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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Another Europe trip for Melania Trump means forging new relationships

July 6, 2017

(CNN)First lady Melania Trump is back in Europe. “This trip, for me, has been very special, and I will never forget the women and children I met,” the first lady said at the end of the visit, speaking to American troops and their families in Sicily. “As one of the kids at the hospital that I visit said in a picture he drew for me: We are all the same.”…

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Ed Sheeran is just the latest celebrity to leave Twitter. Here’s why.

July 5, 2017

"Gooooodbye Twiiiiittter."Image: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock Ed Sheeran is just the latest victim. A recent interview revealed that the singer-songwriter has, for the most part, signed off Twitter. SEE ALSO: Ed Sheeran has announced he’s quitting Twitter for a depressing reason The 140-character platform that once referred to itself as a social network has defined itself as a news network as of late, as it tries to convince investors, advertisers, and the…

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News Daily: North Korean missile and Grenfell ‘frustration’ – BBC News

July 5, 2017

Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning Grenfell: Survivors express frustration Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have held a meeting with a coroner, expressing frustration at a lack of information from the authorities. During the three-hour discussion, Dr Fiona Wilcox, coroner for Westminster, described the scenes inside the building, where at least 80 people died last month, as “apocalyptic”. Meanwhile, the Grenfell response team says…

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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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Wikipedia: The Text Adventure will satisfy your inner geography nerd

July 2, 2017

Image: Sierakowski/REX/Shutterstock Reading Wikipedia just got a whole lot more fun. A new game called “Wikipedia: The text adventure” helps you navigate and learn more about the world using a clever modification of the online knowledge database’s API. You can start your journey with a suggested location or choose your own, and from there on the game dynamically generates options of places to explore. SEE ALSO: Someone already made a…

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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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Ivanka Trump spotlights global human trafficking

June 28, 2017

Washington (CNN)Ivanka Trump, who serves as a top adviser to President Donald Trump, used her platform Tuesday to shine a light on human trafficking, which she called an “ugly stain on civilization.” Ending human trafficking “is a major foreign policy priority for the Trump administration,” she said. Ivanka Trump: I try to stay out of politics Activists investigating Ivanka supplier missing Trump vows to fight human trafficking

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Alec Baldwin will return to ‘SNL’ as Donald Trump

June 27, 2017

(CNN)Alec Baldwin is about to make your television great again. “Yea, we’re going to fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it,” said Baldwin, who was in New York City on Monday to promote is new movie “Blind.” His busy fall schedule will keep the number of Trump impersonations to a minimum, he said, which means SNL fans will be treated to “a couple celery sticks” rather than a…

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Here are the funniest lines from a coal CEO’s attempted takedown of John Oliver’s coal industry takedown

June 23, 2017

John Oliver is facing the legal wrath of a lawsuit-happy coal baron after a brutal segment in which the host tore into the American coal industry. The document accuses Oliver of a “ruthless character assassination” of Robert Murray, CEO of the nation’s largest coal mining operation, Murray Energy. SEE ALSO: Coal company sues John Oliver for being John Oliver It didn’t exactly come as a surprise; in fact, Oliver more…

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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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Trump called on tech giants and most of them came

June 20, 2017

President Donald Trump wants to modernize government systems, and he is asking the CEOs of the world’s largest tech companies for help. Many executives, like those at Apple, Amazon, and Google, are listening and offering their words of wisdom, while others, like Facebook, appear to be keeping their distance at least publicly. SEE ALSO: Former Twitter chief likens Trump meeting to ‘waterboarding’ On Monday, tech leaders, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos,…

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Cuba-US relations: 6 key things you need to know

June 16, 2017

Havana (CNN)President Donald Trump is set to announce Friday, before an audience of anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Miami, that he is rolling back parts of the Obama administration’s opening with Cuba. Trump will chill Obama’s warmer relations with Cuba, officials say What Trump has said about Castro

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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

(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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The Revolutionary Street Art Project That Inspired Banksy And Empowered A City’s Youth

June 15, 2017

Little did the then 21-year-old youth worker know back in 1984 that his Aerosol Art Project at the Barton Hill Youth Center would go some way to shaping British and global street art over the coming years and decades. John Nation founded the project as a way to channel young people’s creativity in a positive and legal way. Here he is pictured painting at the center in the late 80s….

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Travis Kalanick takes leave of absence to work on Travis 2.0

June 15, 2017

Image: getty images/nicolas mccomber Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence from the company he built into one of the world’s biggest private businesses. It’s not clear how long Kalanick will be away from Uber or who will be serving as interim head of the company, but the move signals the biggest shift yet for the ride-hailing giant since the emergence of allegations of systemic workplace dysfunction…

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Kim Jong Un Pal Dennis Rodman Reportedly Heading To North Korea

June 14, 2017

Rodman was spotted at Beijing International Airport Monday and is expected to land in North Korea Tuesday, two Pyongyang officials told CNN. Rodman knows PresidentDonald Trump personally he was a contestant on Trumps TV reality program Celebrity Apprentice and endorsed him during the campaign. Rodman said at a talk three months ago at West Point that Trump told him he wanted to visit North Korea. Rodmans agent,Chris Volo, said at…

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Trump taunt over Comey tape draws disbelief

June 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)Of all the piercing questions hanging over the West Wing, one of the most pressing is whether President Donald Trump has a taping system that captured his conversations with James Comey. Collins: Trump should give yes or no on tapes “It’s all hot air,” one person inside the White House said, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe internal water-cooler conversations. “Unless he had a recorder in his pocket,…

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Russia cloud settles in over Trump’s White House

June 12, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Russia “cloud” is growing over President Donald Trump and threatening to wreck another week for the embattled White House as one of his closest allies tries to avoid a public spectacle on Capitol Hill. RELATED: Source: Sessions’ plans to testify surprised Senate intelligence panel members Trump makes surprise visit at couple’s wedding Trump Jr.: No ambiguity in my father’s orders

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Melania Trump moves in

June 11, 2017

(CNN)The White House East Wing has thus far been functioning with a first lady in absentia — but soon, that will change. What we learned about Melania Trump from her first international trip Melania Trump’s role on first foreign trip What issues will the First Lady embrace? How Melania Trump met the 45th President

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LGBT community prepares for a march — and a fight

June 10, 2017

(CNN)Two years after the White House was adorned in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, gay rights activists and lawmakers are preparing to march on Washington again, saying the current President threatens to erase those gains. The march Sunday, which will commemorate the upcoming anniversary of the shooting deaths of 49 people and wounding of more than 50 others at gay nightclub in Orlando,…

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#FBF: FDR’s toga party at the White House

June 10, 2017

(CNN)Believe it or not, there is a tasteful way to hold a toga party. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proved that with his 1934 Roman-themed birthday bash. Ahead of President Donald Trump’s birthday on June 14, we’re taking a #FlashbackFriday look at a very memorable presidential birthday from the past. The party was held on January 30, 1934, Roosevelt’s 52nd birthday. According to the FDR Library, the theme was chosen as…

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Lawmakers push back on Trump’s proposed $3M cut to Holocaust museum

June 10, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sixty-four members of Congress are asking the House Appropriations Committee to ignore a suggested $3 million cut to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum under President Donald Trump’s budget. The President’s proposed budget would reduce the museum’s funding slightly, from $57 million last year to $54 million, or about 5%. The museum’s budget will be included in the subcommittee’s fiscal 2018 spending proposal.

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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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