How Donald Trump came up with ‘Make America Great Again’

“Make America Great Again.”   The four words that would help propel Donald Trump to the White House were an inspiration born years before, when hardly anyone but Trump himself could imagine him taking the... Read More
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AfD politician says Germany should stop atoning for Nazi crimes

Höcke, a former history teacher, also complained that German schoolchildren were supposedly not taught about the country’s scientific and artistic achievements, and that German history was made to look “mean and ridiculous”. “That cannot and... Read More
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Potentially nasty fight looms over Trump U.S. Supreme Court pick

Senate Democrats are gearing up for a potentially ugly fight over Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court pick, with some liberal activists urging them to do everything possible to block any nominee from the Republican president-elect.... Read More

Norway sends hundreds of troops to Russian border region as Cold War surveillance pact is revived

Norway is deploying hundreds more troops to the remote region of Finnmark, bordering Russia, as part of a plan to expand defences within the Arctic Circle.   The bolstered military presence in the far north... Read More
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The Breakthrough: Meet the Reporter Who Went Undercover in the Hermit Kingdom

by Annie Waldman ProPublica For decades, the daily life of North Koreans has remained a mystery. Few foreign journalists have been allowed into country, and North Koreans are rarely allowed to leave. The regime has... Read More
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MPs will not block May’s deal for UK to leave EU, says David Davis

Parliament will not vote down the deal struck by Theresa May with other European leaders when MPs are given a say on the outcome of negotiations, #David Davis has said.   The Brexit secretary suggested... Read More
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Trump set to take office without most of his Cabinet

When Bill Clinton was sworn into office 24 years ago, every single member of his Cabinet but one was confirmed by the Senate within two days. When Donald Trump is sworn in on Friday, he’ll... Read More

Trump on Intel Briefings: ‘I’ll Solve the Problems’ – ABC News

President-elect Donald Trump admitted that receiving intel briefings has shown him that the U.S. faces some formidable “enemies” but said he will “solve the problems.”   “I’ve had a lot of briefings that are very... Read More
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CBO Predicts 18 Million Uninsured, Higher Premiums In First Year After Obamacare Repeal And Delay

The Congressional Budget Office just issued a report on the likely effects of a Republican effort to repeal Obamacare immediately but keep some elements of the coverage expansion in place for two years.   The... Read More
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No 10 defends Boris Johnson over ‘Brexit punishment beatings’ quip

Boris Johnson has warned the French president, François Hollande, against trying to “administer punishment beatings” in the manner of “some world war two movie” to any country that tries to leave the EU.   The... Read More

Republicans Say They Assume Trump Didn’t Mean To Promise Health Insurance For All

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump promised insurance for everyone this weekend, but Senate Republicans say they are operating under the assumption that Trump meant to say access to insurance for everyone.   Trump made his... Read More
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Ep. 103 Hard to Say Goodbye Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS We say farewell to Number 44, President Obama. We also discuss Trump’s fight with civil rights icon John Lewis on Martin Luther King’s... Read More
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NHS will need £88bn extra by 2067, says OBR forecast

The rising costs of providing healthcare in coming decades could force ministers to increase the proportion of GDP going into health from the 6.9% expected in 2020-21 to 12.6% by 2066-67. That 12.6% would equate... Read More
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Dancing in a Cairo Street!!

by Ahmed Tharwat The young ballerina, Nour Yasser went on a dancing spree across Cairo’s old streets, “she captivates city dwellers and passers-by, drawn to a scene unusual in Egypt’s conservative urban life.” reported the Cairo... Read More

‘Little Britain’: newspapers in Europe mock UK and Theresa May over PM’s Brexit speech

Newspapers across Europe have given their verdicts on Theresa May’s #Brexit speech – and many are less than favourable. Germany’s Die Welt mocked the Prime Minister with a headline of “Little Britain”: View image on... Read More
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One habit Trump says he will keep as president: tweeting

Trump’s team had discussed moving news conferences out of the small West Wing briefing room to the Old Executive Office Building, which is part of the White House complex, incoming White House Chief of Staff... Read More

NOAA, NASA Declare 2016 The Hottest Year Yet

Last year, global warming reached record high temperatures — and if that news feels like déjà vu, you’re not going crazy.   The planet has now had three consecutive years of record-breaking heat.   The... Read More

Donald Trump’s criticism of Angela Merkel cannot be accepted by Europeans, says French finance minister

Criticism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel by Donald Trump cannot be accepted by Europeans, the French Minister of Finance has said.   Michel Sapin said the President-elect’s criticism of Europe only serves to reinforce European... Read More

Hard Brexit will hurt UK more, say EU diplomats and business leaders

European leaders and industry chiefs welcomed the clarity brought by Theresa May’s Brexit speech, but said the course she had chosen would hurt Britain more than the remaining EU member states.   Donald Tusk, the... Read More

Barack Obama Is Preparing for His Third Term

He was supposed to retire to a triumphant post-#presidency. Then Trump happened. Now, as Jason Zengerle reports, Obama is gearing up for a political battle he never planned to wage—and has no intention of losing.... Read More
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EU Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt says Theresa May can’t ‘cherry pick’ benefits of the European Union

The European Parliament’s point man for #Brexit negotiations has said Theresa May is creating an “illusion” after she outlined Britain’s plan for leaving the European Union.   Guy Verhofstadt said the United Kingdom would not... Read More
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Bishop Eddie Long’s cautionary tale about homophobia

by Rev. Irene Monroe When news hit the airwaves that Bishop Eddie Long died from an unnamed aggressive cancer resulting in dramatic weight lost, many now throughout the Black Church community wonder if his death... Read More

May’s Brexit threat to Europe: ‘no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal’

Theresa May warned European leaders that the UK is prepared to crash out of the EU if she cannot negotiate a reasonable exit deal in a speech where her tough talking rhetoric prompted key figures... Read More
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‘Apprentice’ Alum Hits Trump with Defamation Lawsuit Over Assault Denial

Summer Zervos, a season five contestant, accuses Trump of attacking her in a hotel room — and then saying it didn’t happen.   Just days before he’s set to be sworn in as the 45th president... Read More

Chuck Schumer: Tom Price may have broken the law in stock transaction

(#CNN)Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that Donald Trump’s pick to quarterback the replacement of Obamacare, Tom Price, may have broken the law with a questionable stock purchase. “If he knew about it, it... Read More

Donald Trump waits in his tower — accessible yet isolated

NEW YORK — Exactly one week after becoming president-elect, Donald Trump stepped outside his namesake fortress here for the first time. He ventured just five blocks, to dinner at the 21 Club — a dark-mahogany-and-red-leather-banquette throwback,... Read More
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Tory backbenchers to push for white paper on No 10’s Brexit priorities

Conservative backbenchers have not given up the battle to force the government to publish a white paper spelling out its priorities for Brexit, despite No 10 making clear Theresa May’s speech is the only plan... Read More

Barack Obama Belongs to the Ages

For anyone who remembers the bipartisan sense of national uplift that attended #Barack Obama’s inauguration eight years ago, it’s easy enough to list the ways in which his presidency has been a disappointment: Political divisions... Read More
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Donald Trump Expanding Scottish Golf Resort After Vowing Not To Make New Foreign Deals | The Huffington Post

A multimillion-dollar expansion of Donald Trump’s Scottish golf resort is proceeding despite a promise just days ago by his attorneys that “no new foreign deals will be made whatsoever” by the president-elect’s businesses, in an... Read More
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Global Warming Clobbers Ocean Life

by Robert Hunziker The waters of the Pacific off the California coast are transparently clear. Problem is: Clear water is a sign that the ocean is turning into desert (Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,... Read More