Warmbier death raises pressure on White House

June 20, 2017

… hold North Korea accountable for Otto Warmbier’s unjust imprisonment and demand the release of three other Americans who have been illegally detained.” North Korea will be a top priority for Tillerson and Mattis going into Wednesday’s talks with China, said Susan Thornton, the State Department’s acting assistant secretary for the bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Thornton told reporters Monday that US officials are “aiming to advance concrete cooperation …

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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

Most recently, leading Asian and European carmakers, most of whom have large U.S. workforces, released a video advertisement touting their contributions to the U.S. economy that makes the case for keeping international trade barriers low. Whats more, it explicitly emulates the famous Morning in America television spot from former Republican President Ronald Reagans 1984 re-election campaign. Employees disassemble a motor in the quality control Department of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing …

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Washington Post: Mueller investigating Jared Kushner’s business dealings

June 17, 2017

Washington (CNN)The business dealings of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and trusted aide Jared Kushner are being investigated by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing officials familiar with the matter. Mueller’s investigation is still in a relatively early phase, and it is unclear if any criminal charges will be brought when it is complete, the Post pointed out. Sources have stressed to CNN that there is no indication …

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19 Epic, Endangered Places You Should Visit Before It’s Too Late

June 15, 2017

… Danger List, omitting any that come with travel warnings form the U.S. State Department. While such places are no less important, its not recommended that you visit them now, typically because of war, crime, or other dangers. ERIC LAFFORGUE via Getty Images 5 Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery, Georgia These historic buildings are prime examples of medieval architecture, UNESCO says. Keep an eye out for exquisite mosaics and wall paintings in the …

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Nearly 200 Congressional Dems Sue Trump For Violating Constitution

June 14, 2017

… about these emoluments, to disclose the payments and benefits that he is receiving, mean that we cannot do our job. We cannot consent to what we dont know, said Senator Richard Blumenthal, one of the lawmakers bringing the lawsuit, in a conference call on Tuesday. The Justice Department declined to comment. They allege that Trumps acceptance of payments from foreign and U.S. governments through his hospitality empire puts other hotel and restaurant owners at an unfair disadvantage and …

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What would happen if Trump tried to fire special counsel Mueller

June 14, 2017

… intention to do so.” Can the President indeed fire the special counsel? The simple answer is that he most certainly can but only through the Justice Department chain of command — and the political cost would be great. Join us on Twitter and Facebook A true claim of a Comey “conflict of interest” would require proof that Mueller and Comey had a longstanding personal friendship that would clearly impede the impartiality of the special counsel. The public record …

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One Dead, Nearly Two Dozen Injured After Bus Crash Near Atlanta

June 10, 2017

The bus was on its way to the Atlanta airport so the youth group could catch a Thursday night flight to Africa for a mission trip, said Detective P. Smith of the Fulton County Police Department. There were 38 people on board when the bus was involved in an accident with a vehicle carrying two people, Smith said. Police could not say whether the deceased was a child or an adult. Video from Atlanta television stations showed the bus upside-down on the side of a busy four-lane road in …

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Frank Lloyd Wright: What his 5 best buildings tell us about his life and work

June 8, 2017

… was occupied by American forces from 1945 to 1952. By the 1960s it had sunk by up to 43 inches, and in 1967 it was demolished. If it existed today, this would surely be one of the world’s cult hotels. 1939: Fallingwater (Fayette County, Pennsylvania) With the effects of the Great Depression and the growing influence of a younger generation of Bauhaus-influenced Modern architects, Wright’s career stalled. In 1934, Edgar J. Kaufmann, a wealthy Pittsburgh Department store …

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

June 8, 2017

… release, Pence highlighted the importance of pollinators not only bees, but butterflies, birds and bats to Americas food supply. Bees aloneadd at least $15 billionin economic value to the countrys agricultural industry. The number of managed honey bee colonies in the U.S., meanwhile, has plummeted from about 6 million in the 1940s to about 2.5 million today, according to the Agriculture Department. The decline has been attributed to several factors, including habitat loss, disease, the …

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The Intercept on NSA arrest: Don’t trust a thing the government tells you

June 7, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / Esposito Photography The Intercept dropped its most significant story in its three-year history on Tuesday. The website published a piece based on leaked NSA documents that detailed what appeared to be a previously unreported Russia-backed cyberattack on the U.S. election that included vendors selling voter registration systems. Almost immediately afterward, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had arrested a government contractor for leaking classified …

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EPA Inspector General Probing Whether Agency Staffer Colluded With Monsanto

June 7, 2017

… previously a manager in the EPAs pesticide division, allegedly bragging to company officials in April 2015 that he could kill investigations into glyphosate. A Monsanto regulatory affairs manager sent an email to colleagues that said Rowland had told him, If I can kill this I should get a medal. At the time of the email, Monsanto was apparently seeking Rowlands help to shut down a review of glyphosate within the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a division of the U.S. Department …

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Report: Trump’s Continued Search For New FBI Chief Seen As Chaotic

June 3, 2017

Three close associates of three contenders for the job, all of whom have been interviewed by Trump, said the candidates were summoned to the White House for 10- to 20-minute conversations with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. While the Department has compiled a long list of candidates for the White House, there has been no clear framework or logic for who was interviewed and why, said one of the sources. The White House declined to comment on the nature …

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

… has gained new urgency since the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to head the investigation, the sources said. A person in regular touch with the White House said it needed a different structure to focus on the new reality that there would be continued leaks to the media from the law enforcement and intelligence communities, leaks that have increased in frequency since Trump fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey on May 9. The White House declined to …

May 27, 2017
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Huge Landslide Buries Already Damaged California Highway

A massive landslide covered a section of Californias famous Highway 1 last weekend thats been beset by falling rocks and debris this year. Mother nature hard at work, said a tweet from Caltrans, the states transportation Department. We were fearful that something could happen, Shivers told HuffPost.We didnt think it would be anything like this. The highway hugs the California coast for about 655 miles and normally is a popular scenic route for motorists. The slide went from bad to …

May 24, 2017
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Trump’s Budget Would Cut Planned Parenthood Out Of All Federal Programs

Andrew Cullen / Reuters The Trump administrations proposed budget specifically excludes Planned Parenthood from all Department of Health and Human Services programs, apparently the first time a presidents budget has done so, according to the leaked executive summary of the plan. Trumps proposed fiscal 2018 budget follows through on a campaign promise and prohibits any funding in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill for certain entities that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood, the …

May 23, 2017
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First on CNN: House Russia investigators get access to Treasury data

(CNN)Investigators on the House intelligence committees have obtained access to valuable data from the Treasury Department, a development that will open their doors to investigate possible connections between President Donald Trump’s business empire and Russians, CNN has learned. Investigators received access to the financial data this week, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the development. Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee told …

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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Behind the scenes of the hunt for a new FBI director

… America. The Justice Department leaders did not ask candidates if they will promise to do the political will of President Donald Trump or for a pledge of loyalty to the President, according to one source who said, “Definitely not. And it’s fortunate they did not ask for that.” …

May 17, 2017
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