Florida Gator: Swimming Pool Edition

Sarasota County Sheriff's deputies were called to a Venice, Florida, home Monday to help relocate the uninvited guest, which was measured at 7 to 8 feet long. Gators in Florida swimming pools are not uncommon.

The way Sean Spicer sees it

White House grants ethics waivers to 17 appointees, including four former lobbyists - The White House disclosed Wednesday evening that it has granted ethics waivers to 17 appointees who work for President Trump and Vice President Pence, including four former lobbyists.

Clinton slams New York Times, DNC, Comey for her loss

Clinton: I was the 'victim' of an assumption that I would win - Hillary Clinton on Wednesday broadly spread around the blame for her loss in last year's presidential election, pointing to suspected Russian cyberattacks, the Democratic National Committee's data operation and a "very broad assumption that I was going to win."

Oligarchs Succeed! Only the People Suffer

On a scale not seen since the 'great' world depression of the 1930's, the US political system is experiencing sharp political attacks, divisions and power grabs. Executive firings, congressional investigations, demands for impeachment, witch hunts, threats of imprisonment for 'contempt of Congress' and naked power struggles have shredded the facade of political unity and consensus among competing powerful US oligarchs.

Trump Gives Foreign Leaders His Cell Number

President Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns about the security and secrecy of the U.S. commander in chief's communications. Trump has urged leaders of Canada and Mexico to reach him on his cellphone, according to former and current U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the practice.

High Impact Stories

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, is now considered a "subject of interest" by the FBI... MSNBC executives plan to cancel Lawrence O'Donnell highly-rated prime time television show "The Last Word" after his contract... Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes. But... Yesterday 142 Kogs posted 192 stories of which 182 were recommended at least once by a cadre of 1988 recommending readers; 130 stories were recommended by 10 or more readers, 72 by 30 or more, and 30 by 100 or more.

Is ‘House of Cards’ still relevant in a world with a President Trump?

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, is now considered a "subject of interest" by the FBI... MSNBC executives plan to cancel Lawrence O'Donnell highly-rated prime time television show "The Last Word" after his contract... Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes. But... The depiction of government and politics in fiction lends itself well to this idea.

Could the Russia Investigation Reveal Trump’s Tax Returns?

Comey to testify publicly about Trump confrontations - Fired FBI director James Comey plans to testify publicly in the Senate as early as next week to confirm bombshell accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into a top Trump aide's ties to Russia, a source close to the issue said Wednesday.

Bitter Hillary Clinton Is Now Blaming Inept DNC For Election Loss…

Clinton: I was the 'victim' of an assumption that I would win - Hillary Clinton on Wednesday broadly spread around the blame for her loss in last year's presidential election, pointing to suspected Russian cyberattacks, the Democratic National Committee's data operation and a "very broad assumption that I was going to win."

“Mind control,” “shadow government,” and Seth Rich: Sean Hannity’s…

Fox News host Sean Hannity attracted widespread condemnation for pushing conspiracy theories about a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer, but it wasn't his first time promoting or entertaining such wild claims on air. From claiming that the NFL's Colin Kaepernick protested the national anthem because he "may have converted to Islam" to implying that former President Barack Obama is a terrorist sympathizer, here are some examples of Hannity embracing conspiracy theories.

Kansas lawmakers go full harassment mode: mandate typeface size, style for abortion disclosure forms

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, is now considered a "subject of interest" by the FBI... MSNBC executives plan to cancel Lawrence O'Donnell highly-rated prime time television show "The Last Word" after his contract... Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes. But... Kansas legislators have reached a new low in meddling.

Mike Pence is hitting the campaign trail, perhaps with an eye on a Trumpless White House

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, is now considered a "subject of interest" by the FBI... MSNBC executives plan to cancel Lawrence O'Donnell highly-rated prime time television show "The Last Word" after his contract... Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes. But... Vice President and guy who always swears he was out of the room when everyone else on the president's senior team did all those things the FBI is now investigating Mike Pence is, four months or so after being sworn in, already heading back to the campaign trail.

Trump Stole Another Family’s Coat of Arms

It may not be the most dramatic scandal facing Donald Trump this week, but the US president has been accused of branding his US commercial properties with a stolen coat of arms. Trump's heraldic arms is a near-identical copy of one registered in 1939 by Joseph Edward Davies, the New York Times reported.

Hannity Ignores Grieving Family’s Request To STFU About Seth Rich’s Murder

Sean Hannity reached new depths of phony-baloney sanctimony last night as he blatantly disrespected the wishes of the family of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich - and had the gall to do so while making a big show of sympathy for the Rich family. Sean Hannity told his viewers he will not stop "investigating" or "asking questions" about the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich despite two requests from the family that he and others stop promoting conspiracy theories about Rich's death.

Organizations Call Out Ivanka Trump Brand Over Labor Scandal


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Following news that two labor activists went missing and another was arrested after investigating a Chinese company that produces Ivanka Trump shoes, numerous organizations have called for the president's daughter to address the situation. "Ivanka's brand should immediately cease its work with this supplier, and the Trump administration should reverse its current course and confront China on its human rights abuses," Adrienne Watson, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, said in a Wednesday statement.

Biden sets up new political action committee, signaling a possible 2020 White House run

Former vice president Joe Biden speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., in early May. Declaring "it's time for big dreams," former vice president Joe Biden is prepared to launch a new political action committee on Thursday, a move certain to stoke more speculation about whether he plans to mount a 2020 challenge to President Trump. The new PAC, dubbed American Possibilities, is being set up to help elect candidates who, like Biden, still believe in a nation "of ordinary people doing extraordinary things," according to an email the Democrat plans to send to supporters.

David Urban Won’t Drain the Swamp

The swamp is about to get a little more crowded - that is, unless the Trump administration begins tightening the vetting process over its White House job applications. As a result of recent resignations and a potential administrative overhaul, high-profile lobbyist David Urban is reportedly being considered for multiple senior positions on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Kathy Griffin Should Not Have Apologized [VIDEO]

The reaction to Kathy Griffin's now-infamous Trump beheading video was swift and almost universally condemning. CNN just announced that they would fire Griffin stating, "We have acted swiftly and decisively to demonstrate our commitment to a culture of decency, civility, and tolerance."

How ISIS does digital

I almost never post from my phone, so I hope this works. Messaging app Telegram centrepiece of IS social media strategy BTW, the BBC news app is one of the best news feeds you can find.

The pro-illegal immigration left is officially suffering from schizophrenia

Time Magazine had yet another article out this week about the plight of the "undocumented community" and how terrible things have been ever since President Trump took office. It seems like they come up with a different angle every few days to try to generate sympathy for those who cross our borders in violation of the law and push the narrative that the new White House administration is a heartless pit of blackness on par with Mordor.

The Obamas bought a house in Washington

Say hello to your permanent neighbors, Washingtonians: The Obamas have officially bought the house they've been leasing in the Kalorama neighborhood, according to the Washington Post. The Obamas bought a house in Washington Say hello to your permanent neighbors, Washingtonians: The Obamas have officially bought the house they've been leasing in the Kalorama neighborhood, according to the Washington Post.

What Did Theresa May Know About the Manchester Bomber?


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The unsayable in Britain's general election campaign is this: The causes of the Manchester atrocity, in which 22 mostly young people were murdered by a jihadist, are being suppressed to protect the secrets of British foreign policy. Critical questions - such as why the security service MI5 maintained terrorist "assets" in Manchester and why the government did not warn the public of the threat in their midst - remain unanswered, deflected by the promise of an internal "review."

How the CIA Tricked the World’s Best Writers

"The past is a foreign country," L.P. Hartley famously wrote as he opened The Go-Between . There is a pretty tristesse in the line, as Hartley intended, and it holds if the topic is lost love, the joys and errors of youth, all the roads not traveled.

‘Umm… Err…’: Brutally Long Silence by Top US Diplomat Speaks Volumes About Saudi Democracy

Acting Assistant Secretary of State Stuart Jones had a... ummm... errr... ahh... hard time answering this relatively straightforward question. Sometimes a nearly twenty-second pause by a top U.S. diplomat reveals much more than words could about the troubling lack of democracy in Saudi Arabia and the special relationship the United States retains with the repressive Gulf monarchy.

College professor: The campus mob came for me

Last Friday I wrote about Professor Bret Weinstein, who teaches biology at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Weinstein became the subject of a student protest when he rejected the idea of a Day of Absence in which all white people would be asked to leave campus.

Trump administration reversing Obamacare’s birth control mandate

Trump administration reversing Obamacare's birth control mandate Health officials are drafting a rule to let employers drop coverage for contraceptives Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2snz5kd President Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty May 4 that paves the way for health officials to roll back Obamacare's mandate that employers provide free birth control coverage. WASHINGTON - True to its word, the Trump administration is moving to reverse Obamacare's requirement that most employers provide free coverage of birth control to their employees.

The Changing Landscape for Patent Licensors

Canada's largest publicly-traded IP firm Wi-Lan has struggled to gain traction in the past few years as regulatory changes have made it tougher to enforce their U.S. patents through litigation. Chairman James Skippen appears on Bloomberg North to discuss how they're forging ahead with a turnaround strategy in hopes of changing that dynamic.

Trump Reportedly Ready To Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Accord

President Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, three officials with knowledge of the decision said, making good on a campaign pledge but severely weakening the landmark 2015 climate change accord that committed nearly every nation to take action to curb the warming of the planet. A senior White House official cautioned that the specific language of the president's expected announcement was still in flux Wednesday morning.

Trump’s excoriation of Democrats is as unusual as you’d think

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events In the Wednesday edition of President Trump's early-morning musings on Twitter, he weighed in on something he apparently saw on "Fox and Friends": His former adviser Carter Page's letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee. So now it is reported that the Democrats, who have excoriated Carter Page about Russia, don't want him to testify.

5/31/2017

I wrote about Trump's bffs using his talking points and the GOP hawks' sudden loss of interest in national security for Salon this morning: Despite all the testimony from American intelligence and law enforcement officials confirming that the Russian government was behind the hacking of Democratic Party and Clinton campaign official John Podesta's emails, President Donald Trump still insists that the whole controversy is a plot by Democrats to explain away their defeat in the 2016 presidential election. Earlier this month he's said he still wasn't convinced.

Flynn Agrees to Give Documents to Senate

President Trump's first National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, has agreed to provide documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee as it investigates Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This deal occurs as Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen refused to provide information to a House intelligence committee and Trump's former White House staffer Boris Epshteyn was contacted for information by that committee.

Introducing the Reader Center

The New York Times Is Eliminating The Public Editor Role - The accountability position was created in the wake of a 2003 plagiarism scandal. - The New York Times is eliminating the position of public editor, an accountability role the paper created in 2003 in the wake

Monmouth University Polling Institute

Monmouth University Polling Institute - Trump is His Own Worst Spokesperson; Spicer, Conway Not Much Better - VP Pence does best job representing his boss - West Long Branch, NJ - President Trump may not be well-served by his primary spokespeople, but he is probably his own worst mouthpiece

Silly-Party Brit Calls For Death Penalty For Suicide Bombers?

C&L readers likely know that the UKIP, the pro-Brexit party that lied their way to electoral success one time , are for all purposes the Monty Python Silly Party. And a woman who was kicked out of the Silly Party because her chief of staff inflated her expense reports has now proposed.... There is no death penalty in England, because they are a civilized country.

Keith Olbermann Calls For Jared Kushner’s Arrest [VIDEO]

In the newest installment of "The Resistance," Keith Olbermann's political soapbox-style web-series on CondA Nast darling GQ, the former sports commentator called for Jared Kushner's arrest. "I call for the immediate arrest of Jared Kushner," Olbermann demanded, staring deadpan into the camera behind his signature navy spectacles.

Painful Silence

During a press conference about US President Donald Trump's recent trip to the Middle East, AFP journalist Dave Clark asked a department official why the US criticizes the Iranian elections and its record on democracy, but not Saudi Arabia.

Facebook Likes Used as Proof of Defamation

A Swiss man who 'liked' several Facebook posts that included accusations that a man was racist and anti-Semitic has been convicted of defamation. In the landmark ruling, the unnamed 45-year-old Zurich man was found guilty after he 'liked' a series of posts in a discussion about a vegan street festival called Veganmania Schweiz in 2015.

Roger Ailes’ last wish: Out-foxing Fox

Roger Ailes' last wish: Out-foxing Fox - Before Roger Ailes' death on May 18, he expressed a final wish to some of his few remaining confidants: to get back in the game, with a conservative network that would position itself to the right of Fox News, as his baby became more moderate under the next generation of Murdoch leadership.

Poll: Support for Trump impeachment rises

Poll: Support for Trump impeachment rises - An increasing percentage of voters want Congress to impeach President Donald Trump - even if they don't think Trump has committed the "high crimes and misdemeanors" the Constitution requires. - Forty-three percent of voters want Congress

A 2016 Review: Why Key State Polls Were Wrong About Trump

A 2016 Review: Why Key State Polls Were Wrong About Trump - Nearly seven months after the presidential election, pollsters are still trying to answer a question that has rattled trust in their profession: Why did pre-election polls show Hillary Clinton leading Donald J. Trump in the battleground states that decided the presidency? The day's must-read political news and opinion pieces are scattered across hundreds of news outlets and blogs, too many for any one person to read. Fortunately, memeorandum arranges all of these links in a single, easy-to-scan page.

In California, Robert Lee Ahn Is Funded By Trump’s SuperPAC

At last week's debate, Robert Lee Ahn described himself as the anti-establishment alternative to progressive Democrat Jimmy Gomez in the race to replace Xavier Becerra. In his Republican style, Robert Lee Ahn interrupted Jimmy numerous times to explain his phony pledge to be funded solely by the people -- granted, he doesn't understand that much of Gomez's funding comes from liberal/progressive individuals and organizations.

Sarah Silverman Gets Introspective With A Speck of Dust


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With her days of shocking punchlines behind her, the stand-up comedian has come out with an assured new Netflix special. In her heyday, Sarah Silverman was one of the edgiest stand-up comics in America.

U.S pulling out of Paris climate agreement

Well, I'm sure that his reasons are well-thought out, backed up with thorough studies, and potential improvements to combat climate change will be clearly stated. The good news is that, once DJT has destroyed our local economy and our foreign trade, our production of greenhouses gases will decline.

Man Arrested At Trump Hotel With Guns, Ammo In Car, Police Say

Metropolitan Police in D.C. arrested a man staying at Trump International Hotel after they found an AR rifle and a glock pistol in open view in his car Tuesday night. Upon searching the vehicle of 43-year-old Bryan Moles of Edinboro, Pa., authorities found 90 rounds of ammo and a glock handgun in the glove compartment.

Federal Court Grants Biological Female The Right To Use Boys’ High School Bathrooms

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ordered a taxpayer-funded school district in Wisconsin to allow a female transgender student who dresses like a boy and otherwise identifies as male to use the boys' bathrooms and locker rooms on school premises. Judge Ann Claire Williams, a Bill Clinton appointee, delivered a three-judge panel's unanimous ruling in the case, Whitaker v.

‘Covfefe’ tweet

Only President Trump knows what was going through his mind - and his smartphone - when he tapped out a confusing statement containing the non-word "covfefe" just after midnight. But that didn't stop members of Congress from opining on the definition of the most popular nonsense word of Trump's presidency.

Poll Suggests Theresa May Will Lose Her Majority

British Prime Minister Theresa May and her conservatives could lose their majority in parliament, according to a YouGov prediction one week before the general election. The constituency-by-constituency estimate suggests the Conservative Party would win 310 seats, down 20 from its current 330.

Buddy, can you spare $400 trillion?

The worldwide economy is short $400 trillion of meeting retirement needs of only 30 years from now . Longer life spans and disappointing investment returns will help create a $400 trillion retirement-savings shortfall in about three decades, a figure more than five times the size of the global economy, according to a World Economic Forum report.

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn agrees to provide some documents

AP: Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn agrees to provide some documents Flynn's cooperation was the first signal that he and the Senate panel have found common ground. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2rnbzH3 In this Jan. 3, 2017, file photo, Michael Flynn, then - President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for National Security Adviser arrives at Trump Tower in New York.

Random Notes from the Campaign

Theresa May demonstrated a trademark lack of consideration in the timing of the snap election, as it's corresponded with the busiest time of the academic year. I've also somehow rather accidentally found myself as a ward leader for this election.

Spicer back in action, despite weeks of ceaseless ‘shakeup’ stories


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And that is news simply because so many media reports predicted, speculated or insinuated that he would be gone by now. This is at least the fifth or sixth wave of stories and segments suggesting that the press secretary was going to be fired, pulled from the daily briefings, or otherwise be downgraded and demoted.

Trump on NATO funding: still misleading after months of fact checks

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events President Trump consistently frames NATO members' financial obligations as money that is owed to the United States or American taxpayers. But even if all NATO members suddenly met the guideline, no additional money would end up in the U.S. Treasury.

How Tujia is beating Airbnb in China


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Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes.

What Is A Covfefe?

Is it a nice comfy blanket that you put at the bottom of your bed in case things get cold in the night? Maybe a covfefe is that stuff that gathers in the corners of your eyes before you go to sleep at night, making it difficult to see even the crisp clean lines of the keyboard on the Twitter app on your private cell phone , the number of which you appear to have been giving out to foreign leaders, potentially sending classified information through unsecured lines. It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye.

Russian Warships in Mediterranean Hit Islamic State in Syria

The Russian military says its warships in the Mediterranean Sea have fired four cruise missiles at the Islamic State group's positions in Syria. The Russian Defense Ministry says in a statement on Wednesday that the Admiral Essen frigate and the Krasnodar submarine launched the missiles at IS targets in the area of the ancient city of Palmyra.

Death Toll Rises in Philippine Troops’ Assault on Militants

Officials say the death toll in troops' operation to flush out militants linked to the Islamic State group who have laid siege to a southern Philippine city has risen to 129, with 89 extremists among the dead. Military spokesman Restituto Padilla said Wednesday 960 civilians have been rescued, and an estimated 1,000 residents remain trapped in Marawi.

The Need to Radicalise the Bolivarian Revolution

The Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela is facing its most challenging times. The right-wing opposition, backed by the United States, is engaged in a full-blown "regime change" campaign, with violent protests occurring daily for over 2 months and resulting in over 50 casualties.

Kushner tries to pretend everything’s normal

Trump Aides 'Dreading' a Return of 'Trainwreck' Corey Lewandowski As the White House struggles to maintain message discipline with a compulsive tweeter in the Oval Office, whispers of Corey Lewandowski's reemergence have senior Trump administration officials gnashing their teeth. No One Wants The Big White House Job That Just Opened Up - "Hell no," one Republican said when asked about the communications director job in President Trump's administration.

Raising Our Voices All Together: What Else Can We Do?

Sometimes I get plumb discouraged, regardless that I appear to be gaining readership in this publishing platform I stand on and for which I am most grateful, OpEdNews. Justice never seems to move fast enough, while the time in which events occur is steadily decreasing.

Jared Kushner, SUPERGENIUS

But the juxtaposition between his biggest hurdle arriving on the heels of his first measurable success in the White House isn't new to Kushner. In his former office at 666 Fifth Avenue, the headquarters of his family real estate company, Kushner kept a framed photograph of the first page of Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities," according to a 2008 profile of Kushner published in the now-defunct Portfolio Magazine.

Greece Seeks to Lure U.K.-Based Shipowners, Brokers on Brexit

The Greek government wants to persuade shipowners and shipping-insurance companies based in London to move their European Union headquarters to Greece as the U.K. prepares to exit the bloc. "We're in contact with five large ship-insurance brokers who are considering various EU member countries for the transfer of their headquarters," Shipping Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis said in an interview in Piraeus, Greece's biggest port.

The Mystery of Washington’s Iran Derangement Syndrome

"Everywhere you look, if there is trouble in the region," Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters on a mid-April visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, "you find Iran." East Baghdad, January 25, 2007: my patrol had missed a turn and so we swung onto the next grimy avenue instead.

A Final Suck On This Day (Yes It Was Yesterday) Anecdote


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I could never verify this, of course, and the precise details in the email have been lost to time, so just take this as fiction, but many many years ago someone emailed me with a story which went something like this: Hey, I was walking around Manhattan and I bumped into Tom Friedman. I was a bit drunk so I said "hey, Paul Krugman!" He said, "No, I'm the other guy."

Reward Offered=

REWARD OFFERED=> $1,000 to Anyone Who Flashes "CNN Is ISIS" with Kathy Griffin Beheading Pic During CNN Live-Feed Kathy Griffin is an employee of CNN. CNN condones this behavior because - 10 hours after this was first published - CNN has yet to release a statement on Legitimacy is a social construct, CNN should be fighting hard to gain it.

5/30/2017

Spending More Time With the Family by tristero No one wants to work for Trump. Can't say I blame them.

Suddenly Scarborough Is Concerned About The Autocracy He Enabled

There were parts of Morning Joe that were more bearable than usual today, one of those parts being the legacy of Mika's recently deceased father, Zbigniew Brzezinski. Mika and Joe spoke of a time where presidents weren't man-baby-spoiled, ignorant men with below average intellect and unmanageable egos, the time when her father served in the Carter Administration.

C&L’s Late Nite Music Club With Blondie

When a lot of bands that are bit long in the tooth embark on any sort of reunion, many will view as a cash in and/or a reason to pad a diminished retirement account. It's fun for old time sake but don't expect anything outside of a fun nostalgic trip from a band resting on the laurels.

How the Self-Esteem Craze Took Over America

How the Self-Esteem Craze Took Over America - And why the hype was irresistible. - In 1991, a children's book called The Lovables in the Kingdom of Self-Esteem was published. Written by Diane Loomans and illustrated by Kim Howard, The Lovables imparts a simple, nurturing message

U.S. Conducts Successful Missile Defense Test


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Following a series of North Korean missile tests, the latest of which occurred on Sunday, the U.S. military has conducted a missile defense test aimed to protect the nation from a targeted attack. The test, which took place Tuesday at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, was deemed successful by U.S. officials after an upgraded long-range interceptor missile directly collided with its target-a mock intercontinental ballistic missile .

Clinton CIA Director: Illegal Leaks ‘The Real Scandal Here’

The real scandal stemming from reports that Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner suggested setting up a backchannel with Russian officials is the leaking of classified information that led to Kushner's alleged request becoming public, according to former James Woolsey, the former CIA director under Bill Clinton. "There are a lot of things I think have been disclosed too much and I think that is the real scandal here," Woolsey said on CNN Tuesday night.

Watch ISIS Fighters Fail Big League [VIDEO]

After seven months of grueling urban warfare, ISIS continues to lose ground to U.S.-backed Iraqi coalition forces in the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. Facing diminishing physical territories in Iraq and Syria, ISIS has stepped up its campaign in the cyber sphere.

Finally, A Bright Conservative Idea From Canada

This writer can't tell you how many of us were influenced by the candidacy and presidential victory of Ronald Reagan in 1980 - influenced not just in an ideological fashion but affected by the positive image that Reagan projected and the belief that this kind of political success was achievable for unapologetic and principled conservatives. It was a wasteland in Canada at the time.

Hundreds Of Top Government Positions Remain Unfilled

President Donald Trump has yet to nominate individuals for over 400 key government positions requiring Senate confirmation, including the surgeon general and 93 U.S. attorneys. A collaboration between The Washington Post and The Partnership for Public Service shows that, as of Monday afternoon, 442 of 559 key positions requiring Senate confirmation remain unfilled.

Morgan Stanley Sees China’s External Demand Recovering

Chetan Ahya, co-head of global economics and chief Asia economist at Morgan Stanley, discusses China's PMI data, the deleveraging focus, the downgrade by Moody's and his outlook for the economy. He speaks on "Bloomberg Markets: Asia" from the Morgan Stanley China Summit in Beijing.

Trump’s digital guru denies Russia aided president’s campaign


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The man in charge of digital operations for President Trump's campaign denied Tuesday that Russian operatives played any role in the Republican's election victory this past November. Brad Parscale denied that his team made use of Russian computer programs to target potential voters with positive stories about Trump and negative stories about Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Even Shep Smith Is Skeptical Of Fox News’ Weak Jared Kushner Spin

Fox News' Shepard Smith called into question the validity of Fox News' own reporting on Jared Kushner's secret Russian meeting story when he quizzed Fox News' Catherine Herridge about the authenticity of the Washington Post report. After Shep Smith outlined the day's events, he brought on Fox News' Chief Intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge and asked her for her take on everything.

OnPolitics Today: Guess who’s back, back again

Happy Tuesday, OnPolitics friends. While contemplating President Trump's return to the United States, we couldn't help but think about a song by one Marshall Mathers aka Eminem: OnPolitics Today: Guess who's back, back again Happy Tuesday, OnPolitics friends.

Trump Administration revives the fight over insurance, birth control

The White House could repeal an Obama-era executive order requiring employers to provide birth control, regardless of their beliefs. Video provided by Newsy Trump Administration revives the fight over insurance, birth control The White House could repeal an Obama-era executive order requiring employers to provide birth control, regardless of their beliefs.

A history of President Trump’s memorable handshakes

A look back at some of Donald Trump's most memorable handshakes with world leaders and U.S. government officials over the past few months. A history of President Trump's memorable handshakes A look back at some of Donald Trump's most memorable handshakes with world leaders and U.S. government officials over the past few months.

Trump’s proposed budget could threaten an American icon

The Bureau of Land Management currently cares for about 46,000 wild horses and burros in corrals and pastures. Video provided by Newsy Trump's proposed budget could threaten an American icon The Bureau of Land Management currently cares for about 46,000 wild horses and burros in corrals and pastures.

Trump slams Germany’s trade surplus as ‘very bad’ for the U.S.

President Donald Trump tweeted the U.S. has a "MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany," which he says isn't good for Americans. Video provided by Newsy Trump slams Germany's trade surplus as 'very bad' for the U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted the U.S. has a "MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany," which he says isn't good for Americans.

The Sixth-Best Soccer Team in England Is the World’s Richest

Manchester United's least-winning season in the Premier League hasn't prevented the 20-time English champion from taking a clear lead atop a list of soccer's most-valuable clubs. United, which finished sixth in the league and hasn't won it since storied coach Alex Ferguson stepped down in 2013, increased its value to 3.1 billion euros , according to accounting firm KPMG.

Wanda’s App Has Been Plagued With Problems

As consumers worldwide increasingly turn to buying online instead of going out shopping, Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin thought he could get ahead of the threat to his 185-mall empire by launching an app to lure people in: to buy movie tickets, book dinner reservations, check for parking spaces and download discount coupons. Dalian Wanda Group Co.

Supreme Court halts award for 2 Los Angeles County officers who shot couple

The Supreme Court on Monday set aside a multimillion-dollar award against two Los Angeles County officers who shot a couple after bursting into their shack while looking for someone else. The justices were unanimous in saying lower courts had erred in upholding a $4 million award to Angel Mendez and his pregnant girlfriend, Jennifer Garcia, who is now his wife.

U.S. intercepts mock warhead in signal to North Korea

U.S. successfully intercepts a long-range missile for the first time - The U.S. military on Tuesday successfully intercepted an intercontinental-range missile for the first time, a key test of its missile-defense system amid heightening tensions with North Korea.

Use It or Lose It?


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The U.S. Supreme Court will review Ohio's contested purge of its voter rolls next term, adding a potentially major case on voting rights to its docket for the first time since Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the high court. The justices agreed to hear the case, Husted v.

Coal Powered India Won’t Leave Climate Deal If Trump Bails

India's prime minister said in Berlin Tuesday that his country would be willing to stay wed to the Paris climate agreement even if the Trump administration pulls out of the deal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that India would not backtrack on pledges the country made last year to help reduce the world's greenhouse gas levels, a source with knowledge of the meeting told reporters.

Virginia Has Booted 5,556 Non-Citizens From Voter Rolls Since 2011, Report Says

The commonwealth of Virginia has booted 5,556 self-reported non-citizens off the voter rolls since 2011, the Public Interest Legal Foundation announced Monday. Based on information gathered from three lawsuits, multiple record requests and reviews of voter history files across 133 Virginia jurisdictions, the group says that 1,852 non-citizens cast 7,474 votes before being booted from the rolls.

PISSGATE: BuzzFeed Hit With Lawsuit Over Trump Dossier

Three Russian bankers lodged a defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed this week over its publication of an explosive and unverified dossier on President Donald Trump compiled by former intelligence agents and his political enemies. Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven, and German Khan, three billionaire bankers named in the dossier, claim that their personal and professional reputations have been adversely affected by BuzzFeed's Jan. 10 article , the first medium by which the salacious document reached the public.

European Economic Outlook Outstrips U.S., BlackRock’s Fink Says

The U.S. economic outlook is looking worse because of uncertainty over tax and infrastructure policies while Europe is looking stronger, according to "Europe will grow as fast as the U.S. if not faster this year, which is a big surprise," Fink, chief executive officer of the world's largest asset manager, said Tuesday during an investing conference in New York. U.S. growth in the "mid-2s is not happening," while Europe will likely grow at the mid-2.5 percent rate this year, he said.

The World Could Enter Climate – Danger Zone’ If Trump Exits Paris Deal

A decision due from the president this week on whether to pull the U.S. out of the deal involving almost 200 nations could have a domino effect on the participation of other countries in limiting fossil-fuel pollution, making it almost impossible and extremely expensive to stop catastrophic climate change. That's the conclusion of researchers and scientists evaluating the impact of Trump on the health of the climate.

5/30/2017

Even with headphones on, Rachel Macy said, she heard a man shouting and spewing foul language as soon as he boarded the eastbound MAX Green Line train Friday night at Lloyd Center. "He was just being really belligerent and loud,'' she said.

STUDY: Sean Spicer’s first 48 press briefings

During 48 press briefings as White House press secretary, Sean Spicer has elevated reporters from conservative outlets and drastically decreased both the number of follow-up questions granted and the amount of time devoted to answering journalists' questions compared to Josh Earnest, his Obama administration predecessor. The three major cable news outlets have also exponentially increased the amount of time spent airing Spicer's press conferences live compared to those at the end of the Obama administration, broadcasting nearly all of Spicer's briefings in their entirety.

Russia Probe Looking at Trump’s Lawyer

Brian Ross, ABC News: One of President Donald Trump's closest confidants, his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, has now become a focus of the expanding congressional investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 campaign. Cohen confirmed to ABC News that House and Senate investigators have asked him "to provide information and testimony" about any contacts he had with people connected to the Russian government, but he said he has turned down the invitation.

Fox & Friends Attack ‘Anonymous Sources’, Then Use One To Defend Trump

Trump's most trusted news source, Fox and Friends, attacked multiple reports on Jared Kushner's attempt to set up secret meetings with Russia and then turned around and used one anonymous source to defend Kushner's actions and dispute the story. A persistent theme coming from Fox News' morning program is that you can't trust anonymous sources unless they unmask themselves.

Macron, Standing Alongside Putin, Says Russian Media Spread ‘Falsehoods’


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French President Emmanuel Macron did not mince words during his joint news conference Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which he labeled Russian state media outlets Russia Today and Sputnik "agents of influence and propaganda." "I have always had an exemplary relationship with foreign journalists, but they have to be journalists," Macron said Monday at the Palace of Versailles, adding that "Russia Today and Sputnik were agents of influence and propaganda that spread falsehoods about me and my campaign."

Clinton, Biden, Kerry, and the Dilemma of Women in Politics

It's hard to isolate a single key graf from the Rebeca Traister piece we discussed earlier, but this is certainly one of them: The anger at Clinton from some quarters - in tandem with the beatification of her from others - reminds us just how much this election tapped into unresolved and still largely unexplored issues around women and power. In the aftermath, the media has performed endless autopsies.

US Attorney In Massachusetts Ramps Up Illegal Immigration Prosecutions

The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts has stepped up prosecutions of illegal immigrants who have re-entered the country after being deported, and he's making sure that the public knows about it. William Weinreb, the acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, concedes that his office is still building up its caseload against immigration violators, but the office's public affairs shop is drawing far more attention to those efforts than it did under Weinreb's predecessor, the Boston Herald reported.

Apple Targets Google In New Ad Campaign

The new videos are part of a larger initiative from the tech conglomerate called "Life is easier on iPhone" campaign, reports 9to5Mac, a blog primarily focused on Apple-related news. The campaign aims to have people convert from being an Android user to an iPhone customer.

Nixon’s Son-In-Law Explains Why He Referred Carter Page To Trump Campaign

In an ironic twist, Carter Page's involvement in John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign was one of the reasons he was referred to the Trump campaign last year. "I know him from the McCain campaign, he's a good Republican," Cox, who chaired McCain's 2008 effort, told The Daily Caller on Tuesday of Page, a short-lived and controversial Trump campaign policy adviser.

Russell Brand Asks: How Can We Break This Heartbreaking Cycle of Violence?


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In the aftermath of the recent attack in Manchester, U.K., the "Trews" host and Dr. Brad Evans discuss whether there are any solutions to seemingly never-ending global conflict.

Economist Weinberg Sees Europe Bonding With China

Carl Weinberg, chief economist at High Frequency Economics, and Emad Mostaque, co-chief investment officer at Capricorn Fund, examine the European economy and an expected shift of power to an alliance of China and Europe. They speak on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas."

Gulf Spat Escalates as Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. Media Attack Qatar

Tensions in the Gulf were laid open for a sixth day, with the media in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates accusing Qatar of supporting extremism and undermining regional unity. Below is a selection from newspapers and websites highlighting the deterioration in ties just a week after Gulf leaders met in Riyadh to greet U.S. President Donald Trump.

Panama’s deposed dictator Manuel Noriega dies, joins his friend Fidel Castro in Hades

Another ruthless dictator and friend to Cuba's murderous dictatorship has gone on to face his final judgment. Panama's deposed dictator, Manuel Noriega , died in prison and now joins Fidel Castro , his fellow tyrant who he helped carry on the Cuban regime's terrorist activities throughout Latin America and the U.S. "The death of Manuel A. Noriega closes a chapter in our history; his daughters and their families deserves to bury him in peace," Mr Varela tweeted.

Thinking to 2019

Despite Republicans' concerted efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the federal- and state-based exchanges that it created will be in operation at least through 2019. These marketplaces help individuals, families, and small businesses shop for and enroll in affordable medical insurance.

Still Sucking


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Yes we laugh at Little Tommy Friedman, age 9, and the "Suck. On. This." is extra funny coming from a Very Serious Pundit, but the reason to return to that piece over and over again is "burst the [terrorism] bubble" was the kind of thing that passed for Deep Wisdom at the time.

Haters Gonna Hate

I know that comes as a shock that a bunch of commie licking commies hate America, but there it is. As your neighbors fire up their barbecues this Independence Day, the most popular day in America to grill, they won't just send the scent of tri-tip or grilled corn over the fence in your direction-they'll also send smoke.

The Energy 202: Lobbying efforts gain steam on Paris climate accord

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events Leaders of the G-7 and some African countries that invited for the two-day talks pose for a family photo at the summit in Taormina, Sicily. On Saturday, President Trump set much of the world on edge when said on Twitter that he will make his long-awaited decision on whether the United States will exit the Paris climate accord in the next several days.

Trump: ‘Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S.’

President Trump is once again seeming to reject the intelligence community's collective conclusion that Russia tried to interfere in last year's election, saying in a tweet early Tuesday morning that such claims are simply "a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election." "Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S. & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News," Trump wrote in a tweet from his personal account, @realDonaldTrump.

Sweden is the gateway to the “alt-right” anti-immigrant agenda in Europe

Sweden is known as a bastion of progressive values and policies, but underneath the dominant ideology, there is a motivated, well-connected nativist movement that has existed for decades and is now re-emerging, armed with fake news. With a population of just under 10 million, Sweden is a small, historically ethnically homogenous country that in recent years has accepted the largest number of asylum seekers per capita of any European nation.

How Sean Hannity became the champion of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory

Even by the recent standards of Fox News, the last two weeks have sent Sean Hannity into a remarkable free fall. In his quest to provide cover to President Donald Trump's weakened administration, and unrestrained by anyone in the Fox News bureaucracy, Hannity has become the most visible national champion of a vicious and elsewhere-retracted conspiracy theory suggesting that the late Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was murdered because he was a source for WikiLeaks.

Trump’s Ludicrous Budget Is As Batsh*t Crazy As He Is

You might still be waiting for Reagan's VooDoo Economics to evenly distribute that magical trickle-down cash that stems from cutting the taxes of the A1 4ber rich. That ass-backwards plan didn't work in the 1980's and will fail even more spectacularly in Trump's America.

Mike’s Blog Round Up

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Speaker of the House of Trump

Speaker of the House of Trump - A few weeks after the 2016 election, Newt Gingrich appeared at the Heritage Foundation to deliver what had been billed as a speech on the "Principles of Trumpism." Tellingly, he spent most of his time instead talking about the brilliance of Trump the Man

Portland Mayor Moves to Suspend First Amendment for Trump Supporters in Wake of Killings

Portland, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, has acted to suspend the First Amendment rights of Trump supporters and those opposed to Islamic sharia law by banning demonstrations planned for Portland in the coming weeks, following the killings of two men who intervened against a man harassing a Muslim woman and her friend on public transportation. Wheeler is also demanding the federal government do the same and revoke or not issue demonstration permits for the rallies which are set to be held on federal property in Portland.

That Cancer, Humankind

On May 27, 2017, I spent some time with my copy of the late Eli Sagan 's At the Dawn of Tyranny: The Origins of Individualism, Political Oppression, and the State , and this morning felt a need to spend some time with my copy of the late David Maybury-Lewis 's Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World -and did so. After spending about an hour with Millennium , I turned to CBS Sunday Morning , and quickly perceived the accuracy of the "BS" in "CBS"! For what I was seeing, and listening to, this morning was pure BS-in the sense that it was utterly "out of touch" with what is currently occurring, of utterly huge 1 importance, in our world: global warming .

Vermont Governor Blows Smoke With Legal Marijuana Veto

Vermont, of all places, offers the latest example of how marijuana makes people crazy, the people in this case being the Republican governor and most of the Republican Party. For all the "Reefer Madness" propaganda from governments over the past century, the real madness comes from opponents of marijuana, not its users or proponents.

Philippine Military: City Siege Was Start of Extremist Plan

Militants who have occupied much of a southern Philippines city over the past week were planning violent attacks during the holy month of Ramadan to earn recognition as a regional branch of the Islamic State group, the military said Tuesday. Soldiers have taken control of about 70 percent of Marawi, where the gunmen have been fending off the army for a week, military chief of staff Gen.

$9 million available for biomass development

Up to $9 million in funding will be made available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative to increase the nation's energy independence by supporting the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products. The projects funded through BRDI - a joint USDA and Department of Energy program - will help develop economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass, increase the availability of renewable fuels and biobased products, and diversify the nation's energy portfolio.

The rising homegrown terror threat on the right

The murder in College Park, Maryland of Richard Collins III, an African-American student who had recently been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was days away from his graduation from Bowie State University, underscores the violence of America's far-right wing. Sean Urbanski , the University of Maryland student who allegedly stabbed Collins to death, belongs to a racist Facebook group called Alt-Reich: Nation .

If They’re Wrong, the Planet Dies

Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election has only made matters worse. Not only has Trump previously dismiss ed c limate change as a "hoax," but he has already taken a series of steps that will ensure the ongoing warming of the planet.

Both Sides Do It, But the Democrats Are Worse: An Ongoing Series

The Trump administration is planning to disband the Labor Department division that has policed discrimination among federal contractors for four decades, according to the White House's newly proposed budget, part of wider efforts to rein in government programs that promote civil rights. As outlined in Labor's fiscal 2018 plan, the move would fold the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, now home to 600 employees, into another government agency in the name of cost-cutting.

Mr. Trump And The Energy Colossus

Twice-thrashed Presidential candidate Ross Perot, the pre-Trump Trump of a quarter century ago ran a hugely ignorant anti-NAFTA, anti-Mexico campaign for President highlighted by his claim that a giant "sucking sound" Americans heard was jobs flooding south to Mexico. NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement was negotiated by President George H.W. Bush following a campaign promise of his predecessor Ronald Reagan in 1979.

The Meaning of Julian Assange’s Persecution


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Nearly five years ago, Ecuador granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum at its London embassy. The original purpose of the asylum was to avoid extradition to the United States.

To Curb Political Violence, Make Government Less Important


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"Political life and discourse in the United States is at a boiling point," Middlebury College Professor Allison Stanger wrote after she and political scientist Charles Murray were assaulted, and she injured, by protesters violently opposed to granting Murray any forum to discuss his research and opinions. Stanger largely laid the blame for escalating tensions at the feet of President Trump and his confrontational manner.

Memorial Day

Even those of you who have a "toxic masculinity" problem . Why do Hayden,McMaster,Clapper,Mattis, Brennan all have shaved heads? Is it some kind of secret #deepstate club ? @Credico2016

Here’s What Corbyn’s Labour is Proposing for Britain

With less than two weeks to go to the U.K. general election, polls indicate the opposition Labour Party is creeping up on the Conservatives. While incumbent Prime Minister Theresa May is still the clear favorite, an upset would bring to power a government that wants to nationalize industries and re-write decades of foreign policy.

Cynthia Nixon: Charlie Rose

On "Charlie Rose," a conversation with Cynthia Nixon who is starring alongside Laura Linney in a revival of Lillian Hellman's classic play "The Little Foxes" on Broadway. She also stars in Terrence Davies' new film "A Quiet Passion" as the renowned 19th century poet Emily Dickinson.

This Is What Noble Group Has Left to Lure a Strategic Investor

The company's market value has shriveled by more than $1 billion this year as the Hong Kong-based firm reported a first quarter loss, S&P Global Ratings flagged a risk of default and Fitch Ratings Ltd. cut its credit rating twice in less than two weeks. As Noble works with Morgan Stanley and Moelis & Co.

Out On the Water For the First Time This Season


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Or just CLICK THIS LINK to start shopping for anything. Don't worry - anything you buy through it will pay Daily Pundit a commission! Thanks! Headed out with friends on their boat from the New Buffalo yacht club for an all day jaunt up the Lake Michigan coastline.

What the Heroes Did in Portland

Even with headphones on, Rachel Macy said, she heard a man shouting and spewing foul language as soon as he boarded the eastbound MAX Green Line train Friday night at Lloyd Center. "He was just being really belligerent and loud," she said.

Egyptian Lawmaker Praises Law Cracking Down On NGOs

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi signed a law Monday that establishes new regulations on non-governmental organizations and non-profits that operate in the country, which earned praised from one Egyptian lawmaker who lauded the new law for demanding financial transparency from these organizations. The New York Times reported el-Sisi held off on enacting the law that was passed in parliament in November after Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain and South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham came out against it and threatened to cut American aid to the country if the bill passed the Parliament.

Bitcoin’s Rapid Surge Raises Reasons to Question Latest Frenzy

The digital currency's more than 100 percent surge in the past two months looks eerily familiar, argue the bears, pointing to November 2013, when the price quintupled in short order to top $1,000 for the fist time. By Valentine's Day it was worth around half that, and spent the better part of the next two years languishing below $500.

Feel the Fail: Bernie Sanders Supporters Are Sad Because They Can’t Win Any Elections, You Guys

Supporters of socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are disappointed because they have been unable to translate their fervent enthusiasm for big government and far-left policies into election victories. Sanders and his progressive political action organization, Our Revolution, have nearly nothing to show for their robust support for several candidates in recent elections.

Portland Tries to Stamp Out Free Speech

The mayor of Portland, Oregon, on Monday urged U.S. officials and organizers to cancel a "Trump Free Speech Rally" and other similar events, saying they are inappropriate and could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade. It comes amid a wider debate in the U.S. about the First Amendment, often in liberal cities like Portland and Berkeley, California, and on college campuses, where violent protests between far-right and far-left protesters have derailed appearances by contentious figures.

Here Comes President Boo Boo: Trump’s Tour as Reality TV

It was billed as unprecedented, a religion-themed tour to "broadcast a message of unity" to followers of the Abrahamic faiths by visiting, in the words of national security adviser General H.R. McMaster, "the homelands and holy sites of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslims faiths all on one trip." From Bethlehem to the Vatican, Riyadh to Jerusalem, Trump's first trip abroad as US President featured a chain of photo-ops to reinforce this "message of unity" theme.

Trump Looks to Get Past ‘Side Issues’

President Donald Trump paid tribute to those who died in military service as part of a traditional Memorial Day ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery. Photo: Evan Vucci/ AP WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump, just back from his first overseas trip as president, met privately with top advisers on Sunday and Monday as he considered changes aimed at resetting the direction of an administration beset by expanding probes into his associates' ties to Russia.

Scottish Nationalists Set Out Opposition to U.K. Cuts and Brexit

The Scottish National Party set out its opposition to further spending cuts by the U.K. government and pledged to challenge Prime Minister Theresa May's aim to leave the European Union's single market. After postponing the launch of the party's election manifesto following the terrorist attack in Manchester, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will say her SNP is the only party that can stand up to May's Conservatives in Scotland.

Legendary Sportswriter Frank Deford Dies

Frank Deford died Sunday in his Key West, Florida, home at age 78. He wrote for Sports Illustrated from 1962 to 2017 and in the first two decades at that job defined the word "sportswriter" for many of our younger selves. Some of us also recall him for The National, a glorious, short-lived attempt at a national newspaper of sport.

Invade Canada

Pour it on! Canadians love Ketchup Chips more than any other nation on earth. They are an essential part of our national snack psyche and our collective red-stained fingers are a delicious symbol of our patriotic passion.

Students demand UCLA allow conservative communications professor to keep teaching

A couple dozen students marched to the office of UCLA interim dean Laura GA3mez to demand the school retain popular communications professor Keith Fink who is an outspoken conservative. From the Los Angeles Daily News : About 25 students and supporters, carrying signs saying "Free speech is under attack" and "Keep your agenda out of our classroom," gathered Friday on campus before bringing a list of demands to Laura GA3mez, interim dean of UCLA College Division of Social Sciences which oversees the Communication Studies department, who wasn't in her office when they delivered their list.

Probably Not Close Enough


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But judging by the recent polls, the Tories have gone from appearing to be about to destroy the Labour party for all eternity to just about holding on to what they have in about 2 weeks. Of course who knows what will happen on election day.

Undercover Filming in U.K. Muslim Schools Show Islamic Educators Preaching Hate and Bigotry

A school in the United Kingdom called "Darul Uloom Islamic High School" is pumping their "students" full of vile, evil, despicable ideas and indoctrinating them with bigoted views against other religions and nonbelievers, as well as other Muslims. "Darul Uloom Islamic High School in Birmingham is a full-time independent secondary school inspected by government approved teams.

Protest sparks Texas lawmaker threats of gun violence

Hundreds of protesters opposing Texas's tough new anti-"sanctuary cities" law launched a raucous demonstration from the public gallery in the Texas House on Monday, briefly halting work and prompting lawmakers on the floor below to argue - and even threaten gun violence - as tense divides over immigration policies boiled over. Activists wearing red T-shirts reading "Lucha," or "Fight," quietly filled hundreds of gallery seats as proceedings began.

How President Trump consumes – or does not consume – top-secret intelligence

President Trump consumes classified intelligence like he does most everything else in life: ravenously and impatiently, eager to ingest glinting nuggets but often indifferent to subtleties. Most mornings, often at 10:30, sometimes earlier, Trump sits behind the historic Resolute desk and, with a fresh Diet Coke fizzing and papers piled high, receives top-secret updates on the world's hot spots.

Macron Blasts Lying Russian ‘Propaganda’ Media

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a blunt greeting to Vladi mir Putin on Monday, criticizing the use of chemical weapons by Syria's Russian-backed government and blasting Russia's state-run news media as "organs of influence and propaganda." Macron had invited the Russian leader to France to reset a relationship that has turned increasingly sour.

Today, Representative Poncho Nevarez threatened my life …

Texas Republican Called ICE on SB 4 Protesters, Threatened to Shoot Colleague - A Texas Republican threatened to "put a bullet in one of his colleague's heads" during a scuffle on the House floor over the state's new anti-'sanctuary cities' law on Monday, the final day of the regular legislative session. Republican lawmaker: I called immigration authorities on Capitol protesters - On the last day of the regular session of the Texas Legislature, hundreds protested at the Capitol - and Republican state Rep. Matt Rinaldi called ICE on them.

Confrontation Occurs Between Texas Reps After Republican Calls ICE On Illegal Protesters

Matt Rinaldi, a Republican Texas state representative, claims Democratic colleagues of his threatened him with violence after he called ICE on illegal immigrants who were protesting in the state capitol Monday. Rep. Rinaldi's claimed in a Facebook post , "Today, Representative Poncho Nevarez threatened my life on the House floor after I called ICE on several illegal immigrants who held signs in the gallery which said 'I am illegal and here to stay.'

Rudy Giuliani Retreats From Travel Ban Role He Once Bragged About


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Just days after Donald Trump introduced his controversial travel ban in January, Rudy Giuliani bragged about the role he played in helping to craft it, telling Fox News that the president had called for a "Muslim ban" and asked him to find a way to do it legally. Now, with judges across the country asking whether the restrictions violate the Constitution by targeting Muslims, Giuliani and his allies in the White House are seeking to distance the former New York City mayor from the order.

Allies distance themselves from U.S. after Trump’s first foreign trip

Allies distance themselves from U.S. after Trump's first foreign trip After Trump departed, the cordial tone from some foreign leaders changed to skepticism. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2sfhRW8 Emmanuel Macron has opened up about his now infamous long, white knuckle handshake with Donald Trump while in Brussels at a NATO Summit.

REPORT: POTUS Trump to Rollback Obama-Era Cuba Policies

President Trump is soon going to announce a rollback of Obama-era policies in regards to Cuba, according to an exclusive report from The Daily Caller. Two sources told the Daily Caller that the development is a product of hark work behind-the-scenes by Sen. Marco Rubio , Sen. Bob Menendez , and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart .

Chaos at Texas State House! Democrat Threatens to Shoot Republican…

The illegals were holding signs that read, "I am an illegal and here to stay," and "No SB4 No Hate." 'I'll put a bullet in his head:' Fistfight nearly erupts on final day of contentious legislative session https://t.co/ryhiJDRjzp #txlege Joaquin Castro denounces Matt Rinaldi for calling ICE when hundreds protested against #SB4 in House gallery pic.twitter.com/v731qOARXa As a privately owned web site, we reserve the right to edit or remove comments that contain spam, advertising, vulgarity, threats of violence, racism, anti-Semitism, or personal/abusive attacks on other users.

North Carolina’s battle over voting rights intensifies

In this file photo from February 2016, State Senators Dan Soucek and Brent Jackson review historical maps in the Legislative Office Building at the N.C. General Assembly, in Raleigh. North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature has worked steadily and forcefully during the past seven years to tilt the state's election system in its favor, using voting restrictions, favorable district maps and a slew of new policies that lawmakers say are aimed at reducing voter fraud.

Thursday marks the First Test of Donald Trump’s “Utimate Deal”

A decision by Donald Trump this Thursday could prove fateful for the immediate future of Jerusalem, the wider Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the region. He must decide whether to renew a presidential waiver, signed by his predecessor, Barack Obama, that expires on June 1. The six-month waiver delays implementing a law passed by Congress in 1995 that requires the US to recognise occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital and relocate its embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Manchester Bombing: Message Still Not Understood

The Manchester atrocity certainly succeeded in derailing the General Election campaign here in the UK. It has now resumed with the focus on homeland security and a lot of fresh babble about the 'war on terror', much to the frustration of party strategists who planned to preach Brexit Brexit Brexit.

5/29/2017

The Unknown Loyal Dead Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, on Decoration Day, May 30, 1871 Friends and Fellow Citizens: Tarry here for a moment. My words shall be few and simple.

Oklahoma Schools Dropping to 4-Day Week

A deepening budget crisis here has forced schools across the Sooner State to make painful decisions. Class sizes have ballooned, art and foreign-language programs have shrunk or disappeared, and with no money for new textbooks, children go without.

The Groundhog Day War in Afghanistan

The Groundhog Day War in Afghanistan - It's hard not to feel a disquieting, even disheartening, sense of dj vu as the Pentagon presses its request to increase the American forces in Afghanistan. That is where the United States has spent 16 years fighting the longest war

Trump honors fallen service members and Gold Star families in…

Trump honors fallen soldiers and Gold Star families in Memorial Day speech - President Donald Trump offered a solemn tribute to America's soldiers during a Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery Monday, honoring those who gave their lives in war and those currently serving in defense of the country.

Trump Is Struggling To Attract Top Legal Talent, Republican Lawyers Say

President Donald Trump is struggling to attract elite legal talent to his administration, top Republican lawyers say, as its repeated blunders and vindictive posture has left many of Washington's top conservative litigators leery of the embattled White House. Veteran Republican lawyers and their proteges, wary of backing a president with a self-destructive streak, have decided to stay in private practice given Trump's unpredictability, reports Politico's Josh Gerstein .

EXCLUSIVE: Trump Set To Roll Back Obama’s Cuba Policies

President Donald Trump is set to announce a rollback of former President Barack Obama's policies toward Cuba, The Daily Caller has learned. Two sources told TheDC that the development is due to the behind-the-scenes efforts of Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and Republican Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.

Memorial Day: Vox Smears Marines As ‘Fraternity’ Members With a ‘Toxic Masculinity Problem’

Left-wing website Vox attacked the Marine Corps for its "toxic masculinity problem" on Memorial Day, the national holiday dedicated to honoring the American men and women who died serving their country in the armed forces. The liberal website, a personal favorite of Barack Obama with a reputation for butchering simple facts , claimed the Marine Corps has a "well-earned reputation for being a fraternity that often marginalizes or mistreats female troops."

Ben Carson


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McCain: Putin’s a bigger threat than ISIS

Alternate headline: 2012's calling, and it wants its Romney foreign policy back . Just a little over four years after Mitt Romney got ridiculed for calling Russia our greatest geopolitical threat, positions have switched somewhat on the issue.

On Memorial Day, Trump honors Gold Star families at Arlington Cemetery

On Memorial Day, Trump honors Gold Star families at Arlington Cemetery President Trump paid tribute to fallen servicemembers at a somber wreath-laying ceremony. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2senP9L President Donald Trump honored fallen troops as part of a traditional Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington Ceremony.

Elliott Fails to Get Court Backing to Oust Akzo Nobel Chairman

Akzo Nobel NV Chairman Antony Burgmans, strengthening the Dutch paintmaker's hand in rebuffing takeover talks with a U.S. suitor. The Dutch commercial court known as the Enterprise Chamber ruled on Monday that Akzo Nobel does not have to honor a request from shareholders led by the New York-based fund for an extraordinary meeting to vote on removing Burgmans.

Rich Guys and DUI


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Tiger Woods arrested for DUI. My usual "you're rich, hire a damn driver" statement.

Does Trump Understand His Own Budget?

Donald Trump had concerned Americans scratching their heads Sunday night after he tweeted that he now wants to pour more money into health care. "I say we add more dollars to the Healthcare and make it the best anywhere," he wrote.

Grassley calls for investigation into Chinese promotion of Kushner…

Kushner's Relationship With Trump Tested as Russia Accusations Swirl - WASHINGTON - The most successful deal of Jared Kushner's short and consequential career in real estate and politics involves one highly leveraged acquisition: a pair of adjoining offices a few penny-loafer paces from his father-in-law's desk in the White House.

Navy Seal Dead After Parachute Demo Over Hudson River

A U.S. Navy Seal fell to his death Sunday after his parachute failed to open during an aerial performance over the Hudson River in New York City. The accident occurred shortly after noon near Liberty State Park, where the Navy's elite parachute team, the Leap Frogs, were conducting a coordinated aerial exhibition, reported the New York Daily News .

Trump Fired A Corrupt VA Official. Then The VA Stepped In And Said Not So Fast

A notoriously corrupt Department of Veterans Affairs manager fired in the first day of President Donald Trump's presidency-to rousing acclaim from veterans who heralded it as a sign of lasting reform-has been returned to work by VA officials after he filed a civil-service protections appeal. The return of the Puerto Rico hospital director is the latest example of Trump's reform efforts encountering the entrenchment of what he has called Washington's swamp, and comes in the same month a court ruled that the VA may not even be able to fire the Phoenix hospital director, who is a convicted felon as a result of job-related misconduct.

UK Security Service To Investigate How It Missed Manchester Bombing

The U.K.'s domestic security service has launched an inquiry into how it missed warnings regarding Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi. MI5's "post incident investigation" will examine what may have been overlooked, while another investigation is being created for the service's oversight and leadership, according to the BBC.

Credit Scores Show US Economy Is Recovering From Great Recession

Some 6 million Americans will have bankruptcies removed from their credit scores within the next half decade, according to a report by Barclay's PLC. Americans credit scores notched a record high this spring in conjunction with a decline in the share of U.S. consumers that are deemed to be high-risk borrower, The Wall Street Journal reports .

UK Considers Re-Entry Ban For British ISIS Fighters

Temporary exclusion orders were introduced in 2015 to give security services a tool to block British citizens from returning to the country. The power has only been used once before, Home Secretary Amber Rudd revealed Monday, despite the return of around 350 Islamic State fighters in recent years.

It’s Memorial Day, So Remember Already.

Remember that Donald Trump said his campaign had no contact with Russia at all, when in fact, most of his top campaign advisers were repeatedly meeting with members of the Russian government while the Russians were attacking the United States with the goal of making Donald Trump President. Remember that Donald Trump's own son-in-law went to the Russian embassy and asked for a secure line of direct communication between Donald Trump's advisors and the Kremlin that would remain secret from the American public and concealed from US law enforcement and spy agencies.

The politics of Angela Merkel’s friendship

This morning I heard CNN political commentator Errol Louis describe it as a drastic turn in international policy, a "sea change" in European relations and " music to the ears of Vladimir Putin ." The Washington Post described it as, " a clear repudiation of [Trump's] leadership ."

Happy Memorial Day 2017

Happy Memorial Day 2017 Let us always remember - in the words of Ronald Reagan - "freedom isn't free and America is the last stand on Earth." This amazing photo was taken in 1918.

The fake news is coming from inside the White House

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events Donald Trump attends a working lunch at the G-7 summit on May 26, 2017, in Taormina, Sicily. You must believe that there are a slew of leakers in the executive branch who are providing damning details to the press illegally, and who must be rooted out and punished.

Draft Randy Bryce For Congress

Unless the gentle reader has been living in a cave for the past couple of years, they would know that Paul "Lyin'" Ryan has been running amok. The Republicans have control of the House, the Senate, the White House and the Supreme Court and Ryan feels that gives him free reign to implement every wet dream of his dark money overlords.

Mike’s Blog Round Up

Happy Memorial Day. I can't think of a better way to remember the sacrifice of so many than with the speech of Mr. Khizr Khan from last summer.

We must honor and remember, but

At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, a father and son touch the name of their father and grandfather. My father, Navy Electrician's Mate 1st Class William D. Thompson, Sr., fought in the Pacific in World War II and stood, in his dress whites, on the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrendered and World War II ended in 1945.

The Artist as Prophet

"What Kierkegaard, Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, and most other prophets have in common is a strong ethical outlook and a heightened sensitivity to attitudes and morals-the obvious ones as well as those that lurk beneath the surface," the painter Enrique Martinez Celaya said in an essay. The Israeli writer and dissident Uri Avnery asked an Egyptian general how the Egyptians managed to surprise the Israelis when they launched the October 1973 war.

Cartoon of the Day – Blinded


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Even with everything that's gone on, been allowed by political correctness, it's a shame that many citizens of the U.K. aren't willing to see the problem.

This Day in Labor History: May 29, 1941

On May 29, 1941, cartoonists at Disney went on strike. This ultimately successful strike was a critical point in the organizing of Hollywood and also marked the end of Disney's run as an innovative artistic force, so bitter did it make Walt Disney.

German Intel Chief Hopes U.S. Cooperation Won’t Get Harder

The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says he hopes cooperation with the U.S. won't become more difficult under President Donald Trump, arguing that the Americans also need information from European agencies. Asked on ARD television Monday whether he fears cooperation becoming more difficult, German domestic intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen said: "I hope not.

Hey, Harvard Doesn’t Sell Its Degrees to Just Anyone

Often, that entails soothing Mr. Trump. Other times, he serves as a goad, as he did in urging Mr. Comey's ouster and assuring Mr. Trump that it would be a political "win" that would neutralize protesting Democrats because they had called for Mr. Comey's ouster over his handling of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, according to six West Wing aides.

Happy Couples Focus on Each Other’s Strengths


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According to a new study, your ability to appreciate your partner's strengths is linked to their well-being-and yours. Our beliefs about our romantic partners matter-whether or not they are true to reality.

North Korea threat: Mattis said war with isolated nation would be ‘catastrophic’


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Defense Secretary James Mattis offered a dark outlook of what war with North Korea would look like hours before the rogue regime launched another ballistic missile. Mattis said in a televised interview with CBS News' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that a conflict with North Korea would be "probably the worst kind of fighting in most people's lifetime."

The Charts That Show How Biggest Kenyan Banks Are Being Squeezed

The East African nation's largest banks all posted a drop in first-quarter earnings as a government-imposed cap on commercial lending rates curbed the amount they can charge for loans. The decline in net interest income in the three months through March ranged from as much as 15 percent at Equity Group Holdings Ltd. , the biggest lender by market value, to 1.5 percent at Co-Operative Bank of Kenya Ltd., which ranks at No.

Russia Starts Largest Renewable Energy Auction in Bid for Jobs

Russia is pressing ahead with its biggest-ever auction for renewable energy, seeking to award contracts to purchase 1.9 gigawatts of clean electricity as well as attracting foreign investment to support jobs at home. "Russia has had a long history of leadership in the energy sector and now has the opportunity to extend that leadership into renewable energy," said Adnan Amin, director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency.

JFK’s Life, Legacy to Be Celebrated on His Centennial

The life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, who died at 46, will be celebrated on the day he would have turned 100. The United States Postal Service plans to commemorate Kennedy's centennial Monday with a dedication of a new JFK postage stamp in Brookline, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb where the late president was born on May 29, 1917.

Egypt Ups Systematic Efforts to Silence Independent Media

The Egyptian government's efforts to crack down on critical media platforms reached news heights this week when authorities blocked access to the Cairo-based independent news website, Mada Masr. An "independent and progressive" news outlet that covers a variety of topics including politics, culture and the economy, Mada Masr routinely published stories of critical interest to the public that are seldom reported by other outlets.

Is Rouhani’s Reelection a step toward Democracy for Iran?

Hassan Rouhani's victory in Last Friday's Iranian presidential election, by a large majority, portents a continuation of the country's path toward global reengagement, both on a more popular level and in terms of economic and political cooperation. The intensified nature of this electoral campaign does however point to an increasing tension between state institutions such as the presidency and the more 'shadowy', parallel institutions, including the Guard Core and parts of the clerical establishment, tasked with protecting the Islamic nature of the 1979 revolution.

Evergrande’s Boss Got $10 Billion Richer on Meteoric Share Surge

China Evergrande Group , has seen his fortune surge by at least $10 billion this year as shares of his property company have almost tripled. Hui's net worth jumped 132 percent to reach 17.2 billion, making him the sixth-richest person in China, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index , which doesn't reflect a jump in shares in Hong Kong on Monday.

Trump reportedly mulling major overhaul to White House staff


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President Trump is reportedly considering a major shakeup to his White House staff and bringing back top campaign strategists over his frustrations by what he sees as his team's inability to contain the crisis involving alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Expanding teams of lawyers and experienced public relations experts are being recruited, the Associated Press reported Sunday, as new revelations surface about Moscow's interference and possible improper dealings with the Trump campaign and associates.

Trump’s obsession over Russia probe deepens

Kushner's Relationship With Trump Tested as Russia Accusations Swirl - WASHINGTON - The most successful deal of Jared Kushner's short and consequential career in real estate and politics involves one highly leveraged acquisition: a pair of adjoining offices a few penny-loafer paces from his father-in-law's desk in the White House.

Constantine Mitsotakis, Who Forged Greece-EU Ties, Dies at 98

Constantine Mitsotakis, the Greek prime minister who strengthened ties with the European Union and attempted unpopular cuts to state spending in the 1990s, has died. He was 98. Mitsotakis became prime minister in April 1990 when his New Democracy party won the right to govern on its own after nine years in opposition or as a coalition partner.

Bernhard Langer

Bernhard Langer shot a 4-under-par 68 on Sunday to beat Vijay Singh by one stroke at the Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Course. Bernhard Langer is far from the longest hitter on the PGA Tour Champions, relying instead on precision and putting to forge a decorated career on the 50-and-over circuit.

Jim Bunning, RIP

Jim Bunning, RIP - Today's Washington Post features three obituaries - one for Zbigniew Brzezinski , one for Gregg Allman, and one for Jim Bunning.

Hillary Clinton for 2020 ‘not a good question,’ says Rahm…

Hillary Clinton for 2020 'not a good question,' says Rahm Emanuel - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Sunday said he doesn't think asking whether Hillary Clinton - should run for the White House in 2020 is a "good question." - During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," The day's must-read political news and opinion pieces are scattered across hundreds of news outlets and blogs, too many for any one person to read.

Here’s The Erdogan Henchman Who Choked A Female Protester In Turkish Embassy Attack

The Daily Caller has identified three of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards who were involved in a brutal attack against peaceful protesters earlier this month, including one who was seen choking a woman and throwing her violently to the ground. Ismail Dalkiran, Servet Erkan and Hakan Gebes are the names of three of the Erdogan goons who took part in the assault of Kurdish protesters on May 16 outside of the embassy in Washington, D.C. All three are part of Erdogan's security detail and live in Turkey.

The Artist as Prophet


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The Israeli writer and dissident Uri Avnery asked an Egyptian general how the Egyptians managed to surprise the Israelis when they launched the October 1973 war. The general answered: "Instead of reading the intelligence reports, you should have read our poets."

How Business ‘Partnerships’ Flopped at America’s Largest University

The State University of New York -the largest university in the United States, with nearly 600,000 students located in 64 publicly-funded higher education institutions-has served an important educational function for the people of New York and of the United States. But its recent "partnerships" with private businesses have been far less productive.

Wut?


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The State Department will no longer restrict the number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S., a huge break from what President Trump promised on the campaign trail last year. Organizations that help refugees resettle in the U.S. were informed about an abrupt change to allow a level of refugees that would be "unconstrained by the weekly quotas that were in place," according to an email State official Jennifer Smith sent to groups on Thursday.

Who wants to be the next H.R. McMaster?

MSNBC executives plan to cancel Lawrence O'Donnell highly-rated prime time television show "The Last Word" after his contract... President Donald Trump announces U.S. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 20, 2017.

George Takei On Racist Critics Of Star Trek: ‘Some Of These Trolls Go On To Be Presidents’

Actor and activist George Takei on Sunday pushed back against "trolls" on the Internet who are upset because the new show Star Trek Discovery will have a diverse cast. The racist opposition to the new CBS spinoff boiled over last week after the show's first official trailer featured Asian actress Michelle Yeoh as the ship's captain and black actress Sonequa Martin-Green as the first officer.

Inside The Deadly Simplicity Of The Manchester Bombing

The Manchester bombing was the most deadly terrorist attack to hit Britain in over a decade, but the act was not carried out by a terrorist mastermind - in fact, its simplicity is what made it so effective. Salman Abedi killed 22 people and injured approximately 116 others with a rudimentary, yet extremely lethal, device that can be made with common ingredients and easily available instructions.

North Korea Fires Off Suspected Ballistic Missile

North Korea fired off what appears to be another ballistic missile early Monday morning, according to reports from the South Korean military. The weapon was fired from a launch site near Wonsan, a city on the coast, reports Yonhap News Agency, citing South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

What does Cuba have in common with Russia, China, and Iran? They are all out to get the U.S.

A little something to keep in mind as some in Washington D.C. want to continue and expand upon Obama's complete and total surrender to Cuba's apartheid dictatorship; a corrupt, terror-sponsoring regime and sworn enemy of the American people. Foreign intelligence services such as Russia's SVR and GRU are amongst the most dangerous threats facing the United States according to senior U.S. intelligence officials.

Update on NYC Puerto Rican parade debacle

Ay mami! If you're Hiss-panic or Lateeeen-oh, you know you're on the wrong track when Univision refuses to sponsor your event. That's what just happened to the promoter's of this year's Puerto Rican parade in New York City.

Russia Hoax Fail=

Former DNI James Clapper said AGAIN in an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday that he saw no "smoking gun" evidence of collusion between the Trump camp and Russian state actors. Clapper : "I have to say, you know, at the time I left, I did not see any smoking gun certitude evidence of collusion, but it certainly was appropriate for given all the signsa certainly appropriate and necessary for the FBI to investigate."

Gorka: ‘American Leadership is BACK’, ‘We’re…

Dr. Sebastian Gorka spoke with Judge Jeanine recently and commented on the "global reset" that the Trump presidency represents and the power of American leadership in regards to the geopolitical landscape. Deputy Assistant Dr. Gorka's conversation with Judge Jeanine Pirro was filled with insightful and powerful language, which articulates much of the Trump administration's stance on power, geopolitical relations, and the fight against terror: "Well, Judge, do you remember that fake reset, that plastic switch that Hillary gave Lavrov with the mistranslated label? Well, forget that - this is the real global reset.

You cannot fight a war against terror

MSNBC executives plan to cancel Lawrence O'Donnell highly-rated prime time television show "The Last Word" after his contract... What happened in Manchester, England, last Monday is inconceivable and horrific. It's impossible to imagine what it would be like to send your child to a concert and have some madman blow himself up, killing innocent children for no reason.

Lawyers Don’t Want to Work for Trump Admin

Josh Gerstein, Politico: President Donald Trump was already struggling to fill hundreds of top legal jobs throughout the federal government. Over the past two weeks, that task became exponentially more difficult, according to top GOP lawyers.

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Says He’s Confident of 6.7% Growth Goal

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said he is confident economic growth this year will meet a goal of 6.7 percent without adding to inflation, despite weak expansion last quarter. Vietnam is taking steps to bolster the economy as the nation seeks to retain its status as one of the world's fastest-growing economies, the premier said in an interview at the Government Office in Hanoi on May 27. "Main economic indicators in May are all very good with a strong pickup in exports, foreign investment and agriculture production, laying ground for faster growth in the third and fourth quarters," Phuc said in an interview with Bloomberg Television's Haslinda Amin.

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Thank You, Donald


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He's huge. Outsized. He fills the news hole at any moment of any day. His over-tanned face glows unceasingly in living rooms across America.

Antifa Bike Lock Basher Eric Clanton to Post Bail

The former college professor who assaulted a Trump support with a bike lock appeared in court today for his arraignment hearing . You can read the complaint filed in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda with all five counts against Eric Clanton here .

Kushner’s proposal for secret communications with Russia alarms…

Former acting CIA director on Kushner's "bizarre" conduct: "It's a proposed secret channel through the government that is probably the most active government in the world in carrying out espionage against the United States" While former national security and intelligence officials expressed alarm over reports that President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner proposed using Russian diplomatic facilities to set up a secret communications channel with the Kremlin during the presidential transition period, conservative media figures attempted to downplay the major news story by drawing inaccurate comparisons to back-channel situations from previous administrations. Wash .

Indy 500 crash

Scott Dixon and Jay Howard avoided injury in a spectacular crash - or what Dixon labeled "a wild ride" afterward - during the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. The crash occurred on lap 53 when Howard's car bounced off the outside wall, apparently crushing his right front suspension.

Merkel, After Discordant G-7 Meeting, Is Looking Past Trump

Merkel warns US, Britain no longer reliable partners - German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe must fight for its own destiny in a western alliance divided by Brexit and the presidency of Donald Trump, with whom she did not see eye to eye at the "six against one" G7 summit Merkel, After G-7 Meeting, Laments Decline of Global Alliances - COLOGNE, Germany - In the aftermath of a contentious Group of 7 meeting in Taormina, Sicily, where leaders failed to persuade President Trump to back the Paris climate accord, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said on Sunday

Scientists Accidentally Help Poachers Kill Endangered Species

Scientific studies on rare or endangered species may accidentally help poachers kill them, a commentary published Friday by Australian National University concluded. The authors argued publishing studies with the locations of rare species could drive them to extinction by making it easy for poachers to find them.

Psychiatrists Debate Ethics Of Diagnosing Trump

Physicians at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in San Diego debated the ethics of diagnosing a public figure, like President Donald Trump. The debate centered around a 1964 ethics ruling from the APA known as the " Goldwater Rule ," which prohibits psychiatrists from offering medical opinions on someone they have not personally evaluated, Axios reported Sunday.

Health Groups Double-Back Over Republican Health Bill

Health care groups that were once in staunch opposition of House Republicans' plan to overhaul Obamacare are now considering working with lawmakers to craft a bill they can support. House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act on May 4. Almost immediately, health care organizations spoke out against the bill, claiming it would leave millions of Americans without insurance and consumers with higher out-of-pocket costs.

President Trump Launches Twitter Attack: ‘Fake News Is the Enemy’

Just hours after President Trump touched down in the United States from a nine-day trip abroad, he returned to Twitter to decry the news media and push back against reports about his administration. President Trump Launches Twitter Attack: 'Fake News Is the Enemy' Just hours after President Trump touched down in the United States from a nine-day trip abroad, he returned to Twitter to decry the news media and push back against reports about his administration.

Muslim Father ‘Honor Rapes’ Daughter’s Boyfriend for Two Hours

A 54-year-old man and his 29-year-old son have been sentenced to a five-year prison for serious violence and rape against a 22-year-old man who had a relationship with the 54-year-old's daughter in the Vestre Landsret in Aarhus. A Danish man and his son were sentenced to five years in prison for kidnapping and honor raping his daughter's boyfriend.

Ricks: McMaster, Step Down and Save Yourself

Thomas E. Ricks, Politico: [National Security Adviser H.R.] McMaster probably thinks that by staying at his post, rather than resigning in disgust, he is doing his duty. Specifically, he may think that if stepped down, he might well be succeeded by an alt-right ally of White House adviser Steve Bannon.

Joy Reid Shoots Down GOP Talking Points On Affordable Care Act

Katon Dawson, former SC GOP chair, wasn't all that prepared for the strong pushback he got from Joy Reid when he parroted the Republican party line on Obamacare: "At the end of the day, I've been very consistent. The party that owns the health care bill is usually the party that loses, except for the guy at the top, which was Barack Obama," Dawson said.

Adam Schiff: ‘There’s No Way’ Kushner Can Keep Security Clearance After Lying About Russia

Rep. Adam Schiff , ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, suggested on Sunday that President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, may lose his security clearance if he lied about collaborating with Russia to establish back channel communications before the president took office. During an interview with ABC's Martha Raddatz, Schiff pushed back on the idea that Russians planted the story about Kushners attempt to establish a secret line of communications with the Kremlin.

Why Seth Rich Conspiracy Theories Were Useful to a Variety of Terrible People

But the Rich theories wouldn't have gone beyond WhatDoesItMean.com and Reddit without the help of prominent backers. In August, Julian Assange insinuated that Mr. Rich could have been the source of the D.N.C. emails put out by WikiLeaks and offered a $20,000 reward for information on Mr. Rich's death, despite the fact that a hacking persona going by Guccifer 2.0 claimed responsibility.

Portland Killer Is An Anti-Circumcision, Bernie Sanders Supporter

Jeremy Joseph Christian, the 35-year-old Portland man who allegedly murdered two men and left another critically wounded while yelling anti-Muslim slurs in a knife attack on Friday, has been painted by the mainstream media as a "right-wing extremist," but posts on his Facebook page indicate he was a supporter of socialist Senator Bernie Sanders and Green Party candidate Jill Stein. According to screen captures of his Facebook page obtained by Buzzfeed , Christian was not a Trump supporter, as many media outlets claimed, but was a supporter of the idea of a Sanders/Stein ticket.

Global Warming Now Causing Sleep Deprivation, Scientists Say

Global warming could keep Americans from getting enough sleep, according to a study published Friday by scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California. The study found that an increase of 1 degree Celsius in nighttime temperature added three nights of restless sleep per 100 people per month.

Single Payer Healthcare, It’s Not Pie-in-the-Sky, It’s About Stopping the Pie Shop Piracy

The movement for Healthcare Justice is currently coming to a peak in California with the recent introduction and now advancement to the State Senate floor for a vote due next week on SB 562 The Healthy California Act. The principle authors and citizen sponsors are being asked to provide updated proof of what those of us fighting for a Single Payer system of financing Healthcare have known for a very long time, that Single Payer based on progressive taxation to replace private health insurance premiums saves money and saves lives.

Bad News Update: More on Papa Che and the new Jesuit Superior General

Last week we introduced you to Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus , which happens to be the religious order to which Pope Che belongs. By the way, for centuries, the Jesuit Superior General has been known as "The Black Pope" due to the influence that his order has had on the Catholic Church.

NYC Mayor De Blasio Staffer Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

NYC Mayor De Blasio Staffer Arrested On Child Pornography Charges - Content originally generated at iBankCoin.com - A 29 year old staffer for NYC mayor Bill De Blasio's office has been arrested and charged with two felonies after police found a massive collection of child porn on his laptop, according to court documents.

Poetry to the Rescue of America’s Soul

As President Donald Trump's wrecking machine continues its steady work of destroying everything that is dear to Americans, two poets, Roque Dalton , a Salvadoran poet and Langston Hughes , a poet of the dispossessed, seem to have presaged Trump presidency's characteristics and effects. There doesn't seem to be any escape from evil, any way in which common citizens can defend their hard-earned rights and liberties from Trump and his minions' "carnage" .

Sunday morning talking heads

Pity John Kelly and James Mattis, who were booked this morning expecting they'd be talking about Manchester and Trump's trip abroad and instead will have to explain away Jared Kushner's bright idea to use Russian diplomatic facilities to talk to Moscow . Mattis will be on "Face the Nation" while Kelly will drop by "This Week," "Meet the Press," and "Fox News Sunday."

‘Final Act of Bravery’: Men Who Were Fatally Stabbed Trying to Stop Anti-Muslim Rants Identified


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A heart-shaped wreath covered with positive messages hangs on a traffic light pole at a memorial for two bystanders who were stabbed to death Friday. Two men were stabbed to death and one injured Friday on a light-rail train in Portland, Oregon, after they tried to intervene when another passenger began "ranting and raving" and shouting anti-Muslim hate speech at two young women, police said.

Hymn for Memorial Day

The traditional hymn of both the Royal Navy and the US Navy was originally penned as, "Eternal Father, Strong to Save." I posted the history of the hymn and its subsequent versions here .

What Did Trump Accomplish on His First Foreign Trip?


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Let's hear it for the Rainbow Tour It's been an incredible success We weren't quite sure, we had a few doubts Will Evita win through? But the answer is yes There you are, I told you so Makes no difference where she goes The whole world over just the same Just listen to them call her name And who would underestimate the actress now? Like Donald Trump, Juan and Eva PerA3n were populists. They seem to have shared Trump's understanding of the purposes of philanthropy and the importance of fiscal probity.

Making the Machines that Replace Humans


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MIAMISBURG, Ohio-A humanoid robot greets visitors to the Dayton-area offices of Yaskawa Motoman, a Japanese company that produces the machines being installed at thousands of factories around the globe. Its right arm is holding a screen, which playfully challenges visitors to compete with the robot in a manual task: tracing the word YASKAWA as quickly as possible.

Kushner sought secret link with Russia

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a top White House adviser, proposed a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. Kushner spoke with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about creating that line of communication to facilitate sensitive discussions aimed at exploring the incoming administration's options with Russia as it was developing its Syria policy, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press.

Morning Thread


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Still a few days left in Echidne's fundraiser week. Daily blogging is hard work and bloggers like Echidne, who bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and thought deserve to be compensated.

Trump Is Setting the Norms of Our Society at a New Low


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Last Wednesday, on the eve of his election to the House of Representatives, Montana Republican Greg Gianforte beat up Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the "Guardian" newspaper. What prompted the violence? Jacobs had asked Gianforte for his reaction to the Congressional Budget Office's report showing that the House Republican substitute for the Affordable Care Act would result in 23 million Americans losing their health insurance.

Under the Stars and Under the Radar


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Some years ago, when I lived in Flagstaff, Arizona, I answered a knock on the door of my house to find my buddy Bryan and a fellow I'm almost willing to swear was the backwoods character Gabby Johnson from Blazing Saddles . It seemed they'd been cut off by a wildfire from their unauthorized long-term camp at the head of Sycamore Canyon.

Trump’s Travel Ban Is Headed for a Supreme Court Showdown


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President Trump's "travel ban"-the two successive executive orders barring entry of persons from selected Muslim-majority countries-is headed for The Show.

Truth Trumps Falsehood

As we witness President Trump declaring that Iran is the main source of terrorism in the world while standing in the very Kingdom of Terror right next to Terror's biggest architects and financiers; the above words of the Quran come to mind. Anyone who has witnessed the rise of Al-Qaida and ISIS and who has been paying attention with even some modest degree of intelligence and impartiality knows that President Trump is lying.

The Merry Life of Dragnet Surveillance

In the aftermath of Edward Snowden's revelations in 2013, a grudging acceptance was made by the Obama administration that something had to be done about a roguish surveillance complex unhinged from its foundations. The National Security Agency had overstretched its powers, to the point where it was not only conducting its standard mischief against foreign targets, but against US citizens roped into the exercise.

Philippine Military Finds Bodies of 16 Civilians Amid Fight to Drive Out IS-Linked Militants

Philippine troops found the bodies of 16 civilians in the streets as they fought Sunday to drive out militants linked to the Islamic State group who have occupied parts of a southern city. The overall death toll was The dead civilians included a group of four men, three women and a child who were found near a road close to the Mindanao State University in Marawi, said military spokesman Brig.

US National Security Adviser ‘not concerned’ with Kushner, Russia back-channel allegations


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President Trump's National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters during a press conference at the G7 Summit in Sicily that he is "not concerned" with reports that Jared Kushner tried to set up diplomatic back-channels with Russia. McMaster initially declined to speak on the Kushner reports but when asked if he would be concerned if someone in the administration tried to set up a backchannel with the Kremlin, he said "no," Reuters reported.

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Suit Against Hillary Over Benghazi Dismissed

Josh Gerstein, Politico: A federal judge in Washington has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Hillary Clinton's lax security surrounding her emails led to the deaths of two of the Americans killed in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Southern Rock Icon Gregg Allman Dies

Gregg Allman, the singer, organist and founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, died Saturday at his home in Savannah, Georgia. He was 69. Allman idolized his older brother Duane, joining a series of bands with him before forming the nucleus of The Allman Brothers Band.

Trump-Russia ‘Collusion’ Conspiracy Theory Is Running Out Of Steam

The conspiracy theory that President Donald Trump colluded with the Russians in interfering with the 2016 election is slowly falling apart as the Russia probe progresses. Although the intelligence community is certain that Russia was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, to date they have found no evidence that the Russians colluded with members of the Trump campaign.

Kushner Considered Setting Up Secret Communications With Russia

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, considered setting up a secret communications line with Russia during the presidential transition to discuss the country's military operations in Syria and other issues, according to a person familiar with the matter. The idea was broached in a meeting that Mr. Kushner had last December with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak, this person said.

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The Bridges Not Walls movement drops a banner from an overhead walkway in London to coincide with banner drops of bridges all over the UK to send a message to Pr*sident Donald Trump to build bridges not walls on the day of his inauguration. The Bridges Not Walls movement drops a banner from an overhead walkway in London to coincide with banner drops of bridges all over the UK to send a message to Pr*sident Donald Trump to build bridges not walls on the day of his inauguration.

High Impact Stories

MSNBC executives plan to cancel Lawrence O'Donnell highly-rated prime time television show "The Last Word" after his contract... Yesterday 146 Kogs posted 204 stories of which 195 were recommended at least once by a cadre of 2070 recommending readers; 139 stories were recommended by 10 or more readers, 76 by 30 or more, and 33 by 100 or more. Commenters visited 203 stories; 117 had 10 or more commenters, 51 had 30 or more, and 17 had 100 or more.

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MSNBC executives plan to cancel Lawrence O'Donnell highly-rated prime time television show "The Last Word" after his contract... We are now living in a country where a candidate earns $100,000 of goodwill in 24 hours for assaulting a reporter and is rewarded with a congressional seat. Republican Greg Gianforte's victory was undoubtedly helped by the fact that most voters had already cast their ballot by the time news broke of Gianforte's reprehensible attack on a reporter Wednesday night.

Our First Un-American President

When Donald Trump rode down that golden escalator in June, 2015 and announced he would run for President of the United States, the guffaws could be heard round the world. What a colossal doofus! A shady real estate mogul, a beauty pageant owner, a dubious celebrity famous for firing people, saw himself as the perfect person to fill the highest job in the land.

Sandcrawler PSA: The Bomber

CCTV images showing suicide bomber Salman Abedi on the night he attacked Manchester Arena killing 22 people, have been released by police pic.twitter.com/1DGHawCDX3 I just want everyone to look at these, now not to be alarmist but its possible he was chosen because he was so skinny. More room for explosives.

Mattis at West Point: Terrorists must not define ‘our sense of the norm’

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told cadets graduating from the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday that they serve a crucial role in not letting terrorists define "our sense of the norm." Mattis at West Point: Terrorists must not define 'our sense of the norm' Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told cadets graduating from the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday that they serve a crucial role in not letting terrorists define "our sense of the norm."

G7 Leaders Walk, Low-Energy Trump Rides Cart

President Trump rounded out his first foreign trip since taking office by joining other G7 leaders as they walked the streets of Taormina, Sicily. There was just one difference: as the leaders of the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan walked on foot, Trump followed in a golf cart, The Times of London reported on Saturday.

One-Third of Honeybee Colonies Died Last Year

America's beekeepers watched as a third of the country's honeybee colonies were lost over the last year, part of a decade-long die-off experts said may threaten our food supply. The annual survey of roughly 5,000 beekeepers showed the 33% dip from April 2016 to April 2017.

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Kush that is: Ryan Lizza at the New Yorker unpacks the Kushner problem and draws attention to the fact that Kushner was especially hostile to Comey and alone among Trumps advisers wanted his to "counter-attack." One wonders why.

Dems Push Back Against California Gov Jerry Brown’s Newest Climate Crusade

California Democrats warn Gov. Jerry Brown not to push for a cap and trade program so soon after vulnerable state legislators passed a highly contentious gas tax increase April. Brown's full-throated push to shoehorn a cap and trade program requiring companies to purchase permits before releasing greenhouse gasses is causing Democrats in the state to recoil.

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Review of Clinton Campaign Book, Part III, Odds and Ends

I wanted to finish up my three-part review of Shattered by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, the book that chronicled the collapse of the campaign of the Past, Present, and Future Inevitable Next President of the United States, First Lady/Senator/Secretary Hillary! Rodham Clinton, Her Royal Clintonic Majesty. The book has been sitting on my table for a month now, and I plan to send it off to my dad as a Father's Day present.

Jet Owned by Elvis Has Been Auctioned

A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley has been auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 30 years. The plane sold for $430,000 on Saturday at an Agoura Hills, California, event featuring celebrity memorabilia, GWS Auctions Inc. said.

REPORT: Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Hillary Clinton Regarding Benghazi Massacre

Friday, a federal judge from Washington, D.C. threw out the lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, which alleged her negligence regarding email security cost the lives of four Americans back in 2012 during the assault on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. Judge Amy Berman Jackson , an far left judge appointed in 2010 by Barack Obama ,failed the American people and justice by "concluding" that Hillary Clinton's misuse of her email did not lead to the deaths of four Americans.

Syria’s Aleppo Open to Tourists for First Time Since 2012

Over three hundred children, students, and pensioners from all over Syria were invited to observe the Umayyad mosque, the Citadel, and the amphitheater in one of the world's most ancient cities. "On the way to the old part of the city, food joints and souvenir shops have opened for business.

A high-stakes gamble: How Jared Kushner reacted to previous crises

Jared Kushner, shown with his wife Ivanka Trump during the presidential inauguration in January, has emerged as a central figure in the federal investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Taking charge of the business after his father went to prison, Kushner, 25 at the time, paid $1.8 billion in 2007 for the nation's most expensive office building.

Trump Expressed Ire at EU Over Golf Course Delays

President Trump reportedly complained to world leaders about roadblocks he has faced setting up golf courses in the European Union. Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir reported Trump told Belgian Prime Minister he has mixed feelings about the European Union due to issues he has faced in the past setting up golf courses within its borders.

GOP Wife: Assaulted Reporter ‘Got A Little Bit Of Montana Justice’

Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy, the wife of Republican Congressman Sean Duffy, apparently thinks it's just fine for fellow Republican Greg Gianforte to physically assault a reporter. Campos-Duffy's shocking remark - which none of the three other Fox pundits in the segment challenged - came during a discussion about then-candidate Gianforte's assault on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs on the eve of a special election.

Gregg Allman, the Sound of Southern Rock


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Founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregory LeNoir "Gregg" Allman, who with his Hammond B-3 organ, and soft but growling voice helped create a sound that was simultaneously jazz, rock, blues, and parts San Francisco jam band, and that became the defining tone of Southern Rock music, died on Saturday. He was 69. His death was announced on his website, and gave no official cause.

White House mum on new Kushner allegations in Russia probe


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The White House declined to comment Saturday on a news report that top President Trump adviser Jared Kushner had at least three undisclosed conversations last year with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak. "We're not going to comment on Jared," Trump economic aide Gary Cohen said at a press conference in Italy, the last stop on the president's nine-day overseas trip.

Making America Meaner

Last Wednesday, on the eve of his election to the House of Representatives, Montana Republican Greg Gianforte beat up Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the "Guardian" newspaper. What prompted the violence? Jacobs had asked Gianforte for his reaction to the Congressional Budget Office's report showing that the House Republican substitute for the Affordable Care Act would result in 23 million Americans losing their health insurance.

Two Good Samaritans Fatally Stabbed While Trying To Protect Passengers From Deranged Individual

In Portland last night, a man killed two individuals and wounded another when they attempted to stop him from harassing two women on a train as he yelled "hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions": Two men were killed in a stabbing on a MAX train Friday when they tried to intervene as another man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, including one wearing a hijab, police said. A third passenger who tried to help was also stabbed, but is expected to survive, said Portland police spokesman Sgt.

British Airways Cancels All Flights After Computer System Abruptly Fails

British Airways canceled all of its flights from two of London's biggest airports Saturday after its global computer system failed, causing intense turmoil. Terminals at Heathrow and Gatwick have become so congested from virtual collapse that the airliner is pleading with people scheduled to travel not to come to the transportation hubs at all.

Looks Like The Media Spread Another False Story About Trump

A BBC reporter kicked off an international firestorm Saturday morning when he claimed that Trump chose not to listen to a translation as Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni was speaking at the G7 summit. BBC diplomatic correspondent James Landale tweeted a "short clip that sums up" the summit, attaching a video he claimed showed Trump had "chosen not to hear a translation of his Italian host's speech."

Five Questions About Jared Kushner’s ‘Back Channel’ Request to Moscow


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In a meeting with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S., the Washington Post reveals that Jared Kushner asked that a private, encrypted back channel be set up to the Kremlin. The report is based on a leak to a Post reporter from last December, which the paper has only recently managed to verify.

The Politics of Presidential Removal

University of Pittsburgh political scientist, Anibal Perez-Linan has a piece worth reading at The Monkey Cage : How would removing Trump from office affect U.S. democracy? The piece is based on comparative research on interruptions of presidential terms. How would removing Trump from office affect U.S. democracy? Would it be an exemplary act of accountability - or a thinly veiled coup against an elected leader? Would it prevent major damage to the republic - or push the country into political instability? Political science research and other nations' experiences suggest that, without a careful process backed by a broad national consensus, removing the president would only worsen the country's polarization.

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Richard Painter, who served as the chief ethics lawyer in the White House for former President George W. Bush, on Saturday shared a link to a federal prison, suggesting it could be next year's "winter White House." Never forget that the Bush Family, still a power in the GOPe, hates Trump with a deep and burning passion.

Trump family members met with GOP leaders to discuss strategy

The Trump family, on June 16, 2015, following Donald Trump's announcement of his candidacy for the presidency. From left, Eric Trump, Lara Yunaska Trump, Donald Trump, Barron Trump, Melania Trump, Vanessa Haydon Trump, Kai Madison Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Donald John Trump III, and Ivanka Trump.

Nothing to See Here

After the blockbuster Washington Post scoo p about Kushner landed last night, the New York Times followed up to tell it like it is - that everything is just fine: Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, spoke in December with Russia's ambassador to the United States about establishing a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and Moscow to discuss strategy in Syria and other policy issues, according to three people with knowledge of the discussion. Documentary evidence or sworn testimony may emerge some day to confirm this characterization of events, but on its own terms it seems hard to believe for three reasons.

Why Trump’s Budget Only Called For One New Ship, Despite Campaign Promises

President Donald Trump wanted to build about 80 new ships to bring the Navy's fleet to a total of 350 ships during his campaign, but his first budget proposal only includes funding for one new ship. Far from the massive Navy buildup Trump promised during the campaign, many decried the budget as barely better than President Barack Obama's previous budgets.

When Al Franken body-slammed a demonstrator

When Al Franken body-slammed a demonstrator - When I wrote about Fightin' Greg Gianforte's assault on a reporter, I believed that Al Franken had a history of physical aggression against folks who annoyed him. However, the only incident I recalled The day's must-read political news and opinion pieces are scattered across hundreds of news outlets and blogs, too many for any one person to read.

Jim Bunning, MLB Hall of Famer and ex-GOP senator, dies at 85


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Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5 of Major League Baseball's World Series in Philadelphia, October 27, 2008. Hall of Fame pitcher and two-term U.S. Senator Jim Bunning has died, members of his family said Saturday.

International tourism to America collapsing, thanks to Donald Trump

MSNBC executives plan to cancel Lawrence O'Donnell highly-rated prime time television show "The Last Word" after his contract... Now that Donald Trump and his various advisers have had a few more months to make asses of themselves and generally terrify the planet, let's check back in with the U.S. tourism industry. Yep, it's still collapsing .

Iraq Parliament Mulls ending Freedom of Assembly

When armed men in civilian clothes kidnapped journalist Afrah Shawqi from her home on 26 December 2016, journalists and activists quickly took to the street to demand that the government take action to ensure her safety and her immediate release. Iraq's parliament is currently reviewing a draft law that, if enacted, could make this kind of response impossible.

Trumpism: White Terrorist Murders 2 after harassing Muslim-American

According to one witness, the suspect was heard saying "get off the bus, and get out of the country because you don't pay taxes here." Amidst rising rates of violence directed toward Muslims and those percieved to be Muslim in the United States, two men on a commuter train in Portland, Oregon were fatally stabbed and a third injured on Friday after they confronted a man who was allegedly yelling racial slurs at two other passengers, one of whom was wearing a hijab, local media reported.

CCW Weekend: Why You Should Practice Long Range Handgun Shooting

One of the oft-repeated "truisms" as far as concealed carry and defensive shooting is concerned is the "rule of threes," or something to that effect: most shootings where an assailant is shot by an armed citizen or police occur at close range. The "rule of threes" goes something like "3 or fewer shots at 3 or fewer yards in 3 seconds or less" or some variation thereof.

With all that farmland, why are Venezuelans starving?

With all of the unrest, riots and murders in Venezuela these days, it's easy to overlook one very basic question about the abysmal conditions its citizens are enduring. Venezuela has some of the richest farmland in the western hemisphere and was a net exporter of agricultural products until very recently.

British Airways Scraps U.K. Holiday Flights on Computer Snag

British Airways canceled most flights out of London as a computer system broke down, causing chaos for travelers at the start of a three-day weekend in the U.K. Departures are scrapped through 6 p.m. U.K. time Saturday, and passengers should not go to London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports amid an information technology failure causing "very severe disruption" worldwide, British Airways said in an emailed statement, without specifying what caused the outage or how long it will take to fix. Travelers took to Twitter starting late morning in Europe to complain of flight postponements, long lines to check in and waiting for long periods on the tarmac after boarding planes.

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"These are the best," he said, before explaining that his ambivalent attitude towards the EU was a consequence of his experiences trying to set up businesses, notably golf resorts, on the continent. "He made a lot of references to his personal journey.

Zbigniew Brzezinski Dead at 89

Former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski arrives to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 1, 2007. REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish strategic theorist who was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter in the tumultuous years of the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the late 1970s, died on Friday at a hospital in Virginia.

How Saudi Arabia Played Donald Trump

Fareed Zakaria: This week's bombing in Manchester, England, was another gruesome reminder that the threat from radical Islamist terrorism is ongoing. And President Trump's journey to the Middle East illustrated yet again how the country central to the spread of this terrorism, Saudi Arabia, has managed to evade and deflect any responsibility for it.

President of NYC Young Democrats Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

A leading young Democrat and de Blasio administration employee has a secret taste for sickening kiddie porn that involves baby girls as young as 6 months old , court papers revealed Friday. Jacob Schwartz, 29, was busted for allegedly keeping more than 3,000 disgusting images and 89 videos on a laptop after downloading the filth from the internet.

Who are Egypt’s Coptic Christians, ISIL’s latest Victims?

Coptic Christians in Egypt have been attacked while traveling on pilgrimages and bombed while praying on Palm Sunday , amid an accelerating series of attacks over the last decade. The interrelated challenges of violence, economics and discrimination have led to the increasing departure of Christians from the Middle East.

Mexican Lawyer Markets “Trump” Toilet Paper

A Guanajuato, Mexico lawyer was looking for a way to soothe his native country's collective frustration and rage towards the newly-installed U.S. leader, Donald Trump. Antonio Battaglia had just about had enough of the labels he associated with his nation and its citizens.

Mike’s Blog Round Up

Good morning Crooks and Liars, we made it to Saturday! A week from today is the March for Truth , but in the meanwhile there are a lot of ways to participate in our democracy. The Resistance Calendar is a great resource to keep up with what is going on in your part of the world or to tell the rest of the world about your event.

Guardian mourns Corbyn’s Polling Surge

It is quite extraordinary to read today's coverage in Britain's supposedly left-liberal newspaper the Guardian . In the "man bites dog" stakes, the day's biggest story is the astounding turn-around in the polls two weeks before the British general election.

Lil Yachty and Amazon Charts: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing


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The New Yorker "Yachty's music is not incidental to his image, but it is only one aspect of his brand. His songs have always been an entry to his meticulously crafted persona, not the other way around.

Pound Traders Sweat as Narrowing Polls Boost Election Jitters

Sterling dropped Friday, rounding off the worst week this year, as a poll showed Theresa May's Conservative Party leading the main opposition Labour Party by just five points, a gap that even this month had been as high as 24 points in some surveys. That left investors questioning whether the Prime Minister would achieve the increased majority that had been baked into the pound for the past few weeks.

Zbigniew Brzezinski


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Zbigniew Brzezinski, then in his late 40s, briefs reporters on Middle East talks between President Carter and Syrian President Hafez Assad in Geneva, Switzerland on May 9, 1977. He died yesterday at age 89. I started off on the wrong foot with Zbigniew Brzezinski, which is why I hope I will sound all the more sincere in saying how much I came to admire him, how great a contribution he made to America and the world, and what a loss his death represents.

Boehner: Trump’s term ‘disaster,’ aside from foreign affairs


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House Speaker John Boehner Ohio listens as GOP leaders speak to reporters following a Republican strategy meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Former House Speaker John Boehner says that aside from international affairs and foreign policy, President Trump's time in office has so far been a "complete disaster."

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MSNBC executives plan to cancel Lawrence O'Donnell highly-rated prime time television show "The Last Word" after his contract... Since February, with only two sitting members, the five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been without a quorum. That has meant it can't do its job, which is to approve and regulate interstate oil and natural gas pipelines, the transmission and wholesale sales of electricity, approve liquefied natural gas storage facilities and license non-federal hydro-electric plants.

Top 5 Questions about Kushner’s back channel to Moscow

In a meeting with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US, WaPo reveals that Jared Kushner asked that a private, encrypted back channel be set up to the Kremlin. The report is based on a leak to a WaPo reporter from last December, which the paper has only recently managed to verify.

Another day in Trump’s America

Two people were killed in a stabbing on a MAX train Friday when they tried to intervene as a man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, including one wearing a hijab, police said. Officers arrested the suspect as he ran into the neighborhood near Providence Portland Medical Center in Northeast Portland, Simpson said.

Trump Shows Two Negotiating Styles on Trip Overseas

In his official debut on the world stage, President Donald Trump showcased two dramatically different negotiating styles, one that awakened optimism among Middle Eastern leaders and one that left some U.S. allies in Europe slack-jawed. In Saudi Arabia, Israel and the West Bank, Mr. Trump took a conciliatory approach.

Here’s the Complete and Updated List: Deep State…

Here is updated analysis of the most recent so called 'leaks' being reported and repeated by the liberal mainstream media involving President Trump. Former FBI Director James Comey reportedly made statements that were revealed in the media 'leaks' but to this date he has not corroborated any of the statements reportedly made after his firing.

C&L’s Late Nite Music Club With Hotlegs

You ever see a song title somewhere and think that's familiar but you don't recall tune goes? Then when you hear it you're all like "Ah! That's why it seemed familiar." This song was one of those moments for me recently.

The Buffoon Doctrine

Not longer after Trump decided to ineffectually fire a whole boatload of cruise missiles at Syria, I co-authored a piece on why "Trumpian Unpredictability" is no virtue. Thus, for the United States, unpredictability carries enormous risks.

Kushner Talked to Russian Envoy About Creating Secret Channel With Kremlin

'This is serious': Jared Kushner reportedly tried to set up a secret Trump-Russia back channel - Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and top White House adviser, was willing to go extraordinary lengths to establish a secret line of communication between the Trump administration Kushner wanted secure line with Kremlin before inauguration: report - Jared Kushner reportedly talked with a top Russian official in early December about establishing a private communications channel between President Trump's transition team and the Kremlin.

Your Republican congressperson is literally Comcast’s mouthpiece

MSNBC executives plan to cancel Lawrence O'Donnell highly-rated prime time television show "The Last Word" after his contract... Technology policy is complicated. Far too complicated for your average Republican House member, who has been really preoccupied anyway for the last month not having a clue how healthcare policy works.

‘s Week in Culture


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The Real Reasons for Marvel Comics' Woes - Asher Elbein investigates the deeper issues of business and culture plaguing the company's decline in sales.

Kushner: Undisclosed contacts with Russians

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. officials told Reuters. Those contacts included two phone calls between April and November last year, two of the sources said.

NBC Reporter: This White House Leaks Like No Other

An NBC national security reporter said Friday night that there are is a pattern of "incredible and unusual leaks in this administration" that he's never seen before. Ken Dilanian made the comments when discussing The Washington Post article that cites U.S. officials referring to intercepts of the Russian ambassador saying that Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner wanted to set up a secret communications channel with the Kremlin.

Crusading Law Firm Believes German Auto Supplier Behind VW-Like Scandals

Attorneys representing owners in lawsuits accusing Volkswagen and automakers of duping regulators believe a German auto supplier is largely responsible for the years-long fuel emission scandal. Robert Bosch is the common thread linking together the emission scandals plaguing Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, and General Motors, according to a Hagens Berman Sobol , the law firm that has represented vehicle owners in lawsuits against the three companies.

Report: Kushner Tried To Set Up Secret Communications Channel With Kremlin

Jared Kushner proposed setting up a secret, secure communications channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team, according to The Washington Post. Kushner, the president's son-in-law and a senior adviser, floated the idea during a meeting with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower in early December, The Post reports , citing U.S. officials who were briefed on intelligence gathered from intercepted Russian communications.

Gianforte Wins in MT Despite Assault Charge; Longtime Voting Rights…

Trump budget cuts deeply into environment, toxic cleanup; Landslide buries icon CA highway; Chinese wind co. to retrain US coal miners; PLUS : Pope gift, message to Trump... Global Seed Vault flooded by melting perma-frost; Antarctica going green ; Swiss vote to accelerate renewables; PLUS : Trump's budget slashes, burns environment... Guest: Salon's Heather Digby Parton; Also: Two big election-related SCOTUS decisions, & this week's US House Special Election in MT... The VP claims he was kept in the dark by Team Trump on key issues regarding disgraced former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

Preet Bharara: If body-slammer Greg Gianforte were an immigrant, ‘he’d face deportation’

MSNBC executives plan to cancel Lawrence O'Donnell highly-rated prime time television show "The Last Word" after his contract... Amateur MMA fighter Greg Gianforte won the special election to fill Montana's lone House seat last night, despite being charged with criminal assault for bodyslamming a reporter the day before. As Daily Kos Elections noted , " ," it's not clear how much the assault affected voters, if at all.

Band Fined $25,000 for Singing About Narcos

It was a well-known ballad about Camelia the Texan -- a woman who smuggles drugs into the United States and then murders her lover in a jealous rage -- that got Los Tigres del Norte into trouble. The wildly popular band played the song -- one of their many hits chronicling the lives of drug smugglers -- during a packed performance Sunday afternoon in the northern Mexican city of Chihuahua.

“These Are Not Very Bright Guys”

Jared Kushner and Russia's ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump's transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports. Ambassador Sergey Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, son-in-law and confidant to then-President-elect Trump, made the proposal during a meeting on Dec. 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by U.S. officials.

Trump’s Man in Asia

The thing about Rodrigo Duterte is that for an authoritarian like Trump, he says things that like Trump would like to say himself but can't yet. And you know President Pussy Grabber loves this.

Trump Pushing Big White House Changes as Russia Crisis Grows

President Donald Trump is actively discussing major changes in the White House, including having lawyers vet his tweets and shaking up his top staff, as he grapples with the fallout from probes into his campaign's dealings with Russia, according to several senior administration officials and outside advisers. Other revisions on the table include adding a roster of outside lawyers to help deal with the legal ramifications of the Russia investigation, officials and allies said.

How Team Obama tried to hack the election

New revelations have surfaced that the Obama administration abused intelligence during the election by launching a massive domestic-spy campaign that included snooping on Trump officials. The irony is mind-boggling: Targeting political opposition is long a technique of police states like Russia, which Team Obama has loudly condemned for allegedly using its own intelligence agencies to hack into our election.

Taking care of Clan Crowley

Tammany Hall's fabled auditorium may be slated for demolition but Tammany-style patronage, nepotism and conflicts of interest live on in Rep. Joe Crowley's Queens Democratic organization. Whether it's his own campaign coffers or estates supervised by a Surrogate's Court beholden to the Queens machine, Crowley's kin and cronies manage to cash in.

Trump’s NATO Speech ‘Close to a Disaster’

President Donald Trump on Thursday delivered a speech at NATO headquarters in which he did not explicitly endorse Article 5, which outlines a policy of collective defense among all members of the alliance. While this might seem like a small oversight to casual observers, Brookings Institute fellow and top foreign policy scholar Tom Wright said Trump's refusal to endorse Article 5 has rendered his entire foreign policy trip a "failure."

Medical Value of Marijuana Confirmed

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial -- the gold-standard design -- a component of marijuana called cannabidiol reduced seizures in children with a rare and devastating form of epilepsy. The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, provide the first solid evidence that marijuana can be used to treat epilepsy, something some patient groups and advocates have argued for years.

Crack In The GOP Wall? John Boehner Calls Trump ‘A Disaster’

Quoted in the trade publication "Rigzone" Boehner said he never imagined Donald Trump would be President: Boehner said he's been friends with Trump for 15 years, golfed with him and even said if he was having a bad day, Trump would be the first person to call and check on him or offer a pat on the back. "But president? I just never envisioned him in that role," he said and also suggested that Trump not be allowed to tweet overnight .