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Sherrod Brown launches early state tour as he considers presidential bid

Sherrod Brown launches early state tour as he considers presidential bid

Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat weighing a run for president, announced Tuesday he will launch a listening tour of early primary states starting later on this month based on his “dignity of work” message that he used to win his third straight statewide election in a political battleground state. “I want to hear from…MORE

Asian stock markets brush off UK government’s Brexit defeat

Asian stock markets brush off UK government’s Brexit defeat

The British government’s Brexit plans are in tatters, but stock markets don’t seem to care all that much. On Wednesday, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng benchmark and the Shanghai Composite were trading largely flat. Japan’s Nikkei closed down 0.6% after the yen strengthened. Dow futures were pointing slightly up for the US market open. Just hours…MORE

Tomic takes aim at Hewitt in yet another Australian men’s tennis controversy

Tomic takes aim at Hewitt in yet another Australian men’s tennis controversy

It’s all kicking off in Australian men’s tennis. Again. And no, it isn’t Nick Kyrgios the center of the brouhaha. Rather, it’s another player who has made headlines for the wrong reasons — Bernard Tomic. The once can’t-miss prospect heavily criticized the country’s Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt following a first-round defeat at the Australian…MORE

Another good day for Putin as turmoil grips US and UK

Another good day for Putin as turmoil grips US and UK

The news just keeps on getting better for Vladimir Putin. On either side of the Atlantic, the United States and Britain, the two great English-speaking democracies that orchestrated Moscow’s defeat in the Cold War, are undergoing simultaneous political breakdowns. And the Russian leader may have had a hand in triggering the turmoil. In London, Theresa…MORE

Barr pledges ‘transparency’ on Mueller report, but questions and loopholes remain

Barr pledges ‘transparency’ on Mueller report, but questions and loopholes remain

Attorney General nominee William Barr promised Tuesday that he would “provide as much transparency as I can” regarding final reports about the Russia investigation. But during hours of questions at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barr afforded himself some escape hatches and refused to give in to Democratic demands for total transparency.…MORE

What isn’t getting done at the Department of Homeland Security during the shutdown

What isn’t getting done at the Department of Homeland Security during the shutdown

While the majority of Department of Homeland Security employees are working without pay during the partial government shutdown, thousands are furloughed and no longer doing the daily work of the department. About 32,000 employees, out of the 245,000-person DHS workforce, are not working and not getting paid as the partial shutdown reached its 25th day…MORE

North Korean negotiator headed to Washington

North Korean negotiator headed to Washington

North Korea’s lead negotiator in nuclear talks with the United States, Kim Yong Chol, is expected to arrive in Washington by the weekend, a potential sign that the two countries are getting closer to finalizing plans for a second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. Kim Yong Chol, Pyongyang’s former spymaster who…MORE

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