Germany: 'No understanding' for Russia outrage on expulsions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff is urging Russia to support the investigation of a killing prosecutors say appears to have ordered by Russian or Chechen authorities, and says he has “no understanding” for outraged reactions from Moscow. Germany expelled two Russian diplomats on Wednesday over the brazen killing of a Georgian man on … Read more

Nancy Pelosi is bungling the impeachment inquiry into Trump

By rushing the impeachment process – and keeping the focus narrow – Pelosi may be making a grave political miscalculationNancy Pelosi is rushing to conclude the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. On Thursday, just over two months after the inquiry was launched, Pelosi announced she was instructing investigators to draft articles of impeachment. These will … Read more

UN office: Iranian forces were ‘shooting to kill’ protesters

Iranian security forces were “shooting to kill” in their deadly crackdown against protesters in recent weeks, according to credible video footage, the U.N. human rights chief said Friday. The unrest left at least 208 people dead nationwide, the office of High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said, echoing a count also tallied by Amnesty … Read more

Germany's Merkel voices 'shame' during 1st Auschwitz visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced a feeling of “deep shame” during her first-ever visit on Friday to the hallowed grounds of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where Adolf Hitler’s regime murdered more than a million people. Merkel noted that her visit comes amid rising anti-Semitism and historical revisionism and vowed that Germany … Read more

'Dark money' ties raise questions for GOP Sen. Ernst of Iowa

An outside group founded by top political aides to Sen. Joni Ernst has worked closely with the Iowa Republican to raise money and boost her reelection prospects, a degree of overlap that potentially violates the law, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. Iowa Values, a political nonprofit that is supposed to be run independently, … Read more

China unveils plan to boost pork production

China will free up as much land as possible to restore pork production to pre-swine fever levels — including areas designated pig-free zones for environmental reasons, the agriculture ministry said Friday. Authorities outlined a three-year plan to boost its pig-breeding facilities in a bid to restore the country’s hog herds, devasted by African swine fever. … Read more

Horrific stabbing death of Tennessee counseling center official, 50, leads to arrest of suspect, 31, police… – Fox News

Horrific stabbing death of Tennessee counseling center official, 50, leads to arrest of suspect, 31, police…  Fox News News Arrest made in ‘brutal’ murder of a counselor Rebekah Pewitt 5:29 PM, Dec 05 Police: Suspect had brief interaction with counselor minutes before her murder  WZTV Police identify suspect in killing of counselor Missy Hamilton  Tennessean Man arrested in … Read more

Who Should Get Free College? Buttigieg Ad Inflames Key Divide Among Democrats – NPR

Who Should Get Free College? Buttigieg Ad Inflames Key Divide Among Democrats  NPR Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden drop in new 2020 poll  Los Angeles Times The Surge: The Biden campaign improves with age.  Slate Magazine Warren Isn’t a Wonk and Buttigieg Isn’t a Moderate  Bloomberg Four possible outcomes of the 2020 election and what they mean for conservatism … Read more