Trump rallies his base on his 100th day

April 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump hit hard at the news media at a rally Saturday in Pennsylvania to tout the accomplishments of his first 100 days, striking a tone both divisive and determined as he played to the populist sentiments of a cheering crowd. “It’s time for all of us to remember that we are one people with one great American destiny, and that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, and we all share the same glorious …

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Woodward and Bernstein: Journalism, free press more crucial than ever

April 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of Watergate fame argued Saturday night that good journalism is more crucial to a free society than ever in a climate of increasing hostility between the White House and the press. The speeches from the revered journalists came on the occasion of the first White House correspondents’ dinner since 1981 in which the sitting president did not attend. Ronald Reagan missed the dinner that year while recovering from an assassination attempt, but …

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10 memorable lines from comedian Hasan Minhaj at the WHCA dinner

April 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump was a no-show at the first White House Correspondents’ Association dinner of his presidency. But that didn’t keep “Daily Show” comedian Hasan Minhaj from addressing “the elephant not in the room.” Trump was a target for Minhaj when he performed at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner last year, and Saturday night’s routine wasn’t much different. Jeff Mason, president of the White …

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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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Would visiting Parliament inspire you to vote? – BBC News

April 27, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCan you convince people to vote in one day? With a general election weeks away, figures suggest voter apathy remains unchanged. Two women who don’t like politics paid a visit to Parliament, but did it convince them to vote? “I feel like politicians make decisions for people they don’t know anything about,” says LaTifah Atkinson, a 26-year-old woman from north London. She is a university graduate who runs her …

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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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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

… Spencers mother, a Whitefish business owner, said she was harassed because of her sons politics. Listen below to a recording of one of the bomb threats obtained by the Jewish Telegraph Agency: The first significant growth in anti-Semitism occurred in March 2016, based on the ADLs tally. Monthly recordspeaked in November last year and have remained elevated through March. Despite the clear increase in incidents, its difficult to explain whats causing the upswing. In many bigoted …

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

April 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sunday’s French election result sets up a battle between the heart and the head of the Trump White House. In the latest blow to establishment party politics in the Western world, two outsider candidates — centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen — advanced from a crowded field to a run-off for the Elysee Palace on May 7. Le Pen has risen on the same populist politics, rooted in anger over immigration policies, globalization and middle class …

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Head to head: How Le Pen and Macron compare

April 24, 2017

(CNN)The French electorate gave the country’s political establishment a wake-up call Sunday as it voted for two outsider presidential candidates: one who has never held elected office and the other the leader of France’s far-right party. Fed up of the parties that have dominated French politics for decades, voters opted for the two politicians that promised the biggest shakeup — Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, early results indicated. They will face each other in a runoff …

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Accuser in Seattle mayor sex abuse lawsuit reveals identity

April 20, 2017

(CNN)A man accusing Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of sexually abusing him about 30 years ago has revealed his identity. Delvonn Heckard, 46, filed a lawsuit against Murray this month under the pseudonym “D.H.” In the lawsuit, he said the mayor “repeatedly raped” him when he was a 15-year-old boy and the mayor was 32 at the time. Heckard said Murray also paid him for sexual acts. …

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

April 20, 2017

… and politics. Following the death of his first-born son in a car accident, Hafez groomed his second son, Bashar al-Assad, to be his heir apparent. Bashar took over in 2000 after Hafez’s death. The North Korean dictatorial dynasty goes back a little further than Syria’s. With the help of the Soviet Union, Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of the Kim dynasty also known as “The Eternal President,” became the first premier of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in …

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Progressives see reason for optimism after near-win in Georgia

April 19, 2017

Atlanta (CNN)Democrat Jon Ossoff’s progressive grassroots-fueled campaign will fall just short of the 50% he needed to avoid a runoff, CNN projected early Wednesday morning, in a closely watched special election for a House seat in reliably Republican Georgia. But even though their potential psychic victory has been muted somewhat, the left is still calling the result — one that leaves Ossoff with momentum headed into a June 20 runoff against Republican Karen Handel — a win. …

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Democrats needed a win. They didn’t get one in Georgia.

April 19, 2017

(CNN)For the second time in a week, Republicans dodged a potential political cataclysm. Last Tuesday it was a special election in Kansas where the Republican candidate did just enough to win. This Tuesday it was another special election — this one in suburban Atlanta — where a slew of GOP candidates managed to keep Democrat Jon Ossoff just under 50%, forcing a June runoff. An Ossoff victory, which nearly came to pass despite the long Republican tradition in the district, would have …

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Trump may have to be patient about North Korea

April 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The United States has lost its strategic patience with North Korea. So what’s a had-it-up-to-here superpower to do to stop a pariah nation bent on putting its nuclear weapons on top of a missile that could reach America? Tough talk, for sure. Lean on China to turn off its life support to its neighbor, for another. But for all the warnings that Trump will fix the showdown with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, it’s so far unclear whether at its foundation, his …

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US sends newest F-35 stealth fighters to Europe

April 17, 2017

(CNN)The US Air Force’s newest stealth fighters arrived in the UK over the weekend as part of the Pentagon’s effort to reassure European allies in the face of Russian aggression on the continent. The F-35A jets from Hill Air Force Base in Utah landed at RAF Lakenheath on Saturday for what the Air Force said was several weeks of training with other US aircraft and crews and those from North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies. “As we and our joint F-35 partners bring this …

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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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Russia says no, drops out of Eurovision

April 14, 2017

(CNN)Russia is saying goodbye to Europe’s beloved song contest Eurovision, according to the European Broadcasting Union. The decision stirs from growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, this year’s host country. What is Eurovision? …

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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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VP Pence heads to Asia-Pacific amid North Korean posturing

April 14, 2017

(CNN)Amid increasing tension with North Korea, Vice President Mike Pence will travel to South Korea Saturday, on a scheduled trip as part of his first official visit to the Asia-Pacific region. The trip comes at a critical moment for the Trump administration and US allies, after escalated posturing from North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and growing concerns that the country may mark its most important holiday on Saturday with its sixth nuclear test. Along with his visit to Seoul, the vice …

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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 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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US intelligence intercepted communications between Syrian military and chemical experts

April 13, 2017

(CNN)The US military and intelligence communityhas intercepted communicationsfeaturingSyrian military and chemical experts talking about preparations for the sarin attack in Idlib last week, a senior US official tells CNN. The intercepts were part of an immediate review of all intelligence in the hours after the attack to confirm responsibility for the use of chemical weapons in an attack in northwestern Syria, which killed at least 70 people. US officials have said that there is “no …

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