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In exile with Bill Kristol, the Republican resister-in-chief

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 05:00

Bill Kristol is steadily launching an unrelenting assault on his own party's president. You could say he is the clearest and most credible voice of Republican resistance in Washington.

Palestinian migrant gets life sentence for supermarket stabbing in Germany

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 04:02

A Palestinian asylum seeker and radicalized Islamist who killed one person and injured six others in a knife attack in a Hamburg supermarket in July has been sentenced to life in prison, a spokesman for a city court said on Thursday. Hamburg residents threw chairs and other objects at the attacker - who had been known to authorities - helping police to detain him, but a 50-year-old man died of his injuries. The asylum seeker could not be deported as he lacked identification documents and was psychologically unstable, Hamburg's Interior Minister Andy Grote said after the attack.

Hope Hicks' Resignation Sends Tweeters Into Joke Overdrive

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 03:59

When Hope Hicks announced on Wednesday that she was quitting her job as White House communications director, Twitter brought the jokes.

The Latest: Kushner Cos. got huge loans after WH meetings

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:35

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's downgraded security clearance (all times local):

White House Hit With Several Shocking Reports In Less Than A Day

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:21

An already complicated day for President Donald Trump’s administration was capped with several shocking reports Wednesday night. The barrage of stories shed new light on the extent of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and raised questions about several officials in the president’s inner circle, including communications director Hope Hicks and the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening that Mueller has questioned several witnesses about the president’s behavior toward Attorney General Jeff Sessions to determine whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice in the ongoing inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Neighbors say police, others alerted before child's death

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 20:15

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — Former neighbors of a couple accused of fatally beating a 10-year-old girl said they heard abuse months ago and reported it to police and the state health and human services' officials.

Mystery cloaks Japanese dad of 13 born from Thai surrogates

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 20:01

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese businessman who won legal custody of his 13 children born from surrogates in Thailand is virtually anonymous in his home country.

Alaska lawmaker cites Holocaust deaths to oppose gun control

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 19:41

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Republican and most senior member of the U.S. House argued against gun control by wondering how many Jewish people "were put in the ovens" because they were not armed.

Should America Use Force to Stop Assad from Demolishing Ghouta?

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 19:32

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Will Trump Follow Through On Guns? He Didn't Do So On Immigration.

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 19:22

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump convened lawmakers at the White House for something unusual in today’s politics: a substantive, unscripted discussion of a contentious issue in which the president broke with party orthodoxy, all on camera. In the made-for-TV event on Wednesday, Trump struck a moderate tone and encouraged a group of Republicans and Democrats to act quickly on a comprehensive gun reform package. “I thought it was fascinating television, and it was surreal,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), who sat next to the president, told reporters afterwards.

Walmart To Raise Age Requirement To Buy Firearms And Ammunition

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 18:59

Walmart has vowed to raise its age requirement to 21 years old for customers looking to purchase firearms or ammunition from their stores. The retail giant decided to change its firearms policy “in light of recent events,” Walmart said in a statement to reporters on Wednesday. “We take seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of firearms and go beyond Federal law by requiring customers to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm,” the company’s statement read.

The ice on Lake Michigan has turned blue. Here's why.

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 18:52

The ice on portions of Michigan's Great Lakes has turned blue, but don't worry, there's a perfectly good reason why.  The phenomenon is common on glaciers, but not so much on large swathes of lake ice. It's happening where Lake Michigan meets Lake Huron, at a place called the Straits of Mackinac. There, fat slabs and mounds of cracked blue ice have collected near the shorelines. Local photographer Tori Burley captured the image above.  SEE ALSO: Gas-filled vessel barrels solo through pathetic Arctic sea ice during dead of winter The ice, however, is not actually turning blue. The color is a result of the way sunlight is bouncing off this particular ice, explained Ted Scambos, a research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, in an interview.  Sometimes, weather conditions — such as a lack of high winds — allow water to freeze slowly and evenly, resulting in ice composed of large crystals (unlike snow, which is formed quickly and made up of small crystals).  When light hits these big ice crystals, it can travel deep into the structures (compare this to snow, wherein light hits a sharp edge and reflects off of it right away, resulting in blinding white). When the light travels deeper into slowly formed ice, some of the red wavelengths of sunlight — which is the longest wavelength of visible light — get absorbed into the ice structure.  The blue, which is the shortest wavelength of visible light, bounces back out, meet our eyes, and results in a deep aqua color.   Sunlight reflecting off the Thwaites glacier in Antarctica, which makes the water look an aqua color.Image: nasaBut this isn't the complete story. Blue ice is also composed of relatively pure, untainted water, which allows the blue reflection to be so vivid and dominant. "It's a tribute to how clean the upper surface of Lake Michigan is," said Scambos, adding, "At least somewhere in Lake Michigan."  WATCH: 'Beast from the East' to plunge UK, rest of Europe into historic deep freeze

Protesters Descend On ICE San Francisco Headquarters After Immigration Raids

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 18:49

SAN FRANCISCO ― Hundreds of activists gathered on Wednesday outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building here to protest the arrests of more than 150 undocumented immigrants in recent days. Local activist groups organized the “emergency rally” to respond to the mass arrests in Northern California, just two weeks after more than 200 people were arrested in similar raids in the Los Angeles area. “We have come together today to show that the Northern California region stands together in denouncing the mass arrests that happened in the last three days,” Blanca Vazquez, a media spokesperson for the protest, told HuffPost.

Mennonite investigator who won't testify goes back to jail

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 18:09

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A defense investigator in a death penalty case has been jailed indefinitely for refusing to testify for prosecutors, saying that helping their effort to execute a defendant would violate her religious beliefs.

Venezuela presidential hopeful wants Wall Street economist on team

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 18:06

By Andrew Cawthorne and Vivian Sequera CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan presidential candidate Henri Falcon said on Wednesday he would like a Wall Street economist, who sees dollarization as the solution for hyper-inflation in Venezuela, to play a big role on his team if he wins the upcoming election. Falcon said Francisco Rodriguez, a Venezuelan who is chief economist at Torino Capital and advising him informally, would be the ideal leader of his economic team should he defeat socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

What did Hope Hicks lie about? Newsroom readers have thoughts

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 17:43

“She tells Trump how great he is.” “Does Hicks realize that she is not a contestant on ‘The Bachelor’?” Hope Hicks resigned one day after reports claimed she told “white lies” for President Trump, but it’s unclear what about. Newsroom readers have some theories. During a closed-door testimony, White House communications director Hope Hicks reportedly admitted her job has sometimes required her to tell “white lies” on the president’s behalf. The admission has sparked questions and concern. Newsroom commenters believe: “Lies are lies” no matter how big or small. Others think that “anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously … cannot be trusted.” According to reports, Hicks insisted she didn’t lie about the investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. What do you think Hicks lied about? Should “white lies” get a pass? Join the conversation in Newsroom.

Georgia teacher arrested after firing gunshot in school classroom

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 16:57

The incident unfolded as schools around the country remain on edge from a shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 students and educators were killed. In response to that massacre, allegedly carried out by a former student, U.S. President Donald Trump has said teachers should be allowed to carry concealed firearms on school campuses. The incident at Dalton High School, about 90 miles (145 km) north of Atlanta, the Georgia capital, began when a group of students tried to enter a classroom and found that their teacher would not let them in, Bruce Frazier of the Dalton Police Department said.

Russian Trolls Used This One Weird Trick To Infiltrate Our Democracy. You’ll Never Believe Where They Learned It.

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 16:49

The troll operation liked divisive, emotionally charged content because the social media platforms liked divisive, emotionally charged content. Facebook and Twitter were and still are optimized to send traffic to posts about these subjects, and so the troll outfit optimized its content accordingly. It went hard on social-justice issues and directed ire at everyone from manspreaders to Nazis.

Missing CDC doctor was passed up for promotion before his disappearance

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 16:29

Missing CDC doctor Timothy Cunningham was passed up for a promotion shortly before he disappeared without a trace more than two weeks ago, according to police. Cunningham, a highly regarded epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, went missing after he left work mid-day on Feb. 12. Atlanta Police Department Major Michael O'Connor said that on the morning of his disappearance, Cunningham called his sister before going to work and talking with his supervisor about a promotion that he didn't receive.

California areas advised to evacuate ahead of potential mudslides

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 15:38

The warning, which is one step below a mandatory order, affects about 30,000 people in Santa Barbara County, said Kelly Hoover, a spokeswoman for the county sheriff's office. Do not wait for a notification," the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said in a written statement. It follows criticism of Santa Barbara County officials that they did not adequately warn residents of the danger ahead of the January mudslides.