Trump’s first paycheck to fund restoration projects at Antietam battlefield

(CNN)The $78,333.32 that President Donald Trump donated from his first paycheck as President will help fund restoration projects at Antietam National Battlefield. On the campaign trail, Trump promised that, if elected, he would donate his White House salary to a worthy cause. Under existing federal law, the President is required to accept the $400,000 salary that comes with the office.

July 6, 2017
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How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF

(CNN)The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump’s tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday for the video and other offensive content he posted — one day after CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him. On Reddit, “HanA**holeSolo” took credit for inspiring the tweet. Soon after, “HanA**holeSolo’s” other posts on Reddit, some of which included racist and…

July 5, 2017
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Vietnam’s booming craft beer scene

(CNN)A night out drinking in Vietnam used to mean one thing: sipping Bia Hoi, a local draft beer with 3% alcohol content, from a tiny stool on the sidewalk. The country’s craft beer scene is booming, having welcomed more than a dozen micro-breweries in the past two years. In the land of 30-cent drafts of Bia Hoi, charging consumers $5 for craft draft remains a challenge. An on-site brewery was…

July 5, 2017
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UK to withdraw from international fishing arrangement – BBC News

“Brexit poses very serious challenges to the seafood sector and this announcement will form part of the negotiations,” he said. The Scottish government backed the idea, saying it had been pressing for it “for some time”. The London Fisheries Convention sits alongside the EU Common Fisheries Policy, which allows all European countries access between 12 and 200 nautical miles of the UK and sets quotas for how much fish nations…

July 4, 2017
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Trump to get China, Japan leaders on the phone

(CNN)US President Donald Trump will make back-to-back phone calls to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, the White House announced Saturday night. No information was provided as to what subjects the calls would cover, but they come after an eventful week in East Asia politics. Trump warns North Korea: US patience is over China’s President issues ‘red line’ warning

July 3, 2017
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White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere

(CNN)Traditionally, the chief usher of the White House hasn’t been someone who comes and goes with each administration; it’s a position that endures. The White House chief usher as a fixture of the institution is as American as apple pie. First lady Melania Trump recently announced that Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will be the next White House chief usher. He joins a select…

July 2, 2017
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DHS shifts focus of funding to counter violent extremism

(CNN)The Department of Homeland Security is cutting some organizations out of grant money to counter violent extremism — including nearly a dozen that the Obama administration considered worthy of receiving the funds. One such organization is Life After Hate, which the Obama administration told just before leaving office in January would receive $400,000 to expand its outreach and intervention services for former white supremacists and others in the “criminal underground.”

July 2, 2017
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First on CNN: Kamala Harris maneuvers to help 2018 Democrats — and build a national profile

Washington (CNN)Sen. Kamala Harris is using her newfound progressive stardom to raise money for her Democratic colleagues — and amplifying buzz about the California freshman as a prospect for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination in the process. The email list Harris has used to raise the bulk of that money is 10 times the size it was at this time last year, during her Senate campaign. She’s used that list…

July 1, 2017
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GOP congressman: Trump’s tweets ‘ugly’ and ‘indefensible’

(CNN)A Republican congressman who supported Donald Trump for president refused to defend him Thursday night after a pair of tweets led to strong criticism from both Democrats and Republicans that it was beneath the dignity of the office he holds. Rep. Lee Zeldin called the tweets “ugly” and “indefensible.” Zeldin also warned the tweets could pose problems for Trump with the people who voted for him. “When he talks about…

June 30, 2017
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Jennifer Granholm: Trump a ‘snowflake’ for tweet attacking Brzezinski

Washington (CNN)Jennifer Granholm, the former governor of Michigan, called Donald Trump a “snowflake” Thursday evening, after the President tweeted an attack on “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski earlier in the day. “His ego is so fragile. He’s such a snowflake that anything like this sets him off,” she told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on “Erin Burnett OutFront.”

June 30, 2017
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Kelly: Election hacking attempts ‘way of the future’

Washington (CNN)Attempts to hack elections will continue in the future, the secretary of Homeland Security said Wednesday — so election officials better prepare. Kelly said at an event at the Center for a New American Security that his agency will offer to help states and localities on an entirely “voluntary basis” — but strongly encouraged officials to get help from somewhere.

June 29, 2017
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North Korea casts shadow as Trump and Moon meet for first time

(CNN)The leaders of the US and South Korea share a common goal: Get North Korea to abandon the nuclear and missile programs that have rapidly expanded under the country’s supreme leader, Kim Jong Un. Moon, a liberal who took office last month after his conservative predecessor was impeached on corruption charges, is a strong proponent of engagement with Pyongyang. How much damage can North Korea’s weapons do? Foreign policy of…

June 29, 2017
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The strategic seating chart from the White House meeting with GOP senators

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump says he is a master of the “art of the deal,” but does he need to be as close as possible to those he is trying to strike a deal with? President Donald Trump said negotiators are continuing to work and “getting very close” on a deal and that Obamacare is “melting down as we speak.” Collins: Tinkering won’t fix Senate bill Heller won’t back Senate…

June 28, 2017
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Ivanka Trump spotlights global human trafficking

Washington (CNN)Ivanka Trump, who serves as a top adviser to President Donald Trump, used her platform Tuesday to shine a light on human trafficking, which she called an “ugly stain on civilization.” Ending human trafficking “is a major foreign policy priority for the Trump administration,” she said. Ivanka Trump: I try to stay out of politics Activists investigating Ivanka supplier missing Trump vows to fight human trafficking

June 28, 2017
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Supreme Court order may cause travel chaos

Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court’s decision green-lighting parts of President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban Monday saved many of the prickly questions about the constitutionality of the executive order for another day — but legal experts say that the court’s compromise ruling raises other more practical headaches (and potentially further litigation) for travelers this summer. Here’s a look at why. Swalwell: SCOTUS ruling makes U.S. less safe

June 27, 2017
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McConnell’s test: Can he do more than obstruct?

(CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing a major test this week. Since revealing the details of the Republican health care plan, McConnell has watched as a number of important senators in his own party announced their concerns or opposition. Some, such as Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, have urged him to postpone the vote based on the assumption that, at this moment, it would not pass the upper chamber where…

June 27, 2017
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Australia wants Five Eyes to squeeze tech firms on encryption

The political rhetoric against strong encryption continues to crank up. Reuters reports today that Australia will be pushing for greater powers for countries to tackle the use of encrypted messaging services by terrorists and criminals at an upcoming meeting of ministers from the so-called Five Eyes intelligence network. I will raise the need to address ongoing challenges posed by terrorists and criminals using encryption, Australian Attorney General Senator Brandis is…

June 26, 2017
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Tristan Walker launches FORM to make it easier for women of color to manage their hair

Growing up, my hair was always a source of frustration, pain and embarrassment. Part of that was because there were very few products made for people like me, with naturally curly and kinky hair. Hence why I just dropped about $140, tax included, on Walker & Company Brands latest line of products, FORM. FORM Beauty markets itself as being for all women, but its worth pointing out that since the…

June 26, 2017
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Nebraska Democrat fired for saying he was ‘glad’ Rep. Scalise was shot

Washington (CNN)A member of the Nebraska Democratic Party was fired Thursday morning after an audio recording of him surfaced on YouTube saying he was “glad” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot at a congressional baseball game practice and wished the Louisiana Republican was dead. “This motherf***er, like, his whole job is like to get people [to] convince Republicans to f***ing kick people off f***ing health care,” Montag can be…

June 25, 2017
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Breaking with tradition, Trump White House forgoes Ramadan dinner

(CNN)For the first time in nearly two decades, the White House did not host an iftar dinner to commemorate Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. “Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity,” they said. “Now, as they commemorate Eid with family and friends, they carry on the tradition of helping neighbors and…

June 25, 2017
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Glastonbury: Jeremy Corbyn ‘inspired’ by young voters – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device   Media captionThe Labour leader was introduced on stage by Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis Jeremy Corbyn said he had been inspired by how many young people had got involved in politics as he addressed the crowd at the Glastonbury festival. “Do you know, politics is actually about everyday life?” he asked the Pyramid Stage audience who had, moments earlier, been dancing to…

June 25, 2017
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