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May survives no-confidence vote

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/16/19, 03:53 pm

UPDATE: Theresa May will remain the British prime minister after a no-confidence vote failed in Parliament on Wednesday. Now she must head back to the negotiating table to work on a plan for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, a challenge that has vexed the government for months. Though many members of her Conservative Party voted against her Brexit proposal, May won the no-confidence vote by a count of 325-306. Her defeat would have triggered general elections that would have put Conservative control of the government at risk.

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Pelosi wants to delay State of the Union until after shutdown

by Harvest Prude & Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/16/19, 01:34 pm

UPDATE: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., asked President Donald Trump to delay his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends. In a letter Wednesday, Pelosi also gave the president the option of delivering his annual report to lawmakers in writing. The speaker expressed concern that the government could not provide adequate security for the event during the partial shutdown, but other Democrats interpreted the move as political punishment for Trump’s refusal to approve a budget that does not include funding for a wall at the U.S.

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Harvest’s James MacDonald takes ‘indefinite sabbatical’

by Mickey McLean
Posted 1/16/19, 01:06 pm

The elders of Harvest Bible Chapel announced Wednesday that Pastor James MacDonald would take an “indefinite sabbatical” from preaching and leadership at the Chicago megachurch while it works to reconcile with past critics. The decision came after the church’s Executive Committee of the Elders held a closed-door meeting on Monday and presented its recommendations to the entire Elder Board Tuesday night.

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