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As the Shutdown Loomed, Trump Reached Out to Schumer

But as happened in September — when a tentative deal fell apart after the president’s hard-line advisers and conservative supporters revolted — the meeting went nowhere.

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Trump Tells Anti-Abortion Marchers ‘We Are With You All the Way’ and Shows It

For someone who once described himself as “very pro-choice,” Mr. Trump’s transformation into a champion of the anti-abortion cause is a remarkable political evolution.

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News Analysis: Shutdown? It Could Be Forgotten in a Trumpian Flash

As Democrats pushed the government toward a shutdown, they could take solace in the rapid-fire news cycles of the Trump era. A crisis now may be long forgotten by November.

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BRIEF-Blackstone / GSO Senior Floating Rate Term Fund Announces Preliminary Filing For Rights Offering

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Blackstone / GSO Senior Floating Rate Term Fund:

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The words from Olympian Aly Raisman that made the courtroom applaud

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman said last week that she didn't know whether she would take the stand to deliver a victim impact statement at the sentencing of her abuser, former team doctor Larry Nassar, who has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexually assaulting and abusing young girls under the guise of providing medical treatment.

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Travel Ban Caught Homeland Security by Surprise, Report Concludes

Agents were given little notice and conflicting guidance on how to enforce President Trump’s first travel ban last year, leading to chaos at airports.

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Trump Envisions an A.T.F. Without the A or T

The proposal would move alcohol and tobacco enforcement to Treasury. It would require a new name for an agency that no longer focuses on its historical target, bootleggers.

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McConnell and Ryan weren't in Trump and Schumer's meeting

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump are meeting at the White House Friday afternoon, just hours ahead of the deadline for a government shutdown.

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Olympic gymnast Raisman harshly criticizes Nassar, USA Gymnastics

LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - Three-time gold medalist Aly Raisman excoriated former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar Friday for sexually abusing her and other young women entrusted to his care and also lambasted the Olympic organization that failed for years to protect the athletes.

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Sweden's government, Left party propose profit cap on welfare companies

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's center-left government and the Left Party has agreed to put forward a bill for a profit cap on private schools and care homes funded by taxpayers, they said on Friday.

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Showdown Vote in Senate on Friday With Government Shutdown at Stake

Senate Democrats appear ready to block legislation to keep the government funded past midnight, gambling that President Trump will offer concessions in the face of a crisis.

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On Washington: Inside the Oval Office Immigration Meeting That Left a Senator Stunned

In an interview, Senator Richard J. Durbin says President Trump’s private immigration comments shed new light on his policy motivations.

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Family of patient left out in cold demands justice

A young patient, dressed only in a thin, hospital gown and tube socks, was left standing outside by a bus stop earlier this month after being discharged from a Baltimore hospital, as seen in a viral video.

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Right and Left React to the Prospect of a Government Shutdown

Writers from across the political spectrum denounced the impasse on Capitol Hill and the possibility of a shutdown.

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China detains rights lawyer critical of President Xi Jinping: wife

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing authorities on Friday took outspoken rights lawyer Yu Wensheng into custody as he was taking his child to school, his wife told Reuters, days after Yu said he was stripped of his legal license for criticizing President Xi Jinping.

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Op-Ed Contributor: The Breakdown in Trust That Could Shut Down the Government

We’ve entered new territory. This isn’t how negotiation works.

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The Chaos President vs. His Iron-Fisted Chief of Staff

President Trump’s public airing of grievances with John Kelly was perhaps an inevitable clash between two temperamentally similar but philosophically different alpha males.

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An Advocate for Israel Draws Fire as He Nears Confirmation to Civil Rights Post

Kenneth Marcus’s potential return to the Education Department has drawn criticism from civil rights groups that see his narrow focus on Israel as blinding him to other matters of bias.

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Trump’s Evolving Words on the Wall

A review of President Trump's statements on Twitter, in campaign speeches and during interviews shows that the president’s views on the border wall have shifted repeatedly.

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House Passes Short-Term Spending Bill, Setting Up Shutdown Battle in Senate

The successful vote in the House provided only a faint glimmer of hope that a crisis could be averted before much of the government exhausts its funds at midnight on Friday.

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Bright lights, big city: Light art festival takes to London's streets

LONDON (Reuters) - London's dark winter nights will shine a little brighter starting Thursday, as a nighttime art exhibition featuring a range of publicly displayed works that use light as a medium gets underway.

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Health Workers Who Oppose Abortion Get New Protections

The Trump administration announced a new “conscience and religious freedom” office to protect health workers who oppose abortion, sex-changes and some contraception.

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HRW says Trump is 'disaster' for human rights, fuels authoritarians

PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's record on human rights in his first year in office has been a "disaster" and has encouraged oppression by authoritarian leaders from China to Russia, the head of Human Rights Watch said in an interview on Wednesday.

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Trump Upsets Republican Strategy to Avoid Shutdown

With a government shutdown looming, the House planned to vote Thursday on a spending bill that would avert a crisis. But President Trump upended the G.O.P. strategy.

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Trump: Predecessors left N. Korea to a president 'that scored the highest on tests'

Fresh off a White House doctor declaring his health excellent, President Donald Trump swiped at his predecessors on North Korea, while saying he "scored the highest on tests."

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With Trump’s Visit to Pennsylvania, G.O.P. Scrambles to Save a House Seat

President Trump will fly in to the southwestern Pennsylvania district vacated by a scandal-tarred Republican, hoping to bolster the flagging campaign of his handpicked successor.

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Senate Democrats Make Hard Turn Left in Warming Up for 2020 Race

The 2020 race for the White House is already unfolding in the Capitol, with no fewer than six Democratic senators angling for their party’s nomination.

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VA apologizes after surgery that allegedly left scalpel inside veteran for years

The Veterans Affairs Department has apologized following an incident where a scalpel was allegedly left inside the body of a veteran for years following surgery.

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White House Chief of Staff Calls Trump’s Campaign Wall Promises ‘Not Fully Informed’

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told Hispanic members of Congress on Wednesday that President Trump’s campaign promises have “evolved” on immigration.

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Trump’s Physical Revealed Serious Heart Concerns, Outside Experts Say

The White House physician had said President Trump was in “excellent” cardiac health despite having an LDL cholesterol level of 143, well above the desired number.

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McConnell: Unclear what Trump wants

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that the Republicans are not sure what President Donald Trump wants in a DACA deal, and until he figures it out what the President supports, a deal cannot be made.

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Bannon Agrees to Cooperate With Mueller Inquiry

Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s former chief strategist, will be interviewed by investigators for the special counsel rather than go in front of a grand jury.

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Arizona’s G.O.P. Senators Assail Trump for His Attacks on the Press

Senator Jeff Flake called President Trump a “figure of suspicion” for his attacks on the press as John McCain called on Congress to protect journalists.

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Mexico left-wing presidential contender retains lead: poll

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's left-wing presidential contender retained his lead in this year's election race as the ruling party hopeful failed to gain traction, a poll showed on Wednesday.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Russia awarded rights to Stolichnaya vodka brand in Benelux

AMSTERDAM, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Russia's state-owned Sojuzplodoimport won a Dutch appeals court ruling on Tuesday giving it the rights to the Stolichnaya vodka brand in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux) and stripping them from SPI Group's Spirits International.

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Brazil commission to negotiate transfer of rights with Petrobras

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The Brazilian government on Wednesday created a commission to negotiate the terms of a so-called "transfer of rights" program with state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras).

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BRIEF-Varun Beverages Approves Buying Franchisee Rights For Pepsico India's Sub-Territory In Bihar

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Fact Check: Trump Falsely Claims His Approval Among Black Americans Has Doubled

According to the polling company that President Trump cited, his approval among black Americans has actually declined.

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Arson attack rips through office of Russian human rights group

MOSCOW (Reuters) - One of Russia's biggest human rights groups said on Wednesday that one of its offices in southern Russia had been badly damaged in an overnight arson attack, an incident it said was part of a campaign to drive it from the region.

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BRIEF-Cineworld ‍Fully Underwritten Rights Issue Raising Proceeds Of 1.7 Bln STG - bookrunner

* ‍FULLY UNDERWRITTEN RIGHTS ISSUE RAISING PROCEEDS OF £1.7 BILLION IN CONNECTION WITH PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF REGAL ENTERTAINMENT

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Navy Seeks to Prosecute Top Officers for Crashes

The commanding officers of two Naval destroyers that collided with commercial vessels in the western Pacific last year will face court-martial charges, the Navy said.

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White House Memo: Debate Continues Over What Trump Said. But Does the Exact Word Matter?

If the argument seems to amount to a distinction without a difference, neither the White House nor its allies have acknowledged it.

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Right and Left React to President Trump’s Comments on Immigration

Writers from across the political spectrum on the president’s immigration preferences and what role ethnicity should play in policymaking.

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Booker: Trump's words fester, they poison

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) speaks with CNN's Chris Cuomo about President Trump's disparaging comments during an immigration meeting in the Oval Office.

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G.O.P. Weighs Children’s Health Insurance as Lure for Averting Shutdown

With no immigration deal in sight, Republicans are eyeing a stopgap bill to keep the government open past Friday, sweetening it with an extension of the child health program.

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Ex-C.I.A. Officer Suspected of Compromising Chinese Informants Is Arrested

The arrest of the former agent, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, capped an intense F.B.I. investigation that began around 2012 after the C.I.A. began losing its agents in China.

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Larry Nassar's abuse victims, in their own words

One by one the women stepped forward to the podium, some fighting back tears, to face their abuser.

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Don't hold government funding hostage over DACA deal, McConnell says

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addressed the government shutdown threat on the Senate floor Tuesday by pushing for a longer negotiating period on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Doctor Declares Trump’s Health Excellent, With Perfect Score on Cognitive Test

President Trump could benefit from more exercise and losing a few pounds, the presidential physician said after Mr. Trump’s annual physical.

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White House Fuels Immigration Debate with Terrorism Statistics

A Trump administration report concludes that the vast majority of convicted terrorists are immigrants. But it relies on confusing and misleading data.

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Trump’s Harsh Words, Not His Plan for Wall, Dominate Hearing

The secretary of homeland security was quizzed repeatedly about the vulgar word, or words, said to have been uttered by the president describing African countries.

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U.S. government shutdown looms amid harsh immigration exchange

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Partisan finger-pointing over immigration policy on Tuesday left the U.S. Congress and the White House stumbling closer to a possible federal government shutdown by the end of the week, although Wall Street held out hopes for a deal to prevent that.

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Greenlight's Einhorn bets on Brighthouse, makes money on GM

BOSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Hedge fund manager David Einhorn told investors on Tuesday that he made several new bets, including a "large" one on Brighthouse Financial, late last year and that he made money on automaker General Motors but lost money on Amazon and Tesla .

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Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation

The move marks the first time the special counsel is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of President Trump’s inner circle.

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China rights lawyer says legal license revoked after criticizing President Xi Jinping

BEIJING (Reuters) - A prominent Chinese rights lawyer who wrote an open letter criticizing President Xi Jinping said on Monday that authorities had revoked his license to practice law.

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As Shutdown Talk Rises, Trump’s Immigration Words Pose Risks for Both Parties

The fight over President Trump’s vulgar comment is exposing divisions in both parties, raising the risk of a government shutdown with unknown political consequences.

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Two of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Children Speak Out Against Trump

In Atlanta and in Washington, the children of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. criticized President Trump for his language about people from some countries.

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Democrats, don't let Trump's bad words kill DACA deal

Shithole. Shithouse. WTF does it matter?

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Bahrain court upholds jail sentence against rights activist Rajab

DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain's top court on Monday upheld a two-year prison sentence imposed last year by a lower tribunal on rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab over comments he was alleged to have made to journalists, a rights group said.

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Greeks strike over right-to-strike, paralyze public transport

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek bus, subway and city rail services were disrupted on Monday with some flights grounded as public transport workers and air traffic controllers walked off the job to protest a reform bill they fear will restrict their right to strike.

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The Guardian, Britain’s Left-Wing News Power, Goes Tabloid

The British newspaper won a Pulitzer in 2014 and aggressively expanded overseas. But it has had to cut costs as it tries to stem heavy losses.

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Editorial: Some Bright Hopes for New York’s Schools

The city has trained a generation of highly capable administrators, and some would be excellent candidates for the top job.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Democrats, Make a Deal With Trump to Protect Dreamers

Give the president his wall — the future of nearly 800,000 Dreamers is on the line.

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A DACA Question: Should Judges Use Local Cases to Halt National Orders?

When a federal judge in California ordered a stop to a key plank of President Trump’s immigration agenda, he revived a debate over the impartiality of the judiciary.

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2 GOP Senators deny Trump's 'shithole' comment outright

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) said Trump did not call African nations "shithole countries" in a meeting on immigration, after earlier saying in a statement that he couldn't recall if Trump used those words.

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G.O.P. Senator Says Trump Didn’t Use Vulgarity for Haiti and African Nations

Senator David Perdue, who attended the White House meeting, said Senator Dick Durbin’s account of President Trump’s language was a “gross misrepresentation.”

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Opinion: Say the words as plainly as Trump does

Around the world, news organizations were struggling under the burden of translating the "colorful vernacular" that the American President had reportedly used to describe certain nations during Thursday afternoon's meeting about immigration reform.

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Chelsea Manning Files for Senate Run in Maryland

Ms. Manning, a former Army private convicted of disclosing classified information, would face Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, in the primary race.

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Thousands protest against Austrian government's shift to the right

VIENNA/ZURICH (Reuters) - Protesters took to the streets of Vienna on Saturday and called for members of the Austria's new right wing government to be boycotted by the rest of Europe.

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A Romney Who Is Unfailingly Loyal to Trump

Ronna McDaniel, a niece of Mitt Romney who is the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, faces a challenge both personal and political as her party faces a hostile election environment.

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Left-wing German Social Democrats lobby against Merkel alliance

BERLIN (Reuters) - Left-wing German Social Democrats lobbied party members on Saturday against joining Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in a re-run of their 2013-2017 alliance, a week before delegates are asked to back a coalition blueprint.

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Resisting the Label of Victim, but Forever Scarred by a Mass Shooting

Matt Mika was badly wounded during last summer’s attack on the Republican congressional baseball team. Nearly every hour brings a reminder of what he can no longer do.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Mr. President, Your Toga Is Showing

Maybe he isn’t as unprecedented a leader as we think. All hail!

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Trump Is in ‘Excellent Health,’ Doctor Says After Exam

Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy and the White House physician provided no details, including Mr. Trump’s weight or blood pressure.

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Saudi women score right to watch men's soccer in stadiums

JEDDAH (Reuters) - Women in black abayas and fluorescent orange vests stood at the gates at King Abdullah Stadium, welcoming people into the family section that, for the first time in Saudi Arabia,...

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Edgar Ray Killen, Convicted in ’64 Killings of Rights Workers, Dies at 92

Mr. Killen, who died in prison, drew a 60-year sentence in 2005 after evading conviction 41 years earlier in the murders of three civil rights campaigners.

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Senator in the room at DACA meeting: Trump used those words

Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, a key negotiator in immigration talks, rebuked President Donald Trump on Friday morning for referring to African nations as "shithole" countries.

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Trump slams Senate 'Dreamer' deal, seeks to walk back 'tough' words

(Note: 9th and 13th paragraphs includes language some readers will find offensive)

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Thousands of Greeks protest over right to strike, hitting hospitals, transport and shipping

ATHENS (Reuters) - Thousands of Greek protesters marched in central Athens on Friday against new reforms, including restrictions on the right to strike, that parliament is set to approve next week in return for bailout funds.

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BRIEF-Golden Queen Announces Trading Date And Exercise Period Of Rights Offering

* GOLDEN QUEEN ANNOUNCES TRADING DATE AND EXERCISE PERIOD OF RIGHTS OFFERING

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Patient in a hospital gown left at a bus stop in the cold

A viral video of a recently discharged patient left at a bus stop at night in Baltimore has inspired widespread outrage and prompted an investigation at the hospital where she was treated.

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Japan to curb asylum seekers' right to work from Monday

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will limit asylum seekers' right to work from Monday, making changes to its refugee system that are likely to swell the numbers of those in detention centers, the justice ministry said, prompting refugee groups to flag humanitarian concerns.

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Greek metro halted, ships docked in protest over right to strike

ATHENS (Reuters) - The Athens subway came to a standstill on Friday as Greeks protested against new reforms that parliament is set to approve on Jan. 15 in return for bailout funds, including restrictions on the right to strike.

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Aryzta seeks to right North American ops, strategy with new hires

ZURICH, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Swiss-Irish bakery company Aryzta on Friday named new North America and strategy chiefs as it tackles problems in the United States, where issues with undocumented workers and a failed retail strategy prompted a $1 billion loss.

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Modern Love: For Best Hookup Results, Use Your Words, O.K.?

How physical desire, fake flattery and a vanishing act can make casual sex anything but casual.

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U.N. says suspected rights abuses after deadly gunfight 'troubling'

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Thursday it was deeply concerned that Mexican security forces may have violated human rights in responding to a gun battle near the seaside resort of Acapulco in which 11 people were killed.

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Woman in hospital gown left at bus stop

Video of a patient left at a bus stop on a cold night in Baltimore has prompted an investigation at the hospital where she was treated.

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Right and Left React to the Extension of Warrantless Surveillance

Writers from across the political spectrum discuss Congress’s vote to extend the N.S.A. spying program.

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Trump Alarms Lawmakers With Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa

President Trump demanded to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from Haiti and African countries rather than people from places like Norway.

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She Left France to Fight in Syria. Now She Wants to Return. But Can She?

The case of a woman in France who became a prominent propagandist for the Islamic State is unusual, but points to a broader quandary for Europe.

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Italy's Berlusconi hails Deneuve's 'blessed words' on harassment

ROME (Reuters) - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi hailed French actress Catherine Deneuve on Thursday for defending men accused of sexual harassment in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

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The truth about those 7 words 'banned' at the CDC

Media reports last month that the Trump administration banned officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using seven words may have been overstated, according to a government document obtained by CNN and interviews with two officials.

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Those left in Guantanamo Bay won't just disappear

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House Votes to Renew Surveillance Law, Rejecting New Privacy Limits

House lawmakers voted to preserve the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program.

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Popular Hanyu hopes to be bright as Button in Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) - Defending Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu will take to the ice in Pyeongchang aiming to duplicate a feat that was last achieved more than six decades ago should he go on to claim back-to-back titles in men's figure skating.

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House Republicans’ Hard-line Immigration Stand Clashes With Trump Overture

A new proposal from House Republicans underscored how deep the divisions are between and within the two parties on immigration — just days before a deadline for a deal.

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Editorial: Is Mr. Trump Nuts?

It’s the wrong question. Efforts to diagnose the president from afar are damaging to real efforts to address his unfitness.

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Canada Attacks U.S. Tariffs by Taking Case to World Trade Organization

A sweeping challenge to the Trump administration’s “America First” policies could add to tensions already frayed by Nafta negotiations.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Inside Steve Bannon’s ‘Fight Club’

He didn’t regard Breitbart as platform to inform the public, but as his weapon in a war against the establishment.

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Adrienne Kennedy, Playwright: Still Quiet, Still Bold, Still Furious

Her new Jim Crow-era play, “He Brought Her Heart Back in Box,” shows that even late in an influential career, she’s not mellowing.

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Animal rights versus big game conservation

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Russia’s Election Meddling Fits a Global Pattern, Senate Report Says

The report tracks Russian efforts in 19 countries, chronicling misinformation campaigns and the funding of far-right political causes long before the presidential election.

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UPDATE 2-Russia awarded rights to Stolichnaya vodka brand in Benelux

AMSTERDAM, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Russia's state-owned Sojuzplodoimport won a Dutch appeals court ruling on Tuesday giving it the rights to the Stolichnaya vodka brand in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux) and stripping them from SPI Group's Spirits International.

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Trump’s First Full Physical Is Approaching. What He Discloses Is Up to Him.

With questions swirling around Mr. Trump’s mental health, his coming physical may yield few clues about whether he is, as his former doctor claimed during his candidacy, the “healthiest individual” to hold the office.

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News Analysis: Trump’s Negotiation on Immigration, Unfolding on Camera

President Trump and a delegation of lawmakers from both parties engaged in a vigorous discussion of immigration, in effect negotiating legislation in front of the nation.

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Flake on WH meeting after cameras left

Flake: Trump privately revealed what he considers a border wall.

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As Electric Cars’ Prospects Brighten, Japan Fears Being Left Behind

The country, which missed out on some earlier technological shifts, is now scrambling to catch up as the world warms up to battery-powered vehicles.

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Democratic Senator Releases Transcript of Interview with Dossier Firm

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, released the transcript of the committee’s interview with Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS.

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Trump Appears to Endorse Path to Citizenship for Millions of Immigrants

President Trump said he would be willing to “take the heat” politically for a sweeping immigration deal, which could alienate some of his supporters.

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McConnell reaches out to 'Hillbilly Elegy' author about Senate run

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has spoken to "Hillbilly Elegy" author JD Vance about a potential run for Senate in Ohio following GOP candidate Josh Mandel's unexpected departure from the race last week, a source familiar with the call confirmed to CNN.

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Trump Plans to Attend the World Economic Forum in Davos

The forum in Switzerland is synonymous with wealth and elite prestige, drawing leaders of nations, corporations, and some of the world’s richest individuals.

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Best friend's words add fuel to speculation

During an interview with "CBS This Morning," Oprah Winfrey's close friend Gayle King says Winfrey is "intrigued by the idea" of running for president.

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First Words: Who Decides What’s ‘Sexy’ — And Who Pays for It?

People lust after everything from actors to new consumer goods. A vast marketplace caters to some of those desires, and exploits others.

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Rights group criticizes Thai PM's cardboard cutout gesture

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, known for his temperamental outbursts, has adopted a unique tactic to avoid tricky questions from reporters -- leave a cardboard cutout of himself for reporters to quiz.

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How to Choose the Right Dining Table for Your Home

Attention to not just the size and shape, but the construction, style, and materials will make sure you buy a table you’ll love for years to come.

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Trump Takes Field at College Football Championship Game

The president’s appearance seemed intended to emphasize his furious critique of athletes for using football games as a place for protests.

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Editorial: Republicans in Congress Are Failing America’s Children

Health coverage for nine million kids is still at risk as congressional leaders refuse to reauthorize CHIP.

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Decline of Anti-Trumpism

The quality of the opposition is deteriorating.

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To Pay for Wall, Trump Would Cut Proven Border Security Measures

Experts say some measures targeted are more effective than a wall, resulting in an approach a Republican congressman called “a third-century solution to a 21st-century problem.”

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Trump Overstates Size of Tax Cuts in Speech to Farmers

At a speech to farmers in Nashville on Monday, Mr. Trump claimed he had cut taxes by $5.5 trillion instead of the actual $1.5 trillion amount.

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Right and Left React to Questions About Trump’s Mental State

Writers from across the political spectrum discuss questions about the president’s mental capacity.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Oprah, Don’t Do It

The idea of President Winfrey underscores the extent to which Trumpism has infected our civic life.

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What to Cook: What to Cook Right Now

Melissa Clark’s cod braised in butter and wine, paired with mashed potatoes, would make a fine dinner tonight.

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Op-Ed Columnist: ‘Like, Really Smart’

The new book about Trump’s White House suggests a dangerous mental instability.

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Italy's rightist bloc vows to reverse pension law if elected

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's rightist parties agreed on Sunday to the outlines of a joint manifesto for the country's March national election, including pledges to slash taxes, crack down on migrants and reverse planned increases to the retirement age.

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Opinion: Tillerson's new line: Trump is right on everything

On Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave an exclusive interview to CNN. What might have well been his exit interview instead turned into a well-orchestrated statement of his intention to remain in his job -- at least until the end of 2018.

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Cornered Merkel upbeat as starts government talks with center-left

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she was optimistic her conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) could agree to join forces as they embarked on five days of talks about reviving the 'grand coalition' that has governed Germany since 2013.

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Opinion: The Alt-Right’s Asian Fetish

How the “model minority” myth blends with racist ideology.

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Sessions was right to tell Trump no

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Medical Research? Congress Cheers. Medical Care? Congress Brawls.

Lawmakers are pushing for billions in new funding for biomedical research, but sparring over health insurance and almost everything else related to the Affordable Care Act.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump and Bannon: From Bromance to Breakup

The two anti-establishment Republicans bonded during the campaign. Now they are in the throes of a bad breakup after Steve Bannon made critical statements about President Trump.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Republican Senators Recommend Charges Against Author of Trump Dossier

The first congressional criminal referral in connection with Russian meddling targeted a former British spy, not anyone accused of conspiracy.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Christie on His Relationship With Trump (Great) and His Regrets (Few) as New Jersey’s Governor

“I feel like I’ve done the job as well or better than anybody who’s ever had it,” Gov. Chris Christie said.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump and Republicans to Meet at Camp David With Urgent Matters Looming

President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress are to meet Friday at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, to discuss a range of urgent domestic matters.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Amid Calls from Trump, F.B.I. Renews Questions Over Clinton Foundation

Career prosecutors shut down the case in 2016 over lack of evidence. The new interest comes as Mr. Trump has taken the highly unusual step of calling for investigations into political rivals.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Cellphone and Computer Searches at U.S. Border Rise Under Trump

Border agents say the electronic searches have stopped terrorism suspects and criminals, but privacy advocates call them an invasive violation of the Constitution.

Real Estate and Housing (Residential) nytimes.com

Right at Home: Confessions of an Open House Addict

Some of the people who visit open houses are not in buying mode at all, they just want a peek at how others live.

Movies nytimes.com

The Bright (and Dark) Side of Roger Deakins

The cinematographer Roger Deakins has been nominated 13 times for an Oscar, but has never won. Here's why he should.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The State Where Everyone Wants to Be Governor

For the key to our political destiny in 2018, look to Colorado.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

On Washington: New Pot Policy by Trump Administration Draws Bipartisan Fire

Lawmakers from both parties see it as a state decision and vow to force the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to back down.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

U.S. to Start Korean Trade Talks Amid Rising Tensions

The renegotiation of the agreement between the United States and South Korea comes at a critical time, as North Korea seeks to drive a wedge between the allies.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump Closes His Voter Fraud Panel, but He Isn’t Happy About It

After announcing an inquiry into voter fraud shortly after his inauguration, President Trump has disbanded the group after support for it waned.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Editorial: The Bogus Voter-Fraud Commission Is Dead, but the Myths Aren’t

Celebrate the demise of the transparent sham, but don’t be fooled into thinking the conspiracists are going away.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Everyone in Trumpworld Knows He’s an Idiot

Michael Wolff’s new book shows the cynicism of all those covering for the president.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Led by the Mercers, Bannon’s Allies Abandon Him

Stephen K. Bannon’s provocative remarks about President Trump and his family, and Mr. Trump’s angry response, further alienated some of Mr. Bannon’s most important backers.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Right and Left React to the Clash Between Trump and Bannon

Writers from across the political spectrum on the comments made by Stephen K. Bannon about President Trump and the president’s response.

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Analysis: Trump's chaos presidency hits frightening level

Jeb Bush was right.

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Pakistan shrugs off impending U.S. aid cuts, wary of harsher measures

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan is shrugging off proposed U.S. aid cuts but frets that Washington could take more drastic measures to deter what it sees as the South Asian nation's support for Taliban militants causing chaos in neighboring Afghanistan.

cnn.com

Steve Bannon may just be right

The explosive comments attributed to the former chief strategist to President Donald Trump -- and Trump's blistering response to them -- both capture and continue a level of chaos and infighting that could capsize the administration.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Read Trump’s Reaction to Steve Bannon’s Comments

President Trump hit back at the former White House chief strategist through a statement saying that Mr. Bannon had nothing to do with his “historic victory.”

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U.S. factory, construction data brighten economic outlook

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. factory activity increased more than expected in December, boosted by a surge in new orders growth, in a further sign of strong economic momentum at the end of 2017.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Two Democrats Sworn in to Senate, Cutting G.O.P. Margin to One

Doug Jones of Alabama and Tina Smith of Minnesota were sworn in as senators on Wednesday, leaving Republicans with a 51-49 majority and the Senate with a record 22 women.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Sad Trajectory of Orrin Hatch

Even conservatives used to reach across the aisle. Today, they’re too scared to try.

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U.N. human rights officials urge Iran to spare life of juvenile murderer

GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights experts called on Iran to spare the life of a man, due to be executed on Thursday, who was convicted of raping and killing a child when he was a juvenile.

cnn.com

Analysis: Bannon is 100% right about Russia and Trump campaign

In a new book detailing the wild first year of Donald Trump's presidency, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is quoted blasting top operatives in the 2016 campaign for their naivete and idiocy in their dealings with the Russians.

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Italy's Northern League pledges to put right 'error' of euro

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's rightist Northern League brushed off on Wednesday suggestions it had dropped its opposition to the euro and renewed its pledge to rectify the "error" of the single currency.

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BRIEF-Aslan Pharmaceuticals buys full global commercial rights for Varlitinib

* ASLAN PHARMACEUTICALS ACQUIRES FULL GLOBAL COMMERCIAL RIGHTS FOR VARLITINIB FROM ARRAY BIOPHARMA

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Poland's far-right: opportunity and threat for ruling PiS

WARSAW (Reuters) - When activists from eastern Poland traveled to Warsaw to join a far-right march, the local mayor from the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) paid for some of their travel.

Iran nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump Is Right, This Time, About Iran

Iran’s revolutionary theocracy is bankrupt.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Democrats Outline Demands as Threat of Shutdown Looms

Democrats are pushing for funding for children’s health care and protection for young undocumented immigrants, among other priorities.

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Spotify hit with $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit

(Reuters) - Music streaming company Spotify was sued by Wixen Music Publishing Inc last week for allegedly using thousands of songs, including those of Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Doors, without a license and compensation to the music publisher.

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Passenger rights group takes legal action that could block Niki sale to IAG

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A group representing airline passengers has taken legal action to shift insolvency proceedings for budget airline Niki to Austria from Germany, in a move that could endanger the sale of the Air Berlin unit to Britain's IAG .

cnn.com

Twitter blocks German far-right lawmaker

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump Accuses Former Clinton Aide of Failing to Follow Security Protocols

About 3,000 of Huma Abedin’s emails were released by the State Department on Friday. The president also accused his Justice Department of being a “deep state.”

cnn.com

Civil rights resolutions for a better America in 2018

Will 2018 be the year when racism ends and America truly has liberty and justice for all?

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U.N. rights experts decry repression of activists in Saudi Arabia

GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights experts called on Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to end "repression" of rights activists and release dozens detained since September for peacefully exercising their civil and political rights.

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BRIEF-Nuvo Pharmaceuticals Acquires Global Ex-U.S. Product Rights, Existing Royalty Streams To Resultz From Piedmont Pharmaceuticals

* NUVO PHARMACEUTICALS INC.™ ACQUIRES GLOBAL EX-U.S. PRODUCT RIGHTS AND EXISTING ROYALTY STREAMS TO RESULTZ® FROM PIEDMONT PHARMACEUTICALS LLC

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Emboldened Israeli Right Presses Moves to Doom 2-State Solution

After President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party has seized momentum to strengthen Israel’s rule of the West Bank.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: How Not to Impeach

Whipping up support for or against the process is a dangerous mistake.

cnn.com

Opinion: Trump may have it right with his Pakistan tweet

Following past patterns of behavior, President Trump issued his first tweet of 2018 insulting Pakistan and building on his threat to cut off foreign military financing that is one piece of the massive assistance package that the US gives the country each year.

Deaths (Obituaries) nytimes.com

Maura Jacobson, Creator of Witty Crosswords, Dies at 91

A superstar to crossword fans, Ms. Jacobson made more than 1,400 puzzles for New York magazine, filling them with puns and sparkling thematic clues.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Partisans, Wielding Money, Begin Seeking to Exploit Harassment Claims

The earthquake of sexual misconduct allegations has taken down powerful men without regard to politics, but as it shakes Washington, accusations are taking on a partisan tint.

Advertising and Marketing nytimes.com

How Do You Turn an Ad Into a Meme? Two Words: Dilly Dilly

The nonsensical catchphrase from a Bud Light ad campaign has taken hold on social media, especially among sports fans.

lifestyleMolt reuters.com

Bright lights of Times Square beckon, even on a frigid New Year's Eve

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of merrymakers are making the annual pilgrimage to New York's Times Square on Sunday to witness the giant New Year's Eve ball drop at midnight, undeterred...

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

On Washington: Republicans’ 2018 Resolution: Bipartisanship. Will It Last?

With their Senate majority narrowed even further and a midterm election approaching, Republicans are seeking some consensus with Democrats after a year of intense division.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Republican Attacks on Mueller and F.B.I. Open New Rift in G.O.P.

A campaign to discredit the F.B.I. and the special counsel investigating President Trump is growing more heated, splitting the Republican Party.

Defense and Military Forces nytimes.com

Battle Royale Over Rightful Heir to Israeli Self-Defense Discipline

Krav Maga, which extols eye gouging and groin kicking, is a mainstay of military training and increasingly popular with civilians. Now, its founder’s disciples are sparring over who is the real grandmaster.

vis-photo nytimes.com

Kazakhstan Prizes Its Cowboys, but Few Want to Saddle Up for Harsh Life

Kazakh cowboys, while proud of providing their rapidly modernizing nation with a link to its nomadic past, rarely want their children to follow them onto the frigid steppes.

cnn.com

Opinion: Trump is right about the FBI

The ferocity of President Donald Trump's recent attacks on the integrity of the FBI has sent shock waves through an agency accustomed to public adulation in recent years. Sadly, much of the presidential criticism of the bureau may be entirely legitimate.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Donald Trump and the Limits of the Reality TV Presidency

He isn’t the first president to understand the power of television. But he is alone in not grasping its limits.

cnn.com

Here are all the words you mispronounced this year

Say these out loud: Bokeh. Coulrophobia. Dotard. Did you pause? You're not alone.

Chess nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Why I Left Iran to Play Chess in America

My old team cared more about the scarf covering my hair than the brain under it.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Washington Memo: The Year the News Accelerated to Trump Speed

The president’s news-making in the age of the tweet and the push alert has produced something of a sensory overload that shortens the life span of even the most dominant stories.

Women's Rights nytimes.com

Iran and Saudis’ Latest Power Struggle: Expanding Rights for Women

The archrivals of the Middle East appear to be vying over who can be quicker to overhaul their repressive rules for women.

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Australia expected to ease visa restrictions on foreign pilots as planes left grounded

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government is expected to relax restrictions on visas for foreign pilots as a national shortage sees planes grounded and flights canceled, aviation officials said on Friday.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Excerpts From Trump’s Interview With The Times

President Trump discussed a range of issues with The New York Times, including the Russia inquiry, the tax overhaul and China, at his golf club in West Palm Beach, Fla.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Anatomy of a Trump Tweet: Vanity Fair Edition

President Trump’s broadside aimed at Vanity Fair mastered a tricky title and made much of a 14-word statement.

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U.N. human rights experts appalled by pardon of Peru's Fujimori

GENEVA (Reuters) - Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's pardon of his predecessor Alberto Fujimori is an appalling "slap in the face" for victims of human rights abuses and a major setback for the rule of law, a group of U.N. human rights experts said on Thursday.

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U.N. says 'massive' rights abuses in southern Philippines could intensify under martial law

GENEVA (Reuters) - A Muslim indigenous community in the southern Philippines has suffered widespread human right abuses that could intensify with President Rodrigo Duterte's extension of martial law there, U.N.-appointed experts said.

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U.N. rights investigator calls for pressure on China, Russia over Myanmar abuses

SEOUL (Reuters) - The United Nations' independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has called for international pressure on China and Russia to try to get them to oppose human rights abuses in Myanmar.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Roy Moore Asks Alabama Court to Block Election’s Certification

Less than 24 hours before Alabama officials were expected to certify the results of a Senate election, Roy S. Moore went to court claiming voter fraud.

cnn.com

South Carolina lottery game brightens holiday for players. Then error is found

For some unlucky South Carolina residents, what seemed to be a winning Christmas lottery ticket turned out to be a lump of coal.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Who’s Winning the Culture War? Corporate America.

The realignment of our parties by region has left a bigger imprint on economic policy than on cultural issues.

Transit Systems nytimes.com

Left Behind by the Nation’s Largest Subway System

No physical structure embodies the divisions in New York City as plainly as the subway system, which serves the five boroughs unequally.

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Canadian regulators ask CanniMed to abandon rights plan against Aurora bid

Dec 27 (Reuters) - Medical marijuana maker CanniMed Therapeutics Inc should withdraw a shareholder rights plan adopted to fend off a hostile bid from larger rival Aurora Cannibis Inc, two Canadian regulators have ruled.

Skin nytimes.com

On Beauty: When Good Beauty Products Smell Downright Bad

When it comes to fancy things for the face, does leaving a natural aroma lend a certain authenticity?

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BRIEF-Edenbrook Capital LLC Reports 5.2 Pct Stake In Brightcove Inc As Of December 26

* EDENBROOK CAPITAL LLC SAYS ADDED INVESTMENT IN BRIGHTCOVE INC BECAUSE IT BELIEVES SHARES ARE MATERIALLY UNDERVALUED

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Homeland Security Increasingly Means Putting Agents Outside the Homeland

Set up to defend the United States, the Homeland Security Department is going beyond American borders to fight foreign threats from abroad.

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China hands down harshest sentence yet in crackdown on activists

BEIJING (Reuters) - China sentenced a prominent rights activist to eight years in jail for subversion on Tuesday, his lawyer said, the harshest sentence passed in a government crackdown on activism that began more than two years ago.

businessNews reuters.com

Hyundai Heavy Industries Group to list Oilbank, issue $1.2 billion rights shares

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Group plans to list its refining arm Hyundai Oilbank in an IPO in 2018 and raise about $1.2 billion via a share issue by shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries , in a move to bolster its finances.