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Trump’s proposal to arm teachers panned by experts as a ‘colossally stupid idea’

President Donald Trump has proposed a solution to end classroom massacres once and for all: Arm some of America's teachers with concealed weapons, and train them to "immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions," he said Thursday.<p>But gun violence experts, educators, …

Guns

How rightwing media is already attacking Florida teens speaking out

As students rise up to demand gun control the right aims to take them down, along with anyone who offers them support<p>After Parkland’s mass shooting, the wind seems to have changed. Students are speaking out, demanding that politicians act. And they’re getting some traction.<p>Many found their voice on …

Donald Trump

Roads to nowhere: how infrastructure built on American inequality

From highways carved through thriving ‘ghettoes’ to walls segregating black and white areas, US city development has a long and divisive history<p>It’s a little after 3pm in Detroit’s 8 Mile neighbourhood, and the cicadas are buzzing loudly in the trees. Children weave down the pavements on bicycles, …

Urban Design

The dark side of Los Angeles: crime and corruption in Tinseltown - in pictures

In a new book, a stark omnibus of photographs reveal the underbelly of Los Angeles from the 20s and 50s, showcasing corruption within the police force and the headline crime of the Black Dahlia<p>Dark City: The Real Los Angeles Noir by Jim Heimann published by TASCHEN

Los Angeles

Berlusconi’s comeback shows that Italy still struggles with its fascist past

The former prime minister is capitalising on a cynicism that has its roots in decades of disconnect between citizens and institutions<p>Many foreign observers are baffled by the return of Silvio Berlusconi to the forefront of Italy’s politics. At the age of 81, and ineligible as a candidate as a …

Political Science

Trump challenges Sessions to investigate Obama, Democrats on Russia

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump, after being criticized for his response to Russia's election meddling, challenged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch an investigation into the Obama administration for failing to do enough to stop the 2016 election foreign interference.<p>The tweet is …

Donald Trump

How Donald Trump has enabled the outrageous 'crisis actors' conspiracy in Florida

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> It hadn't even been one week since a gunman murdered 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, before the conspiracy theories about the surviving students began bubbling up.<p>David Hogg, a student journalist who documented the shootings as they happened, was a "crisis actor" …

Donald Trump

If Trump has nothing to hide, why is he so soft on Russia?

This is a question the press must keep asking over and over again – until they receive an answer<p>The political world has known the power of repetition since Cato the Elder reputedly ended every speech in the Roman Senate with the words: “Delenda est Carthago” or “Carthage must be destroyed.” Stanley …

Donald Trump

Trees for Trump: 1m plants pledged to offset U-turn on climate change

Environmentalists say forest the size of Kentucky could compensate for ‘monumental stupidity’ of US withdrawal from Paris climate agreement<p>More than 1m trees have been pledged for Trump Forest, a bid by environmentalists to offset the US president’s curtailing of Obama-era clean energy initiatives …

Climate

Donald Trump Jr. sells America's integrity cheap

<b>(CNN) —</b> With Donald Trump as President, American integrity is on sale -- get it while it lasts.<p>This week's exhibit: Donald Trump Jr. is in India, mixing political business and personal enrichment. Trump the younger is set to give a foreign policy speech <i>and</i> hawk Trump-branded apartments near Delhi, …

Donald Trump

'I will not shut up,' Haley tells Palestinian negotiator

<b>(CNN) —</b> Pledging she "will not shut up," US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday that the Trump administration will not change its decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.<p>But her message at the UN Security Council went unheard by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, …

Israel

Trump is helping to undermine US democracy. That's just what Russia wants

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Wittingly or not, President Donald Trump spent the Presidents Day weekend doing the Kremlin's work.<p>It may be months before Americans learn whether special counsel Robert Mueller will validate or reject allegations that Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Moscow's election …

Donald Trump

Tools of Trump’s Fixer: Payouts, Intimidation and the Tabloids

As accounts of past sexual indiscretions threatened to surface during Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign, the job of stifling potentially damaging stories fell to his longtime lawyer and all-around fixer, Michael D. Cohen.<p>To protect his boss at critical junctures in his improbable political …

Donald Trump

Under Trump, America's religious right is rewriting its code of ethics

From scorning immigrants to accepting the president’s profanity, evangelicals are proving just how flexible their values can be<p>The religious right’s wholesale embrace of the Republican party and of Donald J Trump, both as candidate and as president, has necessitated a rewriting of evangelical …

Religion

Indian investors offered dinner with Donald Trump Jr

Those buying flats in Trump Tower project near Delhi invited to dine with US president’s son<p>Prospective investors in a Trump Tower project near Delhi are being offered a conversation and dinner with Donald Trump Jras part of a marketing campaign that has drawn criticism from corruption …

Donald Trump

Trump blames everyone but Russia

<b>West Palm Beach, Florida (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump, ensconced in his opulent private club of Mar-a-Lago this weekend, had a screed of combative thoughts.<p>None, however, offered answers.<p>Here in South Florida, the weekend air was filled with raw emotion in the wake of the deadliest school …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Russia ‘hoax’ turns out to be real

The hackers, he suggested, may have been Chinese. Or some 400-pound guy sitting on his bed. Again and again, he insisted, Russian interference was a hoax — a fiction created by Democrats as an excuse for losing an election they should have won.<p>When Donald Trump finally acknowledged publicly that …

Donald Trump

German foreign minister pushes for return to strong US ties

Germany's foreign minister says that as China's influence on the world stage rises, the U.S. and Europe need to return to historical bonds and work together or risk getting left behind.<p>Sigmar Gabriel told world leaders and defense officials at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday that the …

Sigmar Gabriel

Trump refused to answer whether the country's gun laws need to be changed as he and Melania go to hospital to meet Florida massacre victims and praise first responders

• <b>Karen McDougal says she met Donald Trump at a Playboy Mansion party in 2006</b>• <b><br>At the time, Trump was married to Melania who'd just given birth to</b> …

Is there a neo-Nazi storm brewing in Trump country?

Can national socialism, repackaged as ‘white identity’ politics, earn votes in rural counties that voted for Trump?<p>When the men in black walked into her restaurant one Friday morning and sat at the round table in the corner, Brittany Porter knew exactly what they were.<p>Pale, skittish, aggressively …

My six years covering neo-Nazis: 'They're all vying for the affections of Russia'

Vegas Tenold, author of Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America, tells of his reporting on the far right<p>America’s dark underbelly: I watched the rise of white nationalism<p>The Norwegian journalist Vegas Tenold started reporting on neo-Nazi and KKK rallies in …

Rights & Freedoms

Admiral warns US must prepare for possibility of war with China

Harry Harris, the next US ambassador to Australia, says Beijing intends to control South China Sea<p>The navy admiral nominated to be the next US ambassador to Australia has told Congress America must prepare for the possibility of war with China, and said it would rely on Australia to help uphold the …

China

Nuclear risk at its highest since Cuban missile crisis, says ex-energy secretary

Nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz says world has been lucky to avoid accidental weapon launch – and risk is growing<p>The world has been lucky so far to escape the launch of nuclear weapons through miscalculation, but the odds of such a catastrophic accident are increasing, according to the former US …

Nuclear Energy

Outrage as US border agents cut visit times for divided families

Border Patrol restricting access to Friendship Park in California ‘This has to do with the message of hate that Trump screams out’<p>US Border Patrol is restricting access to a park on the California-Mexico border where families separated by immigration laws frequently visit each other, sparking …

Immigration

It's been a full year since Donald Trump last held a news conference

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Exactly one year ago today, Donald Trump held the first formal solo news conference of his presidency.<p>He hasn't held a <i>single one</i> since.<p>That puts him dead last among the group of recent presidents. In his first year in office, President Barack Obama held 11 formal news conferences …

Donald Trump

House Russia investigation has 'abundance' of evidence against Trump, says top Democrat

Adam Schiff said the panel had seen evidence of collusion with Russia and obstruction by Donald Trump’s campaign and administration that is not yet public<p>Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said Wednesday that the panel had seen an “abundance” of evidence of collusion …

Donald Trump

New Yorker: Ex-Playmate alleges Trump system for covering up affairs

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump beginning in 2006 is going public with a description of Trump's alleged system for concealing affairs.<p>In an eight-page, handwritten document that The New Yorker obtained, Karen McDougal detailed her alleged …

Donald Trump

Robert Mueller just made it impossible for Trump to call the special counsel probe a 'total hoax'

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Friday afternoon, the Justice Department announced that special counsel Robert Mueller had indicted 13 Russian nationals for their roles in attempted meddling in the 2016 election.<p>Most of these people do not live in the United States, and you can bet your bottom dollar that Russia won't …

Donald Trump

Washington's political impotence is on full display

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In Washington, political alienation is now so intense that the world's most powerful nation can't agree how to keep its next generation safe in school -- or fix the system regulating immigration, the human lifeblood which has been America's foundation.<p>The frozen, acrimonious …

CNN

Trump again emphasizes 'mental health' over gun control after Florida shooting

Trump’s speech in response to Florida high school shootingwas code for: forget background checks and other gun control measures<p>It has been observed that there are two Donald Trumps: Twitter Trump and Teleprompter Trump. Early on Thursday, Twitter Trump came dangerously close to blaming the victims …

Guns