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Several companies are relocating from the Empire State, numerous businesses have announced they are closing shop altogether citing economic reasons, and a new poll shows a third of New York residents plan to move because they can’t afford to stay.

Mueller Submits Trump-Russia Inquiry Report to U.S. Attorney General

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday handed in a long-awaited report on his investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election and any potential wrongdoing by U.S. President Donald Trump, setting off a clamor from lawmakers in both parties for the document’s release.

Democrats Introduce $100 Million ‘End Diaper Need’ Act

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Two Democratic congresswomen on Thursday introduced the “End Diaper Need Act of 2019”, a bill they say “would create a $100 million demonstration program for distributing free diapers and diapering products in states, communities, and nonprofits around the nation to help reduce the diaper need in low-income families and underserved communities.”

Pompeo: Omar’s Anti-Semitic Comments ‘Abhorrent’

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in his first public comments on the matter, forefully condemned Democratic freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D., Minn.) use of anti-Semitic tropes, calling them “abhorrent” and condemning her repeated anti-Semitic declarations as contributing to the rise of anti-Semitism across the globe.

The Chimerical Mind of Miro

Joan Miro enjoyed no closer relationship than that between his mind and his canvas. The painter was placid and reticent even to those who knew him well; he could sit with friends for hours without saying a word. Miro kept his studio as tidy as a doll’s house, scrubbing himself head to toe after carefully cleaning his brushes and lining up his tubes of paint when he completed a long day of work. He then donned his neat clothes, which echoed his background as a Catalan peasant but still a member of an elite Parisian arts scene.

A Spy for Stalin

In May 1941, Stalin was warned that the Germans were about to invade the Soviet Union. As it happens, the warning came from a man who was—how to put this fairly?—a liar and a drunkard, a philanderer and a smell-smock, a gambler and, in truth, a world-class crackpot. He was also possibly the greatest spy who ever lived, and Stalin’s refusal to believe him lasted only about a month. On June 22, the Nazis poured 14 panzer divisions across the Russian border.

Iran Stands Ready to Restart Nuclear Weapons Program

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The infrastructure and personnel tied to Iran’s past nuclear weapons work continue to operate under the radar, according to senior Trump administration officials, who announced sanctions on a host of individuals and organizations that have worked to keep critical infrastructure of Iran’s nuclear weapons program in place.

Key Lawmakers Press Trump Admin to Revoke Iranian Student Visas

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Key members of Congress are engaged in a new push to punish Iran for American hostage-taking by revoking visas for relatives of regime officials either attending college in the United States or working and living in the country.

“[There] are a lot of regime officials who have students here who are enjoying the benefits of our education system who are here on visas, and we need to take a hard look at upping the costs,” Rep. Michael Waltz (R., Fla.) said. “My concern, from a policy perspective, is right now there is very little downside to taking the hostages, and they barely keep them alive.”

Treasury Sanctions Chinese Companies for Illicit N. Korea Trade

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The Treasury Department on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Chinese companies linked to illicit cargo transfers to North Korea in violation of U.S. and U.N. sanctions.

The two companies, Dalian Haibo International Freight Co. Ltd., and Liaoning Danxing International Forwarding Co. Ltd., helped Pyongyang evade sanctions by facilitating ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum and other acquisitions that violate sanctions.

‘Us,’ ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ Reviews

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Subtlety is, perhaps, an overrated quality in art—give people enough room to interpret and they’re liable to come up with any goofy thing—but there’s still something to be said for trusting your audience to intuit what you’re up to rather than simply telling them.

Inside the Ring: China’s Acoustic Cannon

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U.S. intelligence and security agencies investigating the mysterious sonic attacks against American diplomatic personnel in China need to look no further than China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

The Chimerical Mind of Miro

Joan Miro enjoyed no closer relationship than that between his mind and his canvas. The painter was placid and reticent even to those who knew him well; he could sit with friends for hours without saying a word. Miro kept his studio as tidy as a doll’s house, scrubbing himself head to toe after carefully cleaning his brushes and lining up his tubes of paint when he completed a long day of work. He then donned his neat clothes, which echoed his background as a Catalan peasant but still a member of an elite Parisian arts scene.

A Spy for Stalin

In May 1941, Stalin was warned that the Germans were about to invade the Soviet Union. As it happens, the warning came from a man who was—how to put this fairly?—a liar and a drunkard, a philanderer and a smell-smock, a gambler and, in truth, a world-class crackpot. He was also possibly the greatest spy who ever lived, and Stalin’s refusal to believe him lasted only about a month. On June 22, the Nazis poured 14 panzer divisions across the Russian border.

Mueller Submits Trump-Russia Inquiry Report to U.S. Attorney General

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday handed in a long-awaited report on his investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election and any potential wrongdoing by U.S. President Donald Trump, setting off a clamor from lawmakers in both parties for the document’s release.

Iran Stands Ready to Restart Nuclear Weapons Program

Iran flag

The infrastructure and personnel tied to Iran’s past nuclear weapons work continue to operate under the radar, according to senior Trump administration officials, who announced sanctions on a host of individuals and organizations that have worked to keep critical infrastructure of Iran’s nuclear weapons program in place.

Democrats Introduce $100 Million ‘End Diaper Need’ Act

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Two Democratic congresswomen on Thursday introduced the “End Diaper Need Act of 2019”, a bill they say “would create a $100 million demonstration program for distributing free diapers and diapering products in states, communities, and nonprofits around the nation to help reduce the diaper need in low-income families and underserved communities.”