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GA Vote Says More About Trump Now Than House in ’18

The Georgia 6th District results don’t tell us what will happen in 2018. But they do tell us what is happening right now. In a conversation two weeks before the GA06 election, a Republican strategist involved in the fight mused on the possibility that all the money spent, all the doors knocked, all the phones called, all the accusations hurled — that it might mean nothing when it comes to the crucial question of who will win control of the House of Representatives in 2018. Read Full Article » ……

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US Says Gulf States Have Prepared List of Demands for Qatar

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Saudi Arabia and its allies have prepared a list of demands for Qatar, and he emphasized the United States looks forward to the diplomatic dispute between the Gulf states “moving toward a resolution.” “We hope the list of demands will soon be presented to Qatar and will be reasonable and actionable,” Tillerson said in a statement. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates imposed measures to isolate Qatar two weeks ago, causing the worst Gulf Arab crisis in years. The countries…

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Ex-US Homeland Security Chief Says Russian Meddling Did Not Affect Election Results

U.S. officials told lawmakers Wednesday there is no question that Russia engaged in widespread interference in last year’s presidential election aimed at helping real estate mogul Donald Trump win the White House, but they said there is no evidence that Moscow was able to change the vote count. Former Homeland Security agency chief Jeh Johnson said at a House Intelligence Committee hearing that the extent of Russian hacking into computer files at the Democratic party headquarters in Washington and attempts to infiltrate state election records went significantly beyond past Russian…

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White House Hosts Ukraine President, Says Russia Sanctions to Remain in Place

Sanctions against the Russians will remain in place until “they are out of eastern Ukraine,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday as the Ukrainian president visited the White House.    “We’re going to continue to have sanctions on Russia, and we believe that is part of Ukraine, and so therefore those sanctions will remain,” said Spicer.   Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, declared himself satisfied with the outcome of White House talks on Tuesday, characterizing the United States as the “most reliable, supportive strategic partner” for Kyiv.    “I…

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Cannes Lions: Halle Berry Says Social Media Can Be a “Brand Killer” for Stars

Amid “this great divide in our country,” the star will relaunch her Hallewood site, saying “it’s my obligation as an artist to start providing that forum for people to talk things out.” read more … Read the referenced story here… Cannes Lions: Halle Berry Says Social Media Can Be a “Brand Killer” for Stars

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Russia Says Trump Using ‘Cold War Rhetoric’ on Cuba

The Russian Foreign Ministry has criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to freeze a detente with Cuba and his verbal attack on the Caribbean island’s leaders.   Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday that Trump is “returning us to the forgotten rhetoric of the Cold War.”   The statement says that “It’s clear the anti-Cuba discourse is still widely needed. This can only induce regret.”   Despite Trump’s campaign pledge to improve relations with Moscow, there has been no significant improvement in foreign policy cooperation between the two countries….

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Putin Unhappy with New US Sanctions, but Says Too Early for Retaliation

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed disappointment Saturday over possible new sanctions to be levied against his country by the United States, but said it is too early to speak of “retaliatory actions.” “This will, indeed, complicate Russia-American relations. I think this is harmful,” Putin the told state-run RIA news agency. The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly this week to strengthen sanctions against Russia as punishment for its campaign to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The new sanctions, passed Wednesday, target Russians involved in serious human rights abuses, supplying weapons to…

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