CIA head Brennan blasts Trump's plans to ease Russian relations

Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan blasted Donald Trump Sunday for discussing the possible easing of sanctions against Russia, saying the President-elect “does not have a full appreciation and understanding of the implications.” “Now that he’s going to have an opportunity to do something for our national security as opposed to talking and tweeting, he’s going to have tremendous responsibility to ...

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Zimmerman: John Lewis sinks to Donald Trump's level

Representative John Lewis is a genuine American hero. One of the original Freedom Riders, Lewis was beaten nearly to death by white supremacists as he campaigned for civil rights in the South. Donald J. Trump is a bully, a narcissist, and a liar. After Lewis said that he was not a “legitimate president,” the notoriously thin-skinned President-elect tweeted false information ...

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If Obama personified Dr. King's dream, Trump is his nightmare

Time, particularly the time we are in right now, has a very strange and problematic way of reducing people, and the rich, complicated lives they lived, to a meme. Few people have been reduced to quick quotes or a caricature more than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Yes, King said that in a better America, people would not “be judged ...

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Priebus warns ethics officer to 'be careful' in criticizing Trump

The incoming White House chief of staff on Sunday warned the director of a federal ethics office to “be careful” about criticizing President-elect Donald Trump. “The head of the government ethics ought to be careful, because that person is becoming extremely political,” Reince Priebus said on ABC News’ “This Week.” He was referring to Walter Shaub, director of the independent ...

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China: One China is non-negotiable despite Trump's suggestions

Chinese officials on Sunday rejected President-elect Donald Trump’s suggestion that he could use American policy on Taiwan as a bargaining chip between the two nations. “The ‘One China’ policy is non-negotiable,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement. “The government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing China.” “That is the fact ...

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Trump inauguration events will pack pizazz despite lack of A-list

President-elect Donald Trump, the mogul showman who as a businessman attached his name to myriad real estate properties, golf courses and even steaks, is opting for an understated inauguration ceremony. But many of the week’s events — set to get underway Thursday — still appear to feature at least a smidge of the outspoken billionaire’s flair, including a “Big Apple ...

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Trump cancels holiday visit to African American history museum

President-elect Donald Trump has canceled his holiday visit to the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture — losing a chance for much-needed goodwill after his feud with a civil rights leader. The incoming president, who spent this weekend waging a war of words with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), had planned to visit the national museum in Washington, D.C. ...

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Poland welcomes U.S. troops to protect country’s eastern flank

WARSAW, Poland — Polish leaders welcomed U.S. troops to their country Saturday, with the defense minister expressing gratitude for their arrival and calling it the fulfillment of a dream Poles have had for decades. The ceremony in the western Polish town of Zagan comes some 23 years after the last Soviet troops left Poland. It marks a historic moment — ...

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John Kerry meets man who knew Viet Cong soldier he killed

The Viet Cong guerilla Secretary of State John Kerry shot to death during a Vietnam ambush was not a teenager as previously thought, but a man and a highly-skilled soldier. On Saturday, Kerry met a man who knew the soldier he shot dead along the banks of the Mekong Delta as a 25-year-old Navy lieutenant, according to the Washington Post. ...

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Trump team considering White House without press corp

The incoming Donald Trump administration is considering giving the White House press corps the boot amid right-wing vilification of journalists, according to Esquire.  Such a move would be merely logistical to find a larger space for more reporters away from the White House campus, said Sean Spicer, Trump’s pick for press secretary. “There has been some discussion about how to ...

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