for lyrics that some see as demeaning to women, Cyrus turned the 1953 hit "Santa Baby" into a feminist anthem. The singer performed the song Thursday night alongside Mark Ronson and Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show."Cyrus skipped the usual lyrics, "Santa baby/slip a sable under the tree for me/Been an awful good girl/Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight/Santa baby, a '54 convertible too convertible too, light blue."And she replaced those with "Santa, baby/ I don't need any fancy jewelry, not me/I've got something else in mind Santa baby,/And I don't need your presents tonight."Cleveland radio station bans 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'But that's not all. Cyrus also sang, "Santa baby, I'd love to know my a** won't...
MovieBob Reviews: 'Aquaman' – Geek

MovieBob Reviews: 'Aquaman' – Geek

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Want to feel old? Entourage spending its entire second season on a joke about how dumb spending blockbuster-millions on an Aquaman movie was in 2005. That was 13 years ago. Want to feel even older? Entourage existed, at one point, and was somewhat popular and highly regarded for a hot second. By any reasonable traditional metric, Aquaman should be a complete disaster: Its plot is needlessly overcomplicated while its storyline is embarrassingly simplistic, the thematic throughline running between the two is utterly confused as to what it seems to think it’s about, the actual narrative doesn’t make a lick of sense and the whole of it has to be carried by Jason Momoa who, as an actor is… a very strong swimmer with a ton of charisma. It has about five Lord of The Rings, t...
Springfield mourns passing of Audrey Geisel – MassLive.com

Springfield mourns passing of Audrey Geisel – MassLive.com

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SPRINGFIELD -- The birthplace of Dr. Seuss author Theodor S. Geisel mourned the passing of his widow, Audrey Geisel, who helped establish the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden and The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum on the grounds of the Quadrangle.Audrey Geisel, who died on Wednesday at the age of 97, worked closely with David Starr, president of The Republican Co., and the Springfield Museums to create the bronze sculpture garden in 2002 effort. Later, she paved the way for a museum dedicated to her late husband’s work.“The number one request after the sculptures were installed was for a Dr. Seuss museum.” Springfield Museums President and CEO Kay Simpson said. “Audrey Geisel was integral to the sculpture garden, stepping forward with a $1 million ...
Rangers trade Jurickson Profar to Oakland A's, acquire 4 players in return as part of 3-team deal – Dallas News

Rangers trade Jurickson Profar to Oakland A's, acquire 4 players in return as part of 3-team deal – Dallas News

Sports
Update, 11:20 a.m. Friday: It's official. The Rangers have traded infielder Jurickson Profar to the Oakland Athletics as part of a three-team deal that involved the Tampa Bay Rays, the club announced Friday.Also departing the Texas organization is minor-league right-hander Rollie Lacy, acquired from the Chicago Cubs this summer in the Cole Hamels trade, who will be joining the Rays.The Rangers received four players in the deal: left-handed pitchers Kyle Bird and Brock Burke and righty Yoel Espinal from Tampa Bay, and infielder Eli White from Oakland. Additionally, the Rangers will receive international slot compensation from Oakland. Bird and Burke will be placed on the Rangers' major-league roster, bringing that total to 36 out of 40 possible players.More to come on t...
No One Seems to Care That the Raiders Are Leaving Oakland – Sports Illustrated

No One Seems to Care That the Raiders Are Leaving Oakland – Sports Illustrated

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