Warmbier death raises pressure on White House

June 20, 2017

Washington (CNN)Otto Warmbier’s death as a result of his treatment in North Korea could increase calls for the US to take a tougher line on China, as the two nations prepare to meet in Washington on Wednesday. It’s an approach that resembles the Obama administration strategy and, observers say, has shown no greater success in slowing Pyongyang’s steady march towards developing nuclear weapons and the missile capability to deliver them as far as North America. …

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Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Trump

June 18, 2017

… monument designations going back 21 years President Donald Trump speaks at the Interior Department before signing an executive order reviewing previous national monument designations made under the Antiquities Act. Patagonia to sue the Trump administration a day later, vowing to take every step necessary, including legal action, to defend our most treasured public landscapes from coast to coast. A president does not have the authority to rescind a National Monument, Marcario said in a …

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Foreign Carmakers Invoke Reagan To Sway Trump On Trade

June 17, 2017

… with the Trump administration. Job-saving reforms would entail making it harder to offshore production to Mexico, rather than extending its open trade channels to other sectors of the economy. Theyd take the pieces of TPP that Mexico, the U.S. and Canada had agreed to and enact them bit by bit through the NAFTA renegotiation, Wallach warned in April. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsWPFS3 Simple Site Booster – 25 Sites License eCOM Launcher Developer License – 100 License …

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Cuba-US relations: 6 key things you need to know

June 16, 2017

Havana (CNN)President Donald Trump is set to announce Friday, before an audience of anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Miami, that he is rolling back parts of the Obama administration’s opening with Cuba. Trump will chill Obama’s warmer relations with Cuba, officials say What Trump has said about Castro …

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What would happen if Trump tried to fire special counsel Mueller

June 14, 2017

(CNN)Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy created a storm of controversy when he suggested Monday that President Trump was contemplating firing the newly appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, a man destined to be a festering thorn in the side of the Trump administration for months or years to come. And on Tuesday, aboard Air Force One, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders addressed the idea of firing Mueller with these words: “while the President has the right to, he has no …

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The questions that could determine Sessions’ fate

June 13, 2017

… Comey was directly linked to the Russia investigation. In addition, even Rod Rosenstein, his deputy, was not clear in his hearing whether he knew what his memo would be used for and who asked him to write it. 4. Were you aware of Jared Kushner’s contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and were you aware of his interest in setting up a back channel during the transition? In general, do you think outreach to foreign governments should be coordinated with the outgoing administration …

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Could football help ease tensions between North and South Korea?

June 13, 2017

… Moon’s circle for improved North-South relations, Pyongyang said it wouldn’t allow the visit due to new UN sanctions against it that South Korea supported. Moon has also struggled to patch up things with China, which was angered when Moon’s predecessor approved the deployment of a US missile defense system in South Korea. Further roll-out of the THAAD system has been delayed by Moon’s administration pending an environmental assessment. Even South Korean-Japanese …

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Bill Maher Is A Dangerous White Man

June 11, 2017

… black personmustknow this. Its not like I made a career with this. I grew up in Jersey in the 50s and 60s. Race wasnt even an issue. It didnt exist. I dont wanna pretend this is more of a race thing than a comedian thing. During the interview, Maher even made a point of conveying to the audience how formidable an inquisitor Dyson was, saying I feel like I got Robert Mueller here in reference to the special prosecutor investigating the Trump administration. It is not apologies …

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Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos and more tech CEOs are set to attend a White House summit with Jared Kushner

June 11, 2017

… inauguration. The discussion at that gathering focused on jobs, trade, immigration and China relations. After the meeting, industry leaders said an area of broad agreement was the potential for the Trump administration to innovate in government services. Since then, however, immigration has became a flash point of division between the industry and the administration. Executives publicly chastised Trumps February executive order calling for a travel ban on those from Muslim-majority countries. …

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Trump: Qatar must stop funding terrorism

June 10, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump called on Qatar to stop funding terrorism, claiming credit for and endorsing the decision of Gulf nations to ostracize their neighbor, even as US Cabinet officials said their blockade is hurting the campaign against ISIS. In doing so, the President’s tone, if not his message, clashed with his most senior national security officials, highlighting the often mixed messages emerging from his administration since the Qatar crisis began Tuesday. …

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Trump’s Climate Withdrawal Is An Impeachable Offense

June 9, 2017

These 22 senators wrote to Trump, asking him to pull out of the accord. The president and the senators put their own political and economic interests above the safety, security and indeed survival of the American people and the entire planet. Under the pact, the Obama administration promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent to 29 percent lower than 2005 levels by 2025. The United States is the second largest purveyor of fossil fuels. China, which is first, and India, third, …

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Second Lady Pence Pushes Bee Conservation, An Effort One Critic Labels ‘Hypocritical’

June 8, 2017

… parasitic varroa mite, malnutrition and pesticide use. Perdue said that farmers have no better friends and few harder workers than the honeybee, and that the rate by which populations are dwindlingrepresents a diverse mix of challenges requiring a wide range of solutions. The Trump administration has proposed gutting by 31 percentfunding for the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates pesticides that studies have shown to pose a risk to bees. The Agriculture and Interior …

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Twitter has some ideas for the real ‘problem with Jared Kushner’

June 4, 2017

… other White House no business, except maybe a wholly owned and rather tawdry and occasionally bankrupt casino operation would be run this way,” the editorial board wrote. The piece, headlined “The Problem With Jared Kushner,” made a compelling case for the many problems Kushner poses as a member of the Trump administration. The headline was trending on Saturday, and Twitter, of course, came up with many more problems with Jared. The problem with Jared Kushner is that the …

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‘The World Cannot Wait And Neither Will We,’ 61 Mayors Pledge

June 3, 2017

… No matter what the president decides, I want to make it absolutely clear to the White House and our partners worldwide that the city of Boston wont back down, he said.If this administration turns its back on the environment, cities like Boston will have to step up. Other co-signers include Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York,Mayor Steve Adler of Austin, Texas,Mayor Jackie Biskupski of Salt Lake City and Mayor William Peduto of Pittsburgh, Pa. In a series of …

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9 Times Donald Trump Twisted Facts In His Speech Quitting Paris Accord

June 2, 2017

… responsible for the U.S. already shrinking its carbon footprint by 12 percent below 2005 levels. (The country committed to lowering that number to 26 percent to 28 percent under the Paris Agreement). Nothing in the accord prevented the U.S. from extracting fossil fuels. There are ways to extract oil and gas responsibly. The problem is the Trump administration doesnt seem keen on doing that. In one of its first moves, the Trump EPA requiring oil and gas companies to report leaks of methane, a …

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43 Percent Of Kids Killed In Car Crashes Aren’t Properly Restrained

June 1, 2017

A report published in the The Journal of Pediatricspresented the factors that may increase the likelihood of a child dying in a car accident in the U.S. based on four years of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety administration. Overall, nearly 16 percent of those children were killed in these fatal accidents. Forty-three percent of the children who died were unrestrained or improperly restrained, and 13 percent were inappropriately seated in the front seat of the car. zenstock via …

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REPORT: Trump To Set Up ‘War Room’ To Repel Russia Probe Attacks

Trumps advisers are planning to establish a war room to combat mounting questions about communication between Russia and his presidential campaign before and after Novembers presidential election, while bringing new aides into the White House, administration officials and persons close to Trump told Reuters. Upon Trumps return, the administration will add experienced political professionals, including Trumps former campaign manager, and possibly more lawyers to handle the Russia probe, which …

May 27, 2017
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Trump’s Budget Takes From Safety Net, Gives To Military

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump wants Congress to cut food stamps and other anti-poverty programs in order to pay for more military spending and a border wall, according to a budget proposal the White House will formally unveil on Tuesday. Trumps budget for fiscal 2018, a summary of which the administration released late Monday, would plow the savings from welfare cuts into higher military spending and deficit reduction. It also adds $2.6 billion more for border security, including $1.6 …

May 23, 2017
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Stop Using Free Speech As An Excuse To Be Awful

Undeterred by the silent protest, Pence continued his speech, saying to the graduates: While this institution has maintained an atmosphere of civility and open debate, far too many campuses across America have become characterized by speech codes, safe spaces, tone policing, administration-sanctioned political correctness all of which amounts to the suppression of free speech. None of them, however, have actually had their speech curtailed. They have never been thrown in jail for things like …

May 23, 2017
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Trump’s doublespeak in Saudi Arabia

… Middle East, as well as for the treatment of Muslims in the United States. Thus, we should not expect any meaningful attempts by the Trump administration to decrease terrorism in the region. Rather, the focus of US counterterrorism strategy will be to geographically contain the violence within the Middle East and prevent it from crossing the Atlantic. This brings us to the second of Trump’s contradictions — deliberately disconnecting Islam from terrorism in his …

May 22, 2017
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Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

(CNN)Jerusalem: US President Donald Trump arrives in Israel Monday in search of what he has called “the ultimate deal”. But like so many US presidents who have believed it their duty to bring peace to the region, Trump will face a series of challenges, which have grown increasingly insurmountable. Seven years on since Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last held talks, the same issues remain — disagreements over borders, security, Jerusalem, a right of return …

May 22, 2017
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Net neutrality is a pivotal moment in a broader movement for a healthy internet

… of us understand this. And were speaking out. Net neutralitys veneer of complexity is splintering. We first saw this happen in late 2014, when the previous administration collected public comments around implementing stronger net neutrality protections. The window for the public to weigh in on how federal rule-makers should treat Internet traffic is closed, after a record 3.7 million comments arrived at the FCC, NPR reported in September 2014. The comments sentiment? An analysis of several …

May 19, 2017
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Trump Finds It Harder To Recruit Talent As His Scandals Pile Up

WASHINGTON A White House in a downward spiral, as a key Republican senator called it, is making an already daunting task even harder: persuading qualified candidates to take important administration jobs. Hundreds of key posts at the Department of Defense and the State Department remain unfilled heading into the fifth month of Donald Trumps presidency because of his insistence on personally approving all top hires. And the hiring crunch started before the most recent stretch of controversy …

May 17, 2017
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