Rep. Turner calls Comey hearing ‘highly speculative’

March 21, 2017

(CNN)On a day that saw FBI Director James Comey testify before the House Intelligence Committee, Erin Burnett made the issue the focus of her evening news program by welcoming a man who was in the room as the testimony was given. “I think it certainly is highly speculative and people shouldn’t be jumping to conclusions,” said Turner, referencing in particular Comey’s revelation the FBI is investigating potential Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. …

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Is big-budget television threatening cinema? – BBC News

March 19, 2017

Image caption The set of The Crown at Elstree Studios in north London It is filling a gap in the market, he says, created by “traditional Hollywood’s” focus on the teenage market. Is this a threat to cinema? Is the talent rushing to work for the small screen instead? Tim Bevan, co-founder of Working Title, the UK’s largest film production company, says his job has been made more difficult. He says Netflix and Amazon have arrived in the marketplace …

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Looking back on the political gambles of May and Sturgeon – BBC News

March 19, 2017

… that might be, but on those terms it doesn’t seem likely a new vote could happen anytime before late 2020. The Europe question Image copyright Scottish Parliament Image caption Votes on many Holyrood motions are not binding The Scottish government now argues that the Holyrood vote on a Section 30 order is more important than ever. In the end, it was the focus of Ms Sturgeon’s big conference speech. But Mrs May’s response assumes that this vote will be approved. Ms …

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Dina Powell to be named deputy national security adviser for strategy

March 16, 2017

… seeing the big picture and putting in place the details. She has a real gift for partnerships, it’s one of the things that makes her so effective,” Hughes told CNN when Powell first joined the Trump administration. During her time at State, Powell connected business leaders with the government to provide disaster relief and worked with college presidents to recruit international students. Powell, the official said, will focus on long-term planning for the National Security Council …

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North Asia on a knife’s edge: Whose position is strongest?

March 16, 2017

… is right now, then it might change these calculations.” South Korea’s ability to focus Seoul has been facing a hostile North Korea since the Korean War armistice in 1953. That, said Mapp, is a key strength, one which has enabled Seoul to develop a formidable military focused on only one thing: not attacking someone else, but protecting themselves. The International Institute for Strategic Studies points out that Seoul has procured or will get advanced weaponry; these include …

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Trade Minister: How Nigeria can kick oil habit and become a global player

March 16, 2017

(CNN)“Never waste a good crisis” is a motto for Dr. Okechukwu “Okey” Enelamah, the Nigerian minister of industry, trade and investment. Right now, he has plenty to work with. One of the largest economies in Africa is shrinking. Collapsing oil revenue has plunged Nigeria into a full-year recession for the first time since 1991, and caused a damaging foreign currency shortage. …

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