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Experts warn Trump’s huge scheme to negotiate ‘all the missiles’ with Russia and China will collapse in failure

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President Donald Trump has been better known for tearing up multilateral deals than creating them. But he has ambitious plans to negotiate a massive nuclear arms control agreement with Russia and China. The deal would upgrade and expand the existing New START Treaty with Russia, which is slated to expire in 2021 absent renewal talks.

“The President has made clear that he thinks that arms control should include Russia and China and should include all the weapons, all the warheads, all the missiles,” said one senior White House official.

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Such a deal would certainly be ambitious, and if successful, likely a defining cornerstone of Trump’s foreign policy legacy. But according to CNN, multiple experts are worried that Trump is slow-walking the negotiation process, and that if he rushes into an attempt to control “all the missiles” without a clear grasp of what he’s doing, he could end up with nothing, and in fact put the United States in a worse position.

Some even worry that Trump is deliberately setting his target too high as a pretext for walking away with no arms control deal at all, letting the United States (and its geopolitical opponents) proliferate weapons as much as they want. Alexandra Bell, the senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, put it bluntly: “The only reason you bring up China is if you have no intention of extending the New START Treaty.”

Lynn Rusten of the Nuclear Threat Initiative fears Trump is taking the talks too close to the expiration deadline of New START. “An overly ambitious approach will be unnecessarily risky,” she said. “You can have the belt and suspenders, and start to lay the groundwork for a more ambitious agreement. But I don’t think getting rid of the belt and suspenders enhances chances of getting the more ambitious agreement.”


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WATCH: Saturday Night Live airs Christmas special — that’s just one giant dig at the Electoral College

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.

A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.

The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.

Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.

"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."

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Georgia mayor being recalled for racism resigns from office: report

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Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.

"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."

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Nine 2020 Democrats unite to demand DNC Chair Tom Perez scrap debate rules: report

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The Democratic National Committee is facing a revolt for the party's 2020 presidential candidates for its restrictive debate rules.

"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.

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