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Pelosi urges delay on State of Union

HOUSE SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Trump to delay his State of the Union Address.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi suggested Wednesday in a note to President Donald Trump that the State of the Union address be delayed or made in writing, rather than delivered personally before both houses of Congress in the Capitol Building.

“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on Jan. 29,” she wrote.

As of this posting, there was no response from The White House. The partial government shutdown is now in its 25th day.

Technically, the House of Representatives and Senate must each pass a resolution to invite the President to address Congress to give the address.

British P.M. survives “no confidence” vote

Theresa May, prime minister of Great Britain, barely survived a “no confidence” vote on Wednesday, heading off a new election.

THERESA MAY, prime minister of Great Britain (Wikipedia).

The vote was 325 to 306 in the House of Commons, and it followed Tuesday’s overwhelming – 432-202 – rejection of her plan to implement Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, commonly called “Brexit.”

Voters in Great Britain, which includes England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, approved the move in 2016 by a narrow margin, but opposition has arisen on worries that “Brexit” would weaken Britain, especially economically.



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