Trump repeatedly suggested invading Venezuela, stunning top aides – report

The administration officials are said to have taken turns in trying to talk the president out of the idea in August of last year

Donald Trump repeatedly raised the possibility of invading Venezuela in talks with his top aides at the White House, according to a new report.

Trump brought up the subject of an invasion in public in August last year, saying: “We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary.” But the president’s musings about the possibility of a US invasion were more extensive and persistent than that public declaration, according to the Associated Press.

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Wendy Braybon obituary

My sister Wendy Braybon’s career reached its peak at the London Olympics in 2012, when she was the first woman to head the Australian team’s sports physiotherapists. Wendy, who has died of cancer aged 65, had been a member of the Australian medical team at four previous Olympic Games: Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008. In 2013 she was appointed to the Australian Olympic Medical Commission.

Doctors, coaches and athletes recognised Wendy as an excellent clinician, determined to solve complex problems and achieving such positive outcomes that some referred to her as “the body whisperer”.

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A beginner’s guide to space tourism

The era of space tourism is nearly upon us. With Blue Origin, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic each vying to be the first company to ferry clients on once-in-a-lifetime treks up to the edge of space and back. While SpaceX is the clear frontrunner when it c…

The historical roots of the US rural-urban divide run deep | Eliza Griswold

Trump’s election revealed a cultural abyss between rural and urban America. That divide has a long history

Over the fireplace at Mingo Creek Craft Distillers, a whiskey purveyor in the small town of Washington, Pennsylvania, a portrait of Alexander Hamilton hangs upside down. With snowy hair and a black velvet jacket, Hamilton wears an impassive look that might be described as hauteur. In 1791, to pay off debts the newly formed United States incurred during the revolutionary war, Hamilton imposed the first federal tax on the people of the region. By taxing their most lucrative product, whiskey, he became what he is here today: a villain representing the excesses of the federal government.

The town of Washington is only a six-hour drive from Manhattan, but it’s a world away from the Broadway stage where Hamilton, clad in snug white knickers, enjoys a better reputation. The difference in regard between the two Hamiltons is a stark illustration of the mutual disdain between rural and urban Americans.

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