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The latest ceasefire in Eastern Aleppo has been broken by artillery fire, delaying once more the evacuation of medical staff and civilians, including children. At yesterday’s Security Council meeting, the US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, publicly called out Syria, Russia and Iran by name.
Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for Buzzfeed News, joins us from Istanbul with an update.
Donald Trump has publicly scorned the CIA for claiming that Russia tried to help him get elected. But the disagreement's much deeper than that. Trump has picked a national security team with close ties to Vladimir Putin, who intelligence agents -- and many Republicans -- insist is up to no good. How much do they really know about that, and when did they know it? Is Trump's hand of friendship a lucky accident for Putin, whose real goal is a divided Europe? We look at the long-term threat to the Atlantic Alliance, national security and the global balance of power.
John Schindler, New York Observer (@20committee)
Andrew S. Weiss, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (@andrewsweiss)
Edward Lozansky, American University in Moscow (@EdwardLozansky)
Ivo Daalder, Chicago Council on Global Affairs (@ivohdaalder)
Péter Krekó, Indiana University / Political Capital Institute
Schindler on Trump's declaration of war on the US intelligence community
Lozansky on need for US, Russia, China to join hands for security, prosperity, peace
New York Times on how Russia aimed a perfect weapon at the US elction
In October, Public Information Officer Cristina Gallach announced at United Nations Headquarters in New York, "It is now my pleasure to designate Wonder Woman as the honorary ambassador of the United Nations for the empowerment of women and girls."
DC Comics' Wonder Woman
But now, Wonder Woman has been cashiered as the symbol of women’s empowerment at the UN. A petition signed by 600 UN staff members describes the new ambassador as "A large-breasted white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit with an American flag motif and knee-high boots." According to the petition, Wonder Woman is "not an appropriate spokeswoman for gender equity at the UN." Somini Sengupta covers the UN for the New York Times.
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
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