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Prosecutors suspected Manafort was a 'back channel' between Trump campaign and Russia

Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, came under scrutiny by the special counsel because prosecutors suspected he might be a back channel between the Trump campaign and Russian efforts to interfere in the U.S. election, a Justice Department lawyer said Thursday.<p>The disclosure …

Corruption

The Head of Trump's Voter Fraud Commission Just Showed How Low He'd Go to Keep Citizens from Voting

Kris Kobach would rather face contempt of court than tell thousands of people that they can vote.<p>Kris Kobach is perhaps best known as the head of the failed "voter fraud commission." That would be the body set up by Donald Trump to find evidence for his delusional claims that millions of fraudulent …

Government

Miguel Diaz-Canel becomes Cuba's first leader outside Castro dynasty in nearly six decades

A 57-year-old bureaucrat replaced Raul Castro as the president of Cuba on Thursday, launching a new political era as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world's last communist states.<p>The National Assembly announced that Miguel …

Cuba

New Russian Weapons Alarm Israel, May Trigger Next Syrian Crisis

Angered by last week’s U.S. attack on Syria, Russia warned that there would be consequences. Only one of them was spelled out: The Kremlin said it …

Top 10 Museums to Visit in Germany

Germanisches Nationalmuseum<p>The Germanic National Museum in Nürnberg is Germany’s largest museum of art and culture. Its collection spans millennia …

German History

How Courts Are Neutralizing Trump's Deceptions

The president deploys obfuscation as a political weapon, but both the Russia and Michael Cohen investigations show that facts really do matter in the courtroom.<p>On April 6, FBI agents raided the home, hotel room, and office of President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen. We now have a sense of …

Donald Trump

Trump Enraged After Finding Out He Stood Up to Putin

We always hurt the ones we love.<p>Nothing distinguishes <b>Donald Trump</b> from the Trump administration like <b>Vladimir Putin,</b> toward whom Trump remains inexplicably solicitous despite his advisers’ insistence that Russia is a grave national-security threat. The most generous interpretation of this …

Donald Trump

WSJ: Michael Cohen used same company for payment deals for two women

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen used the same Delaware limited liability company to facilitate payments to two women, according to a report Sunday in The Wall Street Journal.<p>Essential Consultants LLC was used for the partial payment of a $250,000 fee paid to Cohen …

Donald Trump

No more Castroism: Cuba needs to free its own people

WHEN RAÚL Castro steps down as Cuba’s president on Thursday, as he has promised, it will mark the end of an era. He will remain a power behind the scenes as head of the Cuban Communist Party and the army, but for the first time in nearly six decades, neither he nor his brother Fidel will be at the …

Cuba

Trump's personal lawyer attacked by U.S. prosecutor over privacy claim

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. prosecutor on Friday attacked a claim by President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen that many of the materials seized this week in FBI raids on Cohen's office and home as part of a criminal investigation should remain private.<p>Prosecutors also …

Donald Trump

Escape The Crowds In Thailand: 5 Unspoiled Thai Islands

The Thai authorities recently made the bold move to close Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi, the beach made popular in DiCaprio movie The Beach, during the low …

Asia Travel

Stunning home in California wine country opens up to the outdoors

1/13<p>Healdsburg House by Feldman Architecture<p>Feldman Architecture completed the beautiful House in Healdsburg, a contemporary home that embraces the …

Architecture

The three most luxurious Tokyo hotels to add your bucket list

When you’re visiting Tokyo, it can be hard to know which hotel to choose. Here are three of our faves, all conveniently located within walking …

Bucket Lists

Anantara Kihavah is crowned the most Instagrammable hotel in the world

Anantara Kihavah in the Maldives has been named the most Instagrammable hotel in the world.<p>As decided by Luxury Travel Advisor - the insider’s publication for travel and tourism operatives, detailing what’s happening, the inaugural contest saw 121,000 votes cast online, with Anantara Kihavah taking …

Luxury Lifestyle

We are in the Last Days before all Hell breaks loose

From Paul Craig Roberts Website<p>War with Russia?<br>(Image by YouTube, Channel: Osher Astrologer Finance Investors) Permission Details DMCA<p>- Advertisement …

National Security

My Favorite Places To Visit in Kyoto During Summer

One of the most annoying parts about visiting Japan is that a lot of the traditional temples and shrines you would think are ideal for golden hour …

Japan

New election analysis: Yes, it really was blatant racism that gave us President Donald Trump

(Getty/Scott Olson)<p>Racial attitudes have polarized politics — but Democrats can win by highlighting their views on racial justice<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>April 19, 2017 8:59am (UTC)<p>It's worth remembering, particularly when the Hillary Clinton recrimination news cycle is in full swing, that Donald Trump is …

Justice

British submarines 'ordered to move within missile range of Syria' as Theresa May summons Cabinet to respond to chemical attack

The world is braced for war tonight after Theresa May reportedly ordered submarines to move within missile range of Syria.<p>The Prime Minister will …

Middle East

Russia appears to be readying for a naval battle with the US near Syria — but it could be a bluff

Russia's navy appears to have responded to President Donald Trump's warning that US missiles are headed to Syria after he accused the Syrian government of again conducting chemical warfare against its people.<p>The Russian military has said it is tracking the movements of the US Navy, Reuters reported …

Military

Sinclair Boss Gives His Most Evil-Sounding Interview Yet

Sinclair Broadcast Group Chairman David D. Smith gave an interview to the <i>Guardian</i> on Tuesday and, folks, let’s just say it doesn’t exactly allay …

Journalism

You Can See America's Most Stunning Sights By Purchasing a Single Amtrak Ticket

A little while ago college friends rented a house in Montana for the summer and invited my family and me to visit. In an e-mail containing …

National Parks

Forget the Four Seasons and The Ritz-Carlton: The most luxurious hotel brands in the world are ones you've likely never heard of

Hospitality

The Report on Race That Shook America

It came out in 1968—yet little has changed since the Kerner Commission denounced “white racism.”<p>In July 1967, when President Lyndon B. Johnson formed a commission to analyze the riots then engulfing several major American cities, the radical wing of the civil-rights movement eyed his appointees …

Political Science

11 of the Most Amazing Places to Visit in South America If Money Were No Object

Ilha de Fernando de Noronha, Brazil<p>A volcanic archipelago several hundred clicks off Brazil’s north coast, the sheer natural splendor of Ilha de …

South America

Week 46: Mueller Rattles the Oligarchs

Treasury filed the sanctions, but the special counsel set the punishing tone.<p>Even if special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference accomplishes nothing more than filing indictments against one identity thief, two money launderers, three liars and 13 Russian cyber-op …

Donald Trump

H.R. McMaster's parting shot at his dictator-loving boss

On Tuesday, H.R. McMaster — the still-uniformed Army lieutenant general who won medals for valor in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf — peaced out on his role as national security advisor to President Trump.<p>For about a year, the president had humiliated McMaster as if he were a cowering pharma …

National Security

Unicat's latest 4x4 expedition truck escapes civilization without losing the comforts of home

The MD57 isn't a brand-new creation, as Unicat also offers MD57 packages on base trucks from Volvo and Mercedes. This latest version combines a …

Weather

Elon Musk Wants You to Watch This Documentary About the Dangers of A.I.

For years, Elon Musk has offered dire warnings about the potential dark future of artificial intelligence. Now, Musk is turning up the volume of his …

Artificial Intelligence

Under a millimeter wide and powered by light, these tiny cameras could hide almost anywhere

As if there weren’t already cameras enough in this world, researchers created a new type that is both microscopic and self-powered, making it possible to embed just about anywhere and have it work perpetually. It’s undoubtedly cool technology, but it’s probably also going to cause a spike in …

University of Michigan

The Secret Alleys of Central Tokyo and Where the Locals Eat

During one of my evenings in Tokyo, I just decided to wander off and find myself some nice, traditional style street photography locations.The …

Japan