Barack Obama's Latest Vacation Destination Is Actually A Homecoming

Being President of the United States isn’t necessarily an easy job. After a presidential term is completed, many former Presidents look forward to taking some time off.When Former President Barack Obama left the White House after his second term, went on a vacation spree for the ages. His travels have taken him to Italy and Necker Island, but now Obama finds himself living it up in Indonesia, according to Condé Nast Traveler, and we’re overflowing with jealousy.According to the Associated Press...
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Week In Politics: Health Care And The Supreme Court

This past week has seen no shortage of news in politics from Capitol Hill and the White House. And next week will see its fair share as decisions on health care and Supreme Court cases are expected.
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Clue to Gorsuch’s ideology seen in pairings with Thomas

WASHINGTON (AP) — To see where Justice Neil Gorsuch might fit on the Supreme Court, watch the company he keeps. Gorsuch has already paired up four times with Justice Clarence Thomas — the court’s most conservative member — in separate opinions that dissent from or take issue with the court’s majority rulings. While the sample […]
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Colorado officer escorting Pence motorcade hurt in crash

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado Springs motorcycle officer has been injured in an accident while escorting Vice President Mike Pence’s motorcade to the city’s airport. Police Lt. Howard Black told The Gazette (http://bit.ly/2s3LwGj) the accident happened at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Officer Andrew Holland, an eight-year veteran of the force, was in serious condition. […]
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Some House Democrats mull over how to oust Pelosi as leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen or so House Democrats want Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to go after a dispiriting loss in a House election in Georgia. They just don’t know how to make it happen. “We can’t keep losing races and keep the same leadership in place. You have a baseball team that keeps losing […]
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Trump approves $2B sale of drones to India ahead of meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has authorized the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India, the manufacturer said Friday, as the two nations’ leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting. India initiated its request to buy 22 Guardian MQ-9B unmanned aircraft for maritime surveillance last year. The deal is estimated to be worth about […]
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Why Republicans are struggling mightily to overhaul tax code

WASHINGTON (AP) — Why are Republicans struggling mightily to reach a consensus on how to overhaul the nation’s tax system? The GOP is supposed to be really good at cutting taxes. President George W. Bush cut taxes. So did President Ronald Reagan, though he also raised them. Why is President Donald Trump, who has promised […]
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CIA chief: Intel leaks on the rise, cites leaker ‘worship’

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he thinks disclosure of America’s secret intelligence is on the rise, fueled partly by the “worship” of leakers like Edward Snowden. “In some ways, I do think it’s accelerated,” Pompeo told MSNBC in an interview that aired Saturday. “I think there is a phenomenon, the worship of […]
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Keeping Another Election Promise, Trump Resets Relations with Cuba

Art by Michael Ramirez Keeping Another Election Promise, Trump Resets Relations with Cuba AmmoLand Gun News USA –-(Ammoland.com)- xxxxWarmer ties with Cuba after almost 60 years of hostility was one of President Barack Obama's “greatest” foreign policy legacies.Did you enjoy this cartoon?Sign up for Ammoland in your Inbox and get our daily cartoon and email news! You call yourself pro-gun? Prove it by joining anyone or all of these fine civil rights organizations: National Rifle Associati...
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Planned Medicaid cuts a threat to nursing homes, middle class

Medicaid, targeted by the Republicans’ health-care bills, pays for most of the 1.4 million elderly people in nursing homes, some of whom do not know they are on it.
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Conservative Koch network criticizes U.S. Senate healthcare bill

By James Oliphant COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - Officials with the conservative U.S. political network overseen by the Koch brothers say they are unhappy with the healthcare bill that may be voted on by the Senate this week and will lobby for changes to it. At a weekend event with conservative donors, top aides to Charles Koch, the billionaire energy magnate, said the Senate bill does not go far enough to dismantle former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, also known as O...
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Trump leaving McConnell to handle Senate bill on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s bull-in-a-china-shop approach to the presidency hasn’t helped him notch significant victories on Capitol Hill over his first five months in office. The nuts and bolts of legislation and the maddening, unpredictable ways and rhythms of Congress can seem foreign to him. Most of his top advisers have little Washington experience […]
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Donald Trump launches fresh attack on Barack Obama as he asks 'why no action' on Russian election meddling

Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on former President Barack Obama accusing the former president of failing to act on Russian "meddling" during the election last year. Lashing out at Mr Obama on Twitter, the President wrote: “Since the Obama Administration was told way before the 2016 Election that the Russians were meddling, why no action? The tweet came a day after the Washington Post detailed the Obama administration's cautious approach to punishing the Russian government for its hac...
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AT&T promises massive broadband investment if Trump gives it tax breaks

There's a tired old trick for internet service providers that want a tax break to continue gouging customers. The ISP will make some vague promise of future broadband investment, in return for immediate tax breaks or approval of an industry deal. On the surface, it sounds good: delivering broadband to rural areas is often uneconomic, so government often wants to cut a deal with private industry to deliver it. But the problem is that internet providers seem to have a really tricky time keepin...
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Democracy with no choices: Many candidates run unopposed

When voters cast ballots for state representatives last fall, millions of Americans essentially had no choice: In 42 percent of all such elections, candidates faced no major party opponents. Political scientists say a major reason for the lack of choices is the way districts are drawn — gerrymandered, in some cases, to ensure as many […]
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Acoustic Guitar: How Composer Scott Joplin’s Sizzling Syncopations Inspired Ragtime Guitar As We Know It

  Bob Evans - Maple Leaf Rag (Composed Joplin, Arranged Evans) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHE8bNqYuyo Scott Joplin (c.1867-1917) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a Bibliography and comprehensive Works List by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com Acoustic Guitar From the August 2017 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY  STEPHEN BOISSON This year marks the centennial anniversary of ragtime innova...
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AP FACT CHECK: Trump and missions unaccomplished

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is claiming to have spurred homebuilding, freed farmers from regulations that stopped them from plowing and secured a historic increase in military spending. An AP Fact Check finds that none of it’s true. Housing starts are down over the past three months. The rules that can stop farmers from […]
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Obama kicks off tropical holiday in Indonesia

Barack Obama kicked off a 10-day family holiday in Indonesia that will take in Bali and Jakarta, the city where he spent part of his childhood, officials said on Saturday. The casually dressed former president arrived in the resort island of Bali with his wife Michelle and their two daughters, a local military commander said. "They arrived late last night and went straight to the hotel in Ubud," a local military commander, I Gede Widiyana, told AFP.
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Melania Trump keeps DC entry low key; Barron draws interest

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks into her new life as a full-time Washingtonian, Melania Trump is staying true to her reputation as more homebody than social butterfly. Not that she hasn’t been busy fulfilling her duties as first lady and first mom. Job One has been settling in 11-year-old son Barron — the first boy […]
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Indian PM Modi visits Portugal on trip to meet with Trump

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started a foreign tour that will include his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Modi met with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Saturday during a six-hour stop in Lisbon. Modi will then continue on to Washington where he will meet with Trump on […]
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War and waste: cautionary tales as US ponders Afghan boost

WASHINGTON (AP) — One shirt, one pair of pants. Those are the basics for outfitting an Afghan soldier. But in that simple uniform combination are the threads of two troubling stories — one about the waste of millions in American taxpayer dollars, the other about the perils of propping up a partner army in a […]
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UK: All building cladding samples tested failed fire safety

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s government is urging local officials across the country to submit samples of tower block cladding “as a matter of urgency” after tests found that all cladding samples so far have failed fire safety tests. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said all 34 samples tested didn’t meet fire safety standards. The national testing […]
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Senators seek Pentagon investigation of torture reports

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure mounted Friday on the Defense Department after multiple U.S. senators called for investigations into reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. John McCain, Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the ranking Democrat, Jack Reed, […]
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Obama Authorized a Secret Cyber Operation Against Russia, Says Report

Jessica Conditt reports via Engadget: President Barack Obama learned of Russia's attempts to hack U.S. election systems in early August 2016, and as intelligence mounted over the following months, the White House deployed secrecy protocols it hadn't used since the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, according to a report by The Washington Post. Apparently, one of the covert programs Obama, the CIA, NSA and other intelligence groups eventually put together was a new kind of cyber operation t...
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Trump, Pence to attend Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s wedding

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence plan to be among the guests as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin’s) weds a Scottish actress. Mnuchin is to exchange vows Saturday night with Louise Linton at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington. Mellon is a former treasury secretary. The 54-year-old Mnuchin worked […]
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Trump: Not ‘that far off’ from passing health overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he doesn’t think congressional Republicans are “that far off” on passing a health overhaul to replace “the dead carcass of Obamacare” and believes his majority party is “going to get there.” Trump’s optimism runs counter to the public opposition of five Republican senators so far to the Senate […]
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Center-right set to win top race in Italian mayoral runoffs

ROME (AP) — Exit polls early Monday indicated that center-right forces, including an anti-immigrant party, were headed to victory in several key mayoral runoffs, two weeks after a first round of voting saw most populist candidates eliminated in all big cities up for grabs. An election alliance of former Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s conservatives, the anti-migrant […]
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AP analysis shows how gerrymandering benefited GOP in 2016

The 2016 presidential contest was awash with charges that the fix was in: Republican Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that the election was rigged against him, while Democrats have accused the Russians of stacking the odds in Trump’s favor. Less attention was paid to manipulation that occurred not during the presidential race, but before it — […]
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AP sources: Military to seek delay on transgender enlistees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military chiefs will seek a six-month delay before letting transgender people enlist in their services, officials said Friday. After meetings this week, the service leaders hammered out an agreement that rejected Army and Air Force requests for a two-year wait and reflected broader concerns that a longer delay would trigger criticism on […]
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Barack Obama received 'intelligence bombshell' on Russian hacking plans, investigators report

Barack Obama received an “intelligence bombshell” from the CIA to warn him of a hacking campaign led by Vladimir Putin to help Donald Trump win the US election, it has been reported. The Russian president had given specific instructions on the operation’s objectives to defeat Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton, and help get her opponent elected, the Washington Post revealed in a special report. Citing interviews with current and former senior US officials, the newspaper detailed how the Obama...
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