World International Affairs “We’re not at war with Great Britain,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Austrian media on Friday following a summit where EU leaders rejected a Brexit plan presented by British Prime Minister Theresa May. “We have to be careful, like two loving hedgehogs. When two hedgehogs hug each other, you have to be careful that there will be no scratches,” Juncker said, according to Reuters. President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May sit at the beginning of a plenary session at the Mozarteum University during the EU Informal Summit of Heads of State or Government in Salzburg, Austria, on September 20. Barbara Gindl/AFP/Getty Even though the British would “remain a partner in trade and security for the EU,” Juncker noted that the U.K. would not be able to leave the union while “retaining the privileges … [Read more...] about EU ‘Not At War’ With UK, Leader Says Following Summit
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NEWPORT, Vt. — Vermont has a reputation for producing GOP politicians more moderate than their national counterparts. But as President Donald Trump and the national Republican Party move to the right, tensions are rising between those who want the state party to follow suit and those who see moderation as the way forward in an otherwise liberal state. Kendall Lambert was seeking the Republican nomination for state representative in Orleans County, but in a July 5 Facebook post , Lambert announced that her decision to run as a Republican was a mistake. "While the Republicans talk out one side of their mouths about constitutional rights and equal opportunity for all, it's becoming increasingly clear that what they mean" is that the principles apply "only to a few," Lambert wrote. Lambert, 31, is director of the Memphremagog Watershed Association. She holds liberal views on the environment, immigration and same-sex marriage but supports lower taxes, small government and broad gun … [Read more...] about In liberal state, GOP debates moderation or following Trump
close Video Trump hits media's 'narrative' Says they won't admit he's tough on Russia. “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” (Matthew 6:24) The verse refers to money, but in light of today’s debate about the unaccountable devotion many Christian leaders have for President Trump it is not a stretch to apply it to their relationship with him. Last week at Wheaton College in Illinois a number of Christian pastors and leaders gathered to discuss the future of “evangelicalism” in the Trump era. Some who were not there claimed it was a forum for Trump-bashing, some who were in attendance disagreed. There is a conceit among some conservative Christians that God is only at work when a person they voted for is elected and that the rest of the time He must be attending to other countries. “God showed up,” said Franklin Graham following … [Read more...] about Cal Thomas: Are today’s Evangelicals following Jesus or following Trump?
Officers in the northern Vietnamese province of Phu Tho have begun probing four business leaders for their participation in a large-scale online gambling ring that involves several senior policemen. The provincial Department of Police initiated legal proceedings against four new suspects, three of whom were then arrested, on Monday for involvement in the illegal operation masterminded by Phan Sao Nam and Do Van Duong. Nam was chairman of the VTC Online Telecommunications Company, while Duong was chairman of the Hi-Tech Security Development and Investment Company (CNC). On Saturday last week, Phan Van Vinh, who retired as director general of the Police General Department in 2017, was taken into custody for four months for an investigation into his role in the gambling ring. Major General Nguyen Thanh Hoa, former head of the hi-tech crime prevention division under the Ministry of Public Security, was arrested on March 11 and is accused of “organizing gambling” … [Read more...] about Vietnamese business leaders probed over online gambling ring involving policemen
Erna Solberg takes a break between tweets to appear in Norway's Parliament building. Photo: Prime Minister's Office Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg is more likely to respond to a tweet from one of her followers than any other leader in the Western world, according to this year's Twiplomacy study from PR agency Burson-Marsteller. According to the agency, Solberg is only rivalled in her "conversational" use of the social media platform by four leaders in Africa and South America, all of whom appear to devote hours to engaging with their followers. A full 74 percent of the Norwegian PM's Twitter stream consists of replies to her followers. This compares to 95 percent for Ugandan prime minister Amama Mbabazi, 87 percent for Rwandan president Paul Kagame, 81 percent for Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, and 75 percent for Rwanda's foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo. Solberg also shares the honour, along with Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev, of being one … [Read more...] about Solberg ‘most chatty’ leader on Twitter