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Trump-Obama relationship reaches historic nastiness
It's a long-distance feud, transmitted over the airwaves and on social media, that's now devolved well beyond a small political spat.
Baby Driver
When Baby (Ansel Elgort) listens, the whole world’s a song. The most sought-after wheelman in town, he earned his nickname because he speaks so rarely it’s as if he never learned to talk—but singing is another matter. With his earbuds in and his sunglasses on, every heist is a...
Fox News Poll: 27 percent favor Senate GOP health care plan, as vote gets delayed
By two-to-one, American voters oppose the Senate health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act -- even as a majority wants to repeal at least some of the existing law.
This number should strike fear in the hearts of GOP senators
Here's an indisputable fact: The health care legislation Senate Republicans were forced to delay a vote on Tuesday is very, very unpopular with the public.
FBI 'reopening' probe of DoD-funded school with suspected Chinese military ties, rep says
The FBI is “reopening” its probe of a taxpayer-funded online school for military servicemembers after a six-month Fox News investigation exposed its alleged Chinese military ties, according to a senior Republican lawmaker.
Manafort registers as a foreign agent
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort filed documents with the Justice Department showing his consulting firm was paid more than $17 million between 2012 and 2014 for work on behalf of a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. 
North Korea Calls for Execution of Former South Korea President and Aide
The North Koreans said former President Park Geun-hye of South Korea and her intelligence chief would face a “miserable dog’s death.”
Obama's jeans game gets strong(er)
"The truth is, generally I look very sharp in jeans." -- Barack Obama, 2014.
Google: We can't live with it or without it
The Internet promised us a perfect market--that is, one where there are many buyers and sellers with full information who freely and effortlessly strike deals unfettered by rules and regulations. But did it also give us a perfect monopoly?
Why the Republicans’ Fantasy Health Care Timetable Crashed Into Reality
To listen to Episode 7 of Trumpcare Tracker, use the player below:
Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs
At a high-level gathering in Portugal, one of the main topics of debate was whether artificial intelligence could permanently eliminate huge numbers of jobs.
Donald Trump Wants “American Energy Dominance.” What Is That?
This story was originally published on the Conversation and has been republished here with permission.
High-tax Connecticut facing new budget mess
Illinois isn't the only state dealing with financial headaches these days. Connecticut, too, is facing big budget problems as major corporations flee the state's high taxes and its fiscal future gets murkier by the day.
Germany Encounters Surge in Crime by the Far Right
A list of arrest warrants included 462 right-wing offenders, showing a rise in extremism since the acceptance of nearly a million migrants and refugees in 2015.
Trump promises 'big surprise' on health care
President Donald Trump struck a cautiously optimistic tone Wednesday, the day after Senate Republican leaders scuttled plans for a vote on health care reform this week in the face of stiff resistance from within the party's own ranks.
Greg Gianforte should not get a free pass
We shouldn't forget about Rep. Greg Gianforte. The newest congressman's guilty plea this month in a Montana court on charges of misdemeanor assault -- resulting in sentence of no jail time -- and his $50,000 donation to a press freedom organization (Gianforte is worth north of $300 million) may...
Bloomingdale’s to open pop-up shops for HBO’s 'The Defiant Ones'
Bloomingdale’s is feeling defiant this summer. The department store is teaming with HBO to open a series of pop-up shops tied to “The Defiant Ones,” a four-part documentary that starts on July 9. The retailer will also devote the windows at its 59th Street flagship to the...
California Sounds: Queens of the Stone Age, Chelsea Wolfe, Dream Syndicate and Shannon Lay
Computers and keyboards may be running the city’s commercial pop music industry, but you still can’t toss a Telecaster in this town without hitting a guitarist. Below, a few new six-string driven songs that complicate a recent story on the death of the guitar, one of which stars a cat named...
CBO score of Senate health care bill: What does it mean?
The Congressional Budget Office released its cost estimate for the Senate’s ObamaCare replacement plan on Monday.
Outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz will join Fox News as a contributor
U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) will join Fox News as a contributor after he steps down from Congress, the cable news network announced Wednesday. Chaffetz, who has represented Utah’s 3rd Congressional District since 2008, has said he will leave office June 30. Starting July 1, he...
Man gets life for murder of toddler found in trash bag
Michael McCarthy was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with parole eligibility in 20 years for the murder of Bella Bond, the 2-year-old girl whose body was found in a trash bag near Boston two years ago.
Senate Republicans told to strike a health care deal by Friday
Senate Republicans have been told to strike a health care deal by Friday, amid concerns that the party's window for overhauling ObamaCare could soon close.
Susan Rice suggests race, gender bias linked to 'unmasking' backlash
Susan Rice, the Obama national security adviser under fire over her alleged involvement in the “unmasking” of Trump associates during the 2016 presidential election, suggested in a fresh interview that race and gender might be playing a role in the scrutiny she’s faced.
Trump accepts invitation to visit Paris
US President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation from his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to visit Paris on July 14, White House officials said Wednesday.
Joe Mantegna on directing theater and the importance of Lenny Bruce
Joe Mantegna may be best known as an actor, most recently starring as FBI special agent David Rossi on the CBS crime drama “Criminal Minds.” But he’s no stranger to the stage, having won a Tony Award in 1984 for David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross.” Now, he’s taking on the...
Expect more questions, dogs at airports
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced new global aviation security measures Wednesday regarding overseas airports that have direct flights to the United States.
Syria base under constant US watch
The US military has ships and aircraft in place to strike Syria if ordered to do so by President Donald Trump, but so far it does not appear as if the Syrian government has made any further moves toward a chemical weapons attack, several defense officials have told CNN.
Deadly Bungee Jump in Spain Could Lead to Criminal Charges
Vera Mol, a Dutch teenager, threw herself from a 130-foot-high bridge after hearing an instructor’s English command of “no jump” as “now jump.”
I Have to Ask: The Maggie Haberman Edition
Listen to Isaac Chotiner’s interview with Maggie Haberman in the player below:
Social Media Is Not Destroying America
Every time I look at social media, it seems, I see someone proclaiming the dangers of social media. There are too many dark takes to list here, but key themes include Twitter spreading misinformation , Facebook helping Donald Trump win , Russia waging a social media war against...
Reporter fires back on 'fake news' attack
Sentinel Newspapers Executive Editor Brian Karem responds to Deputy Press Secy. Sarah Huckabee Sanders' attack on the media, saying he is tired of being "bullied."
ISIS, Aided by Ex-Taliban Groups, Makes Inroads in Northern Afghanistan
An offensive in Darzab District represents a new front for the extremist group, which had not previously found success in the area.
Suspect delivers a video message
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has condemned what he called an "armed terrorist attack," which saw grenades and gunfire launched from a helicopter over the capital's Supreme Court building.
See the UK's spreading high-rise crisis
Fears over fire safety have spread across the UK since a deadly blaze engulfed Grenfell Tower in west London earlier this month.
San Francisco’s Civil War
Local politics is always, in one way or another, about housing. In San Francisco, a deep blue city whose fault lines long ago ceased to resemble America’s, that politics is a vitriolic civic scrimmage, where people who agree about almost every national issue make sworn enemies...
Amicus: Breakfast Table Redux
Listen to Episode 71 of Slate ’s Amicus:
The Grammy Awards return to Los Angeles in 2019
In the bicoastal competition to host the Grammy Awards, New York City scored a major victory last month with the news that the music industry’s biggest event would be held there next year. But now Los Angeles has come roaring back with the announcement Wednesday that the...
Trump has never been big on details
There's a fascinating window into how Donald Trump conceives of the presidency in a New York Times piece out this morning that details the meeting about health care between the president and Republican senators at the White House on Tuesday.
Sharks circle Nevada GOP Sen. Heller
Nevada Sen. Dean Heller did what his political opponents for months had asked of him last week when he announced his opposition to the Republican health care bill.
Science backs up these pregnancy myths
Most of the folk wisdom that well-meaning older relatives offer up to expectant mothers can be easily ignored: Carrying the baby lower in the abdomen isn't a sign that it's a boy, or a girl, or anything other than an indication your abdominal muscles have loosened up a bit.
Senate health bill pulled – but ‘don’t count Senator McConnell out’
Never underestimate a parliamentary tactician and legislative mastermind like Mitch McConnell.
China's new warship challenges rivals
China launched its newest warship on Wednesday, a large guided-missile destroyer touted as the latest in naval technology and seen as a challenge to naval rivals in Asia.
Dear Prudence: The “Capitalism Is the Problem” Edition
Writer and journalist Laurie Penny joins Prudie to tackle your family, work, and friendship quandaries:
Six Are Charged in 1989 Hillsborough Stadium Disaster in England
A former senior police officer will face manslaughter charges. The catastrophe killed 96 fans, who were crushed or trampled.
6 charged in UK stadium disaster
Britain's Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed that it has charged six people with criminal offenses over the 1989 Hillsborough disaster in which 96 supporters of Liverpool football club lost their lives.
Warhol, Nico, a naked handstand, a crucifix: The Broad kicks off 'Happenings' with songs and...
The first night in the Broad museum's "Summer Happenings" series is "Warhol Icon," with live performance meant to connect audiences with the art on the walls.
Who's been hit by malware attack
Some of the world's biggest companies have been hit by a huge cyberattack that has disrupted their businesses.
Cyberattack Hits Ukraine Then Spreads Internationally
This ransomware attack, a more sophisticated assault based on a vulnerability exploited in May, hit companies across the globe.
Health scare: Why Senate Republicans pulled the bill that nobody loves
Let’s face it: Nobody likes this health care bill.
Flight diverted after woman gives birth
It was not weather or a mechanical problem that diverted a Spirit Airlines flight on June 22. It was the unscheduled arrival of an additional passenger, born midflight, that caused the plane from Fort Lauderdale to Dallas to make an unscheduled stop in New Orleans.
The Angle: Lurking Trumpcare Edition
Not dead yet: Sen. Mitch McConnell’s announcement on Tuesday that he’ll delay the vote on Trumpcare didn't settle Jim Newell’s nerves overmuch . The Republican leadership in the Senate could still come back after the July Fourth break and offer holdouts just enough to get their support.
Fox News Poll: Voters disapprove of both Obama, Trump on Russian meddling
Majorities of American voters are unhappy with the current administration -- as well as the former one -- when it comes to Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.
Officials struggle to convince Trump that Russia remains a threat, administration officials say
As President Donald Trump lashes out at former President Barack Obama for failing to take a harder line against Russia for election meddling, Trump's own advisers are struggling to convince him that Russia still poses a threat, according to multiple senior administration officials.
Black girls seen as 'less innocent,' study finds
When compared with their white peers, young black girls are viewed less as children and more like adults, according to a new research report.
Man cracks ransomware code
A cyber security researcher found a "temporary vaccine" to ransomware after hearing about an attack in the news. CNN's Oren Liebermann reports
Asia and Australia Edition: Ransomware, Toshiba, Xi Jinping: Your Morning Briefing
Here’s what you need to know to start your day.
A Gold Rush Revival in Italy, With Nuggets the Size of Bread Crumbs
Recession-hit years have renewed interest, with prospectors drawn to the Italian Goldpanning Championship.
111 people have died under new right-to-die law in California
One hundred eleven people died last year under California's new right-to-die law, according to a report released Tuesday by the state's Department of Public Health.
CBS will air a documentary series from its streaming news channel CBSN
CBSN, the 24-hour over-the-top streaming video service operated by CBS News, is getting some prime-time exposure on the broadcast network this summer. Starting July 31, the CBS network will air a weekly series “CBSN: On Assignment,” an hour-long program featuring long-form...
Passengers Flying Into U.S. to Face More Scrutiny, but Laptops Allowed
After discussions with officials in Europe, the Department of Homeland Security has abandoned a ban on large electronic devices in favor of more robust screening measures.
DHS calls for new airline security measures
The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday called for new airline security measures, including increased screening, for flights into the U.S. from around the world.
Facebook tip leads to missing teen
A 17-year-old North Carolina girl, missing for over a year, was returned to her parents after she made contact online with a woman in Romania.
Young Asian-Australians Carve Out an Identity of Their Own
They call themselves the “little girls” and “little boys” of Sydney and Melbourne, who have grown up melding Asian heritage and an Australian identity.
The politics of wedding cake: 'This Is Us' writer Bekah Brunstetter ices a big year with a timely play
When Bekah Brunstetter needs to think through an issue, she starts writing. Sometimes she keeps at it until she’s come up with a play, such as her new comic drama “The Cake.” But what’s most important is the impulse to head to a keyboard, which has proved invaluable to a career that...
Recent ObamaCare insurer exits lead to 2 more counties with no choices
Recent health insurer exits from the Obamacare exchanges have caused two more counties to be left with no options next year, according to new data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Chaffetz replacement: Who are the Utah congressional candidates?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, will resign from his congressional seat at the end of June — and the district is not lacking people willing to replace him.
Trump welcomes World Series champion Cubs to White House
President Donald Trump has welcomed the manager and several players from the World Series champion Chicago Cubs to the White House.
In push to diversify, movie academy invites the largest class ever with 774 new members
Hollywood’s most exclusive club is rolling out the red carpet to 774 industry professionals – including such boldfaced names as Kristen Stewart, Gal Gadot, John Cho, Chris Pratt, Elle Fanning and Jordan Peele – in its latest and most dramatic step to diversify its overwhelmingly white...
Faking a magazine cover is the most Trump thing ever
There's a Time magazine cover photo featuring Donald Trump hanging in at least five of his golf clubs. The only problem, according to the Washington Post's David Fahrenthold, is that no such cover exists. As in, Trump (or someone close to him) created the cover out of whole cloth.
Good Samaritan beaten after helping child
A Florida police department is warning people of the dangers of spreading false information after a good Samaritan was mistaken for a kidnapper and had his name and picture spread across Facebook.
Trump Interrupts Call to Compliment Female Reporter’s ‘Nice Smile’
Mr. Trump, speaking to the Irish prime minister, said of the reporter, “She has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you well.”
Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond dies at 91
It was a last-minute Christmas gift for his wife that inspired Michael Bond to create Paddington Bear, the marmalade-loving teddy in a duffel coat and floppy hat. Bond would go on to see his creation enchant children for more than half a century and become an icon...
A struggling bill needs a super salesman
Will the sales pitch be enough?
Trump: Reporter 'has a nice smile'
During a congratulatory call to the newly-elected PM of Ireland, US President Donald Trump spoke of a RTE reporter's "nice smile"
How Android beat the iPhone to world domination
Ten years ago this week, Apple's first iPhone went on sale. Fifteen months after that, Google crashed the party.
Haley warns Venezuela's Maduro poised to turn military on protesters
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned Wednesday there are signs Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is planning to start using his country’s military and its weapons against protesters, as tensions flare on the streets of Caracas and beyond.
Ten Commandments slab destroyed live on Facebook
The newly unveiled Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Arkansas state Capitol was knocked over early Wednesday, less than 24 hours after it was erected, a state government official told CNN.
What's next for GOP health care plan?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday delayed a vote on the Senate health care bill until after the July 4 recess, giving his caucus more time to negotiate changes to the proposal but leaving the GOP campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare in limbo.
The Culture Gabfest “Man Bun on a Hot Tin Roof” Edition
Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 458 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner with the audio player below.
China Releases Activists Scrutinizing Ivanka Trump Shoe Factory
Their release on bail means the three men have been thrust into China’s labyrinthine criminal justice system, rather than having been quietly detained for a few days.
Trump travel ban to go into effect: Timeline of a legal journey
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from several Muslim-majority countries.
Congress readies North Korean travel ban
Congress plans to take up new legislation as soon as next month to implement a ban on travel to North Korea by US citizens following Otto Warmbier's death after he was imprisoned by North Korea for 17 months.
Roger Stone agrees to meet with House investigators
President Donald Trump's longtime confidante Roger Stone will testify before the House intelligence committee on July 24 in a closed session.
Paddington Bear creator dies at 91
Michael Bond, the creator of the hugely popular children's character Paddington Bear, has died at the age of 91.
GM CEO: The world needs more coders
A lot of resources go into building cars, like steel, aluminum, rubber and glass. Also critical: Brains.
The Chemistry of Catnip
Cat people know what this is all about—frisky, tripped-out felines entranced in drug-induced euphoria. Catnip, in other words.
The Viral Story About the Cop Who Overdosed by Touching Fentanyl Is Nonsense
In the middle of May, a police officer in East Liverpool, Ohio, Chris Green, was responding to a traffic call when he realized that white powder had spilled inside the car he was investigating. He put on gloves to protect himself from what he would later learn was a formulation of fentanyl, a...
Trump, NYT reporter duel on Twitter over health care claims
President Trump tangled on Twitter Wednesday morning with a New York Times reporter who knocked his performance in health care negotiations, marking the latest escalation in the conflict between the administration and the media.
GOP delays health care vote amid opposition
Senator Mitch McConnell is working to win over the nine Republicans opposed to the GOP health care plan after he was forced to delay a vote on the bill. CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports.
Philippine Military Says 17 Mutilated Civilian Bodies Found in Marawi
The grisly discovery comes as troops struggle to retake the city from Islamist militants, whose numbers are believed to have dwindled to between 150 and 200 fighters.
Struggle for Control Underlies Xi Jinping’s Visit to Hong Kong
President Xi Jinping’s appearance this week, his first to the city as president, comes nearly three years after pro-democracy demonstrators took to the streets.
19th ObamaCare co-op folds, leaving only 4 operating in 2018
Minuteman Health of Massachusetts and New Hampshire announced it is withdrawing from the Affordable Care Act exchanges in 2018, leaving only four co-ops in operation.
Sarah Palin sues NY Times over editorial tying her to Giffords shooting
Former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin filed a lawsuit against the New York Times Tuesday over an editorial that tied her to the January 2011 shooting of an Arizona congresswoman.
'Dragon Tattoo' actor dies at 56
Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, known for his roles in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "John Wick," has died after a yearlong battle with lung cancer, his representative said. He was 56.
5 things for Wednesday
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The brutal battle against medical kidnappers
The brutal battle against medical kidnappers by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2017 BOSTON — On the day Boston Children’s Hospital celebrated being named “the number one pediatric hospital in the nation” by U.S. News & World Report, I was interviewing Dana Gottesfeld...
Ransomware Attack Raises Concerns Over Future Assaults
The latest strike, which affected computers from Ukraine to the United States, has intensified worries that such events will become everyday dangers.
Global Shares Decline Amid Tech Weakness
Global stocks extended losses amid fresh pressure on technology companies, while the euro and government bond yields continued to climb as investors reassessed the course of eurozone monetary policy.
Trump administration plans border wall models in summer
The agency in charge of U.S. border security plans to start building prototypes for President Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico later this summer.
8 Things to Know Before the Bell
Ransomware attack; Trump setback; Stress tests
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