It was her last day of class and Leida Ruvina was getting suspicious. The Albanian student had just finished the first module in what was purported to be a doctoral program co-administered by Slovenia's Euro-Mediterranean University, but the place didn't look like much of a university. It didn't have a campus; the room she was sitting in had been rented from a local tourism school in the Slovenian spa town of Portoroz. She didn't have a matriculation number, the code used by educational institutions to track students' progress. And the French translation of "Euro-Mediterranean" in the university's seal was misspelled. She raised her hand to ask the university's president what was going on. Joseph Mifsud, a paunchy middle-aged administrator with an easy manner and a graying widow's peak, assured Ruvina that everything was in order, complimented her on her English and offered to advise her on her dissertation. The Trump administration may be considering redefining gender as an … [Read more...] about Malta Academic in Trump Probe Has History of Vanishing Acts
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INTELLIGENCE MATTERS - INTERVIEW WITH SENATOR JAMES LANKFORD CORRESPONDENT: MICHAEL MORELL PRODUCER: OLIVIA GAZIS MICHAEL MORELL: Senator Lankford, thanks for joining us today. It's great to have you on the show. SENATOR JAMES LANKFORD: Michael, it's great to be able to have this conversation. Thanks. MICHAEL MORELL: We have at least a couple things in common. One-- and most important is that your mom was an elementary school librarian. SENATOR JAMES LANKFORD: That is correct-- MICHAEL MORELL: And my wife is an elementary school librarian. It's an amazingly (LAUGH) important job, as you know, getting kids excited about reading. SENATOR JAMES LANKFORD: It is. … [Read more...] about Transcript: Sen. James Lankford talks with Michael Morell on “Intelligence Matters”
By Eugene Robinson | September 28, 2018 at 7:42 am WASHINGTON — For all intents and purposes, Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was over as soon as Christine Blasey Ford began to read her opening statement. Of course she was credible. She’s a Ph.D. psychologist in the midst of a distinguished career, for heaven’s sake. Her voice was both strong and vulnerable as she recounted the details of the sexual assault she says she suffered at the clumsy, drunken hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She didn’t sound like a partisan Democrat. She sounded like a determined survivor. She also sounded like an expert witness. At one point, the Republicans’ hired-gun interrogator, Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, was asking questions that seemed designed to suggest that perhaps other events in her life were responsible for symptoms of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder that Ford reported suffering. Ford began her response by … [Read more...] about Robinson: How low can Republican senators go?
As the sun beats down on a small vineyard by the rippling waters of Grossraeschen Lake, there's little sign of the vast wound that lies beneath. Meuro, the brown-black mine that once dominated the landscape, providing jobs to thousands of workers who toiled in clouds of lignite coal dust, has vanished. Only a floating excavator plucking sunken trees out of the water hints at the effort that's gone into reshaping this corner of eastern Germany over the past decades. It's part of a massive environmental cleanup in Lusatia, a region that provided much of the coal that heated German homes and powered the country's industrial rise. Unlike its darker variety, lignite seams — also known as brown coal — often lie close to the surface, meaning it is easiest to just remove layer upon layer from above rather than dig underground shafts. Top News Photos: Protests of US-Mexico Separation Policy Alex Wong/Getty Images "This is a region that was shaped by strip mining for … [Read more...] about How Germany Is Turning Wasteland Into Vast Lakeside Resorts
Read more transcripts from Face the Nation here. MARGARET BRENNAN, CBS NEWS: It's Sunday, May 27, on this Memorial Day weekend. I'm Margaret Brennan. And this is FACE THE NATION. We have got breaking news this morning, as it looks like that on-again/off-again meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is back on. And there's word that U.S. officials have crossed the border into North Korea this morning to meet with officials there. After a tumultuous week of international diplomacy and deal-making, South Korean President Moon Jae-in made a surprise trip across the border yesterday to meet with Kim, at the North Korean's leader's request. That public show of unity and some candid talk behind the scenes appears to have put the June 12 summit back on track. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I think there's a lot of good will. I think people want to see if we can get the meeting and get something done. We have got … [Read more...] about Full transcript: “Face the Nation” on May 27, 2018