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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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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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

… sign of the acrimony, one of the most outspoken Republican flamethrowers, Steve King of Iowa, returned to a familiar target when assigning blame for the outrage at the baseball diamond in Alexandria. “I do want to put some of this at the feet of Barack Obama,” the Iowa congressman said in an interview with Simon Conway on WHO Iowa radio. “He contributed mightily to dividing us. He focused on our differences rather than our things that unify us. And this is some of the fruits …

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NBC Has A Right To Book Alex Jones, But Does It Have A Good Enough Reason?

June 14, 2017

… itd be rigged, he said. I knew she was lying to me. I knew she was deceiving. I knew it was a giant hit piece. Jones said the only way he could fail was to not do the interview. He said he warned NBC they were walking into his trap by sitting down with him. Jerome Corsi, a leading proponent of the racially fueled birther conspiracy theory aimed a former President Barack Obama, now Infowars Washington bureau chief, speculated that Kelly could have been assigned to interview Jones as part of a …

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Sanders allies emboldened by Labour’s gains in UK election

June 10, 2017

… the triumph of moderate liberal technocrats in France and Canada — both closer philosophically to former President Barack Obama than Sanders — as the more appealing international parallel. Former Sanders campaign digital organizing director Claire Sandberg emailed her concerns from the UK, as she made her way to the Midwest after a whirlwind spell supporting Labour-aligned groups ahead of the vote. “I fully expect Establishment Democrats to reject the obvious lessons from …

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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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Barack Obama due in Edinburgh for charity fundraiser – BBC News

… Gleneagles Hotel American bar. The event at the EICC in Morrison Street is being organised by The Hunter Foundation. The charity was set up by leading businessman and philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter. The Hunter Foundation has previously arranged for US politicians and actors including Bill Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney to come to Scotland. Last year, Leonardo DiCaprio travelled to Edinburgh to speak at the Scottish Business Awards at the EICC. Announcing Barack Obama’s visit …

May 26, 2017
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Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

… administrations, Ross says the challenges are as much psychological as they are practical. “The level of disbelief between the Israelis and Palestinians, not just the leadership, but also the public, has never been wider,” Ross told CNN. “You have to somehow recreate a sense of possibility which has been completely lost.” It’s nearly seven years since Netanyahu and Abbas took part in a trilateral meeting with then US President Barack Obama in New York in …

May 22, 2017
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Philippines’ Duterte looks to strengthen ties with trip to Moscow

(CNN)Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will depart on an official five-day visit to Moscow Monday, as part of an effort to realign his country’s foreign policy away from longtime ally the United States. Under Duterte, who took office in June 2016, the Philippines has made overtures toward Beijing and Moscow — seeing the countries as a source of much-needed investment — and away from the US, which, despite a mutual defense treaty, Duterte regards as unreliable and …

May 22, 2017
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Trump Finds It Harder To Recruit Talent As His Scandals Pile Up

… president is politicizing their work. If it is political, its a problem, the official said, predicting that few applicants would find the agency appealing if Trump chooses a politician to replace Comey. Right, wrong or indifferent, an administration has to have its voice at the lowest echelons of agencies, and thats just not happening. Todd A. Weiler, assistant secretary of defense in the Obama administration A similar dynamic is shaping up in the national security agencies, where Trump has …

May 17, 2017
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Elizabeth Warren Has A Real Plan To Drain The Swamp In Washington

Other lawmakers and policy experts gathered at Washingtons Four Seasons Hotel focused on defending the Barack Obama-era status quo against President Donald Trumps onslaught, rather than on proposing ambitious new ideas. In her scathing remarks, Warren portrayed a Washington compromised by the largesse of big corporations and the ultra-rich long before Trump came to power. The former bankruptcy law professor and originator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau decried the armies of …

May 17, 2017
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