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Schwarzenegger praises Obama on national security

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Not all Republicans are slamming President Barack Obama’s handling of the failed Christmas day bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger offered praise for the president Sunday.

“I think that he’s doing everything that he can,” Schwarzenegger told NBC’s David Gregory. “I think that, you know, Democrats, a lot of times get the rap [that] they are not strong on security and those things. I think he has talked about the issues. I think he has been fighting for the issues.”

Few other top Republicans have been so kind to Obama. Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Politico that Obama was “trying to pretend” that the U.S. is not at war with terrorists. While Sarah Palin took to Facebook to criticize Obama for using the criminal justice system to prosecute the bomber.

“Now he must back off his reckless plan to close Guantanamo, begin treating terrorists as wartime enemies not suspects alleged to have committed crimes, and recognize that the real nature of the terrorist threat requires a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor,” wrote Palin.

But Schwarzenegger avoided the opportunity to take a jab at the president. “It’s not like the president has done something wrong because he was in Hawaii or anything. It’s nothing to do with that at all. What it has to do with is simply they didn’t connect the dots and within the agencies,” he said.

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When radioactive wastes aren’t radioactive wastes

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The U.S. Department of Energy wants to redefine what constitutes high-level radioactive waste, cutting corners on the disposal of some of the most dangerous and long-lasting waste byproduct on earth—reprocessed spent fuel from the nuclear defense program.

The agency announced in October 2018 plans for its reinterpretation of high-level radioactive waste (HLW), as defined in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA) of 1982, with plans to classify waste by its hazard level and not its origin. By using the idea of a reinterpretation of a definition, the DOE may be able to circumvent Congressional oversight. And in its regulatory filing, the DOE, citing the NWPA and Atomic Energy Act of 1954, said it has the authority to “interpret” what materials are classified as high-level waste based on their radiological characteristics. That is not quite true, as Congress specifically defined high-level radioactive waste in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, and any reinterpretation of that definition should trigger a Congressional response.

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Wendy Davis announces bid for Congress, will challenge US Rep. Chip Roy

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The former state senator is running for office for the first time since her unsuccessful campaign for Texas governor.

Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is running for Congress.

Early Monday morning, Davis announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination in Central Texas' 21st District. She is challenging U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, a freshman Republican from Austin.

She made her intentions known in a biographical video, narrated in part with archival footage from her late father, Jerry Russell.

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How Julian Assange turned his London refuge into an election meddling command post

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What We Read last Week: Our Investigative News RoundupWikiLeaks Founder Met Russian Agents in the Ecuadorian Embassy

Surveillance reports obtained by CNN reveal that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange received in-person deliveries, potentially of hacked materials related to the 2016 US election, during a series of suspicious meetings at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The reports also describe how Assange turned the embassy into a command center and orchestrated a series of damaging disclosures that rocked the 2016 presidential campaign in the United States. Despite being confined to the embassy while seeking safe passage to Ecuador, Assange met with Russians and world-class hackers at critical moments, frequently for hours at a time. He also acquired powerful new computing and network hardware to facilitate data transfers just weeks before WikiLeaks received hacked materials from Russian operatives. These stunning details come from hundreds of reports compiled for the Ecuadorian government by UC Global, a private Spanish security company. They chronicle Assange's movements and provide an unprecedented window into his life at the embassy. They also add a new dimension to the Mueller report, which cataloged how WikiLeaks helped the Russians undermine the U.S. election.

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