With friends like these, who needs collective security organizations?
President Donald Trump was in Brussels Tuesday, spending time with some of his best "frenemies" at the NATO summit. Trump and the leaders of America’s closest allies were all smiles and handshakes when they first gathered, but there is tension beneath the glad-handing. Trump is unhappy with NATO members because he says they aren’t paying their fair share – a point spelled out in a series of tweets before the meeting. And leaders of many NATO countries are less than thrilled with Trump's tariffs and trade policy. Trump vowed to protect American farmers while in Brussels, although it is unclear how they will factor into a military alliance’s summit. The president and first lady Melania Trump head Thursday to London, his first visit there since taking office.
Trade war: What is it good for? Senate wants to know
Frustration with President Donald Trump’s trade policies is not just an international phenomenon. The Senate signaled for the first time Wednesday that it is ready to push back Trump’s tariffs after he announced another $200 billion in Chinese goods that would be targeted. Senators voted a lopsided 88-11 in favor of a resolution calling for Congress to have a role when the president imposes tariffs in the name of national security. The resolution is non-binding, and the trade war continues to ramp up with Beijing pledging to hit back.
The former Apple engineer who (almost) got away
Just as he was about to hop on a plane to China, the FBI arrested former Apple engineer Xiaolang Zhang in San Jose, California, for stealing the company's trade secrets for self-driving cars. Apple grew suspicious when Zhang returned from a trip to China during paternity leave and told the company he was quitting and joining a Chinese self-driving startup. Apple investigated and learned Zhang downloaded confidential technical documents about self-driving car prototypes.
To the victors go the spoils
Steph Curry’s offseason may be just as hectic as his triumphant playoff run. After Golden State won its third NBA title in four years, Curry gave his blessing as the Warriors pursued DeMarcus Cousins, the prickly but injured All-Star coming off an Achilles tear. Warriors GM Bob Myers got in touch with Curry about the Cousins deal only hours after his wife gave birth to their third child and first son, Curry told USA TODAY Sports. Amid all the changes, Curry laughed at the idea the Warriors were ruining the NBA and said the Los Angeles Lakers’ addition of LeBron James will only make the Western Conference more intriguing.
Kylie Jenner isn't even 21 yet. And she's about to become a billionaire
Most fans know her from the TV show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," or her presence on Snapchat. The youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner empire is on track to become the youngest self-made billionaire, even passing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, according to a profile in Forbes. Her earnings largely stem from her Kylie Cosmetics line, reportedly estimated to be worth $900 million.
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