Rep. Engel: Trump’s foreign policy ‘fly by the seat of your pants’

April 29, 2017

(CNN)Just hours after North Korea’s failed missile test, a ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee voiced concern over the ways in which President Donald Trump responds to such challenges from foreign adversaries. Speaking live with Erin Burnett, the Democrat from New York referred to North Korea’s regular missile tests — the nation has attempted multiple launches since Trump’s inauguration — as “a very serious situation.” Additionally, Engel emphasized…

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GOP’s health care push tests Democratic resistance

April 29, 2017

Washington (CNN)The most conservative congressmen in the country were a major roadblock in President Donald Trump’s first push to replace Obamacare. Now, a second attempt’s fate is in the hands of a moderate Republican faction — putting to the test the power of Democratic resistance. If they’ve convinced those lawmakers in swing districts their passion is real — and could cost them their seats in the 2018 midterms — it…

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Palestinians highlight prisoners’ strike with ‘Salt Water Challenge’

April 28, 2017

(CNN)Palestinians across the world are posting videos of themselves on social media drinking salt water, as part of a new online challenge intended to draw attention to Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons. The challenge involves saltwater because that’s what the hunger strikers are drinking to stabilize their health while abstaining from food. More than 1,000 Palestinians in eight Israeli prisons launched a “Hunger Strike for Freedom and…

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Tillerson: China threatened to sanction North Korea over another nuclear test

April 28, 2017

Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China threatened the North Korean government with sanctions if it undertook another nuclear weapons test. Tillerson made his comments on Fox News ahead of a visit to the United Nations and amid rising tensions over the North Korean nuclear weapons program. “They confirmed to us that they had requested that the regime conduct no further nuclear test,” Tillerson said of the…

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Poll: 37% of Americans see North Korea as an ‘immediate threat’

April 28, 2017

Washington (CNN)About four in 10 Americans say North Korea is an immediate threat to the US in the wake of the nation’s recently stepped-up attempts to posture itself as a military threat to the US and others, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. In the poll released Thursday, about 37% of respondents consider North Korea an immediate threat to the security of the US. The new CNN/ORC poll was released…

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Trump, Reagan and the NRA’s radical agenda

April 28, 2017

Atlanta (CNN)On Friday, Donald Trump is due to become the first president since Ronald Reagan in 1983 to address the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association. If Trump’s speech in Atlanta registers a fraction of the impact of Reagan’s, it will mark another milestone in this Indian summer of gun rights. For the past several years, the NRA has advanced a radical agenda of unlimited freedom as the birthright…

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House to vote on North Korean sanctions next week

April 28, 2017

(CNN)The House will vote on a bill to authorize new sanctions against North Korea, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Thursday. The bill also calls for the Trump administration to determine within 90 days whether North Korea should be re-designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, something a White House official said Wednesday the Trump administration is now considering. The planned vote comes amid escalating tensions between North Korea and…

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Aaron Schock case: Top lawyer for House alleges feds used ‘improper investigative tactics’

April 28, 2017

(CNN)The top attorney for the US House of Representatives is now weighing in on the legal fight over how federal agents handled the investigation of former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, raising “serious concern about improper investigation tactics,” namely, recording Schock’s conversations with congressional staff and “the apparent theft of official records” from his office. In a letter to top officials at the Justice Department, the local US attorney’s office supervising…

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Nuclear tests will ‘never stop’, North Korean government official says

April 28, 2017

Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN)A North Korean government official in a rare interview promised his country’s nuclear tests would “never stop” as long as the US continued what they viewed as “acts of aggression.” “The nuclear test is an important part of our continued efforts to strengthen our nuclear forces,” he said. “As long as America continues its hostile acts of aggression, we will never stop nuclear and missile tests.” N….

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State Rep., tired of bigotry, calls online troll’s grandmother

April 27, 2017

(CNN)When an online troll posted a racist and bigoted message on State Rep. Brian Sims’ Facebook page, he didn’t pull any punches — he called the troll’s grandma. Checking social media for Pennsylvania State Rep. Sims is a morning ritual, like it is for many Americans. Except Sims, Pennsylvania’s first openly gay state representative, also monitors and reports bigoted postings on his Facebook page. Enter Facebook user David.

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Trump agrees ‘not to terminate NAFTA at this time’

April 27, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump told the leaders of Canada and Mexico Wednesday he was not immediately planning to end the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact which he railed against as a candidate and as recently as last week declared was harmful to US workers. “It is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation,” Trump said in a written statement that accompanied the readout of his…

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Trump administration launches investigation into aluminum imports

April 27, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Thursday will formally order an investigation into the effect of aluminum imports on US national security. The investigation, which the Commerce Department initiated on the eve of Trump’s planned signing, could result in tariffs or other restrictions on foreign imports of aluminum, which could have a direct effect on China, one of the largest exporters of aluminum. The investigation comes as US aluminum production has…

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Pelosi: Government funding bill still has ’70 poison pills’

April 27, 2017

Washington (CNN)House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday evening that the funding bill under negotiation still has “70 poison pills” that the Democratic Party can’t live with. Pelosi, on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” said that despite the remaining differences, the two parties had made substantial progress and she does not foresee a government shutdown — at least “not this week.” “The Democrats are determined that we will not…

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CNN/ORC Poll: At 100 days, Trump approval rating shows no sign of growth

April 27, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNN)As the 100-day mark of Donald Trump’s presidency approaches, a new CNN/ORC poll finds the President reaches this milestone holding on to the lowest approval rating of any newly-elected president at this stage, amid sharp partisan divides and a failure to capitalize on post-election strengths. Overall, 44% say they approve of Trump’s handling of the presidency, 54% disapprove. That’s about the same as in each of the two previous…

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Why hasn’t North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test?

April 27, 2017

(CNN)The world is anxiously waiting for North Korea’s sixth nuclear test. With every nuclear or missile test, North Korea gets closer to its stated goal of developing a nuclear weapon that can be mounted on a missile capable of reaching the United States. So what’s with the delay? USS Carl Vinson Navy strike group: What to know The pattern Domestic affairs and geopolitics are carefully considered when the secretive communist…

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Caitlyn Jenner: ‘I would seriously look at a run’ for office

April 26, 2017

(CNN)Caitlyn Jenner told an audience Tuesday night that she would consider running for public office during an interview promoting her new book. Either way, Jenner said she will not give Trump or the Republican Party a pass if they “screw up.” “My loyalties are not with Donald Trump. I will come after him and come after Republicans if they come after my community,” said Jenner, who also is known for…

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Budget director: Trump would sign a funding bill without wall money

April 26, 2017

Washington (CNN)With a potential government shutdown set for Friday at midnight, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney confirmed on Tuesday that President Donald Trump would, in fact, sign a funding bill that did not provide money to build his border wall. “The offer that we received from the Democrats the last couple days included a good bit of money for border security,” Mulvaney said on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake…

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Sheryl Sandberg on husband’s sudden death: ‘I couldn’t breathe’

April 26, 2017

(CNN)Nearly two years ago, Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg received a new role — one no one would sign up for: widow. “Going through this … it’s the unimaginable. Those early days … months, weeks, I felt like there was this void closing in on me. The grief. I couldn’t breathe. And I didn’t know what to do. I turned to my friend Adam and I said, ‘How do I get…

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Caitlyn Jenner doesn’t regret voting for Trump despite LGBT ‘mistakes’

April 26, 2017

(CNN)Caitlyn Jenner may not like everything US President Donald Trump’s administration has done so far — especially when it comes to actions affecting transgender Americans like her. But she does not regret her decision to vote for Donald Trump, she told CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday. “As far as LGBT issues, yes, he’s made some mistakes,” she said. “I don’t support him in everything that he does. But we needed…

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Has the presidency changed Trump?

April 26, 2017

(CNN)For a man used to tracking his TV ratings — as well as his poll numbers — the measurement of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days is a tougher score to reckon with. Now he refers to it as a “ridiculous standard.” It may well be, but it’s been used to measure every president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt — and the White House knows it, as it prepares lists of…

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Did Flynn commit a crime? ‘No question’ says Dem congressman

April 26, 2017

(CNN)A member of the House Oversight Committee expressed his outrage Tuesday night after the leaders of his committee revealed that President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn failed to properly disclose payments from Russia and Turkey, saying there is no doubt Flynn broke the law and that he could be looking at years behind bars. “The form he had to fill out,” Connolly said, “specifically says you must answer…

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Christie gives Trump a ‘B,’ says WH staff need to ‘get their act together’

April 26, 2017

Washington (CNN)With a few days left of his first 100 days in office, President Donald Trump’s friend Gov. Chris Christie graded his performance so far as a “B.” “The reason I’d give him a B is first and foremost because of (Supreme Court Justice) Neil Gorsuch,” the New Jersey governor said on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” Christie, a Republican Trump supporter, said the impact of the successful Supreme…

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Party identification is ‘starting to shift’

April 25, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday responded to a poll showing the majority felt the Democratic Party was out of touch by saying party identification is shifting — and everyday people can see the US political system as a “rigged game.” The ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday showed 67% of respondents said the Democratic Party was out of touch, ahead of 62% who said the same for the GOP…

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Glenn Beck: Trump ‘doing a really good job of misdirection’

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Nationally syndicated radio host Glenn Beck said Monday he believes President Donald Trump is “doing a really good job of misdirection.” An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday showed 42% of people approve the President’s performance so far. The poll also showed Trump retaining support among his base, with 96% of people who said they voted for him saying they would do so again. “He’s done a good job of…

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‘Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ author Robert M. Pirsig dead at 88

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Philosopher and author Robert M. Pirsig, who wrote the renowned “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” died Monday at his home in South Berwick, Maine, publishing house William Morrow & Company said. “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” often viewed as one of the most influential works of popular philosophy, was rejected by 121 publishers before William Morrow published the book in 1974, the agency said. “The book…

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You can’t out-crazy Kim Jong Un

April 25, 2017

(CNN)President Trump had a pretty full national security plate Monday: Lunch with ambassadors from the nations that make up the UN Security Council, a meeting with his Defense Secretary and Joint Chiefs Chairman, and dinner with Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Top of the menu: North Korea. In fact, speaking briefly for the cameras at that very lunch, the President made clear he finds the status quo on…

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