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The US operation in Iraq could come to an embarrassing end. Iran’s power will only grow

Donald Trump hasn’t pulled his troops out of Iraq, despite his pledge to end America’s grinding wars. It turns out he may not have to. The US is facing the possibility of being kicked out, and that would be a big win for Iran.

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Los Angeles teachers sue Delta after jet fuel dump over schools, playgrounds

Teachers from a Los Angeles school are suing Delta Airlines after a China-bound plane dumped fuel over neighboring communities.

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Meet Trump’s legal team for the impeachment trial

The legal defense team for Trump’s Senate impeachment trial includes Alan Dershowitz, Kenneth Starr, Pat Cipollone, Jay Sekulow, Robert Ray, Pam Bondi, Jane Raskin, Patrick Philbin and Mike Purpura.

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Lev Parnas: House Democrats release new Ukraine texts between indicted Giuliani associate and Derek Harvey, former National Security Council staffer

Democrats released texts exchanged between Parnas and Rudy Giuliani and another set between Parnas and a staffer for Representative Devin Nunes.

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Storm to bring 1 to 5 inches of snow, dangerous travel conditions to Western Pa.

A storm set to strike early Saturday is expected to slather Western Pennsylvania’s roads with a mix of ice and rain and dump 1 to 5 inches of snow, prompting officials to warn of potentially dangerous travel conditions. A winter weather advisory is in effect …

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How Trump Is Spreading a Conspiracy Theory About Pelosi, Biden and Sanders

President Trump claims Nancy Pelosi has intentionally undermined Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign by delaying the impeachment trial. Mr. Sanders denounced that theory on Friday.

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Ex-Guantanamo chief convicted of covering up fight over alleged affair days before man’s death

John Nettleton did not tell investigators that he had physically fought with a missing civilian who confronted him about an alleged affair with his wife.

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In California: A deadly avalanche in Lake Tahoe; we sue Trump (again)

One person died and another was badly injured in a morning avalanche in Lake Tahoe. The state sues over President Trump’s plan to open up coastal and farming land to gas and oil extraction. And lots of chickens didn’t make it ‘cross the road.

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Mike Bloomberg is assembling a team of fundraising experts to recruit wealthy donors – but not to take their money

Many of the Bloomberg team’s targets are backing other candidates, but the effort could potentially put pressure on the donors to withhold funds from other contenders.

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Syria ceasefire has failed as civilians killed daily: UN

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has called for an immediate end to hostilities in Idlib, saying that the latest Syrian ceasefire has “yet again failed to protect civilians”. “It is deeply distressing that civilians are still being killed on a daily basis in missile strikes from both the air and ground,” Bachelet said…