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Nancy Pelosi delivers eight-hour "DACA-buster" on House floor, DHS says Russians hacked US voting systems, White House reportedly knew about Rob Porter allegations, and more.
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Nancy Pelosi Delivers Eight-Hour 'DACA-Buster' on House Floor
The House Minority Leader apparently broke a record by talking nonstop for eight hours and seven minutes in support of immigrants brought to the US illegally as children. Pelosi said she could not vote for a government spending bill if it did not address the fate of DREAMers in a speech dubbed the “DACA-Buster” on social media.—The New York Times
Jeanette Manfra, cybersecurity chief at the Department of Homeland Security, revealed Russian government operatives “successfully penetrated” some US voter registration databases during the 2016 election. Manfra said “an exceptionally small number” of the 21 states subject to hacking attempts were compromised. No US voters appeared to have been removed from the rolls.—NBC NewsUS Launches Deadly Strikes Against Pro-Assad Forces
The US military carried out air strikes against government-affiliated forces in Syria, killing roughly 100 fighters loyal to President Bashar al Assad. Describing the strikes as a counterattack, the US military said around 500 fighters had begun attacking a base occupied by US personnel and their allies, the Syrian Democratic Force (SDF), near Deir Ezzour.—The Washington Post
White House Apparently Knew About Rob Porter Abuse Allegations
Senior Trump staffers were aware of alleged domestic abuse by White House aide Rob Porter for “months,” according to anonymous sources. Porter stepped down on Wednesday after refuting allegations of physical abuse made by two ex-wives. Sources said the chief of staff, John Kelly, knew in the fall of 2017 that Porter had not been able to get security clearance because of the allegations, but continued to back him wholeheartedly.—CNN
North Korea Holds Military Parade
Kim Jong-un’s government put on the display in Pyongyang Thursday, a day before the 2018 Winter Olympics kick off in South Korea. Around 13,000 soldiers reportedly took part in the parade in Kim Il Sung square. Meanwhile, North Korea’s foreign ministry revealed it had “no intention” of meeting Vice President Mike Pence or any US officials in South Korea during the games.—CNN
International Court Considers Claim Against Duterte
The International Criminal Court was reviewing a complaint raised by a lawyer against Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte and nearly a dozen other government officials accused of sanctioning extra-judicial killings. The legal filing claimed they were responsible for thousands of deaths in the country’s “war on drugs.” Duterte’s spokesman called it “a waste of the court’s time and resources.”—Reuters
Australian PM to Apologize to Sexual Abuse Victims
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was slated to deliver a formal apology to the survivors of child sex abuse in care homes and other Australian institutions later this year. “We owe it to survivors not to waste this moment,” he said. Following a royal commission report, the government was working on compensating victims for their suffering.—The Guardian
Bermuda Revokes Same-Sex Marriage Law
The governor of the British territory approved a bill scrapping previously-passed legislation allowing gay marriage. The new measure introduces “domestic partnerships” as an alternative. The Human Rights Campaign Global said Bermuda was “the first national territory in the world to repeal marriage equality.”—AP
Richard Pryor’s Widow Says He Had Sex with Marlon Brando
The comedian’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor, said Quincy Jones’s claim that Pryor had a sexual relationship with Brando was true. “It was the 70s!” she said. “If you did enough cocaine, you’d fuck a radiator and send it flowers in the morning.”—The Guardian
Internet Rights Pioneer Dies at 70
John Perry Barlow, who helped start and lead digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation and was a onetime Grateful Dead lyricist, has died. “He’s the one that came up with the metaphor of the electronic frontier,” said EFF co-founder Mitch Kapor.—Ars Technica
Kate Upton Accuses Guess Co-Founder of Sexual Harassment
The model said Paul Marciano “forcibly grabbed my breasts” on a lingerie shoot. Upton also said he tried to kiss her face and neck after grabbing the back of her head. Marciano called the allegations “preposterous” and "absolutely false."—TIME
Stephen Malkmus Releases New Music, Tour Dates
The former Pavement star just dropped “Middle America,” the first new Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks released in four years. Though there's no word on a new album yet, the band announced they'll begin touring the US in June.—Noisey
Scott Pruitt Says Global Warming Might Actually Be Good
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said he didn't think rising temperatures were cause for alarm. Pruitt told Las Vegas’s KSNV: “We know that humans have most flourished during times of, what, warming trends?”—VICE
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