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Pence calls Harris to offer assistance ahead of U.S. power transfer next week

WASHINGTON/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – Vice President Mike Pence reached out to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Thursday, sources familiar with the situation said, marking the first contact at that level between the outgoing and incoming administrations. Pence has increasingly taken on the public roles involved in government transition. President Donald Trump, despite pledging to work toward a smooth transfer of […]

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‘We’re still under the jackboot!’ Britons furious at EU tariff threat

Brexit: Ben Habib warns of ‘risk’ of increased EU alignment Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier hinted Britain risked falling too far below European standards and being stripped of its zero-tariff and zero-quota trade deal with the bloc over its emergency-use authorisation of neonicotinoid pesticides. Senior Tory backbenchers urged Boris Johnson to face down the scare tactics or risk becoming trapped in […]

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EU summed up! Britons told ham sandwiches unsafe – as Brussels approves edible mealworms

Brexit: Drivers have sandwiches confiscated at Dutch border Eurocrats have ordered capitals to clamp down on people bringing meat and dairy products across the border after the introduction of the new post-Brexit trading bloc. But as customs officials are confiscating people’s pack lunches, the European Food Safety Authority has announced mealworms are safe for human consumption. The European Commission said: […]

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Pressure Mounts on Republicans to Buck Trump Amid Impeachment Battle

Republican lawmakers are facing intensifying pressure from some longtime allies and financiers over their continued ties with President Trump, as they reckon with taking stands on impeachment and protecting themselves politically to survive the 2022 midterm primaries and elections. From Amazon to Walmart, a lengthening list of blue-chip giants of corporate America — long a bastion of G.O.P. money — […]

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Pentagon Marching Where It Once Feared to Go: Armed Troops on the Streets

WASHINGTON — In deciding to arm the National Guard troops assigned to the Capitol complex for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration, the Defense Department crossed a Rubicon that for the last six months Pentagon officials have tried to avoid: potentially pitting armed military forces against American citizens in the streets. History has shown that such events never go well, […]

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