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Charles Krauthammer, prominent conservative voice, has died

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from "Great Society" Democrat to Iraq War cheerleader to denouncer of Donald Trump, died Thursday. He was 68. His death was announced by two organizations that employed him, Fox News Channel and The Washington Post. Krauthammer had said publicly a year ago he was being ... Full story

Inside The Trump-Backed Campaign To Push Angela Merkel Out Of Power

WASHINGTON ― It’s not new to hear U.S. officials rooting for regime change. It’s just been a while since they’ve talked about it with regard to Berlin. President Donald Trump ’s attacks on Twitter against German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week provided the clearest evidence yet of a sprawling American campaign to undermine her. While Trump’s disdain for Merkel has been evident since the early days of his presidential run, he and his ... Full story

Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli PM, charged with fraud

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE. Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was charged with fraud on Thursday for allegedly misusing over $100,000 in public funds to order lavish meals from some of the country's most famous chefs, a court spokesperson said. The indictment charged that Netanyahu, along with a government employee, ... Full story

Pentagon asked to house migrant minors - BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Melania Trump: "I want to help reunite children with their families". The Pentagon has been asked to supply up to 20,000 beds at old military bases for migrant children held after illegally entering the US. Beds will be for migrant children who crossed the border unaccompanied, as well as those separated from parents. The moves follow President Donald Trump's reversal of the ... Full story

U.S. states set to gain billions in sales taxes after court ruling

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. states could reap billions in online sales tax revenue and buttress their budgets after the nation’s top court ruled on Thursday that e-commerce companies could be forced to collect the money, even if they have no physical presence in a state. FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court is seen as the court nears the end of its term in Washington, U.S., June 11, 2018. REUTERS/Erin Schaff. The Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of ... Full story

Charles Krauthammer, 1950-2018

Charles Krauthammer made people understand their own thoughts. It was Charles who collated the various strands of Ronald Reagan's foreign policy and codified them as... Full story

Why the Kashmir government fall is a tragedy - BBC News

Image caption Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended Mufti Mohammed Sayeed's swearing-in ceremony in Jammu in 2015. The break-up of the three-year-old coalition government in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is a setback for peace hopes in the region. The so-called "unnatural" alliance between the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and India's governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the only way forward, writes Sumantra Bose. How, it was ... Full story

House GOP passes subsidy-packed farm bill, tightening food stamp rules and work requirements

The House of Representatives passed a sweeping, subsidy-packed farm bill on Thursday that tightens food stamp rules, in a major win for the House leadership after a day of setbacks and chaos on immigration. The House bill, which narrowly passed by a vote of 213-211, sets up a certain clash in the Senate, which looks to make mostly modest adjustments to existing programs and doesn't pick a food stamps fight. The measure cuts federal food stamps ... Full story

Fighting for democracy is hard work

Frida Ghitis, a former CNN producer and correspondent, is a world affairs columnist. She is a frequent opinion contributor to CNN and The Washington Post and a columnist for World Politics Review. The opinions expressed in this commentary are her own. (CNN) When a politician with authoritarian tendencies takes office -- even in a democratic country -- there's no way to know what the future holds. It's easy to take comfort in the prospects for ... Full story

Jeff Sessions changes tone on family separations at the border

Washington (CNN) The Trump administration continues to reverse course on its messaging surrounding highly controversial US immigration policies following days of significant pushback. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday seemed to contradict previous statements he had made about the practice of separating children from their parents after they have crossed the border illegally. Sessions said in an interview with CBN News that the ... Full story