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What Obama should do on torture

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 01:00

Like a lot of two-term presidents nearing the last bend in the road, Barack Obama seems guided by equal parts conviction and whimsy these days, without much regard for political consequence. The president has expounded publicly on race and political civility, shaken hands with a Cuban Castro, commuted a slew of sentences for drug offenders, plunged the federal government into the debate over transgender Americans in restrooms. Obama clearly isn’t going to declassify the full text of the Senate’s mammoth, landmark report on torture, and maybe that’s the right call — I don’t know.

Trump vs. Sanders debate? The two are tossing idea around

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 00:55

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chances are likely slim, but what about a Donald Trump-Bernie Sanders debate heading into the crucial June 7 California primary?

Surrogate mom at center of legal battle speaks out

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 00:15

Melissa Cook is caught in a legal battle after she refuses to abort one of the triplets she was carrying.

Police: 1 dead, 3 wounded in shooting at NYC concert venue

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 20:44

NEW YORK (AP) — One person was killed and three others wounded in a shooting inside a concert venue in New York City, where hip-hop artist T.I. was scheduled to perform, police said.

Kermit Washington indicted for embezzling charitable donations

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 17:08

The NBA veteran, famous for his punch of Rudy Tomjanovich in 1977, is alleged to have embezzled roughly $500,000 meant for African children.

‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle exaggerated medal count, records reveal

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 13:50

Newly published documents reveal that “American Sniper” Chris Kyle was not part of the elite group of U.S. fighters to earn one of the nation’s top three combat medals on more than one occasion during the global war on terrorism, as he claimed in his bestselling autobiography. Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who was murdered by a disturbed fellow veteran in 2013, wrote that he had received two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars. The Silver Star, the third-highest combat decoration, is awarded for gallantry in action.

11 states sue over Obama's school transgender directive

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 13:47

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

What to Know About the New Taliban Commander After US Drone Strike

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 13:17

Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada, previously the deputy to Mansur, will take command of the extremist group, according to a Taliban spokesperson. The group released a photo of Akhundzada with the announcement. Just hours after Akhundzada’s leadership was announced, the Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing of a minivan in Kabul, which killed at least 10 people.

Oops! Trump campaign sends email seeking dirt to reporter instead of adviser

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:20

Politico obtained an email from Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo to the Republican National Committee asking a researcher to provide information on the Whitewater real estate scandal, and the email came to light when Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks responded instead to Politico reporter Marc Caputo — no relation.

Paul Ryan to endorse Donald Trump, according to senior campaign sources

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:14

House Speaker Paul Ryan will be endorsing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, senior-level Trump campaign sources told ABC News today.

State Department email probe slams Hillary Clinton

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:31

A report by the State Department inspector general sharply criticizes Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system, concluding that the former secretary of state violated federal rules and ignored warnings from underlings that she was putting her communications at risk of foreign hacking. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the chairman of the committee investigating the 2012 attack on American diplomats in Benghazi, immediately issued a statement saying the findings vindicate his panel’s efforts.

Chicago’s gun violence: Can an algorithm stop the bloodshed?

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:04

Chicago police are using an algorithm to detect the likelihood that someone will become the perpetrator or victim of the stubbornly high gun violence that has plagued the city.

Unconventional #18: Inside the new book that details how GOP delegates could wriggle out of nominating Trump (and more!)

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:44

In his new book, a Republican National Committee official claims that his fellow delegates don’t have to nominate Trump in Cleveland. Curly Haugland is on a mission: He wants every one of the 2,472 delegates heading to this summer’s Republican convention to know that the press, the party leaders and even the chairman of the GOP are wrong. According to the longtime RNC committeeman and pool-supply magnate from Bismarck, N.D., Republican delegates are not obligated by the outcome of their state’s primary or caucuses to vote for a certain candidate on the first ballot in Cleveland — despite what almost everyone else seems to believe.

Why higher interest rates could actually be good for the housing market

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 08:07

During Toll Brothers' second-quarter conference call on Tuesday afternoon, Chairman Robert Toll said that rate increases could actually spur demand.

Paul Ryan ally doubts speaker will ever fully endorse Trump

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:40
He has been called an “intellectual prodigy” and is one of the most influential thinkers and writers in conservative Republican politics. Yuval Levin, founding editor of National Affairs magazine, is also an informal adviser to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the most prominent Republican national leader to decline — at least so far — to endorse presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Levin also worked as a White House policy adviser to former President George W. Bush and has since been part of a movement within Republican politics to move the party toward a solutions-oriented disposition, in contrast to many in the party whose main goal has been to block the agenda of President Obama and the Democrats.

State Department Audit Faults Hillary Clinton and Other Secretaries of State in Emails

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 06:31

The audit cites "longstanding, systemic weaknesses" related to communications

Vietnamese rapper freestyles for a beatboxing Obama

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 06:10
President Obama capped his historic three-day visit to Vietnam with a town hall in Ho Chi Minh City, where he was unexpectedly serenaded by a young female rapper. Suboi, a local known as Vietnam’s “Queen of Hip-Hop,” was called on to ask a question at the event, but the president interrupted her to request she do a freestyle for him. “Do you need a little beat?” Obama asked, briefly beatboxing a sample bass line.

Police ready for protests at Trump California rally after New Mexico chaos

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 05:54

By Emily Stephenson LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police in Anaheim, California, braced for protests at a Donald Trump rally on Wednesday, a day after violence broke out at an event for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in New Mexico. Hundreds of protesters tried to swarm the convention center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Trump spoke on Tuesday, knocking down barricades and hurling rocks and bottles at police officers dressed in riot gear. Police said they made arrests both outside and inside the rally, where protesters continually interrupted the billionaire New York developer's speech.

Obama to Asians worried about U.S. election: It's going to be OK

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 05:23

By Matt Spetalnick HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama sought on Wednesday to ease growing Asian worries about the raucous election campaign to succeed him which has been dominated by the incendiary rhetoric of mogul Donald Trump, now the Republican Party's nominee. "I think other people sometimes look at our election system and say 'what a mess'," Obama told a townhall meeting with young leaders in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Obama made the comments just before ending a three-day trip to Vietnam, whose high point was an announcement that Washington's ban on sales of lethal weapons to the country - a vestige of the Vietnam War - would be completely lifted.

Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour's death

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 23:36

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor — a scholar known for extremist views who is unlikely to back a peace process with Kabul.