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North Carolina's 'partisan gerrymander' could prompt supreme court action

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Voters cast their ballots in Charlotte, North Carolina last fall. The ruling last week boosted Democrats’ hopes of taking the House of Representatives. The last time North Carolina Republicans redrew the state’s 13 congressional districts, they made absolutely no secret of their ambition to rig the system and lock in a 10-3 balance in their favour – regardless of whether they or the Democrats won a majority of the votes in future elections.

A look inside the tense, vulgar White House meeting on immigration

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When President Donald Trump spoke by phone with Sen. Richard Durbin around 10:15 a.m. last Thursday, he expressed pleasure with Durbin's outline of a bipartisan immigration pact and praised the high-ranking Illinois Democrat's efforts, according to White House officials and congressional aides....

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Hawaiians demand answers after missile alert sparks 38 minutes of panic

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It took just three minutes for officials on Hawaii to realise that the text alert warning residents of an incoming missile strike had been sent in error. There was no missile. Yet it took another 35 minutes for panicking families – holed up in garages, cowering under tables or frantically saying their goodbyes - to be sent a second message with the comforting news that annihilation was no longer imminent. A day later the island chain’s public officials say they have instituted a new system to reduce the risk of mistakes and to ensure errors can be more quickly corrected. But that still leaves a shaken population coming to terms with their 38 minutes of panic. “So this was the most terrifying few minutes of my LIFE!” Paul Wilson, a professor at Brigham Young University-Hawaii, wrote on on Twitter. “I just want to know why it took 38 minutes to announce it was a mistake?!?” The islands were just waking up on Saturday when they were bombarded with phone messages and warnings broadcast on TV and radio. “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” it read. Hawaii was already on edge. It recently began conducting tests of its emergency nuclear sirens, something not done since the end of the Cold War, and holding “Are You Ready” drills. The state is first in line if North Korea follows through with threats to use its growing nuclear arsenal on the United States. To make matters worse, a handful of sirens sounded on Saturday morning even though they were not part of the emergency network triggered by an employee of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (Hema) during a routine test at 8:07am. Drivers abandoned cars on the highway north of Honolulu to huddle in a tunnel. Tourists thronged hotel lobbies unsure what to do. And families raced to their garages, the closest thing to a shelter on islands where basements are few and far between, or tucked children into storm drains. I woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live. It was a false alarm, but a real psychic warning. If we allow this one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican congress to continue alienating the world we are headed for suffering beyond all imagination. ;^\ pic.twitter.com/Kwca91IIy2— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) January 13, 2018 Those away from loved ones later spoke of the agonising decisions they were forced to make. A Washington Post journalist published a message he received from a friend who had just dropped one child at the airport when he received the missile warning. “I chose to go home to the two little ones – I figured it was the largest grouping of my family knowing I likely wouldn’t make it home in time,” he said. Meanwhile officials were desperately trying to recall the message. At 8.13am Hema cancelled the warning, meaning it would not be rebroadcast to phones that had not yet received it. After another 10 minutes, officials posted on Twitter and Facebook that the alert was false, according to their timeline of events. Yet it took until 8.45am for Hema to send a new message to phones cancelling the original alert. It took 38 minutes for phone messages to be sent telling residents there was no threat Credit: Splash Vern Miyagi, the agency’s administrator, apologised and said officials had to wait for authorisation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency before issuing a retraction. He said an unnamed employee pushed a button sending the alert rather than the option for testing. When prompted by a safeguard asking whether they were sure they wanted to send it, the employee clicked the option for “yes”. “I can’t explain that. Like I said, it’s a human error that we’re going to fix,” said Mr Miyagi. David Ige, governor of Hawaii, promised a full investigation into what went wrong. “Today is a day most of us will never forget,” said David Ige, the state’s governor, during a news conference at Diamond Head Bunker, the emergency command post from where the mistaken alert was sent. · Hawaii's nuclear alert shows perils of instant communication Officials promised to build a “cancellation template” to make it easier to correct mistakes and instituted a new system to ensure two people must sign off on future alerts Scott Saiki, the speaker of Hawaii’s state legislature, said the system had failed miserably. “Clearly, government agencies are not prepared and lack the capacity to deal with emergency situations,” he said in a statement.

On Washington: Sharper State Divide in Congress Seen as ‘New Civil War’

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The prospect of more states with less bipartisan representation is likely to increase the intense polarization in Congress.

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South Africa's ANC leader: Zuma to be dealt with over time

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The new leader of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, Cyril Ramaphosa, has said the question of whether President Jacob Zuma should step down would be addressed "as time goes on". There has been widespread speculation that Ramaphosa and his allies are lobbying ANC members to oust Zuma as head of state in the coming weeks, but he made no mention of Zuma's future in a closely watched speech on Saturday. Ramaphosa won the race to succeed Zuma as ANC leader last month, narrowly defeating former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Zuma's ex-wife, in a bitter leadership contest that had threatened to split the 106-year-old ANC.

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Trump says 'I'm not a racist,' keeps door open for DACA deal

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U.S. President Donald Trump insisted on Sunday "I'm not a racist" in response to reports that he had described immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from "shithole countries." Trump also said he was "ready, willing and able" to reach a deal to protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported but that he did not believe Democrats wanted an agreement. The debate over immigration policy became increasingly acrimonious after it was reported on Thursday that the Republican president used the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries in a private meeting with lawmakers. The comments led to harsh recriminations from Democrats and Republicans alike, with some critics accusing Trump of racism, even as bipartisan talks continued in the U.S. Congress to seek a bipartisan compromise to salvage the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

Kontroversial: 15 Insane Scandals That Almost Finished Mortal Kombat

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Kontroversial: 15 Insane Scandals That Almost Finished Mortal Kombat
From being implicated in murder trials to battling the United States Congress, these 15 controversies almost broke Mortal Kombat!

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Army Rips Out Chinese-Made Security Cameras Overlooking U.S. Base

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The U.S. Army said it removed surveillance cameras made by a Chinese state-backed manufacturer from a domestic military base, while a congressional committee plans to hold a hearing into whether small businesses face cybersecurity risks from using the equipment.

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Las Vegas councilman ends congressional bid

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas city councilman is abandoning his congressional bid in southern Nevada. Republican Stavros Anthony formally filed his candidacy in July for the 4th District House seat held by freshman Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen. But KLAS-TV reports he's pulling out of the race, citing health issues. Kihuen unseated Republican incumbent ...]

Government shutdown looms with no DACA deal in sight

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Congress has until midnight Friday to strike a deal on government funding.

From: abcnews.go.com

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