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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Your Health Care Information Is Insecure — And Extremely Lucrative On The Black Market

July 1, 2017

Not very. TrendMicro, an information security company, has reported that the health care sectoris now the preferred target for cybercriminals. The industry, with hospitals leading the way, has been the top target of data breaches, followed by government and retail.In 2015, a total of 113.2 million health care-related records were stolen, the most ever, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. An electronic health record database contains personal…

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White House Warns Syria Against Launching Another Chemical Weapons Attack

June 28, 2017

The White House said in a statement released late on Monday the preparations by Syria were similar to those undertaken before an April 4 chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians and prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to order a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base. If … Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price, he…

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Trump and Modi reaffirm Indian-US relations with a hug

June 27, 2017

(CNN)The first face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sealed with a bear hug Monday, as the two leaders looked to publicly underscore their new found friendship. Declaring the meeting a success, Trump went on to describe the relationship between India and the United States as having “never been stronger, has never been better.” Trump: We are world leaders in social media

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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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Queen’s speech: All pomp and pageantry in British Parliament

June 21, 2017

London (CNN)Britain will take extra security precautions to protect Queen Elizabeth II ahead of her speech Wednesday — a member of Parliament will be held hostage at Buckingham Palace and guards with lanterns will check the cellars at the Palace of Westminster for explosives. Before the Queen leaves for the Houses of Parliament, a member of parliament is taken hostage and is locked away in Buckingham Palace. This tradition developed…

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Judicial Watch seeking documents unlawfully removed by Comey

June 18, 2017

Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch is calling on Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to recover and release federal records and memos it claims were unlawfully removed by former Director James Comey, threatening the FBI with a lawsuit should the bureau not comply. Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, penned a letter to McCabe on June 14 warning of a potential violation of the Federal Records Act, which is the basis for the…

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Pentagon Reportedly To Send Nearly 4,000 More Troops To Afghanistan

June 16, 2017

The news comes a day after President Donald Trump reportedly gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in the country in an effort to combat the spread of insurgent groups like the Islamic State and the Taliban. There are currently about 8,400 U.S. troops officially stationed in Afghanistan and an additional 2,000 not included in official tallies. The Pentagon refuted the AP report in a statement…

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Here’s What We Know About The U.S. Open Airship Crash

June 16, 2017

The pilot, who was still inside the airship when it crashed, suffered serious burns. He was taken to a Milwaukee hospitalin serious condition, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening. Heres what we know. The pilot had previously been involved in two forced landings. Thompson was trying to land because the winds were too strong. Patrick Walsh, president of AirSign, believes the crash was caused by a failure of the…

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How A Carpetbagging Confederacy Fan Nearly Became Virginia’s Republican Nominee For Governor

June 16, 2017

Defying polls that showed Gillespie ahead by as much as 20 percentage points, Stewart held Gillespie to a margin of victory of a mere 1.2 percentage points. The share of the Republican primary electorate from the predominantly moderate and affluent suburbs of Northern Virginia declined from 34 percent in the 2016 presidential primary to 30 percent in Tuesdays statewide contest, according to an analysis of official data by Geoffrey Skelley,…

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Anger in Taiwan as China poaches another diplomatic ally

June 14, 2017

(CNN)Taiwan has expressed “deep anger and regret” after losing one of its few diplomatic allies, deepening the island’s international isolation. China views Taiwan as an integral part of its territory that is to be taken by force if necessary. Beijing has missiles pointed at the island. Panama’s moves leaves Taiwan with only 20 diplomatic allies in the world, mainly small nations in Latin America and the Caribbean. In December 2016,…

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Gunmen Launch Deadly Attack On Iranian Parliament, Mausoleum

June 7, 2017

Lawmaker Elias Hazrati said three assailants, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, raided parliament, according to the state television website. In a separate incident, an armed man opened fire at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini and wounded a number of people, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. The identity and the motivation of the assailant was still unclear, Tasnim said.

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Donald Trump May Find Time To Live-Tweet James Comey’s Testimony

June 7, 2017

Trump will weigh in if he feels the need to respond to anything Comey says, The Washington Posts Robert Costa reported on Tuesday. I was just talking to some White House officials this morning and their view is that the president himself wants to be the messenger, his own warrior, his own lawyer, his own spokesman, Costa said on MSNBC. The president is expected to be tweeting on Thursday in…

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9 Times Donald Trump Twisted Facts In His Speech Quitting Paris Accord

June 2, 2017

President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord on Thursday with a White House speech that made the historic agreement sound like a trade deal, which it isnt. But that was just one of the thorns in his Rose Garden statement. The nonbinding pact to reduce planet-warming emissions, approved by every country but Syria and Nicaragua, commits its signatories to slashing greenhouse gas outputs and coming…

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Kushner Following Trump’s Orders On Secret Russian Link, Former CIA Official Suggests

May 30, 2017

Reports that top White House adviserJared Kushner attempted to establish a secret communication link with Russiahas an ex-CIA official wondering if he was acting on his or following orders and if so, whose orders. Mudd was referring to last weeks Washington Post report that Kushner met in December with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. to discuss establishing a secret communication channel to the Kremlinthat could not be monitored by…

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Israeli government meeting near Jerusalem site angers Palestinians

May 30, 2017

JERUSALEM –  The Palestinians sharply condemned Israel on Sunday for holding a government meeting near a sensitive Jerusalem holy site at the core of their conflict. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet met Sunday in tunnels near the site for a special session marking the 50th anniversary of Israel’s capture of east Jerusalem in the 1967 war, an event it celebrates as the “unification” of its eternal capital. Senior Palestinian official…

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REPORT: Trump To Set Up ‘War Room’ To Repel Russia Probe Attacks

Trumps advisers are planning to establish a war room to combat mounting questions about communication between Russia and his presidential campaign before and after Novembers presidential election, while bringing new aides into the White House, administration officials and persons close to Trump told Reuters. Upon Trumps return, the administration will add experienced political professionals, including Trumps former campaign manager, and possibly more lawyers to handle the Russia probe, which has…

May 28, 2017
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The Best Boyfriends Know Little Gestures Mean More Than Anything Else

@criene The best boyfriends are the ones who comment on your Instagram pictures. Not because itmatters, but because they love you and want to remind everyone you know that they do. The best boyfriends are the ones who are willing to take selfies with you andyou, who happily give you time to “do your own thing,” who want to impress your parents. They’re the ones who will tuck your tag…

May 25, 2017
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With latest airstrikes, US signals to Iran: Containment is back

(CNN)The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS waged a series of airstrikes against a military convoy of loyalists to the Syrian regime, CNN has confirmed. According to a U.S. defense official, a convoy of 20 pro-regime vehicles was headed toward al-Tanf, a military base on the Syrian-Jordanian border, on Wednesday night. Al-Tanf, which Russian warplanes bombed a year ago in two successive airstrikes, is occupied by U.S. and British Special Forces that…

May 19, 2017
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Now it’s up to the special counsel

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…

May 18, 2017
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