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Europe Cringes Before Emperor Trump

President Donald Trump says most summit meetings are a waste of time.  He’s so right.  Most meetings of every kind are a waste of time and energy.

The president was certainly right about last week’s NATO summit in Brussels.  At least, he livened it up by openly blasting his NATO allies once again for not spending enough on their military forces.  But Trump’s real purpose was to show the world that he was boss of all he surveyed.   Read more.
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In Rebuke to Feinstein, Kevin de León Receives Landslide Endorsement from California Democrats

In the latest sign that many in the party are ready for new blood and a bolder, more progressive vision, the Democratic Party in California offered a stunning rebuke to the state's senior U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein by endorsing her primary challenger Kevin de León, the former State Senate leader from Los Angeles.  Read more.

Tab Hunter handled his Hollywood journey with grace, modesty and humor

In the 1950s, an America not reeling from world war or economic depression for the first time in decades reveled in its prosperity. There was time for leisure, and even new leisure markets, such as the hitherto little-noted category of “teenagers.” The latter suddenly merited their own music and movies, featuring custom-tailored pop stars and movie stars — often young male dreamboats with invented, pet-like names such as...read more.

Nancy Barbato Sinatra, 101, an Idol’s First Wife and Lasting Confidante, Dies

The church in Jersey City where they married held a portent in its very name: Our Lady of the Sorrows.
It was the thick of the Depression — 1939 — and they were poor, so poor that just two days after the wedding they returned to their jobs, she as a secretary in a printing plant, he as a singing waiter.  Read more.

“Under Trump, the government is worse than it has been before,” Jimmy Carter says

When speaking with Salon about his famous "Crisis of Confidence" speech, former President Jimmy Carter had this observation about America's current commander-in-chief, Donald Trump.
"I think that under Trump the government is worse than it has been before," Carter explained by email. "This is the first time I remember when the truth is ignored, allies are deliberately aggravated, China, Europe, Mexico and Canada are hurt economically and have to hurt us in response, Americans see the future worse than the present, and immigrants are treated cruelly."  Read more.

Trump declares ‘the European Union is a foe’ in latest assault on US allies

President Donald Trump is continuing his assault on America’s strongest allies, declaring the European Union a “foe” to the United States. His stunning comments come barely days after strongly insisting that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia are neither “friend nor foe” but a “competitor.”

CBS News reports “when asked to identify his ‘biggest foe globally right now,” Trump told the...read more.

Pennsylvania man bulldozed to death for growing 10 marijuana plants

Getting caught growing a few pot plants in Pennsylvania could lead to a criminal charge and a likely sentence of probation, but for a Lehigh Valley man, it was a death sentence. This past Monday, 51-year-old Gregory A. Longenecker was found dead under a bulldozer operated by a state Game Commission worker and carrying a state trooper hunting for two men spotted near a freshly-discovered marijuana grow.  Read more.

Explosions in Pakistan targeting political rallies have killed at least 88 people

Explosions targeting political rallies have killed at least 88 people in two separate incidents in Pakistan, police and government officials say, raising fears of an increase in violence as the country prepares for a general election later this month.

In the southwest town of Dringarh, about 35km south of the...read more.

Angry Trump Baby Takes Flight as UK Protests Tell President He's Not Welcome

As U.S. President Donald Trump made clear just how offended and "unwelcome" the 20-foot-tall blimp depicting him as a frustrated, diapered infant grasping a cell phone made him feel upon arriving in Britain for his first official visit, demonstrators let the balloon fly in front of the Houses of Parliament Friday morning to kick off anti-Trump protests that are expected to be historic in size and enthusiasm.  Read more.

Hundreds of Cancer Cases Against Monsanto Will Proceed to Trial

After opening arguments kicked off in California state court on Monday for a Bay Area man’s landmark lawsuit alleging that Monsanto’s popular weedkiller Roundup caused him to develop cancer, a federal judge on Tuesday ruled that hundreds of unrelated but similar cases against the agrochemical company can also proceed to trial.  Read more.