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New attorney general in hot seat as Mueller report nears

New attorney general in hot seat as Mueller report nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — William Barr has been attorney general for just one week but is on the cusp of staring down what will almost certainly be the most consequential decision of his long career: how much of the special counsel’s findings to make public. The position catapults him from Justice Department outsider free to theorize…
‘Empire’ producers cut Smollett from season’s last episodes

'Empire' producers cut Smollett from season's last episodes

CHICAGO (AP) — Actor Jussie Smollett’s character on “Empire” will be removed from the final two episodes of this season in the wake of his arrest on charges that he staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself last month in downtown Chicago, producers of the Fox TV show announced Friday. The announcement came a day…
1 killed, 12 hurt in aid standoff on Venezuela-Brazil border

1 killed, 12 hurt in aid standoff on Venezuela-Brazil border

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Heightened tensions in Venezuela left a woman dead and a dozen injured near the border with Brazil on Friday, in the first deadly clash over the opposition’s attempts to bring in emergency food and medicine that President Nicolas Maduro says isn’t needed and has vowed to block. Emilio Gonzalez, mayor of…
Kamala Harris breaks silence on Jussie Smollett: ‘Sad, frustrated, and disappointed’

Kamala Harris breaks silence on Jussie Smollett: 'Sad, frustrated, and disappointed'

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Democratic presidential contender Kamala D. Harris broker her silence Thursday on the Jussie Smollett case, calling the apparent hoax disappointing and a distraction from fighting racism and homophobia.
Osundairo brothers in Jussie Smollett case not charged so far

Osundairo brothers in Jussie Smollett case not charged so far

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Two brothers who played central roles in what Chicago police say was a staged racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett are, compared to the "Empire" actor, so far walking away legally unscathed.
New York Times labels William Happer, Princeton physicist, a ‘climate denialist,’ faces backlash

New York Times labels William Happer, Princeton physicist, a 'climate denialist,' faces backlash

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Princeton professor emeritus William Happer's role in forming a White House climate security committee didn't sit well with a number of media outlets, including the New York Times, which called the eminent physicist a "denialist."
Peter Tork of The Monkees dies at 77

Peter Tork of The Monkees dies at 77

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Peter Tork, who rose to teen-idol fame in 1966 playing the lovably clueless bass guitarist in the made-for-television rock band The Monkees, has died. He was 77.
Cashing in on Wokeness, Anthony Burgess’s Obscure Novels, and the DNA of Old Books

Cashing in on Wokeness, Anthony Burgess’s Obscure Novels, and the DNA of Old Books

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Tom Murphy VII via Wikimedia Commons. You know, I give opportunistic artists and writers a tough time occasionally in this column, but let me be quick to admit that it’s not always easy to cash in on wokeness—especially when you are pitted against an investment firm or corporation that is also trying to cash in.…
NATO Pushed the U.S. Into the Libya Fiasco

NATO Pushed the U.S. Into the Libya Fiasco

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President Barack Obama meets with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in the Oval Office, May 13, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) A key worry among American critics of NATO is that expanding the alliance into Eastern Europe may entangle the United States in conflicts that have little or no relevance to…
Trump Treats Iraq Like a Conquered Province

Trump Treats Iraq Like a Conquered Province

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The driving force behind American foreign policy in recent years has been hubris. The United States sees itself as the essential unipower, endowed with the right, indeed the duty, to intervene around the world. Any nation that gets in the way must be crushed—but in a moral, compassionate way. Fortunately, President Donald Trump rejects Full…