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Standing Rock protesters celebrate as Army Corps of Engineers halts DAPL project

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On Sunday afternoon, reports began to trickle in that the Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to continue construction.

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Spontaneous celebrations are erupting in the protest camps and on the Sioux reservation.

More on this story as it develops.

UPDATE: The Salem News reported that the Secretary of the Army contacted tribal leaders and informed them that the DAPL will not proceed according to its current plan.

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“We will not fight tonight, we will dance!” said Rami Bald Eagle, Cheyenne River Lakota Tribal Leader as he shared the news with supporters.

Pipeline protesters, said the News’ Bonnie King, came prepared to dig in for the winter. They were joined by thousands of veterans this week.

“The bitter cold has not chilled the passion behind stopping the pipeline. The many members of ‘Veterans Stand for Standing Rock,’ brought supplies such as gas masks, earplugs and body armor, to stand firm as a unit to protect protesters from the police and their rubber bullets,” wrote King. “But instead, tonight they dance. It looks like the Americans have won, after all.”

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The Sacred Stone Camp posted the following video on Facebook:

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UPDATE: Video from MSNBC is embedded below

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‘I haven’t had a personal cell phone for years’: Trump demands retraction from CNN

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On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump had spoken to Rudy Giuliani over unsecured phone lines.

If he was using an unsecured phone to talk to Giuliani about Ukraine, Trump would effectively be allowing the Russians to listen in.

CNN confirmed the unsecured phone use, reporting "President Donald Trump has continued to use his personal cell phone to make calls, despite repeated warnings from his staff that the practice could leave him vulnerable to foreign surveillance, multiple officials told CNN."

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Trump tweets he will ‘temporarily hold off’ plan to have the US military cross the border into Mexico

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President Donald Trump has called off floated plans to use U.S. military for cross-border incursions into Mexico.

In November, Trump floated the idea, which was blasted as "deranged."

But in a Friday evening news announcement, Trump tweeted he would "temporarily suspend" the plan.

"All necessary work has been completed to declare Mexican Cartels terrorist organizations," Trump tweeted. "Statutorily we are ready to do so. However, at the request of a man who I like and respect, and has worked so well with us, President Andres Manuel we will temporarily hold off this designation and step up our joint efforts to deal decisively with these vicious and ever-growing organizations!"

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Ocasio-Cortez takes victory lap after Amazon goes to NYC — even after she helped block $3 billion in subsidies

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was one of the progressive leaders in New York City credited with blocking $3 billion in public subsidies for Amazon to open an additional headquarters.

But Amazon is moving into NYC despite the lack of subsidies.

"The giant online retailer said it has signed a new lease for 335,000 square feet on the city’s west side in the new Hudson Yards neighborhood, where it will have more than 1,500 employees," The Wall Street Journal reported. "Amazon is taking the space without any of the special tax credits and other inducements the company had been offered to build a new headquarters in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City, the company said."

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