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News: Weekend Reads

Amid uproar, Melania Trump placates as her husband provokes

Tuesday  04:10,   28 august 2018
washingtonpost

The first lady hosted a gathering of presidential descendants for a White House tree planting as outrage swirled over President Trump’s tepid tribute to John McCain.She honored a gathering of presidential descendants who are in town for a summit... >>>

President Trump will not attend John McCain’s funeral, family spokesman says

Monday  23:01,   27 august 2018
washingtonpost

President Trump will not attend John McCain’s funeral, family spokesman saysPresident Trump will not be attending the funeral or memorial services in Washington for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a McCain family spokesman said... >>>

What We Know About Trump’s $130,000 Payment to Stormy Daniels

Monday  23:01,   27 august 2018
nytimes

What We Know About Trump’s $130,000 Payment to Stormy DanielsIn the landslide of news last week about guilty pleas, immunity deals and criminal convictions, you no doubt heard something astonishing: President Trump’s ex-lawyer said in open court... >>>

As a Nation Mourns McCain, Trump Is Conspicuously Absent

Monday  16:57,   27 august 2018
nytimes

As a Nation Mourns McCain, Trump Is Conspicuously AbsentWe take a look at his remarkable journey from a prisoner of war to a U.S. senator and an American... >>>

Trump rejected plans for a White House statement praising McCain

Monday  13:36,   27 august 2018
washingtonpost

The president opted instead for a short tweet that mentioned McCain’s family rather than the Arizona senator, who died Saturday after a battle with brain cancer. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and other White... >>>

John McCain's final message for Donald Trump

Monday  10:41,   27 august 2018
cnn

In Washington, even death is political -- a fact John McCain well understood as a sought-after eulogizer himself, and by planning his funeral rites to exclude President Donald Trump, he will making an unmistakable posthumous statement directed at... >>>

War hero and presidential candidate John McCain dies at 81

Sunday  10:50,   26 august 2018
msn

War hero and presidential candidate John McCain dies at 81McCain, with his irascible grin and fighter-pilot moxie, was a fearless and outspoken voice on policy and politics to the end, unswerving in his defence of democratic values and unflinching... >>>

Opinions | I used to be afraid to call Trump a mob boss. Not anymore.

Saturday  01:00,   25 august 2018
washingtonpost

Now that he's waxed fluent in the language of La Cosa Nostra, I feel liberated to let ‘er rip. During an interview with Fox News, Trump said several things that only a mob boss has been known to say or care about. Reacting to Michael Cohen, his... >>>

Buddhist monk beats, kills child, 9, during prayer session, authorities say

Friday  23:32,   24 august 2018
msn

A Thai boy was beaten to death by an incensed Buddhist monk after the child displayed "playful" behavior during a temple prayer session, Thai police said Friday. Monk Suphachai Suthiyano, 64, allegedly assaulted Wattanapol Sisawad, 9, with a bamboo... >>>

Mueller’s ‘speaking indictments’ offer clues to strategy

Friday  23:26,   24 august 2018
thehill

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has made use of an unusual legal tool that has allowed him to build a narrative about Russian interference in the election while quietly pressing forward with his investigation behind the scenes. Mueller has made... >>>

Is Our Honeymoon Period With Netflix Finally Coming To An End?

Friday  19:43,   24 august 2018
esquire.co.uk

Pressures on the company might mean changes coming to your viewing habits"I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed. I hope you'll reconsider this," said one user on Twitter. "I pay a tenner a month for the luxury of not having ads," fumed... >>>

Analysis: What will Congress realistically do now that Trump has been implicated in a crime?

Friday  18:27,   24 august 2018
washingtonpost

Short answer: Not the "i" word.Legally, the answer is: Probably not. There’s a decades-old Justice Department guideline saying sitting presidents can’t be indicted, and there’s no indication that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III wants to... >>>

Did Trump just inadvertently admit to violating federal law?

Friday  15:36,   24 august 2018
nbcnews

Analysis: Trump told Fox News he paid hush money to two women out of his own pocket. Federal election law requires that kind of expense to be reported publicly.WASHINGTON — In an interview with Fox News Thursday morning, President Donald Trump said... >>>

Some of Trump’s most loyal allies seem to have finally had it with him

Friday  06:10,   24 august 2018
washingtonpost

Michael Cohen. Jeff Sessions. Maybe tabloid boss David Pecker. In the span of three days, Trump may have lost the loyalties of three people he used to be able to count on.In the span of three days, President Trump appears to have lost or to be... >>>