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Arkansas carries out country’s first back-to-back executions in almost two decades – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Arkansas on Monday night executed two inmates in back-to-back lethal injections, carrying out the country’s first double execution since 2000. The executions came after Arkansas, pushing back on legal challenges, executed an inmate last week, the state’s first lethal injection in more than a decade. As part of a hurried pace that authorities say is propelled by an expiring drug, Arkansas officials returned to the execution chamber four days after that lethal injection to…

White House ‘confident’ of averting shutdown as Trump shows flexibility on wall – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The White House sought Monday to calm a jittery Washington ahead of a showdown with Congress over spending, and President Trump softened his demand that a deal to keep the federal government open include money to begin construction on his long-promised border wall. Despite one-party control at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, the brinkmanship that came to define spending battles in the Obama years has tumbled into the Trump era,…

In New Trade Front, Trump Slaps Tariff on Canadian Lumber – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Macron Struggles in Media Spotlight as Presidency Beckons – Bloomberg

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Emmanuel Macron stumbled out of the gate in his quest to unify France behind his bid for the French presidency, with some critics accusing him of complacency and a lack of guile in the aftermath of his first-round success. After qualifying for the May 7 runoff alongside nationalist Marine Le Pen, the political rookie gave a 15-minute speech that some observers said would have been more suited to a full…

Reports of N.Korea Artillery Drill as US Sub Arrives – Voice of America

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military, media reported, as a U.S. submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. The port call by the USS Michigan came as a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group steamed towards Korean waters and as the top envoys for North Korea policy from South…

Arkansas carries out country’s first back-to-back executions in almost two decades – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Arkansas on Monday night executed two inmates in back-to-back lethal injections, carrying out the country’s first double execution since 2000. The executions came after Arkansas, pushing back on legal challenges, executed an inmate last week, the state’s first lethal injection in more than a decade. As part of a hurried pace that authorities say is propelled by an expiring drug, Arkansas officials returned to the execution chamber four days after that lethal injection to…

White House ‘confident’ of averting shutdown as Trump shows flexibility on wall – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The White House sought Monday to calm a jittery Washington ahead of a showdown with Congress over spending, and President Trump softened his demand that a deal to keep the federal government open include money to begin construction on his long-promised border wall. Despite one-party control at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, the brinkmanship that came to define spending battles in the Obama years has tumbled into the Trump era,…

Senate staff perplexed by unusual White House private briefing on North Korea – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The White House announced Monday that it would host an unusual private briefing on North Korea for the entire Senate, prompting questions from lawmakers about whether the Trump administration intends to use the event as a photo op ahead of its 100-day mark. Press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that the lawmakers would be briefed Wednesday by several senior administration officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary…

Macron’s strong finish in the French election shows populist wave may be ebbing – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

BERLIN — In this era of fiery populism and muscular anti-globalist forces, politicians across Europe are suddenly discovering an electoral surprise. It might actually pay to embrace the European Union. The top finisher in the first round of the French presidential election on Sunday is Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old centrist who jets to Berlin to give speeches in English. The blue-and-yellow banner of the E.U. flutters off his campaign headquarters….

State Department website removes article touting history of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The State Department on Monday removed from its website an article about the history and lavish furnishings of President Trump’s privately owned Florida resort club Mar-a-Lago, following questions about whether the federal government improperly promoted Trump’s moneymaking enterprises. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) pointed to the travelogue-style blog piece Monday, asking in a Twitter message why the State Department would spend “taxpayer $$ promoting the president’s private country club.” The State…

State Department website touts glittering history of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

A State Department website that promotes travel to the United States included an article this month about the history and lavish furnishings of President Trump’s privately owned Florida resort club Mar-a-Lago, opening questions about whether the federal government is improperly promoting Trump’s moneymaking enterprises. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) pointed to the travelogue-style blog piece Monday, asking in a Twitter message why the State Department would spend “taxpayer $$ promoting the…

Le Pen Calls French Parties ‘Completely Rotten’ as They Unite to Fend Her Off – New York Times

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

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The Spending Bill Was Supposed to Be Easy. Then Trump Intervened. – New York Times

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

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Republican students sue to allow Ann Coulter’s speech this week at UC Berkeley – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

A UC Berkeley student group on Monday filed a lawsuit demanding that the university allow conservative pundit Ann Coulter to speak on campus Thursday as originally planned. Citing unspecified threats, administrators had rescheduled Coulter’s appearance for May 2, when they said they could provide adequate security. But in its free-speech lawsuit, the Berkeley College Republicans — which planned to host Coulter — called that date a “sham” intended to ensure…

In Chicago, Obama tells young leaders that ‘special interests dominate the debates in Washington’ – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

CHICAGO — In his first public appearance since leaving the White House in January, former president Barack Obama told young leaders here Monday that “special interests dominate the debates in Washington” and that getting involved in their communities is the best antidote to the divisiveness dominating the country’s politics. Obama, who has kept a relatively low public profile since the end of his second term, did not mention President Trump once during…

These are the 100-day accomplishments Trump is touting – CNN

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

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Analysis: A Le Pen wins more acceptance than ever in France – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

PARIS — When France last put a Le Pen onto the threshold of the presidential Elysee Palace, one step from power, it could write off the 2002 election shock as a mere accident. Jean-Marie Le Pen squeezed into the winner-takes-all runoff against Jacques Chirac with just 17 percent of the vote, a record low. Ashamed and stunned by the ultra-right leader’s breakthrough, French voters of all political persuasions regrouped for…

In Chicago, Obama tells young leaders that ‘special interests dominate the debates in Washington’ – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Former president Barack Obama visits with youth leaders Monday at the University of Chicago to promote community organizing, his first formal public appearance since leaving office. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) CHICAGO — In his first public appearance since leaving the White House in January, former president Barack Obama told young leaders here Monday that “special interests dominate the debates in Washington” and that he had failed to realize his “aspirational” goal of…

Trump’s grand plans collide with 100-day mark – CNN

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

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The Latest: Group decries the way statues are being removed – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Workers dismantle the Liberty Place monument, which commemorates a white paramilitary group that tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government. (Gerald Herbert/AP) On the same day that some southern states were honoring their rebel heritage, masked workers in New Orleans dismantled a monument to that past — chunk by chunk, under darkness and the protection of police snipers. “We will no longer allow the Confederacy to literally be put on a pedestal,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) said after a 19th-century obelisk…

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