Nigerian prophets don prophecy di plan wey dia God get for Nigeria inside 2019. January 1, 2019 2019 prophecies for Nigeria: Wetin Fr. Mbaka, Apst. Suleman, RCCG, Bishop Oyedepo say go happun
By Mr Ben Rory
Nigerian Air force say di five crew members wey dey inside di Mi-35M Helicopter wey disappear during battle with Boko Haram on Wednesday January 2 don die.
Di crew bin dey support di troop of 145 Battalion for Damasak, Borno state before dem crash.
According to di Airforce, di officers dem make di supreme sacrifice ontop dia service to di Fatherland and both di Airforce, and di whole kontri owe dem big time.
Boko Haram battle: Nigerian Air Force Helicopter don lost
True-true Boko Haram kill soldiers for Metele -Army
Di Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar don condole wit di families wey losss dia loved ones, im also carry condolence message from Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari go Maiduguri give Air Task Force personnel wey join for Operation Lafiya Dole
According to di Airforce di pipo wey die na:
Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob, Flight Lieutenant Kaltho Paul Kilyofas, Sergeant Auwal Ibrahim, Lance Corporal Adamu Nura and Aircraftman Meshack Ishmael.
Air Force bin confam for statement say di helicopter lost around 10.30pm on Wednesday.
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Boko HaramNigeriaBorno stateMaiduguri
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Niger’s army killed more than 280 Boko Haram militants near the southeast border with Nigeria in days of land and air raids, the defence ministry said Wednesday. More than 200 jihadists were killed in air strikes and a further 87 by ground troops since the offensive began on December 28, the ministry said in a statement read on state television.
It comes after Western African leaders held talks in November on the escalating attacks by the Nigerian Islamist group in the Lake Chad area, a strategic region where the borders of Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger converge.
A photo shows a campaign signboad displayed by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to show its readiness to defeat Boko Haram Islamists on assumption office at Ogijo, Ogun State in southwest Nigeria, on July 3, 2015. Boko Haram carried out a fresh wave of massacres in northeastern Nigeria on July 3, locals said, killing nearly 200 people in 48 hours of violence President Muhammadu Buhari blasted as “inhuman and barbaric”. AFP PHOTO The operations were carried out on the islands of Lake Chad and along the Komadougou Yobe river which serves as a natural border between Niger and Nigeria, which has suffered a string of recent attacks on its military bases. The Niger army said it had lost no troops or equipment in its offensive and had seized eight canoes and two rocket launchers as well as assault weapons, ammunition and vehicles. In December, Niger’s defence minister said he feared Boko Haram would launch renewed attacks on its positions from January, when the Komadougou Yobe river’s waters which usually prevent incursions begin to recede. Niamey was particularly concerned by the situation in Nigeria where “military bases have been defeated,” Defence Minister Kalla Moutari said in parliament. “Boko Haram fighters were able to get supplies, they were able to reinvigorate themselves,” said Moutari. Boko Haram’s bloody insurgency began in northeastern Nigeria in 2009 but has since spread into neighbouring countries, prompting a regional military response. Some 27,000 people have been killed and two million others displaced, sparking a dire humanitarian crisis in the region. Militants have targeted both soldiers and civilians and have been blamed for abductions of children and employees of foreign companies.
In November, around a dozen girls were taken in raids on several border villages in southeastern Niger. In the same month, seven local employees of a French drilling firm and a government official were killed after suspected Boko Haram gunmen stormed their compound. That attack shattered months of relative calm in the Diffa region near the Lake Chad basin.
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When Jessica Share bought sperm from a sperm bank in order to start a family, she never imagined that more than a decade later she would meet the donor – and would feel a strong attraction to him.
In 2005, when my eldest daughter was born, I became the first lesbian parent I had ever met. This was the American Midwest, and the only lesbians I’d heard about with children had usually given birth to them in a previous, heterosexual relationship. My girlfriend and I, however, had had to start from scratch.
Ever since we’d met we had dreamed about having kids together. We decided on four and together we chose their names. The next step was more difficult.
My girlfriend suggested her brother-in-law could help. He was receptive, but I took a gay and lesbian legal rights course offered by the college of law at my university, and quickly gave up on the idea of a known donor. Courts had been known to give them custody rights, calling their gift of sperm an act of parenting. When birth moms died, children were removed from their homes to be placed with men they barely knew.
Luckily, we discovered a sperm bank that shipped right to our home, where the anonymous donors signed paperwork that legally barred them from ever seeking custody of the children they helped create.
Because I was writing a doctoral dissertation at home, I would carry the first baby. We matched the donor to my partner – who was by now my wife – choosing someone of average height and weight who had studied literature, had wavy brown hair, and liked sports.
The donor listed his profession as a writer, musician, and taxi driver. My wife and I romantically imagined he was refusing to get a desk job, but instead collecting the stories of those he’d pick up in his cab, readying to write the Great American Novel.
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There was little additional information on the donor, but the rudimentary health history that donors complete assured us we knew a lot more than we would have ever gotten from a casual boyfriend. We never saw a picture.
Getting pregnant at home was fascinating – a home science experiment that I took seriously. Sperm supplied to buyers rarely tops half a lip-balm cap of liquid and it comes nestled in a 3ft-tall liquid nitrogen tank with an overnight shipping return label. Gloves are required for extricating the tiny plastic vial, which first cools on the counter and then warms to body temperature in the hand. The local pharmacist can supply a tiny syringe to use to inseminate. Because things that have been frozen aren’t as robust as their fresh counterparts, revived sperm live just a single day. If an egg is not waiting for them, they will die.
Getting every last sperm as close to the egg as possible became a solemn monthly ritual. I would inseminate twice, just to cover the entire possible window an egg might be waiting. After all, it takes five full hours to even swim the length of a uterus. I learned this, along with every fact I could related to using donor semen to conceive.
Seven months later I was pregnant with our first child and my wife and I were overjoyed.
I told my grandparents that we were expecting. My grandmother gasped, “Oh, it’s due in June!” and my grandfather asked curiously about artificial insemination.
We gave hardly a thought to the donor that we assumed we would never meet. My wife was particularly hostile to the idea of ever letting our children know him – she felt that love made a family, and I agreed. But we paid homage to his literary genes by reading thousands of books to our gestating bookworm.
When Alice was born, she was perfect.
All thoughts that the particularity of the DNA wasn’t important went out the window. We agreed that we should clone this incredible being we had created with our love. We ordered sperm from the same donor and repeated the whole process, my wife giving birth to our second daughter when Alice was 18 months old.
Both girls shared plenty of traits. Knowing how my wife and I looked as children, it became a fun pastime to pick out the characteristics only the girls shared: they were both extraordinarily tall, not average height, as the donor claimed to be. Both had long, thin mouths, small noses, electric eyes that look like emeralds under water, and impeccable vocabularies.
But when the girls were one and three years old, my wife declared she was ending our relationship. There had been no conflict in our family, so I was shocked and heartbroken. She said she did not want to talk about it and there was nothing I could do to repair our marriage.
I continued parenting the sisters five days a week for a few years. But when Alice was 10, my ex-partner blocked Alice on her phone, cut off all contact with her, and refused to return her younger sister following a vacation.
This remains the case today.
On my ex-wife’s side of the family, Alice’s grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins haven’t so much sent her a birthday greeting in two years. Alice spends her days dreaming of the sister she was raised with and who she is afraid she will never see again.
Alice knows more deeply than most children that family is neither genetically created nor forged through parenting alone. Parenting did not make her mama stay. And although genetics was a small piece of what her family looked like for a decade, that also seemed like an unimportant part of who she was.
However, Alice wondered where her ancestors came from. My mother had often told stories about the family’s Cornish heritage to anyone who would listen. Wanting to know what her genetic heritage was, Alice requested a DNA testing kit from her grandmother for Christmas when she was 11 years old.
The results came back about eight weeks later. I clicked on the DNA Relatives section of the site, not thinking anything would come of it. But the first thing I read was, “Aaron Long: 50%. Father.”
“Bryce Gallo: 25%. Half-brother” was right behind.
Of course, I had known this might happen, but it hadn’t seemed likely. Before writing a note on the site, I searched for Aaron online to see what I could learn.
There are a lot of Aaron Longs in the world, so I set to work finding “the one.” I searched a professional social network for clues. Squinting at each Aaron Long, I wondered if I would recognise the donor right away.
One of the sperm vials listed the date of donation (1994), which helped narrow down birth and college graduation years. There was just one man with a master’s degree in literature in the correct age range, with the name Aaron Long. In his photo, he was wearing an olive-green silk turban and blowing a trombone. His profile said he was employed as a “communications specialist” and placed him in Seattle. A writer and a musician.
On another social media site, I discovered a Seattleite named Aaron Long with the correct workplace and with photos of each of his school portraits through the years.
There was no doubt. My daughters make that stupid face.
I quickly wrote a message to him on the DNA testing site. It read:
Hi Aaron, I actually have two daughters who’d match you (my ex has my youngest daughter; she’s not on the DNA testing site). If you’re interested in trading family photos, etc., we’re available.
I used the “curiosity hook,” thinking he’d have to write back to see pictures of my youngest daughter. Aaron wrote back immediately, sharing details I already knew from my sleuthing. He asked if I had any questions for him, and I asked if he was the shortest person in his family. I already knew the answer. He was.
We agreed to become friends on a social networking site and Aaron sent a 50-page long life history, which I devoured. He’d spent several years in a band in the town where we lived. How many times had we walked past him in the supermarket, I wondered?
I also wrote to Bryce, who had just graduated college. He told me he found Madi, a 19-year-old half-sister, and had also been in touch with other parents. He said there were a total of six children from Aaron, and that mine were #7 and #8. Bryce told me he had been raised with a little sister, but perhaps Madi, an only child, would be interested in developing a relationship with Alice?
Alice had to be cajoled into writing her life story for Aaron, and getting to know her DNA relatives is only mildly exciting for her. She is grieving the loss of her sister. I try to tell her she has a special job of guarding these people, getting to know them, and keeping them for her sister when she is able to meet them. However, she would rather have her sister.
A few months later, Bryce and Madi made plans to visit Aaron in Seattle. Alice was interested to see whether the siblings and Aaron resembled her. I agreed to let her take part.
Aaron hosted a party to which he invited multiple housemates, friends from elementary school, high school, and college. All of his ex-girlfriends, and their new partners and children, were invited. They would all camp on the roof and celebrate meeting his biological children. I quickly learned that Aaron does not have a single friend he wouldn’t welcome back into his fold.
We visited the local sculpture garden, played a “nature or nurture” game that illuminated some shocking similarities, and took a road trip to an arts festival.
In spite of Bryce’s initial protests, he and Madi vied for Alice’s affection. During the vacation when they met, all three went out to grab dinner. Alice came back with ice cream from one and pizza from the other. Later, Bryce mailed her a star of David. Madi sent an amethyst. Both are symbols of the different things she has in common with each.
I had been dating a man for a few years who is also named Aaron David, with a similar last name. On our vacation, donor Aaron flirtatiously suggested there had been a mix-up at the Bureau of Boyfriends. I smiled and demurred. I was already in a relationship and was conscious that donor Aaron was an important person to my kids, but not someone who should necessarily be part of my own life. I didn’t want to spoil it for them.
When my relationship with old Aaron ended, I found myself wondering if my children’s person could also be my person, and if Seattle was a place for us to land while we figured it out. Aaron’s kindness and continued connection with his exes convinced me that it would be safe to give it a chance.
One night, we walked the neighbourhood and sat in a local cemetery, talking about DNA, what the kids were like, and what our dreams were.
When heterosexual people meet and date and get married, they often look with devotion at one another and think it would be wonderful to have little people who look like both of them. I’d already spent a decade with those little people. I spent my first date with Aaron relaying their lives to him. I already knew him and knew he was just like these people I love more than anyone else in the world. He was already family in some ways. His smirk and his colouring are those of my youngest daughter. His empathy and socialism? My eldest.
It’s hard to tell if DNA played a role in our relationship. I know that I am attracted to Aaron for all the reasons that seemed wonderful when shopping for him in a sperm donor catalogue years ago. He is thoughtful, persistent, and academically-minded. He is enchanted by words. He is empathetic, versed in stories about people and the strange things they sometimes do. He doesn’t much care what’s expected of him. He often plays his own music. To his own drum. Sometimes in a turban.
How many people think a cab-driving musician and writer is the ideal genetic material?
Alice and I moved into Aaron’s co-op in summer 2017. It’s such a large building that there was plenty of room for another of Aaron’s bio-kids to move in. Madi, originally from the east coast, found Aaron’s (and Seattle’s) right-brained left-wing personality endearing and moved out this spring to live with all of us.
We’ve even joined a Girl Scout troop with another of Aaron’s bio-kids who is the age of my youngest daughter and lives about an hour away.
I quickly discovered that as a mom, I would gladly take any of our new half-siblings right inside, make them lunch, do their laundry, and take care of them forever. They are the siblings of my children, the genetic aunts and uncles of my grandchildren. I don’t parent them, but I feel inexplicably drawn toward feeding them. Some are the spitting image of Alice. Others resemble my youngest daughter. They don’t all look like Aaron, but they undeniably resemble one another.
Aaron’s ageing mom has also moved in, along with her cat, Bill. Down the hall, Alice and I got a kitten. By making a family in all these new ways through the years, I’ve learned more about what family means than anyone would want to. DNA has become far more important than it was when I first picked a donor from a page. Yet it hasn’t replaced the truism that families are built on love, not genes. Being open to that love is what ultimately makes a family. Everyone can be welcomed and stay in the fold. There is room for many different kinds of relationships.
Who knows how many more of Aaron’s bio-kids there are – he’s estimated there could be as many as 67. The building may eventually cease to accommodate all of them, but I’ve got the sandwiches, and the door’s open.
All stills provided by Jessica Share.
Film-makers Matt Isaac and Craig Downing are making a documentary about Aaron Long and his biological children, called Forty Dollars a Pop. Watch the trailer here . Aaron Long wrote about how he met Jessica for the New York Times. Read his side of the story here .
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By The New York Times
- Jan. 3, 2019
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• The 116th Congress, with the House in Democratic control, has come to order.
• The House approved legislation to reopen the government.
• Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, was elected speaker.
• The House has begun changing its rules to reflect the Democrats’ new priorities.
House votes to reopen government. Measures pressure Senate.
The House, with its new Democratic majority, passed two bills on Thursday night to reopen the government — one major spending bill to fund most shuttered departments and agencies through Sept. 30 and a stop-gap measure to restart the Department of Homeland Security for a few weeks — without funding for a border wall.
The measures are likely to go nowhere for now, but they will raise pressure on Republicans to come to the negotiating table. Senators Cory Gardner of Colorado and Susan Collins of Maine, two of the most endangered Republicans up for re-election in 2020, said they want a vote.
But the White House formally notified Congress of the president’s intent to veto the legislation, and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has said he will not put them to a vote without Mr. Trump’s support.
The bills both have bipartisan stamps on them. The measure that would fund most of the government was assembled from six spending bills that passed the Senate Appropriations Committee with broad support. It passed easily, 241-190, with seven Republicans voting yes. The stopgap measure, which passed 239-192 with a handful of Republicans crossing party lines, is similar to one that passed the Senate in December without dissent.
— Emily Cochrane
House changes its rules to reflect Democratic priorities.
The House on Thursday night approved the first part of a package of rules changes designed to improve order in the House chamber, ease introduction of bipartisan legislation and recognize the growing diversity among lawmakers. The other two parts are expected to be considered Friday and next week. The measure faced some opposition from the House’s most liberal members, particularly Representatives Ro Khanna of California and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who objected to the inclusion of so-called pay-as-you-go provision, which requires all new spending to be offset by equal cuts or tax increases. Representative Tim Ryan, Democrat of Ohio and a prominent critic of Ms. Pelosi, argued that Republicans had not abided by such strictures of fiscal discipline, so Democrats shouldn’t impose a straitjacket on their ambitions. In the end, Mr. Ryan voted yes.
“I just don’t think this is the time for us to tie our hands behind our back,” Mr. Ryan said in an interview on Wednesday. “It’s a big issue for me after watching the Republicans erode a lot of these essential investments that we need to make.”
But the inclusion of other provisions, including a rule that would force House lawmakers to be financially liable for discrimination settlements as well as sexual harassment settlements, made it difficult to vote no. The rules changes will also make it easier to raise the government’s statutory borrowing limit by making a boost to the debt ceiling automatic with the passage of an annual budget. The package includes of priorities for Democratic lawmakers and members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus that helped Ms. Pelosi secure the votes for speaker. It gives lawmakers 72 hours to read any bill before a vote. And it creates a select committee on climate change, a priority for several newly elected representatives. The package also changes traditional rules of decorum on the House floor to allow for religious head gear, a nod to Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the newly elected Democratic representative who wears a head scarf.
— Emily Cochrane
Democrats take control.
Right on schedule, the House gaveled in for the 116th Congress, with Democrats now in control. The name plate wasn’t on the door of the Capitol’s sumptuous speaker’s suite yet, but Ms. Pelosi strode out of the speaker’s office toward the chamber, grandchildren in tow.
Lawmakers and their children and grandchildren waved from the well of the House to family members seated in the galleries above. The press section was packed standing-room-only with journalists, and visitors clogged the hallways waiting their turn to go through full-body security scanners and take seats in the balcony overlooking the floor.
Tony Bennett, who sang “I left my heart in San Francisco” at a dinner honoring Ms. Pelosi at the Italian embassy Wednesday night, was spotted in the visitors gallery, as was Mickey Hart, former drummer of the Grateful Dead.
Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, nominated Ms. Pelosi to be speaker, prompting a standing ovation from most of the Democratic side of the House and much of the spectators in the gallery.
While some Republicans clapped, few if any stood during the multiple ovations during his glowing introduction of Ms. Pelosi.
“House Democrats are down with N.D.P.,” Mr. Jeffries said, using Ms. Pelosi’s initials.
Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, received a standing ovation from her colleagues when she nominated Representative Kevin McCarthy to be speaker.
Ms. Cheney referenced Mr. McCarthy’s efforts in working to secure border-wall funding — “yes, Madam Clerk, build the wall” — in a nod to the ongoing government shutdown, which is at an impasse over the demand to fund the wall at the southwestern border. While Republicans stood, no Democrats acknowledged the remark.
The speaker’s roll-call.
Just before 1 p.m., the House began its roll-call vote to elect a new speaker, with each member calling out the name of his or her preferred candidate. Most Democrats were voting for Ms. Pelosi, while most Republicans voted for Mr. McCarthy, but there were defectors on each side.
A handful of freshmen Democrats voted for others. Representative Anthony Brindisi voted for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, while Jason Crow voted for Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, bouncing his baby boy as he spoke, voted for Representative Cheri Bustos of Illinois. Representative Jim Cooper, a longtime detractor of Ms. Pelosi, voted “present.”
Representative Ben McAdams of Utah voted for Representative Stephanie Murphy of Florida. Representative Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania voted for Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III. Representative Kathleen Rice of New York, one of the leading anti-Pelosi rebels, voted for Stacey Abrams, the failed Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia.
Three freshmen with national security backgrounds, Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, Elissa Slotkin of Michigan and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, voted against her as well. Representative Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey simply voted present.
Republicans had their own defectors. Representative Justin Amash voted for Representative Tom Massie of Kentucky.
Technically, photos and videos are prohibited on the floor of the house chamber. But that didn’t stop a number of members from documenting the historic vote.
Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, posted a video on Twitter of her vote. And Veronica Escobar, Democrat of Texas, could be seen taking a selfie with Ms. Pelosi and a handful of other women members on the Democratic side of the chamber.
Ms. Pelosi suffered more than a dozen defections, mainly from freshmen who won their Republican districts in part by pledging to oppose her as speaker.
Freshmen who did not vote for Ms. Pelosi: Anthony Brindisi of New York, Jason Crow of Colorado, Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Ben McAdams of Utah, Max Rose of New York, Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Jared Golden of Maine.
Defector serving his first full term: Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania.
Opponents with more experience in the House: Jim Cooper of Tennessee, Ron Kind of Wisconsin, Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Kathleen Rice of New York.
The final tally: Ms. Pelosi — 220; Mr. McCarthy — 192; Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio — 5, Representative Cheri Bustos, Democrat of Illinois — 4; Senator Tammy Duckworth, Democrat of Illinois — 2; Stacey Abrams of Georgia — 1; Joseph R. Biden Jr. — 1; Representative Marcia Fudge, Democrat of Ohio — 1; Representative Joseph p. Kennedy III, Democrat of Massachusetts — 1; Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia — 1; Representative Thomas Massie, Republican of Kentucky — 1; Representative Stephanie Murphy, Democrat of Florida — 1; Present — 3.
And the G.O.P. keeps its political foil.
Republicans and their well-financed political arms have for years campaigned against Ms. Pelosi as an out-of-touch, elitist San Francisco liberal, tying every sort of Democratic candidate to her. In 2018, it didn’t work.
But with her second election as speaker, the biggest Republican super PAC — and the one that arguably tried hardest to tie Democratic candidates to Ms. Pelosi — practically celebrated. The Congressional Leadership Fund put Democrats on notice:
“Democratic candidates spent the last two years promising voters that they’d be different — they wouldn’t stand for the same old leadership and the same old way of doing business in Washington. Yet with the very first chance they got, they broke their word and their bond with the voters who elected them. CLF will make sure voters know that their member of Congress already broke their word, all to support an out-of-touch San Francisco liberal who is desperate to hold on to power.”
The National Republican Congressional Committee blitzed out text messages to voters in 15 districts that flipped from Republican to Democrat, announcing the new Democratic member had voted for Ms. Pelosi after saying he or she wouldn’t. “Fight back NOW!”
Republicans appear determined to keep Ms. Pelosi’s speakership — and the Democratic House — limited to two years.
The new Senate is also being sworn in — still in G.O.P. control.
On the other side of the Capitol, the scene was more subdued as Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to more than 30 new senators, who raised their right hands and signed their names one by one into the public record.
“Do you solemnly swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that you take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you God?” Mr. Pence asked each senator.
The freshly elected and re-elected senators were young — the youngest, Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri, is 39 — and old — the oldest, Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, is 85. Several are former members of the House. One, Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, was the Republicans’ presidential nominee in 2012 and has already earned Mr. Trump’s ire for his independent streak.
In total, the new class gives Republicans a slightly more durable majority, 53 to 47, in the upper chamber.
— Nicholas Fandos
In an interview, Pelosi also raises impeachment.
Even before she was elected speaker, Ms. Pelosi on Thursday morning started a historic day with a left hook, suggesting that a sitting president could be indicted. She made the comments in an interview with the “Today” show on NBC, when the host, Savannah Guthrie, asked if she agreed that the Justice Department guidelines against indicting a sitting president should be honored by the special counsel, who is investigating whether President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russians seeking to put him in the White House.
“I do not think that that is conclusive,” she said. “No, I do not. I think that that is an open discussion. I think that is an open discussion in terms of the law.”
For good measure, she warned her left flank that the House would not move quickly to impeach Mr. Trump, but she did not take impeachment off the table.
“We have to wait and see what happens with the Mueller report,” she said. “We shouldn’t be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn’t avoid impeachment for a political reason. So we’ll just have to see how it comes.”
— Maggie Haberman
Trump keeps up his attacks.
Mr. Trump claimed on Thursday that the government shutdown, now in its 13th day with 800,000 federal workers furloughed or working without pay, was “only because of the 2020 presidential election.”
The House will vote this evening on two bills to reopen the government, one to fund the Department of Homeland Security into February — but without funding for a border wall, which Mr. Trump demands — and another to fund the rest of the shuttered departments and agencies through Sept. 30.
But with House action coming, Mr. Trump is keeping up blame game.
— Emily Cochrane
A new Congress, a whole new look.
Swearing-in day is a time for lawmakers to make statements about themselves. Rashida Tlaib, Democrat of Michigan, Ms. Omar, and Deb Haaland, Democrat of New Mexico, did so with their attire.
Ms. Tlaib, a Palestinian-American and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress (the other is Ms. Omar), wore her mother’s thobe — a traditional Palestinian dress — on the House floor. Her decision attracted attention on Twitter, with a hashtag #TweetYourThobe, encouraging Palestinian women around the country to tweet photos of themselves wearing thobes.
Ms. Omar, a Somali refugee who wears a hijab, or head covering, became the first person to do so on the House floor. She has worked with Democratic leadership to carve out a religious exemption to a 181-year old rule barring hats of any type — a move that has drawn criticism from an evangelical pastor who complained she would make the House floor “look like an Islamic Republic.” The Orthodox Union, an umbrella group representing Orthodox Jews, supports the move.
Ms. Haaland, who is one of two of the first Native American women to join the House, wore traditional Pueblo dress — including silver and turquoise jewelry and moccasins.
— Sheryl Gay Stolberg
Incoming speaker hails a “transformative” freshman class.
Showing her trademark confidence, Ms. Pelosi has already released excerpts from the speech she plans to give when she wins the speaker’s gavel — assuming she will win an election against the Republican leader, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California. (The Democrats have 235 members to Republicans’ 199.)
On an incoming freshman class that is historically female and remarkably diverse:
“When our new Members take the oath, our Congress will be refreshed, and our Democracy will be strengthened by the optimism, idealism and patriotism of this transformative Freshman Class. Working together, we will redeem the promise of the American dream for every family, advancing progress for every community.”
On growing income disparity, as the rich grow richer and the rest struggle to keep afloat:
“We must end that injustice and restore the public’s faith in a better future for themselves and their children. We must be champions of the middle class, and all those who aspire to it — because the middle class is the backbone of democracy.”
On climate change, an issue that she failed to legislate on the last time she was speaker — with disastrous political results:
“We must also face the existential threat of our time: the climate crisis — a crisis manifested in natural disasters of epic proportions. The entire Congress must work to put an end to the inaction and denial of science that threaten the planet and the future. This is a public health decision for clean air and clean water; an economic decision for America’s global pre-eminence in green technology; a security decision to keep us safe; and a moral decision to be good stewards of God’s creation.”
In a diverse House, the first quadriplegic member will preside on Day 1.
Representative Jim Langevin of Rhode Island, a veteran Democrat and the first quadriplegic elected to Congress, will have the honor of presiding over the first session of the 116th Congress — and the opening debate over how to reopen the government.
In a new House that includes the first two Muslim women, the first two Native American women and a slew of other diversity firsts, Ms. Pelosi turned to the 54-year-old New Englander, who has been in the House since 2001.
“As Speaker, when America marked the 20th anniversary of the landmark, bipartisan Americans with Disabilities Act, it was my honor to implement changes to our institution to make it possible for our colleagues with disabilities to preside over the House,” Ms. Pelosi said, announcing her decision. “Now, it is my great honor and joy to build on that progress by selecting Congressman Jim Langevin to serve as the first Speaker Pro Tempore of the new Congress. Together, we are proudly reaffirming a fundamental truth: that in our nation, we respect people for what they can do, not judge them for what they cannot do.”
Niger’s army killed more than 280 Boko Haram militants near the southeast border with Nigeria in days of land and air raids, the defence ministry said Wednesday.
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More than 200 jihadists were killed in air strikes and a further 87 by ground troops since the offensive began on December 28, the ministry said in a statement read on state television. It comes after Western African leaders held talks in November on the escalating attacks by the Nigerian Islamist group in the Lake Chad area, a strategic region where the borders of Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger converge. The operations were carried out on the islands of Lake Chad and along the Komadougou Yobe river which serves as a natural border between Niger and Nigeria, which has suffered a string of recent attacks on its military bases. The Niger army said it had lost no troops or equipment in its offensive and had seized eight canoes and two rocket launchers as well as assault weapons, ammunition and vehicles. In December, Niger’s defence minister said he feared Boko Haram would launch renewed attacks on its positions from January, when the Komadougou Yobe river’s waters which usually prevent incursions begin to recede. Niamey was particularly concerned by the situation in Nigeria where “military bases have been defeated,” Defence Minister Kalla Moutari said in parliament. “Boko Haram fighters were able to get supplies, they were able to reinvigorate themselves,” said Moutari. Boko Haram’s bloody insurgency began in northeastern Nigeria in 2009 but has since spread into neighbouring countries, prompting a regional military response. Some 27,000 people have been killed and two million others displaced, sparking a dire humanitarian crisis in the region. Militants have targeted both soldiers and civilians and have been blamed for abductions of children and employees of foreign companies. In November, around a dozen girls were taken in raids on several border villages in southeastern Niger. In the same month, seven local employees of a French drilling firm and a government official were killed after suspected Boko Haram gunmen stormed their compound. That attack shattered months of relative calm in the Diffa region near the Lake Chad basin.