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Consumer Confidence Surges to 17-Year-High in Wake of Trump’s Tax Cuts

Posted on 28 February 2018

American consumers are the most confident they’ve been since 2000. The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index rose to 130.8 in February, its highest since November 2000 and up from 124.3 in January. The business research group’s index measures consumers’ assessment of current conditions and their outlook for the next six months. They feel better about today’s economy tha ...

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State Department Strengthens Offensive Against Propaganda and Disinformation

Posted on 28 February 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 17 alleged Russian agents for creating fake online profiles and trying to meddle in the 2016 elections was an acknowledgment of the threat state-sponsored disinformation poses to the United States. Now, the Trump administration is fighting back. On Feb. 26, the State Department announced it signed a deal with the Pentagon to transfer $40 mill ...

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Pope Francis’s Vatican Is ‘Making a Deal With the Devil,’ Says Chinese Dissident

Posted on 26 February 2018

As the Vatican is preparing to cave in to the demands of the Chinese regime in exchange for the resumption of diplomatic relations with China, a world-renowned Chinese dissident has come out to condemn the Vatican’s move as a moral betrayal of faithful Catholics worldwide, in an article titled, “The Vatican Is Making a Deal With the Devil.” It was reported recently that the Vatica ...

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North Korea Expresses Willingness For Talks With US

Posted on 26 February 2018

SEOUL/WASHINGTON—The White House said any talks with North Korea must lead to an end to its nuclear program after senior officials from Pyongyang visiting South Korea said on Sunday their government was open to talks with the United States. The North Korean delegation, in Pyeongchang for the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics, met at an undisclosed location with South Korean Pres ...

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Russian Curling Medalist Guilty of Doping Violation, Says CAS

Posted on 23 February 2018

PYEONGCHANG/MOSCOW—Russian Olympic curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been found guilty of an anti-doping violation after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Thursday. CAS said the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) mixed doubles curling team, who won bronze at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, had been disqualified from ...

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Trump Vows New Actions to Prevent Mass Shootings

Posted on 23 February 2018

President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to push for comprehensive background checks, with an emphasis on mental health, for gun purchases. The President also said he would be in favor of raising the minimum age for buying certain guns to 21, and expressed hope Congress would act on the issue. “I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. ...

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President Trump Orders Federal Ban on Bump Stocks

Posted on 21 February 2018

President Donald Trump on Feb. 20 signed a directive ordering Attorney General Jeff Sessions to craft regulations banning so-called bump stocks, which add a rapid fire function to semi-automatic rifles. Besides bump stocks, the directive also calls for the ban of other devices that turn semi-automatic firearms into automatic weapons. Trump told Sessions he wants the new federal guideline ...

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Special Counsel Mueller Unveils New Indictment in Russia Probe

Posted on 21 February 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged an attorney formerly employed by a prominent law firm on Tuesday with making false statements to federal authorities, according to Bloomberg. The indictment, unsealed in federal court in Washington on Feb. 16, accuses Alex Van Der Zwaan with lying to investigators about work he performed for Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom in 2012.  ...

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Secret Service Detains Driver of Press Van After Gun Discovered

Posted on 20 February 2018

The Secret Service briefly detained a contracted driver of one of the vans carrying press, after a gun was found in his bag, outside of the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, where President Donald Trump was staying. The driver, as well as two other contracted drivers, were immediately replaced following the incident. The vans carrying press reporters are normally part of th ...

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Trump Says Collusion Investigations Play Into Russia’s Hands

Posted on 20 February 2018

President Donald Trump on Feb. 18 responded to the revelation that Russian nationals had used fake social media accounts to sow discord in the United States. On Friday, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals for using fake social media accounts to sow discord in the United States and undermine confidence in the electoral systems. The Russian nationals ...