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Source: New York Times

After Late Vote Switch, Senate Panel Approves Pompeo for Secretary of State

Today 11:49 GMT

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a late pivot on Monday evening, approved the confirmation of Mike Pompeo to be the next secretary of state, after Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, bowed to pressure from President Trump and dropped his opposition.

Since it began considering nominees in the late 19th century, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has never given a nominee for secretary of state anything but a favorable vote, according to the Senate historian.

Source: DW

Armenia: Serzh Sargsyan resignation a blow to Russia foreign policy

Today 07:03 GMT

Street protests have forced the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, just days after he took up the post.

"Discontent with the system under Sargsyan and the Republican party has been growing for years," she added, explaining that the president and his party had tried to, via a constitutional reform, "change the political system so as to extend Sargsyan's rule," ultimately sparking the protests.

Source: The Guradian

When it comes to foreign policy, Congress must rein Trump in

Today 11:47 GMT

Yet, on a few important occasions during Trump’s tenure, Congress has rejected actions by Trump that would have undermined national security: Congress forced Trump to approve new sanctions on Russia with veto-proof majorities; so far Congress has rejected Trump’s attempts to gut the budgets of the state department and USAid; and, to date, Congress has not taken Trump’s bait on the Iran deal by passing legislation that would sink it.

Source: DW

G7 to study Russia's 'malign behavior'

Today 11:48 GMT

The Group of Seven (G7) industrialized countries have agreed to set up a working group to study Russia's "malign behavior," British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday.

The G7 is to more closely examine Russia's attempts to sow "doubt and confusion" abroad, Britain's foreign secretary has said. The announcement was made on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting in Canada.

Source: Washington Post

Senate to postpone confirmation hearing for Ronny Jackson to head Veterans Affairs, White House officials told

Today 11:49 GMT

Senate lawmakers have postponed the confirmation hearing for Ronny L. Jackson, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, after top Republicans and Democrats raised concerns about his qualifications and oversight of the White House medical staff, White House and other administration officials were told Monday.

The development came just two days before Jackson, the White House physician, was scheduled to testify before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and threw what was looking to be a difficult confirmation process into further jeopardy.

Source: Washington Post

First state visit of Trump era a test of French president’s bet he can bargain with self-described master dealmaker

Today 11:49 GMT

French President Emmanuel Macron’s long-shot diplomatic mission to persuade President Trump to preserve the Iran nuclear deal began Monday with smiles and, yes, a handshake, which masked the difficult discussions underlying the first state visit Trump has hosted.

This leaves Macron with few allies inside the Trump administration and under greater pressure to use this visit to persuade Trump not to abandon the nuclear deal when it next comes up for review, on May 12.

Source: Fox News

Mike Pompeo wins support from key Democrats, despite facing rocky committee vote

Today 11:48 GMT

Cracks are beginning to show in the wall of Democratic opposition to secretary of state pick Mike Pompeo, even as the CIA director contends with rare turbulence on the key Senate panel considering his nomination.

Given that Republicans have only a one-seat majority on the panel, this means the committee could either narrowly recommend against Pompeo or not issue a recommendation at all to the full Senate – which is expected to consider his nomination later this week regardless of the committee decision.

Source: Washington Post

The first state dinner can set a tone for a presidency. How will Trump’s fare?

Today 11:49 GMT

At their first state dinner, honoring Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, and his wife, Gursharan Kaur, the Obama White House went big.

While hosting is fun (and apparently Mrs. Trump’s favorite part of the gig), a bar will be set for parties to come.

Source: Washington Post

Pompeo likely to fail committee vote, but is all but assured Senate confirmation

Today 11:48 GMT

Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo will likely fail to earn the support of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday.

He has all but clinched a full Senate confirmation vote, when it comes up later this week, after Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III announced his support. “Mike Pompeo will bring a unique perspective to the State Department and is the right person to lead the department,” Manchin (W.Va.) said in a statement, adding that Pompeo “will represent our interests well across the world and provide wise counsel to President Trump on our foreign policy.”

Source: DW

Can Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron save the Iran nuclear deal?

Today 11:48 GMT

In an interview with Fox News, the French leader warned there is no "Plan B.". When French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet President Donald Trump in the White House within days of each other, it represents the most high profile European push yet to try to convince him to remain in the Iran nuclear accord, which he has repeatedly branded as the "worst deal ever."

Source: Common Domain

Trump’s Message to Congress: New Nafta or No Nafta

Today 11:48 GMT

President Donald Trump has repeatedly signaled his willingness to withdraw from Nafta entirely if he doesn’t get a renegotiated deal he deems more favorable to American workers.

For starters, some legal experts disagree over whether Mr. Trump—or any president—has the ability to completely withdraw from Nafta, which is the basis of his leverage over Congress.

Source: The Guradian

Arizona election is bellwether of Democratic enthusiasm in GOP stronghold

Today 11:47 GMT

Yet on Tuesday the Republican stronghold will play host to a special election that is being closely watched as a potential bellwether of Democratic enthusiasm ahead of the fall midterm elections.

“We’ve got to make sure that this district knows, this state knows and this country knows: CD 8 is red, Arizona is red.”

Source: The Guradian

Hillary Clinton unleashed foul-mouthed tirade in Trump debate prep session

Today 11:49 GMT

Hillary Clinton unleashed a “fuck-laced fusillade” on aides in a 2016 debate prep session, according to a new book about the presidential campaign by New York Times journalist Amy Chozick. The candidate was squirming with frustration over lingering concerns about her “authenticity” and racked with loathing for Donald Trump she was determined not to vent in public.

“‘You want authentic, here it is!’ she’d yelled in one prep session, followed by a fuck-laced fusillade about what a ‘disgusting’ human being Trump was and how he didn’t deserve to even be in the arena.”

Source: The Guradian

Hillary Clinton attacks Trump for waging 'all-out war on truth, facts and reason'

Today 11:48 GMT

“We are living through an all-out war on truth, facts and reason,” Clinton said at the PEN America World Voices Festival in Manhattan on Sunday.

Hillary Clinton has excoriated Donald Trump, telling an audience in New York press rights and free speech are “under open assault” under an administration she compared to an authoritarian regime that threatened “the end of freedom”. “We are living through an all-out war on truth, facts and reason,” Clinton said at the PEN America World Voices Festival in Manhattan on Sunday.

Source: NBC News

California Democrats are dreaming about a White House run in 2020

Today 11:47 GMT

In an unpredictable political climate, the Democrats’ overall 2020 field could be larger even than the 2016 Republican crop that produced Donald Trump as its nominee.

For his part, Gov. Brown, asked to weigh in on the Democrats’ 2020 field during a visit to Washington this week, said that “a new leader has not emerged” yet. And when asked about his own political future, said he said he “wasn’t riding off into the sunset” — and even seemed to keep the door open to a fourth White House run.

Source: Global News

North Korea says it will suspend nuclear and missile testing

Saturday 14:32 GMT
Source: Fox News

North Korea announces end to missile testing as Trump cites 'big progress'

Saturday 14:32 GMT
Source: New York Times

‘Viva Verdi,’ Say Fans With Very Verdian Names

Sunday 21:51 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Make this one-pan Spanish Eggs and Potatoes, and you’ll learn how to fry

Sunday 21:51 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Kalidou Koulibaly’s late header seals victory for Napoli over Juventus

Sunday 21:51 GMT
Source: New York Times

Review: Anna Netrebko Emerges as a Powerful New Tosca at the Met

Sunday 21:51 GMT
Source: NBC News

‘One Tree Hill’ fans will instantly recognize this charming house — it's for sale!

Monday 13:38 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Tencent Music: Tune In, But Don’t Turn On Yet

Today 11:48 GMT
Source: BBC

The words that change what colours we see

Monday 15:27 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Don’t blame oil prices for a narrowing gap in government bond yields, says BMO

Today 11:48 GMT
Source: New York Times

‘I Feel Pretty’ and the Rise of Beauty-Standard Denialism

Today 11:48 GMT
Source: BBC

Could the royal baby boost the economy?

Today 11:49 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Need STEM Teachers Look to Older Adults

Today 11:48 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Matt Smith on The Crown pay gap: 'We should be paid equally'

Today 08:06 GMT

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