Donald Trump Trusts ‘Fox

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Published on: April 30, 2017

President Donald Trump on Monday touted a ?Fox & Friends? report that the previous administration spied on him during the election ? an idea that has been widely debunked.

As Trump congratulated ?Fox & Friends? on its ?amazing reporting,? he was ignoring analysis from his own intelligence officials that there?s no evidence such surveillance occurred. 

Just minutes earlier, Trump?s favorite morning show tweeted that a ?bombshell report over the weekend shows a ?very high up? Obama official unmasking Trump associates for political purposes.? Trump often praises the program and tweets about stories its hosts have recently discussed.

Trump has for weeks claimed that former President Barack Obama spied on him. But FBI Director James Comey last month told Congress that there is ?no information? to support the president?s claims. National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers made a similar comment. And James Clapper, who served as director of national intelligence during the time the alleged spying would have occurred, has also denied the reports.

Several members of Congress have called on Trump to retract the allegations, but so far he?s only doubled down.

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Fourth quarter revenue down for Norway

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Published on: April 29, 2017

A snapshot of total revenue for Norway, one of Europe’s lead oil and gas suppliers, revealed declines for the fourth quarter, the government reported.

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The brightest witch of her age was Hermione Granger she possessed the intellect of Ravenclaw If you want a wild bachelorette party, Louisville is the right place for you. But she also possessed the bravery of Gryffindor where she ended up with her two best friends

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Published on: April 26, 2017

BBC coverage of latest developments

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Many people wonder how physicists such as Albert Einstein think. Einstein. Einstein always visualized things he wanted to understand Gods thoughts in a mathematical way we found this facebook page about permanent makeup. His life goal was to formulate an equation that would encapsulate all physical laws the beauty and majesty of the universe into a single equation.

Trump ready to ‘solve’ North Korea problem without China

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Published on: April 24, 2017

“If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will,” he said, adding that the US could succeed alone.

Serbia elects Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic as president

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Published on: April 23, 2017

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic is projected to have won the election outright, avoiding a run-off.

Egypt court voids ruling halting transfer of islands to Saudi Arabia

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Published on: April 23, 2017

An earlier ruling had blocked the transfer of two Red Sea islands.

North Carolina 77, Oregon 76: Loose Attitudes and a Tight Finish Put the Tar Heels Back in the Title Game

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Published on: April 22, 2017

Beaten at the buzzer by Villanova last season, North Carolina will make its 11th appearance in the final and try to claim their sixth national title on Monday.

The Afghan restaurant run by domestic abuse survivors

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Published on: April 22, 2017

Afghanistan has been labelled one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman. One place in Kabul offers hope to women escaping abuse.

Donald Trump’s Team Escalates Freedom Caucus Feud

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Published on: April 14, 2017

The White House is ramping up its public battle with the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus, singling out Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), one of the group?s most unflinching members.

President Donald Trump?s social media director Dan Scavino first needled Amash on Friday, tweeting that the Great Lakes State congressman refused to back the Republican Obamacare replacement bill because ?he puts politics before [Michigan.]? Scavino included screenshots of articles about the congressman?s decision not to vote for Trump, and of an Amash tweet criticizing the president?s rants about Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) in January.

Amash, known for his stubborn independence from party leadership, was defiant as ever, defending opposition to the bill he called ?#Swampcare because it?s just another version of #Obamacare.?

Scavino continued hammering Amash on Saturday, calling for Trump supporters to primary Amash in the coming election cycle.

Amash responded in less than an hour, claiming the Trump administration and establishment ?have merged into #Trumpstablishment.?

If the White House is serious about ousting Amash, it will not be easy. A more mainstream Republican backed by the party establishment tried to defeat the four-term congressman in a 2014 primary and failed miserably.

Amash has emerged as the congressional Republican perhaps most willing to criticize Trump. He has maintained this maverick approach during the public feud that has erupted between Trump and the Freedom Caucus in the past few days. 

The president has settled on a deliberate strategy of calling out the Freedom Caucus for its role in sinking the Republican Obamacare replacement bill. The group of hardline fiscal conservatives argued that the legislation preserved to much of the Affordable Care Act?s original structure, noting that it would provide tax credits for individuals to purchase insurance on exchanges.

Trump tweeted on Thursday that Republicans ?must fight? Freedom Caucus members if they ?don?t get on board,? implying that they would be subject to primary challenges. On Friday, he singled out GOP Reps. Mark Meadows (N.C.), Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Raul Labrador (Idaho) ? all Freedom Caucus members ? in more conciliatory tweets that seemed aimed at cajoling them into cooperation.

Scavino?s call to initiate a primary challenge against Amash is the most explicit indication yet that the White House plans to try to push these members out if they stand in the way of the broader GOP agenda.

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Venezuela Seeks To Cool Protests With Court U-Turn

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Published on: April 12, 2017

CARACAS, April 1 (Reuters) - Venezuela?s pro-government Supreme Court on Saturday revoked its controversial annulment of the opposition-led Congress amid international condemnation and protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

Unprecedented pressure from other Latin American nations and dissent within its own ranks appear to have been the catalyst for the judicial reversal.

?This controversy is over,? Maduro said just after midnight to a specially convened state security committee that ordered the top court to reconsider.

The Supreme Court duly erased the two controversial judgments during the morning, the government said, and its president, Maikel Moreno, was due to address the nation later.

While Maduro, 54, sought to cast developments as the achievement of a statesman resolving a power conflict beneath him, his foes said it was a hypocritical row-back by an unpopular government that overplayed its hand.

?You can?t pretend to just normalize the nation after carrying out a ?coup,?? said Julio Borges, leader of the National Assembly legislature. He publicly tore up the court rulings this week and refused to attend the security committee, which includes the heads of major institutions.

Having already shot down most congressional measures since the opposition won control in 2015, the pro-Maduro Supreme Court went further on Wednesday with a ruling it was taking over the legislature?s functions because it was in ?contempt? of the law.

That galvanized Venezuela?s demoralized and divided opposition coalition and brought a torrent of international condemnation and concern ranging from the United Nations and European Union to most major Latin American countries.

The Supreme Court?s flip-flop may take the edge off protests but Maduro?s opponents at home and abroad will seek to maintain the pressure. They are furious that authorities thwarted a push for a referendum to recall Maduro last year and postponed local elections scheduled for 2016.

Now they are calling for next year?s presidential election to be brought forward and the delayed local polls to be held, confident the ruling Socialist Party would lose.

?It?s time to mobilize!? student David Pernia, 29, said in western San Cristobal city, addingVenezuelans were fed up with autocratic rule and economic hardship. ?Women don?t have food for their children, people don?t have medicines.?

FOREIGN PRESSURE

On Saturday, the National Assembly was holding an open-air meeting in Caracas, joined by hundreds of opposition supporters. Also on Saturday, South America?s MERCOSUR bloc was to meet in Argentina with most of its members unhappy at Venezuela.

The hemispheric Organization of American States (OAS) had a special session slated for Monday in Washington.

Even before this week?s events, OAS head Luis Almagro had been pushing forVenezuela?s suspension but he is unlikely to garner the two-thirds support needed in the 34-nation block despite hardening sentiment toward Maduro round the region.

Venezuela still can count on support from fellow leftist allies and other small nations grateful for subsidized oil dating from the 1999-2013 rule of late leader Hugo Chavez.

Maduro accuses the United States of orchestrating a campaign to oust him and said he had been subject this week to a ?political, media and diplomatic lynching.?

Some criticism even came from within government, with Attorney General Luisa Ortega rebuking the court in an extremely rare show of dissent from a senior official.

?It constitutes a rupture of the constitutional order,? he said in a speech on state television on Friday.

Pockets of protesters had blocked roads, chanted slogans and waved banners saying ?No To Dictatorship? around Venezuela on Friday, leading to some clashes with security forces.

Given past failures of opposition street protests, however, it is unlikely there will be mass support for a new wave. Rather, the opposition will be hoping ramped-up foreign pressure or a nudge from the powerful military may force Maduro into calling an early election.

He will be hoping to ride out this week?s storm and there is no immediate threat to his grip on power.

The former bus driver, foreign minister and self-declared ?son? of Chavez, was narrowly elected president in 2013. His ratings have plummeted as Venezuelans struggle with an unprecedented economic crisis including food and medicine shortages plus the world?s highest inflation.

Critics blame a failing socialist system, whereas the government says its enemies are waging an ?economic war.? The fall in oil prices since mid-2014 has exacerbated the crisis.

The Supreme Court?s move this week may have been partly motivated by financial reasons. The wording about taking over Assembly functions came in a ruling allowing Maduro to create joint oil ventures without congress? approval.

That may have its genesis in the urgent need to raise money from oil partners to pay $3 billion in bond maturities due this month, analysts and sources say.

The government, though, was probably also seeking to further disempower the opposition as it made headroads turning international opinion against Maduro.

During Chavez?s rule, the socialists were proud of their electoral legitimacy after repeatedly winning votes so the increased questioning of their democratic credentials now stings and they have sought to stop some opposition leaders from traveling.

(Additional reporting by Diego Ore, Eyanir Chinea and Deisy Buitrago in Caracas, Anggy Polanco in San Cristobal; Editing by Alexander Smith and Bill Trott)

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Can Marijuana Real Estate Maintain Its High?

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Published on: April 11, 2017

Across the country, medical marijuana operations are repurposing old, industrial spaces. But as legal weed gets cheaper, will the high cost of retrofitting pay off? Tour a new, indoor operation in Quincy, Mass. in this 360° video.

3 Arrested in Fire That Caused Atlanta Highway Collapse

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Published on: April 8, 2017

The massive fire weakened an elevated portion of Interstate 85, a major north-south route.

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Job rejection can be a very Stressful situation that if not handled properly, can lead to a loss of self-confidence. Most of us apply for so many jobs before we land our dream jobI found a local chiropractor here in Fort Benning that was able to relieve my back pain.. It?s usually so disappointing when you constantly apply and you never get it.

Better-off ‘cashing in’ on Help to Buy scheme, research finds

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Scheme aimed at getting people on housing ladder in England poorly targeted, government finds.

Missouri GOP Wants To Keep Voter ID Policy But Not Pay To Tell People About It

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Published on: April 4, 2017

When Missouri voters approved a voter ID measure last year, lawmakers in the state promised to pay for costs associated with implementing the policy and educating residents about it. Now that they?re faced with a budget shortfall, however, Republicans are looking for ways to curb such spending. 

Republicans in Missouri championed voter ID law for years before voters approved a ballot measure to require people to display identification at the polls. The measure came with the caveat that the state would provide free identification and documentation to anyone who needed it. Several other states with voter ID laws have made similar promises.

Democrat Jason Kander, who was serving as Missouri?s secretary of state at the time, estimated last year that implementing the policy and educating people about it would cost $5.2 million. The law went into effect on Jan. 1.

Kander told The Huffington Post that he shared that figure with his successor, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (R), and that Ashcroft didn?t raise any objections. But Ashcroft drastically cut his funding request for the law to $1.4 million as state lawmakers debated how to fill a budget shortfall of $456 millionMissouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) requested just $300,000 for it.

Ashcroft has said he plans to save money by cutting television ads and direct mailings to registered voters in the state, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. He has chosen to rely on personal interactions with voters and partnerships with community groups. 

However, Democrats and other critics of the voter ID requirement say the law will likely generate enormous amounts of confusion. They argue that the Republicans? current plan is inadequate and doesn?t show a real commitment to making sure every valid voter can make their voice heard. 

They?re not gonna get anything in the mail. They?re not gonna see any information on TV. What we?ve seen in other states is that that is a recipe for disaster.
Denise Lieberman, senior attorney at The Advancement Project

?I think that it?s absolutely ridiculous that politicians ? who, when they run campaigns either locally or statewide, spend insane amounts of money on direct mail and TV advertising ? say, ?Well, we don?t need those things to reach voters,?? said state Rep. Peter Meredith (D). He recently tried to add $3 million to funding for the law, but the move was blocked.

Even states that have invested in extensive outreach efforts have seen considerable confusion among voters and DMV workers, said Denise Lieberman, a senior attorney in the voter protection program at The Advancement Project. The organization has challenged photo ID laws in other states.

?In North Carolina, they sent three direct mailings to every single voter and we argued in court that that was not enough,? she said. ?Jay Ashcroft?s budget doesn?t even allow for television advertising of the new law. At best, the most education voters are gonna receive is seeing a poster when they walk into some place. They?re not gonna get anything in the mail. They?re not gonna see any information on TV. What we?ve seen in other states is that that is a recipe for disaster.? 

Such laws disproportionally hurt people of color, young people, low-income voters, seniors and voters with disabilities, she said. 

Missouri isn?t the only state where Republicans insist that they can implement voter ID at a low cost. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate (R) has said he won?t request any additional money to implement a voter ID law if it is approved by the legislature. Pate has estimated that it will cost $1 million to implement the law, provide as many free IDs as necessary and educate the public. Democrats and critics of the proposal, however, have accused Pate of underestimating how much funding he?ll really need to roll out the program. 

Kander estimated that 224,000 registered voters lacked acceptable voter identification in 2014. Republicans have accused him of inflating this number to make the law look bad, according to the Post-Dispatch. 

?We stand by our numbers, and [Republicans] have provided no facts to dispute them. They just say that they don?t think they?re right,? Kander said. ?Now, all of a sudden that they have to actually do it, suddenly they?ve come up with different math, although it?s interesting that they won?t really show their work.?

?This is the whole playbook of voter suppression, which is you create obstacles to voting and then you create obstacles to the obstacles. That?s what they?re doing here,? he added. ?Now these folks in Jefferson City are just making up numbers now to try and fit within a budget. And that?s just not how this is supposed to work. Their legislation was that they were promising that they were gonna meet to making sure everybody knew how to navigate the process and they?re not doing that.?

In-person voter fraud in the United States is extremely rare. Still, Republicans in a number of states have adopted voter ID laws and argued that they?re necessary to fight perceptions of voter fraud. But in many cases, Republicans are the ones who have created that perception.

The negotiations over funding in Missouri indicate that Republicans have never been serious about making sure all eligible voters could vote, Lieberman said.

?This budget process demonstrates how disingenuous lawmakers have been in promoting this photo ID law and in making promises to take care of all voters to ensure they?re not kept away from the polls,? she said. ?This budget makes it impossible for them to keep that promise and it reveals this law for what, members of the voter protection coalition and other voters knew all along is that this is a law that?s designed and intended precisely to do what it?s gonna do and that is keep voters from voting.?

Even if the voter ID measure is adequately funded, some people will inevitably face obstacles in the process of obtaining required documentation. Many people, Lieberman said, may be discouraged from going to the polls simply because they won?t be sure if they have the proper identification. 

?The result of all of this is that valid, eligible voters are going to have more difficulty being able to cast a ballot,? Lieberman said. ?The ultimate crime of this budgetary insufficiency is that valid voters are gonna pay the price for lawmakers? failure to fund this law.?

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Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss

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Published on: April 3, 2017

Read about how the other side thinks: A crisis in ?Trumpism,? Breitbart for the left, and why the governor?s race in Virginia is one to watch.

Pakistani Christian Murdered After Refusing to Work On Sunday

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A young Christian sanitation worker was gunned down in Pakistan after he refused to clean an outhouse on a Sunday, his day off.

U.K. To Also Ban Large Electronics On Some Flights From Middle East, Africa

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The threat of terrorism has prompted the United Kingdom to follow the United States? lead and ban passengers from having electronics larger than a cellphone in the cabin on U.K.-bound flights from certain countries, The Associated Press reports. The ban would affect flights from six countries. 

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and the U.S. have in recent weeks discussed intelligence reports about intensifying terrorist threats to aviation, according to CNN.

The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation have banned passengers on nine airlines operating in parts of North Africa and the Middle East from having laptops, tablets and other electronic devices in the cabins of flights to the U.S. According to the ban, which went into effect Tuesday morning, people can still travel with larger electronic items in checked baggage.

?Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,? the DHS said in a fact sheet released Tuesday. ?The record of terrorist attempts to destroy aircraft in flight is longstanding and well-known.?

These airports were chosen ?based on the current threat picture,? the DHS sheet said.

The DHS noted that there?s no specific end date to the ban, and that it will remain in place ?until the threat changes.?

The U.S. regulation affects 10 airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. U.S. officials said Monday that the ban stemmed from intelligence reports that terror groups have expressed interest in targeting U.S. aviation.

Many of these airports, like those in Doha and Dubai, are major international travel hubs.

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