North Korea casts shadow as Trump and Moon meet for first time

June 29, 2017

(CNN)The leaders of the US and South Korea share a common goal: Get North Korea to abandon the nuclear and missile programs that have rapidly expanded under the country’s supreme leader, Kim Jong Un. Moon, a liberal who took office last month after his conservative predecessor was impeached on corruption charges, is a strong proponent of engagement with Pyongyang. How much damage can North Korea’s weapons do? Foreign policy of…

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Top Trump aide warns Syria: ‘I wouldn’t test Donald J. Trump’

June 29, 2017

(CNN)As the White House warned that Syria could possibly be preparing for another chemical weapons attack, and that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could face a “heavy price” if one is carried out, a top adviser to President Donald Trump issued a stern warning Tuesday night: “I wouldn’t test Donald J. Trump.” Russia responded to the US warning by saying that any threats posed to the “legitimate leadership” of Syria were…

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Ivanka Trump spotlights global human trafficking

June 28, 2017

Washington (CNN)Ivanka Trump, who serves as a top adviser to President Donald Trump, used her platform Tuesday to shine a light on human trafficking, which she called an “ugly stain on civilization.” Ending human trafficking “is a major foreign policy priority for the Trump administration,” she said. Ivanka Trump: I try to stay out of politics Activists investigating Ivanka supplier missing Trump vows to fight human trafficking

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Stormont power-sharing talks going down to the wire – BBC News

June 28, 2017

Sticking points as Stormont deadline looms Tory-DUP deal: What you need to know How will the 1bn be spent? How will deal affect Stormont talks? On Tuesday, Secretary of State James Brokenshire said there had been “intensive engagement” but warned that time for a deal was running short, stressing that the deadline was set down in law. The parties have until 16:00 BST on Thursday to restore the executive or…

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Georgia 6th loss isn’t the death knell for Democrats

June 23, 2017

(CNN)The facile headlines the morning after the Georgia 6th donnybrook wrote themselves: Politics ain’t horseshoes. A loss is a loss and Democrats lost a race they had hoped to win Tuesday night. Republicans escaped a disaster that would have sent tremors through Capitol Hill. The shaky effort to scrap Obamacare escaped a potentially deadly setback, as a loss would have further shaken timorous Senate Republicans at a critical juncture.

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New US sanctions on Russia inflame old tensions

June 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)Russia’s frustration with the Trump administration boiled over Wednesday, with Moscow abruptly canceling talks designed to improve ties with the US and threatening retaliation for sanctions the White House renewed Tuesday. Analysts say that Russia’s leaders also want to convey in no uncertain terms that, after waiting for Trump to establish warmer ties, they’re now ready to get more adversarial if need be.

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Anger over Warmbier death grows amid calls for travel ban

June 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Anger over Otto Warmbier’s fate continued to build Tuesday, with lawmakers declaring his death a “murder” and calling for travel restrictions to North Korea while the Trump administration considered how to respond. The calls for a response come as spy satellites detected new activity at North Korea’s underground nuclear test site for the first time in several weeks, according to two US officials who spoke to CNN. They also…

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Conservatives on Capitol Hill anxiously await health care bill

June 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might be on the verge of releasing a bill to repeal Obamacare, but he’s got conservatives to convince before he can be sure he has the votes to pass it. “I think they’ve forgotten all the rallies where we said we’re going to repeal it. We had thousands of people standing up and cheering us on, saying we’re going to repeal it and now…

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Jeff Sessions’ explanation for firing Comey just doesn’t make sense

June 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions tried to have his cake and eat it too when it came to his explanations during congressional testimony Tuesday for the firing of FBI Director James Comey. On the other hand, Sessions told the Senate intelligence committee that he and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had discussed removing Comey as FBI director and agreed that it was time for a “fresh start” at the bureau…

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Columnist Kirsten Powers: ‘How was Sen. Harris hysterical?’

June 15, 2017

(CNN)CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers pushed back against former Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller on Tuesday for calling California Sen. Kamala Harris “hysterical” during her questioning of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Powers fired back at Miller, asking him, “How was Sen. Kamala Harris hysterical?”

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5 things we learned at Jeff Sessions’ hearing

June 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions captivated Washington Tuesday, beating back rumors of a private meeting with Russia’s ambassador to the US and mounting a defense for President Donald Trump, one week after former FBI Director James Comey artfully unloaded on both men. Here are the top five things we learned.

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VA chief on Cabinet meeting: We weren’t told to do it

June 14, 2017

(CNN)There was no script for President Donald Trump’s first full Cabinet meeting, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin said Tuesday. Shulkin said the meeting was “very productive,” and that he was able to discuss how the Cabinet could help the VA advance its agenda. ‘A very good meeting’ “It was a very good meeting actually,” Shulkin said. “We had a chance … to talk about issues in depth.” One issue…

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Heinrich: Sessions’ testimony shows ‘concerted effort’ to obstruct investigation

June 14, 2017

(CNN)A Democratic senator who questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday said he thinks Sessions’ refusal to answer some questions suggests there is a “concerted effort” from the administration to obstruct the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. “I have deep concerns any time a sitting attorney general refuses to answer questions under oath, and the attorney general refused time and time again, without ever invoking executive privilege,”…

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In Sessions hearing, GOP senators sought truth, Dems sought to hit Trump

June 14, 2017

(CNN)A generally mild-mannered Jeff Sessions expressed outrage and indignation during his testimony before the Senate intelligence committee hearing on the Russia investigation on Tuesday. Throughout the 2 hour probe, two things became crystal clear: Republican senators want to get to the bottom of Russian interference in our election process and Democratic senators are focused on exposing confidential information in an effort to sabotage the Trump presidency. Committee Chairman Richard Burr,…

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