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After Election Landslide, It's Putin's Russia (More Than Ever)

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:52

Vladimir Putin wanted a mandate to govern, and got it, with 76 percent of the vote. He will use the next six years to advance his mission: cementing Russia's role as a major player on the world stage.

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NRA Signals Openness to Gun Removal Laws — With Conditions

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:06

In a new video, the NRA says it supports state laws that allow temporary removal of guns from people deemed to be a threat. But gun control groups are skeptical: "the devil is in the details."

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Russian Journalist Weighs In On Country's #MeToo Movement

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:45

In Russia, a small number of women have spoken out publicly against powerful men who they say have sexually harassed them. Journalist Daria Zhuk is one of them. She says a powerful politician sexually harassed her in 2014 and that Russian women can learn from the #MeToo movement in America.

Mississippi Governor Signs Nation's Toughest Abortion Ban Into Law

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:44

The state's only abortion clinic has filed a lawsuit in response to the new law, which bans abortion after 15 weeks of gestation.

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Sworn To Secrecy: Trump's History Of Using Nondisclosure Agreements

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:28

President Trump reportedly required senior White House staffers to sign nondisclosure agreements. Critics argue the common business practice should not apply in the West Wing.

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Forget Wealth And Neighborhood. The Racial Income Gap Persists

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:51

A new study finds that the gap is actually largest in America's wealthiest neighborhoods, challenging widely-held beliefs about the relative impacts of class and race on life outcomes.

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Russia's Presidential Election Observers Were Pressured And Intimidated

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:44

Before and during the election, observers said they were targeted. Vladimir Putin won a fourth term.

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Deal (Mostly) Struck Over Brexit Terms After Months Of Negotiations

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:16

Major questions are still up in the air after months of negotiations about U.K.'s withdrawal from the EU, most prominently how to handle the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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Somali Immigrants Have Abandoned Kansas Town After Bomb Plot

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:03

Three militia members go on trial Tuesday for plotting to bomb Somali immigrants working in the Kansas Meatpacking Triangle, a constellation of minority-majority, hardscrabble pioneer towns, that depend on foreign labor. Somali immigrants have all but abandoned one town, despite civic and police efforts to reassure them that they're safe there. Some residents want them to return.

Saudi Arabia: The White House Loves It. Most Americans? Not So Much

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:03

As the Saudi crown prince travels across the United States, he will have one major hurdle: polls show more than half of Americans have unfavorable views of his country.

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Saudi Arabia: The White House Loves It. Most Americans? Not So Much

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:03

As the Saudi crown prince travels across the United States, he will have one major hurdle: polls show more than half of Americans have unfavorable views of his country.

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As Wife Of Pulse Nightclub Shooter Faces Federal Charges, A Look At Their Relationship

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:03

Noor Salman, the widow of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, is facing charges of obstructing justice and providing material support to terrorists. Author Rachel Louise Snyder has been covering the trial for The New Yorker, and shares some of her reporting on Salman and her abusive relationship with Mateen.

Saudi Crown Prince Begins Trip Across America Looking For Investors

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:03

As Saudi crown prince, Mohammad Bin Salman travels across America he will have one major hurdle: Americans don't like his country very much. His itinerary looks like a public relations campaign to reset U.S. public opinion.

Uber Say It Will Cooperate With Investigation After Pedestrian Killed In Arizona

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:03

Uber says it is cooperating with an investigation into a fatal accident involving one of its self-driving vehicles over the weekend. A woman in Tempe, Arizona, was struck and killed as she was crossing a street outside of a crosswalk, according to police.

President Trump Unveils Plan To Fight Opioid Crisis

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:03

An estimated 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2016 — the vast majority of those were from heroin or synthetic opioids. New Hampshire is one of the states hardest hit by the epidemic and on Monday President Trump unveiled his plan to fight the crisis.

Russian Social Accounts Adding To Complaints That Austin Bombings Aren't Being Covered

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:03

Social media users are complaining that the Austin bombings isn't getting enough coverage in the press. But it isn't only American Twitter users, for example, who are saying that. Accounts associated with Russian influence operations also have picked up that thread.

Austin Authorities Say They're Investigating 'Serial Bomber' After Fourth Explosion

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:03

Over the weekend there was a fourth bombing in Austin, Texas. Authorities say this latest incident was caused by tripwire and showed a "different level of skill."

Trump Continues To Attack Special Counsel Mueller, Despite Republicans Advising Otherwise

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:03

President Trump lashed out on Twitter against Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Some Republicans reacted by defending Mueller's probe, and the White House put out a statement saying firing Mueller is not under consideration.

President Trump Vows To 'Liberate' U.S. From Opioid Crisis

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:49

Trump traveled to New Hampshire on Monday to outline his plans to combat opioid addiction. New Hampshire's death rate from opioid overdoses is twice the national average.

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Gina Haspel Used To Work For Me. She's A Great Choice For CIA Director

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:46

Former CIA case officer Robert Baer supervised Gina Haspel and says she's the right person to talk President Trump out of potential foreign policy disasters.

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