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Sneak peek at US Navy’s new $13B aircraft carrier

Norfolk, Virginia (CNN)Perched 50 feet above the USS Gerald Ford’s massive flight deck, Petty Officer 1st Class Jose Triana has a clear view of the horizon from his padded captain’s chair in the pilot house of the world’s most advanced aircraft carrier. The one-of-a-kind control system is just one of many state-of-the-art upgrades aboard the $13 billion USS Gerald Ford that will be commissioned into active duty on July 22…

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Trump announces Jon Huntsman for Russia ambassador

Washington (CNN)The White House announced Tuesday evening that President Donald Trump has chosen former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to be the US ambassador to Russia. Huntsman served as the US ambassador to China during the Obama administration, and launched an unsuccessful presidential bid in 2012. Trump had also reportedly considered Huntsman for secretary of state.

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Trump Jr. attorney offers details about 8th person at meeting

(CNN)Donald Trump Jr.’s attorney, Alan Futerfas, has told CNN he has spoken by phone to the eighth person in the room during the meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016. In the emails, Goldstone pointed to the Russian attorney as the source of potentially damaging information on Hillary Clinton as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” Futerfas says the person, who he declined to name, was…

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Kevin McCarthy says he plans to add North Korea to Russia sanctions

(CNN)House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told CNN Monday he plans to combine a House-passed North Korean sanctions bill to the Senate’s Russia sanctions legislation when the chamber takes up the measure. “I think North Korea sanctions should be added to it,” McCarthy said. “North Korea sanctions came out of here with only one dissenting vote, more so than the other (bill). I think it does a very good narrative for…

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Lindsey Graham: John McCain is like his old self again after surgery

(CNN)Sen. Lindsey Graham said his closest friend in the Senate, Sen. John McCain, is like his old self again after surgery Friday to remove a blood clot above his left eye. “He sounded like a different person. He clearly was a hurting guy,” Graham said. “I think they relieved the pressure and he sounded like the old John McCain, dying to get back and talking about driving across the country….

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Secret Service: Donald Trump Jr. didn’t have agency’s protection at time of meeting

Washington (CNN)The Secret Service is pushing back on President Donald Trump’s attorney’s remarks Sunday that there was nothing questionable going on at a meeting last summer between Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., a Russian lawyer and top members of Trump’s campaign. After Sekulow’s comments aired, the Secret Service responded that it wouldn’t have checked out the participants of the meeting because Trump’s eldest son wasn’t in their charge.

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Guns and money: Why US’ top North Korea diplomat is in Southeast Asia

Hong Kong (CNN)When US Ambassador Joseph Yun visits Myanmar this week, he’ll likely be trying to convince a longtime military partner of Pyongyang to join US efforts to rein in Kim Jong Un’s nuclear efforts. But the trip, say analysts, is emblematic of a key tactic from the Trump administration: cutting off North Korean revenue, no matter how small or obscure the source. Cutting off North Korea’s illicit revenue streams…

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A year after failed coup in Turkey, Erdogan says ‘behead traitors’

(CNN)Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — delivering feisty and stirring messages on the one-year anniversary of a failed coup aimed at unseating him — lauded the popular resistance that helped stop the coup, and promised to decapitate “traitors,” a sign that his harsh crackdown against his foes over the last 12 months will continue. “This experience has unified us, made us stronger,” the President said. “This wasn’t the first attack…

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Women’s March organizers return to DC streets for anti-NRA march

Washington (CNN)The organizers behind the Women’s March earlier this year returned to the streets of Washington DC on Friday, this time with a new mission: To protest the National Rifle Association. The marchers chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, the NRA has got to go” while holding up signs with slogans ranging from “none of us are safe until all of us are safe” to “91 Gun Deaths a Day: Enough…

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Ex-Trump adviser denies any campaign contact with Russians

(CNN)Michael Caputo, a former top adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign with strong ties to Russia, firmly denied having knowledge of any alleged contacts between the campaign and Russia after testifying privately to the House intelligence committee Friday. Caputo was strongly critical of California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier, who in March said he was part of a “tarantula web” of links to Russia and called him Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “image…

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Former staffer indicted for spreading nude images of lawmaker

Washington (CNN)A former congressional staffer was indicted Thursday on charges that he spread nude and embarrassing images online of his lawmaker boss, the delegate to Congress from the US Virgin Islands. The following July, an indictment alleges, McCullum created a fake email account and sent at least 10 messages with one or more of the images attached to members of the media, other politicians and people known to Plaskett. He…

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Melania Trump will always have Paris

(CNN)As a young model in the mid-1990s, Melania Trump lived in Paris, France, taking jobs in the hopes of breaking into the fashion industry. On Thursday, she returned to her old stomping grounds as first lady of the United States, wearing couture Christian Dior and dining on steak and souffl at a gourmet Eiffel Tower restaurant with the French President and first lady. “My visit with the patients was very…

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Could a solution to reducing aviation emissions be found in the Arabian Desert?

(CNN)The aviation industry is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2011, aviation contributed around 3% of Australia’s emissions. Despite improvements in efficiency, global aviation emissions are expected to grow 70% by 2020 from 2005. While the industry is seeking new renewable fuel sources, growing biofuels takes up valuable land and water that could be otherwise used to grow food. That’s just what a new project in Abu Dhabi…

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Kushner under fire for role in meeting after Trump Jr. email release

Washington (CNN)While President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., finds himself at the center of a political firestorm stemming from his controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer last summer, questions are also beginning to swirl around the involvement of another Trump family member who was present for the rendezvous: Jared Kushner. The New York Times had reported Saturday that Trump Jr. met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, alongside Trump’s…

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Fifty years after the riots that shook America, has anything changed?

(CNN)On the hot summer night on of July 12, 1967, two white policemen in Newark, New Jersey, arrested an African-American cabdriver named John Smith for “tailgating” and driving in the wrong direction. The police also accused Smith of physical assault and using offensive language. Race relations had been growing more tense over the year as Newark Mayor Hugh Addonizio announced a series of decisions that had angered the African-American community….

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How much legal trouble is Donald Trump Jr. in?

Washington (CNN)Newly released emails related to Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer to gather damaging information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton ratchet up the possible legal liability for the President’s son and other campaign operatives involved with the Russians last year. Both Constitution and federal law covering treason provide the United States be actively at war with the foreign adversary for such a charge. The…

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Trump administration officials met with Hill aides last week on Russia sanctions

(CNN)Officials from the State and Treasury Departments met with both Republican and Democratic congressional aides last week to express concerns about the Senate’s Russia sanctions bill, two senior congressional staffers confirmed to CNN. The administration officials, who were career civil servants, expressed concerns during the meeting about the congressional review provisions in the bill, which would give Congress veto power if the White House tries to loosen sanctions on Russia,…

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New lawsuits cite Trump comments, tweets to challenge voting panel

Washington (CNN)Opponents of President Donald Trump’s voting integrity commission are seeking to hamstring the effort in court, filing three lawsuits Monday that say the panel is running afoul of federal laws — and introducing Trump’s heated rhetoric against him in court. One lawsuit targets on the request for voter information as a violation of privacy, while the other two focus more generally on whether the commission has been violating government…

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Fire breaks out in London’s Camden Market

(CNN)Ten fire engines and more than 70 firefighters responded to a fire in London’s Camden Market, a well-known tourist attraction, early Monday morning, the London Fire Brigade said. No information about the cause of the fire or injuries was immediately available. The open-air Camden Market, near central London, is a popular tourist attraction that features more than 1,000 shops, stalls, food outlets and entertainment venues. It opened in 1974 with…

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Trump appears to back away from cybersecurity effort with Putin

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump appeared to back away Sunday night from an earlier tweet about “forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit” with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded … and safe,” Trump wrote.

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The danger of political predictions in 2017 – BBC News

For it seems to me that the last few weeks, the last few months, indeed the last few years, have served to prove the only function of political journalists is to make economic forecasting and astrology look respectable. And yet, dear reader, I still find myself writing on the thorny issue of what might happen next. So let me invite you to sit next to me on an early shift…

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State election officials express frustration after meeting feds

Indianapolis, Indiana (CNN)State election officials on Saturday had one of their first opportunities to meet as a group with federal officials looking to do more to secure elections from potential cyberthreats, and many left with one word on their lips: disappointing. Words used by the departing secretaries and their staffs, however, included “frustrating” and “disappointing.”

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Portman’s Ohio office health care protests lead to 15 arrests

(CNN)As many as 15 activists protesting the Senate’s GOP health care bill were arrested Friday at Sen. Rob Portman’s Columbus, Ohio office, according to local law enforcement, following sit-ins at two state offices that spanned more than a day. The two-day protest that started Thursday intensified when activists from ADAPT, a national disability-rights organization, decided to block the doors to the ground-floor elevators on Friday in Portman’s Columbus office building,…

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The helium shutoff — a side effect of the Qatar confrontation

(CNN)The recent diplomatic dustup between Qatar and many other Gulf nations caused some nervousness for some of the world’s most cutting edge scientists. While most people might think of helium as simply being the gas that is used for balloons at children’s birthday parties, it is actually a critical ingredient for some of the highest technologies on Earth. Join us on Twitter and Facebook So, what should we do to…

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Clapper: No evidence others besides Russia meddled in election

Washington (CNN)The former top US intelligence official on Thursday disagreed with President Donald Trump’s claim that foreign actors besides Russia may have attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election. “As far as others doing this, boy, that’s news to me,” Clapper said. “We saw no evidence whatsoever that it was anyone involved in this other than the Russians.”

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