Donald Trump Jr. astonishes America

July 13, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump Jr.’s decision to take a meeting with a Russian lawyer who had alleged ties to the Kremlin may be the most baffling move by a high-level political operative in recent memory. Second only to his apparent thinking that such a meeting would be a good decision. In short, the emails suggest he was prepared to meet with a potential agent of a hostile foreign government. And because he…

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Clinton campaign officials surprised by Donald Trump Jr. emails

July 12, 2017

Washington (CNN)Former Clinton campaign officials reacted forcefully to the bombshell email chain released by Donald Trump Jr. via Twitter on Tuesday with surprise and concern. On Tuesday, Trump Jr. released his email correspondence with publicist Rob Goldstone — which showed that Goldstone offered a meeting with a “Russian government attorney” and referred to “some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia.”

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Fifty years after the riots that shook America, has anything changed?

July 12, 2017

(CNN)On the hot summer night on of July 12, 1967, two white policemen in Newark, New Jersey, arrested an African-American cabdriver named John Smith for “tailgating” and driving in the wrong direction. The police also accused Smith of physical assault and using offensive language. Race relations had been growing more tense over the year as Newark Mayor Hugh Addonizio announced a series of decisions that had angered the African-American community….

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How much legal trouble is Donald Trump Jr. in?

July 12, 2017

Washington (CNN)Newly released emails related to Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer to gather damaging information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton ratchet up the possible legal liability for the President’s son and other campaign operatives involved with the Russians last year. Both Constitution and federal law covering treason provide the United States be actively at war with the foreign adversary for such a charge. The…

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Swansea tidal lagoon review head Charles Hendry ‘hopeful’ – BBC News

July 12, 2017

New research commissioned by Business Secretary Greg Clark has been completed and it is understood discussions are now taking place with other departments including the Treasury and environment Mr Clark has now agreed to meet a cross-party delegation of AMs showing Welsh support for the project Final evidence on the estimated impact on fish and the marine environment has been submitted to Natural Resources Wales, as part of the process…

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Trump lawyer: President didn’t see email until Trump Jr. released it

July 12, 2017

(CNN)Jay Sekulow, an attorney representing President Donald Trump, said Tuesday that Trump was not aware his son was offered information last year purportedly from Russia. The email chain disclosed by Trump Jr. showed emails from Rob Goldstone, a music publicist, referring to potentially damaging information on Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian effort to bolster Trump’s campaign. Sekulow said it made no sense that Trump Jr. or anyone else…

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What did Trump and Putin discuss? Depends on who you ask — and when

July 12, 2017

(CNN)For all the hype, it wasn’t until after President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin were done talking, more than two hours after their G20 mini-summit began, that the real drama kicked off. A day before their sit-down, Trump at a news conference in Poland further muddied the waters, suggesting other countries — with or instead of Russia — might have been responsible for the interference. “Nobody really…

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Poll: Party divisions extend to impression of higher education

July 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)Think the pursuit of higher learning is immune from partisan polarization? Think again. A new poll from the Pew Research Center finds that colleges and universities are the latest institutions added to the list of those viewed through a partisan lens. But in the last two years, there have been sharp changes in the way Republicans view America’s colleges and universities. While Democrats continue to see them as an…

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Trump administration officials met with Hill aides last week on Russia sanctions

July 11, 2017

(CNN)Officials from the State and Treasury Departments met with both Republican and Democratic congressional aides last week to express concerns about the Senate’s Russia sanctions bill, two senior congressional staffers confirmed to CNN. The administration officials, who were career civil servants, expressed concerns during the meeting about the congressional review provisions in the bill, which would give Congress veto power if the White House tries to loosen sanctions on Russia,…

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New lawsuits cite Trump comments, tweets to challenge voting panel

July 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)Opponents of President Donald Trump’s voting integrity commission are seeking to hamstring the effort in court, filing three lawsuits Monday that say the panel is running afoul of federal laws — and introducing Trump’s heated rhetoric against him in court. One lawsuit targets on the request for voter information as a violation of privacy, while the other two focus more generally on whether the commission has been violating government…

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US, India and Japan begin naval exercises, as China looks on

July 11, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)A rising Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean has prompted the largest naval exercise the region has seen in more than two decades. Conducted annually since 1992, Malabar has grown in size and complexity in recent years to address what the US Navy describes as a “variety of shared threats to maritime security in the Indo-Asia Pacific.”

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Sixth mass extinction: The era of ‘biological annihilation’

July 11, 2017

(CNN)Many scientists say it’s abundantly clear that Earth is entering its sixth mass-extinction event, meaning three-quarters of all species could disappear in the coming centuries. That’s terrifying, especially since humans are contributing to this shift. But that’s not even the full picture of the “biological annihilation” people are inflicting on the natural world, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Gerardo Ceballos,…

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Amid health care push, White House can’t shake Russia

July 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)Any hope that President Donald Trump’s direct talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election might help get him and the White House out from under the mountain of suspicion he has faced since coming into office had evaporated by Monday afternoon — and got buried by Monday night. The White House tried to veer away from those controversies, drawing attention to administration nominees…

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‘When corals die off, we die off’

July 10, 2017

(CNN)In 1998, the cruel heat of El Nino hit Seychelles hard. Sea surface temperatures rose around the Indian Ocean, bleaching 90% of coral reefs in the archipelago. Widespread flooding caused significant economic losses — fishing and agriculture accounting for more than half of the total figure according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “Our reefs here have been under several threats — natural and anthropogenic,” Leblond says. Sea surface temperature…

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TrueFace.AI is here to catch the facial recognition tricksters

July 10, 2017

TrueFace.AI knows if it's looking at a real face or just a photo of one.Image: ian waldie/Getty Images Facial recognition technology is more prevalent than ever before. It’s being used to identify people in airports, put a stop to child sex trafficking, and shame jaywalkers. But the technology isn’t perfect. One major flaw: It sometimes can’t tell the difference between a living person’s face and a photo of that person…

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The insidiousness of Silicon Valley VCs, and their pithy, pathetic apology blogs

July 10, 2017

Image: vicky leta/mashable Venture capitalist Dave McClure is done. This one’s important. VCs come and go all the time, but McClure is out at 500 Startups, the Mountain View, California-based venture fund and startup accelerator he helped cofound in 2010. Seven someodd years later, and McClure’s finished there. There was no posh gig elsewhere. His ouster wasn’t a performance-based result, either. As reported by the New York Times, McClure’s on…

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U2 celebrate Jo Cox on Joshua Tree tour – BBC News

July 9, 2017

Image caption U2 have been supporters of the Jo Cox Foundation The tribute was one of several moments when U2 paused to acknowledge global events, including the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Joshua Tree tour is expected to play to more than 2m people in 2017 It was a testament to U2’s experience and sincerity that these moments did not overshadow or…

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The danger of political predictions in 2017 – BBC News

July 9, 2017

For it seems to me that the last few weeks, the last few months, indeed the last few years, have served to prove the only function of political journalists is to make economic forecasting and astrology look respectable. And yet, dear reader, I still find myself writing on the thorny issue of what might happen next. So let me invite you to sit next to me on an early shift…

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State election officials express frustration after meeting feds

July 9, 2017

Indianapolis, Indiana (CNN)State election officials on Saturday had one of their first opportunities to meet as a group with federal officials looking to do more to secure elections from potential cyberthreats, and many left with one word on their lips: disappointing. Words used by the departing secretaries and their staffs, however, included “frustrating” and “disappointing.”

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Turkey: Anti-Erdogan marchers arrive in Istanbul for mass protest

July 9, 2017

Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)Tens of thousands of Turkish citizens have marched an arduous 250 miles over three weeks for a protest in Istanbul on Sunday, to demand their government loosen its stranglehold on the country’s democracy. Kilicdaroglu has been joined by throngs of disaffected citizens along the way and expects a huge crowd to attend the rally this evening. They are directing their anger at one person in particular — their…

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Trump to Xi: ‘Something has to be done’ about North Korea

July 9, 2017

(CNN)Less than a week after a historic North Korean missile test, the leaders of the United States and China pledged to work together to stop Kim Jong Un’s nuclear missile program. There will “eventually be a success” against Pyongyang, Trump said. “It may take longer than I’d like. It may take longer than you’d like. But there will be success in the end one way or the other.” Trump urges…

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Vladimir Putin charms another US president

July 9, 2017

(CNN)We might never know exactly what they discussed — nor can either side now seem to agree — but President Donald Trump emerged fresh with optimism on Friday after a first face-to-face meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Tillerson discusses Trump-Putin meeting Bush’s riff has been mocked in the years that followed, but his successors displayed, in differing degrees, similar inclinations. All three have sought, from the outset, to forge…

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Trump’s voter commission safeguards our rights

July 8, 2017

(CNN)Despite his own reservations about Russian meddling in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump defied critics and pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin on the issue during their private meeting in Germany. Not surprisingly, Putin denied any meddling. Their 2-hour meeting may have ended, but the Russia probe is far from over. President Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is taking steps to uncover voting irregularities and make necessary changes….

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Questionnaire’s answers shed light on FBI nominee Chris Wray’s resume, priorities

July 8, 2017

Washington (CNN)Answers to a questionnaire posted online by the Senate judiciary committee highlight the experience of the nominee to be the next FBI director, Christopher Wray, and the areas of his resume that he might emphasize at his confirmation hearing before the congressional panel next week. Posted late last month, the questionnaire is largely biographical and short on controversy. Wray walks committee members through his years in the legal world,…

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Portman’s Ohio office health care protests lead to 15 arrests

July 8, 2017

(CNN)As many as 15 activists protesting the Senate’s GOP health care bill were arrested Friday at Sen. Rob Portman’s Columbus, Ohio office, according to local law enforcement, following sit-ins at two state offices that spanned more than a day. The two-day protest that started Thursday intensified when activists from ADAPT, a national disability-rights organization, decided to block the doors to the ground-floor elevators on Friday in Portman’s Columbus office building,…

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