Here's why Barack Obama is praising late former Sen. Richard Lugar

Richard Lugar helped Barack Obama, and paid a political price for it.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Jeremy Hunt hopes to burnish his and UK's credentials in Africa

Trip gives foreign secretary chance to push Tory leadership claims and speak up for Brexit Jeremy Hunt is to start a five-day, five-nation tour of Africa that will give the foreign secretary a chance both to push his personal agenda ahead of an expected Conservative leadership election and try to convince Africa that Brexit will bring trade benefits.Hunt will begin his tour on Monday in Senegal before travelling to Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Kenya, which have five of the fastest-growing econom...
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kellyanne Conway spar on Twitter over AOC's response to Sri Lanka attacks

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway sparred Sunday over the congresswoman's Twitter silence following the Easter Sunday church bombings in Sri Lanka, with Ocasio-Cortez saying Conway used the attention around her lack of tweets "as an excuse to stoke suspicion" about her faith.
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Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Kellyanne Conway for slamming her response to Sri Lanka attacks

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York lashed out at White House aide Kellyanne Conway who accused her of being silent about the Sri Lanka "massacre of Christians."
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National Security Adviser: President Trump Doesn’t Want Multi-Nation North Korea Talks

'I think it's not what our preference is,' John Bolton said Sunday
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Historian Ron Chernow Used Past Presidents to Call for Civility at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

"Civility has been an essential lubricant in our democratic culture"
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Ocasio-Cortez says Kellyanne Conway is using her Twitter silence on Sri Lanka attacks 'as an excuse to stoke suspicion' about her faith

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway sparred Sunday over the congresswoman's Twitter silence following the Easter Sunday church bombings in Sri Lanka, with Ocasio-Cortez saying Conway used the attention around her lack of tweets "as an excuse to stoke suspicion" about her faith.
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Opinion: A funny historian outclassed Trump

When White House Correspondents' Association President Olivier Knox announced in November that the 2019 White House Correspondents' Dinner would not feature a comedian, as it has done for many years, Trump praised the move on Twitter as a "good first step" and added, "Maybe I will go?"
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A funny historian outclassed Trump

Dean Obeidallah writes that it's a good thing President Trump skipped the White House Correspondents' Dinner, because Ron Chernow, the presidential historian who spoke, took stinging jabs at the President and was also funnier than Trump could ever be.
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‘Slay the Dragon’ Review: A Tough but Necessary Documentary About the Decay of Democracy [Tribeca]

Slay the Dragon  opens with the Flint Water Crisis in 2014, when officials of Flint, Michigan made a costly decision that poisoned the predominantly black residents of Flint. Brown liquid poured from household sinks, deaths occurred, and children were exposed to the contamination. The Flint Water Crisis is still to this day far from resolved. The government leadership’s laxness in fixing the problem attributed to a sense of security over their government seats. If their congressional maps guara...
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Historian Ron Chernow Used Past Presidents to Call for Civility at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

"Civility has been an essential lubricant in our democratic culture"
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Trump Told Another Lie About Abortion At His Wisconsin Rally Last Night

In an effort to counter-program the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump held a rally in Wisconsin on Saturday. During the course of his speech, he reiterated a dangerous and overt lie about abortion.Speaking to the crowd, Trump mentioned how “your Democratic governor” — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers — announced he will veto an abortion bill introduced and advanced by Republican state lawmakers. Now, the charged circumstances surrounding this legislation ha...
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GOP views Joe Biden as ‘very weak’ or ‘a strong candidate’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump calls Joe Biden “very weak,” but a Trump ally says the former Democratic vice president is “a good man” who’d be “a strong candidate” for the White House. The 76-year-old Biden entered the 2020 race this past week and quickly claimed front-runner status in the crowded field. Trump, who’s […]
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U.S. envoy signed North Korea document to pay for Warmbier's care: Bolton

The United States signed a document agreeing to pay North Korea for the care of American Otto Warmbier but never paid the $2 million Pyongyang demanded, White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday. Bolton, who said he was not part of the administration at the time, confirmed newspaper reports that North Korea demanded the money before Warmbier was flown out of Pyongyang in a coma on June 13, 2017. Asked whether U.S. envoy Joseph Yun signed the document when he went to retr...
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Trump holds rally during White House Correspondents' dinner

Sarah Huckabee Sanders was at a rally for Pres. Trump when she addressed how she was treated at last year's White House Correspondents' dinner.            [Author: Wochit]
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Trump takes swipes at media in rally during White House correspondents dinner

President Donald Trump attacked the press during a rally he held in Green Bay, Wisc. Saturday that aimed to be counter-programing to the White House correspondents dinner.
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Nicola Sturgeon says world is facing a climate emergency

SNP leader tells party members she will speed up efforts to achieve zero carbon emissionsNicola Sturgeon has said she believes the world is facing a climate emergency and pledged to speed up efforts to achieve zero carbon emissions.Following similar moves by the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, this weekend, the Scottish first minister said she was declaring the emergency because the science showed global warming was worsening. Continue reading...
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Tories should expect to lose 800 seats in local elections, says analyst

Voters are predicted to punish the party for its failure to pass a Brexit dealThe Conservatives can expect to lose 800 or more seats at the local elections this week, as voters punish Theresa May’s administration for failing to pass a Brexit deal, a leading Conservative analyst has said.In his latest projection for Thursday’s polls, in which more than 8,000 council seats in England are being contested, the Tory peer Robert Hayward suggested his party could lose about 500 to the Liberal Democrats...
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Former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar Dead At 87

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, a Republican foreign policy sage known for leading efforts to help the former Soviet states dismantle and secure much of their nuclear arsenal, but whose reputation for working with Democrats cost him his final campaign, died Sunday. He was 87. Lugar died at the Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute in Virginia from complications related to chronic inflammatory demylinating polyneuropathy, or CIPD, a rare neurological disorder, the ...
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Trump's attorney general may refuse to attend congressional hearing on Mueller report, officials says

Donald Trump’s attorney general William Barr may refuse to attend this week's scheduled congressional hearing to review special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference. The Justice Department has told the House Judiciary Committee it has objections over the format of planned questioning, according a Democratic senior committee aide.The department disapproves of plans to allow committee lawyers from both sides to question Mr Barr after the traditional round of questio...
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‘Oh, Do I Look Forward to Running Against Them.’ President Trump Talks Democrats in 2020 at Wisconsin Campaign Rally

'They should change that to the Radical Left Democrat Party,' he told supporters
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EU students could face higher fees to study in UK from 2020

Higher education groups call on government to clarify its policy on tuition costsCharging EU citizens full international student fees to study in England risks “pulling up the drawbridge” after Brexit, higher education leaders and opposition parties have warned, calling on the government to clarify its policy.Although it has long been assumed that EU students would lose access to loans and pay higher tuition fees after Brexit, a report in Buzzfeed raised fears that the higher fees could soon be ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Students, Education, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Higher Education, Education policy, Tuition Fees, Universities, International Students, Brexit, Department for Education

The NYT mini-crossword today is all about the similarity between "Biden" and "bidet."

Is this in bad taste?Now, that I'm staring at it, the words — all of them, taken together — seem to suggest a dossier-worthy tale about Joe Biden.If you're wondering whether "Julia" was clued as "Fictional character in a much-mocked Obama slide-show," it wasn't. The clue was "Louis-Dreyfus of 'Veep.'"Extra points for commenters who compose a story gliding through all 10 of those words in a lucid, tasty combination.ADDED: My link on "Fictional character..." doesn't go to the slide-show itself but...
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Trump could use executive privilege to stop former White House lawyer testifying to congress, Kellyanne Conway says

Donald Trump could use executive privilege to block former White House lawyer Don McGahn from complying with a subpoena from congress, Kellyanne Conway said on Sunday.“(It) is always an option, it's always on the table,” said Ms Conway, a Trump aide, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper that the congressional grilling of the ex counsel amounted to “presidential harassment”.The House Judiciary Committee served McGahn with a subpoena almost a week ago, as it investigated whether the president obstructed ...
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Conway: Trump preventing Don McGahn from complying with subpoena is always an option

President Donald Trump's use of executive privilege to block former White House counsel Don McGahn from complying with a congressional subpoena "is always an option," White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday.
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Home Office ‘chaos and incompetence’ leads to unlawful detentions, claim whistleblowers

Handling of UK asylum cases compromised by poorly trained and overworked staff ‘Toxic atmosphere’: the Home Office unit everybody wants to leaveChaos, incompetence and bullying of Home Office employees is resulting in failed deportations and the unlawful detention of vulnerable and desperate people, whistleblowers allege.The Dublin Cessation Team (DCT) – until last week known as the Third Country Unit – is a little-known but crucial department that, under the EU Dublin convention, determines whi...
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With no Trump or cutting comedian, the White House Correspondents' Dinner took subtle jabs

The Trump-free 2019 White House Correspondents' Dinner was less of a roast and more of a toast, with speaker Ron Chernow focusing on journalism.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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House panel to interview ex-White House security clearance chief

The Democratic chairman of a congressional committee has put off holding a former White House security clearance chief in contempt until after the panel interviews him about decisions made on some of President Donald Trump's advisers. The House Oversight and Government Reform committee voted last week to subpoena Carl Kline over whistleblower allegations that the Trump administration inappropriately reversed career officials’ decisions to deny some advisers security clearances. Congressional s...
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Conservatives expected to get hammering in local elections

Party anticipates difficult night as voters get chance to show exasperation over Brexit process“The public have had enough,” the prime minister told voters in her televised address from the podium in No 10 last month. “You’re tired of the infighting. You’re tired of the political games. Tired of MPs talking about nothing else but Brexit.”On Thursday, many of those voters will get their first chance to go to the polls, since Westminster entered deadlock and Brexit was delayed. Election-watchers e...
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