Women in science share a message: Don’t give up

April 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)From across the fields of science they came, marching to show that women in science have a lot to say. Biologists and ecologists, medical researchers and EMTs, doctors and nurses, biomedical engineers and neuroscientists came with stories of why they fell in love with science. They ranged from little girls to seasoned science veterans, all carrying a message of what they’d like to tell other women. …

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Former WH staffer: Obama still Dem. Party leader

April 22, 2017

(CNN)Though recent vacation photos show Barack Obama basking in the warm sun of retirement, while jet-skiing away any political worries, his former staffer alludes to a second act. Currently the chief operating officer of Vice Media, Mastromonaco served as Obama’s White House deputy chief of staff for operations from 2011 through 2014. However, her ties to the nation’s 44th President go back much further, as she first worked for Obama during his days as an Illinois state senator. …

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Sessions has no regrets for Hawaii remark

April 22, 2017

(CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday he was not disrespecting Hawaii or a judge in the state when he said he was “amazed” that the official was able to block President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban halting immigration from several majority Muslim countries. “I wasn’t criticizing the judge or the island,” he told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on “At This Hour.” “I think it’s a fabulous place and had a granddaughter born …

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White House downplays Australia tensions ahead of VP visit

April 22, 2017

(CNN)As Vice President Mike Pence heads to Australia on Friday on the next leg of his Asia-Pacific tour, a White House foreign policy adviser on the trip downplayed President Donald Trump’s early feud with the Australian Prime Minister. The adviser also said the two countries will reaffirm their partnership on security, trade and immigration issues during the visit. But concerns about the US-Australia relationship go beyond a sour first impression, as Pence will have to address thorny …

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Hillary Clinton blasts Trump on LGBT rights

April 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton on Thursday warned that President Donald Trump could roll back progress on LGBT rights. “We may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues,” Clinton said in a speech in New York. Clinton was addressing a fundraising dinner for The Center, an LGBT community organization, where she received an award and thanked members of the audience for supporting her unsuccessful 2016 presidential bid. But she told those gathered there to …

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Will Curiel’s case be a DACA test for Trump?

April 21, 2017

(CNN)A distinguished federal judge who most Americans only know of as the target of Donald Trump’s bigotry when he was still a candidate for president has returned to the public spotlight — and not by choice. Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a judge in the southern district of California, has been assigned to hear the case of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who alleges that he was improperly deported by immigration authorities. Juan Manuel Montes, 23, says that he …

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This is what protest sounds like

April 21, 2017

(CNN)Black Lives Matter activist Zellie Imani remembers the moment civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson came to Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of Michael Brown’s 2014 death. Crowds had gathered to protest the fatal shooting of unarmed, 18-year-old Brown by a white police officer, and Imani remembers Jackson joining the demonstrators as they marched toward a church. But Jackson, it seems, had missed a crucial memo. “I think he tried to have us sing ‘We Shall …

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House candidates in Montana shoot guns in new ads

April 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)In a Montana House special election, Republicans are fighting to hold onto a seat while Democrats are trying to turn it blue. But new ads from each candidate highlight their similarities on a certain key issue. A new television ad from Democratic nominee Rob Quist shows the country singer-turned-politician shooting a gun at a TV showing an ad for his opponent, Republican Greg Gianforte. Quist has long been a gun owner, he says in the ad: “For generations, this old rifle …

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Ann Coulter isn’t letting Berkeley off easy for messing with her speech

April 21, 2017

(CNN)The showdown continued Thursday between the University of California, Berkeley, and Ann Coulter over if and when the conservative firebrand will speak at the famously progressive school. Citing safety concerns, administrators on Wednesday postponed Coulter’s scheduled April 27 appearance, saying it needed more time to find a “suitable venue.” But Coulter was not having it. In a Twitter rampage and a Fox News appearance, she accused the school of canceling the event and …

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Ann Coulter vows to speak at UC Berkeley after school calls off event

April 20, 2017

(CNN)Conservative commentator Ann Coulter vowed to proceed with a scheduled speaking event at the University of California, Berkeley, despite the school’s decision to call it off. In a letter to Berkeley College Republicans, who organized the event, Vice Chancellors Scott Biddy and Stephen Sutton said campus police were unable to find a “suitable venue” for the April 27 event. “Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given currently active security threats, it is not …

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Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …

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Hayden: Why Russia is more worried about war than US

April 20, 2017

(CNN)Amid rising tensions between the United States and Russia, the former CIA and National Security Agency director under President George W. Bush said Wednesday night that Moscow would be at a disadvantage if a war scenario were to develop. “They are by far the weaker power,” Hayden said. He was critical of Russia after two of its bombers were spotted off the coast of Alaska twice in 24 hours. He called it “a little pathetic,” but said it provided a “great …

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EPA head visits community famous for lead contamination

April 20, 2017

(CNN)Environmentalists say USS Lead Superfund in East Chicago, Indiana, is the poster child of environmental injustice. The people who live there are at risk of lead contamination at every turn. It’s in their drinking water and it’s in their soil. More than one thousand people were forced to evacuate, according to Debbie Chizewer at Northwestern Law School, who has worked very closely with the affected residents. A local school was shut down and a public housing complex was also …

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Will Ivanka’s role in the White House pay dividends for her business?

April 19, 2017

(CNN)As the President got ready to sell his latest executive order to the American public, an overhaul of the H-1B skilled worker visa program, under his “Buy American, Hire American” slogan, Ivanka Trump appeared to be busy protecting the real emerald of the Trump family’s vast business empire: China. On April 6, hours before she and her husband dined with the Chinese President and his family, Ivanka’s company secured provisional approval for three new …

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Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

April 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration issued one mightily mixed message Monday. President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a contested referendum that granted him broad new powers and deepened concern about the NATO ally’s growing authoritarianways. Trump’s outreach to Erdogan put him on a very short list of those who praised the results, including Hamas, the Palestinian militant group labeled a terrorist organization by the United States. …

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Gen. Allen: Trump should call Turkey’s President back — and say this

April 19, 2017

(CNN)As the White House defends President Donald Trump’s phone call to congratulate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his referendum victory that grants him largely unchecked powers, retired Marine Gen. John Allen is urging Trump to place a follow-up call to the controversial leader — and Allen is giving Trump advice on what he should say. “But,” he cautioned, “my hope would be that there is a second phone call, one that doesn’t require a lot of …

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Donald Trump: ‘You always have to be concerned’ about thermonuclear war with North Korea

April 19, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump said Tuesday ‘you always have to be concerned’ when he was asked how worried Americans should be about the possibility of nuclear war with North Korea. “Look, you always have to be concerned,” Trump told CNN affiliate WTMJ in Wisconsin. “You don’t know exactly who you’re dealing with. I had a great great meeting with the president of China and that meeting tells me a lot and you’ve seen a lot of things happen. They …

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Trump draws on populist campaign roots as 100th day nears

April 19, 2017

Kenosha, Wisconsin (CNN)“America First, you better believe it. It’s time. It’s time, right?” Nearing the 100-day mark of his presidency, President Donald Trump posed this question to a roomful of manufacturing employees and technical students here Tuesday as he promoted a “Buy American, Hire American” executive order and flashed the populist persona that helped make him the first Republican to win this state in three decades. He pilloried the World Trade …

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Oversight Dem blasts Trump family disclosures, wants Prince to testify

April 19, 2017

(CNN)A top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee blasted the family of President Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying that the approval in China of patents for Ivanka Trump set a new bar for ethical conflicts. “Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Trump offers something else that’s even more outrageous and even more troubling,” said Rep. John Sarbanes in an interview with CNN. “They set a new standard of ethical blindness.” The comment follows reports …

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Trump to push ‘Buy American, Hire American’ policy at Wisconsin visit

April 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to implement the “Buy American, Hire American” rhetoric of his campaign. The order looks to bolster protections for certain American-made goods and calls for a review of the H-1B visa program for skilled workers, with the goal of reforming the program, senior administration officials said. Trump will sign the executive order during a trip Tuesday to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he …

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Deported to Mexico: Who is the US kicking out?

April 18, 2017

Mexico City (CNN)Maria Perez hasn’t seen her grandson since he was a little boy. On her cell phone she keeps a video of that day. It shows 8-year-old Eduardo Hernandez hugging her goodbye. Now Hernandez is 21 and walking through the frosted glass doors at Mexico City’s international airport. …

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Sen. Ben Cardin: We don’t know if Trump knows what his North Korea policy is

April 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee on Monday implored President Donald Trump to prove he has an effective policy in mind on North Korea. “The Trump administration has not presented to the Congress a coherent policy in regards to North Korea,” Cardin said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.” Over the weekend, North Korea trotted out a slew of missiles in a parade before firing one off, which US Pacific Command said blew up almost …

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Immigration arrests rise in first months of Trump administration

April 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The number of undocumented immigrant arrests rose by roughly one-third in the first weeks of the Trump administration, largely driven by an increase in the number of non-criminals arrested. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement removal authorities made 21,362 arrests from January 20 to March 13 of this year, including 5,441 non-criminals, according to statistics provided to CNN and first requested by The Washington Post. While the arrests by ICE under President Donald Trump in …

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How Trump could make US a climate pariah over Paris pact

April 18, 2017

(CNN)Reports have it that President Donald Trump will assemble his advisers on Tuesday to decide on whether to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Naturally, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a career-long, oil-industry shill from Oklahoma, is arguing to pull out. Yet even Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, is arguing to stay. If Trump goes with Pruitt instead of Tillerson, he will immediately create a worldwide consensus on climate action: to fight the …

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Bahia Shehab: 1,000 ways to say no in Arabic

April 18, 2017

(CNN)In 2011, when the revolution swept through Egypt, Bahia Shehab stood on the streets of Cairo with a spray-can in her hand determined to deliver one message: No. A thousand times no. No to military rule. No to violence. No to dictatorship. And no to beating women. On walls across Cairo she spray painted a series of quotes objecting Egyptian authorities. …

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