Today's Intel

Jan. 3, 2020

REUTERS

President Donald Trump will hold a campaign event in a Miami megachurch on Friday to shore up support from Christian conservatives, after a prominent evangelical publication questioned whether the faithful should support the Republican.

Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden took in $22.7 million in the last three months of 2019, his campaign said in a statement on Thursday, a pickup in fundraising just weeks before voters kick off the party's nominating process.

Elizabeth Warren raised $21.2 million for her White House bid during the final quarter of 2019, dropping slightly from the prior quarter but finishing the year with a late surge in donations on the day she delivered a New Year's Eve speech, her campaign said on Friday.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, raised $11.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, more than doubling the previous quarter's amount, according to a statement from her campaign.

A U.S. air strike in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian commander aimed to disrupt an "imminent attack" that would have endangered Americans in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in television interviews on Friday.

Iran promised harsh revenge after a U.S. air strike in Baghdad killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran's elite Quds Force and architect of its military influence in the Middle East.

Indonesia's air force seeded clouds with salt to try to stop rainfall reaching the slowing sinking capital after deadly flash floods and landslides triggered by some of the heaviest rain recorded.

A U.S. appeals court on Friday began hearing arguments in a bid by President Donald Trump's administration to block former White House Counsel Don McGahn from testifying to a congressional committee as part of the impeachment effort against Trump.

Oil prices jumped nearly $3 a barrel and gold, the yen and safe-haven bonds all rallied on Friday, after the U.S. killing of Iran's top military commander in an air strike in Iraq ratcheted up tensions between the two powers.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday there were indications Iran or forces it backs may be planning additional attacks, warning that the "game has changed" and it was possible the United States might have to take preemptive action to protect American lives.

Ecologists at the University of Sydney told News.com.au that an estimated 480 million mammals, birds, and reptiles have died in the bushfires, which have been burning across Australia since September. Eight thousand of the animals deaths are believed to be koalas.

Raytheon Company's RTN business unit, Missile Systems recently secured a $768.3 million contract to manufacture advanced medium range air to air missile (AMRAAM). Work related to the deal will be executed in Tucson, AZ.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that the country will sell oil and part of the gold it produces for its national cryptocurrency petro.

For years, ultra-Orthodox Jewish families priced out of increasingly expensive Brooklyn neighborhoods have been turning to the suburbs, where they have taken advantage of open space and cheaper housing to establish modern-day versions of the European shtetls where their ancestors lived for centuries before the Holocaust. The expansion of Hasidic communities in New York's Hudson Valley, the Catskills and northern New Jersey been accompanied by flare-ups of rhetoric aimed at new development that some say is cloaked anti-Semitism.

The U.S. government on Thursday began sending asylum-seekers back to Nogales, Mexico, to await court hearings that will be scheduled roughly 350 miles away in Juarez, Mexico.

The number of cases of a new type of viral pneumonia linked to a food market in central China has risen to 44, local health authorities said Friday, in an outbreak awakening fearful memories of the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic.

The US has said it is ready to fight against North Korea if necessary. As worldwide attention focused on the escalation of tensions between the US and Iran following the killing of General Qassem Soleimani in an airstrike, comments from Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed that America remains ready for conflict with North Korea.

Kim Jong Un is giving up on hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump will lift sanctions anytime soon. Kim's plan now is to find a way to survive under crushing economic sanctions while building an even stronger nuclear deterrent to force Washington to compromise.

The US has announced a countrywide ban on some e-cigarette flavors amid concerns about vaping among teens.

BBC

Scores of unidentified drones, flying at night and often in groups, have baffled officials in the neighboring states of Colorado and Nebraska. Witnesses have spotted the drones, which reportedly have six-foot (1.8m) wide wingspans, since mid-December.

Zambia is wrestling with a devastating drought caused, according to experts, by a dramatic shift in weather patterns.

WND

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., warned that if Democrats fail to deliver their articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate, he will introduce a measure on Monday to dismiss them.

The exodus from California is very real, and it now looks like the state will pay the price for chasing away so many residents. Besides the costly implications of fleeing consumers and capital, California now also stands to lose an entire congressional seat thanks to slow growth and migration out of the Golden State.

A new study found that New York was one of only 10 states to lose population between July of 2018 and July of 2019. The Empire Center found, via Census Bureau data, that 180,649 more residents had moved out of the state than moved in.

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