Progressives’ Anger Over Key Appointments Roils Democratic Party Meeting

0SHARESShare Members of the left wing of the Democratic Party are furious at Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez for removing party officials who backed Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison’s chairmanship bid from key party committees. “It’s a slap in the face to the activists in the party that are working so hard to make the party more responsive to the ...

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Veritas? Nah. Harvard students told us what they’re learning from Sean Spicer.

0SHARESShare Sean Spicer, a man most famous for lying compulsively and giving Hitler the benefit of the doubt , has been rewarded for his brief stint as White House press secretary with a prestigious fellowship at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government for the fall semester.  His appointment was in keeping with the trend ...

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Betty Price Wonders If People With HIV Should Be Quarantined

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON — Georgia state Rep. Betty Price (R) — the wife of Tom Price, who resigned  last month as President Donald Trump ’s health secretary amid investigations into his frequent use of private planes — wonders if isolating people with HIV would help stop the disease’s spread. Price, a former anesthesiologist, made the suggestion during a committee meeting earlier this week on access ...

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One dead, another missing after oil barge fire off Texas

0SHARESShare (Reuters) – At least one person was killed and another was missing on Friday after an oil barge being pulled by a tug boat caught fire and exploded in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas, officials said. Coast Guard responds to barge on fire approximately three miles from Port Aransas jetties in Texas, U.S., October 20, 2017. Courtesy U.S. ...

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Iraqi forces complete Kirkuk province takeover after clashes with Kurds

0SHARESShare BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi forces on Friday took control of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said. A cyclist gestures at Iraqi security forces, on a street of Kirkuk, Iraq October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed – RC1433BB18F0 The district of Altun ...

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Trump expected to pressure China's Xi to rein in North Korea: officials

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to pressure China’s president when they meet next month in Beijing to do more to rein in North Korea out of a belief that Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power should give him more authority to do so. (Front row, L to R) Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National ...

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Canada's Liberals look to economy to guide them past ethics scandal

0SHARESShare OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has been badly shaken by a conflict-of-interest controversy about his finance minister, but the Liberal government’s upcoming fiscal update offers an opportunity to reset the public focus on Canada’s strong economy, political observers say. Canada’s Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament ...

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Matchmaker Merkel seeks awkward three-way embrace

0SHARESShare BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened what promised to be marathon coalition talks on Friday, hoping to bring three opposing political camps into a stable government despite signs there would be less money to paper over differences. Angela Merkel, leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is seen after exploratory talks about forming a new coalition government ...

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Venezuela Maduro warns of repeat elections in states won by opposition

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan state elections may be repeated in the five states won by the opposition if the governors-elect continue to refuse to be sworn in by a controversial pro-government legislative superbody, President Nicolas Maduro warned on Friday. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro poses for a picture with new elected governors after a news conference at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, ...

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Researchers raise doubts over cause of Chilean poet Neruda's death

0SHARESShare SANTIAGO (Reuters) – International researchers investigating the death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda raised doubts on Friday as to whether he died of cancer 44 years ago as previously presumed, and did not rule out foul play. Rodolfo Reyes, nephew of Chilean poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, speaks during a news conference about the probable causes of the ...

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