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Monday, July 23, 2018

World leaders are learning to play President Trump using his own set of predictable negotiating tricks. The most vivid example of this: French President Emmanuel Macron bragging to Trump that he was jamming him by stealing "The Art of the Deal" techniques. Like many foreign leaders, Macron has learned that the only language the U.S. president understands is the un-nuanced, transactional language of dealmaking and the blunt projection of strength. It's why Trump is drawn to strongmen and belittles those he considers "weak" like Canada's Trudeau (whom Trump publicly refers to as "Justin.")


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Swanky fund-raisers don't often begin with an apology to the well-heeled donors who shelled out thousands of dollars to sip wine, eat steak, and listen to pep-rally speeches. But as he looked out over a predominantly black crowd gathered at the Georgia Aquarium on Thursday night, Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee chairman, felt compelled to issue a mea culpa. "I am sorry," Perez said. read more


Hillary Clinton is offering a helping hand to immigrants looking to reunite with their families: She says she'll help organize transportation they might not be able to afford. "I'm going to be tweeting about this in the days to come, but if any of you work for an airline please direct message me because these families will need vouchers and discounted tickets to be reunited over these thousands of miles," read more


Today, white yachts bob on the turquoise surface of Balaklava Bay, a quiet inlet hidden from the open waters of the Black Sea. But 30 years ago, the bay was a restricted military zone, filled with submersible giants of the Soviet navy. Located on the southwestern tip of the Crimean Peninsula, Balaklava is a suburb of Sevastopol, a strategic port that Russia has used to project power across the Black Sea and beyond for more than 200 years. During the Cold War, Balaklava Bay was home to a top-secret submarine base designed to survive a U.S. nuclear strike -- and then deliver a retaliatory blow. read more


Saturday, July 21, 2018

A co-author of a book used for a required fitness class at UNC-Chapel Hill defends the book, which has been criticized for referring to cancer and diabetes as "diseases of choice." Hager said in an email that the intent of the book is to promote an active and healthy lifestyle. He said he and Lockhart "really are trying to make a difference for the better." "One of the overriding purposes of our text is to encourage and empower individuals to take responsibility for their own good health through the everyday choices they make," he wrote. He said some of the criticisms do not consider the full breadth of the text. Hager said he too had struggled with the concept of "diseases of choice." read more


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