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White House press briefing goes off the rails as CNN's Jim Acosta battles with Sarah Huckabee Sanders over whether the media is 'enemy of the people'

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, on Thursday declined to say when pressed by CNN's Jim Acosta whether she considered the press to be the "enemy" of the American people, something President Donald Trump has asserted in the past.<p>Sanders instead bashed news organizations' …

The White House

How Silicon Valley Became a Den of Spies

The West Coast is a growing target of foreign espionage. And it’s not ready to fight back.<p>SAN FRANCISCO—In the fall of 1989, during the Cold War’s wan and washed-out final months, the Berlin Wall was crumbling—and so was San Francisco. The powerful Loma Prieta earthquake, the most destructive to …

News (Hong Kong)

The decline of U.S. influence is the great global story of our age

By Fareed Zakaria<p>Fareed Zakaria<p>Columnist focusing on foreign affairs<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Columnist<p>Daniel Kahneman, who won a Nobel Prize in economics for reshaping our understanding of human motivation, once said: "No one ever made a decision because of a number. They need a story." That's as true for …

Geopolitics

The things sex education should have taught us but didn’t

• Men and women have innate differences in how they experience their sexualities.<br>• These differences, despite existing, don’t really mean anything.

Trump's Unlawful Attack in Syria

Trump launched an attack on Bashar al-Assad’s government without the legal authority to do so.<p>"It should be more easy to get out of war than into it," Oliver Ellsworth told the Philadelphia Convention on August 17, 1787.<p>With the malignant political genius of the nuclear age, Americans have reversed …

Middle East

Bannon and Trump have quietly installed an alt-National Security Council operating inside the White House

<b>(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)</b><p>The Strategic Initiatives Group is the White House pipeline to the white nationalists of the European right<p>Jefferson Morley<p>March 17, 2017 8:59am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Less than a month after much-admired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster took over from …

The lowest moment of Donald Trump’s press conference

When he questioned April Ryan, it showed how he really thinks about people of color.<p>President Trump’s bizarre, rambling news conference hit an unrivaled low at the mention of an issue that’s continually defined the president down: race.<p>April Ryan, a black reporter with American Urban Radio Networks …

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's messy case that he inherited a mess

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday made a messy case that he "inherited a mess" from his predecessor. Economic stats and …

Encryption Apps Help White House Staffers Leak—and Maybe Break the Law

In the four tumultuous weeks since President Donald Trump's inauguration, the White House has provided a steady stream of leaks. Some are mostly …

Silencing the civil service: Republicans crack down on federal workers’ communication

<b>(AP)</b><p>Fearing a Trump crackdown, some federal workers at the EPA turned to encryption apps to communicate<p>Sophia Tesfaye<p>February 16, 2017 4:30pm (UTC)<p>After charges that the Trump transition team was trying to scare employees at the Department of Energy — by sending a request for an inventory of all …

The Rust Belt Elevated Trump, But Its Electoral Power Is Dwindling

Donald Trump won the presidency despite losing the popular vote, in large part because of his near-sweep of Midwestern states. However, a changing …

Is Trump Stiffing the Constitution Over His Conflicts of Interest?

Three days into Donald Trump’s presidency, the nonpartisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) in Washington filed a lawsuit …

Donald Trump

FBI and NSA Poised to Gain New Surveillance Powers Under Trump

The FBI, National Security Agency and CIA are likely to gain expanded surveillance powers under President-elect Donald Trump and a …

Figures on government spending and debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt in millions of dollars. The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.<p>Total …

10 Books That Can Change Your Life in One Long Weekend

After the turkey, feed your mind.<p><i>I want to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Which books changed your life? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Will Chou, Self development blogger who uses</b> …

Would Teaching “Critical Thinking” Help Both Students and Politicians?

<b>Would Teaching "Critical Thinking" Help Both Students and Politicians?</b><p>The current political climate in America highlights the need for a stronger …

‘We Are in for a Pretty Long Civil War’

In back rooms and think tanks, Republicans are already mourning their party—and plotting the fight over who’s going to be in it after Trump.<p>As the country geared up for the third and final presidential debate last week, the fellows of the storied conservative Hoover Institution gathered in Palo …

War

Sexism Is Out In The Open In The 2016 Campaign. That May Have Been Inevitable

The men parked their white work van on a patch of dirt down the road from the college where Hillary Clinton was set to give a major speech.<p>Then they attached a banner.<p>It was almost as long as the van with bold red-and-black vinyl lettering.<p>"Trump that bitch," it read.<p>They waved and smiled, as …

Government

Matt Lauer’s NBC presidential forum was a spectacular display of the worst habits in American journalism

There was a trainwreck on American TV last night, in the form of NBC’s “Commander-In-Chief Forum,” hosted by <i>The Today Show</i>‘s Matt Lauer. In front of an audience of military veterans, Lauer asked presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, in separate 30-minute segments, about matters …

Matt Lauer

Here's how George Soros broke the Bank of Thailand

Across this ten-part series, I'm taking a look at Soros' life, trading career, and political involvements. In part one, I covered the fund manager's early career and the beginnings of the Quantum Fund. In this part, I'm going to look at the Quantum Fund's rise to fame and some of the best trades …

5 Marathon Workouts That Take 45 Minutes or Less

Training for a marathon is no easy task, but it doesn't have to take over your life. Yes, long runs are a necessity for endurance, says John Henwood, …

WHY IT MATTERS: Issues at stake in election

WASHINGTON (AP) — A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief:<p>TRADE<p>In this angry election …

Don't Overlook These 5 Shifts Changing the Future of Work

The rapid growth of technology is challenging the belief humans will do everything.<p>Significant social shifts are influencing the future of work. These changes are forcing businesses to alter the way they remain relevant in the market place. Additionally, these changes are pushing businesses to …

Why the anti-tyranny case for the 2nd Amendment shouldn't be dismissed so quickly

Do people have a right to defend themselves against a tyrannical government? And does the Second Amendment reinforce that right? Donald Trump appeared to be referring to such a right recently, in his muddled comments about "Second Amendment people." But trying to discern the thinking behind Trump’s …

A Real Map of the Middle East

Could this map <i>be</i> any more different from the previous one discussed on this blog? That one dealt with the water, wetlands and shifting shorelines of …

Time To Move Beyond GMO Controversy And Take Advantage Of Scientific Progress

For someone who has devoted about 50 years to the preservation of plant diversity, I have been increasingly disturbed by the persistent controversy over GM crops. During my 11 years as chairman of the Report Review Committee of the National Research Council, I’ve had ample opportunities to …

DIVIDED AMERICA: Temperatures rise, US splits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tempers are rising in America, along with the temperatures.<p>Two decades ago, the issue of climate change wasn't as contentious. The …

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FACT CHECK: Trump gets his Mideast history wrong

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump on Monday painted the Middle East as an oasis of stability before Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, arguing that she and President Barack Obama "launched" the Islamic State group onto the world.<p>In trying to outline how he would defeat the threat, Trump …

Trump’s ‘Second Amendment People’ Already Think They Have the Right to Fight the Government with Guns

A constitutional law professor explains the origins of "insurrectionist theory," and its role in the modern gun rights movement.<p><i>This post originally appeared on The Trace.</i><p>At a campaign event in North Carolina last week, Donald Trump set off another media storm by suggesting that Second Amendment …

Guns