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All Eyes Are on Tillerson and North Korean Counterpart at Asean Meeting – New York Times

Saturday, August 05, 2017

On the other hand, Mr. Tillerson’s comments were accompanied by increased saber rattling from Washington directed at the North, with the United States testing an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile in the Pacific and flying two strategic bombers over the Korean Peninsula. In addition, Vice President Mike Pence said the two nations would not hold direct talks. Victor Cha, who served as the Asian affairs director on President George…

President Trump settles in for 17-day vacation at his secluded New Jersey club – Washington Post

Saturday, August 05, 2017

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — President Trump, who knocked his predecessor’s work ethic and said he probably wouldn’t take vacations as president, has settled in for 17 days here at his secluded golf club in New Jersey’s fox-hunt and horse country. Aides are billing Trump’s time at one of his favorite properties as a “working vacation,” a notion bolstered by his arrival on Air Force One on Friday with a retinue of…

Venezuela’s chief prosecutor, a leading critic of president, is removed from office – Washington Post

Saturday, August 05, 2017

CARACAS — Loyalists of President Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela’s newly created super congress moved to consolidate government power Saturday, stripping the independent chief prosecutor of her job and cordoning off her headquarters in a move signaling a swiftly widening crackdown on political dissent. The new body, elected last Sunday in a vote decried internationally as a power grab, was installed Friday, with its leaders vowing to back Maduro’s calls to…

What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls – Rasmussen Reports

Saturday, August 05, 2017

What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls Sign up for free daily updates Saturday, August 05, 2017 Positive economic news continues to roll in, but voters aren’t giving President Trump any credit and gave him lower approval ratings this week than they did during his predecessor’s entire presidency. With unemployment at a 16-year low and the Dow reaching record highs, Americans are more confident than they have been…

Jeannette Walls Settles Down Far From the Noise of New York – New York Times

Saturday, August 05, 2017

“She was very self-contained,” Mr. Kosner recalled. “She was always a grown-up. With that kind of harrowing childhood, she had to be.” He added: “There was always a degree of distance there. Nobody knew really very much about her.” Not that Ms. Walls goes out of her way to cultivate mystery. “Ask me anything,” she offered brightly the other day at her Virginia home. Advertisement Continue reading the main story…

Trump backs McMaster as critics, White House rivals question Rice authorization – Fox News

Saturday, August 05, 2017

President Trump gave H.R. McMaster a vote of confidence after the national security adviser’s rivals seized on a letter McMaster sent to his Obama predecessor Susan Rice giving her continued access to classified information. McMaster’s letter, which his supporters said was routine, was apparently leaked to imply that the Army lieutenant general was helping Trump’s enemies. McMaster’s feud with other powerful camps inside the White House has been well-documented, and a…

Three Marines missing after Osprey crashes off Australia – Marine Corps Times

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Marines, sailor killed in Mississippi crash identified Their KC-130T went down Monday. None survived.

Attorney general says Justice Dept. has tripled the number of leak probes – Washington Post

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday that the Justice Department has more than tripled the number of leak investigations compared with the number that were ongoing at the end of the last administration, offering the first public confirmation of the breadth of the department’s efforts to crack down on unauthorized disclosures of sensitive information. The announcement seemed designed both to reassure the president, who has criticized the attorney general as…

Republican Senator Is on a Mission to Rescue the Health Care Law – New York Times

Saturday, August 05, 2017

After Senate Republicans’ failure to repeal Obamacare, Mr. Alexander has set out on what he sees as a rescue mission to stabilize the insurance program by guaranteeing the consumer subsidies to insurance companies that President Trump has threatened to cut off, while granting states more flexibility to offer different insurance options. Advertisement Continue reading the main story He and Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the top Democrat on the panel…

Donald Trump Notifies UN of Paris Exit While Keeping Option to Return – TIME

Saturday, August 05, 2017

The Trump administration began the formal process to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but says it’s willing to “re-engage” if terms more favorable to the U.S. are met. The State Department said it notified the United Nations that the U.S. will pull out of the global agreement as soon as it can under the terms of the 2015 accord, but President Donald Trump would agree to remain in the…

National security adviser attempts to reconcile Trump’s competing impulses on Afghanistan – Washington Post

Saturday, August 05, 2017

In meeting after meeting with his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, this spring and summer, President Trump angrily hammered home two questions: He wanted to know why the U.S. military wasn’t winning in Afghanistan, and he asked, repeatedly, why, after more than 16 years of war, the United States was still stuck there. The president’s two questions have defined a contentious debate over whether to send more U.S. troops to…

Analysis: Trump turns to Russia probe to poke at his critics – Washington Post

Saturday, August 05, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is trying to turn the Russia investigation into a rallying cry. Far from avoiding talk of the accelerating probe into his campaign’s ties to Moscow, Trump is instead using it to stoke the outrage of his most loyal supporters. The probe, he argues, is an outgrowth of the bias and resentment media elites and Democrats hold against his white, working-class base. The investigation is a…

John Kelly’s big challenge: Controlling the tweeter in chief – Politico

Saturday, August 05, 2017

President Donald Trump’s White House and Defense Department lawyers had warned him against the transgender military ban for days. They were concerned about the ramifications of the policy, how military officials would respond and what legal backlash it could cause, two West Wing officials familiar with last month’s discussions said. The lawyers thought there would be plenty of time for more discussions and were analyzing arguments. Frustrated with being “slow-walked,”…

Authorities say missing boy, 6, found dead in retention pond – WRAL.com

Saturday, August 05, 2017

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Authorities say a missing 6-year-old special needs boy has been found dead in a retention behind his home. Polk County Sheriff officials say in a news release that Adam Roach, of Lakeland, was found in a pond directly behind his home at 10:40 p.m. Friday by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office dive team and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Authorities say Roach was reported…

Venezuela’s New Leaders Begin Their March Toward Total Control – New York Times

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Among the new leaders were Mr. Maduro’s wife, Cilia Flores; the president’s son, Nicolás; Diosdado Cabello, a powerful former military chief who participated in a coup in the 1990s with Mr. Chávez; and a radical television show host known for broadcasting embarrassing recordings of opposition politicians. Before the ceremony, crowds of government supporters surrounded the Capitol, many dressed in red, the color of Mr. Maduro’s Socialist party, waving flags and…

Iowa music store sees success with popularity of vinyl – Charlotte Observer

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Weird Harold’s in Burlington has been selling music since 1972, and a good portion of that has been classic rock from the 1960s. “We would have bands come into the store and take pictures and sign autographs, but you don’t see a lot of that anymore,” said Weird Harold’s owner Danny Bessine. Ironically enough, Bessine, 69, didn’t listen to a lot of music during the 1960s. He was in high…

How West Virginia got to 3 percent GDP growth – The Hill

Saturday, August 05, 2017

President Trump is thrilled with West Virginia. At a boisterous campaign-style rally Thursday, Trump extolled the state’s strong first quarter economic growth — growth he said few expected. “We had 3 percent growth in West Virginia. I wonder how that happened,” Trump told cheering supporters. “Three percent growth. West Virginia is leading the average. When was the last time we heard that?” And indeed, after years of economic stagnation, West Virginia…

Missing Lakeland special needs boy found dead – WTSP 10 News

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Reporter Beau Zimmer gives an update on the sad end of a search for a special needs child.

The Note: Russia investigation ramps up with grand jury – ABC News

Saturday, August 05, 2017

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY A new development, and maybe a new phase: Special counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury in Washington, D.C., a few weeks ago, allowing Mueller’s team to issue subpoenas in its Russia probe. The White House said Thursday that it was unaware of the development. War on leaks: Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a briefing today on how the Justice Department is cracking down…

Firearms blamed in blaze that threatened Mariposa – SFGate

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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