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why parkland students have emerged as a powerful political voice

helena moreno, center, joined a protest against guns saturday on the steps of the broward county federal courthouse in fort lauderdale, fla. (brynn anderson/ap)the boldest voices to emerge in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, fla., have been unexpected ones. surviving students at the school quickly spoke out on social media and to news cameras about the violence and, more broadly, about political leadership that they saw as having let them down.david hogg is a senior at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, fla. he started recording footage on his phone during the shooting. speaking to the post, hogg urged congress to take action on gun violence in schools. (whitney shefte,jorge ribas/the washington post)in the days s...





trump expresses support for senators’ gun bill

president trump signaled support for one piece of gun control legislation on monday, five days after a mass shooting at a florida high school left 17 people dead and scores injured.“the president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system,” sarah huckabee sanders, the white house press secretary, wrote in a statement monday morning. sanders said the president spoke to sen. john cornyn (r-tex.) on friday to express support for the bill cornyn has introduced with sen. chris murphy (d-conn.). the bill is still being amended, the white house cautioned.the statement did not address how the president would react to more aggressive gun control measures.[florida students plead with congress: it’s about the guns]four days after 17 lives were lost in a school shoot...





trump lashes out at oprah on twitter, calling her ‘insecure’

decades before president trump ran for office, he joked that oprah would be his "first choice" for vice president. (thomas johnson/the washington post)after an early morning tweetstorm sunday, president trump took to twitter again later that night, this time lashing out at whom some hope will be a 2020 rival: oprah winfrey.“just watched a very insecure oprah winfrey, who at one point i knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 minutes. the questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. hope oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!” the president tweeted.trump was referring to winfrey's interview with "60 minutes,” where the former talk show host again said she has no desire to run for president, despite encouragement from we...





what trump left out of his tweets about facebook and russia

as president trump emerged from the white house feb. 16, 2018, he declined to answer reporters' questions about russia. (the washington post)president trump's weekend tweetstorm included a shout-out to facebook executive rob goldman, who in his own tweets had argued three points that trump found supportive to his claim that there was no collusion between russia and trump's presidential campaign.most of the 3,300 russia-linked facebook ads that the social network discovered and disclosed last fall were designed to sow discord in the u.s. political system, not to swing the 2016 presidential election in trump's favor.most of the russian ad spending occurred after election day.the media does not cover these points.let's begin with a clarification of goldman's second point. facebook repor...





tom ridge is lucky to be alive: ‘i’m told i flatlined three times’

tom ridge, the former homeland security secretary and pennsylvania governor, has been dealing firsthand with first responders for decades, but never quite like on the morning of nov. 16.ridge was at a hotel in austin, where he was attending a meeting of the republican governors association. when he woke up, he wasn’t feeling well. but it was more than just not feeling well. “i also felt different,” he said. he didn’t know it then, but he was in danger of dying.he reached for his cellphone and did a search on heart attacks. at age 72, he had no known heart issues, kept himself fit and had worked out a few days earlier without incident. he questioned whether there was anything seriously wrong, and after skimming through a narrative about heart problems, he lay back down on the bed.bu...





gun found in bag of trump motorcade driver, secret service says

the motorcade of president trump en route to trump international golf club in west palm beach, fla., on sunday. (eric thayer/reuters)a driver in the presidential motorcade was removed from his duties monday after the secret service found a gun in his bag outside the gates of president trump’s mar-a-lago resort in palm beach, fla.the driver, who could not be immediately identified, was briefly detained and questioned by the secret service a little after 8 a.m., just before trump headed to the golf course for much of the day. he was driving one of three vans for members of the news media and had been in the presidential motorcade all weekend.before the vans enter the mar-a-lago estate to follow trump, secret service agents search bags, check guests with a handheld metal detector and sco...





trump lashes out over russia probe in angry and error-laden tweetstorm

west palm beach, fla. — president trump lashed out with fresh anger about the intensifying russia probe over the weekend, accusing democrats of enabling a foreign adversary to interfere in the 2016 election and attacking the fbi as well as his own national security adviser.in a defiant and error-laden tweetstorm that was remarkable even by his own combative standards, trump stewed aloud about the latest indictments brought by special counsel robert s. mueller iii against russians for their elaborate campaign to denigrate the democratic presidential nominee, hillary clinton, and push voters toward trump.the president seized on mueller’s evidence of the expansive scope of the russian influence efforts to claim that the indictments exonerated him and proved there was “no collusion.” b...





the oxfam scandal shows that, yes, nonprofits can behave badly. so why aren’t they overseen like for-profits?

the british government is reviewing its relationship with oxfam in the wake of sex allegations against some of the charity’s staff members. (ap)last week, news media outlets reported that oxfam — well respected for its humanitarian work — had employed aid workers in haiti who hired prostitutes. as the haiti scandal has unfolded, new allegations have surfaced, including that other workers at u.k. charities had sexually abused teenage volunteers, and that overseas staff members had traded humanitarian aid for sex. moreover, oxfam’s top management seems to have ignored warnings about what was going on.oxfam now faces an existentialist crisis. it has depleted its moral authority. donations from individual donors have plummeted. corporate support from heathrow, the co-op bank, visa and...





zimbabwe’s opposition leader died. here’s what you need to know.

morgan tsvangirai addresses a crowd on nov. 21 outside parliament in harare, zimbabwe. (reuters)zimbabwean opposition leader morgan tsvangirai died feb. 14, after a long battle with cancer. together with other working-class zimbabweans, tsvangirai founded zimbabwe’s largest opposition party, the movement for democratic change (mdc). tsvangirai’s death comes during an important transition in zimbabwe’s national politics. it was only a couple of months ago that robert mugabe left the presidency after nearly 40 years of ruling zimbabwe. [morgan tsvangirai, zimbabwean pro-democracy leader who opposed mugabe, dies at 65] what does tsvangirai’s death mean for the mdc and the opposition more broadly — especially in this time of great political change in zimbabwe? here’s what you ne...





why parkland students have emerged as a powerful political voice

helena moreno, center, joined a protest against guns on the steps of the broward county federal courthouse in fort lauderdale on saturday. (brynn anderson/ap)the boldest voices to emerge in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, fla., have been unexpected ones. surviving students at the school quickly spoke out on social media and to news cameras about the violence and, more broadly, about political leadership that they saw as having let them down.david hogg is a senior at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, fla. he started recording footage on his phone during the shooting. speaking to the post, hogg urged congress to take action on gun violence in schools. (whitney shefte,jorge ribas/the washington post)in the days sin...





trump expresses support for senators’ gun bill

president trump signaled support for one piece of gun control legislation on monday, five days after a mass shooting at a florida high school left 17 people dead and scores injured.“the president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system,” sarah huckabee sanders, the white house press secretary, wrote in a statement monday morning. sanders said the president spoke to sen. john cornyn (r-tex.) on friday to express support for the bill cornyn has introduced with sen. chris murphy (d-conn.). the bill is still being amended, the white house cautioned.the statement did not address how the president would react to more aggressive gun control measures.[florida students plead with congress: it’s about the guns]the senators’ bill is narrow in focus, reinforcing...





state elections officials fret over cybersecurity threats

state elections officials said saturday that they want more information from federal officials to ensure they are protected from cybersecurity threats in light of evidence that foreign operatives plan to try to interfere in the midterm elections.at a conference of state secretaries of state in washington, several officials said the government was slow to share information about specific threats faced by states during the 2016 election. according to the department of homeland security, russian government hackers tried to gain access to voter registration files or public election sites in 21 states.although the hackers are not believed to have manipulated or removed data from state systems, experts worry that the attackers might be more successful this year. and state officials say reticence...





the oxfam scandal shows that, yes, nonprofits can behave badly. so why aren’t they overseen like for-profits?

an oxfam store in london. the british government is reviewing its relationship with the charity in the wake of sex allegations against some of the charity’s staff. (ap)last week, news media reported that oxfam — well respected for its humanitarian work — had employed aid workers in haiti who hired prostitutes. as the haiti scandal has unfolded, new allegations have surfaced, including that other workers at u.k. charities had sexually abused teen volunteers, and that overseas staff traded humanitarian aid for sex. moreover, oxfam’s top management seems to have ignored warnings about what was going on.oxfam now faces an existentialist crisis. it has depleted its moral authority. donations from individual donors have plummeted. corporate support from heathrow, the co-op bank, visa an...





to win ‘hearts and minds’ in afghanistan, some aid programs worked better than others

afghan youths look over the city of kabul on jan. 30, 2018. (rahmat gul/ap)budget crunchers are looking at all aspects of the fiscal 2019 white house budget, including how foreign assistance helps support u.s. security interests. some of the $16.8 billion in the latest u.s. agency for international development budget, for instance, targets the agency’s  no. 1 programming issue: reducing conflict.but what drives support for combatants in wartime? governments, militaries and aid agencies have implemented dozens of economic interventions designed to win “hearts and minds” and reduce violence in settings as diverse as iraq, yemen, pakistan, nigeria and somalia. these interventions include livelihood training, employment programs, cash-for-work opportunities and, increasingly, unconditi...





fact-checking trump's error-filled tweetstorm about the russia investigation

in a tweetstorm that started late saturday and continued into sunday morning, president trump railed against the investigation into russian meddling in the 2016 election. here’s a quick guide to his many misstatements and misleading claims in this twitter barrage.‘never said russia did not meddle’trump claims he “never said russia did not meddle in the election” and then repeats a line in which he essentially disputed that by saying that a 400-pound hacker sitting in bed could have been behind the interference. one might argue that undermines his statement, but in any case, there are numerous instances of trump suggesting that the russian intervention in the election was a hoax ginned up by democrats. he has also denounced the investigation into whether members of the trump camp...





how presidents spent their birthdays

what’s the deal with presidents' day?it started as a celebration of george washington’s birthday on feb. 22. but in the 1970s, the holiday was moved to the third monday in february to create more three-day weekends. to help kick off the celebration, the post’s lillian cunningham, host of the “presidential” and “constitutional” podcasts, shares her favorite facts about our leaders’ special days. george washington never did much to celebrate his birthday (when he was 28, he spent the day building a fence around his peach trees). but as he got older and more distinguished, others would often throw celebrations for him. in 1778, during the revolutionary war, a group of soldiers surprised their commander in chief by playing fife and drums outside his quarters at valley forge....





trump lashes out over russia probe in angry and error-laden tweetstorm

west palm beach, fla. — president trump lashed out with fresh anger about the intensifying russia probe over the weekend, accusing democrats of enabling a foreign adversary to interfere in the 2016 election and attacking the fbi as well as his own national security adviser.in a defiant and error-laden tweetstorm that was remarkable even by his own combative standards, trump stewed aloud about the latest indictments brought by special counsel robert s. mueller iii against russians for their elaborate campaign to denigrate the democratic presidential nominee, hillary clinton, and push voters toward trump.the president seized on mueller’s evidence of the expansive scope of the russian influence efforts to claim that the indictments exonerated him and proved there was “no collusion.” b...





fact-checking trump’s error-filled tweetstorm about the russia investigation

president trump continues to insist the democrats are responsible for any story relating to russian interference in the 2016 election despite a year's worth of evidence to the contrary. (meg kelly/the washington post)in a tweetstorm that started late saturday and continued into sunday morning, president trump railed against the investigation into russian meddling in the 2016 election. here’s a quick guide to his many misstatements and misleading claims in this twitter barrage.‘never said russia did not meddle’trump claims he “never said russia did not meddle in the election” and then repeats a line in which he essentially disputed that by saying that a 400-pound hacker sitting in bed could have been behind the interference. one might argue that undermines his statement, but in ...





how presidents spent their birthdays

what’s the deal with presidents' day?it started as a celebration of george washington’s birthday on feb. 22. but in the 1970s, the holiday was moved to the third monday in february to create more three-day weekends. to help kick off the celebration, the post’s lillian cunningham, host of the “presidential” and “constitutional” podcasts, shares her favorite facts about our leaders’ special days. george washington never did much to celebrate his birthday (when he was 28, he spent the day building a fence around his peach trees). but as he got older and more distinguished, others would often throw celebrations for him. in 1778, during the revolutionary war, a group of soldiers surprised their commander in chief by playing fife and drums outside his quarters at valley forge....





trump lashes out over russia probe in angry and error-laden tweetstorm

west palm beach, fla. — president trump lashed out with fresh anger about the intensifying russia probe over the weekend, accusing democrats of enabling a foreign adversary to interfere in the 2016 election and attacking the fbi as well as his own national security adviser.in a defiant and error-laden tweetstorm that was remarkable even by his own combative standards, trump stewed aloud about the latest indictments brought by special counsel robert s. mueller iii against russians for their elaborate campaign to denigrate the democratic presidential nominee, hillary clinton, and push voters toward trump.the president seized on mueller’s evidence of the expansive scope of the russian influence efforts to claim that the indictments exonerated him and proved there was “no collusion.” b...