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In Missouri, Republican Governor Eric Greitens acknowledged Wednesday ... as rescue workers scrambled to save residents whose homes were buried under an avalanche of mud, boulders and downed trees. The deadly mudslides followed an unprecedented winter ...

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In Missouri, Republican Governor Eric Greitens acknowledged Wednesday that he’d had an extramarital affair, after a woman said the governor took a compromising photograph of her and used it to blackmail her into silenceThe woman, whose name has not been revealed, has said part of her affair with Greitens was consensual, but that the governor took a photo of her against her will, after binding her to a piece of exercise equipment in his basement and blindfolding her, following up with a verbal threat to release the image if she spoke publicly about the affairGovGreitens is a former Navy SEAL who’s been discussed as a future Republican presidential candidateHe has denied the blackmail allegation.Topics:Republican PartyMore Headlines fromJanuary 11, 2018Watch HeadlinesTrump Hardens Immigration Stance, Saying, “We Need the Wall”Jan 11, 2018President Donald Trump hardened his position on immigration Wednesday, a day after he appeared to support a wide-reaching deal that could grant millions of undocumented people a pathway to citizenshipDuring a meeting with congressional leaders on Tuesday, Trump repeatedly said he would “take the heat” for a sweeping immigration deal, which would likely be opposed by much of his far-right-wing anti-immigrant basePresident Trump also said he wanted a bill to protect the 800,000 young undocumented people known as DREAMers, whose protections he attempted to rescind late last year when he canceled DACA—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programBut on Wednesday, Trump reversed course, telling reporters he would reject any immigration deal that doesn’t provide funding for a militarized border wall. President Donald Trump: “I would imagine that the people in the room, both Democrat and Republican—I really believe they’re going to come up with a solution to the DACA problem, which has been going on for a long time, and, maybe beyond that, immigration as a wholeBut any solution has to include the wall, because without the wall, it all doesn’t workYou could look at other instancesLook at what happened in Israel: They put up the wall, they solved a very major problemWe need the wallWe have to have the wall.” Topics:Donald TrumpImmigrant RightsImmigrationICE Agents Target Scores of 7-Eleven Stores in Immigration SweepJan 11, 2018Trump’s remarks came just hours after agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement—or ICE—raided nearly 100 7-Eleven stores around the U.S., delivering audit notices and arresting 21 peopleActing ICE Director Thomas Homan said the raids were meant to serve as a warning to employers that ICE would hold businesses accountable if they hire undocumented immigrants.Trump Won’t Commit to Interview with Special Counsel MuellerJan 11, 2018President Trump refused to say Wednesday whether he’d commit to being interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller over allegations that his campaign worked with Russia to influence the 2016 electionTrump was responding to a question about a New York Times report this week that Mueller informed Trump’s lawyers last month that he will probably seek to interview the president, although Mueller has not yet sent a formal request for the interviewFielding questions alongside Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Trump said any interview “seems unlikely,” and repeated the phrase “no collusion” eight times in his roughly one-minute answer.Topics:Donald TrumpRussia2016 ElectionTrump Wants Tougher Libel Laws Following “Fire and Fury” PublicationJan 11, 2018Meanwhile, Donald Trump told his Cabinet Wednesday that he’s looking to strengthen U.Slibel laws, after a book portraying the president as childlike and incompetent rocketed to the top of the best-seller listTrump made the remarks as the White House continued to rail against the book, “Fire and Fury,” by author Michael Wolff. President Donald Trump: “Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values or American fairnessSo we’re going to take a strong look at thatWe want fairnessYou can’t say things that are false, knowingly false, and be able to smile as money pours into your bank account.” Topics:Donald TrumpFreedom of the PressSyrian, Russian Warplanes Pound Hama, Eastern GhoutaJan 11, 2018In Syria, Russian and Syrian warplanes are continuing a massive bombing campaign in Hama provinceVideo on social media said to be from the attacks shows massive explosions and an injured child being pulled from rubble, left bleeding from the neckElsewhere, human rights observers say the civilian death toll in Syria’s assault on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta has risen to 160Video posted by the White Helmets rescue group shows children among those being pulled from collapsed buildings.Topics:SyriaTunisia: 237 Arrested as Anti-Austerity Protests RageJan 11, 2018In Tunisia, police say they arrested 237 people Wednesday, while dozens more were left injured, as authorities used clubs and tear gas to suppress anti-austerity protests that spread across the country for a third consecutive nightThe demonstrations began after the government announced it was raising taxes and hiking prices for fuel and staple goodsThe protests are some of the largest in Tunisia since the Arab Spring uprising in 2010 and 2011.Topics:TunisiaProtestsBurma: Two Reuters Reporters Charged over Rohingya ReportingJan 11, 2018In Burma, authorities have formally charged a pair of Reuters journalists with violating the Official Secrets Act, despite international condemnation over their arrestsWa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo appeared in court near Yangon WednesdayThey face up to 14 years if convicted on the colonial-era lawLast month, the two were arrested as they investigated the site of a mass grave in Rakhine State, where the United Nations says Burma’s government has led a campaign of ethnic cleansing against minority Muslim Rohingya.Topics:BurmaFreedom of the PressRohingyaPoland: Lawmakers Reject Abortion Access Bill, Plan New RestrictionsJan 11, 2018In Poland, lawmakers rejected a bill Wednesday that would have liberalized the country’s abortion lawsThe legislation would have removed all restrictions on abortion within the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy, while funding sexual education and contraception programsLawmakers with the ruling conservative Law and Justice party say they’ll now enlist the help of Polish Catholic clergy as they advance a bill that would prohibit abortions for women carrying fetuses with severe deformitiesThis is Barbara Nowacka, a Polish lawmaker and member of the Save the Women civic committee. Barbara Nowacka: “It shows the vastness of cruelty and ideologization of the ParliamentThey do not want to talk about normality, about women’s rights, about sexual education that is neglected in Poland, or about contraceptionThey want to talk about torturing womenThat is what they are interested inThey cynically try to gain support of the clergy, with whom they have made political interests for yearsIt is tragic news for Polish women.” Poland already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in EuropePregnant women are only allowed to have abortions in cases of rape, incest or extreme danger to a woman’s health, or if prenatal tests show serious damage to a fetus.Topics:PolandAbortionOil Spill Disaster Looms as Tanker Burns in East China SeaJan 11, 2018In the East China Sea, authorities are warning a massive oil tanker that burst into flames on Saturday could continue to burn for up to one month, as rescue crews scramble to prevent it leaking vast amounts of toxic oilThe Panamanian-flagged vessel was carrying 136,000 tons of ultra-light, volatile crude oil known as condensate from Iran to South Korea when it collided with a freight ship, leaving 31 sailors missing and feared deadIt’s now listing heavily, with authorities warning it could soon sink under the waves.Topics:Natural Gas & Oil DrillingEnvironmentNew York City to Sue Oil and Gas Giants Amid Fossil Fuel DivestmentJan 11, 2018New York City said Wednesday it will sue five fossil fuel giants over their contributions to global warmingThe suit, targeting BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell, came as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to divest some $5 billion in fossil fuel investments from the city’s public employee pension fund.Topics:Natural Gas & Oil DrillingNew YorkCalifornia: Death Toll from Mudslides Rises to 17Jan 11, 2018In Southern California, the death toll from a series of mudslides has risen to 17, as rescue workers scrambled to save residents whose homes were buried under an avalanche of mud, boulders and downed treesThe deadly mudslides followed an unprecedented winter fire season, which saw the state’s worst wildfire on record rage for days north of Los AngelesThe fires stripped vast areas of vegetation and opened up hillsides to collapse when heavy rains returned to California this weekClimate scientists say greenhouse gas emissions contributed to the wildfires and extreme weather.Topics:CaliforniaWildfiresExtreme WeatherClimate ChangeGlobal WarmingEPA May Rescind Rule Barring Children from Handling PesticidesJan 11, 2018The Trump administration is clearing the way for teenage farmworkers to handle dangerous pesticides while on the jobEPA Chief Scott Pruitt is considering the change, which would reverse a 2015 rule that requires anyone working with agricultural pesticides to be at least 18 years oldDoctors warn many pesticides carry a risk of cancer and can impact the developing brains of children.Topics:EnvironmentFox News’ James Rosen Leaves Network over Sex Abuse ChargesJan 11, 2018Employees at Fox News have confirmed that longtime correspondent James Rosen recently left the network due to inappropriate sexual behavior with a number of female colleaguesNPR reports that Rosen’s actions included groping a colleague in a cab; when she rejected his advances, Rosen reportedly sought to steal away her sources and stories in retaliation.Topics:Sexual AssaultWashington Post Suspends Reporter Joel Achenbach for “Inappropriate” ConductJan 11, 2018Meanwhile, The Washington Post said Wednesday it has suspended reporter Joel Achenbach for 90 days over what it called “inappropriate workplace conduct” with female colleaguesThe Post did not elaborate, but Achenbach went on to apologize for his actions in a public statement.California Republican RepDarrell Issa Won’t Seek Re-electionJan 11, 2018On Capitol Hill, California Republican Congressmember Darrell Issa said Wednesday he will not seek re-election in NovemberIssa is the longtime chair of the powerful House Oversight CommitteeHe’s also Congress’s wealthiest member, with an estimated net worth of more than a quarter-billion dollars.Topics:Republican PartyCongressTennessee Doctor Suspended over Twitter Photo Protesting White SupremacyJan 11, 2018In Nashville, Tennessee, a medical resident famous for his political activism is challenging the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, after he was suspended for two weeks over what he says was a Twitter post critical of white supremacyIn November, DrEugene Gu tweeted a photo of himself taking a knee and raising a fist, with the caption, “I’m an Asian-American doctor and today I #TakeTheKnee to fight white supremacy.” DrGu says he was placed on paid administrative leave after the mother of one of his patients complained about the photoDrGu has over 100,000 Twitter followers and has long been outspoken on social issuesHe was previously subpoenaed to testify to Congress over his research on fetal tissuesHe’s also suing President Trump for blocking him on TwitterDrGu’s suspension was first reported by the Duke Chronicle.Topics:White SupremacyBlack Lives MatterPeru: Families of Death Squad Victims Protest Pardon of Alberto FujimoriJan 11, 2018And in Peru, the family members of victims of the former dictatorship are speaking out, after former President Alberto Fujimori was pardoned by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and released from prisonFujimori had been imprisoned for crimes including ordering massacres by death squads in the 1990s.Topics:PeruHuman RightsThe original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States LicensePlease attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.orgSome of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensedFor further information or additional permissions, contact us.Daily News DigestOur Daily Digest brings Democracy Now! to your inbox each morning.Recent NewsNYC: Immigration Rights Activist Ravi Ragbir Detained at ICE Check-in Amid Protest, Police Violence“Completely Racist”: Edwidge Danticat on Trump’s “Shithole Countries” Remark Targeting Africa, HaitiTime’s Up Activists Warn Trump’s “Shithole Countries” Remark Will Embolden White SupremacistsTime’s Up: Meet Five of the Women Who Staged Protest at Golden Globes Against Gender ViolenceExtended Interview: Meet Five of the Women Who Staged Golden Globes Protest Against Gender ViolenceSpeaking EventsJan26Friday, 1:00 pmPark City, UTInfoMost popular1Watch Oprah Winfrey’s Powerful Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Speech at Golden Globes2The Biggest Secret: James Risen on Life as a NY Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror3Breaking: Immigrant Rights Leader Ravi Ragbir Detained in New York; 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