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United States to Australia: Get Lost

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Let’s imagine for a moment Rex Tillerson, the newly installed secretary of state, awakening to this tweet from President Trump about an important American… Roger Cohen The New York Times “Do you believe it? The Obama administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from… Why? United States to… Read More »

European parliament leaders call on EU to reject Trump’s likely ambassador pick

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Exclusive: Heads of parliament’s main political parties issue unprecedented call opposing Ted Malloch, who likened his goal to ‘bringing down the… Daniel Boffey in Brussels The Guardian The European parliament’s main political parties are making an unprecedented attempt to block Donald Trump’s likely choice as ambassador to… European parliament leaders… Read More »

Here’s how incredibly difficult it is for a refugee to get admitted to the US

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It’s unclear how Trump’s “extreme vetting” would change it. Zeeshan Aleem Vox President Trump on Saturday justified his executive order suspending the US’s refugee admissions program on national security grounds, calling for a more thorough form of “extreme vetting” to replace the current screening… Here’s how incredibly… Read More »

Trump’s top diplomat enters pressure cooker

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Rex Tillerson has his work cut out for him The new secretary of State is taking on the high-pressure role of top diplomat with arguably even more scrutiny than his predecessors. Amie Parnes The Hill Right away, Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil, has to prove that he’s not just President Trump’s… Trump’s top diplomat… Read More »

Europe led by Germany seems vulnerable to Trump’s threats

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Trump’s America and Europe are obviously at odds. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting The question is how far this division will go? Unquestionably, it’s the… Europe led by Germany… Read More »

Political affiliation can predict how people will react to false information about threats

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Studies show that conservatives believe untrue warnings more than liberals do University of California – Los Angeles Eurek Alert How liberal or conservative a person is predicts how likely they are to believe information about potential hazards, a new UCLA-led study has found. The study, which will… Political affiliation can… Read More »

Study suggests polling is still best predictor of election outcomes

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UH-led research found use of polling data effective even in developing countries University of Houston Eurek Alert Donald Trump’s surprising election as president of the United States was viewed by some people as evidence that electoral polling no longer works, but researchers report they have developed models using global polling data that… Study suggests polling… Read More »

World Hijab Day: Women show solidarity with Muslims by covering their heads

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Women around the world have been sharing pictures of themselves wearing a hijab in support of Muslim women on World Hijab Day on February 1. ABC “I’m so happy to be a part of promoting peace and understanding,” one woman wrote. “It was a wonderful… World Hijab Day: Women… Read More »

America, land of the (not-so) free, home of the (very) brave

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In 2011, I made the decision to cut short my brief stint working in America and return to Australia. Freya Petersen ABC The catalyst was the birth of my first son, and my desire that he experience the same safe, sedate and relatively remote Australian childhood I enjoyed. The decision to… America, land of the… Read More »

Europe, this time we’re counting on you to save us

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office of the White House, January 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Also pictured, from left, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. On Saturday, President Trump is making several phone calls with world leaders from Japan, Germany, Russia, France and Australia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Without you, we might all be speaking Russian soon. Alex Finley Politico Dear Europe, You’ve heard us… Europe, this time… Read More »

Democrats are in real danger of overplaying their hand right now

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President Trump’s first 12 days in office have been marked by controversy, division (even among Republicans) and uncertainty. Aaron Blake The Washington Post His nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Tuesday night was the antithesis of all that. In the 49-year-old Gorsuch, Trump picked a man who by… Democrats are in… Read More »

Trump’s Plan to Reduce UN Spending Is a Step in the Right Direction

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Liberal panic in an budget-conservative world. Brett D. Schaefer The National Interest Last week, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration was considering two executive orders to “drastically reduce the United States’ role in the United Nations and other international organizations.” A draft titled… Trump’s Plan to… Read More »

Women Have Lots More To Offer Society Than Cat Hats And Giant Unmentionables Pictures

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I humbly ask more of the feminist movement—not just for the sake of womanhood, but for the sake of humanity. Emily Carrington The Federalist As a little girl, I once asked the McDonald’s cashier for a Hot Wheels instead of a Barbie toy in my Happy Meal. The cashier responded with… Women Have Lots… Read More »

Trump shares Obama’s myopia in doing business with China

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The TPP withdrawal suggests that Mr Trump is preparing – wittingly or otherwise – to cede to China leadership of trade matters within the Asia region Anthony Rowley Asia Times US President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama seem to share a common myopia when it comes to seeing the consequences of their actions with regard to trade and business with China. We saw this a… Trump shares Obama’s… Read More »

Sorry Mr. Franklin, The Republic Is Dead

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President Trump’s flurry of activity since taking office has been breathtaking to behold. Moses Apostaticus The Daily Caller Like no president before him, Trump is using the power of the presidential pen to roll back the worst excesses of the Obama years and bring the focus of government back to what is in the interests of the American people. Trump’s unilateral use… Sorry Mr. Franklin… Read More »

Two children, two faiths, one message

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(CNN) – A photo of two kids — a Muslim girl and Jewish boy — rallying for the same cause alongside their dads, warmed the hearts of audiences across social media. Gisela Crespo CNN Both children are pictured hoisted high above the crowd on their father’s shoulders, holding handmade signs. Seven-year-old Meryem looks across at Adin, 9, who is smiling back at her. Her father, Fatih… Two children, two… Read More »