Why is everyone talking about Russian adoptions?

July 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an encounter not initially disclosed on the sidelines of an international summit this month. One of the topics, according to Trump? Russian adoptions. So why are adoptions of Russian children by US parents, which are currently banned, such a hot topic of conversation for Russian officials and representatives?

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Laughing at ISIS to defeat them

July 21, 2017

Mumbai, India (CNN)Deep in the outskirts of Mumbai, India, tucked away in a small conference room among dozens of buildings known as Bollywood’s “Film City,” the US government is implementing a unique, and until now, unknown counterterrorism program aimed at diminishing the online influence of terror groups like ISIS – by making fun of them. Standing next to a white board that reads “Fighting Terror With Comedy,” Mathur is joined…

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The ever-changing story about Trump Jr.’s meeting — what we know

July 16, 2017

Washington (CNN)New revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting last summer with a Russian lawyer are continuing to surface a week after the revelation rocketed the President’s eldest son to the center of allegations of collusion with Russia. A Russian-American lobbyist has now confirmed to The Associated Press and The Washington Post that he also attended the meeting with Trump Jr. — the latest piece of information to surface since emails…

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Amazon just might test how powerful is too powerful for a tech company

July 16, 2017

Donald Trump, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at a meeting of tech leaders at the White House earlier this year.Image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Amazon is arguably the most feared name in all of consumer business at the moment. The online shopping juggernaut is smothering retail chains, spooking supermarkets, and steamrolling into probably half a dozen other sectors on the side. And its forward momentum shows no…

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Women’s March organizers return to DC streets for anti-NRA march

July 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)The organizers behind the Women’s March earlier this year returned to the streets of Washington DC on Friday, this time with a new mission: To protest the National Rifle Association. The marchers chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, the NRA has got to go” while holding up signs with slogans ranging from “none of us are safe until all of us are safe” to “91 Gun Deaths a Day: Enough…

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WH aides exposed to scrutiny over Russia meeting response

July 14, 2017

(CNN)A scramble by White House aides to respond to the brewing controversy over Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer may have exposed those aides to special counsel scrutiny. Trump Jr. tweets email chain Don Jr.: ‘I wanted to hear them out’ Trump’s web of Russian ties grows One damning paragraph about meeting Emails undermine White House case How much legal trouble is he in? Their public relations efforts…

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Kushner under fire for role in meeting after Trump Jr. email release

July 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)While President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., finds himself at the center of a political firestorm stemming from his controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer last summer, questions are also beginning to swirl around the involvement of another Trump family member who was present for the rendezvous: Jared Kushner. The New York Times had reported Saturday that Trump Jr. met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, alongside Trump’s…

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Pence sends a message to McConnell, Paul on healthcare in their own backyard

July 13, 2017

(CNN)“Help is on the way!” Vice President Mike Pence declared to small-business owners at a roundtable in Kentucky as he spoke about the adverse effects of Obamacare. While the president had no public events on Wednesday, the vice president traveled to Kentucky, a state that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in the election, for a roundtable listening session, a speech, and a private reception in Lexington.

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FBI: SWAT team arrests soldier on terrorism charges in Hawaii

July 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)An FBI spokesman on Monday confirmed that a SWAT team arrested a soldier in Hawaii over the weekend and charged him with supporting ISIS. In a release, the FBI said it had worked closely with the Army in this case. The statement said the investigation by the FBI and the Army had been going on for more than a year.

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How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF

July 5, 2017

(CNN)The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump’s tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday for the video and other offensive content he posted — one day after CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him. On Reddit, “HanA**holeSolo” took credit for inspiring the tweet. Soon after, “HanA**holeSolo’s” other posts on Reddit, some of which included racist and…

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How Hong Kong artists reflect on the city’s difficult relationship with China

June 30, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)In an industrial complex on Hong Kong’s island of Ap Lei Chau, Kacey Wong’s art installations and performance props set an idyllic scene. Below the studio’s wide balcony, freighters and pleasure craft set out into the South China Sea. Wong, who was born in 1970, has made a career of “resistance work” — using art as a bulwark to what he sees as the “eradication” of Hong Kong…

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How one typo helped let Russian hackers in

June 28, 2017

(CNN)The email that would help Democrats lose the 2016 presidential election arrived on March 19, 2016, signed — seemingly harmlessly — “Best, the Gmail team.” One typo, one click — and Russian hackers had gained free reign into the email of the man running Clinton’s 2016 campaign. “The rest,” Podesta said, “is history.” That fake Gmail alert was one of a series of cyber intrusions that US intelligence would later…

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How Denise Ho went from Cantopop queen to democracy fighter

June 27, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)In 1997, as sovereignty over Hong Kong passed from the UK to China, Denise Ho didn’t care about politics. Political awakening Ho’s attitude began shifting in 2012, when she came out as gay at the fourth annual Hong Kong Pride Parade. Days later, she watched in appalled amazement as the city’s parliament struck down a motion to launch a public consultation on LGBT discrimination. “It wasn’t about gay…

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Amid partisanship, lawmakers unite for White House picnic

June 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)Lawmakers took a rare break from bitter partisan politics and went to the White House Thursday evening for a good old-fashioned picnic. “We’ve gotten to know many of you over the last weeks and months, and developed many friendships with politicians,” Trump said in brief remarks to lawmakers. “Can you believe it? Some really great people, I have to say, mostly. Mostly. A couple of bad ones, but that’s…

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Kushner’s impossible task in the Middle East is the easy part

June 22, 2017

(CNN)Jared Kushner’s visit to Israel this week reflects an unexpected development in current Middle East politics. This is because following what is universally referred to as the “Arab Spring,” major countries of the region have been plunged into instability, uncertainty, and violence that is well beyond Washington’s capacity to resolve. Syria is a vortex of violence. More than 400,000 people have been killed there since March 2011, when protests broke…

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Father pays tribute to son who died aboard the USS Fitzgerald

June 22, 2017

(CNN)The words that leaked from Darrold Martin’s lips pulled at the heartstrings of CNN’s Brooke Baldwin — and her audience. One missed call Thirty-six minutes after the collision, 24-year-old Martin tried to reach his father. “The way we communicated was with WhatsApp,” Martin said, referring to the instant-messaging service. Martin could tell from his phone that his son had tried to reach him — likely as water was rushing into…

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‘The Plot Against America’ is even more relevant today

June 19, 2017

A young Charles Augustus Lindbergh addresses the American people from the Washington Monument in 1927.Image: Historia/REX/Shutterstock The Dystopia Project is Mashable‘s book series looking at what dystopian fiction has to teach us in our new political climate. You can read past entries here. The first time I read The Plot Against America was the same year Philip Roth published it, 2004. Back then I thought it a thoroughly readable cautionary…

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