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Dems Said GA Was a Referendum on Trump. They're Right

RealClearPolitics - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 23:50
Newt Gingrich, FOX News
Ever since Donald Trump won the presidency, liberals have comforted themselves by saying it was all a mistake. They assume he is foolish, self-indulgent, and incompetent.

Dueling Realities for Dems: Big Gains But Large Obstacles in 2018

RealClearPolitics - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 23:48
Nate Cohn, NYT
This year's generally positive special elections results for Democrats are still a reminder that it will be difficult to win in G.O.P. territory next year.

NYT Op-Ed: Let’s Not Get Carried Away on Trump-Russia

LibertarianInstitute - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 22:45

The New York Times published a remarkable op-ed on Tuesday by David Brooks, entitled “Let’s Not Get Carried Away”.

The topic of the column is the Trump-Russia collusion investigation, and its apparent purpose is to tell everyone to calm down. As Brooks puts it, “it is striking how little evidence there is that any underlying crime occurred — that there was any actual collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and the Russians.”

Rightly, Brooks is open to the possibility that new evidence could emerge that reveals a true scandal along these lines. The issue is that we should not “assume this link exists”.

Brooks also offers some interesting observations on the differences between the “politics of democracy” and the “politics of scandal”. Then he closes with a nod to Trump himself:

Things are so bad that I’m going to have to give Trump the last word. On June 15 he tweeted, “They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story.” Unless there is some new revelation, that may turn out to be pretty accurate commentary.

The article is far from perfect, but it offers some important and sober points that one does not often encounter in the Times. It’s an argument for skepticism and caution–and an argument against the hysteria that has dominated so much of mainstream reporting on the Trump-Russia issue.

It’s good to see someone in a major publication is pushing back against the rush to judgment on such an important issue. It’s also a good resource to share with friends who may frown on alternative media outlets.

NYT Op-Ed: Let’s Not Get Carried Away on Trump-Russia was first posted on June 21, 2017 at 9:45 pm.

Thousands protest Israel's 1950s child kidnappings

MiddleEasteye - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 22:31
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Amram, group that organised protest, has been documenting victims' and their families for two years

Staples shares surge on report of $6 billion acquisition by Sycamore

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 22:15

Shares of Staples Inc. surged nearly 5% in after-hours trading late Wednesday after Reuters reported that private equity firm Sycamore Partners is in advanced talks to acquire the office supplies retailer. Reuters said Sycamore is finalizing a debt financing deal with Staples after beating out Cerberus Capital Management in an auction. A final deal, which may top $6 billion, could be announced next week, the report said. The Wall Street Journal reported in April that the troubled retailer was seeking a buyer. Staples has more than 1,200 stores in the U.S., but has been forced to close hundreds of stores in recent years due to an extended slump in sales. A proposed merger with rival Office Depot Inc. was rejected in 2016 over antitrust concerns. Staples shares are down 0.7% over the past month, and down 1.3% over the past year.

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Islamic State blows up historic Mosul mosque where it declared 'caliphate'

Top Reuters News - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 22:14
MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State militants on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, Iraq's military said in a statement, as Iraqi forces seeking to expel the group from the city closed in on the site.

Under fire in Washington, Trump back in campaign mode in Iowa

Top Reuters News - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 22:12
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, under siege in Washington, defended his record at a raucous political rally in Iowa on Wednesday, rejecting a Russia investigation as a witch hunt and saying he was succeeding against all odds, despite no major legislative achievements.

Under fire in Washington, Trump back in campaign mode in Iowa

Reuters US Politics - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 22:12
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, under siege in Washington, defended his record at a raucous political rally in Iowa on Wednesday, rejecting a Russia investigation as a witch hunt and saying he was succeeding against all odds, despite no major legislative achievements.

White House aims to speed U.S. drone, wireless technologies

Reuters US Politics - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:10
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is bringing together drone makers, wireless companies and venture capitalists on Thursday to look at ways government can help speed new technologies to the marketplace.

Russia-gate Flops as Democrats’ Golden Ticket

ConsortiumNews - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
Exclusive: The national Democrats saw Russia-gate and the drive to impeach President Trump as their golden ticket back to power, but so far the ticket seems to be made of fool’s gold, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry The national…

Trump says 'we have a great relationship with China' after critical tweet

Reuters US Politics - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:48
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the United States had a "great relationship with China" as he stood beside former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, the new U.S. ambassador to Beijing.

Senate healthcare bill expected to cut back Medicaid expansion

Top Reuters News - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:34
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A healthcare bill being released by U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday is expected to roll back the Obamacare expansion of the Medicaid healthcare program for the poor and reshape subsidies to low-income people buying private insurance.

Bill proposes letting U.S. lawmakers carry guns anywhere except Capitol

Reuters US Politics - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:00
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Warning that members of Congress have a "bull's eye on our backs," a U.S. lawmaker said on Wednesday he had introduced a bill to make it legal for senators and representatives to carry guns anywhere in the country, except the U.S. Capitol building.

Trump's son-in-law launches Middle East peace effort

Top Reuters News - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 18:49
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, met Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Wednesday to try to revive long-fractured Middle East peacemaking that Washington acknowledged will take some time.

Arabic press roundup: Bin Salman's ascension to Saudi Crown Prince

MiddleEasteye - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 18:11
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From inevitability to questions on who will assume bin Salman’s previous position, here is what Arab news outlets are saying

IS blows up landmark Mosul mosque where Baghdadi declared 'caliphate'

MiddleEasteye - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 18:06
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IS blamed US airstrike for destroying the mosque, but US-led coalition called blowing up the historic site a crime against all Iraqis

In Brussels, weakened May to outline guarantees for EU expats in Britain

Top Reuters News - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:43
LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will outline on Thursday her approach to the "hugely important issue" of reassuring EU expatriates about their futures in Britain, at a summit that is her first Brexit test since an election sapped her authority.

IT defense contractor Vencore files for IPO

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:36

Virginia-based Vencore Holding Corp. has filed for an initial public offer, according to a late Wednesday filing. Vencore is a government information-technology contractor focusing primarily cybersecurity, data management, and systems support for U.S. intelligence agencies and departments such as Justice and Homeland Security, and it is the "prime contractor" for the U.S. Navy's Tomahawk program, according to the prospectus. The company reported sales of $1.17 billion in 2016, and $285 million in the first quarter of this year. Vencore is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol VNCR. Private-equity group Veritas Capital Management owns Vencore.

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Altice USA prices initial public offering at $30 a share: Dow Jones Newswires

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:30

Altice USA priced its initial public offering at $30 a share on Wednesday, Dow Jones Newswires reported, citing a source. The IPO price is within its target range of $27 to $31, according to the report. The cable company earlier raised the number of shares it will sell by 37% to 63.9 million shares. Altice is seeking to secure around $2 billion via its stock offering.

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Five Prime Therapeutics founder, CEO to step down

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:33

Biotech company Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc. , said late Wednesday founder and Chief Executive Lewis T. "Rusty" Williams plans leave his post and become executive chairman of the board by next year. The board "will conduct a comprehensive search for a candidate to fill the CEO position," the company said in a statement. Williams will remain in his current role until a new CEO has been appointed, it said. Williams will also serve as chairman of Five Prime's scientific advisory board. Shares of Five Prime ended the regular session up 7%. Shares were down 1% in late trading.

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