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Paul Ryan calls out ‘alt-right’ by name: ‘White identity politics… that’s not conservatism, that’s racism’

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Thursday lashed out at the alt-right and white nationalists for undermining conservatism with “racism.”

At an AEI event, Ryan specifically called out the “alt-right” for thinking “only people like me can possibly grasp” conservative concepts.

“I think we should do everything to defeat it, the alt-right,” Ryan said. “It is identity politics. It’s antithetical to what we believe. And it’s a hijacking of our terms, just like the progressives hijacked the word liberalism, the blood-and-soil nationalists of the alt-right have hijacked things of Western civilization.”

“And so we have to go back and fight for our ground and re-win these ideas and marginalize these guys,” he continued. “The problem we have is there’s fresh evidence that that stuff works… when you throw 21st Century technology on there and people can make money doing it, that is a problem.”

Ryan added: “The alt-right, they don’t believe in classic liberalism if they believe in this kind of white identity politics. This is not conservatism, that is racism, that is nationalism. That is not what we believe in. That is not natural rights. That is not natural law.”

Watch the video below from AEI.

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China warns US against opening Mideast ‘Pandora’s box’

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China on Tuesday warned against opening a "Pandora's box" in the Middle East after the United States announced the deployment of 1,000 additional troops to the region amid escalating tensions with Iran.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi also urged Tehran to not abandon the nuclear agreement "so easily" after Iran said it would exceed its uranium stockpile limit if world powers fail to fulfil their commitments under the agreement in 10 days.

The United States ratcheted up pressure on Iran Monday, announcing the deployment of additional troops to the Middle East and producing new photographs it said showed Tehran was behind an attack on a tanker ship in the Gulf of Oman last week.

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Anger in India as lychee-linked brain fever kills 103 children

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Angry protests erupted in one of India's poorest states Tuesday over the deaths of more than 100 children from a mysterious brain fever potentially linked to lychees.

So far this month 103 children, mostly under 10 and malnourished, have died from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the Muzaffarpur area of the eastern state of Bihar.

The toll may rise with dozens more children undergoing treatment in packed hospital wards, where television pictures showed several children to a bed.

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Trump set to formally launch reelection campaign at Orlando rally

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US President Donald Trump is on Tuesday set to launch his 2020 reelection campaign at a rally in Orlando, Florida. Trump is expected to once again offer himself as the outsider - but it’s a much more awkward pitch to make from inside the Oval Office.

Advisers said Trump will aim to connect the dots between the promise of his disruptive first-time candidacy and his goals for another term in the White House. His promises to rock the ship of state are now more than an abstract pledge, though, complicated by his tumultuous 29 months at its helm.

Any president is inherently an insider. Trump has worked in the Oval Office for two years, travels the skies in Air Force One and changes the course of history with the stroke of a pen or the post of a tweet.

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