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Trump Promises to Withdraw from TPP, Promote Oil Drilling & Repeal Regulation

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President-elect Donald Trump released a YouTube video Monday outlining plans to withdraw immediately from the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, promote oil and gas extraction in the United States and roll back regulations.

 

President-elect Donald Trump: "I’ve asked my transition team to develop a list of executive actions we can take on day one to restore our laws and bring back our jobs. It’s about time. These include the following: On trade, I am going to issue our notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a potential disaster for our country. Instead, we will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores. On energy, I will cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy, including shale energy and clean coal, creating many millions of high-paying jobs. That’s what we want. That’s what we’ve been waiting for. On regulation, I will formulate a rule which says that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated."

Washington Post: Trump Policies Will Hurt Federal Workers

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Despite Trump’s focus on creating more jobs in the United States, an investigation by The Washington Post reveals how Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are, in fact, drafting up plans to eliminate government jobs and erode worker protections for federal workers. Among a few of the proposed changes that could affect federal workers are hiring freezes, cutting worker benefits and pensions, and eliminating automatic raises to keep pace with inflation.

 

Trump Holds Off-the-Record Meeting with Top TV Anchors

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U.N.: 1 Million Syrians Under Siege, Most by Government Forces

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Stephen O’Brien: "I call on all with influence—that’s the phrase I am diplomatically required to use, but you know around this table and beyond who you are—to do their part to end these senseless cycles of violence once and for all, to put an end to the slaughterhouse that is Aleppo."

Japan: Thousands Evacuate After Tsunami Warning in Fukushima

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Rohingyas Flee to Bangladesh Amid Violence in Myanmar

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Maryam Khatoon: "Military killed my husband, set fire to our house. As we did not get any help to save us, we fled our land and have come here."

Mohammed Hasim: "As we could not tolerate their tortures, we as a group crossed the river by boat at night. Four o’clock, we entered Bangladesh."

Sophia Wilansky Critically Injured During Police Attack at Standing Rock

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In Minneapolis, 21-year-old activist Sophia Wilansky is in critical condition and has been undergoing a series of surgeries, after reportedly being hit by a concussion grenade during the police attack against water protectors fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota Sunday night. Sunday’s attack at Standing Rock included police firing rubber bullets, mace canisters and water cannons in subfreezing temperatures. The Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council reports as many as 300 people were injured in the attack, with the injuries ranging from hypothermia to seizures, to loss of consciousness, to impaired vision as a result of being shot by a rubber bullet in the face. Water protectors say at least 26 people were evacuated from the area by ambulances and hospitalized. Sophia Wilansky was evacuated and airlifted to a Minneapolis hospital. After hours of surgery, she posted on Facebook early this morning that her arm has not been amputated, but she will not know for another week whether amputation might be required. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department is claiming the police are not responsible for her injury. Wilansky is from New York City and has organized against the construction of pipelines, including the AIM Spectra pipeline, in New York and across the East Coast. A prayer vigil is slated for 4 p.m. today outside the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

 

The Guardian: Self-Induced Abortions May Be on the Rise in U.S.

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Arctic Temperatures 35 Degrees Fahrenheit Above Average

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Bolivia Declares State of Emergency Amid Drought

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President Evo Morales: "The current supreme decree declares a state of national emergency due to the drought and water shortage in different regions of the national territory provoked by adverse climate phenomena. Therefore, through this supreme decree, mayors, governors and the national government have the obligation to mobilize economic resources to meet a human right that is water."

Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway Leaving for Northwestern

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