Trump, Putin shake hands, chat multiple times at Asia-Pacific summit

Trump, Putin shake hands, chat multiple times at Asia-Pacific summit
Da Nang, Vietnam (CNN)President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will not hold a formal meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit here in Vietnam, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has told reporters. But the two world leaders did informally speak a couple times during the two-day meeting.The chat, while brief, looked friendly, with both leaders speaking with their hands.One cause for concern on the American side is how Trump and Putin's first meeting on the sidelines

Mueller investigation has ‘nothing to do with the President,’ White House says

Mueller investigation has ‘nothing to do with the President,’ White House says
Washington (CNN)The White House is seeking to distance President Donald Trump from the indictments of two former campaign officials, claiming that the charges have nothing to do with Trump's campaign or his presidency.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday's actions from the special counsel have "nothing to do with the President, nothing to do with the President's campaign or campaign activity" and proves there is "no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion."Asked how the mood is inside the West Wing,

Midwestern shoppers will be able to munch on genetically modified, non-browning apples.

Midwestern shoppers will be able to munch on genetically modified, non-browning apples.
One of my favorite snacks is slices of Granny Smith apple and some sharp cheddar cheese. But as much as I like 'em, as soon as the apple slices turn brown, I just ... eh ... I know they're still good, but to be honest, I kind of lose interest. This month, however, bags of Arctic apple slices are going to be hitting a couple hundred stores in the Midwestern United States. And, thanks to genetic engineering, these apples

IFLScience Talks To David Attenborough About The Oceans, His First Shoot, And What Nearly Made Him Cry

IFLScience Talks To David Attenborough About The Oceans, His First Shoot, And What Nearly Made Him Cry
Despite living on a planet that is two-thirds covered by water, even today we still know more about the surface of Mars than we do about what is going on under the surface of our own oceans. Over a decade after the first series graced our screens, Blue Planet II returns to give us just a small snapshot of what lies beneath the waves. The breath-taking documentary takes us on a whirlwind tour from the frigid polar seas of the

How the GOP’s tax plan will screw you specifically

How the GOP’s tax plan will screw you specifically
One of the Republicans’ favorite fiscal tricks is masking benefit cuts for average Americans behind tax cuts. The hope is that most voters will see a paltry middle-class tax cut instead of the massive cuts to programs and huge breaks for the rich. The House GOP’s newest attempt at a massive tax cut for the wealthy was released on Thursday. Called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” the plan is heavy on cuts and low on jobs. We don’t

Obama-era uranium deal yields new questions, new accusations and new investigation

Obama-era uranium deal yields new questions, new accusations and new investigation
Washington (CNN)House Republicans announced a probe into the circumstances surrounding the sale of a uranium mining company to Russia's Atomic Energy Agency, Rosatom, that was approved by the Obama administration in 2010.The deal had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a committee that is composed of representatives from several US government agencies, including the State Department, which at the time was led by Secretary Hillary Clinton. The Hill reporting raises questions about

Patel held undisclosed meetings in Israel

Patel held undisclosed meetings in Israel
The meetings took place over two days in August while Ms Patel was on holiday in Israel. 'Freelance foreign policy'No civil servants were present but Ms Patel was accompanied by Lord Polak, honorary president of Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), an influential lobbying organisation that has access to wealthy party donors. Some ministers and MPs accused Ms Patel of trying to win favour with wealthy pro-Israeli Conservative donors who could fund a potential future leadership campaign.Others accused her of

Donald Trump was the big loser in Virginia

Donald Trump was the big loser in Virginia
(CNN)The race for Virginia governor on Tuesday night wasn't very close. And Republicans have Donald Trump to blame for it.The exit polls bear that out. Trump's approval rating among Virginia voters was just 42% as compared to a disapproval rating of 58%. Even more importantly, of the 50% of Virginians who said that Trump was a major factor in their vote in the 2017, twice as many said they wanted to send a signal of opposition to the President

Trump says Texas shooting result of ‘mental health problem’ not US gun laws

Trump says Texas shooting result of ‘mental health problem’ not US gun laws
Tokyo (CNN)President Donald Trump said Monday that he believes the Texas church shooting was caused by a "mental health problem," not an issue with gun laws in the United States."This isn't a guns situation," Trump said. "This is a mental health problem at the highest level. It's a very, very sad event."Trump said his "thoughts and prayers" are with the victims and their families, but did not suggest plans to take any legislative or other policy action to address

Genealogy sites are whitewashing the history of slavery

Genealogy sites are whitewashing the history of slavery
700 physical monuments honoring the ConfederacyGenealogy and white supremacy have been linked in the United States since colonization, when wealthy families were obsessed with purity in bloodlines. In recent years, Americans have taken a renewed interest in discovering their lineage (some to prove that purity), heading to genealogy sites where the constructs of race and heritage—from family trees to DNA testing—are omnipresent. Without any historical context, though, what’s being compiled on sites like Ancestry.com is an alternative national history that

1 million people have signed petition calling for Trump’s impeachment

1 million people have signed petition calling for Trump’s impeachment
As if the news could get any worse for President Donald Trump. Amid the hubbub of Monday’s three-hit beating from the federal investigation into Russian election meddling, a monied effort to impeach the president surpassed a major milestone. A petition launched by progressive mega-donor Tom Steyer calling for Trump’s impeachment surpassed 1.1 million signatures, Axios reports. While petitions alone cannot, of course, begin impeachment proceedings, the popularity of the petition is yet another sign of the president’s contentious stature

This new law will let Californians know for sure they’re not supporting puppy mills.

This new law will let Californians know for sure they’re not supporting puppy mills.
The puppies and kittens in your local pet store are pretty cute. But knowing where the adorable animals come from can be heartbreaking. Many animals sold in pet stores come from "puppy mills," large-scale commercial breeding operations that put profit over animal welfare, resulting in unsanitary conditions, cramped cages, and inhumane practices. A dog rescued from a puppy mill by the South Carolina National Guard. Photo by Maj. Cindi King, U.S. Army National Guard/Wikimedia Commons. The ASPCA estimates that

Ex-Trump campaign adviser pleads guilty to making false statement

Ex-Trump campaign adviser pleads guilty to making false statement
Washington (CNN)A former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser has pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI after he lied about his interactions with foreign officials close to the Russian government -- the campaign's clearest connection so far to Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 election. In addition, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump campaign official Rick Gates surrendered Monday to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller. A former Trump campaign official said

Under Trump, Made in America Is Losing Out to Russian Steel

Under Trump, Made in America Is Losing Out to Russian Steel
Four days after his inauguration, Donald Trump signed a handful of executive memos to advance the Keystone XL pipeline and revive the U.S. steel industry. He invited builder TransCanada Corp. to reapply for a permit denied by Barack Obama and ordered up fast-track rules forcing not only Keystone but also all new U.S. pipelines to be made from American steel. “From now on, we’re going to be making pipeline in the United States,” he said.Made-in-America Keystone was a stunt.

Preparing for the Kid’s State Dinner: Picking Winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge

Preparing for the Kid’s State Dinner:  Picking Winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge
Go inside the first-ever Kid's State Dinner at the White House with this look into how the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge were picked. First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative Lets Move! partnered with epicurious.com to showcase healthy lunches from all 50 states and the territories as created by children age 8-12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2t5EcrP0dQ

Meet The Women Who Are Stripping Off For Men’s Rights

Meet The Women Who Are Stripping Off For Men’s Rights
Business is booming for feminism as the modern world has awoken to the injustices women have faced since the dawn of time. This surge in awareness sexual equality has sparked a profitable industry off the back of activism (who remembers the “We Should All Be Feminists” t-shirt created by Dior, which retailed at $645. (A price many would argue is another injustice…) Despite the mass interest in feminism and the profits that can be made from the movement, these