Trump v. Putin: A Vaccine Manhood Contest

Trump v. Putin: A Vaccine Manhood Contest

President Donald Trump addresses a news conference at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (Doug Mills/The New York Times) American scientists hope this is one time that President Donald Trump really does believe it is all just a Russian hoax. As President Vladimir Putin of Russia triumphantly declared on Tuesday that his … Read more

Iran’s Rouhani hopeful US arms embargo push will fail

Iran's Rouhani hopeful US arms embargo push will fail

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani expressed “great hopes” Wednesday that a US bid to extend an arms embargo on his country will fail, warning of consequences if the UN Security Council backs it. Rouhani’s remarks came after Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations said the US would have to redraft its proposed resolution on the issue … Read more

Trump adds grandiose promises to campaign pitch

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The payroll tax, a bedrock of the American retirement system since 1941, will end as soon as President Trump is reelected, he promised last weekend. A new Iran nuclear deal will come to pass a month after that, he said Monday, around the same time as a new national healthcare plan, a middle-class tax cut … Read more

10 things you need to know today: August 12, 2020

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1. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he has picked Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate. Harris, the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, will be the first woman of color on a major party ticket, making her a historic choice as a vice-presidential candidate at a time of nationwide … Read more

Rush to pump out oil before ship breaks

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The authorities hope to finish pumping out the remaining oil from the ship that has caused a huge oil spill off the coast of Mauritius on Wednesday. The aim is to transfer the fuel oil to land before the Japanese-owned MV Wakashio breaks up. The ship, believed to have been carrying 4,000 tonnes of fuel … Read more

Democrats weigh in on Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s veep pick

Democrats weigh in on Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's veep pick

Susan Rice and several other prominent Democrats cheered the selection of California Sen. Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s 2020 running mate on Tuesday. “Senator Harris is a tenacious and trailblazing leader who will make a great partner on the campaign trail,” said Rice, who served as national security advisor under President Obama and was another … Read more

Lebanon Needs a New National Compact

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(Bloomberg Opinion) — The aftermath of last week’s shattering explosions in Beirut shows that Lebanese civil society is not only alive and well, but dynamic and inspiring. It also reaffirms that the Lebanese power structure is broken, perhaps beyond repair. Yet the tragedy could force reforms on an entrenched oligarchy. Beirut, which was devastated last … Read more