CIA director says intelligence leaks have

CIA director says intelligence leaks have ‘accelerated’

By rmorin@politico.com (Rebecca Morin) CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Saturday said the rate of intelligence leaks has "accelerated," attributing the trend to the "worship of Edward Snowden" and to WikiLeaks. "In some ways, I do think it's accelerated," Pompeo said of intel disclosures during an interview with conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt on his new MSNBC program. "I think there is a phenomenon, the worship of Edward Snowden, and those who steal American secrets for the purpose of self-aggrandizement or money or for whatever their motivation may be, does seem to be on the increase," he added. Snowden leaked thousands of ...
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Trump joins A-list crowd at Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin

Trump joins A-list crowd at Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s wedding

By dsamuelsohn@politico.com (Darren Samuelsohn) President Donald Trump has gained a reputation as a wedding crasher, but on Saturday he scored an invitation with other high-profile guests to celebrate one of his Cabinet member's nuptials. The president and first lady Melania Trump were part of the A-list crowd gathering just blocks from the White House as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was set to marry the Scottish actress Louise Linton.While the White House and Treasury Department had been mum on details of Mnuchin's Washington wedding, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross broke the news about the event earlier this week during a business conference.Mnuchin, ...
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Netflix’s GLOW casts the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling in a scattered but undeniably fun comedy

By Caroline Framke GLOW is like A League of Their Own, but with snarling '80s wrestlers. What's not to like? There may be no more immediately appealing premise on TV than that of GLOW. Netflix's new comedy series follows the 1980s-era women who became powerhouse wrestlers — a fictionalized version of the real GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling series that ran from 1986 to 1989 — and is rife with all the sparkling spandex that scenario implies. I mean, come on. How do you possibly hear that premise without wanting to tease your hair, throw on some Pat Benatar, and ...
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Bill Clinton lauds cities upholding Paris agreement at mayors

Bill Clinton lauds cities upholding Paris agreement at mayors’ summit

By rmorin@politico.com (Rebecca Morin) Former President Bill Clinton on Saturday praised mayors from across the country for signing on to uphold the goals of the Paris climate accord while also pushing cities to "deliver" on its aims.While speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 85th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Clinton spoke about President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement and how cities could help maintain its standards.“You can get out of it or [stay] in it, but the water keeps rising,” Clinton said of the Paris climate accord. "Politics has almost no influence on science, in ...
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Mike Pence assures evangelicals Trump is their "unwavering ally"

By Tara Isabella Burton The vice president donated an ultrasound in his own name to a crisis pregnancy center at a Focus on the Family event. And that's just the beginning. Vice President Mike Pence popped into the 40th anniversary celebration of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family to remind members he's a devout Christian politician who has his back. And, he says, so is President Donald Trump. After the group's president Jim Daly introduced Pence as “one of us,” the vice president spoke for 30 minutes on Friday, on both foreign policy and domestic issues. Unsurprisingly, Pence ...
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Handstands, explained

By Eliza Barclay It's simple physics. The 4-inch-wide balance beam, called "the most unforgiving surface in sports," may be the most mind-boggling of the four events in women's gymnastics. It tests even the phenomenal Simone Biles, the five-time Rio Olympics medalist who wobbled and grabbed the beam to keep from falling — but still managed to medal in the event last summer. Our brains can handle some balance without much effort: We take thousands of steps a day, and for split seconds between each stride we are balancing on one foot. That's easy because our legs are strong and our ...
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Two eminent political scientists: The problem with democracy is voters

By Sean Illing Why almost everything you think about democracy is wrong. Consider the curious case of New Jersey in 1916: That summer, there was a string of deadly shark attacks along the Jersey Shore. As a result, Woodrow Wilson lost his home state in the presidential election. Why, you ask? Because the beachfront towns (which rely on tourism) were negatively impacted by the attacks. Though Wilson wasn't responsible for the hungry sharks, he was the incumbent, and people vote against incumbents when things are bad. This is a story political scientists Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels tell in Democracy ...
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9 questions with Dominique Dawes

By Sean Illing The gold medalist on inspirations and motherhood This week, Dominique Dawes — 10 year member of the U.S. gymnastics team, an Olympic gold medal winner, and advocate for the National Parks Foundation — answers our questions. What's the first piece of media you consume every day? It would definitely have to be Good Morning America on in the background. I don't always hear it, but that's where I first hear about the day's news. Name a writer or publication you disagree with but still read. I'm a stay at home mom, so reading today is strictly of ...
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Senate GOP expected to add new penalties for the uninsured into their health bill

By Sarah Kliff Senate Republicans are expected to revise their health bill early next week, adding in a provision that could lock Americans out of the individual market for six months if they fail to maintain continuous insurance coverage. Health insurance industry sources familiar with the plan say the change could be announced as early as Monday. The six-month waiting period would fill a big policy gap in the current Better Care Act, which requires health plans to accept all patients — but doesn't require all Americans to purchase coverage, as the Affordable Care Act does. Experts expect that this ...
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Week 5: Out With Collusion, In With Intrusion

Week 5: Out With Collusion, In With Intrusion

By jshafer@politico.com (Jack Shafer) In a heavily cited column this week, the New York Times' David Brooks yawned that despite the endless sleuthing by the press and investigators to unearth evidence that Trump presidential campaign colluded with the Russians to monkeywrench the November election, there just isn't very much there. Detecting “little evidence there is that any underlying crime occurred,” Brooks compared the collusion story to the overblown Whitewater scandal, which he covered as a Wall Street Journal op-ed editor. Headlining his piece “Let's Not Get Carried Away,” Brooks joined an entrenched rump consensus of Russia-collusion doubters, which include Matt ...
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It’s time to revisit Children of Men, whose near-future British dystopia feels achingly close

By Alissa Wilkinson One of the best of its genre, the movie has lessons for us in tumultuous times. Every weekend, we pick a movie you can stream that dovetails with current events. Old, new, blockbuster, arthouse: They're all fair game. What you can count on is a weekend watch that sheds new light on the week that was. The movie of the week for June 24 to 30 is Children of Men (2006), which is available to digitally rent on Amazon, Vudu, iTunes, YouTube, and Google Play. Health care legislation dominated the news in the US this week, but ...
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Health Bill a Test of McConnell's Leadership Skills

By Erica Werner WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pass or fail, there will be one man singularly responsible for the fate of health care legislation in the Senate: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The shrewd Kentuckian has made himself practically the sole arbiter of the bill and will be largely responsible for the outcome, whether it's a win, a loss, or a win that turns into a loss over time as unpopular consequences of the legislation take hold. McConnell decided to keep the bill close, writing it in secret with a close circle of aides and eschewing committee hearings, despite grumbling from fellow ...
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Trump defends GOP health care bill, blasts Obamacare

Trump defends GOP health care bill, blasts Obamacare

By rmorin@politico.com (Rebecca Morin) President Donald Trump on Saturday criticized the Affordable Care Act and Democratic opposition to the Senate's Obamacare repeal bill as he continues to push for its passage."Democrats slam GOP healthcare proposal as Obamacare premiums & deductibles increase by over 100%. Remember keep your doctor, keep your plan," the president wrote in an early morning tweet.Senate Republicans unveiled their plan to repeal Obamacare — the Better Care Reconciliation Act — on Thursday. The bill needs 50 votes to pass but lacks the support of Senate Democrats and several Republican lawmakers.According to new analysis released last week by ...
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Mitch McConnell Seeks Votes to Help Push Health Care Bill Through Senate

By Alan Fram & Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nevada Republican Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition to the party's banner legislation to scuttle much of Barack Obama's health care overhaul on Friday, more than enough to sink the measure and deliver a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump unless some of them can be brought aboard. Echoing the other four, Heller said he opposes the measure "in this form" but does not rule out backing a version that is changed to his liking. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he's willing to ...
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Millennials are the public library system’s biggest customers

By Constance Grady Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated selection of the best online writing about books and related topics. Here's the best the internet has to offer for the week of June 18, 2017. Have you read Zadie Smith's essay in Harper's on Get Out, Open Casket, and the question of who owns black pain? It's been mildly controversial, but Smith is such a thoughtful, lucid essayist that it's worth reading regardless of whether you agree with her:Peele has found a concrete metaphor for the ultimate unspoken fear: that to be oppressed is not so ...
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Saudi Arabia is trying to make Qatar shutter Al Jazeera — and transform its foreign policy

By Zeeshan Aleem Its demands of the isolated country could exacerbate the Gulf crisis. Saudi Arabia and its allies have sent Qatar a list of 13 demands that it must comply with in order for them to end the crippling economic and diplomatic blockade they've subjected the tiny Gulf country to for more than two weeks. But the demands — which include shutting down its premier international media network, Al Jazeera, and curbing ties with Iran and Turkey — are so extreme that they could just end up exacerbating what's already become one of the most acute diplomatic crises in ...
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The Cambodian prime minister just told his political opponents to “prepare coffins”

By Rebecca Tan In light of his track record, this threat shouldn't be taken lightly. It's never a good sign when the leader of a country just emerging from decades of repressive rule puts on a military uniform, stands with a group of his nation's top generals, and makes some rather thinly veiled threats to his political opponents. “Your tongue is the reason for war. If you still make insults and threats to kill, you have to prepare your coffin,” Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on June 21. “To protect the peace for millions of people, if necessary, 100 ...
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Israel, American Jewry and Trump's Republican Party

By Caroline Glick Earlier this month Norway, Denmark and Switzerland did something surprising. Norway announced that it was demanding the return of its money from the Palestinian Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Secretariat, for the latter's funding of a Palestinian women's group that built a youth center near Nablus named for PLO mass murderer Dalal Mughrabi. Denmark followed, announcing it was cutting off all funding to the group. And last week, the Swiss parliament passed a resolution directing the government to amend Swiss law to block funding of NGOs “involved in racist, antisemitic or... ...read more Read more here: Israel, ...
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Muslim Anti-Extremist Maajid Nawaz on Maher; Talks Lawsuit Against Southern Poverty Law Center

Anti-radical Muslim activist Maajid Nawaz appeared on Friday's broadcast of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher to talk about the threat of jihadists and Islamist sympathizers in Europe, how "well-meaning liberals" hurt the cause for peaceful Muslims, and his lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for labeling his cause a hate group. Nawaz dubbed their attacks on him as "poverty of expectations" (referencing 'bigotry of low expectations'). Nawaz said "well-meaning liberals," usually white males, don't allow for him to criticize his own religion. He questioned why doesn't he have the right to criticize his own religion. He said ...
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Tyson lobbyist wounded in baseball shooting is discharged from hospital

Tyson lobbyist wounded in baseball shooting is discharged from hospital

By clima@politico.com (Cristiano Lima) Matt Mika, the Tyson Foods lobbyist who was one of five victims injured during the shooting at a congressional baseball practice last week, was discharged from the hospital Friday, according to a statement released by his family. “Our family is pleased to report that Matt has been discharged from George Washington University Hospital,” Mika's family said in the statement. Mika, the director of government relations for Tyson's D.C. office, was sent to the Washington hospital after suffering multiple gunshot wounds to the chest when a lone gunman fired on the June 14 practice. Mika required surgery, ...
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Vox Sentences: Jobs, jobs, jobs (are still moving to Mexico)

By Ella Nilsen Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what's happening in the world, curated by Ella Nilsen. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Boeing and Carrier announce layoffs; East Coast subway riders suffer through repairs; Saudi Arabia gives Qatar a set of ultimatums. Deal or no deal Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images President Donald Trump got bad news this week as two companies at which he had made high-profile visits to promise new jobs months earlier announced layoffs. Within days ...
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Justice Department, FBI seem at odds over budget

Justice Department, FBI seem at odds over budget

By jgerstein@politico.com (Josh Gerstein) The firing of FBI Director James Comey isn't the only thing top Justice Department officials and FBI leaders disagree about at the moment. They also don't see eye to eye about something else always of great import in Washington: money. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe have presented starkly different views to Congress about how President Donald Trump's budget would impact the FBI's operations. To hear McCabe describe it, Trump's budget would require significant belt-tightening across the law enforcement agency. “It will certainly impact us in many ways. It is a ...
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The GOP’s one-man fire brigade

The GOP’s one-man fire brigade

By ejohnson@politico.com (Eliana Johnson) Karen Handel wasn't the only big winner in Tuesday's special election. Republican operative Corry Bliss, who heads the super PAC officially blessed by House GOP leadership, arguably had just as much riding on the outcome.He had never managed a House race before he took the helm of the Congressional Leadership Fund, which poured more than $10 million into the recent special elections. But now Bliss is coming off four straight victories, and he's credited with quelling Republican fears that President Donald Trump will drag down the party's prospects in the 2018 midterm elections. “He's on a ...
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What If Donald Trump Doesn't Sink the Republican Party?

By David Harsanyi What if Republican voters who don't particularly like President Donald Trump are also able to compartmentalize their votes? What if they dislike Democrats more than they do the president? What if, rather than being punished for Trump's unpopularity, local candidates are rewarded for their moderation? This would be a disaster for Democrats. And Tuesday's runoff election in Georgia's 6th District shows that it might be possible. Now, had Jon Ossoff come out ahead of Karen Handel, the coverage would have painted this as a game-changing moment: a referendum on conservatism itself, a harbinger of... ...read more Read ...
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NASA just debunked Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest snake oil

By Julia Belluz Goop tried to use space science to sell bogus stickers. NASA wasn't having it. Gwyneth Paltrow's latest lifestyle snake oil is so bad, NASA was forced to debunk it. Paltrow's lifestyle website Goop — the same site that brought you jade vagina eggs and overpriced vitamins — is now peddling a product called Body Vibes, wearable stickers that purport to “promote healing” and “rebalance the energy frequency in our bodies.” Goop.com “Wearable stickers that rebalance the energy frequency in our bodies have become a major obsession around Goop HQ.”These stickers, which cost $60 for a pack of ...
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Palmieri: Obama officials

Palmieri: Obama officials ‘made the best decisions they could’ on Russia hacking

By Jake Lahut Jennifer Palmieri, Hillary Clinton's former communications director, said on Friday that the Obama administration "made the best decisions they could" when deciding when to publicly disclose evidence that Russian officials tried to interfere with the 2016 election.Palmieri's comments came after the release of an investigation by The Washington Post revealed how former President Barack Obama and his aides wrestled with when to release the highly sensitive intelligence, because they feared being accused of trying to influence the election themselves."And you know, I know that the Obama White House is in a very difficult situation, and they made ...
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Intelligence officials worry State Dept. going easy on Russian diplomats

Intelligence officials worry State Dept. going easy on Russian diplomats

By awatkins@politico.com (Ali Watkins) Intelligence officials and lawmakers are concerned that the State Department is dragging its feet in implementing a crackdown on Russian diplomats' travel within the U.S., despite evidence that Moscow is using lax restrictions to conduct intelligence operations.The frustration comes amid bipartisan concern that the Trump administration is trying to slow down other congressional efforts to get tough on Russia. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told a House committee last week that a new Senate sanctions package designed to punish Russia for its interference in the 2016 election would limit Trump's “flexibility” and impede possible U.S. “dialogue” ...
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Gowdy Will Defer to Mueller, Intel Panel on Russia Probes

By James Arkin Rep. Trey Gowdy, the newly minted chairman of the House oversight committee, said he will likely not probe directly Russia's interference in the 2016 election or the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, hoping to avoid conflicting with investigations conducted by the Department of Justice special counsel or other congressional committees. Gowdy became chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee last week, replacing Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who plans to retire from Congress at the end of this month. Gowdy said Friday that he would cede priority of potentially criminal... ...read more Read more here: Gowdy ...
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Make 2017 Last Year Again

By Windsor Mann President Trump is running for president for the first time again. On Wednesday night, he held a campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids. It was so campaign-like that campaign staffers were there, it was in Iowa, and people listened to a Lee Greenwood song on purpose. President Nixon gave a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars during Watergate for the same reason that Trump gave his in Iowa: He knew he wouldn't get booed. Just as Nixon found an ally in America's silent majority, Trump found 6,000 of them in downtown Cedar Rapids, and they were far ...
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Man Bun Ken, viral knife polishing, and dark times at Tumblr: a week in internet culture

By Aja Romano The floor is a tired Twitter joke structure, and other online lessons. The internet mostly didn't devolve into a political firestorm this week, which makes it a fairly good week as far as 2017 has gone. Of course, if you were employed at Mattel, maker of Barbie, you might feel differently, since internet denizens expended a great deal of energy skewering your newly rolled-out lineup of modern, ethnically diverse Ken dolls. And if you were Jeff Bezos, well, the internet really didn't hop on board with Amazon's Whole Foods acquisition. But in general, we turned to memes ...
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