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Japan set to host ‘special’ World Cup as rugby steps into the unknown

Japan set to host ‘special’ World Cup as rugby steps into the unknown

Japan has been a quiet presence on rugby’s international stage for decades, but now the Far East nation is set to soak up the limelight. New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, France and the UK have hosted the Rugby World Cup in the tournament’s 32-year history, but Friday’s curtain-raiser between Japan and Russia — the tournament’s…MORE

Trump is trapped between two impulses on Iran

Trump is trapped between two impulses on Iran

President Donald Trump is stuck in a political box — largely of his own making — on Iran, a predicament that becomes more intractable with each alarming cycle of escalation. In the aftermath of a sophisticated attack on a Saudi oilfield, Trump is being torn between two political and character traits that are starting to…MORE

Lilly Singh brings energy to NBC’s ‘A Little Late’ date

Lilly Singh brings energy to NBC’s ‘A Little Late’ date

If hosting a late-night show is a marathon, Lilly Singh bounded into her NBC series with plenty of energy, some promising moments and a few easily corrected stumbles. Filling the later-night slot after Seth Meyers, “A Little Late With Lilly Singh” represents a breakthrough, with Singh — a Canadian of Indian descent — as the…MORE

Brutal series of assaults, robberies in Minneapolis highlights police shortage

Brutal series of assaults, robberies in Minneapolis highlights police shortage

A series of brutal assaults in downtown Minneapolis is highlighting the city’s skyrocketing robbery rate amid a critical shortage of police officers. More than 6,000 “priority one” 911 calls, which include sexual assault, shootings and robberies, were made in the period of a year for which police didn’t have an officer immediately able to respond,…MORE

House intel chair says he confronted acting spy chief about whistleblower complaint

House intel chair says he confronted acting spy chief about whistleblower complaint

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said Monday that he had confronted acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire in a phone call about a whistleblower complaint that was never alerted to the committee despite the intelligence community inspector general finding it “credible” and of “urgent concern,” conditions that, Schiff says, require congressional notification. The California…MORE

Omar: An administration ‘that lies about weather maps’ can’t be trusted on Iran

Omar: An administration ‘that lies about weather maps’ can’t be trusted on Iran

Rep. Ilhan Omar on Monday dismissed President Donald Trump’s ability to navigate escalating tensions with Iran, pointing to the controversy over Hurricane Dorian’s path and whether it would hit Alabama. “Congress has the constitutional right to declare war. The President doesn’t have it. The secretary of state doesn’t it have and Saudi Arabia certainly doesn’t…MORE

Can Donald Trump change the electoral map, again?

Can Donald Trump change the electoral map, again?

Donald Trump is in New Mexico tonight for a campaign rally, the latest sign his 2020 reelection team believes he can carry the Land of Enchantment in 2020. Which would seem very unlikely given that a) he lost New Mexico by 8 points to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and b) Democrats control the state’s governorship,…MORE

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