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Cancer survivor, 25, pays it forward with music therapy for needy kids

Luke Putney refuses to let cancer stop him from his life mission to be a blessing to other people.

The 25-year-old aspiring musician founded Instrumental Horizons, a Nashville-based nonprofit that raises money to provide music therapy and instruments to children in hospitals and in underserved communities, Religion News Service reported.

In 2017, Putney was plagued with what he thought was a bad headache. It turned out to be brain cancer.

“It was a brain tumor, the size of the surgeon’s fist, inside of my head,” he said.

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This Nov. 6, 2019 photo provided by Sam Simpkins, Luke Putney, right, walks with Belmont University President Dr. Bob Fisher at the university in Nashville, Tenn., after finishing Putney’s mile-a-day marathon.  (Sam Simpkins/Belmont University via AP)

A decade earlier, Putney also got that news that he had brain cancer, which left him blind.

That didn’t stop him, however, as he went on to become a successful high school wrestler, a star student, a nonprofit volunteer and a member of Skittle Biscuit, a band he started with friends in his home state of Georgia.

Now, Putney prays for his left hand to heal so he can play guitar and bass again.

And he is thankful to God for being able to use the bathroom, he says.

“Praise God from whom all blessings flow,” said Putney from the living room of the East Nashville home he shares with his mom and his dog, Jacob.

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This 2017 photo provided by Nancy Hoddinott shows Luke Putney, who spent more than 100 days in the hospital undergoing nine surgeries. Putney came home from a mission trip with what he thought was a bad headache. Instead, doctors found a brain tumor.  (Nancy Hoddinott via AP) 

He has many reasons for his gratitude.

After surgery for the second brain tumor, Putney suffered a stroke that left him in a coma for almost a week.

When he woke up, he could not feel his arms or legs, and he had lost his sense of balance.

Putney had nine surgeries and spent 100 days in the hospital.

His love of music and his faith got him through, he said.

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This 2016 photo provided by Nancy Hoddinott shows Luke Putney playing the bass guitar. Putney came home from a mission trip with what he thought was a bad headache. Instead, doctors found a brain tumor.   (Nancy Hoddinott via AP)

He was most sustained by the words of the New Testament, especially the letter to the Philippians and the words the Apostle Paul wrote while he was suffering in prison.

“I like the part that says, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,’” Putney said. “But I really like the part which precedes that, which is to be content no matter what my circumstances. That speaks to me.”

“When I was in the hospital for over a hundred days, I was questioning: ‘God, why is this happening to me? Why do I keep having to go back for more surgery?’ I was in so much pain,” he said. “Then I remembered Paul in the prison and thought, ‘Oh yeah, oh yeah, I’ve got to be content, no matter my circumstances.’ And I thought about his words and they brought joy to me.”

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This 2017 photo provided by Nancy Hoddinott, Luke Putney, right, delivers donated instruments during a trip for the non-profit he started, Instrumental Horizons, in Colombia Putney came home from a mission trip with what he thought was a bad headache.Instead, doctors found a brain tumor.  (Nancy Hoddinott via AP) .

During his recovery, he decided to make his future goals about others, not just himself.

He decided to walk a marathon to raise funds for Instrumental Horizons.

Putney asked everyone he met to chip in a dollar for every mile he finished, RNS said.

He gathered $17,000 — all of which he said will go to fund a music therapy program in Cape Town, South Africa.

He hopes to collect at least another $5,000 by the end of the year.

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In March, he will travel to Cape Town — on donated plane tickets from Delta — to present a check to a nonprofit music program in that city.

“I wanted to use every step of my recovery to make the world a better place,” he said.

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Tucker Carlson: Horowitz report exposed CNN’s Trump-FISA narratives as misleading

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Tucker Carlson said Wednesday Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz’s report on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse during the 2016 election exposed misleading or false narratives spread on CNN.

The “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host said many network hosts, contributors and guests had tried to convince viewers the Steele dossier was “totally irrelevant” to the FISA warrant application.

He criticized CNN primetime anchor Don Lemon, who had accused the Trump administration of “gaslighting” the American people in response to both President Trump’s impeachment proceedings and the Horowtiz report.

“There was no spying of course. The FBI obtained proper warrants to read the report… Facts first,” claimed Lemon, who added that the report purportedly found the Russia probe’s origins “legally sound” and “unbiased.”

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In response, Carlson said Lemon was irresponsibly doubling down on a false narrative, adding the report did not express what the CNN host claimed it did.

“‘Facts first’, that’s kind of his motto — wizened old newsman that he is,” Carlson said sarcastically.

“[New York] Governor [Andrew] Cuomo’s brother agrees with that,” he added, referring to Lemon’s fellow CNN primetime host Chris Cuomo.

In a recent clip, the younger Cuomo mocked Trump for claiming he is a “victim” in the midst of the FISA firestorm.

“[The president] is lying to you about the report. Please do yourself the favor, do the homework — he’s lying to you,” Cuomo continued.

Carlson remarked in response that he believed Cuomo himself has not done the “homework” he assigned his viewers.

“Unless he is a pathological liar, Chris Cuomo didn’t actually read the IG report,” he said. “Otherwise, he would not have sat in the television studio, stared into the camera and pretended that the Justice Department inspector general just confirmed what CNN has been telling you for three years.”

Carlson also singled out CNN anchor and former Obama administration staffer Jim Scuitto — who in a 2018 tweet claimed the FBI would “further corroborate information in the [Steele] dossier… before using such intel to justify the FISA warrant.”

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“In other words, you can believe your government, ladies and gentlemen, and anyone who doubts that is a bad person,” Carlson said.

“Of course, that was a lie too. It didn’t happen. In fact, just the opposite happened,” the host added.

He said the Horowitz report showed the FBI instead hid information exposing the dossier as false and pretended it had been authenticated.

The host said Scuitto was incorrect “at best” and had not yet issued a correction.

“He was too busy tweeting a Nancy Pelosi quote about how solemn impeachment was. What a shill.”

Carlson added that CNN was not alone in what he claimed was their misleading coverage, but also criticized NBC News intelligence correspondent Ken Dilanian, who tweeted in 2018 that Trump is “wrong about Carter Page, the dossier and the FISA warrant.”

“Except, it looks like Trump was right ‘about Carter Page, the dossier and the FISA warrant’, and Ken Dilanian and his sources in the intel community were completely wrong,” he remarked.

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Dallas man gets 30 years in prison after calling on slaughter of ‘infidels’ for ISIS

A Texas man who railed against “infidels” in his support of ISIS, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for promoting the group online and lying to investigators, prosecutors said.

Said Azzam Mohamad Rahim, a U.S. citizen living in the Dallas area, was convicted in May on eight counts related to social media and supporting terrorism. He could have been sentenced to up to 88 years in federal prison.

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A patch of the ISIS flag on a soldier’s uniform.  (iStock)

“Mr. Rahim embraced a warped ideology on social media, promoting violence against innocent people, including Americans,” U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said in a prepared statement. “The Justice Department is committed to combatting terror at home and abroad.”

Evidence presented during his trial showed Rahim, 42, moderated a social media channel dedicated to recruiting fighters for ISIS.

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He is said to have used a push-to-talk direct messaging application to promote violence in the name of the terrorist group. In those messages, Rahim urged his followers to “kill and do not consult anyone. Kill by any means,” prosecutors said.

Rahim was arrested in 2017 at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport while trying to board a flight to Amman, Jordan, prosecutors said.

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When questioned by officers, Rahim denied supporting terrorism or promoting such violence, they said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Reporter’s Notebook: Congress rings in holidays with one of its most stressful Decembers ever

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Seth MacFarlane nailed it in the Christmastime episode of “Family Guy” nine years ago.

Stevie and Brian the dog headed to the North Pole during the holiday season on a nefarious quest to knock off ol’ St. Nick himself. The duo arrived, only to discover that Santa’s workshop was a dystopic tableau, populated with an exhausted team of overworked, crackhead elves and a bone-tired, cynical Santa Claus.

Christmas was exhausting everyone at the North Pole. Santa and his elves launched into song.

“Each bell would peal with a silvery zeal…

As the holiday was filling us…

But now instead, all we’re feeling is dread…

Because Christmastime is killing us!”

But, such wretched holiday dioramas aren’t confined to “Family Guy” or the North Pole.

Anyone who’s spent any time during the month of December on Capitol Hill knows exactly what we’re driving at here. The sheer, exponential volume of work and stress often in Congress each December saps away holiday cheer as lawmakers, staff and journalists toil around the clock.

December is the worst month on the Congressional calendar. The 12 days of Christmas are more like a month of pain in Congress.

“O Christmas tree. O Christmas tree. How faithful are thy branches?”

When it comes to December, you can bet that the legislative branch of government will be “faithful,” meeting in session right up until Christmas – if not toiling all the way through the holidays.

We’ve had some hall deckers around Congress at the holidays before. A Christmas Eve pre-dawn vote in the Senate to pass the first version of ObamaCare in 2009. Congress labored through the holidays in 2012 as the nation faced the “fiscal cliff” in 2012 and 2013. Vice President Biden came to the Capitol around 8:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve 2012 for negotiations. The Senate began voting just around 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2013, on the fiscal cliff measure, and the House voted that night. Last year, the government shut down just before Christmas and remained closed through the holidays. The sides were stymied in efforts to reach an accord to fund the government.

The House even impeached President Clinton on Dec. 19, 1998 – the Saturday before Christmas. And, perhaps appropriately, the first impeachment trial in U.S. history began in the Senate on Christmas Eve in 1797.

In other words, Congress has Christmas traditions to uphold when it comes to impeachment.

So, here we are with perhaps the most overwhelming slate of work facing Congress at the holidays in decades. The House began a “markup” session to prepare articles of impeachment at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The full House may debate the articles and vote to impeach President Trump sometime before the holiday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., even announced a deal on the new trade pact between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, known as USCMA – one hour after the House unveiled articles of impeachment.

The sheer juxtaposition of House Democrats announcing they would impeach the president – within an hour of announcing they were on the precipice of granting Trump the biggest, bipartisan policy victory of his presidency, was simply bizarre.

A somber Pelosi appeared at a 9 a.m. news conference to release the impeachment articles on Tuesday. By 10, Pelosi was all smiles as she strode to the lectern for a second news conference on USMCA.

“It’s like we’re dealing with whiplash here this morning,” said yours truly to the speaker. “Impeachment at 9. USMCA at 10.”

“The day is young!” exclaimed Pelosi, triggering a peal of laughter in the press gallery.

Finally, the sides still must work out an agreement to avoid a government shutdown by 11:59:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 20. Failure to do so could trigger yet another holiday season government shutdown.

“Sleigh bells ring! Are you listening?”

Frankly, no. Everyone has spent hours sequestered in various impeachment hearings and markups starting at dawn and running until nightfall – and some even beginning after nightfall. We’ve heard testimony about alleged quid pro quos, Gordon Sondland, the whistleblower and Jonathan Turley’s angry goldendoodle. And, the only thing Christmas-like in the hearing room is the temperature. It feels like the North Pole.

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose.”

The House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees conducted their hearings in room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building. It’s a cavernous facility, home to the House Ways and Means Committee. The room is historically the coldest room on Capitol Hill. Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the Judiciary panel, referenced the extreme chill in the hearing room last week and complained to Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.

“This is the coldest hearing room in the world,” Collins exhorted during one hearing, also grousing about the lack of comfort of the chair.

Some reporters covering impeachment resembled “folks dressed up like Eskimos,” wrapped in wool blankets for the marathon hearings.

The House used 1100 Longworth as the actual chamber in the 1940s while workers renovated the real one across the street in the Capitol. 1100 Longworth has retained its status as a backup chamber to this day. The House has kept the room at a very cold temperature in case of a chemical or biological attack. Colder temperatures would restrict the aerosolization of particles in a terrorist attack.

So, here we are again on Capitol Hill, and Christmastime is killing us. And, the deadline to fund the government looms.

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., noted there was “no progress” on funding the government as she headed to a meeting with Pelosi and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The same issue that triggered a government shutdown still hasn’t been resolved this year: funding for a border wall and the treatment of people in U.S. detention.

“We want to get as much dignity and protections for migrants as possible,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said as she headed into the conclave with Pelosi and Lowey.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., published the Senate calendar for 2020 last week. Anticipating a prospective impeachment trial, McConnell released an 11-month calendar. No, he didn’t leave January blank. He simply ripped January off the calendar as if it didn’t exist.

McConnell couldn’t predict what was ahead in the early days of 2020. So, McConnell didn’t even make a guess.

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McConnell may harbor serious reservations about January. But, everyone knows that December is the real black hole. Everyone faces prodigiously lengthy days ahead. Christmastime is killing us.

Perhaps McConnell is onto something with the 11-month calendar. An easy way to cure the December ills in Congress? Just delete the entire month from the calendar.

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Taylor Swift on crossing over to the ‘different world’ of pop: ‘Country music is a real community’

When Taylor Swift entered the pop world with her 2014 album “1989,” her foray into the music genre was different than what she had experienced with country music.

The 29-year-old Grammy winner who was named Billboard’s Woman of the Decade recently opened up to the outlet about making the creative switch and explained how pop “is a completely different world.”

Her varying experiences came up after Swift initially spoke about how she’s lent a helping hand to up-and-coming artists over the years, giving them advice on how to navigate the industry.

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“… I’ve had several upheavals of somehow not being what I should be,” the “Lover” songstress said. “And this happens to women in music way more than men. That’s why I get so many phone calls from new artists out of the blue — like, ‘Hey, I’m getting my first wave of bad press, I’m freaking out, can I talk to you?’ And the answer is always yes!”

“I’m talking about more than 20 people who have randomly reached out to me,” she added, saying that she takes it as “a compliment because it means that they see what has happened over the course of my career, over and over again.”

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When then asked if she’s ever had someone like that to reach out to, Swift said she really hasn’t.

“Not really, because my career has existed in lots of different neighborhoods of music,” she explained. “I had so many mentors in country music. Faith Hill was wonderful. She would reach out to me and invite me over and take me on tour, and I knew that I could talk to her.”

Swift continued: “Crossing over to pop is a completely different world. Country music is a real community, and in pop I didn’t see that community as much. Now there is a bit of one between the girls in pop — we all have each other’s numbers and text each other — but when I first started out in pop it was very much you versus you versus you.”

“We didn’t have a network, which is weird because we can help each other through these moments when you just feel completely isolated,” she added.

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Swift, who has since released her 2017 record “Reputation” and her most recent album “Lover,” said she hopes those barriers are being broken down now.

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Taylor Swift attends FOX’s Teen Choice Awards 2019 on August 11, 2019 in Hermosa Beach, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

“I also hope people can call it out, [like] if you see a Grammy prediction article, and it’s just two women’s faces next to each other and feels a bit gratuitous. No one’s going to start out being perfectly educated on the intricacies of gender politics,” she explained. “The key is that people are trying to learn, and that’s great. No one’s going to get it perfect, but, God, please try.”

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During the interview, Swift also discussed artist rights.

The star has been in a public feud with Scott Borchetta, the head of her former label, Big Machine Records, and Scooter Braun — whose Ithaca Holdings acquired Big Machine Label Group — over her master recordings.

“We have a long way to go,” Swift said about the terms of record deals in general. “I think that we’re working off of an antiquated contractual system. We’re galloping toward a new industry but not thinking about recalibrating financial structures and compensation rates, taking care of producers and writers.”

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“We need to think about how we handle master recordings, because this isn’t it,” she continued. “When I stood up and talked about this, I saw a lot of fans saying, ‘Wait, the creators of this work do not own their work, ever?’ I spent 10 years of my life trying rigorously to purchase my masters outright and was then denied that opportunity, and I just don’t want that to happen to another artist if I can help it.”

“I want to at least raise my hand and say, ‘This is something that an artist should be able to earn back over the course of their deal — not as a renegotiation ploy — and something that artists should maybe have the first right of refusal to buy.’ God, I would have paid so much for them! Anything to own my work that was an actual sale option, but it wasn’t given to me,” Swift claimed.

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Taylor Swift arrives at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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For Borchetta’s part, he has previously claimed that there have been terms negotiated for her to purchase her masters, which Swift allegedly declined.

“Thankfully, there’s power in writing your music,” Swift added. “Every week, we get a dozen synch requests to use ‘Shake It Off’ in some advertisement or ‘Blank Space’ in some movie trailer, and we say no to every single one of them. And the reason I’m rerecording my music next year is because I do want my music to live on. I do want it to be in movies, I do want it to be in commercials. But I only want that if I own it.”

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Israel on verge of third election in 1 year after parliament vote

Israel’s parliament has failed once again to form a governing coalition, pushing the country toward what is likely to be an unprecedented third election in a 12-month period.

The move prolongs a yearlong stalemate and provides Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu more time to fight political corruption charges.

Following the Sept. 17 vote, Netanyahu’s Likud party and the rival Blue and White, led by former military commander Benny Gantz, both failed to form a coalition. During a final three-week window that ended Wednesday, they were unable to agree on a power-sharing agreement or find an alternative leader.

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Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, left, Esther Hayut, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel, center, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a memorial service for former President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.  (AP)

Netanyahu had insisted on serving as prime minister while Gantz refused to serve under a prime minister with such legal problems and called on Likud to choose a different leader.

Hours before the deadline, parliament dissolved itself on its own. But as speeches and committee work stretched into the night, the lawmakers passed only one of three required readings of the bill on time.

Given the divisions in Israeli society, and the deep mistrust between the opposing camps, there appears to be little hope that another vote will break the loop of elections and instability that has rocked the country for the past year.

Netanyahu did not participate in the late-night parliamentary debate but accused Gantz on social media of courting Arab “terror supporters” and forcing new elections.

“In order to prevent this happening again, there is only one thing we must do: win and win big,” he said.

Netanyahu, who is desperately clinging to power to wage his legal battle, can now use his office in the coming months as a bully pulpit to continue his attacks on prosecutors and police investigators, whom he has accused of staging an “attempted coup” against him.

Without a functioning parliament in place, Netanyahu can put on hold his expected request for immunity from prosecution because Israeli law does not require a sitting prime minister to resign if charged with a crime.

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The outgoing parliament did not have a majority in favor of granting him immunity. Netanyahu can now hope that the next election delivers him favorable results.

Netanyahu’s first immediate challenge will be to fend off an insurrection inside Likud. The party announced Wednesday that it will hold a leadership primary on Dec. 26.

But although Netanyahu is currently not required to step down, Israeli law is unclear about whether he could be given the authority to form a new government after the next election.

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Even if Netanyahu overcomes these challenges, polls indicate that he will not be able to muster a majority in favor of granting him immunity or forming a coalition government.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Israel on verge of third election in 1 year after parliament vote

Israel’s parliament has failed once again to form a governing coalition, pushing the country toward what is likely to be an unprecedented third election in a 12-month period.

The move prolongs a yearlong stalemate and provides Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu more time to fight political corruption charges.

Following the Sept. 17 vote, Netanyahu’s Likud party and the rival Blue and White, led by former military commander Benny Gantz, both failed to form a coalition. During a final three-week window that ended Wednesday, they were unable to agree on a power-sharing agreement or find an alternative leader.

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Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, left, Esther Hayut, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel, center, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a memorial service for former President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.  (AP)

Netanyahu had insisted on serving as prime minister while Gantz refused to serve under a prime minister with such legal problems and called on Likud to choose a different leader.

Hours before the deadline, parliament dissolved itself on its own. But as speeches and committee work stretched into the night, the lawmakers passed only one of three required readings of the bill on time.

Given the divisions in Israeli society, and the deep mistrust between the opposing camps, there appears to be little hope that another vote will break the loop of elections and instability that has rocked the country for the past year.

Netanyahu did not participate in the late-night parliamentary debate but accused Gantz on social media of courting Arab “terror supporters” and forcing new elections.

“In order to prevent this happening again, there is only one thing we must do: win and win big,” he said.

Netanyahu, who is desperately clinging to power to wage his legal battle, can now use his office in the coming months as a bully pulpit to continue his attacks on prosecutors and police investigators, whom he has accused of staging an “attempted coup” against him.

Without a functioning parliament in place, Netanyahu can put on hold his expected request for immunity from prosecution because Israeli law does not require a sitting prime minister to resign if charged with a crime.

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR: UN FIGHTS FOR PALESTINIAN REFUGEES, FORGETS ABOUT JEWISH REFUGEES

The outgoing parliament did not have a majority in favor of granting him immunity. Netanyahu can now hope that the next election delivers him favorable results.

Netanyahu’s first immediate challenge will be to fend off an insurrection inside Likud. The party announced Wednesday that it will hold a leadership primary on Dec. 26.

But although Netanyahu is currently not required to step down, Israeli law is unclear about whether he could be given the authority to form a new government after the next election.

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Even if Netanyahu overcomes these challenges, polls indicate that he will not be able to muster a majority in favor of granting him immunity or forming a coalition government.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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She’s 16 and Wants to Be President: Meet the Teenagers Planning Their Campaigns

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Abby Cumming-Vukovic is going to be a state representative. You can quote her on that.

She is 16, yes. She is a high school sophomore, yes. But she already has more than a decade of political engagement behind her, if you start with the 2008 canvassing trip she took in a wagon pulled by her mother.

“President is the ultimate goal,” she said. “Of course.”

If this is an unusual proclamation for a teenager, you would not have known it last month at the Young Women Run Columbus conference, hosted by Ignite, a group dedicated to getting young women involved in politics. The attendees, from high schools and colleges across Ohio, want to be City Council members, county commissioners, state senators and congresswomen. And if they don’t want to be the first woman to lead the country, it’s only because they would rather be the third.

“I remember being in second grade and looking at a poster of all the U.S. presidents and wondering why there wasn’t a woman,” said Haley Zaker, 17, a high school senior in Lancaster. “I would joke about being the first female president. But I hope it doesn’t come to that, because I’m not eligible to run for president until 2040.”

This is the vanguard of the next wave of American leaders: young women who have already resolved, before some of them can vote, that one day people will vote for them.

They are part of the first generation in which women appear to be more likely than their male peers to be engaged in politics, according to Melissa Deckman, a political scientist at Washington College who is researching Generation Z and has worked with Ignite. And advocates are seizing on this trend, because for all the progress women made in last year’s elections, the numbers are still sobering. If women’s representation in American government kept increasing at the rate it has over the past decade, it would take more than 100 years to reach gender parity.

Ignite thinks the key is hooking women sooner. The goal, made explicit in a segment of the conference called “Declare Your Ambition,” is to build a generation of women who are “flexing their political power and normalizing political ambition,” said Anne Moses, the group’s founder and president.

Kira Jones, 18, wants to run for local office. Cameron Tiefenthaler, 17, wants to run for the Ohio House or for Congress. One Ohio State University sophomore leapt out of her chair and shouted across the room: “My name is Kelsey Lowman, and I am going to be a United States congresswoman!”

In an interview later, Ms. Lowman, 19, said she had not completely made up her mind. But, she said, “I refuse to be meek about saying, ‘Maybe I’ll run for public office,’ because then people grab a hold of that and they want to make you feel small.”

Similarly, many women went into the conference unsure about running. But after holding a mock legislative debate, dividing into groups to practice lobbying, and having lunch with more than a dozen women who hold or are running for office in Ohio, several said they were considering it more seriously.

Ms. Jones, a first-year at Ohio State, said listening to the officeholders had piqued her interest. She wants to be an environmental lawyer, she said, but she has come to realize that in many cases, it is possible to serve in office and have another career too.

“A lot of the women who are in that room did not intend to become politicians or did not initially envision themselves as becoming politicians,” Ms. Jones said.

The students drawn to the conference were overwhelmingly Democrats, as is true of most of Ignite’s programs, despite efforts by the group, which is nonpartisan, to recruit more Republicans.

There are systemic reasons for this. Some Republican women say they don’t trust that nonpartisan groups will actually welcome them. Others are wary of recruitment on principle, arguing that the best politicians are those who come to politics on their own. And the imbalance has only intensified under President Trump because of how many young, liberal women his election drew into politics.

Shradha Parekh, 21, a senior at Ohio State, said the 2016 election had made her realize “how much policies affect my life and the lives of the people I care about.” In 2018, Ignite chose her as its Columbus fellow, and she has spent the past year helping to start chapters at colleges throughout Ohio.

The experience has “empowered me as a woman and a woman of color to find my place in politics, because as we all know, that’s not necessarily a very welcoming space,” Ms. Parekh said. “Ignite has really changed my view on, yes, I do belong here in politics and I should get a seat at the table.”

For Ms. Zaker, the 2016 campaign coincided with an eighth-grade history class heavily focused on government. She said it was invigorating to realize that when her teacher discussed current events, she knew what he was talking about and could engage.

“He took my opinion seriously, and that made me venture into politics more, the idea of an adult valuing you and making you seem like your opinion matters,” she said.

Ms. Zaker founded a chapter of Students Demand Action, a branch of Everytown for Gun Safety, at her school and enrolled in a mock state government program, Buckeye Girls State. She wants to run for Congress — at least until the presidency is an option — and the prospect “seems more tangible now,” she said. “It seems like something I can actually achieve if I want to work for it.”

A few attendees had been interested in politics for years. “As long as I can remember,” said Ms. Cumming-Vukovic, from Westerville, who lost her first tooth at an Obama rally and walked out of a seventh-grade history class after an anti-Black Lives Matter presentation. Others said they had long been active in their communities but were now delving deeper into electoral politics.

Shayanna Hinkle-Moore, 19, a first-year student at Ohio State, spent several years fighting to build sidewalks near her Columbus high school and others so students would not have to thread dangerously through traffic.

She and a handful of classmates mobilized neighbors and church members and secured $2.5 million a year in city funding. Now, she is working with city and county officials to connect the sidewalk project to a bridge project.

“I never thought this could be possible,” she said. “Sometimes I feel like, ‘Wow, look at little old me doing something big.’”

For Sydnee Brown, also 19 and a first-year at Ohio State, the turning point was when school officials in her hometown, in the Dallas area, forbid student journalists to cover a gun violence walkout. With New Voices, a student press freedom organization, she lobbied Texas legislators and was asked to testify before a State Senate committee.

Ms. Brown is not sure whether she wants to go into politics or journalism, but the allure of elected office is strong.

“They have the ability to actually make the decisions and change the policy,” she said.

Ignite, like many other advocacy groups, is also trying to combat the entrenched idea that women, especially young women, should “wait their turn” to enter politics.

In a keynote address, Mónica Ramírez, president of Justice for Migrant Women and founder of Esperanza, an immigrant women’s rights initiative at the Southern Poverty Law Center, told the students: “You are not our leaders of tomorrow. You are our leaders of today.” Then she instructed them to stand and chant, “I am enough, and I am what this world needs.”

“That was life-changing,” said Maddy Garber, 16, a high school junior in Lancaster who wants to serve in Congress and eventually run for president.

“You’re kind of told from a young age, especially as a woman and a girl: ‘You aren’t good enough to run for president. There’s never been one. Why should there?’” Ms. Garber said. “You just have to remind yourself you are enough. You are worth as much as you want to give.”

Researchers and advocates have long understood that representation, in gender and race, begets more representation: More women and people of color getting elected, for example, will encourage more women and people of color to run. The same is, in theory, true of young people.

“I think it’s about breaking the cycle,” said Jenna Fawcett, 20, a junior at Wilmington College in southwestern Ohio who started an Ignite chapter there. “I think that young people are afraid or not ready to run for office because they don’t see a lot of young people. So if we just get the brave few that are ready to do it and stepping up, which I think we are seeing more and more, that’ll encourage it.”

To an extent, what groups like Ignite are doing is harnessing the organic energy of a generation that has grown up under multiple existential threats.

It is not a coincidence that, according to research by Ignite and Dr. Deckman, members of Generation Z rank climate change and gun violence as top issues. The urgency of these threats has primed many of them to get involved in politics — and now, they are reaching the age where they can.

“If I would have known about this program even a week ago, I’m sure I would have had at least 10 of my classmates join me,” said Ms. Tiefenthaler, a senior at Columbus School for Girls who signed up at the last minute.

“You’ve seen the school walkouts. You’ve seen our participation at marches and at rallies,” she said. “I think that’s just going to continue to build, because we know that the world in 30 years, 40 years, is going to be ours.”

Are you in Generation Z? We want to hear from you

Next year, for the first time, Generation Z will play a major role in an American presidential election. If you were born between Jan. 1, 1997, and Nov. 3, 2002, we’re interested in your political opinions. We may print a selection of responses. (The questions below are a guide, but you don’t have to answer every one.)

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After NAS Pensacola shooting, Navy posthumously awards Wings of Gold to victims

The U.S. Navy has posthumously awarded Wings of Gold to the three American sailors who were killed in the shooting at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola in Florida on Friday.

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly on Tuesday proclaimed Ensign Joshua K. Watson as a naval aviator, and Airman Mohammed S. Haitham and Airman Apprentice Cameron S. Walters as naval aircrewmen, Fox 13 News reported.

“It is my honor today to present the Wings of Gold to the families of these three American heroes who were among the first to respond to horrific attacks upon our own naval family and tragically were also our sailors who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting their brothers and sisters in arms,” Modly said in a statement.

Modly said the Wings of Gold are symbolic of the goal all three sailors were working to realize during their military training.

“Airman Haitham, Airman Walters and Ensign Watson represent the highest virtues of naval aviation and undoubtedly belong in that great fraternity of selfless service to our Navy, our Department and our Nation,” Modly said.

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Mohammed S. Haitham, Joshua K. Watson and Cameron S. Walters, left to right, were bestowed posthumous Wings of Gold after the shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. (US Navy)

Vice Adm. DeWolfe H. Miller III called the men heroes for trying to stop the attack.

“Their actions and sacrifice embodied the competence, courage and character of those who wear Naval Aviation Wings of Gold,” Miller said. “These wings were presented in honor of their brave actions and in everlasting memory of their sacrifice.”

Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a 21-year-old aviation student from Saudi Arabia, opened fire at NAS Pensacola on Friday, killing the three military members and injuring eight others. Police shot and killed the Saudi gunman.

The Pentagon on Tuesday suspended more than 850 Saudi students from flight training in response to the deadly shooting.

Instructor pilots also asked top military brass for permission to arm themselves in the wake of the shooting.

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H.Res.755 – Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors

ARTICLE II: OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS

The Constitution provides that the House of Representatives “shall have the sole Power of Impeachment” and that the President “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”. In his conduct of the office of President of the United States—and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed—Donald J. Trump has directed the unprecedented, categorical, and indiscriminate defiance of subpoenas issued by the House of Representatives pursuant to its “sole Power of Impeachment”. President Trump has abused the powers of the Presidency in a manner offensive to, and subversive of, the Constitution, in that:

The House of Representatives has engaged in an impeachment inquiry focused on President Trump’s corrupt solicitation of the Government of Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 United States Presidential election. As part of this impeachment inquiry, the Committees undertaking the investigation served subpoenas seeking documents and testimony deemed vital to the inquiry from various Executive Branch agencies and offices, and current and former officials.

In response, without lawful cause or excuse, President Trump directed Executive Branch agencies, offices, and officials not to comply with those subpoenas. President Trump thus interposed the powers of the Presidency against the lawful subpoenas of the House of Representatives, and assumed to himself functions and judgments necessary to the exercise of the “sole Power of Impeachment” vested by the Constitution in the House of Representatives.

President Trump abused the powers of his high office through the following means:

(1) Directing the White House to defy a lawful subpoena by withholding the production of documents sought therein by the Committees.

(2) Directing other Executive Branch agencies and offices to defy lawful subpoenas and withhold the production of documents and records from the Committees—in response to which the Department of State, Office of Management and Budget, Department of Energy, and Department of Defense refused to produce a single document or record.

(3) Directing current and former Executive Branch officials not to cooperate with the Committees—in response to which nine Administration officials defied subpoenas for testimony, namely John Michael “Mick” Mulvaney, Robert B. Blair, John A. Eisenberg, Michael Ellis, Preston Wells Griffith, Russell T. Vought, Michael Duffey, Brian McCormack, and T. Ulrich Brechbuhl.

These actions were consistent with President Trump’s previous efforts to undermine United States Government investigations into foreign interference in United States elections.

Through these actions, President Trump sought to arrogate to himself the right to determine the propriety, scope, and nature of an impeachment inquiry into his own conduct, as well as the unilateral prerogative to deny any and all information to the House of Representatives in the exercise of its “sole Power of Impeachment”. In the history of the Republic, no President has ever ordered the complete defiance of an impeachment inquiry or sought to obstruct and impede so comprehensively the ability of the House of Representatives to investigate “high Crimes and Misdemeanors”. This abuse of office served to cover up the President’s own repeated misconduct and to seize and control the power of impeachment—and thus to nullify a vital constitutional safeguard vested solely in the House of Representatives.

In all of this, President Trump has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice, and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.

Wherefore, President Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. President Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.

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