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Trump’s defense of his wiretapping claim is an incredible word salad

Forced to explain his allegation that President Barack Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower, President Donald Trump misquoted the New York Times, said he “wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Twitter,” and talked about how much money <i>Celebrity Apprentice</i> made for NBC.<p>The explosive charge is looking more and …

Old Crow Medicine Show Ready Live Album of Dylan’s ‘Blonde on Blonde’

In May 2016, Old Crow Medicine Show paid tribute to Bob Dylan’s 1966 masterpiece <i>Blonde on Blonde</i> with a live re-creation of the album at the Country …

Supreme Court Appears Headed for a Tie in Cross-Border Shooting Case

U.S. news<p>No one disputes that a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed an unarmed 15-year-old near the border that separates El Paso, Texas from Juarez, Mexico.<p>The agent was on the U.S. side of the border. The boy, a Mexican national, was on the other. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court …

These Wild, Obscure Tales of Past Presidents Are Stuffed Full of American Badassery

Everyone knows about Bill Clinton and his sax, and how Barack Obama can croon a mean Al Green. But did you know Lincoln could deadlift 1,300 pounds?<p>Everybody knows about Bill Clinton and his saxophone, and how Barack Obama can croon a mean Al Green, and how George Washington cannot tell a lie, and …

Stephen Miller’s web of lies: The Trump adviser has championed Big Tobacco’s alarming public deception

<b>(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)</b><p>Miller and Mike Pence both had a history of spreading lies about the dangers of smoking<p>Alex Kotch<p>February 21, 2017 9:59am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The alarming past of President Donald Trump’s senior policy adviser has come under increased scrutiny …

Wolf-sized otters prowled prehistoric China, new discovery suggests

World, meet Siamogale melilutra.<p>S. melilutra was an otter. A really, really big otter. It weighed about 110 pounds and grew to be the size of a wolf. It had a powerful jaw and huge, rounded cheek teeth that were useful for wrenching large shellfish and mollusks out of their protective shells.<p>S. …

US forces may have committed war crimes, ICC prosecutors say

US armed forces and the CIA may have committed war crimes by torturing detainees in Afghanistan, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said in a report on Monday, raising the possibility that American citizens could be indicted even though Washington has not joined the global …

Why the US Is Buying Up So Many UK Artificial Intelligence Companies

DeepMind, SwiftKey, VocalIQ—Does the UK need to worry about a brain drain in artificial intelligence?<p>Autonomy, DeepMind, SwiftKey, VocalIQ. Each are British artificial intelligence and machine learning startups bought by US tech giants—HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple, respectively.<p>And they're …

The US Is Planning a 'Color Revolution' in Russia -- But Putin Is Ready

On Friday, Russian president Vladimir Putin warned the FSB that as the September parliamentary elections inch closer, "foreign foes" present a …

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Buck v Bell, one of the Supreme Court’s worst mistakes

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As peace talks progress for Colombia, some fear disarmament could lead to anarchy

MAGDALENA MEDIO VALLEY (Colombia) (AFP) - In their secret jungle camps, Colombia's Marxist rebels used to learn how to fight. Now their leaders are trying to teach them how not to.<p>They still carry the rifles and machetes they have used for half a century in their war against the Colombian …

CHINA: South China Sea military buildup is no different than the US defending Hawaii

The United States last week accused China of raising tensions in the South China Sea by its apparent deployment of surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island, a move China has neither confirmed nor denied.<p>Asked whether the South China Sea, and the missiles, would come up when Wang is in the …

One of the crucial components of America’s global military might is being threatened

The United States' aircraft carriers have always been an almost untouchable deterrent, steel behemoths capable of projecting the full weight of the military wherever they deploy.<p>Yet while many militaries could never hope to match the carrier fleet in size and strength, countries such as China, Iran …

Factbox - How will Britain's EU membership referendum work?

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron has said a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union will be held on June 23.<p>Below are the key details of how the vote will work:<p>WHO CAN VOTE?<p>Like with a parliamentary election, British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens aged over 18 who …

Commodity Slump Puts Dry-Bulk Shipping on Hold

Idled vessels dot coastlines, as shipping firms try to weather the worst downturn in decades<p>Idled ships are dotting coastlines world-wide as companies that ship iron ore, coal and other bulk commodities try to weather the industry’s worst downturn in decades.<p>The parked vessels are a stark sign of …

Uganda’s Opposition Leader Kizza Besigye Arrested After Alleging Fraud In Elections

Uganda’s opposition leader Kizza Besigye was arrested Monday while he tried to leave his house after being placed under house arrest since Friday, …

Russia's game of wedge politics in Syria

What is really going on under the cover of Russian fire in Syria? Are the Syrian Kurds merely pawns in a Russian game of wedge politics? Fiona Clark …

FBI chief 'not trying to set precedent' with shooter's iPhone

Meanwhile, San Bernardino victims plan to oppose Apple in the dispute.<p>FBI Director James Comey has penned an editorial about its dispute with Apple over unlocking the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. In it, he tried to quell criticism by Apple's Tim Cook that a court's decision …

The Pentagon Has A Team Studying The Body Language Of World Leaders To Predict Their Behavior

The project, previously conducted under the State Department, is now backed by the Defense Department's Office of Net Assessment. Putin's psychological profile was last updated in 2012, a Pentagon official said.<p>Advocates of such studies argue that it could help US officials anticipate the Russian …

How Chinese American protesters are invoking Black Lives Matter

The conviction of former New York City police officer Peter Liang, who fatally shot an unarmed black man in 2014, have catalyzed nationwide protests …

Harper and Alice Lee, a story of two sisters

There was a remarkable bond between the author of To Kill a Mockingbird and her sister, neither of whom married or had any known romantic interests; one who could not wait to leave Alabama, the other who never left.<p>Even the name of the law offices of <b>Barnett, Bugg and Lee</b> could come straight from …

Harper Lee's New Novel Now Apparently Has a Cover

Harper Lee’s much anticipated novel <i>Go Set a Watchman</i>, a sequel to Lee’s perennial classic <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i>, may have found a cover.<p>The …

Lawyer: Harper Lee Is “Hurt and Humiliated” Over Claims She Was Pressured to Publish

Harper Lee’s lawyer is offended. And so is Harper Lee, apparently. In an interview with the <i>New York Times</i>, Tonja B. Carter, Lee's lawyer and friend, …

A Stroll Through Harper Lee's (and Watchman's) Hometown

Publication of Go Set a Watchman prompts another look at the author’s Alabama town. It's a lot like the setting for To Kill a Mockingbird.<p>This story was updated on July 13, 2015.<p><i>Gentle Reader, listen up. On Tuesday,</i> Go Set a Watchman, <i>the reportedly long-lost novel by Harper Lee, author of</i> To Kill a …

Harper Lee and the Benefit of the Doubt

About fifteen years ago, when Harper Lee was still living in a small rent-controlled apartment in Yorkville, I sat next to her at a dinner party. She was, I had been warned, partially deaf. She spoke very little, listening carefully to whoever was talking. Now and then she smiled or nodded her …

Polygamist women dressed 'like ninjas' attack home of witness in Utah sex assault case

Two armed “polygamist women” dressed like “ninjas” were subdued by a sword-wielding man during a home invasion, according to police in suburban Utah.<p>Police said the two women, aged 18 and 22, were attacking the home of a witness and victim in a criminal child sex assault case against a man the …