Would Trump make a good royal?

June 23, 2017

(CNN)The power of the British monarchy has been on display during recent tragedies. Leave it to Prince Harry to spoil it all. Who, after all, could survive the nonstop attention and demand for selfies? Who would thrive under such scrutiny, and do it all while wearing a gold crown weighing more than three pounds? It would take a certain type of person. The sort of person who fills his court with relatives, perhaps, who thinks the separation of powers is a foreign concept, and …

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Georgia 6th loss isn’t the death knell for Democrats

June 23, 2017

(CNN)The facile headlines the morning after the Georgia 6th donnybrook wrote themselves: Politics ain’t horseshoes. A loss is a loss and Democrats lost a race they had hoped to win Tuesday night. Republicans escaped a disaster that would have sent tremors through Capitol Hill. The shaky effort to scrap Obamacare escaped a potentially deadly setback, as a loss would have further shaken timorous Senate Republicans at a critical juncture. …

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Friend or food? China’s ‘civil war’ over dogs

June 22, 2017

(CNN)It’s an international public relations disaster for China. People worldwide condemn the event and call for an end to the country’s dog meat trade. Within China, where dogs are increasingly seen as pets rather than dinner, opposition to the festival is growing. Why not end dog meat trade? So, why won’t the Yulin authorities publicly denounce the festival and end the trade? First, dog meat consumption is not illegal. At a time when the consumption happens …

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Rock band The Slants’ victory in court secures your rights

June 20, 2017

(CNN)In the 1971 free speech case, Cohen v. California, the Supreme Court said, “One man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric.” That rings very true today. Now, I get to say: “I told you so.” Join us on Twitter and Facebook Justice Kennedy summed it up perfectly: “By mandating positivity, the law here might silence dissent and distort the marketplace of ideas.” Today, because of a little-known band and a naughty word, you are all more …

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Buying Whole Foods could be Amazon’s Waterloo

June 19, 2017

(CNN)When Jeff Bezos made his now-mythical car journey across the country to Seattle, he dreamed up the idea of an online store that could sell everything. The founder and chief executive of Amazon started with books, then moved into other products. The one sector of the retail market Amazon does not have a significant toe-hold in is the gigantic $800 billion a year grocery market. That is until now. With the deal to buy Whole Foods, the online retailer now has a small slice of the grocery …

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A warning to Washington from Kansas

June 17, 2017

(CNN)Last week, Republican state legislators in Kansas finally acknowledged what we have known since 2012: Gov. Sam Brownback’s “Kansas Experiment” burdened our businesses, wrecked our state’s finances, and mortgaged our children’s future, all in the name of giving tax breaks to the wealthy. Kansas’ job growth actually declined since Brownback’s tax giveaway to the most well-off Kansans. We’ve fallen 47,000 jobs short of the promise made by the …

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Independence Day Fast Facts

June 17, 2017

(CNN)Here’s a look at Independence Day, celebrated on the Fourth of July. First two paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence:“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that …

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Executions in Pakistan: Is ISIS targeting China?

June 15, 2017

(CNN)The deaths of two Chinese nationals in Pakistan suggest that as Beijing’s strategic and economic footprint grows so too will the threats posed to Chinese interests. While China has often asserted that it is opposed to the terrorism perpetrated by groups such as al Qaeda or ISIS, such a position has not prompted it to join international efforts to combat them in Afghanistan or the Middle East. Is ISIS targeting China? Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s (ISIS) …

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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

(CNN)The Comey hearing certainly lived up to the hype. And now there is buildup to the testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday afternoon. One aspect of the Comey hearing that was overwhelmed by the newsworthiness of his comments was his refusal to speak to the nature of Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation in an open hearing. This cast a new spotlight on Sessions and made him a character to watch in the Russia investigation. If he says yes, …

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Filippo Minelli uses smoke to spotlight political and social issues

June 9, 2017

… The opposite side of Minelli’s work involves large, colorful flags that recall both nation-state and political movement — yet ultimately point to neither. Emblazoned with nonsensical maxims like “Rise for No Reason” and “No More opinions,” these banners seem to suggest that our political responses to serious problems may be just as incoherent as the crises themselves. He asks pedestrians to wave the flags — creating a public scene where the very point …

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General Election 2017: The EU citizens in the UK who can’t vote – BBC News

June 4, 2017

… refreshment drinks based on birch sap. At the moment, the business is based in Estonia and our idea is to bring it to the UK. However, Brexit really makes us think twice. How would we be able to sustain the business if Brexit happens without a deal? It might be hard for us. It’s quite frustrating not being able to vote, especially if you like being here and you are helping the economy to grow. Of course, British people’s opinions should be prioritised as this is their home, after …

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Bill Maher’s use of ‘N-word’ is no joke

June 4, 2017

(CNN)Bill Maher is Ann Coulter with shorter hair: They both say outrageous and even hateful things to get press in a desperate effort to remain relevant. Maher gave us yet another example when he dropped the “N-word” on his HBO show “Real Time” Friday night. Rise of racist rants caught on camera Join us on Twitter and Facebook More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsSocimattic PLATINUM SociMattic PLATINUM PRO 15,000,000 …

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Kayyem: Every parent’s nightmare

(CNN)No victim of terror is deserving. But the attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on Monday night feels different. It reaches into the core fear of any parent — that you could send your child off to an event and for reasons that are cruel and evil never see them again. Dashcam captures moment of the explosion …

May 23, 2017
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Trump’s doublespeak in Saudi Arabia

(CNN)If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Donald Trump, it is that he has no qualms about contradicting himself to get what he wants. In Saudi Arabia, he wanted a $110 billion arms deal — not to promote peace and tolerance, as he later proclaimed in his Sunday speech. Thus, his speech will not “be remembered as the beginning of peace in the Middle East,” as he loftily put it, but rather a boost to the war that is ravaging it. Nor will Trump’s speech put …

May 22, 2017
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