Trumpism versus conservatism at CPAC
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. ? ?Conservatism? will be supplanted by ?Trumpism? when the president speaks Friday at the annual gathering of right-wing activists known as CPAC ? the Conservative Political Action Conference ? Trump?s adviser Kellyanne Conway predicted Thursday. ?This will be TPAC when he?s here, no doubt,? Conway quipped.
Donna Brazile?s emotional farewell to DNC: ?We came up short. I will not sugarcoat it.?
Party leaders sought to inspire hundreds of delegates at the annual winter meeting of the Democratic National Committee on Friday, trying out different messages for the party going forward, after its staggering losses in 2016. Saturday morning, the DNC will vote on its next chair, and there?s currently a close race between former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota. Donna Brazile, who took over as interim DNC chair after Debbie Wasserman Schultz?s ouster last July, launched into an emotional defense of the party and urged delegates to be unified.
Egypt's Christians flee Sinai amid Islamic State killing spree
By Ahmed Aboulenein ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Christian families and students fled Egypt's North Sinai province in droves on Friday after Islamic State killed the seventh member of their community in just three weeks. A Reuters reporter saw 25 families gathered with their belongings in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia's Evangelical Church and church officials said 100 families, out of around 160 in North Sinai, were fleeing. More than 200 students studying in Arish, the province's capital, have also left.
Pipeline protest camp cleared, but area far from normal
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) ? Authorities this week cleared the last holdouts from a large Dakota Access pipeline protest camp on federal land in North Dakota, but it will be a while before the region returns to normal.
Vice President Pence downplays concerns over disruptions to health care
Vice President Mike Pence dismissed concerns Thursday about the pace of Republican plans to repeal and replace the health care law passed by Democrats under President Barack Obama, promising an ?orderly transition? to a new system. It was the only comment by Pence in a 20-minute speech that went beyond boilerplate rhetoric and touched on challenges facing the new administration.
Race for DNC chair narrows
'Ring of fire' eclipse treat for southern skygazers
A spectacular "ring of fire" solar eclipse Sunday will regale skygazers in South America and southern Africa, with seafarers in the nearby Atlantic getting a front-row view too, astronomers say. The eclipse -- during which the Sun will all but disappear as the Moon crosses its path -- will be most visible in a 100-kilometre (62-mile) band cutting through Chile, Argentina, Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges
The United States will request the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti and a former cabinet minister on drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala said on Friday. Baldetti has been imprisoned in Guatemala since 2015 on charges of leading a network that defrauded the government of the Central American country along with former president Otto Pérez Molina, who has also been arrested and is awaiting trial.
Infant who survived in 1920s sideshow incubator dies at 96
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) ? Lucille Conlin Horn weighed barely 2 pounds when she was born, a perilous size for any infant, especially in 1920. Doctors told her parents to hold off on a funeral for her twin sister who had died at birth, expecting she too would soon be gone.
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