Spy author Anthony Horowitz ‘warned off’ creating black character – BBC News

May 21, 2017

Horowitz, who has written 10 novels featuring teenage spy Alex Rider, said there was a “chain of thought” in America that it was “inappropriate” for white writers to try to create black characters, something which he described as “dangerous territory”. He said it was considered “artificial and possibly patronising” to do so because “it is actually not our experience”. “Therefore I was warned off doing it. Which was, I thought,…

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Report: Sheriff Clarke Plagiarized Parts Of Thesis On Homeland Security

May 21, 2017

The sheriff used nearly identical language from sources without properly attributing passages 47 timesin his thesis on security, CNNs investigative KFile reported Saturday. Clarke earned a masters degree in security studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, in 2013. His thesis was titled, Making U.S. Security and Privacy Rights Compatible. Clarke reportedly used language from sources including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Pew Research Center, the 9/11…

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First on CNN: Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence him, source says

May 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Former FBI Director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says, but whether that influence amounts to obstruction of justice remains an open question. Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day, the panel’s leaders announced Friday. The central question at that blockbuster hearing will be whether Comey…

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Here’s who Trump has called a ‘nut job’

May 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)“Nut job” seems to be one of President Donald Trump’s favorite insults for his political foes. The President — who The New York Times reported Friday bragged to two Russian officials that firing “nut job” FBI Director James Comey eased “great pressure” on him in regard to the Russia probe — has a history of slapping the label on people he disagrees with. By definition, nut job means a…

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Who gets hurt by GOP’s ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy

May 20, 2017

(CNN)What does it mean to be pro-life? In today’s GOP, one thing: restricting access to safe abortion. Even if this doesn’t actually decrease the number of abortions, but just makes them more dangerous. Even if it means women and their children remain poor and vulnerable. Even if it means cutting off other necessary health care and aid. Even if it means women are injured. Even if it means women and…

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NAACP dismisses its president in ‘systemwide refresh’

May 20, 2017

Washington (CNN)The NAACP is shaking up its leadership, voting to dismiss its president, Cornell William Brooks, in what it called a “system-wide refresh.” “The NAACP intends to aggressively and nimbly respond to the current climate of political unrest, as well as the assaults upon human and civil rights that threaten our very democracy, as only it can,” the NAACP said in a release Friday. “To do so demands that the…

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Source: DHS secretary hints at possibly expanding laptop ban to US

May 20, 2017

(CNN)A congressional aide who was in the room when Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly briefed lawmakers tells CNN the ban on electronics on certain US-bound flights from the Middle East and North Africa could expand not just to Europe, as is being discussed, but also to flights departing from the US to overseas. Kelly did not indicate any new threats or intelligence to warrant the expansion, but “gently planted a…

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Church of Scotland expected to back same-sex marriage – BBC News

May 20, 2017

Moderator Designate the Reverend Dr Derek Browning said: “On Thursday afternoon the theological forum will be bringing a report to the General Assembly, and this year what they’re asking to do is for the assembly, first of all, to consider making an apology to the gay community for things that have have been said in the past and the assembly will have to make up its mind on that. Image…

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Donald Trump May Be Causing Problems For Disney World

May 20, 2017

Disney World, which traditionally has given speaking roles to presidential robots in its Hall of Presidents, is reportedly considering a non-speaking Trump to avoid offending visitors. The animatronic Trump was to have been unveiled June 30,Walt Disney World Today, a website devoted to Disney park news, reported in April. Disney World hasnt confirmed a reopening date. Since the mid-1990s,Disneys Hall of Presidents has featured a recorded statement from the current…

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Biden Reportedly Slams Hillary: ‘I Never Thought She Was The Correct Candidate’

May 20, 2017

I never thought she was the correct candidate, Biden said at the SALT conference in Las Vegas, according to Fusion reporter Hamilton Nolan.I thought I was the correct candidate. No man or woman should announce for the presidency unless they genuinely believe that for that moment in the nations history they are the most qualified person to deal with the issues facing the country, TheStreet quoted him as saying. I…

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Trevor Noah: So Many Screw Ups, So Little Time To Cover Them All

May 20, 2017

The top story should have been Turkish President Tayyip Erdogans goons beating up Americans protesting Turkish policy in Washington, D.C., said Noah.Sweet Jesus. Do you understand how insane this is? asked Noah. So far, though, nada from Trump, who has business interests in Turkey. Oh damn, people, preened Noah. A special counsel is going to be investigating Trump. Hes going to serve two terms probably … two terms in prison.

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With latest airstrikes, US signals to Iran: Containment is back

May 19, 2017

(CNN)The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS waged a series of airstrikes against a military convoy of loyalists to the Syrian regime, CNN has confirmed. According to a U.S. defense official, a convoy of 20 pro-regime vehicles was headed toward al-Tanf, a military base on the Syrian-Jordanian border, on Wednesday night. Al-Tanf, which Russian warplanes bombed a year ago in two successive airstrikes, is occupied by U.S. and British Special Forces that…

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Cincinnati mayor apologizes for mistakenly honoring cop’s killer

May 19, 2017

(CNN)Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley apologized after his office inadvertently issued a proclamation honoring a man who ambushed and killed a Cincinnati police officer. “I am really sorry that my office, that we mistakenly issued a proclamation on behalf of a man that killed, murdered Sonny Kim,” Cranley said Thursday night. Cranley choked back tears as he spoke at a local police union hall. His face was red as he paused…

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Besieged at home, Trump sets off for ‘do-or-die’ foreign trip

May 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)Given his current political fortunes, if President Donald Trump’s crucial first foreign trip passes off without a disaster, it will be considered a success. The President embarks on a journey Friday to Saudi Arabia, Israel and global summits in Italy and Belgium, after one of the most tumultuous and damaging weeks any President has had to endure. The appointment of a special counsel to investigate whether there was any…

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Driver charged with murder in Times Square crash

May 19, 2017

New York (CNN)Richard Rojas, the man who allegedly struck a group of pedestrians with his vehicle in Manhattan’s Times Square Thursday, has been arrested and charged with murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, according to a press release from the New York City Police Department. An 18-year-old woman was killed and at least 22 people were injured, city officials said. Police identified the…

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Ferry between Russia and North Korea starts regular service

May 19, 2017

(CNN)A cargo-passenger ferry service linking Russia and North Korea completed its first trip Thursday. The Man Gyong Bong ferry left the North Korean port city of Rason Wednesday and arrived in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok at 8:00 am local time Thursday, according to Russian state news agency TASS. The trip marked the beginning of a once-weekly regular cargo-passenger service, according to TASS. Business first North Korea’s latest missile…

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Brazil’s president accused of bribery

May 19, 2017

Rio de Janeiro (CNN)Brazil’s leadership lurched into another bribery scandal Wednesday, as one of the country’s biggest newspapers accused President Michel Temer of paying a former senate colleague hush money. Temer’s office released a statement denying that he had authorized any bribes to be paid to imprisoned former house speaker Eduardo Cunha in exchange for his silence regarding a long-running corruption investigation. The prominent daily newspaper O Globo reported earlier…

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Can South Korea and China patch things up over THAAD?

May 18, 2017

Beijing (CNN)Jeong Min-young is worried. Since the beginning of the year, relations between Beijing and Seoul have soured over the deployment of a US missile defense system — THAAD — in South Korea. On the Chinese internet, patriotic citizens posted calls for boycotts of South Korean goods and even staged performative displays of destroying make-up and other popular products, generating approving columns in Chinese state media.

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Now it’s up to the special counsel

May 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)A bad day for the White House could turn out to be a good day for justice and democratic accountability and institutions. Robert Mueller’s appointment Wednesday as special counsel to probe Russian election meddling and any collusion by Trump campaign aides elevates the investigation clear of partisanship and the threat of White House interference. It therefore may offer the best chance for a politically bulletproof accounting of the guilt…

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Bobby Moynihan exiting ‘SNL’

May 18, 2017

(CNN)Bobby Moynihan is taking his final bow on “Saturday Night Live” this week. Moynihan’s exit should not come as a shock to those who followed the news coming out of broadcast Upfronts. CBS picked up a new show starring Moynihan last week and the network unveiled it as part of its fall schedule on Wednesday.

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Dutch King reveals he secretly piloted KLM passenger flights for 21 years

May 18, 2017

(CNN)They don’t call KLM “Royal Dutch Airlines” for nothing. King Willem-Alexander, reigning monarch of the Netherlands, revealed in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that he’d regularly flown flights for a subsidiary of the Dutch flag carrier for over two decades. Calling the part-time role a “hobby,” the King says that he’d taken to the cockpit as a co-pilot of KLM Cityhopper — the airline’s short-haul carrier — flights…

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Inside an embattled Trump’s most consequential evening of turmoil yet

May 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)No one inside the West Wing had to ask how the President’s mood was on Wednesday afternoon as aides awaited his return from delivering the commencement address to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. A speech, once intended to offer encouragement and inspiration, became laced with grievances in the hours before the remarks were delivered. “No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has…

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‘House Of Cards’ Gets Orwellian In First Few Seconds Of Season 5

May 18, 2017

Streamed Tuesday morning over Facebook Live, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) delivers a message to the nation in a clip that serves as the first episodes cold open. Claire, referencing a terror attack, calmly imparts an edict from the office of the president, still held by her husband Frank (Kevin Spacey). While Kevin Spacey has stated that the show never worries about keeping it topical and current, many have happily spotted…

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