Philippines’ Duterte looks to strengthen ties with trip to Moscow

May 22, 2017

(CNN)Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will depart on an official five-day visit to Moscow Monday, as part of an effort to realign his country’s foreign policy away from longtime ally the United States. Under Duterte, who took office in June 2016, the Philippines has made overtures toward Beijing and Moscow — seeing the countries as a source of much-needed investment — and away from the US, which, despite a mutual defense treaty, Duterte regards as unreliable and …

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Seth Meyers on Paul Ryan and keeping up with the news cycle

May 22, 2017

(CNN)Seth Meyers may have issued an on-air invite to house Speaker Paul Ryan, but the “Late Night” host is not holding his breath waiting for the RSVP. Being turned down by prospective Republican guests is nothing new for Meyers. Back in October, just weeks before Donald Trump would win the election, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” did four nights of shows from Washington D.C. and found it difficult to book Republican guests — despite, as Meyers put it, …

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The struggles of war babies fathered by black GIs – BBC News

May 22, 2017

… description of his childhood spent living with his grandparents in a village behind Chesil Beach sounds idyllic. But that’s to ignore the reason why he went there in the first place. Determined to punish his wife for her double transgression, John’s stepfather did not allow him to live in the family home except from Monday to Friday during school term. Even then, John was not permitted to enter the house by the front door. At weekends he was packed off to his maternal grandparents, …

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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 …

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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 or innocence of members of the …

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Trump vs. Comey: Who will America trust?

May 17, 2017

… February 14 that is now at the center of the political hurricane. Comey would also face scrutiny over why he decided to keep a log of his conversations with the President that was then leaked at a moment of maximum embarrassment for the White house. ‘I have my subpoena pen ready’ The Republican Congress hasn’t exactly been holding Trump’s feet to the fire in the first few months of his administration. But that may be changing. Already, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, …

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Congress exasperated as White House in ‘downward spiral’

May 16, 2017

… house is in a “downward spiral.” Sources: Trump shared classified information Congress vexed as White house in ‘downward spiral’ Trump’s poll numbers should terrify Republicans WaPo reporter: White house ‘playing word games’ What Trump has said about sharing classified info “We have no way to know what was said, but protecting our nation’s secrets is paramount,” said Doug Andres, a spokesman for house …

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James Clapper: Defending democracy from Trump

May 16, 2017

… something much more nuanced. Clearly, there was something about Clapper’s testimony that spooked the White house, and something that required the President to reclaim Clapper as a defender. I suspect there are very few things that would have brought Clapper back to the media, including a sit down with Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,” but the President telling tales about him may be one of them. Clapper, though, isn’t back just to defend himself. He has now raised …

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Liverpool star David Fairclough’s shirt for sale – BBC News

May 16, 2017

… you had the feeling something was going to happen – I was not in the starting 11 and never dreamt I would play such a part.” He does not see the shirt as an essential reminder of one of Liverpool FC’s classic nights in European football. “It had been in the Liverpool FC museum – now it’s in a bread box at my house. I’m not a great one for memorabilia but it might mean something for someone else,” he said. Fairclough said he would give the money …

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No clear path for Trump to quell uproar over Comey

May 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)A reeling White house has no obvious path out of one of the most intense self-imposed crises in modern political history, as the shockwaves of President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey intensify. Six days on, the administration is dealing with damaging consequences of that decision. The White house staff faces a credibility crisis following their shifting explanations for Comey’s dismissal. Republican leaders in Congress are dealing with another …

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Former WH official: Obama did not record private meetings

May 14, 2017

(CNN)President Barack Obama did not record private meetings in the White house, a former White house official tells CNN. “We obviously didn’t record private meetings,” the former official said. “The Obama White house didn’t secretly record private meetings” The White house press office had a stenographer in meetings with journalists in order to have an independent transcript of the interviews, a common practice, the former official said. …

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FBI agents concerned about future of Russia probe

May 14, 2017

(CNN)Some FBI investigators are worried the Trump administration could try to interfere with probes, including on Russia, by shifting resources and priorities away from counterintelligence investigations, FBI sources tell CNN. There is a “general fear that the White house will try to interfere with the investigation” into Russian election meddling, one FBI source said. “The first target will be the leak investigation, and then, long term, if Donald Trump appoints some crony, …

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U.S. Nears $100 Bln Arms Deal for Saudi Arabia: White House official

May 13, 2017

The United States is close to completing a series of arms deals for Saudi Arabia totaling more than $100 billion, a senior White house official said on Friday, a week ahead of President Donald Trump’s planned visit to Riyadh. The official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the arms package could end up surpassing more than $300 billion over a decade to help Saudi Arabia boost its defensive capabilities while still maintaining U.S. ally Israel’s qualitative …

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Trump’s anger could lead down a dangerous road

May 12, 2017

(CNN)Presidents often get angry, but most go to great lengths to hide their fits of rage and the impression that red faced fury rules their actions. Not Donald Trump. In three-and-a-half months in office, the 45th President has shown that indignation, impulsiveness and a prickly desire to protect his own self image are at the core of his governing philosophy. Trump: I planned to fire Comey Trump: Russia story made up by Democrats Did Trump …

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Why reducing sleep makes you hungry – BBC News

May 11, 2017

… nights where they could sleep as long as they liked. Ten custard creams Naturally enough, being an avid self-experimenter, I joined in. Staying awake when you really don’t want to, and everyone else in your house has gone to bed, was not enjoyable. I was also unpleasantly surprised by just how much my blood sugar levels rose on the days when I was sleep deprived, and how hungry that made me. …

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24 hours of craziness in Trump’s Washington

May 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)You couldn’t make it up. In the confusing hours when up seemed down and down seemed up, the White house appeared to be defending Hillary Clinton, the FBI chief was among the last to know he was gone, and there was a cameo performance by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his ice skates. It all started with a bolt from nowhere late Tuesday afternoon. President Donald Trump canned Comey. No one had thought it would come to this, since the FBI director was overseeing an …

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Alabama rot: The dog disease with no cure – BBC News

May 11, 2017

A walk like any other Pippa belonged to veterinary nurse Jessica Worthington, who lives in Swindon. “I had her from when she was an eight-week old puppy,” she said. “She was just like her breed, always running around and excited.” Jessica took Pippa and her other dog Molly to woods near the village of Marlborough in December 2015 and let the dogs play, as she had done plenty of other times. She gave them a good shampoo after to stop her house being covered in mud but …

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North Korea, US face new dynamic with South Korea’s new leader

May 10, 2017

Seoul (CNN)A day after his election, Moon Jae-in drove the streets of Seoul waving to throngs of supporters on his way to the Blue house, the presidential residence. That may be all the honeymoon he gets. Moon’s campaign platform is likely to upend the tenuous status quo when it comes to the Korean Peninsula. The liberal Moon ran on a promise to move away from the hawkish policies of his predecessor, Park Geun-hye, who was impeached and then charged on accusations of corruption. …

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Rep. Dave Brat faces fury over health care, Russia at town hall

May 10, 2017

Midlothian, Virginia (CNN)It was an unusual scene for a church. The Clover Hill Assembly of God was the venue for a town hall here Tuesday night for Rep. Dave Brat, a gathering that erupted into thunderous fits of screaming and yelling among the audience — and pleas for calm from the stage. Brat is one of a small group of Republicans holding town hall events during the weeklong recess for the house of Representatives, just days after the chamber passed the Republican-led health care bill. …

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After Yates, more questions for the Trump White House

May 10, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sally Yates didn’t bring a smoking gun to the latest episode of the long-running political melodrama entwining the White house and Russia. In her long-awaited first public accounting of her dealings with the Trump administration, Yates testified that she explicitly warned White house counsel Donald McGahn in January that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had been compromised and could be a target for Russian blackmail. Her intervention provoked an awkward …

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Obama returns to spotlight to speak up on climate change

May 9, 2017

… increasingly clear that Trump and Obama never saw eye to eye, even following their now famous hour-long White house meeting late last year when they came out all smiles and bonhomie. It emerges now that was the meeting when Obama warned Trump about hiring Michael Flynn, Trump’s soon to be fired National Security Adviser. Obama was right that Flynn would be trouble. Today Trump may feel he needs to follow his gut and learn climate change for himself too. What he thinks about Obama’s …

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Jordan Edwards:Texas officer who faces murder charge free on bail

May 7, 2017

… was fired, news broke of the Justice Department’s decision not to charge two white police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the shooting death of a black man in 2016. And a white officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, pleaded guilty that day to federal civil rights charges in the fatal shooting of a black man in 2015. Edwards and his two brothers and two other teenagers were leaving an unruly house party in Balch Springs when Oliver opened fire on their car with a rifle. The …

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Stopping the opioid crisis in the womb

May 5, 2017

Knoxville, Tennessee (CNN)The sound of a heartbeat pulsates through the air, and a grainy image of a baby flashes on screen. Jessica Hill smiles from her chair in the ultrasound room. Gathered around are her doctor, nurse and best friend. They are all eager, anxious, excited — and worried about the health of the baby. In that way, this ultrasound is like most. But what’s happening in this room is anything but routine: Jessica, 28, is hooked on opioids and detoxing during …

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How Trump won another unlikely victory

May 5, 2017

Washington (CNN)It was the moment when hesitation became resolve. “Let’s get this f***ing thing done!” former combat fighter pilot, Air Force Colonel and Arizona Rep. Martha McSally exhorted her colleagues in a private pre-vote pep rally on Capitol Hill, as house Republicans entrusted their futures to fate and agreed to vote to repeal Obamacare. What’s in the Republican health care bill For Democrats, by contrast, there was only deflation and …

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World leaders have a go-to tactic with Trump: Flattery, and lots of it

May 4, 2017

… makes the situation between Israelis and Palestinians different under his administration, White house press secretary Sean Spicer responded bluntly: “The man is different.” “The President’s diplomacy style is paying dividends,” Spicer said. “The relationships and the foundation that the President is building are going to pay huge dividends for this country … This President’s style is one to develop a personal bond with individuals.” Trump has …

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They hate Obamacare, but Republicans can’t bear to kill all of it

May 3, 2017

(CNN)As Republicans scramble to tamp down fears that their health care bill would gut protections for sick people, they’re running into a chorus of opposition — from fellow Republicans. Jimmy Kimmel’s personal story gets political The biggest problem: The legislation would let insurers charge people with pre-existing conditions more for their health care if those people let their insurance lapse at any point. It’s an ironic twist in the Republican …

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