Dionne: How Macron pushed back — forcefully — against Trump’s claim to dominance despite their ‘bromance’

WASHINGTON — The early story line about President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron focused on their “bromance” and Trump’s puerile claim to dominance when he brushed what he said was dandruff off Macron’s suit. But on the last day of his state visit on Wednesday, Macron showed he will not be trifled with. He used a speech to a joint session of Congress to engage in a full-scale takedown of Trumpism, wrapped in a love letter to the United States and a call on Americans to live up to the values embedded in our own history. Macron, speaking forcefully in English, held nothing back. He warned against “the illusion… Read More

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Nancy Pelosi defends Democrats’ intervention in Colorado primary race between Levi Tillemann and Jason Crow

WASHINGTON — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi defended her party’s electoral operation Thursday, after a candidate in a contested Colorado primary released audiotape of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer urging him to quit the race. “I don’t know that a person can tape a person without the person’s consent and then release it to the press,” the California Democrat told reporters at her weekly news conference. “In terms of candidates and campaigns I don’t see anything inappropriate in what Mr. Hoyer was engaged in – a conversation about the realities of life in the race as to who can make the general election.” Thursday’s controversy began when The Intercept released audio… Read More

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Summit on gun violence at the county fairgrounds on Saturday

The Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, home to biannual gun shows that the county’s supervisors are seeking to curtail, will be the site of a summit on gun violence on Saturday. The Tully Road venue will serve a daylong gathering for anyone that has gun reform on their mind, from faith-based groups to folks in the business community, community leaders to nonprofits and gun hobbyists to second amendment defenders. And, of course, students: they inspired Supervisor Dave Cortese to think up the idea for the summit in the first place. “The March for Our Lives movement has been absolutely part of the stimulus for this,” Cortese said. “One of the absolutely… Read More

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U.S. lawmakers assail EPA chief Scott Pruitt over ethical missteps

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers assailed Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday for the ethics and spending scandals that have prompted bipartisan calls for his ouster. On the defensive, the EPA chief said “half-truths” and “twisted” allegations were an effort to undermine the Trump administration’s anti-regulatory agenda. The public grilling at a House hearing came as support has eroded for Pruitt among fellow Republicans after a nearly monthlong hammering of negative headlines about outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease. Even Republicans who heartily support Pruitt’s policy agenda said his apparent lapses had to be put under scrutiny. Democrats excoriated him as the hearing opened. “You are… Read More

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Trump says rapper Kanye West has “good taste” for liking him

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump praised Kanye West on Thursday for having “good taste” for supporting the president. Trump said in an interview with “Fox & Friends” that he knew the rapper “a little bit” and always got along with him, and said that West has noticed the low unemployment rate for black Americans. “He sees that stuff and he’s smart and he says, ‘you know what, Trump is doing a much better job than the Democrats did,’” the president said. West recently offered his support for Trump in a series of tweets, saying they both share “dragon energy.” That caused a backlash among other public figures who oppose the… Read More

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Letter: Design process for Vallco project raises questions

Design process for Vallco project raises questions Your article (“Community draws up alternative development plans for Vallco mall,” Page B1, April 19) was misleading. Most participants at the design meetings run by consultant firm Opticos were not Cupertino residents, but mostly out-of-town YIMBYs. The design process oddly looked for “alternatives” to an SB 35 plan proposed by the developer, Sand Hill Property, which was not approved by the city yet. The Opticos design criteria included massive office development which has never been supported by residents or even the out-of-town housing advocates in previous meetings. Related Articles Letter: City’s limited funds must go to biggest needs, not to pay for travel… Read More

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