Iran protests show danger of economic woes

The protesters rallied for days in Iran, chanting against government corruption and demanding justice. That was last year, when depositors who lost their savings in the collapse of major government-run credit union took to the streets, shouting “Death to (Valiullah) Seif,” Iran’s Central Bank governor. In the past 10 days, there were new protests, the largest in Iran since its […]

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Senate will force vote on overturning net neutrality repeal

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) has mustered the 30 votes necessary to force a vote on the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) announced thatshe’s signed onto Markey’s request to overturn the new rules, under the Congressional Review Act — which lets Congress nullify recently passed regulations with a simple majority. Markey announced his intention to file a resolution of […]

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The White House struggles to silence talk of Trump’s mental fitness

The White House is struggling to contain the national discussion about President Trump’s mental acuity and fitness for the job, which has overshadowed the administration’s agenda for the past week. Trump publicly waded into the debate spawned by a new book, “Fire and Fury” — Michael Wolff’s inside account of the presidency — over the weekend by claiming on Twitter that he is […]

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Trump likely could not refuse Mueller subpoena to answer questions

If Robert Mueller seeks to question President Donald Trump, could the White House successfully refuse to make him available? Like anyone whose testimony is sought by grand jury subpoena in a criminal case, the president could cite his Fifth Amendment right not to testify against himself. Such a move, however, would carry significant political risk. The White House has given […]

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N. Korea names delegates for inter-Korean talks

North Korea has named its delegation for a rare high-level meeting with the South this week, the unification ministry in Seoul said Sunday, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cautiously welcomed the talks. The two Koreas agreed Friday to hold their first official dialogue in more than two years and are expected to discuss the North’s participation in next month’s […]

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Republicans to Elizabeth Warren

Progressive activists adore her, her campaign cash is piling up, and she is celebrated by liberals as a key leader of the “resistance” to Donald Trump. But no one relishes the prospect of an Elizabeth Warren presidential bid quite like Republicans do. “I’ll be glad to donate,” joked Ron Kaufman, the Republican National Committeeman from Massachusetts who has watched Warren’s […]

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Trump washes his hands of insurgency against GOP incumbents

President Donald Trump says he’s done campaigning for insurgents challenging incumbent Republican members of Congress. Trump told reporters after meeting GOP House and Senate leaders at Camp David on Saturday that he’s planning a robust schedule of campaigning for the 2018 midterm elections and that includes involvement in the Republican primaries. He’ll campaign for incumbents, he said, and “anybody else […]

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