M. L. Johnson

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Germany: We can no longer fully rely on U.S. White House

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's foreign minister said on Monday Europe could not rely on Donald Trump and needed to close ranks after the U.S. president called the European Union a "foe" with regard to trade.<p>"We can no longer completely rely on the White House," Heiko Maas told the Funke newspaper …

Donald Trump

Barack Obama in Kenya for 1st time post-presidency

<b>NAIROBI, Kenya</b> -- Former U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Kenya Sunday, the country of his father's birth, his first visit to this East African …

Africa

Migration from EU to UK lowest for four years, ONS figures show

<b>The number of people moving to the UK from EU countries was the lowest it has been for nearly four years in 2017.</b><p>But there was a rise in those coming from outside the EU, the Office for National Statistics said, with net migration the highest since 2011.<p>Overall net migration, the difference between …

Human Geography

Obama urges Kenyan leaders to soothe ethnic tensions

KOGELO, Kenya (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama urged Kenya's leaders on Monday to turn their backs on the divisive ethnic politics that have frequently spilled over into violence and to stamp down on corruption.<p>Opening a school in his father's home village of Kogelo in western Kenya, …

Africa

Some Aviation History Is on the Verge of Being Lost in Ohio

In the history of powered flight, few places are as significant as Dayton, Ohio, the home of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the brothers who invented, built and flew the first successful airplane.<p>Dayton is where they created the plane that they so famously tested during a 12-second flight from Kitty …

National Parks

First Read's Morning Clips: Could Arizona go blue this year?

<b>MIDTERM MADNESS: Is 2018 the year Democrats finally turn Arizona blue?</b><p>The Washington Post writes that the Midwest is falling out of its “Trump swoon.”<p>The Wall Street Journal looks at how the Mueller indictments from Friday are adding extra urgency to preparations for the midterms.<p>Obamacare is now a …

United States

How Team Trump capitalized on Russia's interference in 2016

WASHINGTON — On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for hacking Democratic organizations and the Clinton campaign, offering the clearest story yet of how the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election.<p>But the other part of the story …

Donald Trump

Barack Obama makes first post-presidency visit to Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya — Former President Barack Obama says Kenya is making progress in getting the government and opposition to work together.<p>Obama, on his first visit to Africa since stepping down as president, on Monday praised President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga for cooperating …

Barack Obama

After Trump's landmark visit to the UK, it's important to keep investment soaring and break down trade barriers

Last week marked President Trump's first official visit to the United Kingdom. It is a symbolic moment for both countries, recognising our unique and close bond. It is a chance to strengthen our bilateral relationships across trade, security and defence: the highest level of special, as the …

Great Britain

Podcast: New Costs for Veterans Health Slow Spending Bill Progress

CQ Budget, Episode 69<p>CQ budget reporter Kellie Mejdrich breaks down why Senate appropriators face stiff opposition from the House and White House …

Health Care

Russia's Resistance Has A Leader. Does America's?

A global cultural and political fault line runs through the US, Russia, and Europe — with Trump and Putin on the same side of the divide.<p>As Donald Trump prepares to meet with Vladimir Putin, many onlookers view the two leaders and their countries through a geopolitical lens that is essentially …

Russia

Hollywood stars are praising Sacha Baron Cohen's shocking new show 'Who Is America?' as 'essential' and 'mind-blowing'

Sacha Baron Cohen has duped and angered a handful of notable politicians, like Sarah Palin and Joe Walsh, for his new Showtime series "Who Is America?" that premiered on Sunday. But Hollywood stars are loving it.<p>Celebrities like Jimmy Kimmel, Jordan Peele, Russell Crowe, and Mindy Kaling applauded …

Comedy

The EU head hits back at Trump calling them a 'foe': 'Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news.'

European Council President Donald Tusk hit back after President Donald Trump called the European Union a "foe" of the United States in an interview that aired Sunday.<p>In a Sunday tweet, Tusk said the US and the EU are "best friends" and borrowed one of Trump's most-used phrases, calling any other …

Donald Trump

The Trump-Putin Summit Shows the Dangers of Executive Power

The president is likelier to damage American interests today because yesterday’s establishment undermined the power of Congress.<p>On Monday, President Donald Trump begins a summit with Vladimir Putin, the brutal authoritarian who leads Russia, a country where political dissidents are murdered; …

Political Science

Finland protests: Human rights for all _ and save the planet

HELSINKI (AP) — One sign in Helsinki read: "Build saunas not war!"<p>Activists used Monday's summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold two days of high-profile protests in the Finnish capital over a variety of grievances.<p>Abortion-rights activists dressed …

Rights & Freedoms

Republicans: Sacha Baron Cohen tricked us on arming preschoolers

A wave of Republicans have come forward saying they were tricked into saying or endorsing things by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen on his new Showtime …

Bernie Sanders

The Trump campaign has now spent more than $850,000 since last year at his properties

President Donald Trump's campaign spent more than $145,000 at Trump properties over the last Federal Election Commission filing period, according to the campaign's most recent report.<p>That brings the total amount the campaign has spent at Trump properties since the start of 2017 to more than …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Press Conference With Putin Will Go Down in History

<b>UPDATE:</b> During a joint press conference with Vladimir Putin following the Monday summit, President Trump bashed the FBI at length, suggested the case …

Donald Trump

Trump has amassed $53 million war chest ahead of 2020

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump has amassed $53 million his re-election efforts, new disclosures show, giving him a major financial advantage over potential Democratic opponents heading into 2020.<p>At the end of the second quarter, Trump's re-election campaign had $33 million in the bank, …

Donald Trump

Why Jim Jordan Denies Knowledge of Sexual Abuse at Ohio State

“Politics has never been a place for sissies,” Jim Jordan told an Ohio sports magazine a few years back. For a quarter-century, since he first won a …

Same-sex Marriage

FCC sends Sinclair mega-deal to likely doom

The FCC’s decision is a significant blow for Sinclair, which has been a frequent target for Democrats and liberal groups.<p>FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Monday he has "serious concerns" about Sinclair Broadcast Group's acquisition of Tribune Media, saying he would send the transaction through a …

Net Neutrality

Former CIA director asks what Trump is 'hiding' by meeting with Putin alone

John Brennan, the former director of the CIA, on Monday asked what President Donald Trump was "hiding" by meeting alone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.<p>Trump sat with Putin alone with only translators for roughly two hours on Monday. This was reportedly the first time in …

Donald Trump

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pushes for progressive 'sub-caucus'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez advocated in a recent podcast interview for the creation of a new, smaller progressive "sub-caucus" as voting bloc in Congress.<p>"The thing that gives the caucus power is that you can operate as a bloc vote in …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The Nation writer booted from Trump-Putin press conference after holding up anti-nuke sign

An Op-Ed writer for The Nation was forcibly removed from a press conference with President Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday after holding up a sign that read "Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty."<p>Sam Husseini, the communications director at the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington …

Donald Trump

Trump: ‘I hold both countries responsible’ for poor U.S.-Russia relations

President Trump says both the United States and Russia are to blame for sour relations between the two countries. He also calls the special counsel’s probe “a disaster for our country. ... There was no collusion at all.”

United States

Theresa May's new Brexit chief called to turn 'back the clock' on workers' rights

LONDON — Theresa May has been accused of planning to create "Dickensian" working conditions after Brexit, after her new Brexit Secretary hired a chief of staff who has called for the UK to "[turn] back the clock" on workers' rights.<p>The Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, who replaced David Davis …

Great Britain

Putin: I wanted Trump to win the election

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday he wanted President Donald Trump to win the 2016 election because he believed Trump's policies would be more friendly to the Kremlin.<p>"Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S.-Russia relationship back to normal,” Putin said, …

Donald Trump

In Trump’s U.K. Visit, Some See ‘Infomercial’ for Money-Losing Golf Resort

GLASGOW — On Monday, President Trump will have a closely watched meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, just days after the announcement that 12 Russian military intelligence officers had been indicted on charges of hacking Democratic organizations in an effort to affect the 2016 …

Donald Trump

'Utter nonsense': Putin attacks US reporter's question about Mueller probe and collusion

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday dismissed a reporter's question about election interference as "utter nonsense" during a joint press conference with President Donald Trump.<p>Putin completely dismissed the notion there was collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign …

Donald Trump

Kavanaugh documents could answer decade-old question of whether he misled Congress

WASHINGTON — The confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh could answer a question first raised more than a decade ago about whether the judge once misled Congress, as two senators then alleged.<p>In 2006, when Kavanaugh was up for confirmation for his current job as a judge on …

U.S. Department of Justice