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The Latest: Iran imposes sanctions on US think tank

The Latest: Iran imposes sanctions on US think tankIran’s Foreign Ministry says it has imposed sanctions on the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies and its CEO for its role in promoting sanctions and “economic terrorism” against Iran. A Saturday report by Iranian media, including the semi-official Fars news agency, quoted a statement by Iran’s Foreign Ministry as saying the foundation and its CEO Mark Dubowitz “intentionally” damaged vital interests of Iran through spreading lies and negative campaigning against Iran.



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'Clearly wrong' to think he could get through to Trump on climate change, says Gore

'Clearly wrong' to think he could get through to Trump on climate change, says GoreABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl sits down with former Vice President Al Gore to talk climate change, the 2020 field and President Donald Trump.



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Conservative think tank sues Wisconsin's Evers over access

Conservative think tank sues Wisconsin's Evers over accessA conservative think tank has filed a federal lawsuit against Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, alleging he violated the First Amendment rights of staff members who were denied access to a press briefing and kept off an advisory list sent to other reporters. The MacIver Institute for Public Policy filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Madison alleging that Evers violated its staffers’ constitutional rights to free speech, freedom of the press and equal access. Evers’ spokeswoman, Melissa Baldauff, said in a statement that Evers believed strongly in a “fair and unbiased press corps” and is committed to openness and transparency in state government.



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Trump words linked to more hate crime? Some experts think so

Trump words linked to more hate crime? Some experts think soThe rampage in Texas has brought new attention to the dangers of immigration-motivated hate crimes and violence in a country with 58 million Latinos amid daily political rhetoric from the White House, conservative politicians and the dark corners of the internet about migrants coming across the border. Overall, statistics released by the FBI late last year showed hate crimes in the United States rose 17% in 2017 compared to the previous year, the third straight annual increase.



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Fan Bingbing appears to thank China for disappearing her for 4 months: 'It has made me calm down and think seriously'

Fan Bingbing appears to thank China for disappearing her for 4 months: 'It has made me calm down and think seriously'The famous Chinese actress mysteriously disappeared from the public eye for four months last year when authorities investigated her for tax evasion.



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How America Would Win a War Against Russia or China (Think F-35s and More)

How America Would Win a War Against Russia or China (Think F-35s and More)If land-based precision artillery, maneuvering Air Force fighter jets and Navy destroyers were all able to seamlessly share sensitive targeting information in real time during high-intensity combat, the Pentagon would be closely approaching its currently-envisioned concept of modern joint multi-domain warfare.While elements of this kind of information sharing, of course, already exist, DoD is currently refining and expanding its concept of joint attack with the intention of reaching an entirely new level of modern operational effectiveness. This not only includes incorporating previously less-impactful warfare domains, such as space, cyber and electronic warfare, but also envisions new dimensions of land, air, surface and undersea integrated attack.U.S. Army Futures Command has stood up two multi-domain task force units, addressing threat scenarios in Europe and the Pacific, geared toward advancing a warfare synergy between otherwise disparate spheres of attack, such as air, land or sea. Gen. John Murray, U.S. Army Futures Commander, recently told reporters that the Army is rapidly adapting to how multi-domain combat continues to inform preparations for future war. This, according to Murray, includes efforts to… “start modifying structures, organizations and TTPs (Tactics, Techniques and Procedures) regarding how you fight based upon multi-domain-capable formations."



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Poll: Democrats Increasingly Think DOJ Meddled in Mueller Probe

Poll: Democrats Increasingly Think DOJ Meddled in Mueller ProbeDemocrats have become increasingly suspicious that the special counsel's investigation into Russia's influence on the 2016 election was seriously hampered by the Trump administration's Justice Department since the final report on the probe was released in April, according to a new poll.Overall, about 37 percent of voters said they have confidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe was conducted "very fairly" or "somewhat fairly," while 42 said the investigation was conducted “not too fairly” or “not fairly at all," according to the most recent Politico/Morning Consult poll.Those numbers reflect more suspicion about the probe than in April when Mueller's final report was first released to lawmakers and the public. At that point, 46 percent of voters considered the investigation fair, while 29 percent thought it had been carried out unfairly.Since then the number of Democratic voters who think the investigation was compromised spiked 15 percentage points, while the number who think the probe was conducted fairly sank 9 points. Republicans have also grown slightly more skeptical of the investigation, 6 percent more saying they have less faith in it now.The poll also found that voters are split on whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russians during the 2016 election, 42 percent saying the campaign did collude and 41 percent disagreeing. A large majority of Democrats, 72 percent, said they think the campaign did indeed engage in collusion.Mueller is set to testify on the investigation and his report before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees Wednesday morning.The poll surveyed 1992 voters between July 19 and 21.



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With Acosta in crosshairs, Trump unleashes tweet barrage at everything else he can think of

With Acosta in crosshairs, Trump unleashes tweet barrage at everything else he can think ofThe president published a multi-tweet rant on a host of unrelated subjects that seemed intended to shift attention away from the controversy surrounded his embattled labor secretary.



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Is Trump Really Headed to War With Iran? Here is What Two Experts Think

Is Trump Really Headed to War With Iran? Here is What Two Experts ThinkAmerica’s policy of maximum pressure on Iran continues, with the U.S. Department of the Treasury announcing new sanctions on eight Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Commanders. That directive was tweeted during a luncheon event on Iran at the Center for the National Interest, which was moderated by Geoffrey Kemp, the Senior Director of Regional Security Programs at CFTNI who also served in the White House during the first Reagan administration as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff. The discussion focused on the ongoing crisis, Iran and America’s interests, and whether war could be avoided.“[Donald] Trump’s approach is self-defeating,” declared panelist Kenneth Pollack, Resident Scholar for Middle Eastern Political-Military Affairs at the American Enterprise Institute, and both a former Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs and a former Director for Persian Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council. Pollack explained that the hardliners keep claiming vindication, noting that they had warned that the United States might tear up the Iran deal. Pollack emphasized that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei started in the moderate camp but has drifted steadily toward a hardline position.At the time of the Iran Deal in 2015, there was a debate between “the pragmatists led by Rouhani” and “the hardliners led by the IRGC.” Those in favor of a deal thought of Iran’s problems are largely economic. President Hassan Rouhani believed that because the Iran Deal would allow Tehran to trade with the world again, it would fix Iran’s economic problems and remove the danger of war. This would secure the regime from external threats from America but also appeal to the Iranian people, thus making a revolt against the regime less likely.However, the hardliners argued that Washington could not be trusted and that Tehran was walking into a trap. “They said look this agreement is not gonna be worth the paper it is written on. The Americans will never honor it, they will never lift all the sanctions. They will cheat, they will refuse to honor it, and they will eventually walk away from it.”The second panelist, Paul Pillar, a former Chief of Analysis at the CIA's Counterterrorist Center and a contributing editor to The National Interest, warned that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s list of twelve demands to Iran was effectively an ultimatum that no independent country could ever adopt. According to Pillar, “It never was realistic that Iran would just sit there and take what was being dished out to them indefinitely, even though they did that for a year.”



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Joe Biden on Anita Hill: 'I don't think I treated her badly'

Joe Biden on Anita Hill: 'I don't think I treated her badly'Former Vice President Joe Biden said he waited 28 years to call Anita Hill about her treatment from an all-male Senate panel he led in 1991.



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