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July 20, 2017 1:38 PM Whether he wanted to or not, John McCain played an outsized role in Trump’s campaign

Barely a month into then-candidate Donald Trump's presidential run, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) almost inadvertently ended it. Or so many thought. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said at a conservative leadership summit in Iowa of the senator, who announced Wednesday he's been diagnosed with brain cancer. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people 4

July 19, 2017 8:29 AM Emmanuel Macron staged a punk coup on the Champs-Élysées

Picture this: July 14, Paris. On the Champs-Élysées, the promenade that runs like an aorta through the heart of France’s capital. An assembly of dignitaries, army commanders and security agents has gathered on stage to watch a grand military parade commemorating an event of profound importance to the history and psyche of the French people: the storming 6

July 19, 2017 3:46 AM Rudy Fariñas, boss in the House

The Ilocos Norte politician makes things work in a chamber of sometimes unruly lawmakers MANILA, Philippines – In the House of Representatives, one fact is indisputable: Rodolfo "Rudy" Fariñas runs the show. It is what's expected of a majority leader in the chamber, to be sure. But lawmakers say he's more than that – as Fariñas lectures them on rules

July 17, 2017 11:32 PM Aquino: My conscience is clear

Former President Benigno Aquino III is unfazed by his indictment in the Mamasapano debacle, vowing that his political detractors will not be able to bring him down for the bungled police counterterrorism operation that led to the massacre of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos. Breaking his silence, Aquino told the Inquirer in an interview on Monday 4

July 17, 2017 11:02 AM The Daily 202: Only 1 in 4 Americans strongly support Trump

Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn last night after arriving back at the White House on Marine One from a weekend at his golf club in New Jersey. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) THE BIG IDEA: President Trump is not Teflon, and the conventional wisdom that “nothing matters” is wrong. A fresh Washington Post/ABC News poll underscores the softness of Trump’s 29

July 15, 2017 10:02 AM Tony Blair says Brexit must be stopped to halt harm to UK

LONDON — Former Prime Minister Tony Blair says there’s a chance Britain won’t leave the European Union – and stopping Brexit is “necessary” to avoid severe economic damage. In an article published Saturday by Blair’s Institute for Global Change, he wrote that EU leaders might be willing to “reform and meet us half way” to keep the UK in the bloc. Blair 7

July 15, 2017 12:21 AM Why Uprooting Corruption Has Plunged Brazil Into Chaos

But corruption’s roots run so deep in Brazil that, like a tree as old as the garden it grows in, uprooting it can cause tremendous upheaval. Mr. da Silva’s once unthinkable decline is just one expression of the turmoil reaching across Brazil. A stunning number of establishment political figures have been implicated, leaving the world’s fifth most populous 9

July 14, 2017 10:19 PM Brazil's former president sees politics in Silva conviction

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Friday that the corruption conviction of her mentor and predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is aimed at keeping him out of next year's presidential election. In an interview with The Associated Press in Rio de Janeiro, Rousseff said no candidate 5

July 14, 2017 9:19 PM Lula conviction opens field for Brazil’s 2018 presidential race

The graft conviction of former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a front-runner for next year’s presidential election, opens the door for an outsider to take power in Latin America’s largest country, political experts said. Lula, a giant on the political scene who led Brazil from 2003 to 2011, has said he wants to run for president again 8

July 13, 2017 7:03 PM 'You're in such good shape! Beautiful!' What Trump told Brigitte Macron, 64, after awkward embrace when he refused to let her go

The exchange was captured on a French official Facebook live stream. What was not captured was Melania Trump's reaction, as her back was to the camera. However the American first lady, 47, seemed to move closer to Mme Macron and put her hand around her protectively as Trump spoke to her. The awkward exchange came after an also-awkward lingering embrace 11