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'Dirty' depiction of Kim's wife outraged NKorea: Russian envoy
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  • 2020-06-30 07:37:46Z

North Korea's fury over anti-Pyongyang leaflets launched from the South is driven by "dirty, insulting" depictions of leader Kim Jong Un's spouse, Russia's top envoy in the reclusive country has said. In recent weeks Pyongyang has issued a series of vitriolic condemnations over anti-North leaflets which defectors based in the South send across the militarised border -- usually attached to balloons or floated in bottles. The campaigns have long been a point of contention between the two Koreas, but this time, Pyongyang upped the pressure, blowing up a liaison office and threatening military measures.

Hong Kong security law: Minutes after new law, pro-democracy voices quit
Hong Kong security law: Minutes after new law, pro-democracy voices quit

"The law marks the end of Hong Kong that the world knew before," one activist said as he quit.

Pro-Trump Retirement Community The Villages Is Descending Into Civil War
Pro-Trump Retirement Community The Villages Is Descending Into Civil War

When an elderly man was filmed shouting "white power" while driving through America's largest retirement community on a golf cart, it was the latest installment of a culture war Chris Stanley had watched unfold for years."Battle lines are drawn," Stanley, who serves as president of The Villages Democratic Club in the enormous town geared at well-kempt retirees in central Florida, told The Daily Beast.?But the scene-which was amplified when President Donald Trump approvingly tweeted it before deleting the post this weekend-marked a sharp deterioration from just a few years ago, Stanley explained. In fact, political relations were relatively friendly until Trump's election.?"We coexisted...

Tucker Carlson
Tucker Carlson's Journey From Coronavirus Alarm-Puller to COVID Truther

In early March, while President Donald Trump's loudest allies at Fox News downplayed the coronavirus pandemic, with some claiming it was nothing more than an "impeachment scam" to destroy the president, Tucker Carlson received widespread-and usual, considering his notoriously far-right rhetoric-praise for calling out his colleagues and Trump for "minimizing" the impending danger.The Fox News primetime star continues to receive plaudits for reportedly convincing the president to finally take the crisis seriously. Days after that March 9 monologue, which was delivered shortly after Carlson privately spoke with Trump about the virus, the president publicly addressed the nation and his...

GOP lawmakers urge action after Russia-Afghanistan briefing
GOP lawmakers urge action after Russia-Afghanistan briefing
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  • 2020-06-30 04:25:36Z

Eight Republican lawmakers attended a White House briefing about explosive allegations that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan - intelligence the White House insisted the president himself had not been fully read in on. Members of Congress in both parties called for additional information and consequences for Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, and eight Democrats were to be briefed on the matter Tuesday morning, a day after the Republicans' briefing.

Carl Bernstein: Trump Was
Carl Bernstein: Trump Was 'Delusional' And Outmatched In Calls With Putin And Erdogan
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  • 2020-06-30 04:03:38Z

One source described the nature of the calls between Trump and Putin as sounding like "two guys in a steam bath."

Laura Ingraham Tells Viewers to
Laura Ingraham Tells Viewers to 'Suit Up' for Battle: 'It Is Time to Do or Die'

Fox News host Laura Ingraham spoke in stark and apocalyptic terms about the coming election on Monday night, warning viewers that "more chaos is coming" and that they needed to "suit up for this battle" because it was do-or-die time.The right-wing primetime star opened up her Monday evening broadcast by sniping at "conservatives on the sideline in this battle" while the country "is under attack," taking aim at Never Trump Republicans for trying to help elect Democrats this cycle.She also blasted conservative politicians who she claimed weren't stepping up to fight back as Black Lives Matter protests rage across the country and statues and monuments are toppled."A lot of very clever people...

German officials were so alarmed by Trump
German officials were so alarmed by Trump's conversations with Angela Merkel that they took extra steps to make sure they stayed secret, according to a CNN report

Sources told CNN Trump attacked Merkel in a "very aggressive" manner, calling her "stupid" and accusing her of "being in the pocket of the Russians."

AP sources: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019
AP sources: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019
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  • 2020-06-30 02:31:53Z

Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence. The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump's written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials. Then-national security adviser John Bolton also told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence assessment in March 2019.

'No consensus' in intelligence community over Russia bounty on U.S. troops report, White House says

"The veracity of the underlying allegations continue to be evaluated," White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said at a briefing with reporters.

Fact check: $20 bill does not show a lynching outside of the White House; it
Fact check: $20 bill does not show a lynching outside of the White House; it's a lantern

A viral - and false - social media claim states the White House's North Portico lantern is actually a lynching.

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Trump's phone calls with foreign leaders are so unhinged that US officials think the president is 'delusional' and a national security threat
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  • 2020-06-30 01:10:49Z

Trump reportedly chats with Putin like they're "two guys in a steam bath" and behaves in a "near-sadistic" way with women world leaders, a new report says.

US couple draw guns on protesters passing their mansion
US couple draw guns on protesters passing their mansion

A US couple brandishing an assault rifle and a handgun confronted protesters outside their Missouri mansion in a viral video that was retweeted by President Donald Trump, sparking divided reactions. In the video, Mark McCloskey wears a pink polo shirt and pleated khakis, with his wife Patricia is in a striped T-shirt and cropped pants. Both are standing barefoot in their garden in St Louis, Missouri, on Sunday evening as protesters marched down a private street to demonstrate in front of the mayor's house.

Los Angeles County Beaches Ordered To Close For Fourth Of July Weekend Amid Coronavirus Spike
Los Angeles County Beaches Ordered To Close For Fourth Of July Weekend Amid Coronavirus Spike

UPDATED: The only fireworks you see this weekend might be on TV. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Lost Hills Station said via Twitter that Los Angeles County beaches, piers, beach bike paths and beach access points will be closed Friday through Monday for the Fourth of July weekend. The Lost Hills station, which is local to […]

India bans TikTok, WeChat and dozens more Chinese apps
India bans TikTok, WeChat and dozens more Chinese apps

The Indian government says it has banned 59 apps with links to China on national security grounds.

Coronavirus: A visual guide to the economic impact
Coronavirus: A visual guide to the economic impact

Key maps and charts explain how the virus has impacted markets and businesses around the world.

Bill Gates says pandemic could get
Bill Gates says pandemic could get 'worse than I would have expected' - and calls for leadership

Tech leaders typically use their TED talks to sketch out an optimistic vision of the future, but today Bill Gates used his to warn about a rough autumn ahead due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. "There's good progress … but nothing that would fundamentally alter the fact that this fall

Reports say Russia offered bounty on US troops in Afghanistan. Here
Reports say Russia offered bounty on US troops in Afghanistan. Here's what we know

Republicans and Democrats demanded the White House?brief lawmakers on the intelligence assessment and the Trump administration's response.

Sen. Grassley said Fox News failed Trump with second-term agenda question, isn
Sen. Grassley said Fox News failed Trump with second-term agenda question, isn't working to get him re-elected

Senator Chuck Grassley took particular issue with Fox News host Sean Hannity.

'What Are You Gonna Do?' Dallas Man Fires Guns, Runs Over Police Officer, Injures K-9

Garland police arrested a 29-year-old man who they say fired his guns into the air before running over a police officer on Sunday night. Katie Johnston reports.

Distancing from Trump? Some Republicans step up critiques
Distancing from Trump? Some Republicans step up critiques
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  • 2020-06-29 21:12:48Z

For more than three years, President Donald Trump instilled such fear in the Republican Party's leaders that most kept criticism of his turbulent leadership or inconsistent politics to themselves. Four months before voters decide the Republican president's reelection, some in Trump's party are daring to say the quiet part out loud as Trump struggles to navigate competing national crises and a scattershot campaign message. "He is losing," former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Trump friend and confidant, said Sunday of Trump's reelection prospects on ABC's "This Week."

Jacksonville, new site for President Trump
Jacksonville, new site for President Trump's convention speech, will require masks in public, indoors

City officials said they haven't decided whether to require masks during the Republican National Convention, which is scheduled Aug. 24-27.

No symptoms, big problems: Scientists still puzzled by asymptomatic coronavirus cases
No symptoms, big problems: Scientists still puzzled by asymptomatic coronavirus cases

Months into a pandemic that has killed nearly 500,000 people worldwide, scientists are still trying to answer crucial questions about the coronavirus.

Couple recorded pulling weapons on protesters outside their St. Louis home
Couple recorded pulling weapons on protesters outside their St. Louis home
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  • 2020-06-29 20:56:05Z

Sunday night's demonstration was sparked by mayor releasing names and addresses of "defund police" advocates.

YouTube Boots White Supremacist Richard Spencer, Far-Right Personality Stefan Molyneux for Spewing Hate
YouTube Boots White Supremacist Richard Spencer, Far-Right Personality Stefan Molyneux for Spewing Hate

YouTube banned several prominent far-right figures from its platform on Monday, including white nationalist leader Richard Spencer and right-wing internet personality Stefan Molyneux.?The bans also include two accounts associated with white nationalist group American Renaissance, former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, and NPI/Radix, an organization founded by Spencer. The crackdown comes after YouTube pushed other white nationalists off its platform earlier this year.The banned accounts repeatedly broke YouTube rules against alleging that certain groups are inherently worse than others, according to YouTube.?Inside the Boogaloos' Facebook-to-Violence Pipeline"We have strict policies...

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Trump's Self-Inflicted Wound: Losing Swing Voters As He Plays to His Base

Since the day he was sworn into office, President Donald Trump has pursued policies and practiced politics with a single-minded focus on bedrock Republicans, showing little interest in appealing to independent voters. That has made him one of the most powerful figures ever in his party and rewarded him with strong conservative support in his reelection campaign.But Trump's focus on his base at the expense of swing voters, who have historically been a key target for presidential campaigns, is almost certainly not enough to win him a second term in the White House, as even some Republicans concede.A national poll of registered voters by The New York Times and Siena College shows Trump...

'90 Day Fiancé' stars Darcey and Stacey Silva confirm spinoff series about family life and love

There's a reason why fans like Chrissy Teigen and Jerry O'Connell can't get enough of TLC's '90 Day Fiancé.' Come August, there will be a new spin-off joining the family called, 'Darcey and Stacey,' following the lives of reality twins Darcey and Stacey Silva.

Three men arrested for murder in case of missing California couple who vanished in 2017
Three men arrested for murder in case of missing California couple who vanished in 2017

Three men have been arrested for murder in the case of Audrey Moran and Jonathan Reynoso, who have been missing since 2017. Manuel Rios, of Coachella, Abraham Fregoso, of Indio, and Jesus Ruiz Jr., of Stockton, were taken into custody on Saturday, June 27, 2020, and booked in Riverside County Jail. The Riverside County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre's Wife Nicole Young Files for Divorce After 24 Years of Marriage

The couple reportedly do not have a prenup - and $800 million is at stake

Supreme Court clears way for federal executions to resume
Supreme Court clears way for federal executions to resume

Attorney General William Barr announced last year the federal government would conduct its?first executions since 2003?using the drug pentobarbital.

Twitch Suspends Donald Trump
Twitch Suspends Donald Trump's Account for 'Hateful Conduct'

President Donald Trump's Twitch account is temporarily suspended from posting because of "hateful conduct," Twitch said Monday.Trump's Twitch account is another social platform for his campaign to distribute videos, including rebroadcasts of older events and rallies. One of the offending videos was a recording of the now-infamous rally where Trump said Mexico was "sending rapists" to the United States.Gaming reporter Rod Breslau first reported the news.Also Read: Reddit Bans Popular Trump Community After Updating Hate Speech RulesTwitch told TheWrap, "Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, President Trump's channel has been issued a temporary suspension from...

Reddit bans pro-Trump forum in crackdown on hate speech
Reddit bans pro-Trump forum in crackdown on hate speech

The forum, "r/The_Donald," has been shuttered for frequent rule-breaking, antagonizing other communities and failing to "meet our most basic expectations," Reddit says.

Abortion foes vent disappointment after Supreme Court ruling
Abortion foes vent disappointment after Supreme Court ruling
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  • 2020-06-29 16:56:29Z

Abortion opponents vented their disappointment and fury on Monday after the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision to strike down a Louisiana law that would have curbed abortion access. The ruling delivered a defeat to anti-abortion activists but could intensify interest in the November election among religious conservatives who are a key part of Trump's base. The Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life and a member of Trump's Catholic voter outreach effort, said the president's "two appointees voted the right way" in supporting Louisiana's ability to require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Black Americans experiencing deadly secondary trauma during pandemic and protesting, experts say
Black Americans experiencing deadly secondary trauma during pandemic and protesting, experts say

"...The disproportionate death rate of black and brown people from Covid-19 is no coincidence. It is directly related to the history of racial oppression in our nation."

Detroit police SUV drives through crowd after protesters climb on hood
Detroit police SUV drives through crowd after protesters climb on hood

The driver activated the overhead lights, then gunned the accelerator,?sending two protesters flying onto the pavement as the vehicle sped off.

Linda Cristal Dies:
Linda Cristal Dies: 'The High Chaparral' Actress Was 89

Linda Cristal, the Argentine-born actress who played Victoria Cannon, wife of Leif Erickson's stoic, heroic rancher Big John Cannon on NBC's popular 1967-71 Western The High Chaparral, died in her sleep at her Beverly Hills home Saturday. She was 89. Her death was reported to The New York Times by son Jordan Wexler. Cristal had […]

Kayleigh McEnany: Trump
Kayleigh McEnany: Trump 'Didn't Hear' White Power Clip but Shared It to Stand With 'Demonized' Supporters

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday morning told Fox News that the reason why President Donald Trump tweeted a video featuring one of his supporters chanting "white power" is that he was trying to voice support for his "demonized" supporters.The president sparked intense backlash on Sunday morning when he shared a clip of residents of Central Florida senior community The Villages confronting protesters. At the beginning of the clip, one of the residents repeatedly shouts out the racist catchphrase, prompting Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) to publicly call for Trump to take down the tweet.Roughly an hour after Scott made his remarks on CNN's State of the Union, the tweet was...

Supreme Court strikes down abortion clinic restrictions in Louisiana, a defeat for conservatives
Supreme Court strikes down abortion clinic restrictions in Louisiana, a defeat for conservatives

More abortion cases are headed the high court's way as both sides focus on upholding or overruling the 1973 decision?legalizing?abortion nationwide.

Betelgeuse: Nearby supergiant star
Betelgeuse: Nearby supergiant star's dimming explained

Astronomers say big cool patches on the Betelgeuse star likely drove its surprise dimming last year.

'Congress and the country need answers now': Pelosi demands briefing on reported Russian bounty operation

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she wants to know if President Trump was briefed on the alleged Russian bounty on US troops "and if not, why not."

Supreme Court, in 5-4 ruling, strikes down restrictive Louisiana abortion law
Supreme Court, in 5-4 ruling, strikes down restrictive Louisiana abortion law

The law required any doctor offering abortion services to have admitting privileges for hospitals within 30 miles of a clinic.

USA TODAY poll: Americans want major police reform, more focus on serious crime
USA TODAY poll: Americans want major police reform, more focus on serious crime

A USA TODAY/Public Agenda poll released Monday found widespread and bipartisan support for more training on de-escalation tactics and racial biases.

Fauci, White House Task Force urge adults under 40 to act more responsibly to help slow spread of COVID-19
Fauci, White House Task Force urge adults under 40 to act more responsibly to help slow spread of COVID-19

Task Force says rising number of cases in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona suggest that younger adults are not following public health guidance.

'Enough': 1 killed in shooting in Seattle's protest zone
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  • 2020-06-29 14:21:10Z

A 16-year-old boy was killed and and a younger teenager was wounded early Monday in Seattle's "occupied" protest zone - the second deadly shooting in the area that local officials have vowed to change after business complaints and criticism from President Donald Trump. The violence that came just over a week after another shooting in the zone left one person dead and another wounded was "dangerous and unacceptable" police Chief Carmen Best said. Demonstrators have occupied several blocks around the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct and a park for about two weeks after police abandoned the precinct following standoffs and clashes with protesters calling for racial justice and an...

Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law
Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law
  • World
  • 2020-06-29 14:15:41Z

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big abortion case of the Trump era. Chief Justice John Roberts joined with his four more liberal colleagues in ruling that the law requiring doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals violates the abortion right the court first announced in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. In two previous abortion cases, Roberts had favored restrictions.

Fact Check: Joe Biden
Fact Check: Joe Biden's great-grandfather didn't own slaves, fight for Confederacy

There is no evidence to support the claim that former VP Joe Biden's great-grandfather owned slaves or fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War.

U.S. pending home sales jump a record 44.3% in May
U.S. pending home sales jump a record 44.3% in May

Contracts to buy U.S. previously owned homes rebounded by the most on record in May, suggesting the housing market was starting to turn around after being hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic along with the rest of the economy. The National Association of Realtors said on Monday its Pending Home Sales

Chinese coronavirus vaccine approved for use in country
Chinese coronavirus vaccine approved for use in country's military after clinical trials

China's military has approved a coronavirus vaccine developed by its own research staff and a Chinese biotech firm, it was announced on Monday. The vaccine was given the green light for use by troops after trials proved it was both safe and effective, said CanSino Biologics, the biotech firm involved. However, its use for the time being will be restricted to military personnel, who offer a tighter medical control group than the general public. The vaccine candidate, named Ad5-nCoV, was developed jointly by CanSino and the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology in the Academy of Military Medical Sciences. It has been in development since March. CanSino said the results showed the vaccine...

What we know about Steven Lopez, the suspect in the fatal Louisville protest shooting
What we know about Steven Lopez, the suspect in the fatal Louisville protest shooting

Steven Lopez is accused of firing a gun into the crowd at a protest at Louisville's Jefferson Square Park, killing a 27-year-old photographer.

U.S. Supreme Court spurns environmental challenge to Trump
U.S. Supreme Court spurns environmental challenge to Trump's border wall
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  • 2020-06-29 13:46:39Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by four environmental groups to the authority of President Donald Trump's administration to build his promised wall along the border with Mexico. The justices turned away an appeal by the groups of a federal judge's ruling that rejected their claims that the administration had unlawfully undertaken border wall projects in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas harmful to plant and animal life. The groups had argued that the 1996 law under which the administration is building the wall gave too much power to the executive branch in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

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