President Trump, protecting South Korea is not a real estate deal

April 30, 2017

(CNN)In President Donald Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal,” he writes about how important it is to know one’s market, to study hard. He wrote that he likes to gather as many disparate opinions and views about a potential real estate deal as he can before making any final decisions about how it will affect a given area or neighborhood. So it was a bit surprising to hear him say in an interview Thursday night that he expects South Korea to reimburse the United States …

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Trump says he would consult with China’s Xi before speaking to Taiwan

April 28, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump has said that he would want to consult with Chinese President Xi Jinping before speaking to Taiwan’s leader. In an interview with Reuters news agency, Trump said he wouldn’t want to “cause difficulty” for the Chinese leader by again breaking with the “one China” policy. “He’s a friend of mine. He’s actually a — I think he’s doing an amazing job as a leader, and I wouldn’t want to do anything …

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Trump’s first 100 days on the global stage

April 27, 2017

Washington (CNN)The 45th president entered office raging against a post-WWII order built by the United States, pledging instead that he would put “America First. The US, President Donald Trump said during his campaign, could no longer afford to be the world’s policeman. On the stump he also dismissed core alliances in Europe and Asia, raged at trade pacts, derided international organizations such as the UN and trash-talked allies (Mexico) and competitors (China) alike. But since …

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BBC News Daily: 25 April 2017 – BBC News

April 26, 2017

… over-50s can improve thinking and memory skills by doing moderate physical exercise several times a week, Australian researchers say. T’ai Chi is among the recommendations. But Public Health England says a more mundane form of exercise could also be useful: lifting heavy shopping bags. Analysis: Grading Donald Trump so far By Anthony Zurcher, North America reporter Image copyright Times, Daily Telegraph There’s quite a lot of Brexit about. The Guardian reports that a pro-Remain …

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Ivanka Trump heads to Berlin to work on special relationship

April 26, 2017

Berlin (CNN)It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, after all. In the wake of a mid-March White House visit characterized by awkward moments — President Donald Trump apparently declined to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand in the Oval Office and he made an uncomfortable joke about wiretapping on live television — his most trusted adviser, daughter Ivanka Trump, is on her way to Germany. Ivanka Trump’s Berlin trip features a jam-packed Tuesday, …

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John Kasich gives Trump an ‘incomplete,’ leaves door open for 2020 run

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Monday that he would grade President Donald Trump’s performance as an “incomplete.” Citing a Washington Post-ABC News poll showing 94% of Trump voters approve his job performance, while only 42% of all Americans approve, Cooper asked the Kasich why there is such a large divide. “This is sort of symptomatic,” Kasich said. “‘I voted for him. I wear that uniform.’ –‘I didn’t vote for him. I wear a …

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Anti-Semitism Soared Last Year: ADL Study

April 25, 2017

… incidents since the Election Day, alleged perpetrators have mentioned Donald Trump. As so often before, rising antisemitism is a symptom of a much larger social pathology, said Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, in an email to HuffPost. Leaders model behavior for the general public, and therefore when our leaders speak insensitively, when they seem to generalize about religious and racial groups, when they ignore or brush aside hate speech, it comes …

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Will Trump follow his heart or his head on French election?

April 24, 2017

… economic disenfranchisement, that ignited Donald Trump’s presidential campaign last year. She represents a threat to the strength and unity of the political institutions that have underpinned Western countries for the past half century, notably in her opposition to the EU and pledge to leave NATO. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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To Ray Davies, America is a ‘beautiful but dangerous’ place – BBC News

April 23, 2017

“Then it turned out to be a pop hit.” Somewhat disingenuously, he tells the BBC You Really Got Me was supposed to be The Kinks’ only song (even though it was their third single). “I wanted that to be a hit and then I was going to get out of town,” he says. “Unfortunately they asked me to write another one, and another one.” Image caption The Kinks’ hits included Sunny Afternoon, All Day and All of the Night and Set Me Free When the band …

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How US, Indonesia can both win from strengthening ties

April 22, 2017

… committed to Asia and that President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy will benefit the world just like the “rising tide will lift all boats”. He also said the US would do more to increase fair and open trade in a win-win way by removing barriers to trade. However, he also emphasized that US companies face many barriers and difficulties in the Indonesian market, including intellectual property, the lack of transparency and requirements in manufacturing to …

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Trevor Noah Has Proof That Donald Trump Is Always High

April 22, 2017

The Daily Show host provided very convincing evidence for his theory during Thursday nights 4/20 themed episode.Noah also admitted to being high when he came up this idea, but his video footage of Donald Trump only strengthens his argument. Noah even brought up some of the presidents bigger mix-ups like the time Trump claimed he was sending a very powerful armada to North Korea that was actually headed in the opposite directioninstead. At a time when support for legal marijuana is at the …

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French presidential candidates halt campaigns in wake of Paris attack

April 21, 2017

Paris (CNN)French police are hunting a man identified by Belgian security services in connection with an attack on police officers in Paris Thursday, a French interior ministry spokesman said. A gunman, who shot three police officers on the Champs-Elysee, killing one, was later claimed by ISIS through its media wing Amaq as an Islamic State “fighter” they dubbed “the Belgian.” French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told France’s Europe 1 radio …

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The beginner’s guide to the French elections

April 20, 2017

(CNN)France is about to pick a new President. That’s nice, you say, but you’re still recovering from the tectonic shifts of 2016. (Brexit! Trump!) You really should pay attention, though. One of Europe’s most important countries could end up being run by a far-right leader or someone who’s never held elected office. Either way, the result will ripple across the globe. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming vote. Why should you care? If …

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China criticizes North Korea, praises US on nuclear issue

April 20, 2017

… MUST WATCH Trump: North Korea pushed off by past presidents “China firmly opposes any words or actions that would escalate rivalry and tension,” Lu said. US President Donald Trump has been pressing China to rein in North Korea, suggesting that doing so could ease US-China relations over trade and other issues. Experts point out that China also wants to prevent North Korea from becoming a full-fledged nuclear power — and certainly wants to prevent a war on …

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Bashar al-Assad and Kim Jong Un: A tale of two dictators

April 20, 2017

… needs weapons,” he said. US pressure The two pariah nations quickly became a target of US President Donald Trump. His administration is trying to end Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons and North Korea’s active nuclear weapons program by trying to persuade Moscow and Beijing to abandon Syria and North Korea, leading international efforts to isolate these regimes through sanctions, and threatening the use of military action. US Vice President Mike Pence, visiting Seoul …

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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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House Russia investigator travels to Cyprus, island at center of Manafort allegations

April 15, 2017

(CNN)A Democrat on the House intelligence committee flew to Cyprus this week as part of the panel’s broad investigation into allegations that Russian operatives and top aides on President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded to influence the US election. “You go to Cyprus because that’s where Russians launder money,” said Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, in explaining the reason for his trip. The Mediterranean island nation has become a part of the sprawling probe …

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Trump names Garrett, Bachus to Export-Import Bank

April 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump will nominate former members of Congress Scott Garrett and Spencer Bachus to two vacant positions at the US Export-Import Bank — an entity Trump has in the past called “excess baggage” and agreed with conservatives on shutting down. Garrett would fill the role of Ex-Im president for a four-year term. In the past, Garrett was openly critical of the Ex-Im Bank, tweeting in 2015: “I opposed the House’s vote to reauthorize the …

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Trump carves out tough commander-in-chief posture

April 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is getting a taste for pulling the trigger. In just the last week, the rookie commander-in-chief has presided over the use of some of the most powerful weaponry in the US arsenal, sending a signal that he is one President who relishes ordering the use of deadly force. It’s clear that he believes Washington and the rest of the world are watching. First, Trump dispatched Tomahawk cruise missiles to slam into an airfield belonging to President Bashar …

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Trump dumps Russia, woos China instead

April 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has a new best frenemy. Once upon a time, Trump mused about how well he and Russian President Vladimir Putin would get along. Then-candidate Trump said Putin had declared him a “genius,” criticized the Obama administration’s tensions with Moscow and said it would be better “if we got along.” China, on the other hand, was a currency manipulator, a thief of US jobs that should no longer be allowed to “rape our …

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At raucous town hall, GOP congressman confronts anger about Trump

April 13, 2017

Aurora, Colorado (CNN)Republican Rep. Mike Coffman faced angry constituents at a town hall Wednesday night, in an early sign of the political price he and his colleagues might pay for supporting President Donald Trump’s policies, including the repeal of Obamacare. A moderate hailing from a swing district, Coffman fielded more than 40 questions from Coloradans for almost two hours. Health care overwhelmingly dominated the at times raucous evening, as the congressman’s constituents …

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Trump’s saber-rattling is North Korea’s propaganda dream come true

April 13, 2017

Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN)North Korea is a country prepared for conflict. Still technically at war with its southern neighbor, ordinary North Koreans are warned to be in a state of constant vigilance to threats from the outside, particularly from the US. Those fears seemed to be confirmed this month, after US President Donald Trump launched a surprise strike on a Syrian airfield and dispatched a naval battle group — which he described as “an armada” — to northern …

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Trump says China has turned back N. Korean coal ships, lauds it as ‘big step’

April 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)US President Donald Trump says China has turned a fleet of coal-carrying cargo ships back to North Korea this week, describing it as a “big step” towards cracking down on the rogue state. China banned all imports of coal from North Korea in mid-February, soon after Pyongyang tested a new intermediate-range missile. Almost all coal shipments to the Chinese city of Dandong, on the North Korean border, since February have been turned back, a source with knowledge of …

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Trump, shocked by Assad, discussed chemical weapons history at Mar-a-Lago

April 13, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump, consumed by the idea that a world leader would use chemical weapons on his own people, discussed with staffers and close confidantes at his Mar-a-Lago club Friday about the historical and philosophical context for the use of chemical weapons, aides and people who spoke to Trump told CNN. Full interview: Sean Spicer’s apology An administration document on the use of chemical weapons since World War I was also part of a briefing provided to the …

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White House: Federal hiring freeze over, ‘surgical’ cuts begin

April 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration, in an attempt to remake the size and scope of the federal government, will inform federal agencies Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s federal ban on hiring is over. But the Office of Management and Budget expects agencies to begin implementing more “targeted” and “surgical” cuts to agency staffing. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday the guidance, which will go out to agencies Wednesday …

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