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Putin vows 'quid pro quo' after U.S. pulls out of nuclear arms treaty

Russian president denies accusation by U.S. counterpart of violating pact

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NRCC: Kim says NO to paychecks for DHS

For a second day in a row, House Democrats voted down a bipartisan measure to get paychecks into the hands of federal workers, with Andy Kim joining his radical colleagues in voting no on paying Department of Homeland Security employees.

Kim’s vote against paying DHS employees, which include the US Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol and ICE, is mystifying considering his rhetoric on the importance of paying federal workers. Blind loyalty to Nancy Pelosi makes you do funny things…

NRCC Comment: “Andy Kim’s vote to deny paychecks to the brave men and women of the United States Coast Guard and other Homeland Security agencies is shameful. It’s time for Kim to stop playing political games, do his job and reopen the federal government.” – NRCC Spokesman Michael McAdams

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2 arrested in RCMP raids in Kingston, Ont., related to national security probe

No change to Canada's threat level, officials say

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Venezuela to close its embassy, all consulates in U.S.

Venezuela will close its embassy and all consulates in the United States, President Nicolas Maduro said today, one day after he broke off diplomatic relations in response to U.S. recognition of his main rival, opposition leader Juan Guaido, as interim president.

Washington led a chorus of Western Hemisphere countries, including Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, that immediately recognized Mr. Guaido. Meanwhile, Russia accused the United States of trying to usurp power in Venezuela and warned against military intervention.


Read more and keep up with the latest developments here.

The latest in the Canada-China tensions

For weeks, China has condemned Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on Dec. 1 at the request of U.S. officials. Two Canadians – former diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor – have been detained in apparent retaliation and another sentenced to death after a brief retrial on drug charges.

But comments made this week by Canadian Ambassador John McCallum, who said Ms. Meng has “some strong arguments that she can make” to fight extradition, found a welcome audience in China.

Mr. McCallum has raised eyebrows in Canada, however, for those comments (for subscribers). Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is dismissing calls to remove him as ambassador to China, saying such a change wouldn’t help Mr. Kovrig or Mr. Spavor get home sooner.

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) can demand that a phone or laptop be unlocked for virtually any reason, and agents can then root through our photos, emails, and call history.


1 The Public Safety Minister even refused to write rules spelling out how and when agents can invade our privacy with these warrantless digital strip searches.

We’ve launched a campaign to pressure Parliament to stop these searches

For way too long, the CBSA has been searching the contents of travelers' phones and laptops at will, without needing a court order or even any kind of reasonable suspicion. And if a traveler refuses to unlock a device, they could face fines, their device being seized, or even arrest.

This gross invasion of privacy is so outrageous that the BC Civil Liberties Association has published a guide on protecting sensitive information while traveling, saying that the CBSA's rights to search our devices right now are 'wide open.'

Last year, MPs called on Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale to publish an outline detailing the conditions under which a border agent may demand a device be searched, but Goodale refused to comply. Parliament hasn't acted since—and we need laws in place to govern how these searches happen.


OpenMedia is working on posting billboards at the border with information about how to lodge a complaint with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC). We're also pressuring Parliament to act to update old privacy laws for the digital age.

Yours in the fight for our privacy rights,


Victoria, and the whole team at OpenMedia


[1] Can Canadian border agents search your phone or laptop? A new guide explains: CTV News 
[2] Feds reject call for explicit instructions on border searches of smartphones, computers: Global News 
[3] Protect our digital privacy at the border: OpenMedia

[4] Can Canadian border agents search your phone or laptop? A new guide explains: CTV News
[5] Border guards have 'wide open' rights to search your smartphone, B.C. civil liberties group warns: CBC


We work to safeguard the possibilities of the open Internet, and toward informed and participatory digital policy.

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Correctional officers at supermax prisons guard the most dangerous inmates and aren't getting paid
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Correctional officers at supermax prisons guard the most dangerous inmates and ... officer at Florence and the local union president, told ABC News. ... "Regardless of politics, I don't think any of us here at Florence appreciate being
[NOTE FROM MODERATOR - It's bad enough that a mitigated white collar case was not segregated from Manson women in AZ facilities, and now murder walks with pardons and search gets away with fraud on the birth and legal married names which are reversed with the alias used in the U.S. in the 80s and 90s.]

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Groveland Four pardoned, 70 years on

Black Florida men falsely accused of rape in ‘miscarriage of justice’

Seventy years ago in Groveland, Fla., a white teenager named Norma Padgett accused four Black men of kidnapping and raping her in a car on a dark road.

Two of the men would eventually be shot dead by the segregationist sheriff of Lake County and his angry mob, and the other two would be wrongfully convicted of crimes on little evidence. The Groveland Four, as they became known, inspired a Pulitzer-winning book and have been considered for decades one of Florida’s most grave injustices and a case study on failed rule of law in the Jim Crow south.

In 2017, the state of Florida formally apologized for what happened in the summer of 1949. And on Friday, the state’s clemency board voted to posthumously pardon all four men — Ernest Thomas, Samuel Shepherd, Charles Greenlee and Walter Irvin.

After hearing testimony from family members of the men and Padgett herself, now in her late 80s, newly inaugurated Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said this case was a “miscarriage of justice” and that the “only appropriate thing to do is to grant pardons.”

“I hope that this will bring peace to the their families and their communities,” DeSantis said after the formal vote, which took place after his first cabinet meeting as governor.

Within days of Padgett’s accusations, Shepherd, Greenlee and Irvin had been jailed and Thomas was shot and killed by a mob — led by Sheriff Willis V. McCall — who had chased him 300 kilometres into the Panhandle.

Despite the lack of evidence, a jury quickly convicted the three still alive. Greenlee, just16 at the time, was sent to prison for life. Shepherd and Irvin, friends and army veterans, were sentenced to death, but the U.S. Supreme Court later overturned their convictions and ordered a retrial. Before that could happen, though, McCall shot them both.

Charles Greenlee did not appeal his conviction, according to PBS, and spent 12 years in prison. He died in 2012 at age 78. Shepherd and Irvin, however, did appeal, and although the Florida Supreme Court initially upheld their convictions, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned them.

They were shot by McCall on their return trip from prison to Lake County, where a new trial awaited them.


China Still Arresting Canadians For Their Standing With The US


China Still Arresting Canadians For Their Standing With The US

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The two were detained in the communist country after Canada arrested Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver in early December.

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Canadian-born former U.S. marine detained in Russia seeks bail: reports

Court received Paul Whelan's appeal, but no date set yet for hearing

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Coast Guard paid despite shutdown, not guaranteed in January


MANISTEE COUNTY — Local U.S. Coast Guard workers stationed in Manistee will receive a paycheck despite the partial government shutdown, but further pay in January is not guaranteed until a budget is passed.

Vice Commandant Adm. Charles Ray announced on Friday the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) found a way to pay employees, following a partial shutdown that started on Dec. 22.

Congress has not passed a federal budget, and the shutdown is set to extend into the new year.

According to a Coast Guard All Hands post on Dec. 28, the official blog of the U.S. Coast Guard workforce, DHS and Coast Guard officials identified a way to pay workers on Dec. 31.

However, it was described as a “one-time action.”

Petty Officer Brian McCrum, with the U.S. Coast Guard’s 9th District in Cleveland, said they are not guaranteed paychecks for the next pay period on Jan. 15, if the shutdown does not end.

“We were paid for Dec. 31,” McCrum said. “As of Jan. 1, there is no guarantee. We are expected to get back pay, whenever they come to a resolution on the funding. But as long as the shutdown continues there is no guarantee we will get paid on Jan. 15.”

Coast Guard Station Manistee workers are still active amid the shutdown. Petty officer Adrian Ledesma confirmed in a past interview that operations across the region will see very little impact.

The Coast Guard Station Manistee also serves Frankfort and Ludington areas through the winter months.

“All coast guardsmen are still on duty despite the temporary lapse in funding, and we are maintaining the same diligence that we do year-round,” Ledesma said. “My crew and I are on duty right now, and we still maintain our search and rescue readiness for ice rescue and waterborne missions.”

Appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security lapsed on Dec. 21, when a budget deal was not met.

Members of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines are not impacted by the shutdown, but Coast Guard funding is handled through the DHS, not the Department of Defense. The Department of Veterans Affairs is also not impacted by the shutdown.

Officials did not release details on how they covered the shortfall in funding of $75 million, while the shutdown impacts nearly 42,000 Coast Guard workers.

According to the Associated Press, funding for President Donald Trump’s project, a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, is the focal point of the shutdown. Democrats opposed the measure.

A White House briefing was held on Wednesday afternoon. Negotiations will resume today, when Congress reconvenes with a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.

On Monday, House Democrats also unveiled a package of bills that could potentially re-open the federal government, the Associated Press reported. The package does not include the $5 billion Trump wants for the wall.

The House plans for two separate votes today. If approved, the bills go to the Senate.

Trump is able to accept or reject either bill, but his response is not clear at this time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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US officials get access to man accused of espionage in Russia
U.S. consular officials seeking answers about the arrest of Paul Whelan, ... officials are aware that a Canadian citizen has been arrested in Russia.

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Canadian Man Seeks Trump's Help Finding A Wife, Arrested With 2 Bottles of Crown Royal Outside ...
A Canadian man was arrested by the U.S. Secret Service after telling agents he came to the White House with two bottles of Crown Royal in hopes …

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Meet Putin's American Prisoner, Paul Whelan
Daily Beast
The American arrested in Russia and accused of being a spy is a former cop and retired Marine, who once described having contacts in law ...

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American arrested in Russia as a spy is innocent, brother in Canada says

Paul Whelan's brother in Newmarket, Ont., says ex-marine was in Moscow to attend a wedding

Paul Whelan, a U.S. citizen, was arrested on espionage charges in Moscow on Friday. His brother told CBC News on Tuesday the retired marine was visiting the country to attend a wedding. (Submitted by David Whelan)

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. marine arrested in Russia on espionage charges, was visiting Moscow over the holidays to attend a wedding when he suddenly disappeared, his brother said Tuesday.

Whelan, 48, who is head of global security for a Michigan-based auto parts supplier, was arrested on Friday. In announcing the arrest three days later, the Russian Federal Security Service said he was caught "during an espionage operation," but gave no details.

The Russian spying charges carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

Paul's twin brother, David Whelan, who lives in Newmarket, Ont., told CBC News the allegations don't ring true to him.

"He has a background in law enforcement and is a marine and travels regularly ... he's not the sort of person who stumbles into a strange environment or makes poor choices that could cause him risks," David Whelan said. 

David Whelan says his family has been in contact with U.S. Embassy officials, but there is little information about the status of his brother. (Talia Ricci/CBC)

The morning of his arrest, Paul Whelan — who had been to Russia several times previously — took a group of wedding guests on a tour of the Kremlin museums, his brother said. David Whelan said the last time anyone heard from the ex-marine was at about 5 p.m. and then he failed to show up that evening for the wedding.

David Whelan would not comment on why he thought Russia had taken his brother into custody.

"I think it's too complicated to come up with a simple answer. I think there are many reasons and it could be completely arbitrary. Our goal is to get him home," he said.

No contact with family


David Whelan said his family has been in contact with U.S. Embassy officials, but there is little information on his brother's status until a 72-hour blackout period lapses and they can have access to him.

He said the family intends to contact U.S. officials in Paul's home state of Michigan.

David Whelan also said his brother, a U.S. citizen, previously held Canadian citizenship, but he was unaware whether he remains a citizen of Canada. He said the family has not been contacted by the Canadian government.

Watch David Whelan speak to CBC News Network about his brother's arrest:





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Paul Whelan was born in Ottawa in 1970, but moved to the United States in the early '70s and has lived there ever since, his brother said.

He did multiple tours in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps, his brother said. He now lives in Novi, Mich., and is director of global security for BorgWarner, where he has worked since early 2017.

"He is responsible for overseeing security at our facilities in Auburn Hills, Mich., and at other company locations around the world," BorgWarner spokesperson Kathy Graham said in a statement. She said the company does not have any facilities in Russia.

Paul Whelan previously worked for Kelly Services, which does maintain offices in Russia, his brother said.

'His innocence is undoubted'

In a statement posted to David Whelan's Twitter account, the family said they were worried about Paul.



"We are deeply concerned for his safety and well-being," the statement said.

"His innocence is undoubted and we trust that his rights will be respected."

It said the family last heard from Paul on Friday, "which was very much out of character for him, even when he was travelling."

The Russian spying charges carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

Paul Whelan, centre, was born in Ottawa but in the 1970s moved to the United States, where he has lived ever since. (Submitted by David Whelan)

The U.S. State Department said Monday it had received formal notification from the Russian Foreign Ministry of the arrest and was pushing for consular access. The department did not identify Whelan at the time or provide any information about the case, citing "privacy considerations."

The arrest comes as U.S.-Russian ties are severely strained, in part over Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

A Russian gun-rights activist, Maria Butina, is in U.S. custody after admitting she acted as a secret agent for the Kremlin in trying to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups as Donald Trump was seeking the presidency.

She pleaded guilty in December to a conspiracy charge as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed the case is fabricated and Butina entered the guilty plea because of the threat of a long prison sentence.

With files from CBC News

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TELUS has a great business up in Canada and has cornered the mobile ... manufacturer that supplies TELUS, was arrested in Vancouver, Canada.

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Canadian man arrested in US for disturbing flight crew on outbound Ohio flight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Canadian man is facing charges in the U.S. for allegedly interfering with crew members and attendants while on a flight ...

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Canadian sentenced to 40 years in prison for NYC terror plot

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Deportations Under Trump Still Lag Far Behind Those Carried Out By the Obama Administration

In 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has so far removed just over 256,000 individuals from the country. Last year, the number ...

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