Trump and Modi reaffirm Indian-US relations with a hug

June 27, 2017

(CNN)The first face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sealed with a bear hug Monday, as the two leaders looked to publicly underscore their new found friendship. Declaring the meeting a success, Trump went on to describe the relationship between India and the United States as having “never been stronger, has never been better.” Trump: We are world leaders in social media …


China landslide: Desperate search for survivors continues

June 25, 2017

(CNN)Thousands of rescuers are searching through rubble to find 109 people missing after a landslide devastated their village in Sichuan province, southwestern China. The missing range from an 80-year-old man to a girl aged just two and a half, according to a list released by Aba Prefecture’s government, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. …


Trump defiant as pressure grows

June 19, 2017

… for either the President or his aides in the issue of alleged collusion with Russia or over a potential cover-up, the political uproar will be incalculable. At best, it could further complicate Trump’s efforts to pass a meaningful legislative agenda and ultimately his hopes of a successful presidency. At worst, it could force the nation to confront a third debate on whether to remove an elected President in just 45 years. The lessons of history suggest such traumas raise questions of …


Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Trump

June 19, 2017

… Patagonia has taken on a number of national conservation efforts since environmentalist and rock climber Yvon Chouinard founded it in 1973. In 1988, the firm launched a campaign to restore the natural splendor of Yosemite Valley, which was being destroyed by cars and lodges. The company took on a more consumer-centric approach, launching an ad campaign in 2011 urging customers its jackets in an attempt to address rampant waste in the fashion industry. The company was relatively quiet for the …


Bill Cosby’s attorney says he is worried about entertainer’s health

June 18, 2017

… keeping us going,” he said. “Telling us stories, telling us jokes, making us smile.” Family shielded McMonagle said he respected Cosby’s efforts to keep his family out of the courtroom spotlight. “I see people using their family as shields in criminal cases. He refused to do that. He refused to put them in the position of coming to court every day and being exposed to the circus-like atmosphere. He was not going to use his family as shield — that’s not …


Foreign Carmakers Invoke Reagan To Sway Trump On Trade

June 17, 2017

… return to a time of less competition and less choice for consumers? Notwithstanding foreign carmakers employment of American workers, their critics lament that they have largely fought off unionization efforts and deliberately located most of their facilities in the American South, where laws and political culture are more hostile to union formation. Unionized auto manufacturing jobs at American carmakers in the Midwest typically offer higher pay and safer working conditions than their …


Iraqi detainees in Michigan fear deportation

June 16, 2017

… majority of those arrested [in] the Detroit metropolitan area have very serious felony convictions, multiple felony convictions in many cases. I applaud the efforts of the law enforcement personnel who, day in and day out, put their lives on the line to protect this community,” Christensen said. Lawyers from the ACLU acknowledge the criminal history of those arrested, but say most of the detainees have complied with their conditions of supervision and have had no further run-ins with the …


Executions in Pakistan: Is ISIS targeting China?

June 15, 2017

(CNN)The deaths of two Chinese nationals in Pakistan suggest that as Beijing’s strategic and economic footprint grows so too will the threats posed to Chinese interests. While China has often asserted that it is opposed to the terrorism perpetrated by groups such as al Qaeda or ISIS, such a position has not prompted it to join international efforts to combat them in Afghanistan or the Middle East. Is ISIS targeting China? Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s (ISIS) …


Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… the youth vote Image copyright EPA Image caption Anti-hunting protesters marched on Downing Street It may simply have been a repetition of a longstanding Tory policy but Theresa May’s vow to hold a free vote on bringing back fox hunting is thought by some to have harmed her efforts to seal the deal with Labour voters flirting with the Conservatives. It came up a lot on the doorstep, according to some reports, helping to “re-toxify” the Conservative brand among voters in …


Senators reach Russia sanctions deal

June 13, 2017

… else he would move a sanctions measure. Despite mixed signals from the President and his administration this year over sanctions, a senior source on Capitol Hill said the White House is not fighting congressional efforts to push through the measure. Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on foreign relations, expressed confidence Monday that Trump would sign off on it. “I would be very, very surprised if the President vetoes this bill. Now he’s surprised me on a lot of things. But we …


Question Trump’s FBI nominee — but give him a fair hearing

June 8, 2017

… until 2027. Join us on Twitter and Facebook At this time in our country, thank goodness there is a desire to fight. Not just in Washington, but around the country.And when it comes to fighting back against healthcare “reform” that will result in millions of people with pre-existing conditions losing their coverage, or efforts to roll back environmental regulations that protect our air and drinking water and provide opportunities to empower and encourage the growth in clean …


Lawsuit Accuses Glass Artist Dale Chihuly Of Plagiarizing Work

June 4, 2017

The suit, filed by the lawyers of Michael Moi in King County Superior Court and the U.S. District Court for Western Washington, claims the prolific decorator of botanical gardens has been involved in a myriad of clandestine painting sessions with Moi, but has never compensated him or given him credit for his efforts, despite the artists promises otherwise. In a press release sent to HuffPost, Chihulys camp strongly refutes Mois claims, dubbing the lawsuit baseless. Moi also alleges …


100 Middle Schoolers Refuse Photo-Op With Paul Ryan During D.C. Trip

The students were visiting Washington, D.C., from New Jerseys South Orange Middle School on Thursday when they were offered the chance to pose with Ryan, according to reports. Fellow student Wendy Weeks said she also opted to not take a photo, telling the Village Green that to have stood next to Ryan would have given the wrong impression of how she feels about him. The House Speaker has earned criticism for his tireless efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Student …

May 30, 2017

New Republican Bill Makes Suing Cops For Civil Rights Violations Really Tough

… elected district attorneys looking to reform criminal sentencing laws and police departments. As criminal justice reporter Radley Balko : In a few places, such as Philadelphia, Chicago and Houston, the new DAs were elected specifically after campaigning on policing issues, or in response to a past incumbents inattention to police abuse. If this bill passes, a U.S. attorney more sympathetic to law enforcement could thwart those efforts by, for example, charging a high-profile victim of police …

May 27, 2017

Huge Landslide Buries Already Damaged California Highway

… worse over the weekend and the video will give you a glimpse at the undertaking needed to open the road again, the sheriffs department said in a Facebook post. efforts to restore other sections damaged from earlier landslides were also called off while Caltrans officials wait for the ground stabilize, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune. The storm-related road closures have increased the isolation of Big Surs residents and hurt its local businesses. The area of Californias central coast …

May 24, 2017

Now it’s up to the special counsel

Washington (CNN)A bad day for the White House could turn out to be a good day for justice and democratic accountability and institutions. Robert Mueller’s appointment Wednesday as special counsel to probe Russian election meddling and any collusion by Trump campaign aides elevates the investigation clear of partisanship and the threat of White House interference. It therefore may offer the best chance for a politically bulletproof accounting of the guilt or innocence of members of the …

May 18, 2017