Trump to get China, Japan leaders on the phone

(CNN)US President Donald Trump will make back-to-back phone calls to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, the White House announced Saturday night. No information was provided as to what subjects the calls would cover, but they come after an eventful week in East Asia politics. Trump warns North Korea: US patience is over China’s President issues ‘red line’ warning

July 3, 2017
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DHS shifts focus of funding to counter violent extremism

(CNN)The Department of Homeland Security is cutting some organizations out of grant money to counter violent extremism — including nearly a dozen that the Obama administration considered worthy of receiving the funds. One such organization is Life After Hate, which the Obama administration told just before leaving office in January would receive $400,000 to expand its outreach and intervention services for former white supremacists and others in the “criminal underground.”

July 2, 2017
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Body of missing California boy found, father remains in jail

(CNN)The body of a 5-year-old boy missing since he took a trip with his father in April has been found, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The statement did not say where the body was found, or what condition it was in. Their search focused on the 100-mile stretch between Santa Barbara and Pasadena, California.

July 2, 2017
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Living to 125 and beyond: Scientists dispute there’s a limit to our lifespans

(CNN)Don’t mess with our collective dreams of immortality. A flurry of new research vigorously opposes a study from last year that dared to suggest there might be a ceiling to the human lifespan. The debate over his original paper, published last October in Nature and widely reported by CNN and other media outlets, took Jan Vijg, senior author, by surprise. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN…

July 1, 2017
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New York commuters’ ‘summer of hell’

New York (CNN)New York’s commuter rail lines, subways and buses carry about 9 million riders every day. Six million of those souls cram into the subway system’s vast underground maze each day. As part of the disaster declaration, Cuomo committed $1 billion to the MTA capital plan during a speech at the MTA Genius Competition, which was organized to foster new ideas to fix the subways.

July 1, 2017
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Philadelphia District Attorney pleads guilty in corruption case

(CNN)The district attorney of Philadelphia pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges Thursday and resigned effective immediately, federal officials said. Williams was initially accused of accepting bribes between 2010 and 2015 to use his position to help two business owners, according to the indictment by the United States Attorney’s Office for New Jersey. In exchange for bribes including a 1997 Jaguar XK8 convertible, 16 round-trip airline tickets, $9,000 in cash and…

June 30, 2017
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Jennifer Granholm: Trump a ‘snowflake’ for tweet attacking Brzezinski

Washington (CNN)Jennifer Granholm, the former governor of Michigan, called Donald Trump a “snowflake” Thursday evening, after the President tweeted an attack on “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski earlier in the day. “His ego is so fragile. He’s such a snowflake that anything like this sets him off,” she told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on “Erin Burnett OutFront.”

June 30, 2017
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Kelly: Election hacking attempts ‘way of the future’

Washington (CNN)Attempts to hack elections will continue in the future, the secretary of Homeland Security said Wednesday — so election officials better prepare. Kelly said at an event at the Center for a New American Security that his agency will offer to help states and localities on an entirely “voluntary basis” — but strongly encouraged officials to get help from somewhere.

June 29, 2017
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North Korea casts shadow as Trump and Moon meet for first time

(CNN)The leaders of the US and South Korea share a common goal: Get North Korea to abandon the nuclear and missile programs that have rapidly expanded under the country’s supreme leader, Kim Jong Un. Moon, a liberal who took office last month after his conservative predecessor was impeached on corruption charges, is a strong proponent of engagement with Pyongyang. How much damage can North Korea’s weapons do? Foreign policy of…

June 29, 2017
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You can now get a gender neutral driver’s license in D.C.

(CNN)Nic Sakurai was among the first people outside the Benning Road Department of Motor Vehicle office in Washington on Tuesday morning at 7:15. The X signifies gender neutral, the preferred designation for people like Sakurai who don’t identify as male or female. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. The transgender equality center and Washington-based health center Whitman-Walker Health assisted the DMV…

June 28, 2017
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Ivanka Trump spotlights global human trafficking

Washington (CNN)Ivanka Trump, who serves as a top adviser to President Donald Trump, used her platform Tuesday to shine a light on human trafficking, which she called an “ugly stain on civilization.” Ending human trafficking “is a major foreign policy priority for the Trump administration,” she said. Ivanka Trump: I try to stay out of politics Activists investigating Ivanka supplier missing Trump vows to fight human trafficking

June 28, 2017
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‘Tumultuous divorce’ behind apparent murder of 5-year-old, officials say

(CNN)A “tumultuous divorce” led a California man to kill his 5-year-old son in April, investigators said Monday, three days after 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested and charged with murder even though his missing son has not been confirmed dead. His son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., has been missing since he was last seen leaving Disneyland with his father during a weekend outing in April

June 27, 2017
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McConnell’s test: Can he do more than obstruct?

(CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing a major test this week. Since revealing the details of the Republican health care plan, McConnell has watched as a number of important senators in his own party announced their concerns or opposition. Some, such as Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, have urged him to postpone the vote based on the assumption that, at this moment, it would not pass the upper chamber where…

June 27, 2017
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Trump travel ban: Supreme Court reinstates key parts of executive order

In a victory for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court on Monday lifted key components of an injunction against President Trump’s proposed ban on travel from six majority-Muslim nations, reinstating much of the policy and promising to hear full arguments as early as this fall.  The court’s decision means the justices will now wade into the biggest legal controversy of the Trump administration — the president’s order temporarily restricting travel,…

June 26, 2017
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New skyscraper will have London’s first ‘climbing window’

(CNN)Details of new London workplace concept Twentytwo have been revealed — and it’s wooing thrill-seeking entrepreneurs with the city’s first ever “climbing window.” Lipton adds: “Twentytwo will be a truly ‘social’ workplace with different spaces for people to socialize, focus and energize. It represents how we will all be working in the future.” Designed by PLP Architecture, 22 Bishopsgate will contain workspace for 12,000 people, as well as a fresh…

June 26, 2017
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President Stephen Colbert in 2020?

(CNN)“Ladies and gentleman, please welcome the 46th President of the United States: Stephen T. Colbert.” Colbert’s remarks came Friday during an appearance on the Russian late night TV show, “Evening Urgant.” While being interviewed by the show’s host, Ivan Urgant, Colbert revealed that he had a big announcement. Then, with a straight face, Colbert declared, “I am here to announce that I am considering a run for president in 2020.”…

June 26, 2017
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Relevnt launches a publisher-centric news app

Florida startupRelevntis experimenting with a new approach to online publishing. Founder and CEO Winder Hughes said that its becomeunrealistic to expect readers to download an app for every publication that they follow, or even to type a bunch of URLs into their mobile browser. At the same time, whenpublishers rely on big platforms like Facebook and Google for distribution, they risk losing that direct connection to readers. We see the…

June 25, 2017
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For 40 members of Congress, from both parties, unity is real

(CNN)Many Americans may not believe it, but most public servants in Washington are here for the right reasons. Republican or Democrat, we all want to build a stronger country. None of us would run for office if we didn’t believe we could contribute to the greater good. But that spirit is all too often shrouded in the vitriol that seems to worsen by the day in Washington. Members of both…

June 24, 2017
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Computers Won’t Take Your Jobs, They’re Creating New Ones

Thanks to the internet, we’ve all got an embarrassment of riches in terms of stuff to panic about. Between ISIS, North Korea, our orange-faced president, and the grim nightmare specter of Hillary Clinton’s emails, everyone has something to worry over. And one of the most common panic buttons on rotation across the headlines is that ROBOTS ARE GONNA TAKE ALL OF OUR JOBS! JESUS TITBALLS, PANIC! But is the situation…

June 24, 2017
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