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President Donald Trump went on a tweetstorm on Monday night, railing against a bipartisan committee investigating potential ties between his associates and Russia. "Why isn't the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech money to Bill, the Hillary Russian 'reset,' praise of Russia by Hillary, or Podesta Russian Company," said one of Trump's tweets. "Trump Russia story is a hoax," he added. This wouldn't be the first time Trump attempted to link Hillary Clinton — his former Democratic rival in the election — with... [Read More]
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REUTERS/Joshua Roberts The US State Department initially sparked some confusion when it decided not to hold on-camera press briefings in the early days of President Donald Trump's administration. After resuming the briefings fewer than 3 weeks ago, the agency briefings stopped once again. According to The Wall Street Journal, The department's acting spokesman, Mark Toner, has been given another assignment, and officials say the briefings will be on hold for at least two weeks — until Secretary of State Rex Tillerson decides on a permanent replacement. In the meantime, the State Department said it would conduct background... [Read More]
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REUTERS/Joshua Roberts The US State Department initially sparked some confusion when it decided not to hold on-camera press briefings in the early days of President Donald Trump's administration. After resuming the briefings fewer than 3 weeks ago, the agency briefings stopped once again. According to The Wall Street Journal, the department's acting spokesman, Mark Toner, has been given another assignment, and officials say the briefings will be on hold for at least two weeks — until Secretary of State Rex Tillerson decides on a permanent replacement. In the meantime, the State Department said it would conduct background... [Read More]
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William Joyce pictured it so clearly: Winston Churchill being led to his hanging in a prison yard. "The Governor of a British prison accompanies Mr. Churchill on that last cheerless walk on a cold grey morning just before eight," Joyce wrote in 1940. On his way to the gallows, Joyce added, Churchill should be reminded of the famine he brought upon England by inviting war with Germany, leaving the island's lifelines snapped by German U-boats. As it came to pass, England did not starve, and it was William Joyce who was led to the execution... [Read More]
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REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin The Pentagon is looking to increase support for Saudi Arabia's two-year-old war against Houthi rebels in Yemen, signaling a possible expansion of Washington's controversial backing for a campaign that human rights groups say has killed hundreds of civilians and fueled a growing humanitarian crisis. Several Defense officials told Foreign Policy the prospect of more American help for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen was under discussion even as the administration examines its broader strategy in the region, including looking at ways to counter Iran and to defeat Islamic State militants. The Pentagon views increased support... [Read More]
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Andrew Burton/Getty Images Cigarette smoking in the U.S. has dropped dramatically since the landmark publication of the 1964 U.S. Surgeon General's report on smoking and health. This has led to improved health for millions of Americans. Those reductions, however, are unevenly distributed. Smoking remains prevalent among impoverished groups, those with other substance-use disorders or mental illness, certain ethnic/racial minorities, and gender/sexual minorities. In some populations, such as disadvantaged women, smoking rates have actually increased during this period. There are few silver bullets when it comes to serious health challenges like cigarette smoking. However, research has shown something... [Read More]
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"The [Obama administration] rule simply made it too easy ..." [Read More]
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Max Whittaker/Getty Images Hey, Texplainer: Why does Texas criminal law still ban "homosexual conduct"? Technically, the state's ban on "homosexual conduct" is not enforceablebecause of a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. But a state statute banning sex between people of the same gender remains on the books. In 1973, Texas made homosexual conduct a criminal act. People caught in the crime could be fined up to several thousand dollars and face jail time. Three decades later, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the law in Lawrence v. Texas— a landmark civil rights case. The... [Read More]
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As President Trump and Congress begin to hash out the details on his proposed budget, let's take a closer look at what the American public actually wants to see from the 45th President of the United States. Legg Mason Asset Management surveyed 900 Americans in January and February 2017 to see where investors would like to see the administration to focus their efforts. The top two priorities? Paying fewer taxes and keeping U.S. jobs from going overseas. And how optimistic are respondents that this will actually happen? 37% of those surveyed thought Trump would actually lower their taxes... [Read More]
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MANICA Architecture On Monday, NFL owners voted 31-1 to approve the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The Raiders will remain in Oakland for at least the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The 2019 season is still up in the air as the Raiders' new stadium is expected to take three years to build. The state of Nevada approved $750 million for a new stadium. Raiders owner Mark Davis pledged $500 million toward the project, and according to a report from the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, the stadium would cost a total of $1.9 billion.... [Read More]
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Alex Wong/Getty Like older voters, young ones were divided by the 2016 presidential election. A recent study of millennial voters by Tufts University found that young people had starkly different opinions about politics and civic institutions based on race, gender and social class. One important dividing line separated rural and urban youth. Rural youth defied a stereotypical notion of young voters as uniformly liberal. Exit polls conducted by news media on Election Day showed that although 55 percent of voters under 30 nationwide supported Hillary Clinton, young rural voters supported Donald Trump by 53 percent. ... [Read More]
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Mark Lyons/Getty Images Climate change may not be a significant factor in the decision-making processes of the United States government, according to the White House. As per a directive signed by President Donald Trump, decisions concerning anything from appliance standards to pipeline approvals will be made without considering climate change as largely as has been done in the past. This directive extends above and beyond the promise made to remove the regulations implemented by the Obama administration. Those measures, such as the blocking of coal leasing and efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses, are likely to be repealed by... [Read More]
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Thomson Reuters The House Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff called on his Republican counterpart Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the committee's investigation into President Donald Trump's connections with Russia on Monday. Schiff's statement followed news reports that Nunes, the committee's chairman, was on White House grounds with a source who showed him secret intelligence reports. The day after that meeting, Nunes briefed Trump that he and his advisers may have had their communications picked up "incidentally" as part of American surveillance of foreign leaders. "After much consideration, and in light of the Chairman's admission... [Read More]
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Thomson Reuters The House Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff called on his Republican counterpart Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the committee's investigation into President Donald Trump's connections with Russia on Monday. Schiff's statement followed news reports that Nunes, the committee's chairman, was on White House grounds with a source who showed him secret intelligence reports. The day after that meeting, Nunes briefed Trump that he and his advisers may have had their communications picked up "incidentally" as part of American surveillance of foreign leaders. "After much consideration, and in light of the Chairman's admission... [Read More]
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eMarketer Have wearable devices and smart clothing been on the market for some time now? Yes. Have consumers been buying them? Not really. But that's expected to change, in oh, five years or so. AYTM Market Research polled 1,000 US internet users ages 18 and older in February 2017 and asked them if they ever purchased smart clothing or wearable devices. While roughly one in five respondents said they purchased at least one item, a large share—about three-quarters—said they had never purchased any. But many said they are at least somewhat likely to buy either smart... [Read More]
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The entire border wall could cost anywhere between $12-20 billion of US taxpayer money. [Read More]
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Chain restaurant behemoth Darden Restaurants just snapped up a new eatery for $780 million: Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen. Darden owns a handful of restaurant companies including Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Yard House, and The Capital Grill. Cheddar's is a smaller chain with just 165 locations — about one sixth the size of Olive Garden — in 28 states including Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. It's best known for its house-smoked baby-back ribs, chicken fingers, and Monte Cristo sandwich. Instagram Embed: http://instagram.com/p/BHXtQcZBnSW/embed/ Width: 800px The Monte Cristo features smoked ham and... [Read More]
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These maps explain the roots of North America's wealth. [Read More]
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