Venezuela Puts Down Mutiny With National Guard Unit

FABIOLA SANCHEZ / AP (CARACAS, Venezuela) — Venezuela’s government said Monday it put down a mutiny by a National Guard unit in a poor neighborhood a few miles (kilometers) from Venezuela’s presidential palace. The uprising triggered protests in the same neighborhood, which were dispersed with tear gas as residents set fire to a street barricade of trash and chanted demands that President Nicolas Maduro leave power. The armed forces in a statement said that it had captured all those involved in what it described as “treasonous” acts motivated by “obscure interests tied to the far right.” It said at around … Continue reading Venezuela Puts Down Mutiny With National Guard Unit

British Prime Minister Theresa May Rejects Calls to Delay EU Departure

Associated Press (LONDON) — Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday rejected calls to delay Britain’s departure from the European Union, and said her Plan B was to get her rejected Brexit deal approved by Parliament after securing changes to a contentious Irish border measure. Outlining what she plans to do after her EU divorce deal was rejected by Parliament last week, May said that she had heeded lawmakers’ concerns over an insurance policy known as the “backstop” that is intended to guarantee there are no customs checks along the border between EU member Ireland and the U.K.’s Northern Ireland after … Continue reading British Prime Minister Theresa May Rejects Calls to Delay EU Departure

12-Year-Old Girl Dies After Snow Fort Collapses Outside Chicago Church

Associated Press (ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.) — A 12-year-old girl has died after a snow fort collapsed while she was playing outside a church in suburban Chicago. Arlington Heights police are calling the death a “tragic accident.” Police say the girl, Esther Jung, was playing with a 9-year-old girl in the snow outside Rothem Church on Sunday. Their families began looking for the girls about an hour after they went outside to play. They found the girls under the snow. The younger girl survived. Police say it’s unclear how long the girls were trapped. The temperature at the time was about … Continue reading 12-Year-Old Girl Dies After Snow Fort Collapses Outside Chicago Church

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reacts to Aaron Sorkin’s Comments That Congress Members Need to Grow Up

Tara Law Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is pushing back against screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s comments that the new members of Congress need to “stop acting like young people.” In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Sorkin – who is renowned for penning political dramas like the West Wing and Charlie Wilson’s War – argued that while he likes the young freshman Congressmembers, “They need to stop acting like young people, ok? It’s time to do that.” He continued, “I think that there’s a great opportunity here, now more than ever, for Democrats to be the non-stupid party, to point out the difference. … Continue reading Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reacts to Aaron Sorkin’s Comments That Congress Members Need to Grow Up

World Economy Is Expected to Slow in 2019 Amid Trade Tensions, the International Monetary Fund Warns

PAUL WISEMAN / AP (DAVOS, Switzerland) — The world economy will be more sluggish this year, the International Monetary Fund warned Monday, citing trade disputes that have seen China slow to its weakest pace in 30 years as well as the impact of rising U.S. interest rates. The IMF cut its forecast for global growth this year to 3.5 percent, from the 3.7 percent it had predicted in October and down from 2018’s 3.7 percent. “After two years of solid expansion, the world economy is growing more slowly than expected and risks are rising,” said IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde … Continue reading World Economy Is Expected to Slow in 2019 Amid Trade Tensions, the International Monetary Fund Warns

Little Breakthrough in Sight as Theresa May Set to Unveil Brexit’s ‘Plan B’

JILL LAWLESS and RAF CASERT / AP (LONDON) — Prime Minister Theresa May was set to unveil her new plan to break Britain’s Brexit deadlock on Monday — one expected to look a lot like the old plan that was decisively rejected by Parliament last week. May was scheduled to brief the House of Commons on how she intends to proceed. There were few signs she planned to make radical changes to her deal, though she may seek alterations to its most contentious section, an insurance policy known as the “backstop” that is intended to guarantee there are no customs … Continue reading Little Breakthrough in Sight as Theresa May Set to Unveil Brexit’s ‘Plan B’

Kamala Harris Jumps Into Presidential Race

JUANA SUMMERS / AP (WASHINGTON) — Kamala Harris, a first-term senator and former California attorney general known for her rigorous questioning of President Donald Trump’s nominees, entered the Democratic presidential race on Monday. Vowing to “bring our voices together,” Harris would be the first woman to hold the presidency and the second African-American if she succeeds. Harris, a daughter of immigrant parents who grew up in Oakland, California, is one of the earliest high-profile Democrats to join what is expected to be a crowded field. She made her long anticipated announcement on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I am running for … Continue reading Kamala Harris Jumps Into Presidential Race