FBI Briefs Reps. Pelosi, McCarthy on Rep. Swalwell's Ties to Suspected Chinese Spy – NPR

  1. FBI Briefs Reps. Pelosi, McCarthy on Rep. Swalwell’s Ties to Suspected Chinese Spy  NPR
  2. McCarthy gets FBI briefing on Swalwell: ‘He should not be on Intel’ committee  Fox News
  3. Rep. McCarthy says Swalwell should be off Intel committee over China spy link  New York Post
  4. For NY Times, no news is fit to print about Rep. Swalwell and a spy | TheHill  The Hill
  5. McCarthy to be briefed by FBI on Swalwell ties to China spy: ‘I will not give up’  Fox News
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U.S. issues fresh Venezuela-related sanctions over alleged fraudulent elections

December 18, 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on two people and a company it says played a role in fraudulent elections in Venezuela, keeping up pressure on socialist President Nicolas Maduro even as U.S. President Donald Trump’s term nears a close.

The U.S. Treasury Department said it blacklisted Venezuelan biometric technology company Ex-Cle Soluciones Biometricas C.A., which it said provided goods and services used by the Maduro government to hold parliamentary elections earlier this month.

The United States, the European Union and more than a dozen Latin American countries said last week they would not recognize the results of a parliamentary election in Venezuela on Dec. 6, which saw allies of Maduro win a majority.

“The illegitimate Maduro regime’s efforts to steal elections in Venezuela show its disregard for the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the statement on Friday.

“The United States remains committed to targeting the Maduro regime and those who support its aim to deny the Venezuelan people their right to free and fair elections,” he added.

Also targeted were two individuals the Treasury said acted for or on behalf of Ex-Cle Soluciones Biometricas C.A., targeting dual Argentine and Italian national Guillermo Carlos San Agustin and Venezuelan Marcos Javier Machado Requena.

Maduro, who has accused the United States of trying to overthrow him to gain control over Venezuela’s oil resources, lashed out at U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in response to the announcement.

“The disgraceful Mike Pompeo today put out some stupid sanctions, like the good imbecile that he is …. against the company and businessmen that manufactured machines so that the Venezuelan people could vote,” Maduro said in a televised broadcast.

The move freezes any U.S. assets of the company and people and generally bars Americans from dealing with them.

The Trump administration has waged a campaign of sanctions and diplomatic measures in an effort to oust Maduro, whose 2018 re-election was considered a sham by most Western countries.

(Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis; Additional reporting by Vivian Sequera and Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Franklin Paul and Philippa Fletcher)

Ron Johnson twice blocks Covid stimulus checks – POLITICO

  1. Ron Johnson twice blocks Covid stimulus checks  POLITICO
  2. GOP senator blocks bill to provide $1,200 stimulus checks | TheHill  The Hill
  3. GOP Sen. Ron Johnson dismisses $1,200 stimulus checks as ‘mortgaging our children’s future’  Yahoo News
  4. Senators spar over whether second $1,200 stimulus checks are necessary  CNBC
  5. Second Round of $1,200 Stimulus Checks Blocked Amid Ongoing Relief Talks, Potential Shutdown  Newsweek
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Italy orders holiday season coronavirus lockdown – Axios

  1. Italy orders holiday season coronavirus lockdown  Axios
  2. Covid: Italy latest European country to order Christmas lockdown  BBC News
  3. Italy, England brace for Christmas lockdowns as Europe battles virus surge  Yahoo News
  4. Italy to go into Covid lockdown over festive period  The Guardian
  5. Italy will be on national lockdown for Christmas and New Year’s  New York Post
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ICE Seizes $32 Million in Fake 'Viagra Pills,' 'Car Emblems,' Other Goods Arriving from China

U.S. customs authorities recently seized more than $32 million worth of counterfeit goods from China, including “Viagra pills, footwear, belts, car emblems, and headphones,” at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revealed on Thursday.

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Stimulus check update: Congress passes 2-day bill to avoid shutdown as COVID relief talks continue – myfox8.com

  1. Stimulus check update: Congress passes 2-day bill to avoid shutdown as COVID relief talks continue  myfox8.com
  2. Congress stumbles over Covid relief and passes two-day bill to avert shutdown  NBC News
  3. Congress votes to avert government shutdown for now as Covid relief talks drag on  CNN
  4. Will a Handful of Senators Hang Up Help for Millions?  Bloomberg
  5. Opinion | Congress May Finally Give Americans More Money  The New York Times
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Brian Kelly and Dabo Swinney should be fired if their jobs are truly about leading and protecting young men – Deadspin

  1. Brian Kelly and Dabo Swinney should be fired if their jobs are truly about leading and protecting young men  Deadspin
  2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly threatens not to play in College Football Playoff  ESPN
  3. Reaction to Brian Kelly threatening not to play in the CFP if families can’t attend | #Greeny  ESPN College Football
  4. Notre Dame to consider rejecting College Football Playoff bid  WNDU-TV
  5. @NDFootball | Go Irish. Beat Tigers. (12.18.20)  Notre Dame Fighting Irish
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Shigeru Miyamoto tours Super Nintendo World theme park in new video – The Verge

  1. Shigeru Miyamoto tours Super Nintendo World theme park in new video  The Verge
  2. Super Nintendo World Direct 12.18.2020  Nintendo
  3. Super Nintendo World Direct Announced for December 18 – IGN  IGN
  4. Miyamoto’s heartfelt tour of Super Nintendo World is too jolly to miss  Destructoid
  5. Super Nintendo World: Japan’s Theme Park Gets First Video Look  Collider.com
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