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January 31, 2020

President Trump will announce as early as Friday that he will undo restrictions on using or acquiring land mines enacted by former President Barack Obama in 2014, two U.S. officials tell Reuters. Obama had moved to stop all U.S. production and acquisition of anti-personnel mines, including to replace degraded stockpiles. The U.S. is not among the more than 160 signatories to the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, but it adheres to many of its provisions and prohibits the use of anti-personnel mines outside of the Korean peninsula, Reuters says.

"The resumption of the use of anti-personnel land mines and continued stockpiling and production of these indiscriminate weapons is militarily unnecessary and dangerous," said Daryl Kimball at the Arms Control Association. The U.S. hasn't used land mines since a single anti-personnel mine in Afghanistan in 2002, Kimball's group says, and the last time the U.S. military used mines in any significant way was in the 1991 Gulf War. Peter Weber

May 5, 2017

Starbucks' rainbow-colored Unicorn Frappuccino may be coming back to haunt it. The owners of a cafe in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg have filed a lawsuit against Starbucks claiming that the company stole its drink idea.

The End Brooklyn began selling its lesser-Instagrammed "Unicorn Latte" back in December, and it's had a trademark pending on the name since January. Starbucks' limited-edition drink debuted in April and was in stores for just a week. Unlike Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino — which is essentially made of whole milk, sugar, and food coloring — the Unicorn Latte is concocted out of "healthy" ingredients like "dried maca root, vanilla bean, and blue-green algae," USA Today reported. The drinks' main similarities are that they are both bright pink and blue in color and do not contain any coffee.

The owners of The End Brooklyn claim Starbucks' "coordinated social media blitz ... drowned out the fame that any coffee shop in Brooklyn could obtain." They accused Starbucks of trying to "establish its deceptively similar beverage as the main (if not the only) 'unicorn' beverage on social media."

Starbucks has dismissed the lawsuit against its limited-edition drink as "without merit." Becca Stanek

January 9, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump is anticipating a drought of "great dresses" ahead of his upcoming inauguration events in Washington, D.C., next weekend. In an interview with The New York Times published Monday, Trump said the onslaught of celebrities and other important people planning to attend his big event is putting a big demand on fancy attire. "We are going to have an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout for the inauguration, and there will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars," Trump said. "All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It's hard to find a great dress for this inauguration."

His remark came in response to The Times' questions about Meryl Streep's criticisms of him in her speech at the Golden Globes, another event filled with "great dresses." Becca Stanek

September 9, 2016

If you've been puzzling over who to blame for North Korea's most recent nuclear test, Donald Trump's campaign has the answer: Hillary Clinton. On Friday, Trump's senior communications adviser Jason Miller released a statement calling North Korea's fifth nuclear weapons test Friday the fault of Clinton's "catastrophic failures as secretary of state." "Clinton promised to work to end North Korea's nuclear program as secretary of state, yet the program has only grown in strength and sophistication," the statement read, pointing out (accurately) that four of North Korea's five nuclear tests have occurred since Clinton became secretary of state.

While the statement doesn't offer up any ideas for how Clinton may have single-handedly stopped North Korea, Talking Points Memo pointed out that Miller also failed to consider that North Korea has been working on its nuclear program since the 1950s. Moreover, the country's first nuclear test happened in 2006, when Republican President George W. Bush was in office. The last two happened this year, three years after Clinton left the State Department.

You can read Miller's full statement on the matter below. Becca Stanek

July 22, 2016

Donald Trump doesn't seem to have realized the presidential primaries are over. In the Republican nominee's first speech of the general election Friday, Trump spent a strange chunk of time talking about his vanquished 2016 rival Ted Cruz, who pointedly refused to endorse him in his address to the convention Wednesday because of remarks Trump made during the primaries about his wife Heidi and father Rafael.

As Trump explained it, he just "had to" respond to Cruz's reasons for refusing to endorse him. "I don't know his father. I met him once. I think he's a lovely guy," Trump said of Rafael during his farewell address in Cleveland. "All I did is point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer there was a picture of him and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast."

And, Trump continued, the National Enquirer is usually a pretty reliable source of information. "This was a magazine that, in many respects, should be well-respected," Trump said. "I mean if that was The New York Times, they would have gotten Pulitzer Prizes for their reporting."

Don't mistake Trump's explanation for an apology though: Trump told the audience he really doesn't even want Cruz's endorsement. "If he gives it," Trump said, "I will not accept it."

Watch Trump's rant on the Cruz family below. Becca Stanek

July 11, 2016

Never fear, America: Donald Trump, "the law and order candidate," is here. In a speech Monday in Virginia Beach, Virginia, following the Dallas police shooting Thursday, Trump reassured America that he's here to ensure that the U.S. "maintain law and order at the highest level." If we don't, Trump warned, "we will cease to have a country. One hundred percent."

Trump insisted, however, that he wouldn't be ruling with an iron fist — he would simply be working to "make America safe again for everyone." "Not only am I the law and order candidate, but I am the candidate of compassion," Trump said. "Believe it." Becca Stanek

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