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News: Weekend Reads

Inside McCain's surprise eulogy invitation to Obama

Wednesday  16:36,   29 august 2018
cnn

Inside McCain's surprise eulogy invitation to ObamaIt was a day in early April when Barack Obama received an unexpected call from McCain, who was battling brain cancer and said he had a blunt question to ask: Would you deliver one of the... >>>

HK woman 'tricked' into marrying stranger

Wednesday  15:37,   29 august 2018
bbc

HK woman 'tricked' into marrying strangerThe woman has said she was told that she had to play the role of a bride in a simulated wedding as part of her training to be a wedding... >>>

Two funerals and a wedding: The shunning of Donald Trump

Tuesday  20:33,   28 august 2018
latimes

Sen. John McCain's decision to exclude President Donald Trump from his funeral is an extraordinary moment on its own, a posthumous rebuke from an American icon who regarded the presidency as sacred, and believed its current occupant defiles that >>>

Opinion: Will it even matter if Donald Trump is impeached?

Tuesday  18:07,   28 august 2018
macleans.ca

The odds of impeachment have gone up considerably. But we forget impeachment does not remove a president from office. That requires the next step: the Senate trying the president and finding him guilty by a two-thirds supermajority. There is almost... >>>

‘Hellooo . . . Hellooo?’: An awkward phone call becomes part of the Trump spectacle

Tuesday  16:01,   28 august 2018
washingtonpost

The president puts Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on speakerphone, with mixed results.But when he punched a button on a phone on the Resolute Desk, the line was... >>>

This Bride Canceled Her Wedding After Guests Refused to Pay Her $1,500 Attendance Fee

Tuesday  09:37,   28 august 2018
brides

It all went about as well as you'd expect."Susan" is causing quite the debate online after posting a bizarre Facebook rant about her now-canceled wedding. Yup, the couple called off the wedding just days before their I dos, after their guests... >>>

Our infatuation with SUVs is putting everyone else on the road at risk

Tuesday  09:37,   28 august 2018
driving.ca

Studies show that larger, heavier vehicles may be safe for occupants but are killing more people in collisions than ever beforeBut spare some sympathy for the rest of us, who are getting injured and killed at disproportionate rates. Add in a study... >>>

Ivanka Trump faces blowback for tweet on Jacksonville shooting

Tuesday  04:10,   28 august 2018
cbsnews

"Our hearts are with Jacksonville and all those affected by today's tragic mass shooting" she tweeted SundayFollowing reports that a shooting at a video game tournament left 2 dead and 11 others injured, Ivanka Trump tweeted, "As we await... >>>

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... >>>