CIA director Mike Pompeo repeatedly cited WikiLeaks to attack Clinton during campaign

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump’s administration has taken a tough stance on WikiLeaks in recent weeks. US officials told CNN last week that the Justice Department has prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference on Thursday that Assange’s arrest is a “priority” of the administration. But no Trump administration official went further in condemning the group than CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who, in a …

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Are we sexist for gawking at Macron’s marriage?

April 25, 2017

… Which makes its “newsworthiness” now most certainly political — and to be taken, like any other private-lives political coverage, with a grain of salt. Of course, as the Independent points out, French politics — or French politicians — are certainly not immune to scandal. Compared to Francoise Hollande, who was caught having an affair with an actress 17 years his junior, or Valerie Giscard d’Estaing, who was rumored to have a mistress or two himself, …

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ cast seems a little confused about feminism

April 23, 2017

… was a “human story” rather than a feminist one. Plus, in the Trump era, they said the TV show was about the writing, not politics. Hey @io9, even DC is getting into the Handmaid’s Tale viral marketing! pic.twitter.com/eKpTeo94az Ben Grove (@bengrove) April 19, 2017 Hulu’s TV adaptation was well underway before Donald Trump was elected president, but the novel has seen a resurgence in popularity since November. Even if the show’s creators want their project to …

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EPA head visits community famous for lead contamination

April 20, 2017

(CNN)Environmentalists say USS Lead Superfund in East Chicago, Indiana, is the poster child of environmental injustice. The people who live there are at risk of lead contamination at every turn. It’s in their drinking water and it’s in their soil. More than one thousand people were forced to evacuate, according to Debbie Chizewer at Northwestern Law School, who has worked very closely with the affected residents. A local school was shut down and a public housing complex was also …

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Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

April 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration issued one mightily mixed message Monday. President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a contested referendum that granted him broad new powers and deepened concern about the NATO ally’s growing authoritarianways. Trump’s outreach to Erdogan put him on a very short list of those who praised the results, including Hamas, the Palestinian militant group labeled a terrorist organization by the United States. …

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Gen. Allen: Trump should call Turkey’s President back — and say this

April 19, 2017

(CNN)As the White House defends President Donald Trump’s phone call to congratulate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his referendum victory that grants him largely unchecked powers, retired Marine Gen. John Allen is urging Trump to place a follow-up call to the controversial leader — and Allen is giving Trump advice on what he should say. “But,” he cautioned, “my hope would be that there is a second phone call, one that doesn’t require a lot of …

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US sending ‘dozens’ more troops to Somalia

April 14, 2017

(CNN)The US is sending “dozens” of additional troops to Somalia to train and equip the Somali National Army and the forces participating in the African Union Mission in Somalia there, a US military official confirmed Thursday. President Donald Trump last month granted additional authority to US Africa Command to conduct counterterrorism airstrikes against the terror group. The deployment was first reported by Voice of America. …

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Trump denies climate change, but could one day be its victim

April 11, 2017

(CNN)Not far from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, one expert after another warned Monday about the dangers that rising sea levels pose to Florida’s coast. Not that surprising, except this was a Senate committee field hearing challenging the position shared by President Donald Trump and many Republicans in Congress that climate change isn’t real. The site of the hearing — just four miles from Trump’s weekend getaway in Palm Beach — was clearly intended to send a …

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Syria’s Assad Is Still Attracting Support From Some Leftists And ‘Alt-Right’ Nationalists

April 8, 2017

… was treated to the piece de resistance: Conservative media personality Ann Coulter a screenshot from the lefty site Alternet. Like many new aspects of U.S. politics, this alignment has been clear for years in Europe. The cause of defending Assad has brought together the left-wing group in the U.K., and far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen in France. A Spanish leftist figure invited an Assad representative into the European Parliament just this week. Conservative British provocateur …

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Michael Caine: ‘I voted for Brexit.’ Everyone: ‘UGH.’

April 8, 2017

Michael Caine, Brexit voter.Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for SiriusXM We’ve got some bad news, everyone. Michael Caine voted for Brexit. Yeah, yeah, and that’s not all. In an interview with Sky News on Thursday, the legendary actor revealed a fair share of enlightening thoughts about politics that sparked some serious references to Caine’s classic film, The Italian Job. Lovely. SEE ALSO: Ice age waterfalls caused the original ‘Brexit,’ scientists say …

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One week, three more Trump-Russia connections

April 6, 2017

(CNN)In December, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser met privately with the head of a Russian bank under U.S. sanctions. In January, a major Trump donor with ties to his administration flew to a remote island and conferred with a confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin. And four years ago, a Trump adviser interacted with a Russian spy trying to elicit intelligence. …

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Trump calls Putin following St. Petersburg attack

April 4, 2017

Washington (CNN)US President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone Monday, according to a statement from the White House. The statement said Trump made the call to express his condolences and offer support to the Russian people in the wake of an attack in St. Petersburg that left at least 10 people dead, according to three state-run Russian news agencies. St. Petersburg metro explosion: At least 10 dead in Russia blast …

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There’s no need for April Fools’ Day because we’re living in a fake news nightmare

April 2, 2017

Image: ambar del moral / mashable I remember the halcyon days when April Fools’ Day was a bit of harmless fun. We’d read fake stories from the newspaper over our cornflakes and have a good chuckle. Fake news was just something that happened once a year. But, those days are gone. We are now living in the age of fake news; where mistruths are presented as truths, and believed at face value. Fake news is no longer a once-yearly event, it’s a 365-day-a-year news cycle. And, …

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Qatar Airways figures out a way to get past the laptop ban

April 1, 2017

Qatar Airways can get you on a computer.Image: qatar airways Electronics ban be damned, Qatar Airways is going to get its hard-working business travelers typing away on laptops no matter what. Less than a week after U.S. officials banned electronics larger than a smartphone on certain U.S.-bound flights from certain Middle East and Africa airports, the Doha-based airliner figured out how to get out of the snarly mess that is the ban. SEE ALSO: U.S. bans laptops and iPads on airlines from …

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Is it foolish for a woman to cycle alone across the Middle East? – BBC News

April 1, 2017

… stay in Khartoum. In Jordan and Lebanon, refugee camps were visibly struggling to cope with the growing numbers of Syrians fleeing war. The enduring impression was a region in crisis, stretched hopelessly between tyranny and terror. Yet there was light along the way – and that light was the people. “The world shouldn’t judge us by our politics,” a member of the Center for Civil Society and Democracy, a Syrian activist group I spent Christmas with, told me. “We …

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The only 4 things you need to know about Trump and Russia

April 1, 2017

… questions under oath about the Trump team’s alleged Russian connections. That’s the news. What follows is a reminder of how we got here. It’s not a timeline, but four distinct points that, if properly digested, will help put the next big scoop into its proper context. First, though, some quick history. Vladimir Putin has some deep-seated issues with the US — and Hillary Clinton Russian politics have a reputation for being a difficult to decode. As stereotypes go, …

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US signals openness to Assad staying put

March 31, 2017

(CNN)The Trump administration doubled down Thursday on prioritizing the fight against ISIS over ending the Syrian civil war and getting rid of its main protagonist, President Bashar al-Assad — a suggestion that was swiftly criticized by hawks on the Hill. Indicating a possible shift in US policy on the war in Syria from the days of the Obama administration, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on a trip to Turkey that the “longer-term status of President Assad will be decided by …

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Comey: I know when I’m going to cause a ‘storm’

March 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday his agency makes its decisions on a nonpartisan basis and said he doesn’t care about the political backlash of the choices he makes. “I know that when I make a hard decision, a storm is going to follow,” Comey said at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Leadership dinner. “Honestly, I don’t care.” During a question-and-answer session, Comey said he regretted that the FBI confused people with …

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State Dept employee charged with lying to feds about gifts from Chinese agents

March 30, 2017

(CNN)A State Department employee with top secret security clearance has been charged with lying to the FBI about her failure to report thousands of dollars’ worth of gifts she allegedly received from two Chinese intelligence agents, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Candace Claiborne allegedly accepted cash, an iPhone, a laptop, meals, vacations and a fully furnished apartment over the course of several years in exchange for information, according to the complaint. The 60-year-old has …

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Indians on social media express solidarity with Nigerian students facing racial attacks

March 29, 2017

Image: Association of African Students in India / FACEBOOK PAGE Indians on social media have come out in support of Nigerian students who faced racial attacks in a Greater Noida shopping mall on Monday. They have called out the inherent racism in the country and expressed shock and disappointment at the brutality meted out to these students who have been accused of cannibalism after a local student’s death last week. SEE ALSO: Ashton Kutcher Appears in Brown Face for Pop Chips; Internet …

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Why brands still think now is a good time to market the hell out of women’s empowerment

March 29, 2017

… and because it’s a small act of resistance. There’s now an audience of consumers desperate to spread narratives that promote gender equality. Many of those storylines will be imperfect. Some may commodify the concept of empowerment, and deserve criticism when they do. But the most effective ones will offer women and their allies valuable currency: Small proof in the Trump-era culture wars that we refuse to go backward, no matter how dramatically our politics have changed. There are …

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Facebook releases ‘Town Hall’ feature to connect you to your local officials

March 28, 2017

U.S. President Barack Obama greets the audience as he arrives at a town hall style meeting at Facebook headquarters on April 20, 2011 in Palo Alto, California.Image: justin sullivan/getty images Like it or not, Facebook has an impact on politics. The social network contributed to President Donald Trump’s successful election, as much as CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to lessen the blame on the rise of fake news. SEE ALSO: Facebook’s new ‘Trending Topics’ update is here now …

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Here Are The Many Ways Trump Scares The Crap Out Of Democrats

March 25, 2017

… as the Russian president has been sanctioned for invading Ukraine and the U.S. intelligence community accused him of interfering in American politics. But perhaps the greatest fear is not just that president is OK with Russia undermining American democracy as long as it benefits Trump, but that he will undermine it himself. Many Democrats zeroed in on Trumps ongoing campaigns against the free press and independent judgesas the first points of evidence. Anyone who tries to destroy the press …

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Send Trump a note written on tampons, toilet paper

March 25, 2017

Wipe out Trump with toilet paper notes.Image: EUGENE GARCIA/EPA/REX/Shutterstock If Trump toilet paper isn’t enough for you, sending the new president a pertinent message on TP and other bathroom items might do the trick. A group of activist friends based out of New York City frustrated with the results of November’s election are facilitating a sh*tshow of sorts straight to Donald Trump’s mailbox at the White House. If you write a message on toilet paper, a pad or a tampon, …

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Trump campaign’s latest email poll feels a lot like middle school drama

March 24, 2017

Do u like Trump? Yes or no.Image: shutterstock Hey friends, it’s time for another riveting poll from President Trump’s campaign. Woo hoo! On Thursday, Trump Headquarters sent out another one of its middle school-esque email polls, but rather than solely throwing shade at the media, this poll simply inquired whether the recipients stand with President Trump. Sounds like a simple choice, right? Well, wait until you have a look at the response options. SEE ALSO: Trump follows up …

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