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U.S. to Allow Lawsuits Over Properties Seized by Castro’s Cuba

U.S. to Allow Lawsuits Over Properties Seized by Castro’s CubaWASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday opened the door for lawsuits against foreign firms operating on properties Cuba seized from Americans after the 1959 revolution. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he won’t renew a bar on litigation that has been in place for two decades, meaning that lawsuits can be filed starting on May 2 when the current suspension expires. The decision could affect dozens of Canadian and European companies to the tune of tens of billions of dollars in compensation and interests. “Any person or company doing business in Cuba should heed this announcement,” Pompeo said. Pompeo said the administration was acting because it recognized the “reality” that the bar on lawsuits, which has been in place since 1996, had not achieved the goal of pressing Cuba to enact democratic reforms or reining in what he called its…


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A #MeToo Nightmare in the World of Competitive College Speech

A #MeToo Nightmare in the World of Competitive College SpeechIn the lobby of a deserted student-union building in Peoria, Illinois, the George Mason University speech team falls into formation. Following their coach, a petite, white-haired man in a silk designer tie, they walk single file down an empty hallway and into an empty classroom, where someone plugs in a speaker, turns up the music, and announces that it’s time to dance.On this rainy Saturday morning in April 2017, no one really wants to dance. It’s 6:30 a.m., and most team members are running on four hours’ sleep and a granola bar for breakfast. Everyone is in a suit. Still, they sway their hips, kick the air, jump up and down, bang on the walls, and belt out their best rendition of Nicki Minaj’s “Starships.” At least one person leaps on top of a chair. Because standing off to the side,…


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Meandering Through the Hinterlands of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

Meandering Through the Hinterlands of New Jersey, New York and PennsylvaniaA solo rider flying the twisties of the Hawks Nest high above the Delaware River. Photos by the author.When I head out for an overnight adventure, I like to ride back roads in the hinterlands that are devoid of the traffic and complexity of the 21st century. I seek the simplicity in life that naturalist writer Henry David Thoreau advocated more than 150 years ago. Cruising alongside lakes and rivers, through forests, over mountains and by farms on rolling, serpentine two-lane roads make my trip. Meandering through the hinterlands of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania suits me as an excellent favorite ride. Map of the route taken, by Bill Tipton/compartmaps.com.I began my journey on Westbrook Road in Ringwood, New Jersey, crossing the Westbrook Bridge over the expansive 2,310-acre Wanaque Reservoir. Views of sparkling blue water licking the mountainous shorelines…


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Trump’s Second Veto Keeps America Involved in Yemen’s Bloody Civil War

Trump’s Second Veto Keeps America Involved in Yemen’s Bloody Civil WarDespite President Donald Trump’s vocal opposition to America’s longstanding wars—”great nations do not fight endless wars,” he said in his State of the Union in February—yesterday he vetoed bipartisan legislation that would have ended US support for the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen, a conflict the United Nations says has caused the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Trump’s second-ever veto strikes down legislation that would have invoked the War Powers Resolution to pull the United States out of a foreign conflict for the first time the resolution was passed in 1973.  “From a president elected on the promise of putting a stop to our endless wars, this veto is a painful missed opportunity,” said Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) in a statement following the veto. Khanna’s War Powers Resolution passed in the House earlier this month, and a version of which the Senate…


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How the Kremlin Shapes the Trump-Putin Relationship

How the Kremlin Shapes the Trump-Putin RelationshipIn December 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with President Donald Trump at least twice by phone, ostensibly about economic and counterintelligence issues. Americans first learned about both calls from the Kremlin. When then–CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with Russian intelligence officials subjected to sanctions in January 2018 at Langley, Americans learned about it first from the Russian Embassy—via Twitter.A couple of months later, when Trump congratulated Putin on an election victory widely deemed a sham, the Kremlin disclosed the conversation first. And in July and November 2018, in Finland and then Argentina, Trump and Putin reportedly met with no U.S. aides or interpreters present. A leaked Russian document said they discussed arms control at the private meeting in Finland, forcing the White House to respond. “There were no commitments to undertake any action,” a spokesman said at the time.Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded…


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National Review writer’s distortion invites harassment...

National Review writer’s distortion invites harassment…Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Abortion clinic director Calla Hales tweeted about the so-called “born alive” bill making its way through the North Carolina legislature On April 10, abortion clinic director Calla Hales tweeted about a North Carolina anti-abortion bill. Calla Hales, the director of A Preferred Women’s Health Center — which has two abortion clinics in North Carolina and two in Georgia — tweeted about a bill moving through the North Carolina legislature that would make it a felony for providers not to provide care for infants supposedly “born alive” after an abortion. Just like the currently proposed federal version of this bill, the concept of abortions being performed “after birth” is not based in any medical practice or standard of care, and such procedures are already outlawed under existing homicide codes. As Hales explained on Twitter, “the wording” of the North Carolina bill…


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