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Lost your passport? Go to McDonald’s


A partnership between McDonald’s Austria and the U.S. embassy in Austria now allows McDonald’s to assist American travelers get into contact with the U.S. embassy. Should an American lose a passport or be in service of any other consular services, workers at McDonald’s in Austria can help the travelers get the help they need.

Scandal shocks Austria, leads to resignation of vice chancellor


Video recordings of Austria’s Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache were released showing him asking a woman posing as a daughter of a Russian oligarch for political help. The scandal has shocked Austria and led to Strache’s resignation. The leader of the far-right party Freedom Party, Strache, promised the woman posing as the daughter of the Russian oligarch contracts in exchange for media coverage and funding.

Lock him up: Trump’s Air Force One video may have violated law


President Trump tried to give his latest attack on Mayor Bill de Blasio — a video filmed aboard Air Force One — an aura of authority, but he may have broken the law in the process. In the background was the presidential seal, which is a big no-no, according to Virginia Canter, an ethics lawyer with the non-partisan Citizens Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Misusing the seal is a misdemeanor that carries a potential penalty of six months behind bars, Canter said.

‘You can be a millionaire too’


Sen. Bernie Sanders is signaling that he will release ten years’ worth of tax returns before Tax Day on April 15. He is now also admitting that he is a millionaire — part of the 1% that he has disparaged for years.

Extraditing Assange won’t be easy


With the arrest in London of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and the news of a criminal case against him in the United States, anyone expecting him to appear in an American courtroom is in for a long and difficult process: Extraditing him will not be quick, and it will definitely not be easy.

Sarah Longwell: Democrats, please take whatever precautions are necessary


“If I had a flux capacitor and considerably more influence I’d go back to those moments after Scott Walker dropped out and urge everyone under 10 percent to get out and throw their support behind others polling in top 3 or 4 positions. The only thing I can do now is sound the alarm to Democrats. In a crowded field Bernie’s intractable 20 percent can quickly lead to plurality victories in early states and before you know it he’ll be too hard to attack because all of the second-tier candidates will be angling for cabinet positions in the Sanders administration.”

Americans still unconvinced about tax cuts


When Trump’s tax cuts were signed into law, many expected support for Donald Trump to increase and the economy improve. Some time after the tax cuts were passed, polling indicates that most Americans do not believe that they even received a tax cut.

Russia wants ‘Iron Cyber-curtain,’ like China’s ‘Great Firewall’


Russia’s lower house of parliament passed a bill giving the government a very high level of control over Russia’s internet. The bill will continue through the upper chamber and then to Putin, where it will certainly pass. The Russian government will be able to block certain content, monitor its citizens with greater efficiency, and have control over all internet traffic.

Canada’s upcoming election: Justin Trudeau is in trouble


A right-of-center party won in Canada’s main oil-producing province of Alberta on Tuesday and attacked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s efforts to fight climate change, raising tension just months ahead of a federal election. Kenney’s victory means governments in five of the 10 provinces now oppose Trudeau’s plans to combat global warming, which look set to be a major theme of the October election.

Excuse me? Congress won’t receive report until 11


The timeline for Thursday seems designed to benefit one Donald Trump. Attorney General William Barr will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m., while Congress won’t receive the report until at least 11 a.m. The report is expected to be released publicly some time after that. So if the press expects to ask any informed questions, they might as well forget it.

The Mueller report didn’t change many minds


The Mueller report has done little to move the needle on Americans’ pre-existing opinions of Donald Trump, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll suggests. Thirty-one percent of those polled say the information contained shows Trump is unfit to be president, while 18% call it damaging but not disqualifying, and 31% say it reveals nothing damaging. Only 1% of Trump voters say the report shows that Trump is unfit for office, and only 2% of Hillary Clinton voters say they don’t find it at all damaging.

Navy Seals pressured not to report war crimes


Navy Seal officers in Seal Team 7 pressured their subordinates not to report any potential war crimes, especially those of their chief, Navy Seal Edward Gallagher. Despite this pressure, word broke of Gallagher’s crimes in Iraq, and he was arrested on 12 different charges, including premeditated murder and attempted murder.

Corbyn boycotts Buckingham Palace banquet


UK’s Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will join Commons Speaker John Bercow and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable in skipping the state banquet at Buckingham Palace in honour of Donald Trump. Corbyn argued it would be wrong to “roll out the red carpet” for the U.S. president, whom he accused of using “racist and misogynist rhetoric.” He added that the U.S.-UK relationship did not need “the pomp and ceremony” of June’s state visit.

Mt Everest gets cleaned up


After years of accumulating tons of trash across its many base camps, Mt. Everest is finally starting to be cleaned up. Climbers removed more than 6,600 pounds of waste and removed four bodies of climbers that previously were not able to be removed.

Scientology cruise ship quarantined for measles (again)


A Church of Scientology cruise ship quarantined by the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia for measles is due to arrive on Saturday back at its home port on the island of Curacao, where it will face the same restrictions. Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth, chief epidemiologist for the Curacao Biomedical and Health Research Institute, said passengers and crew who can prove they were already vaccinated or have had measles in the past would likely be free to go about their business.

More intrigue in Mueller mystery company case


The law firm Alston & Bird is involved in an effort by a mysterious foreign-owned company to avoid complying with a subpoena believed to be related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The Washington, D.C.-based firm in the past has represented Russian interests and the Republican Party in a fight over Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Klobuchar: ‘[Trump] has every reason not to protect [2020] election’


While on CNN, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar emphasized that President Trump does not take election interference seriously and will not protect the country in 2020. She shared how little Trump is doing and how much he is doing to ensure interference happens again. She said the Trump administration sank bipartisan election security legislation that she co-sponsored.

Lost your passport? Go to McDonald’s


A partnership between McDonald’s Austria and the U.S. embassy in Austria now allows McDonald’s to assist American travelers get into contact with the U.S. embassy. Should an American lose a passport or be in service of any other consular services, workers at McDonald’s in Austria can help the travelers get the help they need.

Scandal shocks Austria, leads to resignation of vice chancellor


Video recordings of Austria’s Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache were released showing him asking a woman posing as a daughter of a Russian oligarch for political help. The scandal has shocked Austria and led to Strache’s resignation. The leader of the far-right party Freedom Party, Strache, promised the woman posing as the daughter of the Russian oligarch contracts in exchange for media coverage and funding.

Lock him up: Trump’s Air Force One video may have violated law


President Trump tried to give his latest attack on Mayor Bill de Blasio — a video filmed aboard Air Force One — an aura of authority, but he may have broken the law in the process. In the background was the presidential seal, which is a big no-no, according to Virginia Canter, an ethics lawyer with the non-partisan Citizens Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Misusing the seal is a misdemeanor that carries a potential penalty of six months behind bars, Canter said.

‘You can be a millionaire too’


Sen. Bernie Sanders is signaling that he will release ten years’ worth of tax returns before Tax Day on April 15. He is now also admitting that he is a millionaire — part of the 1% that he has disparaged for years.

Extraditing Assange won’t be easy


With the arrest in London of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and the news of a criminal case against him in the United States, anyone expecting him to appear in an American courtroom is in for a long and difficult process: Extraditing him will not be quick, and it will definitely not be easy.

Sarah Longwell: Democrats, please take whatever precautions are necessary


“If I had a flux capacitor and considerably more influence I’d go back to those moments after Scott Walker dropped out and urge everyone under 10 percent to get out and throw their support behind others polling in top 3 or 4 positions. The only thing I can do now is sound the alarm to Democrats. In a crowded field Bernie’s intractable 20 percent can quickly lead to plurality victories in early states and before you know it he’ll be too hard to attack because all of the second-tier candidates will be angling for cabinet positions in the Sanders administration.”

Americans still unconvinced about tax cuts


When Trump’s tax cuts were signed into law, many expected support for Donald Trump to increase and the economy improve. Some time after the tax cuts were passed, polling indicates that most Americans do not believe that they even received a tax cut.

Russia wants ‘Iron Cyber-curtain,’ like China’s ‘Great Firewall’


Russia’s lower house of parliament passed a bill giving the government a very high level of control over Russia’s internet. The bill will continue through the upper chamber and then to Putin, where it will certainly pass. The Russian government will be able to block certain content, monitor its citizens with greater efficiency, and have control over all internet traffic.

Canada’s upcoming election: Justin Trudeau is in trouble


A right-of-center party won in Canada’s main oil-producing province of Alberta on Tuesday and attacked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s efforts to fight climate change, raising tension just months ahead of a federal election. Kenney’s victory means governments in five of the 10 provinces now oppose Trudeau’s plans to combat global warming, which look set to be a major theme of the October election.

Excuse me? Congress won’t receive report until 11


The timeline for Thursday seems designed to benefit one Donald Trump. Attorney General William Barr will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m., while Congress won’t receive the report until at least 11 a.m. The report is expected to be released publicly some time after that. So if the press expects to ask any informed questions, they might as well forget it.

The Mueller report didn’t change many minds


The Mueller report has done little to move the needle on Americans’ pre-existing opinions of Donald Trump, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll suggests. Thirty-one percent of those polled say the information contained shows Trump is unfit to be president, while 18% call it damaging but not disqualifying, and 31% say it reveals nothing damaging. Only 1% of Trump voters say the report shows that Trump is unfit for office, and only 2% of Hillary Clinton voters say they don’t find it at all damaging.

Navy Seals pressured not to report war crimes


Navy Seal officers in Seal Team 7 pressured their subordinates not to report any potential war crimes, especially those of their chief, Navy Seal Edward Gallagher. Despite this pressure, word broke of Gallagher’s crimes in Iraq, and he was arrested on 12 different charges, including premeditated murder and attempted murder.

Corbyn boycotts Buckingham Palace banquet


UK’s Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will join Commons Speaker John Bercow and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable in skipping the state banquet at Buckingham Palace in honour of Donald Trump. Corbyn argued it would be wrong to “roll out the red carpet” for the U.S. president, whom he accused of using “racist and misogynist rhetoric.” He added that the U.S.-UK relationship did not need “the pomp and ceremony” of June’s state visit.

Mt Everest gets cleaned up


After years of accumulating tons of trash across its many base camps, Mt. Everest is finally starting to be cleaned up. Climbers removed more than 6,600 pounds of waste and removed four bodies of climbers that previously were not able to be removed.

Scientology cruise ship quarantined for measles (again)


A Church of Scientology cruise ship quarantined by the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia for measles is due to arrive on Saturday back at its home port on the island of Curacao, where it will face the same restrictions. Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth, chief epidemiologist for the Curacao Biomedical and Health Research Institute, said passengers and crew who can prove they were already vaccinated or have had measles in the past would likely be free to go about their business.

More intrigue in Mueller mystery company case


The law firm Alston & Bird is involved in an effort by a mysterious foreign-owned company to avoid complying with a subpoena believed to be related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The Washington, D.C.-based firm in the past has represented Russian interests and the Republican Party in a fight over Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Klobuchar: ‘[Trump] has every reason not to protect [2020] election’


While on CNN, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar emphasized that President Trump does not take election interference seriously and will not protect the country in 2020. She shared how little Trump is doing and how much he is doing to ensure interference happens again. She said the Trump administration sank bipartisan election security legislation that she co-sponsored.