White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere

July 4, 2017

(CNN)Traditionally, the chief usher of the White House hasn’t been someone who comes and goes with each administration; it’s a position that endures. The White House chief usher as a fixture of the institution is as American as apple pie. First lady Melania Trump recently announced that Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will be the next White House chief usher. He joins a select…

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China refuses cancer treatment abroad for Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo

June 30, 2017

Beijing (CNN)Nobel prize winning Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been refused permission to travel overseas to receive cancer treatment. His case has come under an international spotlight amid allegations from his supporters that he had become gravely ill because his cancer wasn’t treated in prison. In a statement released Wednesday, Shenyang authorities appeared to attempt to dispel this speculation, saying his cancer was diagnosed less than a month ago, on…

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Delegitimizing his presidency, one tweet at a time

June 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)It marked a rare presidential moment on a most un-presidential day — Donald Trump stood at a podium flanked by flags as “Stars and Stripes Forever” rang out, after delivering a speech on energy. The controversy was yet another reminder, a few days ahead of America’s birthday, that Trump is a leader like no other in the nation’s 241-year history, who plans to stay true to himself and is…

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Whaling’s ‘uncomfortable’ scientific legacy – BBC News

June 26, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRichard Sabin: “We actively use this data for marine conservation purposes now” It’s a curious thing to see a group of early whale foetuses up close – to see beings so small that have the potential to become so big. But what really strikes you, especially in those initial developmental stages, is how familiar the forms look. How like an early human…

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China landslide: Desperate search for survivors continues

June 25, 2017

(CNN)Thousands of rescuers are searching through rubble to find 109 people missing after a landslide devastated their village in Sichuan province, southwestern China. The missing range from an 80-year-old man to a girl aged just two and a half, according to a list released by Aba Prefecture’s government, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

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Trump defiant as pressure grows

June 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)America is edging ever closer to a new long, national nightmare, given President Donald Trump’s explosive response to signs that special counsel Robert Mueller is approaching the epicenter of White House power. Trump appears willing to test the bounds of convention and his own powers against a legal and political establishment that he believes is conspiring against him. The higher the pressure, the more defiant the President becomes. The…

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Foreign Carmakers Invoke Reagan To Sway Trump On Trade

June 17, 2017

Most recently, leading Asian and European carmakers, most of whom have large U.S. workforces, released a video advertisement touting their contributions to the U.S. economy that makes the case for keeping international trade barriers low. Whats more, it explicitly emulates the famous Morning in America television spot from former Republican President Ronald Reagans 1984 re-election campaign. Employees disassemble a motor in the quality control department of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing…

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Iraqi detainees in Michigan fear deportation

June 16, 2017

Detroit (CNN)Brianna Al-Dilami met her Iraqi husband the day he came to America in 1998 and they’ve been together ever since. But her husband was arrested by US immigration officers last weekend, and she has been searching for answers about his fate, fearing he’ll be sent back to Iraq. Five of the suit’s petitioners are Christian, the other two — including Al Dilami — are Shiite Muslims. The ACLU argues…

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images This was Theresa May’s election – the Conservatives were some way off in the distance, if they were visible at all, at the start of the campaign. But was she the right kind of candidate to be placed front and centre like this? Katie Perrior, Mrs May’s former director of communications thinks not. Writing in the Times, she said: “If you run a presidential-style campaign with…

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Could football help ease tensions between North and South Korea?

June 13, 2017

(CNN)Tensions in northeast Asia are among their highest in decades, amid continued missile testing by Pyongyang and saber-rattling from Tokyo, Beijing and Washington. In discussions with FIFA President Gianni Infantino this week, the South Korean President suggested a “regional bloc” including both Koreas, China and Japan could join forces to host the 2030 football World Cup. If Moon were to achieve his vision, it would require a difficult balancing act….

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Donald Trump hasn’t tweeted in a very long time

June 10, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump is a big fan of Twitter. He sees it as a direct pipeline to supporters, an end run on the so-called “fake news” media. Which makes any extended period of time without a tweet from the President worth nothing. And we are in the midst of such a drought right now. This last 37 hours is not at all like those past Trump Twitter deserts. The last day…

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Mountain Climber Makes History With Rope-Free, Death-Defying Ascent At Yosemite

June 6, 2017

The 31-year-old elite climber on Saturday became the first person to scale the nearly 3,000-foot face of Yosemites El Capitan granite formation without ropes or safety gear, an act known in mountaineering as free-soloing. National Geographic, which exclusively reported Honnolds ascent, called it perhapsthe greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport. Fellow elite climber Tommy Caldwell had another way of describing Honnolds feat: After Honnold…

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Albert Pujols hits his 600th career home run

June 4, 2017

Albert Pujols hit his 600th career homer on Saturday night, delivering a grand slam to become the ninth player in major league history to reach the mark. The Los Angeles Angels slugger connected in the fourth inning against Minnesota’s Ervin Santana, driving a high fly into the short left-field porch at Angel Stadium. The milestone homer is the latest superlative in the 17-year career of Pujols, a 13th-round draft pick…

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Election blind dates: Peter Stringfellow and Mary Beard – BBC News

June 2, 2017

Mary Beard Describe yourself: I’m Mary Beard and I am a professor of classics at the University of Cambridge. My day-job is working on Roman history and ancient Roman history. A few years ago now, I started doing Roman documentaries on both BBC Two and BBC One. It’s got my face out there – for better or worse. Political beliefs: I would summarise my politics very simply as the maverick…

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California GOP Mayor Says Attracting Asians And The Gays Helps Reduce Crime

June 1, 2017

In a recentinterview with Vice magazine, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parrissaid that increasing the Asian population and the gays, as he called members of the LGBTQ community,can do a lot of good for a city like Lancaster, which, as Vice pointed out, is now known for its neo-Nazis and meth labs. Parris, whos been described by friends as a staunch, conservative, Republican, no bull kind of guy, according to a…

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Why the UK election isn’t exciting Americans – BBC News

May 31, 2017

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May at a campaign event in Wales It’s not even accurate to call it a forgettable election. Most Americans, I feel confident in saying, aren’t aware it’s even taking place. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Corbyn arrives for a campaign speech Many of the American revolutionaries, foremost amongst them the voguish Alexander Hamilton, were arch-monarchists. Their gripe with King George was that…

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Baltimore Mayor Says City Will ‘Look To’ Removing Confederate Monuments

May 29, 2017

In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, mayor Catherine Pugh said,The city does want to remove these. We will take a closer look at how we go about following in the footsteps of New Orleans. Before leaving office, the Baltimore Sun reported Rawlings-Blake placed signs in front of four Confederate monuments that called the statues part of a propaganda campaign of national pro-Confederate organizations. These statues are not just stone…

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Painful Chinese Foot-Binding Was More Than An Erotic Practice, Study Finds

For decades in China, young girls bones were broken and their feet tightly bond in a painful process that would eventually make them appear more desirable to men, according to historians. Their deformed feet,known as lotus feet, were tucked into embroidered shoes and viewed as delicate and dainty. It was a way to show off their social status. It was, at the time, chic. Research published in the book Bound…

May 27, 2017
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Ben & Jerry’s Bans Same-Flavored Scoops Until Australia Passes Marriage Equality

Ben & Jerrys currently operates 26 stores across the nation, and is placing the ban on same-flavored scoops as a statement of opposition to the countrys stance on same-sex marriage, where it is currently illegal for two men or two women to wed. The ban is part of the companys push for global LGBTQ rights. We are proud to be standing alongside The Equality Campaign to continue the fight for…

May 27, 2017
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TV Meets Real Life As Frank Underwood Is Photographed By Pete Souza

Now,because reality TV has already bled into the Oval Office, the photographer who documented one of the most outwardly levelheaded presidents in recent history has shot one of the most inwardly unhinged Frank Underwood, Kevin Spaceys ruthless player onHouse of Cards. Close SUBSCRIBE TO & FOLLOW ENTERTAINMENT THE spot for your favorite fan theories and the best movie recs. Learn more Newsletter 137 K Add us Pete Souza Pete Souza…

May 23, 2017
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Watch Toby Keith Play An All-Male Show In Saudi Arabia During Trump’s Visit

Keith,author of a song parenthetically titled The Angry American, performed the free show alongside Saudi singer Rabeh Saqer in the nations capital, Riyadh, on a stage lined with red, white and blue lights and American flags. Keith played some of his own material, including the song Shouldve Been A Cowboy, in addition to some instrumental music with Saqer. Another epic moment @rabehsaqer playing oud (Arabian lute) on @officialtobykeith song #history…

May 21, 2017
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Here’s who Trump has called a ‘nut job’

Washington (CNN)“Nut job” seems to be one of President Donald Trump’s favorite insults for his political foes. The President — who The New York Times reported Friday bragged to two Russian officials that firing “nut job” FBI Director James Comey eased “great pressure” on him in regard to the Russia probe — has a history of slapping the label on people he disagrees with. By definition, nut job means a…

May 21, 2017
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Biden Reportedly Slams Hillary: ‘I Never Thought She Was The Correct Candidate’

I never thought she was the correct candidate, Biden said at the SALT conference in Las Vegas, according to Fusion reporter Hamilton Nolan.I thought I was the correct candidate. No man or woman should announce for the presidency unless they genuinely believe that for that moment in the nations history they are the most qualified person to deal with the issues facing the country, TheStreet quoted him as saying. I…

May 19, 2017
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