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- James Clapper: Brennan’s anti-Trump rhetoric is ‘an issue in and of itself’
- Trump: Mueller’s Russia probe makes ‘Joseph McCarthy look like a baby!’
President Trump claimed that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Moscow’s interference with the 2016 U.S. elections is more extreme than Sen. Joseph McCarthy's hunt for Communists in the U.S. government in the 1950s.
- Kofi Annan, former U.N. secretary-general, dies at age 80
Kofi Annan, a charismatic global diplomat and the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general who led the world body through one of its most turbulent periods, died early Saturday at age 80.
Tributes flowed in from around the world after his foundation announced his death in the Swiss capital, Bern, after a short and unspecified illness. The statement remembered the Nobel Peace Prize winner as “radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did.”
He died “peacefully in his sleep,” the president of Ghana, where Annan was born, said after speaking to his wife.
At U.N. headquarters in New York, the U.N. flag flew at half-staff and a bouquet of flowers was placed under Annan’s portrait. Reflecting the widespread regard that won him a groundbreaking uncontested election to a second term, leaders from Russia, India, Israel, France and elsewhere expressed condolences for a man Bill Gates called “one of the great peacemakers of our time.”
Annan spent virtually his entire career as an administrator in the United Nations. His aristocratic style, cool-tempered elegance and political savvy helped guide his ascent to become its seventh secretary-general, and the first hired from within. His two terms were from Jan. 1, 1997, to Dec. 31, 2006, capped nearly midway when he and the U.N. were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. (AP)
- Beto O’Rourke, on a ‘suicide mission’ against Ted Cruz, is having the time of his life — and might even come out of it alive
From left: Willie Nelson, Beto O’Rourke, Lukas Nelson, Amy Nelson and Margo Price perform onstage with Willie Nelson and Family during the 45th Annual Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic at the Austin360 Amphitheater on July 4, 2018, in Austin, Texas. HUTCHINS, Texas — Beto O’Rourke was trying hard to play it cool, but finally, he just couldn’t resist. “I have to show you this,” the Democratic congressman from El Paso, Texas, said, reaching into his pocket to grab his iPhone, where he began scrolling through text messages.
- Omarosa Manigault Newman has President Trump unhinged
- Trump says he may revoke another security clearance 'very quickly'
President Trump on Friday suggested that he is close to revoking the security clearance of a current Justice Department employee who had been in contact with author of the controversial dossier alleging ties between Trump and Russia.
- Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial in Alexandria, Va.
- Trump blames D.C. pols for raining on his parade
- The secret Soviet organization that explains what Russia is doing today
- Judge says Trump campaign screwed up on wording of confidentiality agreements
- Presidents pay tribute to Aretha Franklin
- As newspapers unite to defend press freedom, Trump accuses them of 'COLLUSION'
- Beyond Flint: Newark is sued over lead in drinking water
- Brennan fires back at Trump: Claims of 'no collusion' are 'hogwash'
A day after President Trump revoked John Brennan’s security clearance, the New York Times published a blistering op-ed by the former CIA director, who disputes Trump’s assertion that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia.
- Unfiltered: ‘We ruin the lives of a******s, psychos, pervs, and trolls’
In Carrie Goldberg’s career as a victims’ rights lawyer, she goes after four different kinds of offenders: “A******s, psychos, pervs and trolls.” An accomplished attorney who has most recently won a $950,000 sexual assault case involving a teen girl in Brooklyn and is currently representing one of the plaintiffs in the Harvey Weinstein case, Goldberg and her firm specialize in sexual assault and sexual privacy violations, including revenge porn, sextortion and other forms of online abuse. Defined as the distribution of sexually explicit images of a person without that person’s consent, revenge porn is a form of abuse that affects approximately 1 in 8 adults — most of them women. Sextortion takes it one step further: “[It’s] when somebody is being blackmailed, and usually their intimate images or videos are used as leverage to get somebody to do more things,” said Goldberg.
- Wisconsin flipped for Trump. Minnesota nearly did. What do their primaries predict for the midterms?
The results of Tuesday’s primaries in Minnesota and Wisconsin were the latest in a series of revealing soundings from the region — tremors on the electoral Richter scale that help delineate the underlying forces shaping American politics.
- Trump revokes security clearance of former CIA director who has criticized the White House
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders began her briefing on Wednesday by reading a statement from President Trump announcing his decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, a prominent critic of the current administration. The statement went on to list other current and former officials whose clearances would be under review.
- Can Manafort's team make a killer close?
It has been difficult to discern the defense’s theory of Paul Manafort’s case, but a member of the special counsel’s team has a concise assessment of the defense’s approach, at least when it comes to cross-examination. “We like clarity,” he observed. “They like confusion.”
- Facebook is ‘a surveillance system,’ sci-fi author Cory Doctorow says
- Paul Manafort's defense rests without presenting evidence
- Omarosa tweet raises the question: What is it about Trump and dogs?
Among the enemies, rivals and random targets he has compared to a dog are Mitt Romney (“he choked like a dog”) Ted Cruz (he “lies like a dog”) and conservative writer Brent Bozell (came “begging for money like a dog”).
- Trump calls Omarosa 'that dog'
President Trump on Tuesday continued to lash out at Omarosa Manigault-Newman over explosive claims in his former “Celebrity Apprentice” co-star turned White House aide makes about him in her new book, “Unhinged.”
- What Trump doesn't understand about NFL player protests
- 3 missing men at the Manafort trial
- Trump attacks ‘wacky,’ ‘vicious,’ ‘not-smart’ former protégé Omarosa
- Trump adviser Stephen Miller's uncle: My nephew is 'an immigration hypocrite'
Stephen Miller, the architect of some of Trump’s most controversial anti-immigration policies, has been assailed by critics who are quick to point out that Miller himself is a grandchild of refugees. Now Miller’s own uncle is joining the outcry.
- Meager Unite the Right 2 rally exposes limits of white supremacist movement
- Parkland students bring the March for Our Lives summer tour to an end in Newtown
The organizers of the Road to Change tour have visited over 50 cities in an effort to register and mobilize voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections — and to build a coalition of youth in communities affected by gun violence.
- 'Unite the Right' marchers a few – anti-fascists a many
White nationalists who marched on Washington and rallied at a park near the White House have left the area in white vans under a police escort. The demonstration led by the principal organizer of last year’s “Unite the Right” event in Charlottesville, Virginia, Jason Kessler, ended earlier than expected. Thousands of counterdemonstrators showed up to jeer and shout insults at the white nationalists as they made their way through Washington streets.
- Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago
The mother of a woman killed when a car plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally last summer said Sunday there’s much healing to do a year after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Heather Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, visited the site of the attack on Sunday afternoon. The vigil was one in a series of largely peaceful community events held in Charlottesville over the weekend to mark the one-year anniversary of the rally, one of the largest gatherings of white nationalists and other far-right extremists in a decade.
- Charlottesville on high alert on the anniversary of white supremacist violence
A group of anti-fascist activists rallied peacefully in downtown Charlottesville as the city marks the anniversary of last summer's white supremacist violence. Saturday marks a year since white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia campus with torches, clashing with a group of counterprotesters. The following day, a much larger gathering of white nationalists near a downtown park erupted into violence.
- Yankees emerge as key evidence in Paul Manafort trial
A package of baseball season tickets owned by President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was a major topic of discussion on Friday at his trial for charges including money laundering, financial fraud and tax investigation.
- Michael Brown's mom seeks reinvestigation, City Council seat
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri governor's office said Friday it doesn't have the authority to appoint a special prosecutor reinvestigate the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, despite pressure from Brown's mother to do so.
- St. Louis DA victory latest for Black Lives Matter movement
- Erdogan tells Turks to buy crumbling lira as Trump turns the screws
The lira has long been falling on worries about Erdogan's influence over monetary policy and worsening relations with the United States. Reverberations spread through global markets, with European stock markets especially hit as investors took fright over banks' exposure to Turkey. U.S. stocks were also rattled.
- NASA sending spacecraft straight into sun's glittering crown
- Confirmation hearings for U.S. top court nominee Kavanaugh open Sept. 4
Confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will begin on Sept. 4, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced in a statement on Friday. Opening statements by committee members will take place on Sept. 4, and the questioning of Kavanaugh will start the following day, the committee statement said. Republican President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, on July 9 to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
- William & Mary board rescinds Bill Cosby honorary degree
- The key Trump revelations in Omarosa Manigault Newman's new book
Omarosa Manigault Newman, whose association with Donald Trump goes back all the way to his days on reality TV, has displayed her flair for spectacle by publishing a scathing insider’s account of his White House. Manigault Newman, who embraced the role “villain” on The Apprentice, said in 2015: “When you have a big reality TV star as the front-runner for the Republican nomination there is no way to separate it. When the Guardian approached the White House for comment about Manigault Newman’s book on Thursday, there was no response.
- Trump adviser Stone's associate held in contempt in Russia probe: reports
An associate of U.S. President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone was found in contempt on Friday after refusing to appear as a witness before a grand jury convened as part of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, U.S. media reported. Andrew Miller's refusal to comply with the subpoena from Mueller's office prompted a sealed hearing before a federal judge, who then made the ruling, the Washington Post and CNN reported. In a related development, another Stone associate, comedian and talk show host Randy Credico confirmed that he had been subpoenaed by the special counsel's office, which is probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
- As U.S. unleashes sanctions, Americans view Russia as bigger threat than Iran: Reuters/Ipsos poll
While a majority of U.S. adults view Iran as a threat to the United States, that number has decreased slightly over the past three years, the poll shows. In comparison, the number of Americans who consider Russia a threat to their country increased since 2015, as U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and on new accusations of Russian meddling ahead of the November midterm elections. Highlights from Reuters/Ipsos polls show: Sixty-seven percent of U.S. adults said in a poll conducted in July 2018 that Iran poses a "moderate," "serious" or "imminent" threat to the United States.
- Trump escalates feud with Turkey, imposing higher metals tariffs
Criticizing the state of the U.S. relationship with Ankara, Trump announced on Twitter that he had authorized a doubling of duties on aluminum and steel imported from Turkey, making them 20 percent and 50 percent respectively. The White House said Trump would use a section of U.S. law that allows for tariffs on national security grounds to impose the increased duties. Washington and Ankara have been at odds for months over an American pastor detained in Turkey, the Syrian civil war and other diplomatic issues.
- State senator pleads not guilty to domestic violence charges
- U.S. strongly condemns Russia's poisoning of former spy: White House
"The attack against Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, United Kingdom, on March 4, 2018, was a reckless display of contempt for the universally held norm against chemical weapons," said a spokesman for the White House National Security Council in an email. The spokesman said sanctions that the State Department said it would impose by the end of August fulfilled its legal obligations "after determining a foreign government has used chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals or in violation of international law." Skripal, a former colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter were found slumped unconscious on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury in March, after a liquid form of the Novichok type of nerve agent was applied to his home's front door.
- Kobach to recuse himself from Kansas governor's race recount
Kobach told CNN late on Thursday that as Kansas's current secretary of state, he has no role in the counting or recounting of provisional ballots, and that all the work is done at the county level. "I'll be happy to recuse myself." In a letter to Kobach on Thursday, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer wrote that some clerks were given wrong information about which ballots to count and requested that Kobach recuse himself from "rendering further advice in these matters." "I believe that the designation of the Attorney General as a neutral party to advise county election officials on these matters will help ensure the confidence of the voting public in the outcome of the primary election," Colyer wrote. Thomas County Clerk Shelly Harms confirmed to Reuters on Thursday that Colyer's vote total had been corrected to 522, up 100 votes from the 422 initially reported.
- NASA experiment that included Trump note caused alarm
- Exclusive: As Trump cracks down on Pakistan, U.S. cuts military training programs
The move, which has not been previously reported, is one of the first known impacts from Trump's decision this year to suspend U.S. security assistance to Pakistan to compel it to crack down on Islamic militants. The Pentagon and the Pakistani military did not comment directly on the decision or the internal deliberations, but officials from both countries privately criticized the move. U.S. officials, speaking to Reuters on the condition of anonymity, said they were worried the decision could undermine a key trust-building measure.
- On anniversary of rally, how Charlottesville changed us
It’s been nearly a year since white nationalists and neo-Nazis clashed with counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Va., leaving a young woman and two state police officers dead and a nation that has long struggled with the dark side of its complicated racial history shaken to its core.
- Charlottesville photographer would return Pulitzer if he could save Heather Heyer
- How Heather Heyer's mother keeps her legacy alive