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The U.S. Needs More Nukes (Bret Stephens/New York Times)

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 16:15

Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The U.S. Needs More Nukes  —  Russian cheating requires a strong response.  —  “In the capitals of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, there is a clear lack of confidence in the United States' reliability as a military ally.”  —  Sound familiar?  It's from a report in The Times dated October 7, 1979.

Jeffrey Epstein, accused sex trafficker, is dead by apparent suicide, found in his Manhattan jail cell (NBC News)

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 15:30

NBC News:
Jeffrey Epstein, accused sex trafficker, is dead by apparent suicide, found in his Manhattan jail cell  —  Epstein, 66, was being held on federal sex trafficking charges.  —  Jeffrey Epstein, the millionaire financier and accused sex trafficker, is dead by apparent suicide, according to three officials familiar with the matter.

'Bunch of poppycock': Biden once rejected idea that diversity was America's strength (Alana Goodman/Washington Examiner)

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 15:20

Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:
‘Bunch of poppycock’: Biden once rejected idea that diversity was America's strength  —  Standing on the debate stage in Detroit last month, Joe Biden surveyed his fellow 2020 Democratic candidates and took the opportunity to aim a barb at President Trump: “This is America …

Trump cracks jokes about Equinox scandal, kamikaze pilots at Hamptons fundraiser (New York Post)

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 15:20

New York Post:
Trump cracks jokes about Equinox scandal, kamikaze pilots at Hamptons fundraiser  —  President Trump cracked jokes about the Equinox scandal, the old days of rent-controlled New York and his dealings with North and South Korea among deep-pocketed pals in the Hamptons on Friday.

Biden Knows How to Make the Moral Case Against Trump (Andrew Sullivan/New York Magazine)

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 15:20

Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
Biden Knows How to Make the Moral Case Against Trump  —  A really unexpected thing happened to me this week.  I felt a slight but measurable twinge of hope.  For the first time, I heard a speech that, while measured and well-balanced, homed in relentlessly — and with passion and authority …

Trump again appears to take North Korea's side against his own military, allies (Washington Post)

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 15:10

Washington Post:
Trump again appears to take North Korea's side against his own military, allies  —  TOKYO — President Trump on Saturday appeared to side with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in renewing his objections to joint military exercises with South Korea, calling such drills “ridiculous and expensive” …

Unsealed documents detail alleged Epstein victim's recruitment at Mar-a-Lago (Josh Gerstein/Politico)

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 15:05

Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Unsealed documents detail alleged Epstein victim's recruitment at Mar-a-Lago  —  A trove of court documents unsealed Friday detail allegations by an alleged victim of wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein that while working as a teenage locker room attendant at President Donald Trump's Mar …

Don Jr.'s visit to luxury resort 'prelaunch' in Indonesia revives conflict-of-interest concerns (Marcus Baram/Fast Company)

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 14:40

Marcus Baram / Fast Company:
Don Jr.'s visit to luxury resort ‘prelaunch’ in Indonesia revives conflict-of-interest concerns  —  President Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., plans to travel to Indonesia next week to celebrate the upcoming launch of Trump-branded luxury resorts in West Java and Bali.

Elizabeth Warren Wants To Raise Taxes On Guns And Ammunition (Kevin Robillard/HuffPost)

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 13:50

Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
Elizabeth Warren Wants To Raise Taxes On Guns And Ammunition  —  The Democratic senator and 2020 presidential candidate released a plan aimed at reducing gun deaths by 80%.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants to sharply increase taxes on guns and ammunition as part of a comprehensive …

Jeffrey Epstein Dead in Suicide at Manhattan Jail, Officials Say (New York Times)

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 13:40

New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Dead in Suicide at Manhattan Jail, Officials Say  —  The body of Mr. Epstein, the financier indicted on sex trafficking charges last month, was found Saturday morning.  —  Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who was long dogged by accusations of sexual abuse of girls and who was able …

Kamala Harris lands key Iowa endorsement (Politico)

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 13:25

Politico:
Kamala Harris lands key Iowa endorsement  —  Sen. Kamala Harris on Saturday secured a key endorsement in the early caucus state of Iowa.  —  State political heavyweights Sue and Bob Dvorsky announced they would support the California Democratic senator for president in 2020 and would join …

Jeffrey Epstein dead in apparent suicide (New York Post)

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 13:20

New York Post:
Jeffrey Epstein dead in apparent suicide  —  Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein died overnight in an apparent suicide, law enforcement sources told the Post Saturday.  —  A gurney carrying a man who looked like Epstein was wheeled out of the Manhattan Correctional Center around 7:30 a.m. and headed to New York Downtown Hospital.

Jeffrey Epstein, accused sex trafficker, dies by suicide: Officials (Ella Torres/ABC News)

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 13:15

Ella Torres / ABC News:
Jeffrey Epstein, accused sex trafficker, dies by suicide: Officials  —  Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced millionaire who was facing federal sex trafficking charges, died by suicide Friday night in his Lower Manhattan jail cell, three law enforcement officials told ABC News.

China's Currency Devaluation Will Hurt China More Than It Hurts The United States (Helen Raleigh/The Federalist)

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 13:10

Helen Raleigh / The Federalist:
China's Currency Devaluation Will Hurt China More Than It Hurts The United States  —  What China did this week is the strongest counteraction it has taken so far in its ongoing trade war.  It might have achieved the desired effect of causing market panic, but it will end up hurting China the most.

We asked Canadian politicians why they engaged with a 'cult'-like group from Iran (Shenaz Kermalli/National Observer)

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 13:10

Shenaz Kermalli / National Observer:
We asked Canadian politicians why they engaged with a 'cult'-like group from Iran  —  It looked like a scene from The Handmaid's Tale.  Two glittering flags projected on jumbo screens behind a well-known politician as he addressed a massive gathering, flanked by woman dressed in identical red headscarves and black-and-white overcoats.

Defending intelligence pick, Trump says U.S. spy agencies 'run amok' (Jonathan Landay/Reuters)

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 23:55

Jonathan Landay / Reuters:
Defending intelligence pick, Trump says U.S. spy agencies ‘run amok’  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his choice for the next U.S. spy chief as someone who could “rein in” intelligence agencies that “have run amok,” fueling concerns Trump seeks assessments that support his own views.

Republican lawmaker presses Navy on UFO sightings (Bryan Bender/Politico)

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 23:55

Bryan Bender / Politico:
Republican lawmaker presses Navy on UFO sightings  —  A top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee is seeking more details from the Navy on recent reports of so-called “unidentified aerial phenomenon,” including what resources it is applying to investigate the mysterious sightings …

Trump's Pick for Top Intelligence Post Overstated Parts of His Biography (New York Times)

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 23:45

New York Times:
Trump's Pick for Top Intelligence Post Overstated Parts of His Biography  —  Aides revised old claims about Representative John Ratcliffe's role in prosecuting a prominent terrorism case.  —  WASHINGTON — Aides to the congressman chosen by President Trump to lead the nation's intelligence agencies …

North Carolina political operative faces new charges in ballot fraud investigation (Louis Casiano/Fox News)

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 23:45

Louis Casiano / Fox News:
North Carolina political operative faces new charges in ballot fraud investigation  —  A North Carolina political operative at the center of a ballot fraud investigation over a disputed congressional election was hit with new charges on Tuesday.  —  Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman …

Trump's hidden enablers are corrupting our country (Greg Sargent/Washington Post)

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 23:40

Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's hidden enablers are corrupting our country  —  A major political battle is taking shape, and at its core is a key question: Can President Trump and his loyalists continue to organize large swaths of the government around the single, overarching goal of shielding his corruption …

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