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Brett Wilkins

Editor-at-Large based in San Francisco, CA, United States. Joined on Jun 15, 2012
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Swedish PM schools Trump as president defends terror attack lie

Stockholm - Facing widespread ridicule after apparently inventing a terror attack in Sweden, President Donald Trump defended his "alternative fact" gaffe with another swipe at the Nordic nation, even as its prime minister attempted to educate him on some basic facts.

Trump admits Fox News source of fake Swedish terror attack claim

Embarrassed by yet another "alternative fact"-based "fake news" gaffe, President Donald Trump on Sunday admitted that the Islamist terror attack he falsely suggested happened last night in Sweden was something he saw on Fox News.

U.K. Parliament to debate rescinding Trump state visit invitation

London - Lawmakers in the United Kingdom will debate on Monday whether the British government should withdraw an invitation to President Donald Trump for a state visit.

U.S. military lied, then admitted using depleted uranium in Syria

After initially promising not to use depleted uranium munitions against targets in Syria, the Pentagon has admitted thousands of DU rounds were fired by U.S. warplanes against Islamic State oil transport convoys on two separate occasions in late 2015.

Trump reportedly yells at CIA director Pompeo over withheld intel

Washington - President Donald Trump is reportedly infuriated by reports claiming U.S. intelligence agencies are withholding sensitive intelligence from him because they fear the information could be leaked or compromised.

RCMP aids refugees after harrowing escape from U.S. border patrol

Winnipeg - Eight asylum seekers, including four children, made a harrowing crossing from the United States into Canada on Friday, barely escaping from pursuing U.S. border patrol agents into the custody of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Senate confirms 'climate change denier' Scott Pruitt to head EPA

Washington - The United States Senate has confirmed Scott Pruitt, whose skepticism about human-caused global warming and close ties to the fossil fuel industry have led critics to label him a "climate change denier," to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

ICE arrests Mexican 'Dreamer' with no criminal record

Tacoma - Federal immigration officials arrested an undocumented immigrant who was brought into the United States from Mexico when he was a child and who enjoyed protection under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Oklahoma advances bill requiring male permission for abortions

The Oklahoma state legislature has advanced a bill — authored by a Republican man who believes women's bodies are mere "hosts" for fetuses — that would require women seeking abortions to get written permission from the men who impregnate them.

4 NFL players cancel Israel trip in solidarity with Palestinians

Four of the 11 National Football League players scheduled to visit Israel on a goodwill tour have withdrawn from the trip, with one star expressing solidarity with Palestine and saying he did not want to be "used" by the Israeli government.

At least 18 Afghan civilians killed in U.S. air strike

At least 18 civilians, most of them women and children, were killed in a U.S. air strike late Thursday in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the United Nations reported.

FBI diverts anti-terror resources to probe #NoDAPL activists

Washington - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is diverting agents tasked with preventing terrorist attacks to investigate Native Americans, environmentalists and other activists opposing the highly controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Trump won't appeal judges' rejection of travel ban to SCOTUS

Washington - The White House said on Friday it would not immediately appeal a federal appeals court ruling blocking President Donald Trump's executive order banning citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States.

Leaked Trump order would let U.S. firms trade in 'blood diamonds'

Washington - The Trump administration has drafted an executive order suspending regulation of the trade in conflict minerals, including "blood diamonds," which have contributed to tremendous death, destruction and suffering throughout Africa.

Seattle votes to divests $3 billion from Wells Fargo over DAPL

Seattle - The Seattle City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to divest $3 billion from Wells Fargo bank over its role as a lender to the highly controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

San Francisco first in nation to provide free community college

San Francisco - San Francisco will become the first city in the United States to offer all residents free community college regardless of their ability to pay.

Kellyanne Conway apologizes for inventing fake terror attack

Reeling from the fallout of "alternative facts" and inventing a fake Islamist terror attack, Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, apologized on Tuesday for fabricating the non-existing "Bowling Green massacre."

Trump visa ban deprives children of parents, life-saving surgery

President Donald Trump's ban on refugees, immigrants and travelers from seven mainly Muslim countries is having life-or-death consequences for one Iranian baby, while also separating a badly burned Iraqi toddler being treated in Boston from his parents.

Report: Trump to focus counter-extremism program solely on Islam

Washington - President Donald Trump is seeking to rename and reshape a federal program targeting all violent extremism so it focuses exclusively on "radical Islam," sources briefed on the matter said.

Steve Bannon in 2016: 'No doubt' U.S. will fight war with China

As Donald Trump's presidency begins with provocation of China and saber-rattling toward Iran, disturbing audio recordings of White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon predicting war with China and the Middle East have emerged.
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