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Wilbur Ross: 'I Have No Reason to Think' Trump's Going to Change His Mind on Trade

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 01:33

Commerce Secretary Wibur Ross tells Chuck Todd that President Trump will make the final decision on any trade tariffs.

Full Angus King: Use a 'Scalpel, Not a Chainsaw' When It Comes to Tariffs

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 01:26

In an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) talks to Chuck Todd about President Trump's tariff announcement, and reports that the House Intelligence Committee is leaking news from the Senate Committee.

McDonough: Mitch McConnell watered down Obama's Russia response

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 00:52

In an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, Obama White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough tells Chuck Todd that Sen. Mitch McConnell watered down a statement about Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

Can Texas Democrats really turn the Lone Star State blue?

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 00:51

Turning the Lone Star State into a battleground may seem far-fetched for Democrats, but in 2016 Hillary Clinton came closer to winning Texas than Iowa.

South Korean special envoys to visit North Korea on Monday, later brief U.S. officials

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 00:28

A high-level delegation of South Korean officials will travel to North Korea on Monday to discuss improving relations on the peninsula and possible talks between Washington and Pyongyang, South Korea's presidential Blue House announced on Sunday. After the two-day visit to North Korea, the special envoys will travel to the United States to brief officials there on their discussions in Pyongyang. The delegation will be led by National Intelligence Service (NIS) chief Suh Hoon and National Security Office (NSO) head Chung Eui-yong and comes after senior North Korean officials visited South Korea during last month's Winter Olympics.

MIT study that found low pay for Uber drivers to be revisited

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 00:28

The study, by the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, found that drivers' median pretax profit was $3.37 per hour, using results from a survey of more than 1,100 workers of the ride hailing companies. Uber and other companies have defended their business models saying their drivers enjoy the flexibility of their work and on average earn more than the minimum wage, but have lost a series of court cases on the issue. Khosrowshahi criticized the MIT study in a tweet on Friday as "Mathematically Incompetent Theories (at least as it pertains to ride-sharing)," and linked to a response by Uber chief economist Jonathan Hall that challenged the study's methodology.

Vietnam seeks to pacify China as landmark U.S. carrier visit signals warming ties

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 23:14

By Greg Torode and Mai Nguyen HONG KONG/HANOI (Reuters) - The visit of a U.S. aircraft carrier to Vietnam for the first time since the end of the Vietnam War is a powerful symbol of the growing strategic ties between the former foes. For months now, Vietnamese envoys have been working to ease the concerns of their giant Chinese neighbor over the visit and the prospect of broader security co-operation between Hanoi and Washington, according to diplomats and others familiar with discussions. Vietnamese diplomats and military officers have repeatedly stressed the country's independent foreign policy and its desire for broad foreign relations - hoping to maintain stable ties with China while standing up to it over the South China Sea, the sources said.

Alec Baldwin: It's Tough To Impersonate The Greatest Presidential Impersonator Of All Time

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 22:50

It was the latest blast in a bitter feud between Trump and Baldwin. On Friday, Trump blasted Baldwin’s career as “mediocre” and his impersonation of the president as “terrible.” Baldwin shot back, saying he planned to “hang in there for the impeachment hearings ... You know.

Donald Trump praises Xi Jinping's powergrab: 'Maybe we'll give that a shot some day'

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 22:28

Donald Trump praised Xi Jinping on Saturday after the ruling Communist party announced it was eliminating the two-term limit for the presidency, paving the way for the Chinese leader to serve indefinitely, according to audio aired by CNN. "He's now president for life, president for life. And he's great," Mr Trump said of the Chinese president, according to audio of excerpts of Mr Trump's remarks at a closed-door fundraiser in Florida aired by CNN. "And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot someday," Mr Trump said to cheers and applause from supporters. US presidents by tradition served a maximum of two four-year terms until President Franklin Roosevelt was elected a record four times starting in 1932. An amendment to the US Constitution approved in 1951 limits presidents to two terms in office. China’s annual parliament gathering kicks off on Monday as Mr Xi presses ahead with efforts to ward off financial risks without undermining the economy. Xi Jinping | The wisdom of Xi The Communist party announced on February 25 the end of the two-term limit for the president - and the parliament is expected to ratify the move. During the remarks, Mr Trump praised Mr Xi as "a great gentleman" and added: "He's the most powerful (Chinese) president in a hundred years." Mr Trump said Xi had treated him "tremendously well" during his visit in November. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment late on Saturday. Mr Trump has often praised the Chinese leader, but in January Mr Trump told Reuters the United States was considering a big "fine" as part of a probe into China’s alleged theft of intellectual property. He has been critical of China's trade policies. Profile | Xi Jinping Mr Trump told The New York Times in December that because of North Korea he had "been soft on China because the only thing more important to me than trade is war." During the speech in Florida, Mr Trump also complained that his actions during the 2016 campaign remained under scrutiny while those of his former rival, Hillary Clinton, were not.  "I'm telling you, it's a rigged system folks," Mr Trump said. "I've been saying that for a long time. It's a rigged system. And we don't have the right people in there yet. We have a lot of great people, but certain things, we don't have the right people." The president has been critical of Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently.  Mr Trump attacked Mr Sessions for asking the inspector general to investigate potential surveillance abuses by the FBI in the early stages of the Russia investigation, saying that such a probe should be handled instead by "Justice Department lawyers." Mr Sessions later defended himself in an unusual statement. Donald Trump criticised George W Bush, saying the Iraq invasion "the single worst decision ever made" Credit: AP The president also took aim at former President George W Bush over his decision too invade Iraq. "Here we are, like the dummies of the world, because we had bad politicians running our country for a long time," he said, calling the Iraq invasion "the single worst decision ever made". "That was Bush. Another real genius. That was Bush," Mr Trump said sarcastically. "That turned out to be wonderful intelligence. Great intelligence agency there."

Philando Castile Charity Covers Entire School District's Lunch Debt

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 22:03

Two years after he was fatally shot by a police officer in Minnesota, Philando Castile is still helping students afford lunch. A charity created in Castile’s honor has paid off the lunch debt for every student in the 56 schools in the St. Paul Public School District, including the school where Castile worked as a cafeteria supervisor. Castile had worked as a cafeteria supervisor at the J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in St. Paul for two years at the time he was killed.

Man confesses to murdering his fiancee's sister in hotel room

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 21:59

Police say a man turned himself in after admitting to killing his fiancee's sister Saturday morning.

Why Putin Is Obsessed with America's Missile Defense

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 21:19

Practically all of the nuclear weapons systems mentioned in Putin’s speech, old and new, were justified as a response to the steady buildup of U.S. missile defense since it withdrew from the ABM Treaty. In a speech before Russia’s Federal Assembly, Vladimir Putin unveiled several new nuclear-weapons systems.

Russia's Navy Might Be Modernizing—But It's Overstretched

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 21:17

President Vladimir Putin’s speech on the first of March revealed a whole panoply of new nuclear capabilities, from cruise missiles with nearly unlimited range to unmanned undersea vehicles also operating with extraordinary range, together with unprecedented speed and depth capabilities. Along the maritime periphery of Russia, tensions continue to escalate. Russian warships sortied en masse into the Baltic Sea on 20 February as part of a readiness drill, and in January, Russian news reported that a U.S. drone made a long-range intelligence-gathering sortie along Russia’s Black Sea border in the vicinity of Kerch, Sochi, and the Crimea.

Large Avalanche Hits California's Busy Mammoth Ski Resort

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 21:05

A large avalanche roared down a slope on Mammoth Mountain in California on Saturday morning. “Essentially the top of the mountain came loose,” skier Barbara Maynard told The Los Angeles Times. The resort is located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range about 300 miles north of Los Angeles.

Honduras energy executive arrested over activist murder

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 20:45

Honduran authorities said they have arrested an energy company executive allegedly behind the high-profile 2016 murder of prominent environmental activist Berta Caceres. Police detained electrical engineer Roberto David Castillo Mejia "as the intellectual perpetrator" behind Caceres's murder, the prosecutor's office said in a statement Friday. Officials said Castillo had served as CEO of the company Desarrollos Energeticos (DESA) -- which Caceres actively campaigned against over plans to build a hydroelectric dam -- at the time of the activist's slaying.

Hunt for missing Malaysian plane likely to end in June

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 19:30

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 by a U.S. company will likely end in June, a Malaysian official said, as families of passengers marked the fourth anniversary of the plane's disappearance with renewed hope that the world's biggest aviation mystery will be solved.

VIDEO: Man buried in snow rescued after avalanche at California ski resort

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 18:13

An avalanche crashed down on five people Friday at a Sierra Nevada ski resort, which fully buried at least one man who was rescued out.

Ohio inmate whose execution halted dies of natural causes

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 16:26

CLEVELAND (AP) — A twice-convicted murderer whose execution in November had to be halted when a usable vein couldn't be found to administer execution drugs died Saturday morning of natural causes, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said.

Avalanche kills two Spanish skiers in French Pyrenees

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 16:22

PARIS (Reuters) - An avalanche in the French Pyrenees swept away five Spanish skiers on Saturday, killing two, local authorities said. The avalanche hit near the Aragnouet-Bielsa tunnel linking France to Spain. Three of the skiers managed to extract themselves from the snow and were unharmed. One skier was killed at the scene and the other died after being evacuated to hospital in the city of Toulouse. On Friday, an avalanche in the French Alps killed four people.. Their guide escaped unharmed and was questioned by police on Friday evening. He was released on Saturday. ...

FBI director makes historic visit to Navajo Nation

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 15:30

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray met with tribal officials of the largest Indian reservation in the U.S. this week, becoming the first head of the federal law enforcement agency to visit the Navajo Nation.