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UK ambassador to EU resigns months before Brexit negotiations

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ivan Rogers, Britain's ambassador to the European Union, has resigned just months before Brexit negotiations are due to begin.<p>Before he quit, Rogers was due to lead the UK's negotiations to leave the EU.<p>Prime Minister Theresa May has said she wants to trigger Article 50 by the end of March …

House Democrat: 'Is there any American out there who thinks Congress is too ethical?'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Democrats on the Hill -- including Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts -- are speaking out against Republicans' push to limit the powers of a watchdog panel that polices the ethics of Congress, saying it's "absolutely ridiculous."<p>"They completely blindsided us. It's absolutely ridiculous," …

What's Important About the Clinton Campaign's Leaked Emails on Free Trade

Hillary Clinton has spent almost the entirety of her presidential campaign refusing to publish the transcripts of paid speeches she gave to large …

Leaked Hillary Clinton emails show U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar supported ISIS

<b>Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. (Reuters)</b><p>Emails released by WikiLeaks add to the growing body of evidence that Gulf regimes have backed the Islamic State<p>Ben Norton<p>October 11, 2016 6:30pm (UTC)<p>A recently …

Middle East

How Julian Assange Turned WikiLeaks Into Trump’s Best Friend

Julian Assange is 45 years old and, if an old online dating profile is to be believed, roughly 6 feet, 2 inches tall. He has soft features, …

Wikileaks Emails Suggest Hillary Clinton Weighed Reinstating Glass-Steagall

A longtime political adviser to Hillary Clinton last year urged her presidential campaign to support a new version of a law that separated commercial …

Wikileaks' Assange signals release of documents before U.S. election

BERLIN (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Tuesday the group would publish about one million documents related to the U.S. election and three governments in coming weeks, but denied the release was aimed at damaging Hillary Clinton.<p>Assange, speaking via a video link, said the …

Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump is a 1%er. Paying taxes is optional to people like him | Kate Aronoff

Whatever populist mask Trump wears, his financial arrangements and regressive economic plan show his true elitist colours<p>In 1995, Donald Trump and I paid the same amount in taxes to the IRS. Trump, at that point, owned a slew of multimillion-dollar buildings bearing his name and his gold-plated …

NC congressman says Charlotte protesters 'hate white people'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Republican congressman who represents the Charlotte area said Thursday that people are protesting in the city because they …

North Carolina

New research suggests an aging workforce is holding back economic growth | The new new economy

So far, the 2010s have been a disappointing decade for economic growth. Since the economic recovery began in 2009, the US economy has grown at an average, inflation-adjusted rate of just 2.1 percent per year. That’s much slower than other recent recoveries.<p>People have advanced <b>any number of theories</b> …

Economics

Warplanes hit Aleppo in heaviest attack in months, defy U.S.

BEIRUT/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Syria announced a new offensive against rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Thursday while diplomats failed to find a way in New York to revive a U.S. and Russian-brokered ceasefire that collapsed this week.<p>Warplanes mounted the heaviest air strikes in months against …

Middle East

Elizabeth Warren had one question for the maker of EpiPen, and the CEO couldn't answer it at all

She did not go prepared.<p>"You knew what this hearing was about. I'm asking questions that if you're the CEO I think that you would know," said ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland.<p>One specific question she couldn't answer is one that Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth …

Comparing the US Federal Reserve's views on jobs and economy

A comparison of the Federal Reserve's statements from its two-day meeting that ended Wednesday and its meeting July 26-27:<p>RATE HIKE TIMING<p>Now: The …

Federal Reserve

What Islamophobia Is Doing to American Children

As an Iranian-American comedian, Maz Jobrani focuses most of his material on how people misunderstand Middle Easterners in America. With Trump’s call to ban Muslims and increasing debate around ISIS, he’s had plenty of material to work with. Anti-Muslim sentiment has grown since 9/11. According to …

Hate Crimes

Is Britain fighting another illegal war in the Middle East? | Robert Verkaik

The death of 62 Syrian soldiers raises fundamental questions about UK drone activity inside Syria<p>The damaging admission that a British drone was involved in the “accidental killing” of 62 Syrian soldiers has exposed the truth about how far the UK has been drawn into this bloody and unwinnable …

For the first time, Obama requires U.S. government to factor climate into national security policy

President Obama signed a presidential memorandum Wednesday establishing that climate-change impacts must be factored into the development of all national security-related doctrine, policies and plans.<p>The move signals Obama’s determination to exercise his executive authority during his final months …

The Philippines' bloody crackdown on drugs is now harming the country's economy

National economies, and the investors involved in them, generally do well when public safety and rule of law can be assured.<p>But amid the Philippines' bloody crackdown on the drug trade and criminality, led by President Rodrigo Duterte, it appears investors and businesspeople inside and outside the …

Asia

‘American Honey’: The Most Beautifully Anarchic—and American—Movie of the Year

Filmmaker Andrea Arnold’s latest is a road trip saga about a group of hell-raising twentysomethings in search of the American dream.<p>The cast of</i> …

Fighting Politicians' War on Truth

U.S. journalists have an obligation to call out presidential candidates when they lie.<p><i>NBC News</i>’ Matt Lauer’s performance as moderator of a recent public forum featuring Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has led to some modest journalistic soul-searching. If journalists want the public to retain even …

Economists say Trump's economic plan is an impossible blend

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump has attached a price tag to an economic vision promising what many economists say is impossible: lower taxes, a dramatic …

Surprise as US ends Myanmar economic sanctions

<b>The US decision to lift all of its remaining economic sanctions on Myanmar, also known as Burma, has surprised many.</b><p>To understand the shock, let me first present three key facts.<p>First, US President Barack Obama could not have taken this decision without Aung San Suu Kyi's approval. She is just too …

Asia

This Is How Badly We're Managing Our Student Debt

Government-backed student debt is big business: About one in six U.S. adults has a student loan owned or guaranteed by taxpayers, and the feds pay …

Ask an Economist: How Can Today’s College Students Future-Proof Their Careers?

A panel of experts gives some (pretty dispiriting) advice to a generation that will come of age as automation does.<p>It is by now close to certain that there are millions of people currently in high school and college who are fine-tuning their skills for steady-looking careers that will, following …

College & University

Why Brexit hasn’t destroyed the British economy (yet)

LONDON — It was supposed to be a summer of discontent.<p>But after the Brexit vote, many Britons feel they have never had it so good.<p>In the early hours …

The George W. Bush White House ‘Lost’ 22 Million Emails

U.S. George W. Bush Email Hillary Clinton Email<p>For 18 months, Republican strategists, political pundits, reporters and Americans who follow them have …

House conservatives serve notice to Ryan _ and Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since returning from their summer recess, House conservatives have wasted no time showing just how tough they can make life for Speaker Paul Ryan — and for Democrat Hillary Clinton, if she becomes president.<p>Conservatives look determined to force a vote in the coming days to …

North Korea accused of 'maniacal recklessness' after nuclear test triggers earthquake

UN security council agrees to begin work on further sanctions as Japanese PM Shinzo Abe warns of grave threat<p>North Korea has confirmed it has conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date, marking the 68th anniversary of its founding with a reminder to the world that it may be edging closer to …

North Korea

FACT CHECK: No, Russia Does Not Want To Defeat ISIS 'As Badly' As The U.S.

Donald Trump would have "a very good relationship with many foreign leaders," he said Wednesday at NBC's candidate forum, including Russian President Vladimir Putin. That's important, he said, because better ties with Moscow would let the U.S. and Russia work together to fight the Islamic State.<p>The …

Study reveals that giraffes are four distinct species, not one

Genetic research on the world's tallest land animal has found that there are four distinct species of giraffe, not just one as long believed, with …

Administration confirms two more payments to Iran, totaling $1.3 billion

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Obama administration made two additional cash payments totaling $1.3 billion, after delivering $400 million to Iran by plane in January, to resolve a failed arms deal, administration officials told lawmakers Tuesday.<p>The briefing, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, was confirmed …

Obama Administration