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Obama Photographer Uses 'Shade' To Contrast Presidents, Political Landscapes

On Instagram and in his latest book, former White House photographer Pete Souza juxtaposes images of the 44th president as critical counterpoints to headlines and tweets generated by the 45th. (Image credit: Pete Souza)
Tags: News, Obama, White House, Pete Souza


Ex-Somalia extremist now running for office is arrested

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The former number two leader of Somalia’s al-Shabab extremists, who is now a candidate in a regional election, was arrested Thursday prompting violent protests in which four people were killed, officials said. Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, previously al-Shabab’s spokesman, was arrested by Ethiopian troops that are part of the African Union forces […]
Tags: News, Somalia, Shabab, African Union, Nairobi Kenya, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics, Mukhtar Robow


Pelosi Cuts Deal With Democrats Who Once Opposed Her Bid For Speaker Of The House

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cut a deal with a group of Democrats who opposed her to support her bid for speaker a day after she showed her negotiating prowess at the White House over spending.
Tags: News, White House, House, Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi


Trump lawyer seeks to send emoluments case to appeals court

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for President Donald Trump is challenging a Maryland federal judge’s decision to allow a case accusing the president of profiting off his office to proceed in district court. The lawyer wants a federal appeals court to take up the case instead. Trump’s personal lawyer, William Consovoy, filed a petition on […]
Tags: Business, News, Maryland, Washington, Ap, Donald Trump, Trump, Nation & World Politics, William Consovoy


Taxpayers Spent $58,000 On Security For Ivanka Trump's Caribbean Getaway

It's always a good time to jet set to the Caribbean for a weekend getaway. Give us the beach, the sound of the ocean, and a few tropical adult drinks. And you know who agrees with us? First daughter and White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump. But as with every trip the Trump kids take, this one wasn't without cost to U.S. taxpayers. Quartz reports Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner's weekend getaway to a luxury resort in the Dominican Republican this past August came at a price tag of around...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Florida, White House, Russia, Barack Obama, Secret Service, Uruguay, Donald Trump, Vermont, Caribbean, Trump, Eric, Ivanka, Ivanka Trump, CHARLOTTESVILLE Va


Julian Castro starts 2020 exploratory committee

Former Obama Cabinet member Julian Castro says he is launching a presidential exploratory committee ahead of a likely White House run in 2020. (Dec. 12)            [Author: AP]
Tags: News, White House, Ap, Julian Castro, Obama Cabinet


Trump’s payment explanations shift as legal exposure grows

NEW YORK (AP) — The sentencing of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, brought a perilous investigation into the president’s campaign one step closer to the Oval Office. Though Cohen broke down during his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Trump remained uncharacteristically quiet, his Twitter feed still while he ignored shouted questions about his former […]
Tags: New York, News, Ap, Donald Trump, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Nation & World Politics


The Best Explainers of 2018

Besides telling you how to hack your life, we here at Lifehacker love to help you understand the world around you, whether you’re puzzling over an obscure feature of your computer or a big political issue in the news. Here are some of our best explainers from 2018.Read more...
Tags: Health, Politics, Money, Government, Tech, Kids These Days, Lifehacks, Explainers


Cohen takeaways: As Trump's former lawyer heads to prison, political and legal implications grow for White House

Michael Cohen's 3-year prison sentence and the detailed description of his crimes will be difficult for the Trump White House to dismiss.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, White House, Usa Today, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Trump White House


Death row executions remain near historic lows in 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year, according to an annual report on the death penalty released Friday. The report by the District of Columbia-based Death Penalty Information Center says 25 executions were carried out in 2018, […]
Tags: News, Washington, Ap, District Of Columbia, Death Penalty Information Center, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics


McCaskill: Senate has lost its way, must do better

Democrat Claire McCaskill had stern words for her soon-to-be former colleagues in the Senate in a farewell speech on Thursday, saying that polarization and fear of political consequences have rendered the body ineffective and unwilling to take on difficult issues. The two-term senator lost to Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley in her re-election bid in […]
Tags: News, Senate, McCaskill, Claire McCaskill, Nation & World Politics, Josh Hawley


Russian Orthodox church calls on UN for help in Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church has called on the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, the pope and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of official pressure on Moscow-appointed clerics. Ukraine’s Orthodox clerics will gather for a meeting Saturday that is expected to form a new, […]
Tags: News, France, Germany, Ukraine, Ap, United Nations, Moscow, Un, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics, The Russian Orthodox Church


Vox: Manafort Allegedly Guided White House On How To Discredit Russia Probe

In the days after President Trump took office, Paul Manafort allegedly guided the administration on how to undermine and thwart the FBI probe into Russia’s election interference in the 2016 campaign, Vox reported Friday. Citing government records and “interviews with individuals familiar with the matter,” Vox reported that the former Trump campaign chairman was providing this advice while both he and the White House knew Manafort was personally under FBI investigation. Contact between the two...
Tags: News, White House, Russia, Ukraine, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Vox, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, Steele, Democratic National Committee, Mueller, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Robert Mueller Mueller, Muckraker


Trump's next chief of staff will be a pretend chief of staff

John Kelly is leaving this chaotic and demeaning White House. Now who wants to jump into a sandbox that's looking more like legal quicksand?: Our view            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, White House, Usa Today, John Kelly


No room for a Christmas miracle: Donald Trump is canceling White House party for press

For one night a year, we saw each other not as a member of the press or a White House aide, but as a daughter, a grandson, a brother, an uncle, a mom.            [Author: Opinion contributor]
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German parliament rejects far-right deputy speaker candidate

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s parliament has again rejected the far-right Alternative for Germany’s candidate for deputy speaker, prolonging a saga that has lasted over a year. The parliament’s speaker, a job currently held by veteran conservative Wolfgang Schaeuble, usually has a deputy from each party in the chamber. Other parties agree that Alternative for Germany, […]
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Melania Trump makes Christmas visit to children’s hospital

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is keeping up the first ladies’ tradition of a Christmas season visit to a Washington children’s hospital. Mrs. Trump toured part of the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s National Health System on Thursday and met with families and children treated there. The two boys and one girl she met […]
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Swedish parliament rejects proposed government — again

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish lawmakers on Friday rejected proposals for caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Lofven form a center-left government, more than three months after elections that left the country in political limbo. The Riksdagen voted 200-116 to reject a minority coalition of Lofven’s Social Democrats — Sweden’s largest party — and the left-leaning Greens. Friday’s […]
Tags: News, Sweden, Ap, Stockholm, Stefan Lofven, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics, Lofven, Riksdagen


David Letterman’s My Next Guest Renewed For Second Season

David Letterman’s My Next Guest renewed for second season Following an acclaimed first season earlier that debuted this year, the Netflix talk series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman has been officially picked up for a second season from the streaming service. Deadline first reported the news. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[...
Tags: TV, Movies, Obama, David Letterman, Barack Obama, Carol Burnett, Dave, Netflix, TV News, Radicalmedia, Letterman, Norm Macdonald, Zach Galifianakis, TV Premiere, Hasan Minhaj, Obama Letterman


President Trump To Use Huawei CFO As a Bargaining Chip

hackingbear shares a report from Politico, adding: "This fuels the suspicion that the Chinese executive is held as a hostage for the ongoing trade negotiation with China." From the report: President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he reserved the right to weigh in on the Justice Department's case against the CFO of Huawei, if it would help him close a trade deal with Beijing or would serve other American national security interests. "If I think it's good for what will be certainly the largest ...
Tags: White House, China, Politico, Tech, Iran, Beijing, Canada, Xi Jinping, Vancouver, Donald Trump, Huawei, Justice Department, Trump, British Columbia Read, Meng, Reuters Trump


After pension ruling, Kentucky GOP in position to try again

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Teachers rejoiced and Republicans despaired across Kentucky on Thursday as the state’s Supreme Court struck down a law that had made changes to one of the country’s worst-funded pension systems. But by February, those roles could be reversed. The Republican-controlled state legislature began trying in 2018 to fix the state’s pension […]
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Kentucky, Frankfort, Ky AP, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics, Kentucky GOP


Ex-Trump lawyer: Hush money paid over election concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer says he bought the silence of two women because Trump was “very concerned” about how their stories of alleged affairs with him “would affect the election.” In an interview with ABC News that aired Friday, Michael Cohen said he “gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does […]
Tags: News, Washington, Ap, Donald Trump, Abc News, Trump, Michael Cohen, Nation & World Politics


Renewed battle over using fetal tissue in medical research

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers clashed over science, ethics and politics on Thursday at a House hearing on using fetal tissue in critically important medical research, as the Trump administration reviews the government’s ongoing support for such studies. Research fields in which fetal tissue is used include HIV, childhood cancers, treatments that enlist the body’s immune […]
Tags: Science, News, Washington, Ap, House, Trump, Nation & World Politics


Former Trump chief of staff Priebus selected to join Navy, with backing from Mattis

Reince Priebus, 46, will be required to attend two weeks of training in Newport, Rhode Island, and drill once a month as a reservist if commissioned.
Tags: News, Navy, Priebus, Newport Rhode Island, Mattis, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics, Former Trump


Government shutdown won't delay 2019 tax filing season, but refunds could be affected by a long closure

Photo by Alan Cleaver via Flickr CC Even though a partial government shutdown looms, the Internal Revenue Service is confident that the coming tax season would start on time. However, tax agency executives aren't yet saying exactly when that time would be. Shutdown looking more likely: The potential disruption of about a quarter of federal government agencies that have not yet been funded for fiscal year 2019 is looking more likely by the day. Just how that would affect the IRS, which i...
Tags: Taxes, Congress, Mexico, White House, Fbi, United States, Treasury, Homeland Security, Tsa, Customs, Sam, Irs, Trump, Internal Revenue Service, Treasury Department, Donald J Trump


Serbia warns Kosovo army will substantially worsen tensions

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president has warned that the planned forming of a Kosovo army will significantly worsen tensions in the region. Kosovo’s parliament is expected to approve on Friday legislation turning an existing 4,000-strong security force into an expanded, lightly armed army. After his talks with the head the U.N. mission in Kosovo […]
Tags: News, Serbia, Kosovo, Belgrade, Serbia AP, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics


The naughty list? Donald Trump Jr. calls his dad a regifter

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s eldest son says his father is a “regifter” who “may or may not” have once given him the same gift he presented to his dad the year before. Donald Trump Jr. says in an interview with the entertainment program “Extra” that because he is his father’s namesake, he “got […]
Tags: News, Washington, Ap, Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Nation & World Politics


President Trump won't host White House Christmas party for press this year

President Donald Trump apparently does not wish to share Christmas cheer with those he has pegged "the enemy of the American people."            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, White House, Usa Today, Donald Trump, Trump


Cohen takeways: As Trump's former lawyer heads to prison, political and legal implications grow for White House

Michael Cohen's 3-year prison sentence and the detailed description of his crimes will be difficult for the Trump White House to dismiss.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, White House, Usa Today, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Trump White House


Why 10pm on Christmas Eve (or Christmas Day) could be deadly 

The risk of having a heart attack peaks at 10pm on Christmas Eve, scientists have found, suggesting that stress, sadness and over-indulgence during the festive season can be deadly. Swedish researchers trawled through the details of 283,000 heart attacks reported in Sweden between 1998 and 2013 to find out what days were the most lethal. On an average day, 50 heart attacks were recorded, but on Christmas Eve the number jumped to 69, a 37 per cent increase, with incidents clustering around 10pm, ...
Tags: Science, Sweden, White House, Britain, Winston Churchill, David Erlinge



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