Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New Princess Meghan Markle Makes Her First Public Appearance
"the newly minted Duchess of Sussex appeared utterly delighted this afternoon to be enjoying a quick cup of tea and a cucumber sandwich with 6,000 guests at Buckingham Palace to celebrate her father-in-law’s 70th birthday."

Meghan and Harry donate wedding flowers to hospice—they accepted no gifts, only charity donations
"Prior to the wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle asked that anyone who might wish to send them a wedding gift, make a donation instead. The couple listed seven different charities they personally chose."

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Royal Wedding: Highlights | NYT News

WATCH: Kingdom Choir performs "Stand By Me" at Royal Wedding

Everything You Need to Know About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Nuptials

Royal Wedding 2018: Harry and Meghan release official photos
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released three official photographs taken on their wedding day."

Photographers pick their best royal wedding picture
"Here, 12 Reuters photographers describe their favorite images from the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle."

Royal Wedding Photos Released

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Release Official Royal Wedding Photos
"Kensington Palace released three official photos of the big day on Monday, featuring the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ― as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now known ― with their families, their bridesmaids and page boys. Last but not least, there’s a shot of the newlyweds looking totally loved up."

Royal Wedding: Inside The Ceremony And After-Party | TODAY

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding offers an American twist
"Los Angeles native Meghan Markle joined hands with Britain’s Prince Harry Saturday as they pledged to “honor and protect” each other in marriage after a 15-month romance."

The best moments from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding
"With an exchange of vows and a set of new royal titles, Prince Harry, the younger son of the late Princess Diana and grandson of the British monarch, married California native Meghan Markle in a regal church ceremony Saturday set on the grounds of Windsor Castle."

The Clooneys, the Beckhams and more: See the famous faces at the royal wedding
"Among the earliest guests to arrive were celebrities from both sides of the pond, as well as other familiar faces, all set to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say their "I dos"."

The royal wedding in photos
"The world turned its attention to Windsor castle on Saturday as Los Angeles native and actress Meghan Markle married Prince Harry and officially joined Britain's royal family."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart after the royal wedding

The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Royal Romance: When Harry married Meghan

Traditional royal wedding ceremony gets a modern feel

Time magazine calls Harry and Meghan "modern royals"

On the Scene at the Royal Wedding
"All the must-see moments from Harry and Meghan’s wedding, from the A-list arrivals to the carriage ride through the streets of Windsor."

The best moments from the royal wedding

All the Ways Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Paid Tribute to Princess Diana at Their Royal Wedding
"Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex made sure to pay tribute to the legacy of Princess Diana at their royal wedding at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle."

Harry, Markle take carriage ride through Windsor

Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding Receptions
"Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were (finally) married in a very royal wedding ceremony on Saturday, which was attended by 600 invited guests, a ton of members of the public, and, oh, just an estimated 1.9 billion people watching worldwide.  Afterwards, the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated their nuptials away from the cameras during a private lunch for the invited ceremony guests. Then, there was another private evening reception for 200 close friends and family, hosted by Prince Charles at Frogmore House on the Windsor estate."

Royal Wedding Rewind: Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Big Day In 2 Minutes

The Weird Detail You Might Have Missed About Prince Harry’s Wedding Reception Car
"After the royal wedding ceremony on Saturday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a stylish entrance to their private wedding reception on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Decked out in brand-new outfits, the two stepped into a vintage Jaguar E-Type convertible and made their way to the Frogmore House venue."

Elton John Performs at Royal Wedding Reception
"As rumored, Elton John performed during the lunchtime reception that followed the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The singer also attended the wedding earlier in Saturday in Windsor."

Carriage Procession Carries Duke And Duchess Of Sussex To Greet Adoring Crowds | TODAY

All The Photos Worth Seeing From Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding
"Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — are officially husband and wife!   The royal and former actress wed Saturday at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in front of 600 guests, including celebrities like Elton John, Serena Williams and Oprah. Everything ― from the weather to the vows to Markle’s gorgeous Givenchy gown  ― was perfect."

Prince Harry Looked Impeccable Wearing His Military Uniform for His Wedding to Meghan Markle
"He opted to wear the frockcoat uniform of the British Army's Blues and Royals."

First kiss, epic carriage ride! | Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - The Royal Wedding - BBC

The royal wedding, in pictures
"With millions watching around the world Saturday, Britain’s Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle in a ceremony that combined British pageantry with modern style."

Royal wedding 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan married at Windsor
"An emotional-looking prince and his smiling bride exchanged vows and rings before the Queen and 600 guests at St George's Chapel."

FULL CEREMONY: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding

Wedding guests arrive at Windsor: In photos
"American actor George Clooney, his wife Amal and David and Victoria Beckham were among the guests in attendance at Windsor Castle for the royal wedding."

This Gospel Choir Singing 'Stand By Me' Was an Incredible and Powerful Moment at the Royal Wedding
"The marriage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is a powerful moment in British history."

Royal Wedding: Harry And Meghan Leave St. George’s Chapel As Husband And Wife | TODAY

All the Celebrity Guests at the Royal Wedding
"here are all the celebrity guests at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding."

Watch the Royal Wedding Bishop’s Impassioned Sermon
"Speaking of “the power of love,” Curry, who is the first African-American to serve as presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, evoked the words of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr."

Royal Wedding: See Meghan Markle Walk Down The Aisle | TODAY

Royal Wedding: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Exchange Vows | TODAY

We Finally Know the Full Story of How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Met
"Since announcing their engagement in November, messy-bun advocate Meghan Markle and royal ginger Prince Harry have stayed mum about the identity of their secret matchmaker — you know, the mutual friend who apparently set them up on that fateful blind date."

In pictures: A history of royal weddings
"a look back at royal weddings through the years and how they have transformed into global events."

Royal Weddings, Then and Now: Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle | The New Yorker

Royal wedding 2018: In pictures
"Union jacks, tiaras, horse-drawn carriages, and celebrity guests. It's the royal wedding in pictures..."

Bishop Michael Curry Gives Powerful Sermon At Royal Wedding

Like a Good Brother, William Matched Harry’s Military Uniform for the Wedding
"Harry busted out the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals, so William did the same."

The Best Moments From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding
"On Saturday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married in a truly lovely royal wedding at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle."

The Royal Wedding Was Filled With Modern Touches

Inside Harry and Meghan’s Star-Studded Royal Wedding After Party
"After the formality of the day’s events in Windsor, a handpicked 250 guests got the chance to let their hair down at an exclusive after party and dinner thrown by Charles."

How Princess Diana Was Honored At The Royal Wedding
"Prince Harry’s Saturday wedding to Meghan Markle was full of subtle tributes to his late mother, Princess Diana. The couple wed more than 20 years after Diana’s sudden death in Paris."

Watch The Full Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Royal Wedding Ceremony

Watch The Moment Prince Harry Appears To Whisper ‘You Look Amazing’ At Meghan Markle
"It turned into one of the most talked about moments from the royal wedding, as Twitter users picked up on it and went wild"

Prince Harry, Royal Badass, Wore His Uniform With a Beard for His Wedding
"For his nuptials with Meghan Markle, he wore the Blues and Royals dress uniform—and kept the facial hair."

Top moments from the royal wedding

The Full Transcript of Bishop Curry's Royal Wedding Sermon
"The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle included a 13-minute ceremony from Reverend Michael Curry, the first African-American Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. The passionate meditation on love and self-sacrifice is "exactly what we need to be hearing," wrote Esquire Editor-at-Large Dave Holmes.  Here is the full transcript of Bishop Curry's sermon."

All The Surprising Modern Touches At Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Wedding
"Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, took their vows Saturday at Windsor Castle and nudged the royal family into a more modern era, with a ceremony that bucked convention and tradition throughout"

The royal wedding ceremony in full

Friday, May 18, 2018

Inside the Barbaric U.S. Industry of Dog Experimentation
"Often, the experimentation has nothing to do with medical research, but rather trivial commercial interests, and in almost all cases, dogs provide little to no unique scientific value."

Sunday, May 13, 2018

We’re Supposed to Believe Michael Cohen’s One-Person Shell Company Provided “Consulting” Services Worth Millions of Dollars
"So, these four entities paid a former personal-injury lawyer’s zero-employee paper company millions of dollars for advice about accounting standards, telecom reform, tax policy, antitrust law, the Affordable Care Act, and high-end investment opportunities in the same period that said company was also involved in nondisclosure payments to a pornographic actress and a Playboy playmate. Also, one of the companies that paid Cohen is now downplaying a previously disclosed connection to a Russian billionaire who has been affected by the type of sanctions that have been the subject of several suspicious interactions between Trump advisers and agents of the Russian government."

How Michael Cohen’s Apparent Russia Payment Might Help Prove Collusion
"These allegations are not just about a hush payment and campaign finance felonies. This is a significant step toward establishing quid pro quo bribery and conspiracy against the United States. First, Vekselberg recently increased his share to 26.5 percent in the aluminum firm Rusal. That firm was owned by Oleg Deripaska, the Russian billionaire whose ties to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort are under scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller. Two of Vekselberg’s American partners, meanwhile, donated more than $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee and Vekselberg also had business ties to Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross. Now, Congress has been legislating tougher sanctions against Putin and Russia over the past year by sweeping, close-to-unanimous bipartisan majorities. But the Trump administration has been softening or delaying those sanctions at every turn. Last month, the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control finally implemented congressional sanctions against Deripaska and Rusal, in addition to other Russians. The Treasury Department cited allegations that Deripaska ordered the murder of a businessman and had links to a Russian organized crime group. But on April 23, the Trump administration announced major delays on implementation, “slow-rolling” the sanctions seemingly to give Rusal time to minimize the damage and to appeal the sanctions. Treasury gave Rusal an extension to next October, and Reuters reported the department would “consider lifting [the sanctions] if United Company Rusal PLC’s major shareholder, Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska, ceded control of the company,” which he soon did. “Given the impact on our partners and allies, we are … extending the maintenance and wind-down period while we consider RUSAL’s petition,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. Given the outrageous conduct of Putin and Deripaska, and given the almost unanimous votes in Congress to impose tough sanctions, these accommodations should have been considered stunning."

The Grifter-in-Chief Has An Administration Full of Thieves, Fixers and Money Grubbers @alternet

The Grifter-in-Chief Has An Administration Full of Thieves, Fixers and Money Grubbers @alternet:

"The favorite hang-out of lobbyists and fixers these days is the “lobby bar” at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Conveniently, the President of the United States, who maintains ownership of the hotel while in office, pockets a percentage of every dime they spend there."

Sen. Blumenthal: 'Pattern' Of Cohen Linking Trump To Russians

Mueller Is Asking Questions About Trump’s Inaugural Fund. There’s a Lot to Investigate There.
"Robert Mueller has questioned witnesses about millions of dollars in donations to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, according to a new report from ABC News—and that’s likely to be a very deep, dark hole for the special counsel’s team to dig into.  The committee raised a record $107 million in the months between the 2016 election and Trump’s inauguration, but questions have lingered about where all the money came from and what ended up happening to it. While corporations are not allowed to give to political campaigns, inaugurations are a different story, and the inaugural committee picked up at least $45 million from donors that were not people. The source of funds behind at least one donor, a company called BH Group LLC that was set up in Virginia in August 2016, is still unknown. BH Group donated $1 million to the event. According to ABC, Mueller’s team has questioned several witnesses about donors with connections to Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. The questions have also focused on at least two additional donors: Len Blavatnik, a Ukrainian-born billionaire who donated heavily to Republicans in the 2016 elections, and Andrew Intrater, the chief executive officer of Columbus Nova, the investment firm with ties to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg that paid Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen $500,000 after the election. Columbus Nova donated $250,000 to the event, and Vekselberg and Intrater attended.  The inaugural committee’s finances have been curious from the start. Prior administrations placed limits on donations in an effort to tamp down accusations of influence buying, but the Trump administration enthusiastically raised money—with no limits. The effort was led by California billionaire Tom Barrack, a longtime friend of Trump, but little is known about how the committee accomplished its record-breaking haul or how it spent its money."

Republicans Line Up Against Justice, Invite The Rod Rosenstein Showdown

Summarizing Trump’s Defense for Links to Multiple Potential Crimes: I’m Incompetent
"When his former national security advisor Michael Flynn called Russia and discussed sanctions that Barack Obama had just issued against the Russian government for their cyber attack against the 2016 election — then lied about what he discussed — Trump claimed ignorance. Flynn’s actions were his own and were in no way the result of any orders Trump had given him. After Trump’s second campaign manager Paul Manafort abruptly left the campaign following reports of his ties to pro-Russia groups in Ukraine, naturally this “president” claimed he knew nothing about any of that and began to downplay his former campaign manager’s role — in his campaign.  To me that one is particularly funny because it thoroughly supports the point I’m getting at. In one instance, Trump’s claiming that he ran his own campaign. That he’s such a “hands-on” person, his campaign manager had very little to do with what was going on during his time as part of “team Trump.” Yet he’s still effectively claiming ignorance as it relates to Manafort’s ties to pro-Russia groups. He’s “super hands on” — until being hands-on no longer benefits him. Then he’s apparently surrounded by people who act completely independent of him without his knowledge of anything they’re doing. Such as the infamous meeting his eldest son, campaign manager, and son-in-law had with Russians promising the campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton from Russia’s government that was held in Trump Tower. Nope, Trump never knew about that, either. He found out about that meeting at the same time all of us did. His son, son-in-law, and campaign manger set all of this up — in his building — and kept it secret for over a year, never once mentioning anything about it to him. Uh huh.  Then there’s the payment his lawyer Michael Cohen made to former adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an affair he had with her on his current wife. Once again, Trump claims he knew nothing about the payment or the deal she signed to not speak publicly about their affair."

Suspicions, Demands and Threats: Devin Nunes vs. the Justice Dept.
"Devin Nunes has escalated his confrontation with law enforcement officials, who have expressed concern that he is trying to undermine the special counsel inquiry."