1 United States Temporarily Withdrawing Staff from Baghdad Embassy
The United States is temporarily withdrawing staff from the embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Apparently, there are fears of a potential retaliation against America as the anniversary of the death of Iranian General Soleimani approaches. Officials speaking anonymously say the drawdown will take place in the lead up to the January 3rd anniversary and last until mid-January. It is unclear exactly how many diplomats are being pulled from the embassy. As you’ll recall, President Trump directed the strike that reportedly killed leaders of Iran-backed militia groups – including Soleimani. The Pentagon said Soleimani was behind a previous mob attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and claims he was planning more attacks on U.S. bases and service members.
2 Trump Releases 46 Minute-Long Video Claiming Mass Voter Fraud in 2020 Election
He’s been largely, camera-quiet on the subject for weeks, but no more. President Trump is holding on to his claim that the U.S. election system is "under a coordinated assault and siege" by the Democratic Party. Speaking in a 46-minute-long video posted on social media last night, Trump claimed that the swing states he lost to President-elect Joe Biden have "major infractions or outright fraud." Trump called the election "ridiculously long" and pledged to protect our election system. He added that his campaign will "defend the honesty of the vote" to ensure that every legal ballot is counted, and every illegal vote is thrown out. Trump claimed that they have "so much evidence." That’s in spite of the fact that his own Attorney General, Bill Barr says that no such evidence is present at this time.
3 Top Dems Embrace Covid Stimulus Bill
Are those long-awaited second-round Stimulus checks coming? Maybe. Top Democrats are embracing a bipartisan stimulus proposal, calling it a good starting point for negotiations. After months of haggling, the roughly 900-billion plan is far less than what Democratic leaders have been seeking but a statement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer calls it a "bipartisan framework." The stimulus plan was crafted by a bipartisan group of moderates from the House and Senate. Negotiations over a new stimulus package have been stalled for months in a dispute between top Dems, Republicans and the White House.