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Here Are the Biggest Stories in American Politics This Week

World News (NY Times) - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 4:32pm
From the cancellation of the U.S.-North Korea summit meeting (for now) to upsets in primary elections, a lot happened this week. Here are the five biggest stories — and some links if you want to read further.

Trump bragged about low gas prices last summer and now they’ve soared — here’s why it’s his fault

The Raw Story - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 4:30pm

Last summer, Donald Trump bragged about gas prices, falsely claiming that the low prices were the lowest “in over ten years.” Gas prices are the lowest in the U.S. in over ten years! I would like to see them go even lower. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2017 But while he wa...

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Polls close in Irish referendum on abortion

Al Jazeera - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 4:30pm
Exit poll says Ireland votes overwhelmingly to liberalise some of Europe's strictest abortion laws.

England v Pakistan: Babar Azam to miss rest of series with broken wrist

BBC News - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 4:20pm
Pakistan batsman Babar Azam is ruled out of the rest of the two-match series against England after breaking a wrist.

Ireland’s Abortion Referendum Becomes a Test for Facebook and Google

World News (NY Times) - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 4:18pm
Major tech companies took steps to prevent foreign meddling online before voters in Ireland cast ballots on Friday. Here’s how those efforts are working out.

Canada’s Justin Trudeau raises auto import probe concerns with Trump

The Raw Story - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 4:18pm

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday and raised “strong concerns” about a U.S. probe into car and truck imports that was launched this week, the prime minister’s office said. The two leaders also discussed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NA...

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Fifty dead after boat capsizes in DRC river

Al Jazeera - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 4:13pm
Search and rescue missions under way as authorities look for survivors after boat capsizes in Mombovo River.

Grocery chain Publix stops campaign donations to NRA-backed candidates after pressure from Parkland survivors

The Raw Story - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 4:13pm

On Friday, Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg and other gun control advocates staged a die-in. The same day, a school shooting tragedy was narrowly averted when teacher Jason Seaman disarmed a shooter at the Noblesville West Middle School, in Indiana. But mass protest is not the only way students...

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Melania Trump hasn’t been seen in two weeks — even as Donald claims she’s ‘doing great’

The Raw Story - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 3:52pm

Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, has now been disappeared from the public eye for two weeks. The first lady spent five nights in the hospital following a kidney procedure, which experts pointed out was odd given the description of the procedure. But, as the Washington Post points out, she has als...

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Trump administration opposes requiring ‘reasonable’ airline baggage fees

The Raw Story - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 3:45pm

The U.S. Department of Transportation told Congress it opposes a Senate bill that would require new rules prohibiting airline fees that are not “reasonable and proportional,” along with many other new consumer protections that the administration deems “unnecessary and wasteful,” according to a lette...

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Devin Nunes’ constituent pens scathing editorial demanding ‘Trump’s errand boy’ lawmaker resign — now

The Raw Story - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 3:27pm

While Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) appears to have a safe seat in his conservative district, one local voter has had enough of the controversial congressman carrying water for President Donald Trump’s attempts to derail special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into his 2016 presidential...

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Hosted by Putin, Leaders of France and Japan Castigate Trump

World News (NY Times) - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 3:26pm
Vladimir Putin hosted leaders of France and Japan in his native city, where they showed unity in their criticism of President Trump’s recent moves.

Champions League final: Second company cancels Kiev flight

BBC News - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 3:22pm
Myriad Travel says the plane through a charter partner does not "have the correct licence to fly".

Communist leader: Iraqis to decide who controls Iraq, nobody else

Al Jazeera - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 3:20pm
Amid period of talks over formation of new government, Al Jazeera speaks to Raed Fahmi, secretary of Communist Party.

T-Mobile paying ex-Trump manager Corey Lewandowski to help lobby the administration

The Raw Story - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 3:16pm

Former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, Corey Lewandowski, is consulting with T-Mobile in an effort to help gain the approval of the federal government, so that the phone company can merge with Sprint, reported the Wall Street Journal. Since 2014, T-Mobile has tried to take over Sprint, ...

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The forgotten history of Memorial Day

The Raw Story - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 3:09pm

In the years following the bitter Civil War, a former Union general took a holiday originated by former Confederates and helped spread it across the entire country. The holiday was Memorial Day, and this year’s commemoration on May 28 marks the 150th anniversary of its official nationwide observance...

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Ivanka Trump’s conflict of interest grows as China approves more of her trademarks: watchdog

The Raw Story - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 3:05pm

The Chinese government has approved five trademark applications sought by Ivanka Trump Marks, LLC, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) revealed on Friday. The approval came the same week President Donald Trump reversed course on sanctions for Chinese mobile...

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‘A pile of impulsive, ill-considered threats’: Wall Street Journal trashes Trump’s disastrous foreign policy ‘mess’

The Raw Story - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 2:49pm

The editorial board of the conservative Wall Street Journal had very little good to say about President Donald Trump’s last few weeks of foreign policy miscues, saying their attempts to find something praiseworthy is like looking under a pile of manure hoping to find a pony. Under the headline...

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What's next for North Korea?

Al Jazeera - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 2:46pm
US President Donald Trump cancels much-awaited talks with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

BMW PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy storms into lead at Wentworth

BBC News - Fri, 25 May 2018 - 2:38pm
Rory McIlroy storms into the lead at the BMW PGA Championship after a carding a seven-under-par 65 in his second round.
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