Mitchell Black

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Democrats’ push for more election security funding keeps failing

House Democrats forced a vote on election security funding this week — and lost again today. The big picture: This shows that the recent outburst in …

House Intelligence Committee

The White House Can't Contain the Russia Story

President Trump’s communications shop has little control over his message on a normal day, let alone in a news-heavy week like this one.<p>The White House hasn’t lost control of the narrative surrounding President Trump and Russia, because it never had control in the first place. The fallout from the …

Donald Trump

Clapper: I wonder if Russians have something on Trump

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says President Trump's behavior in Helsinki, Finland, has made him start to wonder if Russia has something on him.

James Clapper

Russia is dumping US debt and buying gold instead

The Russian Federation has sharply reduced its holdings of United States Treasury bonds with Russian ownership recently moving to an 11-year low, RT and Wolf Street reported.<p>Russia's ownership of US bonds declined from $96.1 billion in March to $48.7 billion in April and now stands at just $14.9 …

Russia

Half of Americans are struggling to afford health care this year

Nearly half of Americans find it harder to afford basic necessities than one year ago, and 49% say health care is their top cost concern this year, …

Health Care

Montenegro to Trump: We Contribute to Peace in Europe

Montenegro contributes to peace and security in Europe, the government of the new NATO member said on Thursday in response to a suggestion by U.S. …

Donald Trump

China's yuan plunges again. Is a currency war coming?

China's currency is plunging again. But how low will it go?<p>The yuan weakened almost 1% against the US dollar on Thursday to hit its lowest level in a year. It has now fallen by nearly 8% over the past three months amid a global trade spat and concerns over an economic slowdown in China.<p>Analysts …

Central Banks

These are the 10 best places to visit in Asia for 2018

Lonely Planet has released its Best in Asia list. These are the 10 best places to travel in Asia<p><b>If visiting Asia is on your bucket list then you're in luck because</b> <b>Lonely Planet has revealed its 2018 Best in Asia list – an agenda-setting collection of the continent’s 10 best destinations to visit in</b> …

Ho Chi Minh City

I miss Barack Obama. His Johannesburg speech was a reminder of what the voice of reason sounds like.

'Obama reminded us of Mandela’s stubborn will to keep moving on a course he knew was right.'<p>Until I switched on the car radio on the way to work Wednesday morning, I had almost forgotten what the voice of a statesman sounded like.<p>I had forgotten what the voice of reason sounded like, or the voice …

South Africa

Trump promised them better, cheaper health care. It’s not happening.

A key small business group says Trump’s new insurance rules are unworkable, after pushing the idea for nearly 20 years.<p>President Donald Trump handed an influential business advocacy group what should have been a historic lobbying victory when he recently rolled out new rules encouraging small …

Health Care

House Republicans defeat attempt to subpoena Trump interpreter

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday defeated an attempt by panel Democrats to subpoena the interpreter who worked for President Donald Trump during his summit Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.<p>“This is an extraordinary remedy, I realize, but then it’s …

Donald Trump

2018 is only halfway over, but a troubling climate change trend is already apparent

Earth is in the midst of a 40-year-long accelerated warming trend spurred on by human-caused climate change, and 2018 isn't helping.<p>Scientists at …

Global Warming

Work less, get more: New Zealand firm's four-day week an 'unmitigated success'

If you can have parents spending more time with their children, how is that a bad thing? Andrew Barnes<p>The New Zealand company behind a landmark trial of a four-day working week has concluded it an unmitigated success,with 78% of employees feeling they were able to successfully manage their …

New Zealand

The 21 Most Beautiful Places in Southeast Asia

From ancient forests, unspoiled beaches, colour-changing lakes, and dramatic landscapes, these Southeast Asian destinations capture some of the most …

Hot Springs

Trump falsely claims Queen reviewed honor guard for first time in 70 years

<b>London (CNN) —</b> US President Donald Trump has wrongly claimed that Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reviewed her honor guard for the first time in 70 years during his visit to the United Kingdom last week.<p>Trump made the claim Tuesday as he read from a prepared statement at the White House in an attempt …

Donald Trump

A day after back-tracking, Trump defends summit performance

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spent a second day Wednesday managing the political fallout from his widely criticized meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, shifting stances and mopping up what the White House said were misstatements.<p>His toughness with the longtime American foe in …

Donald Trump

US offers no details as Russia claims Trump and Putin reached military agreements

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Russia announced it was ready to pursue agreements reached by Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump "in the sphere of international security," though the White House and Pentagon would not confirm any agreements had been made or offer any details.<p>Trump and Putin met for …

Donald Trump

Trump Is Fighting the Entire Republican Party to Defend Putin

Vladimir Putin has cultivated a mix of overt and covert influence with a wide array of right-wing politicians throughout the West. In some respects, …

Donald Trump

10 Snorkeling Spots You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

Sometimes the best views require a deeper dive.<p><i>Note: Due to ongoing volcanic activity on Hawaii's Big Island, travelers should follow the Hawaii</i> …

Scuba Diving

16 incredible European destinations that haven't been discovered by tourists

A recent thread on Quora discussed some of the best destinations in Europe that remain unknown.<p>The answers hit on a number of hidden gems, which we included in this list, along with some others that came from our own research.<p>From Denmark's Faroe Islands to one of Armenia's oldest monasteries, here …

Singapore’s Chinatown: Exploring Art, Culture And Food

<b>THE MAJESTIC THEATRE</b><p><i>A glimpse of the Majestic theatre.</i><p>The Majestic Theatre was formerly known as Tin Yin Moh Toi. It was built by a tycoon named Eu …

Chinatown

Vietnam wants Chinese tourists, but only those willing to spend | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

Vietnam enjoys a complicated relationship with Chinese tourists, who make up a significant proportion of its international arrivals – in 2017, 4 …

Vietnam

Tiger's new GAPR driving iron? Yup, TaylorMade just debuted ones just like it you can buy

TaylorMade’s GAPR line of long-iron replacement clubs, which have been seen in the hands of Tiger Woods and Justin Rose during their Open Championship preparations in recent weeks, got their formal launch today and immediately sparked the question: What exactly are they?<p>The short answer is the GAPR …

Golf

Two Explanations for Trump's Shameful Press Conference

James Fallows: “Either Donald Trump is flat-out an agent of Russian interests—witting, unwitting, from fear of blackmail, in hope of future deals, …

Donald Trump

Vladimir Putin just humiliated Donald Trump. And Trump humiliated America

Russia did not win the 2018 FIFA World Cup.<p>Going into the tournament, it was the lowest ranked of the 32 nations represented. As it was, after a …

Donald Trump

What I Spent: Three-Day Road Trip Through the Southwestern US

Upfront Costs<p><i>The upfront costs of vacations are predictable. It’s the little things—airport snacks, cocktails before dinner, tipping a tour</i> …

Hiking

Analysis: After more than two decades covering Russia, I’ve never seen anything quite like today

I’ve been watching Russian American relations for more than a quarter century and Russian President Vladimir Putin and his meetings with world …

Donald Trump

The official most incredible reason Trump wanted alone time with Putin

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump likes to be alone with his fellow world leaders (including the occasional despot) -- and he wanted some alone time with Russian President Vladimir Putin, too, when the two met for a summit in Helsinki on Monday.<p>That decision will be much-debated and questioned after …

Donald Trump

Trump just colluded with Russia. Openly.

THE ENDURING image of the U.S.-Russia summit in Helsinki on Monday will be that of President Trump standing next to Vladi­mir Putin and suggesting he found Mr. Putin’s “powerful” denial at least as persuasive as the U.S. intelligence community’s unanimous finding that Russia intervened in the 2016 …

Ex-CIA Director: Trump Was ‘Nothing Short of Treasonous’ at Helsinki Summit

Former CIA Director John Brennan slammed President Donald Trump on Twitter after his Monday press conference with Vladimir Putin, claiming that his …

Donald Trump