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North Korea issued a rare statement attacking China — and China hit back

Beijing should be grateful to Pyongyang for its protection, said a bylined commentary carried by the Korean Central News Agency warning of "grave consequences" if China tests its patience further.<p>China's Global Times newspaper retorted that the nuclear-armed North was in the grip of "some form of …

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Trump’s Turn Toward China Curtails Navy Patrols in Disputed Zones

WASHINGTON — Six weeks ago, the United States Pacific Command requested permission from senior American officials for a United States warship to sail within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Shoal, a disputed reef in the South China Sea that is claimed by the Philippines and China.<p>The Navy had good …

China

Ben Carson told HUD staff he could zap their brains into reciting whole books read 60 years ago. What?

By now, everyone’s aware that Ben Carson likened slaves to immigrants during a staff speech Monday to mark his first full week as secretary of housing and urban development. The comparison did not play nicely on social media. (On Twitter, actor Samuel L. Jackson announced his disapproval with a …

The Brain
India

Trump points to imagined violence at brazenly dishonest rally

Kellyanne Conway recently made repeated references to a “massacre” at Bowling Green that never actually happened. Sean Spicer similarly pointed …

The Trump-Russia Saga Takes a Strange New Turn

The president's personal lawyer, a Trump associate with Mafia ties, and a wealthy pro-Putin Ukrainian lawmaker reportedly joined together to concoct a secret peace plan to resolve the Russia-Ukraine crisis—and lift U.S. sanctions.<p>As the Russian intrigues surrounding <b>Donald Trump</b> continue to pile up,</i> …

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George W. Bush's EPA Head Is 'Worried' About President Trump's Nominee

President Trump’s first decisions on the environment and the appointment of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental …

Bills Across The Country Could Increase Penalties For Protesters

From the Black Lives Matter movement to environmentalists trying to stop new oil pipelines to the recent Women's March against President Trump, the past year has been filled with large, often spontaneous protests.<p>Now the reaction to those protests is appearing in a number of Republican-controlled …

Rights & Freedoms

Hashim Thaci: 'Serbia is distributing arms in northern Kosovo'

The president of Kosovo has accused Serbia of provoking fresh tensions in the region. In an interview with DW, Hashim Thaci warns that Belgrade is …

Kellyanne Conway: WH Spokesman Gave ‘Alternative Facts’ on Inauguration Crowd

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, said the White House press secretary gave “alternative facts” when he inaccurately described the inauguration crowd as “the largest ever” during his first appearance before the press this weekend.<p>White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gathered …

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FACT CHECK: Trump overstates crowd size at inaugural

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's speech Saturday at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency turned into the latest battle in, as he put it, his "running war with the media." He had two central complaints: that the media misrepresented the size of the crowd at his inauguration …

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After Trump Promised To Release His Tax Returns, Aide Says He Won't Because ‘People Didn’t Care’

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump will not release his tax returns because “people didn’t care” about it during the election, one of his top aides said Sunday.<p>“He’s not going to release his tax returns. We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care,” White House advisor Kellyanne …

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How artificial intelligence can be corrupted to repress free speech

The internet was supposed to become an overwhelming democratizing force against illiberal administrations. It didn't. It was supposed to open repressed citizens' eyes, expose them to new democratic ideals and help them rise up against their authoritarian governments in declaring their basic human …

Americans are united on retaliating against Russian cyberattacks

How should the United States respond to Russian interference in the 2016 election? That debate has roiled the very top of the U.S. government. President Obama announced diplomatic sanctions in response. But President-elect Donald Trump said the United States should “move on” — and even questioned …

Russia

Kremlin hopes for rapport with US, but differences will stay

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman voiced hope for a constructive dialogue with President Donald Trump's administration in comments broadcast Saturday, but warned that differences will remain.<p>Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with state Rossiya television that it would be …

Russia

Trump Reportedly Plans To End National Arts Funding

Well, having art and culture sure was cool while it lasted!<p>President-elect Donald Trump plans to dramatically slash funding for the humanities when he takes office, according to a new report from The Hill. In meetings with White House staff, Trump transition officials have reportedly indicated that …

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The Latest: Trump team defends Crowley on plagiarism claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):<p>10:20 p.m.<p>President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is defending the syndicated talk show host Monica Crowley, named as a communications specialist for the incoming administration, against plagiarism accusations.<p>CNN …

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Pennsylvania mother, boyfriend raped and dismembered daughter: police

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Authorities in suburban Philadelphia have charged a man and woman of raping, murdering and dismembering the woman’s 14-year-old adopted daughter to fulfill a bizarre sexual fantasy.<p>Jacob P. Sullivan, 44, of Horsham, was arrested by Bucks County detectives and arraigned …

Crime

A House rules change you didn't hear much about -- and prosecutors won't like

<i>Former Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) sought to withhold his office's financial documents, claiming his Fifth Amendment privilege not to incriminate himself. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)</i><p>BY: ASHLEY BALCERZAK<p>The Office of Congressional Ethics was saved from the landfill -- where House Republicans had …

Corruption

Facebook's New Head Of News Has Deep Republican Ties

Former television journalist Campbell Brown is "a propagandist" against public schools, an education activist said.<p>Campbell Brown, a former television journalist who became an education activist, has been tapped to run Facebook’s news partnerships team.<p>Brown worked as an anchor for NBC and CNN …

New House GOP Rule Lets Lawmakers Fire Individual Federal Workers

WASHINGTON ― House Republicans resurrected a decades-old provision in their new rules package that allows lawmakers to lower the salary or eliminate the job of individual federal employees.<p>Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, championed the arcane …

U.S. Politics

Lindsey Graham Chastises Republicans Happy About Hacking: 'You're Not A Patriot'

"When one party is compromised, all of us are compromised," the GOP senator said.<p>Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday went after members of his own party who think the Russians did the United States a service by hacking Democratic emails, saying that people who have that attitude are …

Trump asking Congress, not Mexico, to pay for border wall

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has signaled to congressional Republican leaders that his preference is to fund the border wall through the appropriations process as soon as April, according to House Republican officials.<p>The move would break a key campaign promise …

Immigration

Obama treads on Trump's Twitter turf to reflect on presidential achievements

As successor’s spokesman says controversial use of Twitter ‘gets results’, current Oval Office occupant sends out tweet storm underlining his legacy<p>Barack Obama on Sunday used Twitter, a medium notoriously favoured by the man who will succeed him in the White House, to tout his achievements in …

This Is What It’s Like to Read Fake News For Two Weeks

I lived Michael Flynn Jr.'s media diet so you wouldn’t have to.<p>A few weeks ago, perplexed by the persistence of fake news, I attempted to think like someone I wasn’t. On December 13, I created a dummy Twitter account. More of a clone, actually. I chose to emulate Michael Flynn Jr., the 33-year-old …

Journalism

Trump’s pick for national security adviser had role in firm co-led by man who tried to sell material to the KGB

President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for national security adviser partnered in recent months with a technology company co-led by a businessman who pleaded guilty to trying to sell stolen scientific material in the 1980s to the KGB, the former Soviet intelligence service.<p>Retired Lt. Gen. Michael …

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