White House Warns Syria Against Launching Another Chemical Weapons Attack

June 28, 2017

… said the alleged April attack was “100 percent fabrication” used to justify a U.S. airstrike. Trump ordered the strike on the Shayrat airfield in Syria in April in reaction to what Washington said was a poison gas attack by Assads government that killed 87 people in rebel-held territory. Syria denied it carried out the attack. The strike was the toughest direct U.S. action yet in Syrias six-year-old civil war, raising the risk of confrontation with Russia and Iran, Assads two …


Why we still really need to see Donald Trump’s tax returns

June 18, 2017

… You can see a baseball game is going on but it’s tough to make out the individual players or figure out what pitch the pitcher is throwing. Tax returns are like having front-row seats behind home plate. You can see the reaction on the batter’s face when he disagrees with a call. You can see how the teams interact — both with each other and amongst themselves. You can hear the pop of the fastball hitting the catcher’s mitt. It’s an entirely different game and …


Why the UK election isn’t exciting Americans – BBC News

May 31, 2017

… Netflix drama The Crown. America in a time of Trump Will intelligence leaks sink US-UK relationship? The heritage theme park view of the UK still persists here, and maybe Brexit reinforces it, because of its nostalgic overtones. It’s the period dramas that always do well here rather than gritty social realism. Masterpiece Theatre rather than Mike Leigh. I’m always intrigued, for example, by the reaction of American politicians to Boris Johnson. Senior Republicans and senior …


USA 1967: When American soccer’s Summer of Love ended in tears – BBC News

Their positive reaction to the football – a sport most viewers actually knew little about – prompted a group of US businessmen to get together to draw up plans to establish a professional football, or soccer, league in the country. Image copyright Keystone/Getty Images Image caption The Beatles led the so-called British Invasion of the US in the 1960s Back then Mr Rothenberg was a lawyer for sports entrepreneur Jack Kent Cooke, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball …

May 28, 2017

Could you last a whole gig without using your phone? – BBC News

But many concertgoers find the practice irrating, and now some performers are starting to object too. “No mobile phones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed at Chris Rock’s Total Blackout Tour,” read a message posted on ticketing websites when the comedian’s new UK dates went on sale this month. Image copyright Yondr Image caption Audience members keep the locked pouches with them throughout the evening Rock’s use of Yondr at his upcoming UK …

May 22, 2017

White House struggles to answer GOP questions on Capitol Hill

Washington (CNN)As the White House rushed to contain the fallout on Capitol Hill during a head-spinning week of controversies, one senator resorted to mime to describe his reaction. He mimicked a cat, claws out, hanging on for dear life by clinging to a tree. “We’re all just like this,” the senator told CNN, shaking his head. Chaffetz: I’m ready to subpoena for Comey memo Senator: Trump’s request impeachable, if true …

May 18, 2017