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Defense Secretary James Mattis (center) has advised against lawmakers placing time constraints on the use of military force. (ASSOCIATED PRESS photographs)

Lawmakers want to update post-9/11 law

- The Washington Times

Lawmakers in both parties are agitating to update a 16-year-old law authorizing U.S. military force, a move considered a long-shot that could nevertheless tie President Trump’s hands as Democrats take over the House next year.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who is in line to chair the House Judiciary Committee, says the panel plans to immediately summon Mr. Whitaker to testify about Mr. Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. (Associated Press)

House Dems to press DOJ over Obamacare lawsuit

- The Washington Times

Incoming House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler warned acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker that Democrats will scrutinize the Trump administration’s decision not to defend Obamacare against a state-driven lawsuit in Texas, saying the move appeared to be a “cynical pretext” for launching another repeal attempt.

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Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., talks to Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes at a Gulf Coast Business Council meeting at the IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi, Miss., on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Hyde-Smith is in a runoff with Democrat Mike Espy to retain her Senate seat. (AP Photo/Sun Herald, John Fitzhugh)/The Sun Herald via AP)

Only debate set for Mississippi's hard-fought US Senate race

- Associated Press

Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and her Democratic challenger, Mike Espy, meet for their only debate Tuesday night in a contest where the incumbent's verbal gaffes have dredged up strong emotions about Mississippi's history of racial violence.

US charges Venezuelan tycoon tied to government for bribery

- Associated Press

U.S. prosecutors unsealed an indictment against a Venezuelan media tycoon close to President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government on Monday, accusing him of paying $159 million in bribes to top officials in exchange for lucrative foreign currency deals and then hiding the proceeds in luxury Manhattan and Florida real estate.

Leading Mississippi lawmaker won't be convicted of DUI

Associated Press

The second-ranking member of Mississippi's House of Representatives pleaded no contest to drunk-driving charges Monday but won't be convicted under a diversion program for first-time offenders.