With America No Longer A ‘Friend,’ Angela Merkel Looks To China As New Partner

July 6, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Berlin this week for whats been described as a highly-symbolic state visit. Welcoming Xi on Wednesday, Merkel said the meeting happening just days before the start of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg was a good opportunity for the two countries to expand and broaden our extensive strategic relations. She did not elaborate on these comments, but her words have been interpreted as…

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White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere

July 2, 2017

(CNN)Traditionally, the chief usher of the White House hasn’t been someone who comes and goes with each administration; it’s a position that endures. The White House chief usher as a fixture of the institution is as American as apple pie. First lady Melania Trump recently announced that Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will be the next White House chief usher. He joins a select…

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First on CNN: Kamala Harris maneuvers to help 2018 Democrats — and build a national profile

July 1, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sen. Kamala Harris is using her newfound progressive stardom to raise money for her Democratic colleagues — and amplifying buzz about the California freshman as a prospect for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination in the process. The email list Harris has used to raise the bulk of that money is 10 times the size it was at this time last year, during her Senate campaign. She’s used that list…

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Dem congressman: ‘Just plain wrong’ for Trump to hold fundraiser at own hotel

June 30, 2017

(CNN)As President Donald Trump holds his first re-election fundraiser Wednesday night at the hotel he owns in Washington, one Democratic congressman is slamming the President over the move, arguing it is “just plain wrong.” Connolly also said the event is the latest example of conflict-of-interest concerns surrounding the hotel, which was opened in the Old Post Office and leased from the federal General Services Administration in 2013. “From the beginning,…

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Ossoff’s liberalism just wasn’t right for Georgia district

June 21, 2017

(CNN)The Georgia special election was the Democrats’ best chance so far this year to flip a House seat and score a victory for the anti-Trump resistance. Jon Ossoff’s defeat is a major blow to well-funded liberal momentum and activism, to which GOP voters in the South responded, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” More than $50 million was spent in the special election to replace Republican Tom Price,…

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Journalists Lash Out As Georgia Campaigns Bar Media Right And Left

June 20, 2017

The conservative Washington Free Beacon said its reporter was escorted out ofa campaign event Monday night before Democrat Jon Ossoffwas scheduled to speak on the eve of the election. And a reporter from liberal ThinkProgress said she was barred from events by Republican Karen Handel. Journalists ripped the actions on Twitter. The controversy erupted just hours before the polls were to open Tuesday to decide who will represent Georgias 6th…

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General election 2017: What caused Labour’s youth vote surge? – BBC News

June 17, 2017

Labour’s adverts had consistently been shared more widely by social media users, he said. Part of this appears to be down to the difference in tone of the adverts. While the Conservatives had almost entirely focused their adverts on the strength of Prime Minister Theresa May and the weakness of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s social media adverts had been more positive, seeking to emphasise that the party was building…

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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

(CNN)The congressional boys of summer ditched partisan hardball for seven innings of healing Thursday at their annual baseball classic just 36 hours after a horrifying gun rampage at a Republican batting practice. And while rattled lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill instinctively drew together after the shooting, sitting together at the game, that doesn’t mean their constituents and attack dogs in warring partisan media establishments will heed a moment of…

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images This was Theresa May’s election – the Conservatives were some way off in the distance, if they were visible at all, at the start of the campaign. But was she the right kind of candidate to be placed front and centre like this? Katie Perrior, Mrs May’s former director of communications thinks not. Writing in the Times, she said: “If you run a presidential-style campaign with…

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Hundreds Of Young Russians Arrested En Masse At Nationwide Protests

June 13, 2017

In a crackdown meant to quell a movement of youthful activism, many of the arrests appeared to target students and young people, watchdog groups reported. Navalny, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin who has crusaded against corruption, was arrested before he could join the protests and sentenced in a midnight hearing to 30 days in jail, his second such sentence this year. Before this weeks event, he used a…

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Could football help ease tensions between North and South Korea?

June 13, 2017

(CNN)Tensions in northeast Asia are among their highest in decades, amid continued missile testing by Pyongyang and saber-rattling from Tokyo, Beijing and Washington. In discussions with FIFA President Gianni Infantino this week, the South Korean President suggested a “regional bloc” including both Koreas, China and Japan could join forces to host the 2030 football World Cup. If Moon were to achieve his vision, it would require a difficult balancing act….

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British PM Theresa May seeks lifeline after bruising election result

June 12, 2017

London (CNN)UK Prime Minister Theresa May, clinging on in Downing Street, will appeal for the support of her members of parliament (MPs) Monday, after losing the Conservatives a cherished government majority in last week’s election. With her government majority at zero, May has no control over Parliament a week away from the Queen’s Speech, when new laws are presented, and the scheduled start of Brexit talks. Election shock undercuts UK…

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News Daily: General election special – BBC News

June 9, 2017

Hello. Get any sleep? Here’s your election morning briefing. Meanwhile, the SNP, which won 56 of 59 seats in Scotland at the last general election, is predicted to lose 19 MPs. The Liberal Democrats, virtually wiped out in Parliament in 2015, are set for some gains, raising their number of MPs to 14. In Northern Ireland, all 18 seats have declared, the DUP taking 10, Sinn Fein seven and an…

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Trump, critics gird for long war after Comey’s moment

June 9, 2017

Washington (CNN)The initial shock and awe phase of the great, unresolved Russia election mystery ended with James Comey’s spellbinding testimony. The former FBI chief weaved a devastating picture of a President who is not to be trusted and is straining against the constraints of propriety and the Constitution that define his office. “America is stunned. The cloud hanging over this administration has just gotten a whole lot darker,” Senate Minority…

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Eric Trump shows that cluelessness runs in the family

June 8, 2017

(CNN)The nation is in a crisis that may soon exceed Watergate, at least in the estimation of James Clapper, former director of national intelligence. Having interfered with America’s election, Russia is disrupting governments around the world. China is racing to fill the gap created as world leaders conclude they cannot expect leadership from the United States. Top intelligence and law enforcement officials are testifying about a White House that crosses…

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James Comey claims his moment at hearing

June 8, 2017

(CNN)Fired FBI Chief James Comey seizes center stage in a compelling national political drama Thursday as he delivers congressional testimony that has grave implications for the fate of Donald Trump’s presidency. His testimony represents a pivotal moment in the saga of Russian election hacking and alleged collusion by Trump aides that has cast a dark shadow over the opening months of the new administration.

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Election 2017: What do leaders do in their spare time? – BBC News

June 4, 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May often heads to the hills with her husband Philip Prime Minister Theresa May likes to stretch her legs up and down hills and mountains, saying she decided to call the current election while walking in the Welsh mountains. Mrs May has also said she and her husband Philip enjoy “quite strenuous walking up mountains in Switzerland”. It may be worth remembering that the…

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In 2017, politics and tech are becoming inseparable

June 3, 2017

Image: Steve Rapport/FLICKR “Seventeen agencies, all in agreement they concluded with high confidence that the Russians ran an extensive information war campaign against my campaign to influence voters in the election.” This is Hillary Clinton uncensored, speaking on a stage, railing against Russia and the Trump administration, playing to her base, and generally urging the world to #resist. SEE ALSO: Hillary Clinton jokes that ‘covfefe’ was a ‘hidden message to…

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Election blind dates: John Whittingdale and Jess Phillips – BBC News

June 2, 2017

Jess Phillips Describe yourself: I am Jess Phillips and I was the Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley – and now I’m the candidate in the election. I think people probably best know me as a women’s rights, equality activist with a big gob. I’m a difficult woman with a dirty laugh. Political background: My political ambition came about when I was working at Women’s Aid, watching how government…

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White House Dodges Questions About Kushner Meetings With Russians

May 31, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer dodged questions Tuesday afternoon about President Donald Trumps son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and what Trump did or didnt know about Kushners meetings last year with Russian officials. Mr. Kushners attorney has said that Mr. Kushner has volunteered to share what he knows with Congress about the meetings, Spicer told reporters during the daily press briefing. The Washington Post and other major outlets reported last week…

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

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

May 27, 2017
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