• White House denounces threats to Jewish centers
  • Kasich tentatively slated to meet with Trump
  • Rep. Jordan confronts protesters but finds no common ground
  • Lewandowski: If Manafort was contacting Russians, Trump didn’t know
  • Donald Trump: MPs debate president’s state visit to UK – BBC News

White House denounces threats to Jewish centers

Washington (CNN)The White House on Monday denounced a spate of threats made against Jewish Community Centers around the country. The reaction is notable coming after weeks of criticism that the Trump administration has not been forceful enough to denounce acts of anti-Semitism that have occurred nationwide since his election. “Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom. The…

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Kasich tentatively slated to meet with Trump

(CNN)Ohio Gov. John Kasich is tentatively slated to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday, three sources familiar with the plan told CNN Monday. A Kasich adviser said the White House didn’t offer an explicit agenda for the meeting. A senior administration official said the meeting is still tentative but is likely to be a private sitdown between Kasich, the President and possibly Chief of Staff…

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Rep. Jordan confronts protesters but finds no common ground

Fremont, Ohio (CNN)Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan acknowledged protesters outside two events in his home district Monday — a break with many other Capitol Hill colleagues who have largely avoided such scenes — but was met with shouts of disapproval. The Ohio Republican, a 10-year veteran of the House and one of its most ardent conservatives, spoke with what his staff and protesters estimated were upward of 150 demonstrators in…

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Lewandowski: If Manafort was contacting Russians, Trump didn’t know

Washington (CNN)If Donald Trump’s campaign aides like Paul Manafort were contacting Russian officials during the campaign, then the President had nothing to do with it, claims former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. “If anybody crossed a line and gave information to a foreign agent or foreign government or foreign intelligence official, whether that’s Paul Manafort or it’s Rick Gates or anybody else, I hope they’re held accountable,” Lewandowski told David…

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Donald Trump: MPs debate president’s state visit to UK – BBC News

What is a state visit? The politics behind the pomp Controversial state visits The debate at Westminster Hall on Monday evening will be opened by petitions committee member MP Paul Flynn, with a response by Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan for the government. The petitions were titled Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom (1.85 million signatures) and Donald Trump should make a State Visit…

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Holyrood committee to review ‘hedge rage’ legislation – BBC News

It came into force in 2014, defining a “high edge” as a row of two or more evergreen or semi-evergreen trees or shrubs which rises to more than two metres above ground level and forms a barrier to light. The law allows people to apply to their local authority for a “high hedge notice” if their neighbours’ hedge “adversely affects the enjoyment” of their home to an unreasonable extent. Councils…

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South China Sea: What’s at stake

(CNN)Dotted with small islands, reefs and shoals, the South China Sea is a crucial shipping route and home a messy territorial dispute that pits multiple countries against one another. Tensions in the contest waters have ratcheted up since 2014 as China has turned sandbars into islands, equipping them with airfields, ports and weapons systems and warned US warships and aircraft to stay away from them. Adding fuel to this heady…

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Why Trump’s supporters still love him

(CNN)They still love him. On Saturday, Donald Trump addressed a rally in Florida that was as big and adulatory as any he’d seen during the campaign. He attacked the federal judges who challenged his travel ban order. He attacked the reporters who ask tough questions. “They have their own agenda and their agenda is not your agenda,” he said. This crowd was “our people,” he said. JUST WATCHED Replay More…

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White House confirms adviser reassigned after disagreeing with Trump

West Palm Beach, Florida (CNN)A senior National Security Council adviser was reassigned to his old job at the National Defense University, a White House spokeswoman confirmed Sunday, after he criticized the Trump administration’s Latin American policies. Craig Deare was removed from his role as a senior adviser at the National Security Council’s Western Hemisphere division Friday and “sent back to his original position,” said Sarah Sanders, a White House spokeswoman….

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New Yorkers rally to say ‘Today I am a Muslim, too’

(CNN)New Yorkers by the thousand, representing myriad backgrounds and faiths, converged on Times Square on Sunday, heeding a music mogul’s calls to let Muslims know their fellow Americans stood by them. The demonstrators — many of them hoisting placards featuring a woman in an American flag hijab with the caption “we the people are greater than fear” — gathered at one of the world’s most famous public places to denounce…

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How climate activist Ma Jun went from China’s enemy to ally

Beijing (CNN)Ma Jun, perhaps China’s best-known environmentalist, thinks US President Donald Trump needs to visit China. Trump is promising to reduce energy regulations, eliminate the carbon reducing Climate Action Plan, and has called climate change a hoax. The Trump White House has also removed mentions of Climate Change on its website and issued a gag order to federal agencies — prompting some national parks twitter accounts to “go rogue.” China-U.S….

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These biodegradable paper gliders can deliver lifesaving supplies to very remote regions

Image: Otherlab Paper planes aren’t just for passing secret notes across the classroom anymore. Now, they can even save lives. Otherlab, an engineering research and development lab based in San Francisco, has created the world’s most advanced industrial paper airplanes. The paper gliders look almost like stealth fighters, capable of carrying more than two pounds of supplies like blood and vaccines to those in need. And they could totally transform…

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Bill Gates: If robots take your jobs, they should pay taxes

Automation is part of the future, and Bill Gates is already thinking about what that means for our government. The billionaire Microsoft founder philosophized about the future of automation in an interview with Quartz. Robots are coming for lots of jobs, he said, and wouldn’t it be fair if they paid taxes, too? “Right now if a human worker does, you know, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that…

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Londoners show us how to pose for Tinder profile photos

There’s only one thing standing between you and your next date: Your Tinder profile photo. Get it right, and you could find yourself in demand. But, get it wrong, and you could end up dateless. SEE ALSO: Guys show us their best poses for Tinder profile photos Mashable asked some of the trendiest people at London Fashion Week how to pose for a Tinder profile photo. And, of course, they…

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Business rates: Sainsbury’s boss urges ‘fundamental reform’ – BBC News

There is a similar debate taking place in Scotland and Wales where rates are also being reassessed after April. Reality Check: Are there more winners than losers on business rates? Mr Coupe, the boss of the UK’s second-largest supermarket chain, urged the government to undertake a wide-ranging review of the way businesses are taxed, highlighting changes in retailing culture. Mr Coupe said: “The way it currently stands, there is an…

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DHS memos describe aggressive new immigration, border enforcement policies

(CNN)The Department of Homeland Security is set to release guidance on President Donald Trump’s immigration and border security executive orders that has sweeping implications for undocumented immigrants in the United States and those seeking to enter in the future. The memos from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to agency chiefs, obtained by CNN, are the first step to putting Trump’s aggressive immigration policies in place, with provisions that could make…

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Flint water crisis: Report says ‘systemic racism’ played role

(CNN)A government-appointed civil rights commission in Michigan says systemic racism helped to cause the Flint water crisis, according to a report released Friday. The 129-page report does not claim there were any specific violations of state civil rights laws, but says “historical, structural and systemic racism combined with implicit bias” played a role in the problems, which still linger in the city’s drinking water almost three years later. “The presence…

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Surprise! Trump hands the mic to supporter at Florida rally

(CNN)In what appeared to be an improvised moment, President Donald Trump invited one of his supporters to join him on stage and take the microphone during a rally in Melbourne, Florida, on Saturday night. As the man climbed up, the President addressed security concerns by saying to the crowd, and perhaps to Secret Service agents, “I’m not worried about him. I’m only worried he’s going to give me a kiss….

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Japanese-Americans mark anniversary of WWII incarceration

(CNN)Actor and activist George Takei recalls the day his life changed forever. “I remember myself as a 5-year-old boy gazing out of the front window of our living room,” Takei said at a preview of an exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. “I saw two soldiers marching up our driveway. They carried rifles with shiny bayonets on them.” President Ronald Reagan signed legislation in 1988 that…

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Jewish reporter still hopeful about Trump after clash over the rise of anti-Semitism

(CNN)A Jewish reporter who was called a liar and told to sit down by President Donald Trump after he asked about the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States says he is still hopeful. “The Trump campaign and transition and now administration have been extremely forthcoming in reaching out to the orthodox Jewish community,” Jake Turx, a reporter with Ami Magazine told CNN’s John Berman on “Anderson Cooper 360.” “I…

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National Security Council vacuum sparks crisis fears

Washington (CNN)The vacant spot atop the National Security Council is triggering anxiety that the White House is ill-prepared to face a sudden foreign policy crisis amid fresh concern about politics at play in the Situation Room. President Donald Trump is expected to interview several candidates this weekend to replace Michael Flynn, the short-tenured national security adviser who was asked to resign after misleading the vice president about his pre-inauguration calls…

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EPA criticizes EPA in news release hailing Pruitt’s confirmation

Washington (CNN)The Environmental Protection Agency welcomed its new leader with an unusual news release Friday that occasionally took aim at itself. Scott Pruitt, who has questioned human connectivity to climate change, was confirmed by the Senate Friday in a partisan vote. Pruitt himself has sued the agency repeatedly as Oklahoma attorney general for what he saw as regulatory overreach. Pruitt is not alone in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet as an…

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Haass warns of ‘real doubts’ among allies over US reliability, says Tillerson is ‘home alone’

(CNN)A leading foreign policy expert cautioned Friday that the Trump administration’s departure from traditional US foreign policy positions has created “real doubts” among allies. Richard Haass, the president of the nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations, also told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront” that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is “essentially home alone” at the State Department and that it could have dangerous consequences for US foreign policy. Asked if the…

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Chaffetz asks Sessions to look into former staffer over Clinton email probe

Washington (CNN)House Oversight Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz is asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to look into the staffer who helped set up former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server. In a letter sent Thursday evening, Chaffetz recommends former Clinton IT aide Bryan Pagliano for prosecution over failure to show up in person to his committee in compliance with a subpoena. Pagliano became a key player during the investigation…

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Virginia man who tried to aid ISIS sentenced

Washington (CNN)A Virginia man who appeared set on inspiring attacks in Washington by adherents to ISIS was sentenced on Friday to eight and a half years in prison. Haris Qamar pleaded guilty in October to attempting to provide material support to the terrorist group and was sentenced by US District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, the Justice Department said. Qamar, 26, spoke to an FBI informant about possible targets in the…

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Trump voters applaud press conference

(CNN)While the establishment politicians and the left scoff at President Trump’s Thursday press conference, Trump voters celebrate a victorious display of confidence. After a week of rampant speculation about selective leaks from the intelligence community, Trump boldly took to the East Room podium to address a room full of inquisitive journalists. Undeterred by critical reporting, Trump did not cower behind a press secretary with carefully crafted words, as most politicians…

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