Jagmeet Singh Called Out By Pat Strogan At NDP Leadership Debate

OTTAWA — Two new candidates in the NDP leadership race wasted no time going toe-to-toe in their first appearance together Sunday at a leadership debate in Sudbury, Ont. Pat Stogran, who acquired a reputation for being outspoken as the former federal veterans ombudsman, challenged Ontario politician Jagmeet Singh after he suggested “an act of love” is required to connect with Canadian voters. “I think that what it takes … to understand the realities of small and rural communities or communities that are isolated, it takes an act of love to understand that we are all in this together,” Singh said. “That our struggles are all united and the strength of… Read More

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Following Trump’s trip, Merkel says Europe can’t rely on US anymore

By Michael Birnbaum and Rick Noack, The Washington Post LONDON – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday declared a new chapter in U.S.-European relations after contentious meetings with President Trump last week, saying that Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.” Offering a tough review in the wake of Trump’s trip to visit EU, NATO and Group of Seven leaders last week, Merkel told a packed Bavarian beer hall rally that the days when Europe could rely on others was “over to a certain extent. This is what I have experienced in the last few days.” It was a stark declaration from the leader of Europe’s most… Read More

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Kushner ties to Russia questioned as Trump blasts media lies

By Hope Yen and Vivian Salama, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats on Sunday demanded to hear directly from top White House adviser Jared Kushner over allegations of proposed secret back-channel communications with Russia, saying the security clearance of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law may need to be revoked. Trump, having returned from a nine-day overseas trip, immediately railed against administration leaks in a flurry of tweets as “fabricated lies.” A key Trump campaign figure possibly seeking secret communications with a country that intelligence experts say intervened in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is “obviously very concerning,” said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House intelligence… Read More

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Once an unlikely candidate, Iowa’s governor embraces new job

DES MOINES, Iowa — As a onetime county office worker in rural Iowa, Republican Kim Reynolds insists she never saw herself running for office, much less serving as governor. But after a mid-career political surge and the appointment of mentor Terry Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China, the former legislator and lieutenant governor acknowledges growing more comfortable with her ascent Wednesday to the state’s top job. In fact, she was even somewhat envious watching Branstad sign landmark legislation in the just-ended session, the first in nearly 20 years in which Republicans controlled the House, Senate and governor’s office. “I was kind of hoping, as we watched the bills go back… Read More

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Kushner’s security clearance should be reviewed, top Democrat on House Intelligence Committee says

By Abby Phillip, The Washington Post WASHINGTON – The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, said Sunday that White House adviser Jared Kushner’s security clearance should be reviewed in light of revelations about his meetings with Russian officials before President Donald Trump took office. Schiff’s comment came after The Washington Post reported Friday that Kushner, also the president’s son-in-law, attempted to set up back-channel communications with the Russian government during the presidential transition. “There’s another question about his security clearance and whether he was forthcoming about his contacts on that,” Schiff said on ABC News’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “If these allegations are… Read More

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Andrew Scheer’s Win Affirms Conservatives Wanted ‘A Little More Stephen Harper’: Insiders

TORONTO — The Conservative Party chose Saturday to stay on the path charted by Stephen Harper, selecting a cheerful family man to sell their message rather than a Quebec libertarian who risked creating rifts within the party. Thirty-eight-year-old Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer won 50.95 per cent of the votes on the 13th and final ballot. Maxime Bernier, who had run a campaign over the previous few days that presumed he would win, received 49.05 per cent when all the votes were counted and redistributed. Andrew Scheer is congratulated by Maxime Bernier after being elected the new leader of the federal Conservatives on May 27, 2017. (Photo: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)… Read More

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