Trump agrees ‘not to terminate NAFTA at this time’

April 27, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump told the leaders of Canada and Mexico Wednesday he was not immediately planning to end the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact which he railed against as a candidate and as recently as last week declared was harmful to US workers. “It is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation,” Trump said in a written statement that accompanied the readout of his phone calls. “It is an honor to deal with both President Pea …


Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …


How Trump could make US a climate pariah over Paris pact

April 18, 2017

(CNN)Reports have it that President Donald Trump will assemble his advisers on Tuesday to decide on whether to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Naturally, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a career-long, oil-industry shill from Oklahoma, is arguing to pull out. Yet even Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, is arguing to stay. If Trump goes with Pruitt instead of Tillerson, he will immediately create a worldwide consensus on climate action: to fight the …


How to train yourself to become a morning exerciser

April 4, 2017

You plan a workout for the evening, but then something comes up — a happy hour, a deadline for work, or maybe even a Tinder date. And there goes your exercise for the day. If this keeps happening to you, there’s a logical solution: shift your workout schedule to the morning. But … that’s easier said then done. When you’re barely awake and have to choose between working out and staying in bed for another hour, there’s a good chance the snooze button will win. …


‘Bates Motel’ slashes into ‘Psycho’ in final season

March 29, 2017

(CNN)The following contains spoilers about “Bates Motel.” The A&E series always appeared to come with a built-in expiration date, facing the danger of running out of real estate as it chewed through story related to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror classic. The contemporary setting also made the proceedings less spooky, what with cellphones and other modern devices that alter the dynamics of, say, being alone in the basement with a murderer dressed like his mom. Still, the …


New 1 coin’s ‘hidden’ security feature – BBC News

March 28, 2017

… that date, consumers will have to take the coin to a bank to exchange it. Supplies of the new coin have initially been delivered to 33 banks and post offices around the UK (see list below). Tesco leaves trolleys unlocked ahead of new coin Are we ready for the new 1 coin? Everything you want to know about the 1 coin The new 1 coin: Vital statistics …


Seattle synagogue vandalized with Holocaust denial graffiti

March 11, 2017

… 148 bomb threats, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which is keeping an up-to-date map of the incidents on its website. It says that the threats have come in six waves since the beginning of the year. “This is the first time in the 60-plus years of our organization we have had a bomb threat called in. And now we’ve had three bomb threats this year,” said a Jewish community center CEO who wished to remain anonymous, fearing copycats would target his center. …


Democrats Who Support Neil Gorsuch Will Pay A Price, Progressive Groups Warn

March 10, 2017

The grassroots resistance to President Donald Trump has targeted many things: His apparent disregard for ethics and the rule of law. His Cabinet appointments. His campaigns reported contacts with Russia. His pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. His executive orders targeting immigrants and minorities. With the date nearing, progressive groups are beginning to get serious about the nominee,forming theThe Peoples Defensea new activist coalition aimed at bringing Gorsuch down at …