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California activist Tom Steyer adds health care to his brand

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Joining the drug price battle could boost the political fortunes of the California billionaire. Victoria Colliver Politico SAN FRANCISCO — California billionaire activist Tom Steyer made his name as an environmental activist, worked with Democratic groups to register a million new voters and redefined green politics with high-profile campaigns on climate change and clean… Now as he weighs a run for public office, he’s adding health care — specifically drug prices — to his… California activist Tom… Read More »

It Took Two to Make Russian Meddling Effective

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A Washington Post report on 2016 election interference raises the question: What could Obama have done differently? Julia Ioffe The Atlantic If there is one thing The Washington Post’s story on the Obama administration’s anemic response to Russian meddling in the 2016 election makes clear, it’s that it took two to make the… There is a reason the tactics Russia used on the American elections—which are similar to things they’ve done in former Soviet republics and… It Took Two… Read More »

With cameras banned, CNN sends sketch artist to White House briefing

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The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so on Friday CNN got creative and sent a sketch artist. Brian Stelter CNN Bill Hennessy, the network’s regular sketch artist for Supreme Court proceedings, headed over to the White House on Friday afternoon and drew Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s afternoon briefing. He didn’t have his usual easel, but he stood in the back of the briefing room to document the… With cameras banned… Read More »

North Korea Must Apologise for American Tourist Warmbier’s Death

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A public apology for death of American tourist Otto Warmbier is the best way for North Korea to show it did not plan this tragedy, keep over-zealous public security officials in line and improve the chances of any dialogue with the… Christopher Green ICG The death of an American tourist just days after he was released from North Korean custody and repatriated to his home in Ohio has cast another long shadow over relations between Pyongyang and… 22-year-old Otto Warmbier ... Read More »

Will America Wage War with a Nuclear-Armed North Korea?

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America is facing a countdown that ends with a verified North Korean ability to strike the continental United States with a nuclear weapon. Robert E Kelly The National Interest It is increasingly clear that North Korea is driving toward a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which could strike the U.S. homeland. A central question for war and peace in East Asia, then, is how the Americans will respond if or when North Korea achieves this… Will America Wage… Read More »

Time to Repeal U.S. Sanctions on Sudan?

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The clock is ticking for President Trump who must decide by 12 July whether to lift decades-long U.S. sanctions on Sudan. ICG The failure of economic penalties to alter Khartoum’s behaviour so far means Washington should repeal some sanctions and continue a process of conditional engagement. I. Overview Decision time is fast approaching for U.S. policy toward Sudan. By 12 July 2017, the Trump administration must determine whether to permanently lift the economic and trade sanctions its… Time to Repeal… Read More »

India eyes breakthrough on US surveillance drones ahead of Modi trip

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NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON: India is pushing for US approval of its request to buy a naval variant of the Predator drone, officials said, as… Reuters Arab News Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defense ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as… Modi’s two-day visit to Washington begins on… India eyes breakthrough… Read More »

A Misguided Cuba Roll-back

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President Trump’s new measures against Cuba preserve diplomatic relations and the right to most U.S. trade and group travel. Ivan Briscoe ICG But aggressive U.S. atmospherics risk hardening Cuba’s domestic politics and making it harder for Havana to play its mediating role in regional crises and conflicts. President Donald Trump’s 16 June announcement that his administration will partially reverse efforts to restore diplomatic ties and normalise relations with Cuba represents a… A Misguided Cuba… Read More »

US president suggests building ‘solar wall’ on Mexican border

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U.S. President Donald Trump pitched a new concept to his supporters on June 21 for the wall he intends to erect on the Mexican border: cover it with solar panels – and… WASHINGTON – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet “Yes, we will build a wall,” he told a crowd in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “We have to stop the drugs from flowing in. “I will give you an idea that nobody has heard about yet,” he said. “The southern border. Lots of sun, ... Read More »

Why the White House Is Reading Greek History

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The Trump team is obsessing over Thucydides, the ancient historian who wrote a seminal tract on war. Michael Crowley Politico The Trump White House isn’t known as a hot spot for Ivy League intellectuals. But last month, a Harvard academic slipped into the White House complex for an unusual meeting. Graham Allison, an avuncular foreign policy thinker who served under Reagan and… Why the White… Read More »

U.S. Distaste For Turkish Leader Erdogan May Have Reached ‘Tipping Point’

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“If Erdogan is investing in the Trump administration, I can say that he will be disappointed,” Turkish opposition leader Hişyar Özsoy said. Akbar Shahid Ahmed HuffPost WASHINGTON ― Rising American criticism of Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spurred hopes that the U.S. will take a tougher line against his repression, according to a top opposition Turkish… “They can do more,” Hişyar Özsoy, a parliamentarian associated with Turkey’s pro… U.S. Distaste For… Read More »

What does the Anna Stubblefield case teach us about sentencing and sexual assault?

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Analysis A former chair of philosophy at Rutgers University had sex with a man who can’t speak. RN By Eleanor Gordon-Smith for The Philosopher’s Zone ABC The resulting court battle raised questions about when and why suffering matters in sentencing — and Anna Stubblefield went to jail. You might remember reading about it in the New York Times. For a minute it looked like the story would end there: Stubblefield looking open-mouthed over her shoulder in the black and… What ... Read More »

How Did Health Care Get to Be Such a Mess?

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The problem with American health care is not the care. It’s the insurance. CHRISTY FORD CHAPIN The New York Times Both parties have stumbled to enact comprehensive health care reform because they insist on patching up a rickety, malfunctioning model. The insurance company model drives up prices and fragments care. Rather than rejecting this jerry-built structure, the… How Did Health… Read More »

Georgia special election hurtles toward nail-biting finish

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Polls in the most expensive House race in history suggest it’s too close to call. Steven Shepard Politico As the most expensive House race in history rushes toward the finish line Tuesday, the latest public polls are unanimous: The Georgia special election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is too close to call. The race for the suburban Atlanta seat, closely watched for clues about the shape of the 2018 midterm elections, appears to be within a… Georgia ... Read More »

California Approves Millions for Armenian Museum and Genocide Education

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ANCA-WR Praises State Legislators GLENDALE, Calif.–The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region (ANCA-WR) praised California Legislators for their efforts in securing funding for the Armenian American Museum and… The Armenian Weekly On June 15, the California State Legislature adopted a budget with considerable attention given to the… “The Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA-WR) is very… California Approves Millions… Read More »

Trump partially rolls back Obama’s Cuba thaw

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US President Donald Trump says he is rolling back the Obama administration’s “completely one-sided deal with Cuba”. BBC Speaking in Miami, Florida, he said his new policy would tighten rules affecting travel and on sending funds to the Caribbean island nation. But he is not reversing key diplomatic and commercial ties, and will not close the US embassy in… Trump partially rolls… Read More »