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Why did a Fox News program host a Swedish national security commentator who is unknown in Sweden?
On a Thursday segment of Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," host Bill O'Reilly directed a debate over crime and immigration in Sweden. On one side of the issue was a Swedish newspaper reporter Anne-Sofie Naslund, who argued against the notion that immigration was making her country dangerous. On the other side was a man namedNils Bildt, who was identified onscreen and verbally asa "Swedish defense and national security advisor."
Trump says he'll skip the White House Correspondents' Dinner: Is that a bad thing?
The announcement, which came one day after theWhite House blocked anumber of news organizations from attending a briefing with the press secretary, marks the latest development in the tumultuous relationship between the new administration and the press. "A few days ago, I called the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are.
Who decides on US ground combat in Syria?
In coming days, President Trump is expected to decide whether to send thousands of combat troops into Syria to attack Islamic State. If he does seek to put so many American soldiers on the ground, the commander in chief must first get the approval of Congress, where constitutional authority for war belongs. For decades, starting during the cold war and later after the 9/11 attacks, Congress has steadily given up much of its responsibility to define the use of violence in the name of the American people.
Will Tom Perez unite the Democratic party?
The Democratic National Committee voted Saturday to select former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to head the group, bring an end to a contentious race that pitted the more centric ideology of the party under former President Barack Obama against the progressive agenda of Sen. Bernie Sanders. Mr. Perez edged out Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who received the backing of Senator Sanders (I) of Vermont, in an unprecedented second round of voting, taking 235 of the 435 votes. In a nod to the partys more progressive wing, Perez has selected Mr. Ellison to serve as deputy chairman of the party.
South Sudan and the lure of a gleaming new capital
Morocco agreed to fork over $5 million to help the worlds youngest country decide whether it should build itself a brand new capital city. In particular, the South Sudanese wanted to know if it was feasible to pick up their current national government in Juba and transport it about 130 miles north to a sparsely inhabited, swampy patch of land in the geographical center of the country called Ramciel. Across the globe, from Kazakhstan to Nigeria to the United States, many countries have concocted new capital cities soon after independence as a way of quite literally constructing a new national identity brick by brick.
Businesses step up to help preserve Rome's history
Barely a month goes by in Italy without a major archaeological discovery coming to light. For a country built on the remains of Etruscan ports, Roman cities, and ancient Greek colonies, that is no surprise. Italy is still trying to recover from the global economic crisis and struggles to find the money to look after its 51 World Heritage sites the most of any country in the world let alone the thousands of other, lesser-known discoveries.
Why does the race for DNC chairman matter?
The Democratic Partys 447 National Committee members elected former Obama labor secretary Tom Perez to be their new party chair on Saturday, in an unusually contentious race for what amounts to the top job for a party in transition. Mr. Perez, a favorite with the more centrist wing of the party allied with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, won 235 votes to the 200 captured by Rep. Keith Ellison (D) of Minnesota, a favorite with progressives who was leading slightly in polls coming into Saturday, according to CNN. The son of Dominican immigrants, Perez will become the first Latino to hold the post.
White House blocks reporters from a briefing, shrugging off another unwritten custom
Several major news outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, and the Los Angeles Times, were blocked from an off-camera press briefing on Friday, igniting furious criticism from media organizations. The White House said it was adhering to ordinary press customs by holding an "expanded pool," but observers call the incident another sign of the troubled relationship between President Trump and the media. A restricted non-televised briefing, or "gaggle,"replaced an earlier-planned full, on-camera briefingin the official White House briefing room, reported Politico.
Obama for president of France?
Apparently American Democrats are not the only ones missing Barack Obama. Some citizens of France have launched a new grassroots campaign called "Obama17" that is seeking 1million signatures in the next three weeks, to convince the former US President to run for president in France. Amid a presidential election marked by scandals and surprises, the organizers hope the campaign, though not serious, could be a voice for the people calling for change just as many other campaigns have done before.
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