Kid Rock, The Rock and our rocky future

July 16, 2017

(CNN)It looks like these days everyone with a Wikipedia entry or a star on the Walk of Fame is thinking of running for public office. Another Rock — former professional wrestler turned action star-hero “The Rock,” Dwayne Johnson — might be the person challenging President Donald Trump for re-election in 2020, assuming the President makes it that far. A campaign committee formally filed the papers to draft him for president….

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A year after failed coup in Turkey, Erdogan says ‘behead traitors’

July 16, 2017

(CNN)Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — delivering feisty and stirring messages on the one-year anniversary of a failed coup aimed at unseating him — lauded the popular resistance that helped stop the coup, and promised to decapitate “traitors,” a sign that his harsh crackdown against his foes over the last 12 months will continue. “This experience has unified us, made us stronger,” the President said. “This wasn’t the first attack…

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Election intimidation at ‘tipping point’, warns watchdog – BBC News

July 16, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDiane Abbott describes ‘racist, sexist’ abuse British politics is at a “dangerous moment” and the level of personal abuse aimed at election candidates has reached a “tipping point”, the head of the standards watchdog has warned. Lord Bew said the level of vitriol was now such that it could deter people from running for office. Labour MP Diane Abbott said this week…

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Congresswomen protest for ‘right to bare arms’

July 16, 2017

(CNN)On Friday, more than 30 congresswomen on both sides of the aisle wore sleeveless dresses to support their “right to bare arms.” “The rules are kind of archaic — if we just went by tradition in this chamber then we wouldn’t have a women’s bathroom off the floor,” California Democrat Linda Sanchez said, referring to the lack of a women’s bathroom off the floor until recent years.

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Trump administration asks Supreme Court to clarify travel ban ruling

July 15, 2017

(CNN)Lawyers for the Trump administration went back to the Supreme Court again late Friday in the ongoing battle over President Donald Trump’s travel ban — this time asking the justices to resolve the uncertainty created by last month’s ruling on which foreign nationals are exempt from the ban. A federal judge in Hawaii ruled Thursday, however, that the administration’s decision to keep out some foreign nationals with close family members…

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How Trump’s ‘compliment’ to Brigitte Macron hurts America

July 15, 2017

(CNN)In a remarkably awkward farewell, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shook hands for 24 seconds before Trump left France Friday morning. But the way Trump bungled his arrival in the country yesterday was more troubling. “You’re in such good shape,” he said. “She’s in such good physical shape. Beautiful.” Women who are viewed as unattractive don’t fare well in America. A recent study found that, while the…

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Women’s March organizers return to DC streets for anti-NRA march

July 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)The organizers behind the Women’s March earlier this year returned to the streets of Washington DC on Friday, this time with a new mission: To protest the National Rifle Association. The marchers chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, the NRA has got to go” while holding up signs with slogans ranging from “none of us are safe until all of us are safe” to “91 Gun Deaths a Day: Enough…

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Ex-Trump adviser denies any campaign contact with Russians

July 15, 2017

(CNN)Michael Caputo, a former top adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign with strong ties to Russia, firmly denied having knowledge of any alleged contacts between the campaign and Russia after testifying privately to the House intelligence committee Friday. Caputo was strongly critical of California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier, who in March said he was part of a “tarantula web” of links to Russia and called him Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “image…

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‘I can’t forget that night’

July 15, 2017

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was hundreds of miles away at a seaside resort when the coup, mounted by a faction of the military, got underway. By the time Erdogan emerged to address the nation via FaceTime hours later, it had already begun to fizzle. “I knew nothing bad would happen. When the opposition leader came out against the coup I said, okay this is not going to happen. Because if…

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How to win a friend and influence a President

July 15, 2017

(CNN)Some world leaders have decided that when dealing with President Donald Trump, flattery will get you everywhere. “Thank you for the tour of some of the most incredible buildings anywhere in the world. That was a very, very, very beautiful thing to see. Thank you,” Trump approvingly told his host, French President Emmanuel Macron, earlier Thursday. Trump plays tough hand ‘You’re in such good shape’ Opinion: Europe’s Trump whisperer Trump…

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Federal judge says grandparents and other close family excluded from travel ban

July 14, 2017

(CNN)In a victory for challengers of the Trump administration’s travel ban, a federal court judge late Thursday agreed once again to partially halt the ban of certain foreign nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries on a nationwide basis — a direct rebuke the government’s attempt to limit the close family members allowed in the US. Trump celebrates a watered-down victory for ‘watered down’ travel ban

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Donald Trump is not the only unpredictable leader in Paris today

July 14, 2017

(CNN)French President Emmanuel Macron is making a play to be Europe’s Trump whisperer. Trump plays tough hand ‘You’re in such good shape’ Opinion: Europe’s Trump whisperer Trump and Macron unpredictable “Thank you for the tour of some of the most incredible buildings anywhere in the world,” Trump said as he began his own remarks. “It was a very, very beautiful thing to see.” In the weeks that followed, Macron has…

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France puts on military show as Trump marks Bastille Day in Paris

July 14, 2017

Paris (CNN)France will treat President Donald Trump to an elaborate military display on Friday, a strategic show of friendship by the new leader here who hopes to elevate his country’s global standing by flattering his US counterpart. This year the celebration is also meant to commemorate the centennial of US entry into World War I, hence French President Emmanuel Macron’s invitation to Trump to attend. Trump plays tough hand ‘You’re…

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Bush and Clinton stress value of humility in Oval Office

July 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush spoke together Thursday afternoon at a public event at the Bush Center on the qualities of leadership. “I think it’s really important to know what you don’t know and listen to people who do know what you don’t know,” Bush said.

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Liu Xiaobo: His Name Will Be Remembered

July 14, 2017

(CNN)On Thursday, if a foreign reporter in a metropolitan Chinese city or a busy small town held up a microphone to ask a pedestrian about the death of Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident who won the Nobel Peace Prize while imprisoned, I would not be shocked if the response was: “Who? I have never heard of him!” Liu will be remembered with an “empty chair” – a simple, blue upholstered…

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Merkley: Trump Jr. Russia meeting ‘absolutely’ the smoking gun

July 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)For one Democratic senator, Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer is “absolutely” the smoking gun when it comes to the investigation into possible collusion with Russian election meddling — and has “violation of law written all over it.” According to emails released by Trump Jr. this week, the lawyer — Natalia Veselnitskaya — was described to Trump’s son in an email as a “Russian government lawyer” with…

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Kushner under fire for role in meeting after Trump Jr. email release

July 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)While President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., finds himself at the center of a political firestorm stemming from his controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer last summer, questions are also beginning to swirl around the involvement of another Trump family member who was present for the rendezvous: Jared Kushner. The New York Times had reported Saturday that Trump Jr. met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, alongside Trump’s…

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‘A cannon to shoot sparrows’: New Indonesian anti-Islamist law slammed

July 13, 2017

(CNN)An Indonesian government decree that allows the country’s president to disband religious and civil society organizations without a right of appeal has been condemned by human rights organizations. “There is a logic in it for Widodo, for this government … but this is like using a cannon to shoot sparrows, it is like burning a barn just to catch some mice. It is just overkill,” Human Rights Watch researcher Andreas…

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Trump arrives in Paris on second Europe trip in a week

July 13, 2017

Paris (CNN)US President Donald Trump has arrived in Europe for the second time in a week, a trip meant as a pomp-filled celebration of transatlantic ties at a time of anxiety on both continents. The trip may provide Trump at least a short interlude from the political crisis swirling back home around a meeting between his son, Donald Trump Jr., and a Russian lawyer during last year’s presidential campaign. Trump…

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Exclusive: Video shows Trump with associates tied to email controversy

July 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)Video obtained exclusively by CNN offers a new look inside the web of relationships now at the center of allegations of collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russia. Goldstone, who is also seen in the video talking with Trump, claimed in the 2016 emails that damaging information against Hillary Clinton surfaced after a meeting between someone Goldstone described as “the Crown prosecutor of Russia” and Aras Agalarov, an Azerbaijani-Russian…

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Anderson Cooper to White House official: ‘I’m just going to ignore the insults’

July 13, 2017

(CNN)Anderson Cooper responded to an attack on CNN and other journalists from White House senior aide Sebastian Gorka Wednesday, telling the outspoken adviser to President Donald Trump that his insults were not worth responding to since they did not contribute to the dialogue. “Your chyron talked about a crisis,” Gorka said. “Your reporter talked about a bunker mentality. I actually work in the West Wing. I work in the White…

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Pence sends a message to McConnell, Paul on healthcare in their own backyard

July 13, 2017

(CNN)“Help is on the way!” Vice President Mike Pence declared to small-business owners at a roundtable in Kentucky as he spoke about the adverse effects of Obamacare. While the president had no public events on Wednesday, the vice president traveled to Kentucky, a state that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in the election, for a roundtable listening session, a speech, and a private reception in Lexington.

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Trump meets Macron, shadowed by Putin

July 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)In normal times, President Donald Trump’s two-day sojourn to Paris would be a simple and uncomplicated mission. But this looks almost certain to become Trump’s third visit to Europe dominated by questions over the role Russia played in his election. This time, it’s the admission — via emails his son, Donald Trump Jr. released — that Trump Jr. set up a meeting last year with a woman he believed…

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Downbeat Republicans no closer to health care deal, but ready to vote next week

July 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)Republican senators were no closer to a health care deal on Tuesday after the surprise decision to delay the Senate’s summer recess and as a bombshell revelation about Donald Trump Jr. hung over Capitol Hill. Instead, members arrived at a weekly lunch meeting to a chaotic scene where swarms of reporters peppered senators with questions about the news that President Donald Trump’s eldest son had agreed to meet with…

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