‘Digital wellness lady’ wants students to unplug or at least look up

April 23, 2017

… take a 24-hour digital fast in conjunction with the National Day of Unplugging, which is no easy feat. “Some students look at us like ‘I could never do that,’” she said. Some of the feedback she got back about the day was positive: how enjoyable it was; how stress levels dropped; how it felt like a refreshing recharge. Others told her how challenging it was and how they couldn’t do it. That’s OK, she said in a phone call last week at least they are trying. The …

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General election 2017: Tories move to dampen tax hike fears – BBC News

April 22, 2017

Before winning the 2015 general election, the Conservatives promised no rises in VAT, National insurance contributions, or income tax. Analysis By Iain Watson, BBC News political correspondent The American revolutionary Benjamin Franklin said the two great certainties were tax and death. And certainly commitments to push tax rates up can prove fatal to political campaigns. Philip Hammond criticised the constraints placed on him by his party’s previous pledges not to raise income tax …

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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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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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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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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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Trying to avoid care home fees? Think twice, consumers told – BBC News

April 15, 2017

… home or savings into what it calls a “Wealth Preservation Trust”. Trusts are legal devices designed to hold assets on behalf of named beneficiaries – often children. With a trust owning the assets, the theory is those assets will no longer be counted in the means test. That should make it more likely that the individual will qualify for local authority help. But there’s a big catch. Trusts According to Bridgette Shilton, chair of the National Association of Financial …

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US sending ‘dozens’ more troops to Somalia

April 14, 2017

(CNN)The US is sending “dozens” of additional troops to Somalia to train and equip the Somali National Army and the forces participating in the African Union Mission in Somalia there, a US military official confirmed Thursday. President Donald Trump last month granted additional authority to US Africa Command to conduct counterterrorism airstrikes against the terror group. The deployment was first reported by Voice of America. …

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Haley says Trump doesn’t limit her foreign policy bullhorn

April 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)Nikki Haley has displayed unusual prominence as a face of the Trump administration in its openings months. And according to her, the boss doesn’t mind. Haley, with no prior National security experience and once a vociferous Trump critic, has nevertheless emerged as an outspoken foreign policy figure defending Trump’s worldview. And she’s doing so from her perch as the US Ambassador to the United Nations, a narrow gig that has not always been at the vanguard of …

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Trump: Flip, flop or flexibility?

April 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)One of Donald Trump’s many memorable lines on the campaign trail was about ISIS. “I would bomb the s**t out of ’em. I would just bomb those suckers,” he said. Given that, launching the so-called “mother of all bombs” against an ISIS target makes a lot of sense. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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Trump nominates John Sullivan for No. 2 spot at State

April 12, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has nominated attorney John Sullivan to serve as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s deputy, the White House announced Tuesday. Sullivan is a partner at Mayer Brown in Washington and co-chairs the law firm’s National security practice. His nomination to the No. 2 spot at the State Department would fill one of the key National security positions still vacant as Democrats slow-walk the President’s nominees. Sullivan previously served as …

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CNN Exclusive: Classified docs contradict Nunes surveillance claims, GOP and Dem sources say

April 12, 2017

Washington (CNN)After a review of the same intelligence reports brought to light by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and aides have so far found no evidence that Obama administration officials did anything unusual or illegal, multiple sources in both parties tell CNN. Their private assessment contradicts President Donald Trump’s allegations that former Obama National security adviser Susan Rice broke the law by requesting the …

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How Kim Jong Un has tightened his grip on power

April 11, 2017

(CNN)Since succeeding his father in 2011, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has impressed and confounded with his rise from political novice to adept operator. On Tuesday, the country’s political elite from Pyongyang and across the country will descend on the capital to attend the Supreme People’s Assembly, a largely symbolic meeting which Kim is expected to attend as the guest of honor. As he is once again feted by the country’s political class, how has the young leader fared …

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Americans back the Syria bombing. They’re much more divided on what comes next

April 11, 2017

(CNN)Nearly six in 10 Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s decision to strike at a Syrian air base from which chemical attacks were launched last week, according to a new CBS News National poll. But that’s where consensus — or even the appearance of consensus — ends. When prompted with four competing options about what the United States should do next, none of the quartet get more than 30 percent support from the public. Three in 10 say that they want …

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Trump’s full remarks following US strikes on Syria

April 7, 2017

(CNN)“My fellow Americans, on Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital National security of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical …

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Trump’s change of heart on Syria

April 7, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s decision to authorize a missile strike against a Syrian air base Thursday night signals a major break not only with the Obama administration but also with past statements made by the President himself. Fifty Tomahawk missiles were fired at the air base from which the chemical attacks against Syrian civilians were launched earlier this week and left more than 70 people dead. “It is in the vital National security interests of America to prevent and …

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Bernie Sanders, Tom Perez plan multi-state Democratic unity tour

April 7, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders will join new Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez this month on a multi-state tour aimed at mending a party fractured by 2016’s primary battle, people familiar with the plans tell CNN. The tour will begin April 17 and last roughly one week. The exact locations are still being nailed down, but the tour is expected to begin in Maine and is also likely to include stops in Florida, Arizona, Kentucky, Nevada, Nebraska and Utah. …

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CNN 10 – April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

… it’s not just tornadoes. Hurricanes, floods, droughts, blizzards, wild fires, they all combine to bring America some of the most extreme weather in the world. But given the fact that it’s spring and given the fact that most tornadoes spin up between April and June, this is what’s considered Tornado Season. And the National Weather Service says as many as nine twisters might have struck the Midwest and Southeast this week. A system of storms thundered across the region, …

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Axelrod: Trump’s Susan Rice allegation ‘beneath the dignity of that office’

April 6, 2017

(CNN)David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, strongly criticized President Donald Trump for suggesting without evidence that former National security adviser Susan Rice may have committed a crime by trying to unmask the names of Trump’s associates who were mentioned in intercepted communications during the Obama administration. Trump, asked by the Times if he believed Rice committed a crime, responded, “Do I think? Yes, I think.” During an interview …

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Trump just can’t quit the 2016 campaign talk

April 5, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election 147 days ago. He remains fixated on his win — and the fact no one saw it coming. Speaking at the 2017 North America’s Building Trades Unions National Legislative Conference in Washington months after Election Day, Trump regaled the assembled union members with the story about his unlikely victory, something he has done at countless speeches before. “They would say, ‘There’s no way to 270. You need 270. …

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Trump’s Secretary of Everything: Jared Kushner

April 4, 2017

… influence within the administration and in foreign capitals, Kushner’s already established role has grown to include duties typically assigned to a National security adviser or even a secretary of state. Before his surprise trip to Iraq, Kushner had been preparing intensively for Thursday and Friday’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, which will take place at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Kushner has acted as a key conduit between the Chinese government and the …

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McCain: No comparison between Trump and Reagan

April 2, 2017

… one thing to have a conversation. It’s another thing to plot together,” he said. “But I think it would be something that that individual would have to be held accountable.” During this conversation, which also aired on CNN Saturday night, McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, expressed concerns about the philosophical gulf between Trump’s National security team and key members of his White House staff. Registering his strong support for …

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The only 4 things you need to know about Trump and Russia

April 1, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump’s Russia problem is getting worse — and more complicated. Questions about his campaign’s alleged ties to Moscow seem to proliferate by the hour. The mushroom cloud surrounding his baseless allegations that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower is spreading faster. The investigations have become difficult to keep track of — and those are just the ones we know about. But the revelation on Thursday that fired former Trump National security …

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Trump walks out before signing executive orders

April 1, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump walked out of an executive order signing ceremony Friday — without actually signing the orders. During the signing ceremony, White House pool reporters asked Trump questions about his former National security adviser Michael Flynn, who has offered to testify on Russian involvement in the US election in return for immunity from prosecution. The President ignored the questions and moved to another room, only to be chased by Vice President Mike Pence, who …

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5 takeaways from the Senate intelligence hearing

March 31, 2017

… meanwhile, invited lawmakers to view documents they say are relevant to President Donald Trump’s focus on the identities of intelligence sources. And the Wall Street Journal reported that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has offered to testify to investigators in return for immunity from prosecution, a claim Flynn’s lawyers did not deny. …

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#TBT: Margaret Chase Smith and her ‘place in the sun’

March 31, 2017

… in her daily work, Smith fought for women in the military. She was the driving force behind the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which, when signed into law by President Harry S. Truman in 1948, granted women serving in the military regular status. What can perhaps be called Smith’s brightest moment in the National spotlight came in 1950, when Smith spoke out on the Senate floor against anti-Communist Sen. Joseph McCarthy in her “Declaration of Conscience” speech. …

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