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US News

  • Chelsea Manning was arrested for refusing to testify in a secret federal court. [Link]
  • A new study finds Republican and Democratic voters support a less interventionist foreign policy. [Link]
  • A Baltimore police officer has been charged for planting a BB gun on a man that was run over by another police officer and instructing police officers to lie about what happened. [Link]
  • The US trade deficit with China grew to a record $420 billion in 2018. [Link]

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

  • The House passed a bill that broadly condemns hate. Democratic leadership looked to pass a bill that condemned Rep Ilhan Omar’s criticisms of Israel. After the dispute between factions of the Democratic Party, the House passed a bill that condemns both anti-Jewish and Muslim hate. The bill does not single out Omar. [Link]
  • Congresswoman Ilhan Omar criticizes Obama’s human rights record. She pointed to his drone program and detaining children at the border. [Link]

Venezuela

  • The US is trying to pressure India into ending imports of Venezuelan oil. [Link]  

Afghanistan

  • One person was killed by militants shelling a rally held by Afghan’s chief executive. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. [Link]
  • Nine civilians were killed by an airstrike during operations by the Afghan security forces. [Link]

Middle East

  • The Israeli Prime Minister says his country could take action against Iranian oil smuggling. [Link]
  • CENTCOM Commander General Votel says the fight against ISIS is far from over. [Link]
  • Russia claims the US is refusing to allow 35,000 Syrians to leave a refugee camp. [Link]
  • A new report finds that US and UK bombs sold to Saudi Arabia have killed over 200 civilians. [Link]
  • Fighting has restarted in Hodeida. The key port city saw little fighting for the past few months after a UN brokered ceasefire. [Link]